In rural Missouri Jenny Ammory is a young girl who lies compulsively. She neglects to do her homework and when sent to school against her wishes, she meets Richard Kimble - working as a delivery driver under the alias "Jim Fowler" - when she leaves her books by a dirt pathway to consult a rag doll she has named Nayet she keeps near a creek. Kimble/Fowler gives her back her books, she politely thanks him, and both go on. When she arrives at her school, however, she claims Kimble/Fowler attacked her to her teacher Emily Norton. Emily, however, has caught Jenny in lies before, and when Kimble/Fowler delivers some items to the school she talks to him, noting how she is persecuted by the wives of the fathers of her students because of her beauty that has attracted these men to her. When Jenny catches them talking, she is scolded by Emily but runs home and claims Kimble/Fowler and Emily Norton are having an illicit affair. This brings about a confrontation with Kimble/Fowler that threatens ... Written by
[Epilog Closing Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble hitching a ride]
This is Jim Fowler, about to die. He will last long enough to take the bus out of Hainesville, Missouri and then a new identity will emerge. A new identity to hide the path of his flight and the path of his search for the man whose crime has made Richard Kimble the Fugitive.
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This episode is clearly inspired by Arthur Miller's "The Crucible". An unhappy and imaginative young girl, (played brilliantly by 11 year old Gina Gillespie, who did a lot of TV in that era but did not elect to pursue the profession as an adult).constantly lies to adults and beseeches her doll to save her from the situations her lies create. She alleges seeing Kimble, who has a job as a delivery man, romancing the local school teacher, (Patricia Crowley). Later she alleges that Kimble has molested her and the whole town is out after him. It's all very well done, especially by Gillespie, who reminds me of Patty McCormick in "The Bad Seed", except she doesn't kill anybody.
William Conrad's narrator tells us that it's been 10 months since Kimble's escape, (which makes it four months after" Fear in a Desert City"). The writers eventually realized that if they kept citing the time between episodes in months, Gerard, Kimble and the One Armed Man would be chasing after each other in walkers by the end of the season and they stopped 'timing' things in the show. There are 120 episodes of The Fugitive. You'd have to figure that it would take a few weeks for Kimble to get from one location to another, (this one is set in Missouri), find a job, get to know people a little, have the action of the story and leave. You couldn't really live this life and have as many adventures as he does in the actual time the series ran. But that's true, to an extent, of most series, if you think about it. Sometimes, if you're going to enjoy a show, you just have to go along with it and not ask too many questions.
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