The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner 

"The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner" is an episode of The Big Valley starring Richard Long, Peter Breck, and Lee Majors. The arrival of an old friend of Victoria and Tom's causes trouble in the Valley, due to the man's claim on a plot of land which has been earmarked as the location of a new dam.



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Episode cast overview:
... Jarrod Barkley
... Nick Barkley
... Heath
... Audra Barkley
... Victoria Barkley (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
... Jubal
... Colter
... Chad (as Sheldon Golomb)
... Sheriff
... Crowell
K.L. Smith ... Dutton (as K. L. Smith)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Chairman (as Tom Browne Henry)
... Finletter
... Bolin (as Dick Farnsworth)
Larry Doyle ... Man


After 30 years a man comes back to the Valley to claim land promised to him by the late Tom Barkley. The land is now the site of a proposed dam that will benefit the community. The Barkleys argue among themselves and with the local landowners about whether the man is entitled to stay. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

13 October 1965 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Talk about bad timing
8 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Jubal Tanner, an old friend of Tom and Victoria Barkley, come into the valley with his grandson to claim some land that Tom had left him many years ago. At the ranch he finds out that Tom had been killed six years earlier but Victoria welcomes him with open arms. Tom and Victoria had helped Jubal bury his wife years ago and Tom told Jubal that when he returns he will give him the area around the grave sight called Oak Meadows. Even though Tom said he could have the land, Jubal has been saving all his life to give fair market value for the land so he can say that the land is truly his.

Now here is the bad part, Jarrod has been fighting at the state level to build a dam for the good of the valley. They have finally agreed to built the dam but the sight chosen is Oak Meadows that Jarrod thought the Barkley's owned. Now Jubal has thrown a wrench into the plan and threatening the good of the valley. Now the people of the valley are at odds with Jubal and it looks like it is going to get nasty.

Had Jubal only returned seven years instead of six then the whole conflict could have been avoided. But since that did not happen we get a story that is rather melancholy. It appears the producers of the show did not want to leave the viewers feeling too bad so they threw in a little lighthearted comedy to end the show with a smile. With a strong cast the episode held its own.

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