Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Last Haircut 

Little Joe finds himself at the scene of a murder, and befriends the victim's vengeance-minded son.


(as William Claxton)




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Cartwright
Adam Cartwright
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Duke Miller
Otie / Floyd Brennan
Jered Barclay ...
Cal Brennan
Sam Sneden
Frank Thomas
Wilson Reed
Sheriff Roy Coffee
Alex Montoya ...
Carlos Rodriguez
Rafael López ...
Paco Rodriguez (as Rafael Lopez)
Howard Wendell ...


Three rough men enter a barber shop, where one of them finds a pretext to kill a man. Little Joe is on the scene, and befriends the murdered man's son, Paco. The murderer is arrested and brought to trial. However, despite eye-witness testimony, a slick lawyer convinces the jury to return a verdict of Not Guilty. Little Joe is enraged at the failure of the justice system. He joins Paco in seeking vengeance against the freed murderer. Ben helps Joe decide how best to respond to injustice, and how best to help Paco find a new life without his father. Written by Charles Delacroix

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3 February 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A trio of tough cowboys come into town, and shoot one man for refusing to let one of their own take a haircut before everyone else.
26 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

This episode is excellent from start to finish. The acting is superb on all levels. Little Joe is the first to get out of his barber chair after waiting two hours, to give it up to a gunslinger (Perry Lopez) who threatens his life. He does so, but then a Mexican shows he can't be bullied, takes the barber chair and is killed. His son comes to stay with the Cartwrights until relatives call for him to live with them in Mexico. An interesting trial ensues, and the slick lawyer gets the murderer and gang freed. Later when Little Joe returns and fights the men involved in the shooting, he lets the barber shave Perry Lopez head bald, and throws him out into the street for everyone to see. They start laughing, and Lopez is seen holding his head and feeling like the bug that he is. What a perfect ending. Recommended as a must see

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