The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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Run of the Cat 

A bloodthirsty cougar is killing stock and mauls Nick.The Barkley's hire a professional to kill the cat but Nick can't resist the hunt.



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Episode cast overview:
Jarrod Barkley
Audra Barkley
Victoria Barkley
Ed Tanner
Tom Giles
Janis Hansen ...
Chinese Girl
Dr. Merar


A bloodthirsty cougar is killing stock and mauls Nick.The Barkley's hire a professional to kill the cat but Nick can't resist the hunt.

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21 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Featured in this episode is Pernell Roberts who left "Bonanza" three years earlier, supposedly to find roles more challenging... than a cowboy. See more »


When Nick is recuperating in bed after being mauled, the various scratches on his shoulders and chest are visible. But right after being mauled Nick's clothes were not shredded in the places where he had his scratches. See more »


Nick Barkley: [Nick and Heath are riding together] You know, I just decided something. I just decided that there's no bigger waste of man hours than chasing down a spooked herd. You know what I think? I'll tell you what I think. I think them stinkin' Murphy boys are the ones that scattered 'em! You wanna know why? I'll tell you why. Because they happen to know we're in the middle of a round-up and they're just mean enough to spook them out on us!
Heath Barkley: That's what you think, huh?
Nick Barkley: That is what I think. I also think ...
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One Hardy Man
3 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

This episode of The Big Valley belongs to Peter Breck. There's a mountain lion in the area who is feasting on Barkley cattle and Peter Breck has one nasty encounter with him. That would shake up just about anyone who survived and even someone as tough as Nick Barkley, but even Peter Breck is hardly 100% physically and mentally he's having understandable issues.

Which is why his brother Richard Long has hired a professional hunter played by Pernell Roberts to get the cat. But Breck claims him for his own and no one is going to stop him.

Roberts and Breck have some interesting rivalry brought out by the dialog between them. In between his days in the office which he considers his hunts Roberts takes his pleasures where he finds them, be it wine, women, or song, especially women.

I do agree with the other reviewer here though, Nick Barkley is a tough man, but no one on planet earth could make the remarkable recovery he does.

For fans of Peter Breck and Pernell Roberts.

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