The 12 year old nephew of Dr. Kimble's girlfriend arrives to live with her and recognizes him. He hatches a plan with his neighborhood friends to catch him by purchasing a mail-order rifle.

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Dr. Richard Kimble / Paul Stoddard
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Susan Cartwright
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Shaw - Social Worker
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Eddie
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Gary Reed
Michael Shea ...
Rick
Mark Dymally ...
Joe
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Lt. Philip Gerard (credit only)
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Swanzie
Wolfe Barzell ...
Hoffman - Restaurant Manager
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Kay Riehl ...
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The 12 year old nephew of Dr. Kimble's girlfriend arrives to live with her and recognizes him. He hatches a plan with his neighborhood friends to catch him by purchasing a mail-order rifle.

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19 April 1966 (USA)  »

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We learn in this episode that Dr. Kimble helped coach Little League back in his home town. See more »

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As Kimble boards the bus at the end of the episode, you can see the crew members reflected through the bus window. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration. Viewers see three young boys pooling their resources to purchase a mail order .303 carbine from the Teton Firearms Company] A target may be paper, an animal, or a man. To a gun, it makes no difference, nor does it care who pulls the trigger or why.
[Viewers see Richard Kimble walking down the street, on his way to work as a bartender at the Little Vienna Restaurant]
Narrator: To Richard Kimble, a Fugitive, guns are a familiar enemy, for he is always the target. A target for which the ...
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4/19/66 "In a Plain Paper Wrapper"
21 December 2015 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

Kimble is a bartender again, developing a relationship with a waitress, (Lois Nettleton), who has been given custody of a nephew, (Pat Cardi), who desperately wants to fit in with the kids in his new neighborhood. The local gang is led by Kurt Russell and their dream is to obtain a rifle via mail order. They have the money for the gun but not the postage. They allow the new kid in if he will pay dues, which happens to be the amount of the postage.

Cardi resents Kimble at first and when he finds out he's a fugitive, the gang decides to "bring him in" with their new rifle. Meanwhile, a social worker is investigating Nettleton to see if she's supplying a good home. Knowing that a convicted murderer is romancing her won't help her case.

There's a lot of building suspense, aided by a strong musical score. But the climax is unconvincing and disappointing. Kurt Russell had previously played Lt. Gerard's son in "Nemesis", (10/13/64). Bing Russell, Kurt's Dad, shows up as a cop at the end. He winds up tossing the rifle into his police car and expressing disgust with the fact that a rifle could be so easily obtained by minors. I wonder what today's NRA would think of that?


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