The Big Valley: Season 3, Episode 23

Bounty on a Barkley (26 Feb. 1968)

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A beautiful, aloof woman moves to the area and Nick falls in love with her. She fails to mention that she is married-and to a bounty hunter that Nick has met.



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Episode cast overview:
Audra Barkley (credit only)
Layle Johnson
Peter Haskell ...
Wheeler Johnson
Napoleon Whiting ...
Mike Wagner ...
Earl Nickell ...
John J. Fox ...
Pete Kellett ...


A beautiful, aloof woman moves to the area and Nick falls in love with her. She fails to mention that she is married-and to a bounty hunter that Nick has met.

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1.33 : 1
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The scene where Heath is tallying cattle and then investigating buzzards flying over a dead steer is the exact same footage that was first used in The Big Valley: The Invaders (1965). See more »


At the start ,when wheeler,the bounty hunter rides up & gets off his horse to go into the saloon. On his right you see a window,with the back of a mans head in it. But when he enters the saloon. Inside,where that window would have to be,there is a solid wall and not a person in the area. See more »


Nick Barkley: [Wheeler tricks Nick into a fight outside of the saloon. Wheeler smuggles a gun out, and uses Nick as a shield while he shoots several gunmen who are waiting for Wheeler] You set me up!
Wheeler Johnson: That's a fact.
Nick Barkley: [Nick grabs Wheeler as he walks by and punches him] That's a fact!
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Peter Breck is at the top of his game in this enjoyable episode.
6 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode begins as Nick is in this nearby town's saloon playing some cards. This guy comes in named Wheeler and starts playing cards with Nick. Wheeler can see something going on outside and tells Nick that he cheated in cards. Of course Nick is ready to fight as the two men walk outside. When outside Wheeler, using Nick as a shield, shoots three men dead. Nick, knowing nothing about the men, still gets his famous punch in as the sheriff appears. Wheeler is a bounty hunter and has just killed a wanted man and has to stay in town for a few days until the money arrives.

When Nick arrives home he meets this beautiful girl that has just moved into Stockton. Nick is smitten to death with the women as he does his best to prove his love toward the women. But we, as the viewer, knows that the women, Layla Johnson, has some secret that she is hiding from Nick.

Soon the secret become known as her husband is none other than Wheeler Johnson the same man Nick has met earlier in the saloon. When Wheeler finds out about Nick things turn sour. A gunfight occurs but the ladies hand still seems up for grabs. The true decision will be left up to Layla which will lead to sadness for one person.

After a few episodes that seemed lacking, this show brings back all we like about 'The Big Valley'. Peter Breck is at the top of his game in this episode as he takes the lead in this episode to make it an enjoyable watch.

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