A lonely woman in a small town hires Dr. Kimble as a handyman but discovers his true identity when a radio announcement is made that he is in the area. She gives him her car to escape but is shot by a deputy. While staggering through the woods, he's found by a recluse who quickly determines Kimble was shot by a policeman. Written by
[Opening Narration. Viewers see the police searching a railroad yard, hunting for Richard Kimble, who hops into a box car of a moving train and escapes]
For some people, a railroad terminal is a way-station on a journey. For Richard Kimble, the Fugitive, every escape route can be a trap, every move an unforeseen step toward capture.
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Kimble escapes a trap at a trainyard, then makes it to Pinedale, Washington, a small town, where he meets Andrea Cross (actress Antoinette Bower). She takes an instant liking to Kimble and brings him home with her so he can help her prepare for her ceramics exhibition. When he arrives he meets her friend Bob Howe (actor Paul Mantee), a deputy.
The next day Andrea hears of the escape of Kimble on the radio, and his description, and realizes that "Ben Lewis" is really Richard Kimble. She offers Kimble her car to make his escape, suggesting that he wreck it over a mountainside to throw off the police.
Kimble is shot by Howe, bails out of the vehicle, and flees into the mountains, where he comes across Mallory (actor Laurence Naismith), an older man who has fled society and has not seen another person for 14 years. Mallory patches up Kimble and tries to sell him on his philosophy and lifestyle, using his dogs to make sure Kimble sticks around, contrary to his supposed desire for isolation. A series of further complications follow.
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