The Fugitive (1963)

Season 1 Episode 19

Search in a Windy City

Aired Unknown Feb 04, 1964 on ABC
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Search in a Windy City
Believing that the one-armed man is in Chicago, Kimble contacts Mike Decker, a newspaper columnist who defended Kimble during his trial. Kimble and Decker organize a city-wide search for the one-armed man. But things get complicated with the arrival of Decker's alchocolic wife, Paula, who gets nervous of Kimble's presence and falls off the wagon. Meanwhile, Gerard learns about Decker's search for a one-armed man and decides to use the writer to set a trap for Kimble.moreless

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  • Our first real look at The One-Armed Man.

    After a string of mediocre to poor episodes ("Garden House," "Come Watch Me Die," "Where the Action Is"), we get a strong episode with an appearance from Lt. Gerard to raise the stakes. Throw in two strong guest spots and a major step forward in Kimble's hunt for the One-Armed Man and "Search in a Windy City" is a stand-out episode.

    David Janssen turns in one of his best performances - when the episode opens, Kimble is exhausted. He looks like a man at the breaking point, his search growing seemingly more fruitless with each passing day. It isn't until he catches sight of his quarry in Act IV that we see Kimble's life return. It's the desperation he feels that allows him to be taken in by Mike Decker.

    Pat Hingle (best known to my generation as Commissioner Gordon in the "Batman" movies) is Decker, who appears to be on Kimble's side but may not be above selling him out to get a better story. Nan Martin shines as well as Decker's long-suffering wife and Kimble's real ally.

    After a three episode absence, Barry Morse comes back and has one of his closest captures of Kimble in the series. The climax, from the bus stop to the basement of Decker's apartment building, is incredibly suspenseful.moreless

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    • Episode Narrations: Chicago. Richard Kimble has come a thousand miles on hope and the slimmest of clues in his hunt for the one-armed man. But ten days have passed and now hope has turned to despair. For, in a city of millions, how does a fugitive go about finding a phantom?

      In the deadly game of hide and seek, Richard Kimble has only one rule for survival: be suspicious of everyone. Is it coincidence that three strangers should suddenly appear at the place of his rendezvous with Decker? Or are they just strangers? Richard Kimble's rule for survival: be suspicious of everyone. But sometimes strangers are only what they seem. And now, the imagined threat is gone -- and, with it, Mike Decker.

      Now many months a fugitive, Richard Kimble walks the night again -- but no longer in despair that he is hunting only a phantom. He has seen the one-armed man, and it has given him hope. Somewhere, sometime, they will meet again.

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