Kimble's anti-smog crusading friend has him deliver a package secretly containing a bomb to a polluting factory, unaware that children are there.



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Episode credited cast:
Dr. Richard Kimble / Dr. Richard Spaulding
Laurence Naismith ...
Dr.Andrew Emmett McAllister
Nurse Verna Murdock
Willis Hempstead
Lt. Philip Gerard (credit only)
Joseph V. Perry ...
Counterman (as Joe Perry)
Garrison True ...
Sergeant - Pete
Marcelle Hebert ...
Jimmy Stiles ...
Joey Anderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Barclay ...
Mrs. Anderson


Kimble visits an old mentor who is now an anti-smog crusader. He has Kimble deliver a package (which is actually a bomb) to a local factory. When they discover a group of school children will be there, Kimble desperately tries to disarm it. Written by A Dude Named Dude

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Release Date:

4 January 1966 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The title comes from the last lines of the poem "The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot: This is the way the world ends / This is the way the world ends / This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper. See more »


Totally not true. Both the clock in the lab and the one outside the building shows the clocks at 11:23.and then 11:45. Perfectly fine. Not a goof. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble, duffel bag in hand, disembark from a truck labeled "Checkerboard Van Lines", from which he had hitched a ride] No matter how far a man may run, he cannot escape the emotional ties which binds him to his past. So Richard Kimble finds himself drawn to the factory town of Hempstead Mills. Reason: the chance reading of a small item in a local newspaper.
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1/4/66 "Not With a Whimper"
30 September 2015 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

I first encountered The Fugitive on A& E in the early 90's. This was an episode I remembered vividly years later. It almost reminded me of "Goldfinger", which was the biggest James Bond movie of the time. An old mentor of Kimble's is now a crusader against pollution, (which obviously was already becoming an issue at this date). He himself is dying and Kimble comes to see him. There's a similarity to the premiere episode of the second season, "Man in a Chariot" in that the old man, (a lawyer in that case) is strongly on Kimble's side but his loyal aide, (here played by Audrey Christie) , feels he is a threat to her boss and would just as soon see him leave- by any means.

The suspenseful ending comes when the old man, (Lawrence Naismith), has a bomb delivered to the polluting factory only to find that a class of schoolchildren will be touring the place at the time. Naismith is wheel-chair ridden so he sends Kimble to retrieve the bomb. Christie calls the police. Kimble is confronted not by Oddjob but by a rebellious kid who has grabbed the package and insisted that it belongs to him. Kimble has to get the package away from the kid without detonating the bomb, defuse it, and somehow escape from the police who have surrounded the building. It's the most exciting episode of "The Fugitive".

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