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The male head of the household, although willing to yield to his mother. Sometimes referred to as Pappy. A very well rounded character. He assumes responsibility easily and sometimes, more than he needs to. Jarrod is an attorney and handles the legal and business end of the ranch. He also handles criminal law.
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The voice of reason
Age at start of series: 32 (From the Big Valley 'Bible', the reference written when the series was created.)
Horse: Jingo (unsure of this. Often used in fan fiction because of a reference to a horse with that name in "By Fires Unseen." Nick calls the horse Hester will ride "Jingo," but Hester is petting Jarrod's horse.)
When you look at the surface of the character, you find someone that is loud, boisterous and temperamental. However, his character is fairly well developed. Nick has a sensitive side. He is well read - has read Tennyson. He is loyal to a fault - even when there is evidence that the loyalty is undeserved.
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Age at start of show: 28 (From the Big Valley 'Bible', the
reference written when the series was created.)
A tragic hero and sensitive to a fault. Champion of the underdog. Came to the Barkleys in adulthood after his mother passed away. Heath is illegitimate son of Tom Barkley. He respects people from all walks of life. A personality that is half Nick and half Jarrod. Although, he is not Victoria's son, he loves her deeply and has strong admiration for her as a person.
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Able to overcome any obstacle
Age at start of show: 24 (Mentioned in the episode "Palms of
Impetuous and young. She is on and off again in the spunk department. Sometimes she is too complacent and others, she showed a real strength of character (Brawlers and Palms of Glory). She is willing to stand up for what she believes in if you push her hard enough. Audra is looking for a mate with the best combination of Nick and Jarrod. One email I received suggested, that if Heath were not related they would be perfect for each other.
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Age at start of show: 18 (Turned 19 in My Son, My Son. In the "Bible," she was supposed to be 21, but obviously this was adjusted by the time of "Palms of Glory")
Currently attending the University of California at Berkeley. Studying agriculture. Idealistic and naive. Unsure of his role in the family. Only family member to call Victoria "ma". Not established definitively in the series as to whether he is older or younger than Audra.
The matriarch of the family. Possibly from an old New England family, debatable though. Her background is never fully established in the series. She is the center of the family, both as the head and the emotional cushion (and occasional referee) between her children.
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Has known the family since Audra was a baby. Strong feelings for the family. Possibly a former slave, but, it is never established in the show. Knows how to handle Nick. In his 50's. He is intelligent and quiet. Contagious smile. Shares a close relationship with Victoria. Knows each of the family members very well.
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