The Big Valley: Season 2, Episode 15

Day of the Comet (26 Dec. 1966)

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A poetry-loving stranger on the run from the Cavalry camps out at the Barkley ranch.



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Episode cast overview:
Douglas Kennedy ...
Lt. Alexander Morrison
Charles Bail ...
Ben Wolgus (as Chuck Bail)
Ken Drake ...
Roberto Contreras ...
Rafael Ruiz


A poetry-loving stranger on the run from the Cavalry camps out at the Barkley ranch.

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26 December 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Far better episode than expected
13 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode could have been a disaster if characters were not correctly cast. However with the charming actor Bradford Dillman playing the lead, this episode is worth the watch.

The episode begins with an army troop carrying out a death sentence on fellow officer Eric Mercer (Bradford Dillman). Eric is able to escape but now has the entire troop on his tale.

When he camps on the Barkley land, Audra finds his camp and is intrigued with the poem carrying Mercer. She is so charmed by his ways that Audra begins falling in love with Eric. During a outing Eric saves Audra from a terrible fall which the entire Barkley family is grateful.

Soon the Barkley's learn the true nature of Eric's life. As the army troops close in on Eric, Audra tries to help Eric escape. But will it be too late to save the poetic Eric Mercer.

A finely acted episode. Barbara Stanwyck to Peter Breck the entire cast was wonderful. Linda Evans has never looked so good as she does in this episode. From beginning to end, she is eye-candy to the screen.

An extremely good watch for viewers.

NOTE- Douglas Kennedy that plays Lt Alexander Morrison in this 2nd season episode- will become part of the regular cast as Sheriff Fred Madden beginning with season 3.

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