The Big Valley: Season 4, Episode 26

Point and Counterpoint (19 May 1969)

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A dying prisoner asks his son to kill the two people whose testimony caused his death, a Stockton banker named Clark and Victoria Barkley. After Clark is murdered, Jarrod, unaware that ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Audra Barkley (credit only)
Ritch Stokely
Walter Burke ...
Ned Stokely
Russell Thorson ...
Otis Clark
Sarah Clark
Michael Fox ...
Jonathan Williams
Milton Frome ...
Dr. Covey
Jacqueline Hewitt ...
Bar Girl
Sheriff Jim Dolan
Harlan Warde ...
Mr. Bickers
Walker Edmiston ...
Harry Banner


A dying prisoner asks his son to kill the two people whose testimony caused his death, a Stockton banker named Clark and Victoria Barkley. After Clark is murdered, Jarrod, unaware that Victoria is the next target, agrees to act as the son's lawyer when he is put on trial for murder. Written by Anonymous

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19 May 1969 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Linda Evans was not in this episode. It was the last episode of the series See more »


Jarrod Barkley: I've been doing a little thinking since I had that talk with Nick about the hard practicalities of politics - all the compromises - the really hard facts I hadn't thought about. I just decided I wasn't a policitican after all. I'm a lawyer.
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An fantastic twist leads this show to favorable results
19 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For the last show of the series we are treated to a dandy story that mainly features Jarrod and Victoria as they deal with a man wanting to kill Victoria for sending his father to prison years ago.

The episode begins as Rich Stokely has been called to prison as his father, a bank robber, is near death. Rich's father had been placed in jail many years ago mainly due to the testimony of Otis Clark (banker) and Victoria Barkley in a trial in Stockton. Now the dying words of a man in prison to his boy is to kill both Clark and Barkley.

In Dodge, a man matching Rich's description robs and kills Otis Clark and while fleeing shoots and wounds Sheriff Madden. And it is not long before Rich Stokely shows up at the Barkley's front door asking for Jarrod to defend him against a crime he said he did not commit.

At the trail, Sheriff Madden confirms that Rich was the man that he saw wound him. But there is also testimony from a cattle owner that Rich Stokley was with him when the murder was suppose to happen. And with the expertise of Jarrod, Rich is found 'not guilty' of the crime.

That very afternoon Sheriff Madden gets a wire from a neighboring town that they have arrested a man matching Rich's description with stolen money from the Clark murder and robbery. There will be a surprise for all the townsfolk of Stockton as now they are not sure if they have let a guilty man free.

A nice story with a fantastic twist to end the show with favorable results. This offering, the last in the entire series, is one of the better episode in the entire collection. Richard Long and Barbara Stanwyck are again outstanding playing their parts to perfection. An interesting and entertaining watch.

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