Dr. Kimble runs from the sheriff after he gets picked up for fighting. He escapes into the mountains of West Virginia where he encounters a young woman, Cassie. Cassie longs to escape herself. There's no future in this former coal mining town. Cassie knows a shortcut through an abandoned mine that cuts through the mountain and comes out on the other side. Cassie spends her days with her elderly grandmother, all the while dreaming of a better life in the city, but she's afraid to go it alone. Cassie asks Kimble to take her to the city with him so he can help her navigate city life, about which she knows nothing. Kimble helps her to find confidence in herself, without needing to lean on a man.
In the song "The Bear Went Over the Mountain," in the title is all that the bear could see: The other side of the mountain. See more »
One of them tunnels goes clear through. You come out on the other side, and you can see the road: white and narrow like a fresh-washed ribbon, twistin' and turnin' all the way down. And kind of hurryin' straight across the valley like it just plain can't wait to get to the city.
If you could know how often I took that road. Just dreamin', I mean.
Dr. Richard Kimble:
It doesn't have to be a dream, Cassie.
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Dr, Kimble has found his way to West Virginia, where he gets involved in a bar room brawl not of his own making, just the sort of thing he wishes to avoid. He gets blamed for starting it and slugs a deputy sheriff to get away before he can be finger-printed. The Sheriff sets up a man hunt, soon joined by Gerard. The desperate Kimble runs into Sandy Dennis as a young girl who knows all about the mountain she and her mother live on but nothing of the world beyond that. She'll help Kimble escape if he'll take her with him. It all winds up in an abandoned mind- that was abandoned for a good reason. Gerard shows considerable detective skill here. Too bad he didn't use it to figure out that Kimble was innocent.
Williams Conrad tells us that it's eight months since Kimble's escape, so this adventure must have happened before the one in "The Witch". But, according to "The Fugitive Recaptured" by Ed Robertson, it was filmed after that episode. They just didn't check the script, another reason why they abandoned telling us how long it was between episodes. Bruce Dern makes his first of three appearances on The Fugitive. Kimble wants to avoid Gerard but believe me, if you want to avoid trouble, you don't want to see Bruce Dern showing up, either.
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