Kimble's a dispatcher at a Colorado trucking company. He also keeps track of the truckers' hours. Gus, the owner, has a reputation for working his drivers and himself past the legally allowed driving hours because he needs money. He's supporting a widow and her two children out of guilt because her husband died in a truck accident while working for Gus. Soon, the lonely widow learns that Kimble is single and becomes predictably infatuated. Meanwhile, Gus is so short of money that he can't afford the insurance premium on his trucks and he's in danger of losing his business. Gus gets an offer to commit insurance fraud to make a quick buck. He's tempted because then he can get his business back on track and get rid of the widow with one big payoff. Kimble likes Gus and tries to talk him out of it. Later, he learns that the authorities suspect something and rushes to warn Gus.
[Act One Opening Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble, clipboard in hand, checking in an arriving truck]
The road of escape has led Richard Kimble to a new sanctuary, to work as a dispatcher for Bullet Trucking Company. No questions asked, no references required. A good job for a fugitive.
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Kimble works for a trucking company run by Gus Hendricks (actor Jack Klugman). Gus is a poor businessman and is in financial trouble. In addition, Lucia (actress Geraldine Brooks) is always asking for a handout. Gus feels responsible for her and her children because of the circumstances under which her husband died while in his employ.
Gus is tempted by an offer from sleazy criminal Ernie Svoboda (actor Michael Constantine) to commit insurance fraud. At the same time, an insurance company investigator is bothered by Gus's claims record and is poking around. Gus is being squeezed on all sides, and Kimble is caught up as well.
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