Dr. Kimble's clerking at a store, while police dragnet for a robber who's killed 2 package goods workers already. The fugitive's liquor shop gets hit, but Kimble's boss plugs this easily-foiled robber. The inept Herbie's too reluctant to shoot, to be the wanted man. He's hiding in the store's vehicle when Kimble jumps in to make a delivery. Kimble patches up his fellow fugitive's light wound and gets Herbie to set out on foot. Kimble's concerned that testifying against Herbie will reveal the wanted physician's true identity, plus get the small-time hood hung for murders he didn't commit, as Kimble was. But Herbie the rat sticks to the inventive Kimble like a parasite. Written by
Santelli tricks Herbie into ratting out Kimble by pretending there's a $5,000 reward for Kimble's capture. No reward would exist until the fourth season when 'The Stafford Chronicle' establishes a $10,000 reward in The Fugitive: Ten Thousand Pieces of Silver (1966)(Ed Robertson, 'The Fugitive Recaptured,' p. 63). See more »
[Epilog Closing Narration. Viewers see a truck driving through town at night, with Richard Kimble hiding in the rear of the vehicle, asleep]
Somewhere, a destination for this truck. But for Richard Kimble, no destination. And even asleep, there are shadows - shadows that haunt a man on the run. Richard Kimble, Fugitive.
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Kimble is a clerk in a liquor store that gets robbed. The garrulous boss shoots the robbery, who escapes. The police think the guy is the same man who has previously robbed and skilled two store owners. Kimble has a car to make deliveries and finds the wounded robber, Herbie, (Warren Oates), hiding in it. He forces Kimble to put him up in his hotel room. Kimble wants as little contact with the police as possible but doesn't want to be found harboring a fugitive. But the guy is wounded and he claims not to have been the one who committed those other robberies. Thus, like Kimble, he may be falsely accused. To further complicate matters, Herbie contacts his sister, who works in the post office and recognizes Kimble from his wanted poster. Herbie gets recognized and captured. He thinks Kimble turned him in. He also is told that there's a $5,000 reward for Kimble's capture. You think you got problems?
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