The Barkleys Were in Danger When they Left the Ranch

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The Barkleys Were in Danger When they Left the Ranch

Post by PJudith » Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:25 pm

I have been watching some of The Big Valley lately and it occurred to me that the Barkleys had the same problem as the Cartwrights when they venture away from the family home. They get kidnapped, robbed, beaten, shanghaied, etc. It's a wonder these people ever ventured far from home. :grin

In an episode I saw the other day, Heath and Nick were arrested and put into a work camp. It was run by some unscrupulous people who wanted cheap labor. The next day Audra and Victoria were kidnapped and held hostage by some bumbling criminals who stole a safe. But it was a comedy episode.

In today's episode Nick was shanghaied and almost found himself on a ship with a sadistic sea captain.

The other day Victoria, Heath and Jarred boarded a stagecoach. Cue the ominous music as some men watched the stage go by. I knew immediately that they were planning to rob it! They stole the money and took the horses and left the passengers to their fate in the desert.

It seems that most of these things happened to the Cartwrights along with mistaken identity, false imprisonment and being robbed and left for dead in the desert.

It's a wonder that the Barkleys and the Cartwrights EVER left the safety of their ranches. Did they ever have one uneventful trip? LOL

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Re: The Barkleys Were in Danger When they Left the Ranch

Post by ellie » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:23 pm

No Wonder They Never Met!!!! :lol

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Re: The Barkleys Were in Danger When they Left the Ranch

Post by Joe'sGal » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:49 pm

They were both great shows, weren't they?! Talk about "bang for your buck!" :rotfl

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Post by RedShirt » Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:25 pm

Stockton, California.
Virginia City, Nevada.

Country in between would've been what Papa called "wild n wooly n full of fleas, never been curried below the knees."
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Re: The Barkleys Were in Danger When they Left the Ranch

Post by Karol » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:53 am

Joe'sGal wrote:They were both great shows, weren't they?! Talk about "bang for your buck!" :rotfl
:ha :yes
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Post by october » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:10 am

I don't think any of them made it to the alter either. They too had life long friends who seem to evaporate. They too were a very handsome bunch.

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Post by ellen » Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:13 pm

october wrote:I don't think any of them made it to the alter either. They too had life long friends who seem to evaporate. They too were a very handsome bunch.
I think Jarrod got married in one episode, but his wife was killed. Sound familiar?
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Post by RedShirt » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:05 pm

Somewhere out there on YouTube I've seen a video where the two families meet up.

I don't recall whether Eugene Barkley is included, but the video's author wisely varies which Cartwright and
which Barkley are "paired up" in situations (mine cave-ins, wild animal encounters, particularly egregiously
bad luck with a potential spouse). I think the contrast between Victoria and Ben comes out well.
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Post by Terina » Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:51 pm

PJudith wrote: The next day Audra and Victoria were kidnapped and held hostage by some bumbling criminals who stole a safe. But it was a comedy episode.
I found a kindred spirit in Victoria, she was calmly knitting the whole time.
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Re: The Barkleys Were in Danger When they Left the Ranch

Post by PJudith » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:50 pm

So true, nothing ever rattled Victoria Barkley! She was thrown from horses, punched and had guns pointed at her and she never lost her cool.

I think she was the type of character that Bonanza had in mind when they said that Laura Dayton would be a tough, no nonsense frontier woman. But unfortunately they wrote her as a delicate flower.

In reality, women in the old west would have probably been tough and more like Victoria Barkley than Laura Dayton and not prone to having "headaches" every other day when things didn't go their way.

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