The Big Valley: Season 3, Episode 20

Fall of a Hero (5 Feb. 1968)

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A man is dead after having a disagreement with Heath,who cannot remember what happened. Despite being on trial for his life, Heath seeks with Jarrod's help to find the truth.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Audra Barkley (credit only)
Nathan Springer
Gus Vandiver
Walter Burke ...
T. J. Dyce
Doc Tully
Daniel Mannis
Rafael Campos ...
Charley White Horse
Warren Vanders ...
Parker Atlas
Harlan Warde ...
Judge Lansbury
Pete McGinn
Claudia Bryar ...
Florence Bacon


A man is dead after having a disagreement with Heath,who cannot remember what happened. Despite being on trial for his life, Heath seeks with Jarrod's help to find the truth.

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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A woman is being questioned during jury selection. It would have been highly unusual for a woman to serve on a jury in California in the 1870s. Although California women were given the right to vote in 1911 and did serve on some juries at that point, it was not until 1917 that a law was enacted in California allowing women to serve on juries. See more »

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Another memory loss episode that is lackluster at best
1 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For whatever reason, we have at least one episode a year where someone from Stockton will lose their memory. Just last season Jarrod was the one that caused a wild adventure when he gets a knock on the head causing amnesia. This time it is Heath's turn to take the bump on the head and be the person of the week on another episode of "The Big Valley'.

Charley White Horse has been a friend of Heath's since a scout in the army. Now days Charley hangs around saloons doing anything for drinks. When Parker Atlas gets Charley to walk across the balcony blindfolded things go wrong. Charley falls to his death which makes Heath angry enough to hunt down Parker.

Heath finds Parker in the stable before being hit over the head. When Heath awakes, Parker is dead and two eye witnesses, Doc Tulley and Gus Vandiver, advises they saw Heath shoot Parker. And with the bump on the head, Heath cannot remember what happened.

Heath will stand trial for the murder of Parker with his brother, Jarrod, defending him of the charges. With two eye witnesses it will be difficult for Jarrod to have any defense in court. The only hope is for Heath's memory to return enough to remember some fact about that evening.

The episode started off real hopeful and then descended into a story with predicable dialog and uninteresting action. To me, when a script has to opt for memory loss then the writers are not really trying. Even with the great acting by the cast, this episode seemed slow and repetitive in nature. Not one of the better shows.

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