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The Fugitive (1963)

Season 1 Episode 17

Come Watch Me Die

Aired Unknown Jan 21, 1964 on ABC
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Come Watch Me Die
While working as a farm hand in a small Nebraska town, Kimble witnesses the arrest of a local man, named Bellows, whom is suspected of a double murder. Kimble finds himself 'deputized' by Deputy Bowers to help transport Bellows to the county jail, along with four witnesses whom saw Bellows fleeing from a farm house which was the scene of the crime. Although Bellows convinces Kimble that he (like Kimble with his wife's murder) is an innocent victim of circumstantial evidence. But the townsmen remain unswayed. That night when the men get drunk and decide to lynch Bellows, Kimble helps him escape. But Kimble is betrayed when Bellows, whom really did kill the farm couple, escapes and holds another farm couple hostage.moreless

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  • Trust can be misplaced...

    In a rare departure from the formula, the troubled soul Kimble tries to help in "Come Watch Me Die" turns out to be guilty as sin. What stings the most in this revelation is how the man appealed to Kimble - specifically, his claims of being an innocent man caught up by an unjust justice system.

    Indeed, when the show opens, it's unclear if Bellows is guilty or innocent. There are witnesses against him, but they rely mostly on his past behavior as evidence of his current crime and each man would rather lynch Bellows than take him to trial. For Kimble, it's easy to see a kindred spirit; it's because of this connection that Kimble knows he has to bring Bellows in. After all, as Kimble himself notes, if he throws in with a criminal like Bellows just to help another fugitive, he is lost.

    Despite being saddled with an unfortunate cowboy hat for most of the episode, David Janssen is terrific as always in one of his most physical performances thus far. He has some great scenes at the end when the sheriff asks him if he's ever considered a career in law enforcement (!) and the scenes when he wrestles with what to do over Bellows' incarceration are very powerful.

    "Come Watch Me Die" is a good rebound from the weak "Garden House." It puts Kimble in a real ethical dillemma, and it shows Kimble's aid to a stranger backfiring.moreless

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