Bonanza: Season 4, Episode 30

The Saga of Whizzer McGee (28 Apr. 1963)

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Hoss tries to help Whizzer McGee, a man with a short height, short fuse, thin skin, and big ideas.



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Episode cast overview:
George Brenlin ...
Whizzer McGee
Med Flory ...
Otis Klink
Hal Baylor ...
Big Red
Victor Sen Yung ...
Bern Hoffman ...
Mashburn (as Bert Mustin)
Mike Ragan ...


Hoss meets Whizzer McGee, a man easily provoked by others mocking his short height. Hoss encourages Whizzer to believe in himself, and helps him get a job. However, Whizzer falls in love with a saloon girl who tells him she wants a man with money. Consequently, Whizzer accepts a big loan from a man who just wants to use Whizzer's room that abuts on bank. Soon Whizzer finds an opportunity to steal bank money from bank robbers, resulting in tragedy despite Hoss's efforts to help him. Written by Charles Delacroix

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28 April 1963 (USA)  »

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Whizzer was weak
6 September 2006 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

This was a pretty weak episode of Bonanza. While the show had many great episodes, some of the worst happened whenever Hoss tried to help some drifter. Hoss seemed to have some kind of attraction to drifters who had emotional problems, and he often would take them into the Ponderosa so he could teach them some kind of lesson about love and family. While the motives were good, often the results were less than inspiring.

In this episode, Whizzer McGee is a very short character who is a down-on-his-luck grifter. Whizzer can't scam anybody, until he meets Hoss. Then Whizzer gets a job at the local bank, and some of the town's hoodlums use Whizzer to rob the bank. Of course, Whizzer is in love with the town floozy, and she thinks that he is a pathetic weasel. Hoss of course tries to show Whizzer the right path all the way to the tragic end. After it is all over, you have to wonder what Hoss saw in Whizzer? Nobody liked Whizzer, and his story is about rejection, not redemption.

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