The Fugitive: Season 2, Episode 5

Nemesis (13 Oct. 1964)

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Kimble escapes from a sheriff by stealing his station wagon, unaware that Lt. Gerard's son is hiding in the back seat.



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Episode cast overview:
Philip Gerard Jr.
Sheriff Deebold
Adrienne Marden ...
Mrs. Deebold
Paul Birch ...
Garry Walberg ...


Lt. Gerard interrupts the vacation he is having with his young son when he gets a report from the sheriff of a rural community that Dr. Kimble is working there. When they arrive, Kimble escapes by stealing the sheriff's car unaware that Gerard's son is hiding in the back seat. Written by Gene Jenkins

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Several Topps football cards were featured here, including a 1963 Jim Brown and a 1960 Bob Gain. See more »


In order to avoid detection by campfire and smoke, Kimble elects to heat up soup cans over the car's engine. However he fails to ventilate the cans, setting up the possibility of them exploding. See more »


Philip Gerard Jr.: My dad... he says the jury was sure.
Dr. Kimble: People have always been sure, Phil. Sure the world was flat, sure they could make gold out of lead, they were that if a mad dog bit them they'd die. Being sure doesn't make you right.
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10/13/64: "Nemesis"
30 April 2015 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

The writers imaginations were really working overtime with this one: Kimble is working at a fishery in the Wisconsin woods and Lt. Gerard and his son just happen to have gone there for a fishing trip. (Of course their home town was initially supposed to be in Wisconsin: if they kept it that way this might have made more sense). When the local sheriff spots Kimble, Gerard joins in in a very inept man-hunt which winds up with Kimble stealing their car with Phil Gerard Jr. in the back seat.

The episode then becomes mostly a two actor show between David Janssen and Kurt Russell, age 13 at the time and one of the best child actors I've seen. Both are playing smart characters and it's a battle of wits between them and Phil Jr. tries to warn his father where they are by various means and Kimble, who doesn't want to leave him alone in the woods and tries to convince him of his innocence. The two actors manage to show that their characters grow fond of each other as they continue to joust. Eventually Phil Jr. gets his foot stuck in a bear trap. Kimble risks capture to free him and Phil has a decision to make.

I was close to Phil Jrs.' age at the time and like him was a Cleveland Browns fan. Those are my heroes as well as his whose cards he's throwing out the window. I know how he must have felt. And that's Kurt Russell's Dad Bing Russell playing the hapless game warden Kimble kayos in his escape. My own father was a communications officer in the Marines and always grimaced when somebody on TV said "Over and Out", as Gerard does here several times. Basically, it means "You can talk but I'm not going to listen to you." Very rude….

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