The Fugitive (1963)

Season 1 Episode 4

Never Wave Goodbye (1)

Aired Unknown Oct 08, 1963 on ABC
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Never Wave Goodbye (1)
Kimble, working as an apprentice sailmaker in Santa Barbara, California, falls in love with Karen, the niece of his stern but compassionate boss, Lars Christian. However, he earns scorn from Karen's jealous and overprotective brother, Eric. When Lars suffers a heart attack, his last wish on his deathbed is to implore Kimble to stay with Karen. Meanwhile, Gerard flies to nearby Los Angeles when he hears about the arrest of a one-armed man accused of armed robbery and lets the story hit the newspapers, hoping it will flush out Kimble.moreless

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  • Kimble tries to end his life of running.

    "Never Wave Goodbye" is a pivotal moment in "The Fugitive," and it offers great insight into Kimble, Gerard and the chase that connects them.

    This first part of a two-part episode is an acting showcase for David Janssen. He turns in a powerhouse performance and shows the audience a side of Kimble that we haven't seen in the series - Kimble at peace. His scenes with Karen on the yacht (he breaks into song and a Cary Grant impression) are the first times we've seen him genuinely happy, and possibly in love, since the series started. That he needs to resume his flight is even more tragic under the circumstances, and it forces him to consider an end to the chase.

    Not to be left out, Barry Morse also shines. We see more and more how committed Gerard is to the Kimble case, and we get a sense that Gerard may think Kimble is innocent. After all, he criss-crosses the country in search of not only Kimble, but of one-armed convicts who may be the real murderer of Helen Kimble. And he does so at the expense of his family. The scene where Gerard tells his son they cannot go camping, and then likens the law to a tangled fishing line is poignant, and it's hammered home by his son's simple reply that all he wanted to do was go fishing.

    The highlight of the episode has to be the scene at the Hall of Justice, where Kimble faces the man who may be his wife's killer, only to be spotted by Gerard. It's a scene that was lifted almost entirely for the 1993 Harrison Ford film, and it's just as suspenseful here. The supporting cast is excellent, including Robert Duvall, who looks at Kimble with suspicion and scorn.

    Some unintentional humor in this one - namely, when a doctor (in scrubs, no less!) walks through the hospital corridors puffing on a cigarette. It's a dead giveaway that we're in the 60's.moreless
Susan Oliver

Susan Oliver


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Robert Duvall

Robert Duvall


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Lee Philips

Lee Philips

Ray Brooks

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Paul Birch

Paul Birch

Capt. Carpenter

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    • Narrator: The Hall of Justice, Los Angeles County -- courtroom, sheriff's headquarters, detective bureau, and the county jail. Even on a Saturday, it swarms with deputies. But on Saturdays come the families of prisoners, too. Richard Kimble has learned to be a face in the crowd.

    • Narrator: When a man of the law becomes a hunter, there can be no peace in his heart, no peace in his home.

    • Opening Narration: Santa Barbara, California, two hours up the coast from Los Angeles. A harbor town, a fishing town, an early mission town. To Richard Kimble, temporarily using the name Jeff Cooper, it has been a sanctuary. But a fugitive knows a sanctuary becomes a trap if he stays too long.

    • Closing Narration: Richard Kimble has seen the eyes of the hunter. He knows that for Gerard the chase will never end. But his bones ache from running and he needs the love of a girl. For sanctuary, he will risk a trap. For, in the long, long chase, he has lost everything but hope.

  • NOTES (2)

    • In this episode we meet the first of three actresses who played Lt. Philip Gerard's wife (played in this episode by Rachel Ames). Later, in Landscape with Running Figures Barbara Rush played the role as Mrs. Gerard. And finally in May God Have Mercy, an uncredited woman plays as Mrs. Gerard.

    • Location: Santa Barbara & Los Angeles, Cailfornia
      Kimble's Alias: Jeff Cooper