The Fugitive: Season 2, Episode 9

Escape into Black (17 Nov. 1964)

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When Kimble suffers temporary amnesia from an explosion, he finds himself caught between a social worker who wants to help and a psychiatrist who doesn't.



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Richard Kimble / Frank Barlow
Margaret Ruskin
Dr. Towne
Barry Morse ...
Nurse Proctor
Bernard Kates ...
The Checker (as Donald Barry)
Tom Troupe ...
Dr. Bloch
Herb Vigran ...
Marty (as Herb Vigran)
Paul Birch ...
Bill Raisch ...


Dr. Kimble is closing in on the one-armed man. Inquiring about his prey at a diner, a stove catches fire, and when Kimble runs to help the cook, the stove explodes and the blast fells both. In the hospital, Kimble, who now has temporary amnesia, is treated like a ping-pong ball in a heated match between a social worker whose acts of mercy are quashed, and a icy psychiatrist using Kimble as a case to build his reputation. Written by David Stevens

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The photo showing Kimball in the hospital bed is the same one from Season 1 episode "Nightmare at Northoak." See more »


Narrator: [Epilog Closing Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble walking down a back street] Some will believe him; some will not; some will change their beliefs. But most important, he again believes in himself. He again has the will to run. And for a Fugitive, this instinct is survival.
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Kimble arrives at a restaurant announcing he is looking for his one-armed friend who he heard works at a local restaurant. Kimble is injured in an explosion and loses his memory.

At the hospital, Dr. Towne (actor Ivan Dixon), a neuropsychiatrist, tries to treat Kimble's amnesia. Meanwhile, social worker Margaret Ruskin (actress Betty Garrett, in an outstanding performance) tries to figure out who Kimble is, his identification proving to be false. Dr. Towne is intelligent, clinical and uncaring, while Ruskin cares deeply about everyone.

Ruskin travels the town showing Kimble's photo to one-armed men, one of whom turns out to be Fred Johnson, the real murderer of Mrs. Kimble. Though she does not know which of the one-armed men is the killer, she knows it must be one of them, because the police get an anonymous call advising them Kimble is at the hospital.

When police inform Dr. Towne who Kimble is, and say they are on the way to make an arrest, Ruskin has to convince Kimble he is a convicted murderer who must escape to save his life. Kimble, fighting to regain his memory, goes to the public library to read old newspapers to learn about his wife's death and the trial, but this is inadequate to restore his memory. Kimble faces severe danger when, in his confused state, he phones Lieutenant Gerard and says he is taking a train to Stafford to turn himself in.

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