The Big Valley: Season 3, Episode 26

The Challenge (28 Mar. 1968)

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A plot is hatched to use an innocent photo in an embarassing way. Victoria and a U.S. Senator are the targets of the smear campaign.



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Episode cast overview:
Audra Barkley (credit only)
Senator Jim Bannard
Judge William Daggett
Lincoln Demyan ...
Eddie Firestone ...
Jack Gill


A plot is hatched to use an innocent photo in an embarassing way. Victoria and a U.S. Senator are the targets of the smear campaign.

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A set-up picture cause problems for a Senator and Victoria.
14 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the final episode of season three we are treated again to the under-estimated James Gregory. In this show, Mr Gregory plays Jim Bannard a state senator running for re-election in the late 1800's California. Senator Bannard is an old flame of Victoria and is supported by the entire Barkley family in the bid for re-election. His support is strong even with a local lawyer/Judge William Daggett also seeking the office occupied by Bannard.

When some racy pictures are taken of Senator Bannard and Victoria, it will lead to allegations of corruption from Candidate Daggett unless the Senator agrees to drop his bid for re-election. But the Senator is not one for backing down to problems and even challenges Daggett to a public duel of honor.

When Daggett refused, the Senator is left with having to take matters into his own hands to save his state seat and Victoria's reputation. But with the hot-headed Senator, it will be difficult to separate honor from possible murder.

Even though the acting was good and the story interesting, I found it difficult to agree with the ending. But perhaps that was what the writers wanted- to add more flavor to the episode. Agree or disagree with the ending- the story was interesting. Barbara Stanwyck has some rough scenes in this show but holds up well to the challenging activities. Good watch.

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