The Big Valley: Season 2, Episode 7

Target (31 Oct. 1966)

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Joshua Hawks, who is standing for public office, rides into town and accuses the Nick Barkley's family of stealing land and all produce grown on it illegal. Jarrod is concerned at Hawks' ... See full summary »

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Joshua Hawks
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Edna Wesley
Sherwood Price ...
Frank Wesley
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Dan'l Hawkes
Harlan Warde ...
Peter Doolin
Bill Quinn ...
Storekeeper
Paul Sorensen ...
Dave Sloane
Rudy Bukich ...
Barkeep
Walter Woolf King ...
Judge
Larry Domasin ...
Steve
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Joshua Hawks, who is standing for public office, rides into town and accuses the Nick Barkley's family of stealing land and all produce grown on it illegal. Jarrod is concerned at Hawks' actions, and knows suing the man will do more good for Hawks than the Barkley's. His campaign manager Frank Wesley risks dismissal when he challenges Hawks tactics, but ultimately agrees to go along. The Barkley's face further pressure as buyers start to fall off when there is doubt over the produce grown on their farms. A fire at Hawk's hotel is blamed without evidence on the Barkley's. The tension grows as Hawks requests a meeting with Victoria Barkley. He proposes a truce, but she rejects the idea. He then reveals he'd known the Barkley's when her husband was still alive and used to work on the farm. A special governors meeting is planned and Frank is appalled to discover Hawks plans to blow up the town hall killing the Barkley family. The local shop keeper who sold the explosives becomes ... Written by glen_chapman <chapman_glen@yahoo.com>

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Good actors make this a strong show
3 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With a cast that features James Whitmore, Julie Adams and Strother Martin the viewer knows that they are in for a treat. Add a good story to the fine actors and you get a show that is entertaining.

The story begins when Joshua Hawks (James Whitmore), a candidate for governor, comes into Stockton and announces that the land that the Barkley's claim was actually stolen property. And when he makes this claim in front of Nick, we all know that is just a matter of time before Nick punches Hawks in the jaw.

Even though the claims are made-up information by Hawks' campaign manager the story draws interest. In fact it gains Hawks so much interest that he decides to stick with the story so that his name will appear in papers as the voting date nears. Even with objections from the campaign manager, Hawks continues his rants on the entire Barkley family.

When a committee calls Hawks to show proof of his claim, he plots a scheme where the building the meeting is to occur will be damaged by an explosion. And afterwards the blame will be pinned on the Barkleys. However something goes terribly wrong which will end Mr Hawks seeking the governor's chair.

Good acting and an interesting story keeps this episode going strong. A good watch for viewers.


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