Settled in Santa Barbara as an apprentice sail maker, Dr. Kimble falls for Karen, the niece of his boss. They become romantically involved. There's a lot that keeps him here. His boss likes him, Karen loves him, and even Karen's old flame likes him. The only one who resents his presence is Eric, another worker who was brought up by the boss since age 12. But Gerard and Kimble cross paths in Los Angeles, and while Kimble was able to elude him, he knows that Gerard is on his trail. He confides In Karen, and wonders whether he should keep running, or try to fool Gerard by staying in one place.
Dr. Ray Brooks:
Are you leaving?
Dr. Richard Kimble:
[Looking at a newspaper, reading through ads]
Yeah, why not? Big country, a lot of opportunity, Doctor. Here... there's a rider wanted, share expenses to New York. The artichoke crop's very heavy in the Salinas Valley. The Oregon apple harvest very good. It's a big country. Why rot in one spot?
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The first in a two-parter...and Kimble's aiming to settle down.
This is the first of a two-part episode. You learn that Dr. Kimble (David Janssen) has been posing as Jeff Cooper, a guy who's been working for a company that makes and repairs sails. Unlike most episodes, he's apparently been in this new identity for quite some time. And, because of this, he's been able to establish good friendships. Additionally, while he usually avoids relationships, lovely Karen (Susan Oliver) is head over heels for him. Considering that he's living in a small seaside village and things have been going well for a while, Jeff is seriously considering staying. However, you also know that this is only one of the first episodes of the series and there is no possible way they could end the show this quickly!
At the same time, Gerard (Barry Morse) is doing what he always seems to be doing...investigating to Kimble case. This time, he has learned that there is a one-time career criminal currently serving time in prison and so he plans on interviewing him...just in case Kimble's story about the one-armed man is actually true. However, Kimble/Jeff has discovered the same thing and is also going to visit this convict. In fact, the paths of the three men all cross as the show comes to an end.
This is a very good episode of "The Fugitive" with more depth and a more involved story than usual. Well worth seeing and very well made.
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