Just watched the last half hour of a The Big Valley episode. I've said it before, this is the most Christian show ever that rarely mentions Christ, the Bible or religion. Piecing it together, Victoria is one of two prisoners being taken to (one assumes) a prison by two (what appear to be) guards for hire who have no interest in their prisoners' well being. Victoria's fellow prisoner is all about himself despite Victoria's attempts to team up with him. In the climatic scenes, Victoria and her fellow prisoner escape, but he gets injured, so instead of getting far away, Victoria stays with him in an outpost redoubt. When he is better, he asks her why she stayed and she tells him because he was injured; he mocks her, takes the only guns and horse they have and leaves her alone, presumably to be recaptured. The prison guards ride in shortly after and are about to close in on Victoria (hammer in hand, Barbara Stanwyck [Victoria] had a brand that she was loyal to for forty-plus years in Hollywood and part of that brand was never going down without a fight) when her fellow prisoner rides back in, guns blazing to rescue Victoria. After a gun battle, which eventually included two of Victoria's sons (the Barkleys are always the heroes), her fellow prisoner lies dying and, when asked by Victoria why he came back, says, effectively, your behavior moved me to do what's right. And that is the Big Valley in a nutshell - a weekly morality tale of Christian values delivered in a secular story. As Ayn Rand - a hard-core secularist - said about Victor Hugo's ability to limn Christian ethics in an impressive light, whatever your personal views, you have to appreciate the skill and passion of Hugo's writing. The Big Valley is not Hugo in quality, but you have to respect the full-on passion it puts into its Christian proselytizing under the cover of a TV Western.