Jenny and the other kids don't realize that the kindly yet magical old duffer they play with in the park is really an intergalactic fugitive hiding out till two serious men come looking for him, asking questions that test their friendship.
Magical Old Ben is a kindly gent who likes to play with the neighborhood kids, whether it's baseball or games of make-believe. Little Jenny, who must wear a brace on one leg, is particularly fond of him. With the arrival of two officious men asking questions, Ben tells Jenny he's a wanted, intergalactic man and has to leave before they catch him. He assures her that he's not a serious criminal or anything like that but wants to fix her leg problem before he goes. The men, having been thwarted, use Jenny irresponsibly as their only resource to reach their objective. Retrieving Old Ben is pretty important to them, but he and Jenny devise a way to have the last laugh. Written by
garykmcd/revised by statmanjeff
As Jenny and "Jenny" walk out the door, one of the "Jenny's" is visibly shorter than the other. See more »
You see, Jenny, my real shape, I mean, the way I really look...
Isn't this the way you really look?
Have I ever seen you the way you really look?
Gee, I bet you're icky!
[with mild affront]
There are those who found me quite attractive.
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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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