The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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Explosion!: Part 2 

The forest fire continues to advance toward Stockton. With no one else able to help, Jarrod, Nick and Heath prepare to meet the fire with nitroglycerin.


Virgil W. Vogel


A.I. Bezzerides (creator), Louis F. Edelman (creator) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Richard Long ... Jarrod Barkley
Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley
Lee Majors ... Heath Barkley
Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley
Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
Judy Carne ... Bridget Wells
Arlene Golonka ... Gail Miller
Stuart Erwin ... Charlie Carter (credit only)
Eddie Firestone ... Toby
Napoleon Whiting ... Silas
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... Harry Sprague
Paul Sorensen Paul Sorensen ... Blacksmith
Edward Colmans ... Padre
Eve Plumb ... Laure
Eileen Baral ... Mary


The forest fire continues to advance toward Stockton. With no one else able to help, Jarrod, Nick and Heath prepare to meet the fire with nitroglycerin.

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Release Date:

27 November 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode aired on November 20, 1967. Stuart Erwin who played Charlie died just over a month later on December 21, 1967. See more »


The birthday present Victoria receives is a painting by Charles Russell titled Jerked Down, completed in 1907. The series was set in the 1800s. See more »

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Only the Barkley boys can stop the fire
23 May 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

An expedition led by Stu Erwin from part one of this story never makes it to the forest fire. Now the Barkley boys all three of them including lawyer Jarrod are taking a load of nitroglycerin and black powder to the forest fire to create a fire break. Per what happened to Erwin in part one that nitroglycerin is mighty unstable stuff.

The last half of this show is mostly Richard Long, Peter Breck, and Lee Majors in one of the few times in The Big Valley series that they work in concert because usually the story line focuses on one member of the family. It's what makes this second part really special.

Barbara Stanwyck also has an outstanding scene with Linda Evans and with butler Napoleon Whiting when she learns what the Barkley boys are up to. But as she remarks they're not boys, they're men doing a job that has to be done. It's so well played one of her best small screen scenes from this big screen legend.

A great episode from The Big Valley, a must for fans of the series.

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