Old Ben is a kind old man who likes to play with the kids, whether it's baseball or hide and seek. Little Jenny, who has to wear braces on her legs, is particularly fond of him. He tells ... See full summary »
Old Ben is a kind old man who likes to play with the kids, whether it's baseball or hide and seek. Little Jenny, who has to wear braces on her legs, is particularly fond of him. He tells her he has to leave soon since the men who are after him will soon arrive. He assures her that he's not a criminal or anything like that. She wants him to take her with him but he says it can't be done. He does fix the problem with her legs however. Turns out Old Ben is important where he comes from and arranges it so that he and Jenny can get what they want. Written by
Mrs. Gann will be in for a big surprise when she finds this
[photo of a handsome young man]
under Jenny's pillow, because Mrs. Gann has more temper than imagination. She'll never dream that this is a picture of Old Ben, as he really looks, and it will never occur to her that eventually her niece will grow up to be an honest-to-goodness queen - somewhere in The Twilight Zone.
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The idea of an alien hiding on the Earth--looking much like you and me is an intriguing idea. I liked that instead of looking gross or ultra-handsome, this alien chose the guise of a kindly grandfatherly type man. He seems like a really nice fella--playing with and caring for the neighborhood kids. However, they don't realize he's a wanted man--and aliens are coming to take him back to their planet! Unfortunately, while I liked this episode, I found that the ending was a bit sticky sweet--taking an interesting idea and making it all seem a bit childish and insignificant. It's a shame, as the concept was good--and it's too bad the episode ended on a "goofy note" that just seemed disappointing.
What worked well in "The Fugitive" was J. Patrick O'Malley's lovely performance. You can't help but love the guy and want him to be your friend. Also, while she plays a horrid person, I liked Nancy Kulp playing an unusual role for her. While she was only in the episode here and there, she was truly loathsome--and did a good job playing this unlikable part.
By the way, in the beginning, among the kids playing with O'Malley is Stephen Talbot. He might be familiar, as he played Beaver Cleaver's friend, Gilbert, on "Leave it to Beaver" in many episodes.
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