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Barnaby Jones

Season 5 Episode 1

Blood Vengeance

Aired Unknown Oct 07, 1976 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Blood Vengeance
Barnaby's cousin, Monroe Jones, a Chicago police sergeant, gets a tip from an informant (Tony Ritter) that the man (Walter Cahill) who murdered his partner six years ago is living in Los Angeles. When Sgt.Jones arrives in L.A. to meet up with Ritter, he is murdered at the airport by the same killer. Monroe's son, Jedediah Romano (J.R.) Jones, arrives in L.A. to track down his father's killer and to avenge his father's death. J.R. goes to Barnaby for help in finding Tony Ritter hoping that Ritter can lead him to Monroe's killer. Barnaby and J.R. follow various leads but it is a phone call that is made while Barnaby is out of the office that leads J.R. to a confrontation alone with his father's killer. Unfortunately for J.R., Cahill is well skilled in karate and easily knocks J.R. out. Just as he is about to kill J.R., Barnaby shows up and shoots Cahill, wounding him so that he can not harm J.R. After everything is resolved, J.R. decides that he would like to stay in L.A., and asks Barnaby to hire him to work part time while he studies for the California Bar.moreless

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  • Excellent opening episode

    Blood Vengeance was an excellent way to introduce the Barnaby Jones audience to the new character of J.R. Jones played by Mark Shera. In this episode you really got to see the wide range of emotions that Mark Shera brought to the character of J.R. and how well he was going to fit in on this series.

    From the moment the J.R. character burst into Barnaby\\\'s office you could tell that he and Barnaby were going to make a good team and this episodes showed how well they solved crimes together, Barnaby in the lead and J.R. quickly learning from him.

Mark Shera

Mark Shera

Jedediah Romano (J.R.) Jones (1976-1980)

Lee Meriwether

Lee Meriwether

Betty Jones

Buddy Ebsen

Buddy Ebsen

Barnaby Jones

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this first episode it was stated that J.R. had finished law school in Chicago and was studying for the Chicago Bar. He was suppose to work part time for Barnaby while he studied for the California Bar instead. However in the episodes that followed, J.R. was back in law school, a fact that was never explained.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode introduced Mark Shera in the role of J.R. Jones. A role he continued to play until the end of the series. Due to Shera's portrayal of the character, J.R. turned out to be very popular and brought a lot of new fans to the show thus increasing the fan base for the show.