Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Saga of Whizzer McGee 

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


Don McDougall


Robert L. Welch (as Robert Lyon Welch)


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Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
George Brenlin George Brenlin ... Whizzer McGee
Jeanne Bal ... Melissa
Med Flory ... Otis Klink
Hal Baylor ... Big Red
Victor Sen Yung ... Hop Sing
Bern Hoffman Bern Hoffman ... Bartender
Burt Mustin ... Mashburn (as Bert Mustin)
Mike Ragan ... Mike


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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Release Date:

28 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The playing cards Whizzer uses to cut for drinks with the bar owner have modern faces and would have been available in the late 1800s. See more »

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Poorest acting seen in sometime.
28 August 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this poor offering as a episode, we get Hoss finding another down-on-their-luck person that acts like a little brat in more ways than one.

Whizzer McGee is the new person that stand about 5 foot and has a mouth about ten foot wide. In every situation he puts himself into things that turn out wrong. So I guess the big-hearted Hoss finds something interesting in the characters such as Whizzer.

I believe everyone dislike Whizzer including the viewer. For some reason Hoss seems to be the only person that has faith in the man. Even after seeing his temper more than one time, Hoss feels some connection.

Anyway Whizzer borrows some money from a local townsman named Otis Klink. And when Whizzer get a job at the bank Otis says he can repay him by just leaving the door unlocked.

When Whizzer does a little switcheroo with Otis- it lands him into some hot water. And Otis is not one to be used by a little man with a big mouth.

The writers tried to make this a semi-comedy by having Whizzer McGee (George Brenlin) perform comedic activities during the show. However, the Whizzer character was neither amusing or funny. In fact he was so obnoxious that it was hard to follow the story. And for the viewer the end of the show was not disappointing but was something that finally ended the viewer's misery.

Acting was suspicious in the entire show. George Brelin was downright pathetic. But there is plenty of poor acting to go around for everyone. Not a good story and not a good show.

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