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****SPOILERS**** Fugitive from justice Dr. Richard Kimble, David
Janssen, has worn out at least two dozen pairs of shoes running from
the long arm of the law since he escaped four years ago when the train
that was taking him to get executed in the Indiana State death house
derailed. Now undercover as a truck driver in Tucson Arizona Kimble
sees a news article with photo included of this one armed man Fred
Johnson, Bill Raisch, who was arrested in L.A for tearing a ginmill
apart and putting a number of it's customers, including the bartender
owner, into the hospital. Quiting his job and heading down to L.A
Kimble plans to expose Johnson,the one armed man, as his wife's killer
whom Kimble was unjustly convicted of murdering.
It's when L.A court stenographer Jean Carlisle, Diane Baker, spots Let. Philip Gerard, Barry Morse,in the L.A police station where Johnson is being held she realizes that the whole thing,Johnson's rampage and arrest, is a set-up by Let. Gerard and the LAPD to catch Kimble when he comes to the station to both give himself up and point out Johnson as his wife Helen's murderer. Tipped off by his sister Donna,Jackie Scott, back in Stafford Indiana where Jean, who called Donna about her brother being set up, also comes from Kinble still plans to take his chances and go to the police station and turn himself in just to finally confront his wife's killer and prove to the court police and himself that he's an fact an innocent man.
It's just then when Jonson is about to be interrogated by the police that shyster lawyer Art Howel, Michael Constantine, drops in with Johnson's bail money,$3,000.00, setting him free before Kimble has a chance to both expose him and at the same time prove his innocence! Now on the run or on the road again Kimble with the help of Jean, who's scandal riddled family back in Stafford the Kimble's took in and helped, try to track down Johnson and get him to talk to the police about what he knows about the circumstances behind Kimble wife's murder! That's if they can find Johnson before the police and Let. Gerard find Dr. Richard Kimble!
***SPOILERS*** Johnson in desperate need of money gets carried away when his lawyer Howel tells him he plans to shake down the person who paid his bail for an extra $50,000.00. Instead of going along and splitting the cash with Howel Johnson murders him and then plans to travel to Stafford and collect it himself from the person behind this whole scheme who's, from what Howel brought out before he was murdered by Johnson, a very dear and close friend to the both Kimble and Carlisle families! With the walls of justice and Lt. Gerard quickly closing in on him Kimble in a least desperate attempt to prove his innocence plans to get back to Stafford where he knows that the one armed man Fred Johnson is heading for in order to get the money from the person who sprung him is at! That's if Let.Gerard and the LAPD don't get Kimble first before he ever leaves town!
This is part 1 of the 2 part final episode, and does not disappoint.
Fred Johnson, the one-armed man, is arrested in Los Angeles for busting
up a bar, and the publicity brings Kimble and Gerard to town. Kimble
has a hidden ally, Jean Carlisle from Stafford, a court stenographer
who often works at police headquarters. He barely escapes a difficult
trap with her help.
Gerard questions Johnson and starts to think maybe Kimble is telling the truth. A surprising circumstance leads to Johnson's release, requiring Jean to save Kimble again. But ultimately, Gerard captures his man.
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And here it is: the most watched show in the first 30 years of American
television, the conclusion of "The Fugitive". Per the books of Ed
Peterson and Mel Proctor, the idea of a cathartic endgame episode
originated with the creator of the series, Roy Huggins, in his initial
proposal: "The Fugitive will be a series which will be brought to a
planned conclusion, that conclusion being, of course, Richard Kimble's
release from his predicament and the ultimate salvation of justice."
But producer Quinn Martin wasn't so sure that was a good idea and came
to regret that they did the wrap-up show. He felt that resolving Dr.
Kimble's problem would ruin the show for syndication since people
"would already know how it comes out". Martin didn't live to see the
show's eventual success on the A & E network, which, in turn led to the
successful movie with Harrison Ford. I suspect that any problems
syndicating the show in the interim had more to do with the fact that
it was in black and white for the first three years, (even A&E showed
the final season first because it was in color) and the fact that most
syndication success stories have been with half hour shows, which fit
better into local TV schedules during the times of day that syndicated
shows are usually shown.
The ratings were still strong enough for a fifth season, but David Janssen was not. He's been in almost every scene of every episode and was exhausted. Peterson: "Post production head Arthur Fellows said "We'll never do another show with one person again, because you put too much on one person." This didn't prevent Martin from producing "The Invaders", "Cannon" and "Barnaby Jones". Anyway it was David Janssen himself who wanted Richard Kimble's problems to end. The final decision to have a wrap-up episode was made before "The Shattered Silence" was broadcast but I haven't been able to find out if it was before that episode was filmed. It may have been filmed thinking it would be the last episode, (assuming they were shown in order, which is often not the case.) Peterson tells us that the script for "The Judgement" was written in late January or early February, 1967 and that they felt rushed in preparing it, as scripts are normally written a longer time before broadcast than that.
That accounts for some of the criticisms of the finale, such as the one armed man climbing a tower to escape: every movie fan knows why he would do that- so he can fall off of it, (just like Ted de Corisa climbing the Williamsburg Bridge in the movie "Naked City") . Looking at it again, years after I first saw it, I'd have to say it's a pretty good episode. I had compared it to the end of the movie, which involves a medical conspiracy and features an army of policemen, on foot, in cars and helicopters surrounding the combatants, making it clear that nobody is going to escape justice this time. But the ending of the original works just as well. One of the two lines that strongly resonate form the finale comes when Gerard is wounded and hands his gun to Kimble, saying, with the utmost gravity, "Go get him!" You realize that, at the end of a four year, 120 episode journey, this is going to be it. The hero vs. the villain for all the marbles.
(See Part 2 for Part 2 of my review, which was too long for this one post)
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