The Fugitive (1963)

Season 1 Episode 5

Never Wave Goodbye (2)

Aired Unknown Oct 15, 1963 on ABC
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Never Wave Goodbye (2)
After finding that the one-armed man is not the same man he saw fleeing his house the night of Helen's murder, Kimble flees from Los Angeles, barely escaping Gerard's dragnet. Tired of running, Kimble hopes to lie low in Santa Barbara and finally confides in Karen and shares his secret. But Gerard tracks Kimble to Santa Barbara from a single clue that Kimble leaves behind at the L.A. County Jail: a match with the word "sails" printed on it. When Kimble discovers that Gerard has arrived in town looking for him, Kimble and Karen, with the assistance of Eric, flee by sailboat and hope to end the running by faking his and Karen's death in a sailboat accident during a storm at sea.moreless

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  • The hunted saves the hunter.

    "Never Wave Goodbye" is incredibly powerful and would easily be the highlight of any other drama series. And it only comes five weeks into the run of "The Fugitive," with many other great episodes to follow.

    The stuff of this one is epic - Kimble, tired from running, prepares to risk it all on a huge gamble to throw Gerard off his track once and for all. The girl he loves, and who loves him, wants to come with him, forcing Kimble to question if he can inflict his life on the lam on another person. And Gerard, so desperate to catch his man, takes a gamble of his own and almost pays the ultimate price for it.

    The episode is a great study in the characters of Kimble and Gerard. It's interesting that neither man hates the other; in fact, there's almost a begrudging respect for their adversary. Kimble even jeopardizes his chance at freedom to go back and save Gerard's life (and this is not the last time this will happen in the series). The two men are both weary of the chase; Kimble wants to stop running and Gerard wants to get back to his family, but the chase still drives them both. They're great characters and rendered brilliantly by David Janssen and Barry Morse.moreless

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    • Opening Narration: A man cannot run forever. Two hours up the coast from Los Angeles, Richard Kimble has found himself a place he thinks is safe. Here in the early mission town of Santa Barbara, wearing the name Jeff Cooper, he has begun to put down roots. A man on the run must sooner or later become tied to a town, a look on the face of a girl, the touch of her eyes. But there may always be doubt. What has he left behind? A footprint? A careless word? A remembered image in the eye of a stranger? A match. What can they track him with? If he is tired of running, he will put the doubt aside.

    • Closing Narration: The road north, the road east. For the moment, to Richard Kimble, it makes no difference. The road ends nowhere.

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