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Kimble is escaping a police dragnet in Lincoln City, Nevada when, on a
country road, he comes across a woman needing help with her car. She is
Sister Veronica, a nun, played by actress Eileen Heckart, The car is
old and in terrible shape, in frequent need of repairs.
Sister Veronica is going over the mountains to Sacramento. The two provide great assistance to each other. Kimble can repair cars, do physical labor, and earn money. Sister Veronica is good at getting people through roadblocks and otherwise fending off trouble.
During their travels, Kimble has trouble with Chuck (actor Albert Salmi), who hires Kimble for a job then cheats him of his pay.
Sheriff Morris (actor Sandy Kenyon), an aggressive lawman, pursues Kimble well outside of his jurisdiction, deciding to delay informing Lieutenant Gerard until after Kimble is in custody.
Richard Kimble reads in the newspaper that his father Dr. John Kimble
(actor Robert Keith) is donating his medical library to a university.
Figuring that this means his father is in bad health, Kimble returns to
Stafford for a visit.
This is the only episode that makes any mention of Kimble's brother Ray, played by actor Andrew Prine. It is not easy to be the brother of a convicted murderer on escape, and Ray has suffered many personal failures because of Richard's notoriety. Ray has taken up race car driving, and Kimble's sister Donna Taft (actress Jacqueline Scott) is afraid Ray no longer cares if he lives or dies.
Kimble's desire to see Donna's children David and Billy (played by actors Billy Mumy and Clint Howard), and to help solve Ray's problems, are complicated by the snooping of Lieutenant Gerard.
Leonard Taft, Donna's husband, is played by actor James Sikking. In "Running Scared" Leonard is played by actor Lin McCarthy, and in "The Judgment" Leonard is played by actor Richard Anderson. In "The Judgment," the Tafts apparently have a different child, Bobby, played by actor Johnny Jensen, and mention is made of his brother, who is not named.
Kimble works at a restaurant with waitress Susan Cartwright, played by
actress Lois Nettleton. Kimble has been dating Susan, and the mutual
attraction seems genuine and strong. But her life is changed when her
nephew, 12 year old Gary, arrives, after her sister and brother-in-law
are killed in an accident.
Gary, seeking approval of the local boys, participates in sending away for a rifle by mail order, which was legal back then. One of the boys is played by actor Kurt Russell (who a year earlier played Phil Gerard Jr. in "Nemesis").
Trouble arises when Gary recognizes Kimble from news coverage in his former hometown. The boys come up with a plan to use the rifle to capture Kimble. Gary is disturbed when he comes home to find Kimble there as his aunt's date. Kimble faces danger from the boys and from a nosy child welfare worker investigating to see if Susan will be a fit parent.
Kimble comes across the hiding place of another fugitive, Joe Tucker
(played by actor Fritz Weaver), who is haggard, wounded, and paranoid.
Bitter about being wrongly convicted of embezzlement on perjured
testimony, Tucker has been running for four years. At first highly
suspicious of Kimble, his bad condition ultimately forces him to trust
Kimble a little.
Kimble, with Tucker's consent, uses his pickup and goes to town for medical supplies, leading to his capture by police, who are looking for Tucker's pickup. The officer and Tucker's daughter tell him Tucker has been proved innocent, and they want him to come in and be cleared. Kimble insists he does not know Tucker, and thus cannot tell them where Tucker is. The officer admits he has tricked Tucker by lying to him before.
When Kimble gets back to Tucker and tells him what the police said, Tucker thinks Kimble is a dupe, or a paid agent of the police. The police, now aware of Kimble's identity, are after both of them. Kimble could run, but he is the only one who can stop Tucker's plan for revenge.
Kimble reads of the illness of Dr. McAllister, played by actor Laurence
Naismith, and comes to visit. Dr. McAllister gave Kimble his first job
and was a mentor to him. Nurse Murdock, who knows Kimble, prefers he
were not there, to avoid exciting McAllister and worsening his health.
Dr. McAllister is a crusader against pollution and works with the daughter of a rich industrialist who is causing a great deal of the pollution.
He gives Kimble a package to deliver to the plant, not informing Kimble it is a bomb. But he regrets his actions when he learns school children will be there when it goes off. Kimble must save the children and evade the police to make his escape.
Kimble is shot while being chased by police. He flees 100 miles to
Sacramento to see Sister Veronica (from the episode Angels Travel on
Lonely Roads) at the St. Mary Magdalene School. He needs her help to
track down Fred Johnson (the one-armed man), whom he has a photo of in
the city of Tarleton, from which he just fled. However, Sister
Veronica, played by actress Eileen Heckart, is not only ill, but has a
full set of problems with the troubled girls in her school.
She gives Kimble a job as janitor, and tries to help him, but the pressure of a renewed police search means danger for Kimble. Sister Veronica misleads police about Kimble without actually lying, while trying to help him accomplish his mission.
Kimble follows a one armed man into a hi-fi electronics show before
discovering he is the wrong man. Unfortunately, Kimble is falsely
identified as a pickpocket, causing security guards and police look for
him. Kimble returns the wallet to Marcia Stone, played by actress Lois
Security guard Pete Dawes, outstandingly played by actor Howard DaSilva, is searching for the pickpocket when he comes across teens doing a breakin. Dawes shoots one of the teens in self-defense, and Kimble is his only witness. Kimble is trapped on the grounds as Dawes desperately searches for the man who can clear him. Kimble faces danger from the police and even more danger when Dawes discovers who he is.
Kimble is working at a photo developing company when he notices a photo
with Fred Johnson (the one armed man) in the background. He searches
out the photographer, Howie Keever, played by actor Tim Considine.
Howie turns out to be a small time chiseler and blackmailer.
Howie advises Kimble that the man is called Walters, and is a night watchman. Kimble goes after him, but the fight leads to an accident and explosion that leaves Kimble blind.
Kimble faces danger from Johnson, the police, Howie's greedy drunken uncle Wingo, and at times from Howie himself, in addition to his blindness.
Actor Ted Knight (Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore show) plays a doctor.
Police, chasing Kimble through the Arizona desert, find his abandoned
car by the train tracks. The sheriff figures he got away, but Deputy
Jimmy Steel (played by actor Mark Richman) believes it is a trick by
Kimble, and that he never boarded the train.
Kimble, who was shot by Steel, is found by people from the Indian school. He is patched up by teacher Annie Johnson (played by actress Hope Lange).
When the sheriff is gone for a few days, Jimmy Steel is free to chase Kimble, and with his superior abilities proves himself a tough adversary.
This is one of the very best episodes. Kimble is working as a farmhand
near the Gulf of Mexico, where he has made friends with a family of
migrant farmworkers, the Kellys: Lester (actor John McIntire), Naomi
(actress Jeanette Nolan) and adult daughter Kate (actress Bonnie
Beecher), each of whom is strongly and convincingly portrayed.
Kate is sweet on Kimble, and he seems to like her. Jonesie, played by actor Tim McIntire, is a farmworker with a guitar providing running commentary via folk songs throughout the episode. He is upset that Kate now feels about Kimble the way she used to feel about him.
A news article on migrant workers includes a photo with Kimble in the background, leading Lieutenant Gerard to the Crawford farm, a very large farm where the migrants in the photos are said to work. However, a hurricane arrives, making a huge demand for the services of Kimble. Conflicts between the manager and the farmhands raise the tension level.
Gerard captures Kimble, but both are caught by the storm. Kimble repeatedly saves Gerard's life, to the puzzlement of his friends, who cannot understand why Kimble would save the man trying to get him killed. Kate, whose love for Kimble is mature and unselfish, grows in character through her association with Kimble, and her folks learn a few things as well.
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