The Fugitive (1963)

Season 1 Episode 6

Decision in the Ring

Aired Unknown Oct 22, 1963 on ABC

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  • Kimble Inspires a Boxer to Become a Doctor

    Act I opens in a boxing ring where two fighters are giving it their all. One of the boxers is cut during the match and the "cut man" isn't able to stop the bleeding. Richard Kimble is working in the gym as a sort of janitor, sweeping up after people. He sees the hurt boxer and offers his help. After he stops the bleeding, he is offered the job as Joe Smith's "cut man."

    In the course of time, Kimble discovers that his boxing friend once had aspirations of becoming a doctor. Because he is black (and in the early 1960s), he decides it is not profitable for him to be a doctor. He envisions himself working for next to nothing in low income urban areas-a thought he doesn't cherish. Kimble repeatedly challenges him to pursue his first love (medical school) and give up boxing before it permanently hurts him.

    By the end of the episode, we see a resolute Richard Kimble inspire this young man to pursue his dream and protect his health for his wife's sake. Of course Kimble's true identity is discovered and he must leave immediately, but not before one last pep talk. This was a very inspiring story and I especially enjoyed the "disguise" Kimble wore to evade those who are looking for him. A great episode!