The Big Valley: Season 2, Episode 9

The Man from Nowhere (14 Nov. 1966)

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A woman, her mother-in-law and young son are considered squatters. The Cattlemen want her off the land. The woman will not make it easy for them. She fights to remain in what she considers ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Libby Mathews
Hannah Mathews
Hoyt Vatcher
Danny Mathews
Richard O'Brien ...
Jed Cameron
Howard Wendell ...
Simon Blair
Robert Karnes ...
Arthur Space ...
James Driskill ...
Bartender (as Jim Driskill)


A woman, her mother-in-law and young son are considered squatters. The Cattlemen want her off the land. The woman will not make it easy for them. She fights to remain in what she considers is her land. She feels her missing husband of two years, worked very hard on that land, so why should she pack up and leave. Jarrod Barkley is heading her way with proof why she can't remain on the property. However, by accident caused by the woman's son, he ends up with amnesia. While he's struggling with no memory at all, he decides he will help the woman fight for her land. The Cattlemen will stop at nothing to push them off that land. Meanwhile Jarrod's family is worried at this point over Jarrod missing. He had left days ago and they have not heard anything from him. So his brothers Nick and Heath decide to follow the trail he took. Written by CBuzzi

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14 November 1966 (USA)  »

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Every show has an amnesia plot. TBV is not different
5 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For some reason, nearly every series has at least one amnesia show. It has been done and redone many many times to the point of near boredom. In this episode it will be Jarrod that has amnesia after a fall from a horse.

Jarrod is actually on his way to help the cattlemen legally remove squatters on farm land. But after taking the fall and losing his memory, it will be the squatters that take him into their care.

The squatters are a family that consist of a women, her small child and an older mother-in-law. And when they take Jarrod in, they do not realize that he was a lawyer on the side of the cattlemen.

But through some paperwork the mother, Libby Mathews, will find out out about his true identity but keep the information to herself. As Jarrod has become a member of the squatter's family bound to protect the land from removal by the cattlemen.

When Heath and Nick set out to find Jarrod- the ruse gets even wider. Libby orders Heath and Nick at gunpoint to get off the property. And when they return she and Jarrod are waiting with guns ready.

Even with the amnesia storyline, the show played well. Not the most interesting episode but one that proves you can actually make a nice show out of a commonly used tactic of writers.

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