A beautiful airline stewardess badly injuries Kimble in a traffic accident and in his delirium he admits who he is and she helps him. In turn, Kimble helps her realize the married man she's dating is not right for her.



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Episode cast overview:
Paul Clements
Diane Brewster ...
Pamela Tiffin ...
Ruth Norton
June Dayton ...
Doris Clements
Bernard Kates ...
Lester Rand
Jim Prestwick
Officer Westphal
William Newell ...
Rudy Dolan ...


A beautiful airline stewardess badly injuries Kimble in a traffic accident and in his delirium he admits who he is and she helps him. In turn, Kimble helps her realize the married man she's dating is not right for her.

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24 December 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Although this episode was broadcast halfway through the first season, it was actually the third episode filmed, produced between "Decision in the Ring" and "Smoke Screen." Its initial airing was in the unenviable Christmas Eve slot, implying the network had little confidence in this offbeat episode, though history has proven it to be among the most popular of the series. See more »


Dr. Richard Kimble: I'll offer you a deal and it will cost you a lot less then 500. Tomorrow, Saturday night. Take Ruth out. Dinner, theater.
Paul Clements: What are you trying to do?
Dr. Richard Kimble: Take her out Saturday night and I'll be gone Sunday morning.
Paul Clements: I can't tomorrow. I'm having people over tomorrow night.
Dr. Richard Kimble: Family and friends, huh? Yeah, sure. Why risk spoiling that world of yours for a small town girl you can love in the middle of the week?
Paul Clements: Listen, Browning... or whatever your real name is. I suggest you take the money I'm offerng you...
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12 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although this is perhaps not the best episode in the series, and Kimble does not face as much danger from the law as he usually does, this is a good episode, and certainly the most important one in terms of giving background information about Kimble and his case. Outside the final episode, this is the only one that has a significant appearance by Helen Kimble, played by actress Diane Brewster.

Ruth Norton (actress Pamela Tiffin) has just learned her boyfriend, Paul Clements (actor Ed Nelson), is a married man. Upset and crying while driving home, she hits Kimble (first George Browning, later George Norton), who is standing near the road. He is taken to the hospital, and Ruth comes along. As he goes in and out of consciousness, in flashbacks we see snippets of the life of Mr. and Mrs. Kimble in Stafford, Indiana, incidents from his trial, and the details of Kimble's first escape.

In these flashbacks, we learn Helen is an unpleasant drunk, unhappy about her stillborn child and subsequent inability to have children. Helen and Kimble argue about her drinking, and also about his desire for adoption, and her insistence that would be living a lie. Kimble storms off, and returns to find a one armed man running from the scene. He goes in the house and finds Helen dead.

Ruth hears Kimble say things while delirious, and believes he is innocent, since people in a delirium normally do not lie. Kimble protects Ruth (and defeats further police inquiry) by falsely claiming the accident is his fault. Ruth decides to keep Kimble's statements a secret, and takes Kimble home to help him recuperate.

Paul Clements keeps chasing after Ruth. Kimble, realizing how unhappy Ruth is, develops a plan to help her to a happier future without Paul. However, Paul is doing his own scheming.

This episode contains an interesting scene at a party where guests call upon Kimble to settle an argument by giving his view of capital punishment.

This episode shows Kimble's prosecutor as being Mr. Rand, played by actor Bernard Kates. In "Running Scared," Kimble's prosecutor was Mike Ballinger, played by actor James Daly. The judge who sentences Kimble to death, not identified by name, is played by actor William Newell.

Actress Diane Brewster, who plays Helen Kimble, is frequently seen in reruns of Leave It To Beaver, where she plays his teacher, Miss Canfield.

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