The Big Valley: Season 1, Episode 28

The Midas Man (13 Apr. 1966)

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Audra falls for a shrewd financier who has come to the Valley to capitalize on a drought that has left most of the ranchers in need of loans.When he is about to foreclose and seize the land... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Scott Breckenridge
Walker Edmiston ...
Titus McKelvy
Hal Lynch ...
Ed Mead
Richard O'Brien ...
Jace Holman


Audra falls for a shrewd financier who has come to the Valley to capitalize on a drought that has left most of the ranchers in need of loans.When he is about to foreclose and seize the land used as collateral,the ranchers blame the Barkley's-Audra offers herself as a "sacrifice" to hold off the financier. Written by Anonymous

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Victoria Barkley: One woman is rarely enough for a man like Scott Breckenridge. The need for conquest is too strong. They simply aren't the marrying kind.
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Linda Evans with Tom Tryon steals the show in this episode
23 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode starts out as any young man's dream as we get to see Audra undressing as she is going to take a swim by a rural creek. But to our anger there is a man already swimming in the creek named Scott Breckenridge. Little does anyone know, at this point, but Scott will be the villain of this story.

What has happened is there is a drought in the area of Stockton. With nearly everyone being farmers there is a run on the local bank shutting everything down. With local farmers unable to get loans to cover things needed for the drought, Scott will provide them a loan, at a high interest, and all they need to put up is their land. Even with Jarrod advising against the loans, the local farmers had no other option.

As expected rain never comes and the farmers are called to settle their loans. Audra will offer herself as a sacrifice for the local farmers in return for Scott extending their loans. It becomes terrifying when Scott takes her up on her offer.

Linda Evans is as beautiful as ever in this episode that will have any red-blooded male glued to the screen. She does an excellent job of acting during this episode as well as the other regular characters on the set. Not really the most interesting show of the series but one that stands out, mainly due to chemistry of Linda Evans and Tom Tryon (Scott), as a show to remember. Both were well cast for the parts. Good watch.

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