In 1955 Richard Kimble interned in Fairgreen, Indiana's county hospital, where he and a nurse, Helen Waverly, met and fell in love. Now, four years after Helen Kimble's death, Richard has learned that his father-in-law Ed is facing bankruptcy because of his wife Edith's heart trouble - heart trouble brought on because she still clings to the memory of Helen, incessantly listening to phonograph records made by Helen containing lengthy audio letters to her and Ed. Barely escaping a police dragnet, Richard contacts Ed Waverly and hides in their home, where he finds support from his sister-in-law Terry. Richard knows of a secret bank account Helen kept in case of an emergency, and with Terry's help he finds it, thus saving Ed's business. But Edith's unending grief for Helen leads to a savage argument between her and Terry - and leaves Richard in even greater danger because Terry is in love with him and Edith, upon learning of his presence, icily vows to turn him over to police. Written by
[Act One Opening Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble disembark from a cross country bus]
This is where it began: Fairfield, Indiana. Here, ten years ago, at the county hospital, Richard Kimble completed his internship; here, he met a nurse named Helen Waverly; and here, they resolved to get married. Now he's come back to a town where people have reason to remember him. Perhaps some more than others.
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After medical school, Kimble served his residency at a hospital in the small town of Fairgreen, Indiana, where he met, and later married, nurse Helen Waverly. Her family lives there still, years after the murder.
When Kimble, on escape, learns that Helen's father Ed is about to go bankrupt and lose his business, he returns to Fairgreen to help, by finding in Helen's things information about an Indianapolis bank account with $5000 in it. However, the risks of going to Fairgreen are enormous. Kimble's face is well known in the town, and Fairgreen is unlike Stafford, where many people know him well, and like him. Even Lieutenant Gerard of Stafford has some respect for Kimble, while the Fairgreen police would just as soon shoot him as bring him in.
Relationships are complex in the Waverly household. Helen's younger sister Terry (actress Louise Sorrel) strongly believes in Kimble's innocence, and has had a huge crush on Kimble since she was a teen. Kimble's arrival interrupts her ongoing romance. Her mother Edith (actress Ruth White) maintains Helen's bedroom as a shrine, spending all day worshiping the artifacts she left behind. Edith hates Kimble intensely, as she believes he killed Helen, and she dwells on Helen to the extent of neglecting Terry. Ed Waverly (actor Lloyd Gough) also believes in Kimble's innocence, though not with the fervor of Terry. He feels he cannot help Kimble without hurting his wife.
Kimble is spotted by police early, and spends most of the episode avoiding the intense police manhunt. In no other episode is Kimble trapped in so small an area, with so many police after him. His capture seems assured. He must escape, but before he can do so, he must put things right in the Waverly household.
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