The underwater divers with whom he works are suspicious that he will say something to implicate them in foul play at the inquest into the death of the diver Johnny. Coralee is being run out of town as a jinx who causes the men in her life to die simply by associating with them.
In most episodes, Kimble rescues women who are in trouble. In this one, Kimble as "Tony" seems genuinely attracted to Coralee (Antoinette Bower). He is the one making the moves, and she rescues him.
Kimble not only rescues the couple, he also agrees not to divulge the presence of the woman. Mrs. Madison, who has long since turned to alcohol, doesn't buy the story that there was no woman in the plane, and she wants to know who it was.
Madison wants Kimble gone so that the secret of his affair will be safe. After a while he also wants to get rid of Mrs. Madison, who threatens to divorce him and thereby end his political aspirations. Then he wants to get rid of his loyal assistant so that the way will be cleared for him to be together with Mrs. Haynes, who is guilt-ridden over betraying her husband.
Kimble tries to avoid identification given rash of publicity, and then wonders whom he can trust in this next of vipers.
Jack Ficket (Kimble's alias) is a hotel employee who lets slip to Penelope that he went to college. Her nice but lawless boyfriend, Eddie Slade, has just gotten out of jail, and is staying in this dive while he hustles for a stake to get back into the bookmaking action he needs to support them in the style they both enjoy. Penelope can barely read or write, and asks Jack to teach her these things along with some advice on manners. She likes men like Eddie to pay her way and shower her with jewelry, but her desire to learn is the journey of a thousand miles. Kimble enjoys teaching her, and the company she provides as he wanders around the hotel cleaning up.
To improve, she reads the tale in Aesop of the cunning fox who promises to give foolish Farmer Jones back his chickens, only to eat them. This is an analogy to Eddie Slade, who hoodwinks others out of their savings, falsely promising to pay high returns later. "But the fox ATE the chickens!" says Penelope. Eddie tells Penelope everyone is hustling for money, he's just hoping to be more successful than some, and she finds this argument convincing at first.
But Kimble won't take money or loving as payment from her, which impresses upon her that all people are not hustlers--and keeps this story platonic. Kimble suggests it is more honorable to earn your way with no shortcuts. She says, "Look where it's got you," and Kimble admits she has a point. Eddie doesn't want Penelope becoming educated, but Kimble argues that Penelope's desire to grow is too powerful to be denied.
Will Penelope help her cunning fox steal chickens, or will she follow Kimble's way? One thing is certain: she's willing to bet her diamond earrings that Kimble didn't murder anyone.
There are two emotional stories here. One is that Kimble must act like a thug, forcing Jane to come with him, and clamping his hand over her mouth anytime someone approaches. Must he become a thug in order to maintain his flight?
The other line is that (unbeknownst to Kimble) Jane was kidnapped at 15. Kimble winds up looking a lot like a second kidnapper, and she is terrified. But we find out she was not then, nor is she now, helpless. This is a very unusual female character for this series, and Shirley Knight is quite good.