Trivia: Heath states that the Barkley Ranch is 30,000 acres.
The episodes in this series must not run in real time because according to this season four episode, Harry Bodine had quit being sheriff five years before but he remembered Heath who joined the family on the first episode of the first season (Palms of Glory) which aired only 3.5 years earlier. He also mentioned that Heath and Nick had grown into fine men, but Heath was already an adult when he first found out who his father was shortly before the first episode.
This is the second time in the fourth season that a woman of ill repute is murdered in the same little upstairs room with the outside entry. The first time was "In Silent Battle."
The Mortons' house and outbuildings in this episode are the exact same ones used in the previous episode of season four, "Top of the Stairs," which supposedly belonged to Victoria's brother-in-law in Abottstown.
When the stage driver cuts loose the lead horse, which is supposedly lame, he smacks the horse and it runs off. However, the horse he cuts loose is clearly a sorrel, but in the next shot, the camera shows a dark horse galloping full-speed...and over a desert terrain that looks entirely different than the tree-lined prairie landscape that was seen in the preceding shot.
The telegram Jarrod received from Julia is dated April 27, 1878.
Victoria's horse is a black mare named Misty Girl.
The scene where Heath is tallying cattle and then investigates buzzards flying over a dead steer is the exact same footage that was first used in Season One's "The Invaders."
The writers tended to ignore the characters' ages in episodes about the Civil War. This episode places Heath at Chickamauga, which was in 1863. The pilot episode establishes that Heath is 24 in 1876. That would make him 11 in 1863.
Three things about this episode seem questionable. (1) At Heath's "trial," he's told he'll be punished for shooting a man 5 years ago, yet there's no explanation as to how his captors know he was the shooter, nor any explanation as to why they waited 5 years to "arrest" him. (2) Though the sect members seem to be camped in the area of the Barkley ranch, those men from the ranch searching for Heath don't check on the camp. (3) When Heath is cut free from the whipping post after his flogging, not a drop of blood can be seen on his back.
Lee Majors' "Heath Barkley" character had already been flogged in the 9-16-66 episode and the 11-28-66 episode, so his back must bear the scars of past whippings, yet the man who flogs him in this episode makes no mention of this. Had the scars somehow disappeared?
There is a time-related blooper in this episode. Dr. Beldon gives the recovering Victoria Barkley a very large bottle of medicine with instructions to take one tsp every three hours. The very next day, Audra shows up in town at the doctor's office with the empty bottle requesting a refill. Victoria couldn't possibly have finished off that bottle of medicine in so short a time! Of course, the writers did need a pretext to put Audra in the clutches of the villainous doctor.
Nick states in this episode that his full name is Nicholas Jonathon Barkley.
Goof: When Madigan goes into the mine shaft to rescue Nick, the opening is so small he is forced to crawl. Yet when he gets into that deeper part of the shaft, it appears to be flooded with natural light. Where is it coming from? It can't be from the outside, because Madigan even remarks how there "isn't even a single window" by which to disperse the darkness where they're trapped.
Goof: When Nick reaches over and grabs Madigan by the shoulder when they're at the watering trough, Nick barely has hold of Madigan's shirt and the material rips clean open. It is glaringly obvious that the fabric was already cut to make it an easy tear, thereby exposing the marks on his back.
In this episode, Andrea tells Heath that she is 14 years-old. In real life, actress Brooke Bundy who plays Andrea was 22 when she played in the episode.
The name of Heath's horse is Charger.
Goof: When they find the horse and try to catch it, first it has a harness on, then it doesn't, then it does, etc.
The goof is in the scene where Audra is pouring lemonade for Will in the barn. The liquid in the pitcher is bright yellow and there is only about an inch left in the pitcher when Will and Audra walk out of the barn to talk to Terese, the pitcher is now completely full of brown liquid.