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Kimble, as Jeff Cooper, gets a job working for Lars Christian, a
sailmaker at Santa Barbara on the California coast. Also working there
is Eric, played by actor Robert Duvall, who was taken in at age 12 by
Lars in Norway during World War II. Also working there is Lars' niece,
Karen, played by actress Susan Oliver. She is in love with Kimble, and
he with her.
Contrary to his usual practice, Kimble begins to think maybe he can get away with settling down, once he checks out a rumor of a one armed man in jail in Los Angeles. That does not work out well, and ends with Lieutenant Gerard hot on his trail.
Thinking that Gerard will believe he fled the area, he decides to stay so he can have a life with Karen. However, Eric, who is complex, brooding and suspicious, does not like or trust Kimble. He is sure Kimble is a rolling stone certain to run off someday, leading to heartbreak for Karen. Further complexities arise from Dr. Ray Brooks, played by actor Lee Philips. Although Dr. Brooks likes Kimble, he had a past relationship with Karen he wants to rekindle, which he now cannot do because she only has eyes for Kimble.
Lars, who has been treated by Dr. Brooks, dies, but before doing so, urges Eric to give up his opposition to Kimble.
This episode has an appearance by Gerard's wife Ann, played by actress Rachel Ames, and his son Flip, played by an uncredited child actor. In "Landscape with Running Figures," Gerard's wife is Marie Gerard, played by actress Barbara Rush. In "Nemesis," Gerard's son is Phil Gerard, Jr., played by child actor Kurt Russell.
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"Never Wave Goodbye", only the fourth episode into the entire series,
and The Fugitive comes into it's own rare television air. If one wants
to get some flavor of a scenic place they've never experienced this
episode adeptly uses the charm of Santa Barbara as it's backdrop.
Painting it more as a quaint west coast version of Rhode Island really
works. Using the handmade sail craft as Jeff Cooper's (Richard
Kimball's) latest job and cover works colorfully in his need to hide,
work, and search for that elusive one-armed man.
Of course, Kimball is destined to struggle and here it's complicated which provides truly top- notch drama. First, he has attracted the attention of a jealous co-worker. The type of person who always seeks to promote his own agenda by wreaking havoc with those who he perceives as competition. The fuel for this is the sail shop's owner's niece who has taken up with Kimball much to the co-worker Eric's (a young , and already interesting, Robert Duvall) attempts to curb any attachments. The jealous co-worker seeks to destroy this couples relationship by bringing down Jeff Cooper (Kimball). Cooper is trying to leave and events keep making that harder, yet highly advisable.
The drama comes to a critical mass when an article in the LA newspaper announces a "one- armed man" has been arrested for a local crime and is in custody. Cooper (Kimball) believes this may be the very man who murdered his wife. He must stay long enough to go to LA and find out. On the elderly sail shop's owner death bed he promises if he finds the man he thinks might be "the right man" the niece will never have to be alone. This sets up the critical mass with the co-worker which unfolds with a surprise. All this while Lieutenant Gerard gets a POI bulletin and travels to LA to interrogate the one-armed man in hopes of finding Kimball, primarily, yet it is intimated Gerard may just believe there really is such an assailant as per Kimball's testimony. Slivers of doubt such as this small tidbit really flow like an undercurrent and add to the persona of the man sworn to bring in Kimball.
So, all the ingredients which make The Fugitive compelling TV are in full-tilt here in one story. And, to make it better it's a two-parter and it uses the time to develop this story exceptionally well; building human interest and drama which threaten to intersect in a possible game- changing outcome. The cast here is "spot-on", the locale fantastic, the story filled with drama, and has a good fleshing out of all characters involved. We even meet Gerard's wife and son giving him a much more humane side as opposed to his Kimball obsessed "to-the-letter", mostly one-sided, enforcer of the law. An excellent first part which is followed-up by the equally good second-part conclusion.
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This series had only one plot: chasing Dr. Richard Kimble, who escaped
death row by a freak derailment of the train carrying him there. There
is absolutely no character development, no "arc." The two main
characters, Dr. Richard Kimble and police Lt. Philip Gerard, do not
develop or grow after four seasons because a plot based on a relentless
chase needs only a relentless hunter and a very elusive prey. In a way,
the series is a prolonged episode of a tireless Elmer Fudd and a Bugs
Bunny who is always a step ahead of his pursuer.
The reason I rate the series a 9 is because of the superb acting of the principals in keeping the tension high. Another reason is the parade of great guest stars and character actors that appeared throughout the series. They kept the dramatic tension high because Dr. Kimble is the mysterious drifter who appears (usually out of a bus depot) and mystifies the people because he doesn't look, talk or act like a drifter. Women fall in love with him, which causes suitors to hate him and suspect him. In the end, Dr. Kimble has to leave everyone behind, breaking a trail of hearts and embittering a string of rivals.
Another variation is when people get to like (or love) him a lot--- then they find out he's wanted for the brutal cold-blooded murder of his wife. The goodness they experienced first-hand stands in cold contrast to Kimble's record. Often people help him escape--or else look the other way--or turn on him. This show ran for 4 years and there was a 5th season contemplated.
The show would have no syndication value because everyone knows the ending, which was unknown at the time the series ran and also caused tension: will Dr. Kimble be caught and executed? or will he find the one-armed man and have his conviction overturned?
The series is worth owning as a collection of great TV plotting and acting. It should be offered on some streaming service: a lot of people would probably binge-watch it.
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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