The Big Valley

The Death Merchant

Season 1, Ep 22, Aired 2/23/66
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  • Episode Description
  • Handy Random, the man who killed the man that killed Tom Barkley, comes to Stockton. It's a happy reunion for all but Heath who hates the man, and for good reason. Everywhere he goes he starts range wars to profit from them.

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Whitmore

    Handy Random

  • Richard Long

    Jarrod Barkley

  • Peter Breck

    Nick Barkley

  • Royal Dano

    Ezra Craddock

  • Steve Whittaker

    Joe Craddock

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • A man shoots at Audra after she knits him the wrong colored muff

    By millerem99, Mar 16, 2012

  • The Barkleys discover an old family friend is Satan.

    By tvking1, Aug 27, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Ezra: Now after what your man did to our boys...
      Nick: I keep trying to tell you, he was not our man!
      Ezra: He just shoots my sons and lives in your house.
      Nick: He wasn't when he did.
      Ezra: But he did and he is.
      Nick: We're not getting too far, are we?
      Ezra: You're not.

    • Audra: Handy Random is a friend of this family, and as long as you're a part of it, he's a friend of yours.
      Heath: I think I have the right to pick my own friends.

    • Nick: Having you for a partner, Handy, is something like having a rattlesnake in your hip pocket.

    • Handy: Now I'd like to apologize to each and every one of you.
      Jarrod: For what?
      Handy: For having to kill you if you ever step on Craddock land.
      Jarrod: You're working for Craddock?
      Handy: Not yet, but there's two sides to every question.

    • Handy: You'd better tell these boys, next time not to shoot at a man unless they mean to see him dead.
      Ezra: I already have. Any reason why you shouldn't be the next one?
      Handy: Well, I got some pretty good reasons right here in these barrels.
      Ezra: Little pieces of glass like the doctor took out of my boys?
      Handy: No, it's gravel this time. Cuts down on my overhead. Did you know that double-ought buckshot is up to a dime a pound?

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    Notes (1)

    • Barbara Stanwyck does not appear in this episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • The Lincoln County War was fought in New Mexico in 1878-79. It had not yet begun in 1876, the year The Big Valley is set. So Heath would not have been involved in it two years prior to his arrival at the ranch.

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