The Fugitive (1963–1967)
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Everybody Gets Hit in the Mouth Sometime 

While working as a dispatcher for a small trucking company, Kimble deals with it's owner and his guilty secret with a troubled woman.


Alexander Singer


Jack Turley, Roy Huggins (created by)

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Episode cast overview:
David Janssen ... Dr. Richard Kimble / Bill Dudley
Jack Klugman ... Gus Hendricks
Geraldine Brooks ... Lucia
Michael Constantine ... Ernie Svoboda
Barry Atwater ... Cleve Logan (as G.B. Atwater)
Barry Morse ... Lt. Philip Gerard (credit only)
Jimmy Stiles Jimmy Stiles ... Jimmy
Tracy Stratford ... Lucy
Kathleen O'Malley ... Receptionist
John Mayo John Mayo ... Mr. Williams
K.L. Smith K.L. Smith ... Pete
Marlowe Jensen Marlowe Jensen ... Sgt. Fountain
James Devine James Devine ... Gas station attendant


Kimble's a dispatcher at a Colorado trucking company. He also keeps track of the truckers' hours. Gus, the owner, has a reputation for working his drivers and himself past the legally allowed driving hours because he needs money. He's supporting a widow and her two children out of guilt because her husband died in a truck accident while working for Gus. Soon, the lonely widow learns that Kimble is single and becomes predictably infatuated. Meanwhile, Gus is so short of money that he can't afford the insurance premium on his trucks and he's in danger of losing his business. Gus gets an offer to commit insurance fraud to make a quick buck. He's tempted because then he can get his business back on track and get rid of the widow with one big payoff. Kimble likes Gus and tries to talk him out of it. Later, he learns that the authorities suspect something and rushes to warn Gus.

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Release Date:

9 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Narrator: [Epilog Closing Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble boarding a bus labeled "Southern Colorado Lines" with a destination of Denver] Justice can be delivered by a final act of violence, or it can be elusive and taunting as it has become for Richard Kimble. For him justice hides around the next bend in the road, beyond the next mountain, on the bus just pulling out. Somewhere, sometime, he will it. And so, he moves on.
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Theme from The Fugitive
Music by Pete Rugolo
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An odd one where, for once, Richard Kimble seems to make the wrong moral decision.
15 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

So often in the episodes of the old "Fugitive" TV shows, Richard Kimble is forced to make choices--choices that often put him at risk of being arrested. But, since he's a fundamentally good and just man, you can rely on him doing the right thing....but not in this episode! I was surprised that Kimble's sympathy for his boss, Gus (Jack Klugman), is very misplaced.

Gus owns his own trucking company and barely can make ends meet. Because of this, he often breaks the law and has his drivers drive longer than the rules allow. Surely someone or some group of people are going to get killed because of Gus' actions. But through it all, Kimble is strangely loyal. Even when Gus becomes mentally unstable and violent towards him, Kimble is loyal. Even when Lucia (Geraldine Brooks) is very demanding and pushes Gus to make more flagrant violations of the law, he is loyal.

Overall, an interesting but morally suspect that left me confused since the writer seems to have violated an unwritten law concerning Kimble. Additionally, the ending is incredibly grim and downbeat...making this a less than thrilling installment in the series.

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