Kurt Russell returns it for a second time in the series. In the second season episode titled Nemesis he played Lieutenant Girard's son. See more »
As Kimble boards the bus at the end of the episode, you can see the crew members reflected through the bus window. See more »
[Epilog Closing Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble boarding a passenger bus labeled "Iroquois Bus Line."]
Love needs time to grow. Yesterday a need that found hope in a look, a word, a touching of hands is today denied by flight. A flight from guns. Today's guns are already miles behind, but the need remains.
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This episode is sandwiched between two in which Richard Kimble is first outlaw, and later hiding out in a fishing community with laws of its own. The scene here is by contrast highly conventional, with Kimble working as daytime bartender Bob Stoddard, and Lois Nettleton playing the waitress Susan—both in rather silly outfits for the restaurant's Viennese atmosphere. They have a friendly dating relationship. Susan suddenly finds herself guardian for her orphaned 12 year old nephew, Gary. As we viewers know, Kimble would like a child, and at first he is far more enthused than she about the boy's arrival in her life. Lois has the life of a modern mother much more than most women in this series. She works all day, and sends her nephew to find friends on the streets. He falls in with a local tough (played convincingly by Kurt Russell) who persuades him to lie, cheat and steal. The social worker tells Lois she needs a man in her life, and indeed a working woman who is raising kids on her own really does need a partner, and one who can commit. Kimble on the run can't be that man. The very family that is so alluring to him dooms the relationship between Susan and Kimble. The magnet of the conventional world is strong for Kimble, and may not be so strong for many viewers, who have mortgage payments, kids, and reliable spouses. Other Fugitive episodes are appealing because viewers can fantasize about having no responsibilities. But it is also interesting to see Kimble's take on an ordinary life—something he longs for, but cannot have. The show reminds us once again that family is precious. The chemistry between Lois Nettleton and David Janssen is strong, as it was also in "Man on a String." The child actor who plays Lois' nephew is also quite good.
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