Plot: While Brisco and Bowler try to apprehend a crook named Yasmin, to snot-posed teens from New York try to steal Comet. Which goes as well as you'd expect. Shannon (Mercedes Alicia McNab) and Tommy (Michael Cade) are trying to make it to San Francisco. One of their uncles owned a mine there, and has left it to them. Assuming they can get their before a man claiming to be their "second uncle" does. Or before the Irish gangsters get ahold of them and make them sign the deed to the mine over to them. Brisco and Bowler try to protect the kids, even though Tommy makes one wonder why they bother, while Socrates does a little sleuthing into the deaths of Tommy and Shannon's parents.
Does Brisco use his gun? he fired in at Billy Monahan, one of the gangsters.
Stuff Comet does: Walk in circles to give time for Brisco and Bowler to catch up.
Kiss Count: 0 (19 overall).
John Bly Spreads His Arms Dramatically: 0 (11.5 overall).
Is Pete Hutter in this Episode? No.
Pete Hutter Quote: N/A
Non-Pete Hutter Quote: Billy Monahan - 'I take it Mr. County doesn't think you're grown-up enough to make your own decisions.' Tommy - 'Well he thought wrong.'
Brisco's Coming Things: Sushi bars, and their outrageous prices.
Gang Count: 0 (8 or 12 overall).
Stuff the Orb Can Do: N/A.
Other: There was a quote I considered using because it sums up the entire episode. But I really only like it because Brisco delivers it to a group of belly dancers who had him and Bowler at gunpoint. Socrates gets a good one in on "Richard Trahern" as well. Unfortunately, Soc undermines that moment of awesome by then telling the fake Trahern exactly where the kids are at that moment.
The problem for me in this episode is Tommy. He's such an unapologetic jerk for the first 37 minutes of the show (I have a note that says, 'Only took Tommy 37 minutes to pull his head out of his ass') that it's rather difficult to want Brisco and Bowler to help him. Shannon's considerably nicer, and more intelligent. Not that she's a Valeria Richards style child genius, just that she's smart enough to realize listening to Brisco and Bowler is better than constantly double-crossing them and then refusing to apologize when the double-cross goes bad. But she's the younger sibling (and a girl) so her suggestions go unheeded. I mean, honestly, after the first horse-stealing attempt, Tommy punches Bowler in the face. It has no effect, other than riling Bowler, but still, I don't think I want this kid inheriting a fortune. Think how much of a pain he'd be with some money to back him up.
The Johnnies are another issue. Perhaps because they look so out of place in their black suits and derby hats, sporting their Mausers, they're difficult for me to take seriously. Maybe reading Punisher comics for years has made me unable to take mobsters of any ethnicity seriously as a threat. Whatever the reason, I just couldn't buy they were that much of a challenge for Brisco and Bowler. They aren't particularly clever (so much as Tommy is too unwilling to trust the right people, and too easily swayed by crap like the quote I used), they aren't vicious, there aren't that many of them (compared to the Swills), they aren't that well armed, and they should be totally lost out in the West.
I did enjoy the Socrates parts of the story. Socrates isn't a two-fisted action hero, but he has a meticulous personality, and I think his time with Brisco his piqued his curiosity. Whenever he's involved, there's almost always a scene where someone tries to back him down or intimidate him, and you can see him marshaling his resolve. I always enjoy those moments. His investigation of the ferry accident, the meeting with the ferry captain, who has basically been destroyed by the incident, the foggy docks where he does most of the sleuthing, contrasted with the upscale neighborhood where the search ends. All of that was very entertaining.