In rural Missouri Jenny Ammory is a young girl who lies compulsively. She neglects to do her homework and when sent to school against her wishes, she meets Richard Kimble - working as a delivery driver under the alias "Jim Fowler" - when she leaves her books by a dirt pathway to consult a rag doll she has named Nayet she keeps near a creek. Kimble/Fowler gives her back her books, she politely thanks him, and both go on. When she arrives at her school, however, she claims Kimble/Fowler attacked her to her teacher Emily Norton. Emily, however, has caught Jenny in lies before, and when Kimble/Fowler delivers some items to the school she talks to him, noting how she is persecuted by the wives of the fathers of her students because of her beauty that has attracted these men to her. When Jenny catches them talking, she is scolded by Emily but runs home and claims Kimble/Fowler and Emily Norton are having an illicit affair. This brings about a confrontation with Kimble/Fowler that threatens ... Written by
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[Epilog Closing Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble hitching a ride]
This is Jim Fowler, about to die. He will last long enough to take the bus out of Hainesville, Missouri and then a new identity will emerge. A new identity to hide the path of his flight and the path of his search for the man whose crime has made Richard Kimble the Fugitive.
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Jenny is one screwed up little girl! And she nearly gets Richard Kimble killed!
Gina Gillespie plays a very flaky little girl, Jenny. Jenny lives in a dream world and has a doll which she thinks gives her magical witchy powers. She also has a very active imagination and lies compulsively. So, when she has a chance meeting with Dr. Kimble, she later paints a crazy story about a stranger chasing her through the woods. Then, when this story doesn't pick up much traction, she lies about a meeting between Kimble and the school teacher--making it sound like some sleazy business was going on there! Soon folks start thinking the worst in this incredibly crappy and awful town. As for Gina's mother, she somehow thinks that the teacher and folks have it against her daughter and doesn't recognize that her kid is very troubled and leads this mob. The mother is clearly wrapped around the child's weird, lying daughter's finger.
I noticed one reviewer compared this to Arthur Miller's "The Crucible". However, while there are clear similarities, it's really much closer to Lillian Hellman's play "The Children's Hour"--a play (and later a film) about a horrid child who makes up lies about her teachers and destroys them in the process. It's really a re-working of "The Children's Hour" but with a stupid witchy doll angle...one that makes the child less malevolent than the one in "The Children's Hour" but also a lot more mentally disturbed and weird.
So is it any good? Yes. But hardly original...which is odd considering this is the second episode! You'd think they'd begin stealing plot ideas later in the series! Well made and compelling...just not anything new.
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