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.
[Epilog Closing Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble boarding a bus labeled "Southern Colorado Lines" with a destination of Denver]
Justice can be delivered by a final act of violence, or it can be elusive and taunting as it has become for Richard Kimble. For him justice hides around the next bend in the road, beyond the next mountain, on the bus just pulling out. Somewhere, sometime, he will it. And so, he moves on.
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An odd one where, for once, Richard Kimble seems to make the wrong moral decision.
So often in the episodes of the old "Fugitive" TV shows, Richard Kimble is forced to make choices--choices that often put him at risk of being arrested. But, since he's a fundamentally good and just man, you can rely on him doing the right thing....but not in this episode! I was surprised that Kimble's sympathy for his boss, Gus (Jack Klugman), is very misplaced.
Gus owns his own trucking company and barely can make ends meet. Because of this, he often breaks the law and has his drivers drive longer than the rules allow. Surely someone or some group of people are going to get killed because of Gus' actions. But through it all, Kimble is strangely loyal. Even when Gus becomes mentally unstable and violent towards him, Kimble is loyal. Even when Lucia (Geraldine Brooks) is very demanding and pushes Gus to make more flagrant violations of the law, he is loyal.
Overall, an interesting but morally suspect episode...one that left me confused since the writer seems to have violated an unwritten law concerning Kimble. Additionally, the ending is incredibly grim and downbeat...making this a less than thrilling installment in the series.
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