The Big Valley: Season 2, Episode 14

Hide the Children (19 Dec. 1966)

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After falsely accusing a Gypsy vineyard worker of theft and injuring him in a fight, Nick reluctantly agrees to accompany the man's wife, daughter, and mother-in-law on a journey to the ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Audra Barkley (credit only)
Victoria Barkley (credit only)
Stephen McNally ...
The Vet
Rita Lynn ...
Sara Jane
Walter Coy ...
First Horse Thief
Jim Sheppard ...
Second Horse Thief
Melvin F. Allen ...
Lounger (as Mel F. Allen)


After falsely accusing a Gypsy vineyard worker of theft and injuring him in a fight, Nick reluctantly agrees to accompany the man's wife, daughter, and mother-in-law on a journey to the daughter's arranged marriage. Along the way, harassed by local townspeople, Nick finds himself mistaken for a Gypsy and learns what it's like to be one of them. He also discovers some truths about Gypsies, the people who hate them simply because of prejudice, and his own bigotry. Written by Anonymous

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19 December 1966 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Nick being Nick- and Eve Plumb's first TV role
3 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode begins with Nick thinking some gypsies have stolen some wine from the Barkley ranch. So hot-headed Nick goes riding out and gets into a fight with the gypsy father. As the fight is going on, Heath and Jarrod come up and advise Nick that the wine he was looking for is in another part of the storage building.

The father is no longer able to take his daughter, wife and mother to the wedding because Nick has broken some of his ribs. So Nick agrees to go along with the women and make sure they get to the wedding on time.

Along the path Nick experiences the bigotry that comes along with being labeled a gypsy. As he is leading the wagon through one town, the people come out and yell and throw rocks. One hits Nick in the temple and he is knocked out.

Because they think he is with the gypsies they will not give him medical attention. They have to go to the town's vet and force him to sew up the wound.

The next day the vet's child (played by Eve Plumb of Brady Bunch fame) comes up missing. The town thinks the gypsies have taken the child so they go out to arrest them.

In kind of an odd occurrence, the sheriff decides to let Nick and one gypsy go looking for the child. They find the child in a well just out of town. As always Nick (Peter Breck) acts like he is going beyond human capabilities when he tried to pull the girl up on a rope. I think he was trying to go after an Oscar, or at least a Golden Globe, nomination because he completely over-hammed the scene up with his acting.

Anyway the story was good and was interesting. Note- Eve Plumb's first TV role.

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