The Big Valley: Season 3, Episode 22

Rimfire (16 Feb. 1968)

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A played out mine that a Barkley mining partnership abandoned is now occupied by Chinese immigrants. The partnership needs to regain control of the old mine as a means to deliver air to an adjacent, ore rich mine.

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Nick Barkley (credit only)
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Heath Barkley (credit only)
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Audra Barkley (credit only)
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Victoria Barkley (credit only)
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Sheriff Dave Barrett
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Wong Lo
Robert Middleton ...
Sidney Glover
John Daniels ...
Daniel Barrett
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Ling
Joseph Bernard ...
Kusack
Alexander Lockwood ...
Judge Power
Joel Fluellen ...
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Jim Gosa ...
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J.P. Burns ...
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A played out mine that a Barkley mining partnership abandoned is now occupied by Chinese immigrants. The partnership needs to regain control of the old mine as a means to deliver air to an adjacent, ore rich mine.

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Jarrod makes two plots out of this one episode
8 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As viewers, we get a two-for-one episode as this show has two plots that they try to work as one. Even though both plots were interesting, it may have been better to play this out in two episode rather than one.

The main plot (or should I say the first plot) involved the Barkley's mining company teaming up with the Glover Mine Company in the town of Rimfire to produce even more ore than has already been achieved. Jarrod has been sent to the town to get the paperwork signed and oversee the new deeper drilling. The problem is that a vacant mine, once owed by Glover, now is occupied by a Chinesse couple standing in the way of progress for the Barkley-Glover merger.

Sidney Glover using some unethical and racial conduct as he tried to get his vacant mine back from the Chineese couple. After Jarrod sides with the couple, Glover sends his henchmen to the mine to remove the couple. This will be a situation where the lawful Sheriff, played by Van Williams, and Jarrod stand with the Chinese couple and have to fight to defend the rights of all people.

We also get a nice plot where the Sheriff has a young boy growing up in a town with no school and plenty of criminal activity. He wants more for the boy than what Rimfire can offer and asked Jarrod to take him back to Stockton so that he can enter a boarding school. Sheriff Barrett feels that he will show more love for the boy by letting him have more opportunities in Stockton. But Jarrod will try to make the Sheriff understand that the boy's love for his only parent means more than sending him to a far-away school.

Both plots are nice and well played. The mining problem could have been a nice show on its own merit rather than mixing it in with another plot. But since that did not happen we are left with a full episode that is worth watching.


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