As Heath settles into life in the Valley, his authority is questioned by the men employed to aid him in a huge cattle drive, which is further complicated by the arrival of a former general with plans of his own.


Bernard McEveety


Christopher Knopf, A.I. Bezzerides (creator) (as A. I. Bezzerides) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Richard Long ... Jarrod Barkley
Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley
Lee Majors ... Heath
Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley
Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
Andrew Duggan ... Wallant
John Milford ... Barrett
Charles Briles Charles Briles ... Eugene Barkley
Calvin Brown ... Dillard
Douglas Kennedy ... Mc Coll
Walker Edmiston ... Spock (as Walter Edmiston)
Allen Jaffe ... Cota
Lincoln Tate Lincoln Tate ... Schad
Michael Fox ... De Koven
Charles Bail Charles Bail ... Brown (as Chuck Bail)


With a massive cattle drive about to begin - 3,000 steers, 550 miles in 24 days - Heath has problems gaining the respect of the 40 hands needed to carry it off. His problems escalate when a decorated ex-general of the Civil War agrees to join the drive, because the former general has designs of recruiting the hands and starting his own army. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

22 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Heath (Lee Majors) and Barrett (John Milford) are fighting in the bunk house, the stunt doubles don't look anything like Majors or Milford. Milford's double has much darker hair, and more of it then Milford does, and Majors' double is taller and not as beefy as Majors is. See more »


General Wallent: Every snake has two fangs.
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Heath wins them over
9 February 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the second episode of The Big Valley series, Lee Majors may have made his entrance and shattered things in the Barkley household in the pilot, but he still has a long way to go toward acceptance.

Some of the hired hands resent him giving out orders like one of the other Barkley brothers like Peter Breck. But along comes a former Civil War general played by Andrew Duggan who Breck idolizes and asks him to accompany them on a cattle drive to San Diego from Stockton.

Lee Majors smells something fishy, even more so after Breck is shot and nearly killed and can't finish the drive. Duggan most assuredly has his own agenda and it involves turning the Barkley hired hands against Majors and making them his own men.

Of course it doesn't work out and Majors wins acceptance. Duggan is quite the colorful hero whose manner belies a touch of madness.

Heath really wins them over in this story.

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