The Fugitive: Season 2, Episode 18

Nicest Fella You'd Ever Want to Meet (19 Jan. 1965)

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When Kimble witnesses a town sheriff murder a prisoner, the sheriff plans on killing him next.

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Sheriff Joe Bob Sims
Mary Murphy ...
Thelma
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Floyd
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Neely Hollister
Barry Morse ...
Lt. Philip Gerard (credit only)
Curt Conway ...
Mr. Hollister
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Mayor Duncan
Chet Stratton ...
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Charley
Kevin Brodie ...
Johnny
Read Morgan ...
Highway Patrolman
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When Kimble witnesses a town sheriff murder a prisoner, the sheriff plans on killing him next.

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The closing credits list Pat Hingle as "Sheriff Joe Bob Sims" but signs at Apache Park and the municipal building clearly state "Marshal Joe Bob Simms" (with 2 ms) and he's referred to as "Marshal" throughout the episode. See more »

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Narrator: [Epilog Closing Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble hiding in the back of a truck as he escapes] In the aftermath of violence, there must always come a moment of peace, a time for healing and a time to restore the delicate balance of life versus death. But for a Fugitive, there can be no moment of peace. He must travel the road of the hunted. And for Richard Kimble that road apparently has no end.
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Kimble is arrested for hitchhiking by small town sheriff Joe Bob Simms, played by actor Pat Hingle. Simms, who has his eye on higher political office, is building Apache Park, which will contain a statue of the next governor, Simms. Simms uses labor from his jail to work on this private project.

Although the sheriff appears to many to be a great guy, and good with children, in reality he is a sadistic taskmaster. Kimble, gathering trees left for planting at Lookout Point in Apache Park, sees below him the sheriff tormenting prisoner Neely Hollister (actor Tom Skerritt) with the police car. When Hollister finally gets mad and throws a rock at the car, Simms chases down and kills Hollister with the car, but falsely reports it as an unavoidable accident.

Sheriff Simms tells Kimble the judge gave him time served, drives him to the outskirts of town, and orders him to keep going. But before leaving, Kimble returns to town, looks up the Hollister family, and tells them what he saw. Kimble's life is in jeopardy when the outraged sheriff learns that Kimble has been squealing on him. With a coroner's inquest scheduled in a few days on Neely Hollister's death, Sheriff Simms swings into action to make sure that Kimble will not be alive to tell his story to the court.


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