The day after this episode aired, Dr. Sam Sheppard was finally acquitted of murdering his wife, twelve years after he had been originally convicted. Sheppard's case was the one that inspired this series. See more »
[Opening Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble working as a roustabout at a traveling carnival]
A traveling carny, here one day, there the next. A place for a man on the run, like a Fugitive. A place for Richard Kimble.
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Sort of like a reworking of the classic story "Of Mice and Men"....and possibly the most depressing episode of all!
"Approach With Care" is my vote for the most depressing episode of all the excellent episodes of "The Fugitive". It begins with a mentally challenged man playing football with some kids. One of them gets hurt and whines and cries so much his mother goes to the police about Willie (Denny Miller). It seems that Willie is a runaway from a hospital...one that is for disabled folks like him. Sadly, institutionalizing folks was the norm back then...and it's no surprise that Willie does NOT want to go back there! Soon Willie is befriended by Dr. Kimble...and soon the plot becomes very similar to Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men".
As I said, this IS depressing. The way they treated the disabled was appalling back then and the end of the episode is just terrible....and will leave you feeling a bit miserable. Not wholly original but well done and VERY engaging.
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