I didn’t realize until now that Fox did not originally run this series quite in the order intended. “Socrates’ Sister” was made second, but shown fifth. This might be because the episode, while not bad, is really quite ordinary. It plays like a very standard western, and it wouldn’t have done at all to come down from the wildness of the pilot with something that pretty much any western of the previous forty years could have done. It was written by Chris Ruppenthal, and this is his only credit on this show. He’d previously been a producer on Quantum Leap for three seasons and, the next year, would write for Bruce Campbell again in an episode of Lois & Clark that we looked at in May.
With no explanation of how he survived what looked like his death in the previous episode, John Pyper-Ferguson is back this week as Pete Hutter. Motormouthed and with a hair-trigger temper, Pete’s really the best thing about the episode, which also very, very, very briefly introduces Yvette Nipar as a recurring character, Ellie, who owns Brisco’s favorite bar. Our son loved the underwater fight, and enjoyed giggling over a recurring gag about Socrates rushing off to rescue his sister while loaded down with an absurd amount of unnecessary junk.