Kimble is blackmailed into slaving for a physician obsessed with curing a deadly strain of meningitis prevalent in a remote Mexican province. The fugitive put ashore in Mexico, after ...
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Kimble is blackmailed into slaving for a physician obsessed with curing a deadly strain of meningitis prevalent in a remote Mexican province. The fugitive put ashore in Mexico, after fleeing U.S. police, and swapping places with a departing sailor. The expatriate Dr. Howell will stop at nothing to wipe out his "tiny enemy," but Richard Kimble contests the ethics of Howell's fanatical methods, as a wily local police sergeant closes in on the convicted killer. Written by
[Epilog Closing Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble on a beach, seeking a ride with some fisherman heading out to sea]
To Richard Kimble, the Fugitive, a respite of love is brief. The end of love and the necessity of survival - in flight from the numberless enemy - darkness and loneliness are harsh but sheltering friends.
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This was one of the episodes I remembered years after first seeing it on A&E. Kimble escapes from the cops by hopping on board a boat bound for Mexico. He gets deathly ill and is delivered to a clinic run by Arthur Hill, a runaway doctor who cares for the local populace while he studies a strain of meningitis for which there has been no cure that seems peculiar to the area. Hill is obsessed with this goal, although it's not clear if it's a personal obsession or an attempt to gain medical glory and restart his career back in the states. He nurses Kimble back from pneumonia and then recruits him to work in his clinic. The additional doctor will give Hill more time to work on a cure for the meningitis. He does a pretty good job of it and seems to have created a break through. The conflict comes when Hill refuses to give the new medicine to half of his patients, whom he needs as a "test group" while Kimble feels they have an obligation to try to help them, as well.
Despite the latter, this situation brings up the possibility that must surely have occurred to Kimble at some point that he might have an alternative to finding the one-armed man: he could find a place where he could live in anonymity and start a new life - in this case as a doctor so he could use his medical knowledge and resume trying to help people. Unfortunately, an ambitious policeman wonders who this new doctor is, so maybe that isn't a possibility after all. But the concept adds some depth to the Kimble character.
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