The Big Valley: Season 1, Episode 21

Barbary Red (16 Feb. 1966)

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Nick celebrates his birthday at a waterfront saloon where he is drugged and shanghaied for sea duty.Jarrod suspects an old client of his,beautiful Barbary Red,is behind Nick's disappearance-Eugene and Heath help him investigate his hunch.

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Nick celebrates his birthday at a waterfront saloon where he is drugged and shanghaied for sea duty.Jarrod suspects an old client of his,beautiful Barbary Red,is behind Nick's disappearance-Eugene and Heath help him investigate his hunch.

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The brass bed in Barbara's room is a frequently used prop. With its gold and red paint, it's distinctive and easy to spot, and viewers can see it many times in future episodes - in other saloon rooms, in hotel rooms, in farm houses, in the Barkley guest room, and even (though it hardly seems his style) in Heath's room in The Big Valley: The Lost Treasure (1966). See more »

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After Nick is forced to sign his name, the next scene is Jarrod entering Barbara's room. As Jarrod is closing the door the shadow of the boom mic can be seen on the right upper wall. See more »

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A pleasant show that is different from the norm
10 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode, Nick and a few ranch hands go to the Barbary Saloon to celebrate Nick's birthday. Instead of having a heck of a time- the three get drugged and carried out to a holding cell. It seems that that the Barbary Saloon is a illegal operation where some unforeseen visitors get shanghaied into working on an ocean vessel for long period of time for no pay.

As the episode started, I thought it was kind of odd since Stockton is not on the ocean. However they cleared the matter the best way they could by saying that Stockton has a river harbor that opens to the ocean.

Anyway the saloon is operated by the beautiful women named Barbary Red (played the the also beautiful Jill St John). She has the men drugged and then Jack Thatcher (George Kennedy) takes it from there by making them sign documents saying that they are working on their own free will.

Jarrod is familiar with the operation and also the illegal past of Barbary Red. Jarrod does everything he can to sweet talk Ms Red in order to gain information on Nick's whereabouts. Even though he is sure that Ms Red is behind the missing men- it will not be until Health volunteers to enter the saloon and be taken prisoner- that Jarrod's suspicions are prove to be true.

Even though this story does not hold up to the usual western plot, it was held up nicely by having the eye-candy of Ms Jill St.John. Also Richard Long shows many sides of his acting ability that is not seen in most of the other episodes. Not a top rated show- but somewhat entertaining to the viewer.

NOTE- When watching this episode, please do not play a drinking game that includes the word 'shanghaied'. You may not make it to the closing credits.


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