1970's TV goddess Jo Ann Harris made three appearances on the popular private detective series Barnaby Jones. Her first guest spot on the show was in 1974 in an episode titled "Odd Man Loses," which also featured guest stars Dick Van Patten and Christopher Stone.
|Jo Ann Harris & Buddy Ebsen|
In this episode of Barnaby Jones, Jo Ann Harris portrays the young and beautiful wife of an older man (Dick Van Patten) who works as an accountant for a large company. Reluctantly, Van Patten has teamed with the two other guys from his carpool to steal a briefcase full of cash from an important executive. Of course, the robbery goes horribly wrong and, even though the trio of amateur criminals get away with the money, they have to cover-up a murder and try to keep their cool when a private investigator starts asking tough questions.
|Jo Ann Harris & Dick Van Patten|
The excessively lovely Jo Ann Harris does a terrific job here. She gives a strong, confident performance as a woman (perhaps unwittingly) involved in a heinous crime. In the beginning of the episode she acts like a spoiled wife and, by the end, she has had an opportunity to utilize her patented 'bad girl' persona. Overall, this can be considered yet another '70s television triumph for the talented and visually striking actress.