The Big Valley

Season 4 Episode 12

Hunter's Moon

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 30, 1968 on ABC
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  • An egotistical frontiersman gets a little irritable when he suspects Nick has been having an affair with his wife.

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    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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