5/24/15 5:40a The Big Valley Hunter's Moon Ep 12 12/30/68 Lawrence Dobkin as Ben Dawes believes his wife is unfaithful. We see that he keeps her hostage in his own home. He then proceeds to capture the would be lover of his wife Susan O'Connell as Juliet. Nick Barkley is one of them. Insanity rules here. The rancher Dawes was right, his instinct was correct, his wife is cheating on him with his--- Foreman played by Don Chastain as Tony Semper. His wife convinces Nick to escape with her. Dawes pursues them. Chastain has 2nd thoughts he doesn't want Dawes to find out so tries to kill his lover but he ends up dead. Why would this man Dawes keep this woman a hostage and why wouldn't she just leave? With Chastain? His wife tells him that he is old and the Horse he saw ride off in the night was his own Horse. Lawrence Doblin is not old at all he's jealous of anyone who might look at his wife but he makes her a prisoner, he didn't trust his wife but he did trust his Foreman. Dawes is in shock the last scene is he when kneels by Chastain's body. I always felt he shot himself.
This fourth-seasoner starts out with some potential as Nick is held up and imprisoned with two other men on charges that one of them is the culprit involved in an affair with a wealthy and powerful man's wife. However, it slowly swan dives into the unbelievable after Nick and the man's wife, Juliet, team up to escape their mutual jailer.
First, the fact that Nick doesn't swap Juliet for Cocoa, his tired old pony and instead ride her sturdier, larger steed is just goofy. That alone would have solved the problem of losing ground to their pursuers.
Then, when all of Dawes' men fail to nab Nick, especially when they're all armed and surrounding him, we're to believe that this powerhouse and his dudes are all just miserably poor shots. Bodkin outright misses all his shots with a rifle!
One of the most incredulous moments is when Nick decides to put Juliet's horse out of its misery after it falls. He brazenly walks out into the open where he'd presumably be shot dead in minutes in order to examine and then shoot the animal at point-blank range. If performing an immediate mercy-killing on a horse was more important than saving his and Juliet's own hides, wouldn't Nick have shot the horse from a distance?
Again, the whole plot was not as strong as it could have been, and was further weakened by requiring a leap of faith greater than the average audience posseses.
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