A diplomat's slip lands Kimble in the only place he can't be re-captured: a Washington, D.C. embassy. Dr. Kimble ministers to the ambassador from a newly democratized African nation, when ...
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A diplomat's slip lands Kimble in the only place he can't be re-captured: a Washington, D.C. embassy. Dr. Kimble ministers to the ambassador from a newly democratized African nation, when the emissary is almost flattened by a D.C. cab. Everything looks cozy for the fugitive, who's in town to court an appeal specialist - especially bunking down the hall from the legation's man-eater secretary. Written by
[after Alison unlocks the embassy gates to let Dr. Kimble back inside, eluding pursuing policemen]
The talk about Washington girls trying to get themselves a man... just talk.
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Diana Hyland has a great role in this episode. She's smart, funny and independent. Late 1960s TV was beginning to allow women to be sexy without being sex objects and she's very good. It's a fun character for her, after the intensity of her other Fugitive appearances. Her character, Alison, works at the embassy and she flirts with and helps Kimball. One would have thought that Kimball would have been more appreciative of her efforts but the writers didn't write it that way.
Ivan Dixon as Ambassador Unawa is fine. He has some good scenes with David Janssen as Dr. Kimble. The ambassador's wife provides the conflict in this episode. It's what drives the plot. It's an unsympathetic role and is played well enough by Diana Sands. But I wish the writers could have done more with Diana Hyland's character. She has a confident air about her and I was very drawn to her performance, which I found to be both strong and charming.
For me, it was a flat ending and the whole episode was kind of unexciting. It didn't seem that Dr. Kimble did much. Usually, at the same time that he gets help from other people, he's solving a problem of theirs. Here, he just kind of exists. Ivan Dixon and Diana Hyland had both worked with David Janssen before and they had good rapport. Too bad they didn't have a better script.
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