The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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A Stranger Everywhere 

A shy dressmaker interests lawmen and outlaws alike when a journalist theorizes that she is an infamous bandit. Nick, who as a joke had started the rumor, finds himself defending her reputation - despite not knowing just what the truth is.

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Jarrod Barkley
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Heath Barkley
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Audra Barkley
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Victoria Barkley
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Ted Halyard
William Jordan ...
Dave Carr
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Jody
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Lafe
Antony Carbone ...
Vega (as Anthony Carbone)
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Croft
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Senator Roberts
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Frank Patton
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A shy dressmaker interests lawmen and outlaws alike when a journalist theorizes that she is an infamous bandit. Nick, who as a joke had started the rumor, finds himself defending her reputation - despite not knowing just what the truth is.

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9 December 1968 (USA)  »

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Link: [Three cowboys ride up, leading Dave Carr's horse: Nick's murdered cow-hand] Howdy! Is this the Barkley ranch?
Nick Barkley: That's right.
Link: Good. My partners and I found this horse. Thought it might belong to you.
[Link edges his horse toward Nick]
Nick Barkley: Stay right where you are.
Link: Well now that's not very friendly.
Nick Barkley: [Link moves his hand toward his gun, but Nick quickly draws his gun before him] I wouldn't try that. You'll never make it.
Link: There are three of us, Barkley!
Nick Barkley: Try it, and there'll only be two of you.
Link: All we want...
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Nick's rumor turns a shy dress-maker into a bandit
26 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

One morning at the breakfast table Nick tells the rest of the family about his dime novel that he been reading concerning the Devlin Gang. All the members had been arrested except for one female member that is living somewhere in California and knows the whereabouts of all the money stolen.

Nick, as a joke, tells one of his light-headed cowhands that the shy dress maker, Jennie Hall, is the woman of the Devlin Gang. He is so half-wit that he believes the story and starts telling people that the story is true. So now the entire town, law-enforcement and even other bandits are making their way to Stockton to talk with the last member of the gang. Even a journalist is caught up in the action as he writes state-wide newspaper articles concerning Jennie Hall as the female bandit.

Nick apologizes for starting the rumor but it seems that Jennie is liking the attention she is receiving from others. She even plays into people's hands as they ask question about her background. That is until someone ransacks her home and kills a deputy sheriff. Later we find out that Jennie does have a secret and Nick will be surprised with the results.

In this episode Peter Breck gets to be and do everything Nick is famous for doing. A fist-fight, a witch-slap and even a gunshot precisely to someone's ear- Nick is just being Nick in this episode. Even the guest actress Julie Harris is great as Jennie Hall. I have always liked her acting and she did not let anyone down in this performance. Good Watch


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