The Fugitive (1963)

Season 1 Episode 10


Aired Unknown Nov 19, 1963 on ABC
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After getting into a car accident in a rural Kentucky town, Kimble lands in jail by the redneck sheriff who hates outsiders. But Kimble manages to escape with his cellmate Davey "Fatso" Lambert. Hiding out at the Lambert ranch, Kimble sees that Davey's father and brother, Frank, treat the slow-witted Davey badly for blaming him for a barn fire years earlier. Kimble tries to prove Davey's innocence as Gerard flies out to Kentucky after learning of Kimble arrest and forms a posse to track him down.moreless

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  • A friend in need is a pest.

    Despite a good guest spot from Jack Weston, "Fatso" is pretty ho-hum - it's a standard "Fugitive" plot (Kimble meets an outcast and helps him/her redeem themselves in the eyes of friends and family. And once again, Kimble puts his own freedom in jeopardy by helping said outcast.

    The presence of Gerard makes this outing a little better. Otherwise, the Lambert family's soap opera dynamics get old pretty quickly. Janssen is terrific as always, and his scenes with the child-like Davey offer more instances where Kimble's background in pediatrics comes through for him in his life as a fugitive.

    Again, it's not that "Fatso" is's just that we've seen this before, and will see it again. If Gerard didn't make an appearance, my grade for this one would be lower, but Barry Morse elevates every episode he's in - particularly here with his interrogation of Davey when he "confesses" to Helen Kimble's murder.

    After the slam-bang two-parter "Never Say Goodbye," "The Fugitive" turned out a series of pleasant, but mostly average, episodes. Fortunately, the next episode would snap the show out of its rut and deliver one of the best shows since the pilot.moreless
Jack Weston

Jack Weston


Guest Star

Burt Brinckerhoff

Burt Brinckerhoff


Guest Star

Vaughn Taylor

Vaughn Taylor


Guest Star

Paul Birch

Paul Birch

Captain Carpenter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Opening Narration: A ride with a stranger, a friendly stranger. But a fugitive can't afford the luxury of friendship. He has to keep his thoughts to himself, weigh every word carefully. Drive carefully. Do everything carefully. From the moment you wake until you go to sleep at night -- if you have a place to sleep. One false move, one little quirk of fate...

    • Closing Narration: A letter from an old friend. No return address, no name. A fugitive has to watch his step. Every step he takes, every hour, every minute, every second, any moves he makes might lead to death row. There's no way of knowing in advance. There's never any way of knowing.

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