Working as a kennel assistant for a family's show-dog breeding business, Kimble finds it's the family that needs the physician's care more. The father Max's obsessed with success, so he's too hard on his son, and Kimble discovers that daughter-in-law Cora intentionally let their top Red Setter bitch run off. The fugitive's struggling to keep a low profile, but his principles won't let him shoot the runaway bitch because she appears readily savable, though Cora icily orders Kimble to kill the Irish Setter. The scared dog was injured on the estate's barbed wire, used to keep thieves out, not the highly-trained canines in. This live-in job provides a safe hiding place for the fugitive physician, who worries what Cora's up to. Written by
Kimble is working for a dog breeder, (George Voscovic) whose son, (John Considine) and daughter-in-law also work for him. He likes Kimble but has been hard on his son, who feels unappreciated. The wife, (Nancy Malone, formerly on "Naked City" as Adam Flint's girlfriend), wants the place sold so they can have some money for the finer things in life. It turns out the dogs have a congenital defect in their blood line which Kimble recognizes which will make them worthless. It makes the son and his wife want the place sold all the more quickly- before anyone can find out about the defect. Naturally, they find out about Kimble so he has to leave. But he's got an extra problem- his relationship with the dogs means they can find him wherever he's hiding in the woods.
There's a touching moment where Kimble, who has developed a sort of father-son relationship with the breeder, (who seems to prefer him to the son), says "I always thought I'd be working with my father."
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