The Big Valley: Season 1, Episode 8

My Son, My Son (3 Nov. 1965)

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A neighboring rancher's teenage son returns to Stockton after being away many years and is immediately obsessed with Audra. He tangles with Audra's defender, Heath, which leads to a feud ... See full summary »

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Victoria Barkley (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
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A neighboring rancher's teenage son returns to Stockton after being away many years and is immediately obsessed with Audra. He tangles with Audra's defender, Heath, which leads to a feud between the families. The dispute further escalates with a shooting, and then the boy's background is divulged. Written by Anonymous

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With a lot of camera time for Linda Evans, you know its a good watch.
7 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When this episode begins the setting is a birthday party for Audra at the Barkley home. There is, of course, a large crowd with everyone in the high collars and long dresses. Enter Wallace and Jenny Miles with their son Evan that had just returned from a school back east.

From the beginning you could tell something was strange about Evan Miles (Robert Walker Jr). At the party he tries to force himself on Audra- and Heath comes up and punches Evan in the mouth. This causes the Miles family to exit the party in a huff.

Since the Barkleys and Miles have been friends for many years, Victoria sets off the next day to settle the problem. But upon arriving you could tell that Wallace was placing blame on Audra but not his son. And after Victoria left, you could tell that the father Wallace was hiding information about his son's background.

Wallace can see no wrong with his son. Even after deadly force is used, Wallace defends his son. It will not be until Jarrod starts check the reason Evan returned from back east do we understand the problem.

With a good cast and some nice scenery we get an episode worth watching. Robert Walker Jr was a great cast as the troublesome Evan. He even looks like a mental patient in real life so he fit right into the character.

NOTE- at the beginning of the episode while at the birthday party- the dance music is the theme of 'The Big Valley'.


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