The Fugitive (1963)

Season 1 Episode 16

The Garden House

Aired Unknown Jan 14, 1964 on ABC
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The Garden House
Kimble is working as the caretaker at a spacious ranch in Connecticut which is owned by newspaper heiress Ann Guthrie who lives with her husband Harlan and her sister Ruth. Ann and Ruth's late fater founded the Westborne Clarion, the newspaper that Harlan currently runs. Although Ann is the sole benefactor of her father's estate, she belives Ruth is entitled to part of the fortune. But Ann is unaware that the greedy Ruth is having an affair with Harlan and they plot to murder Ann and claim everything. When Kimble suspects Ruth and Harlan's plan and infroms Ann, the skeptic heiress refuses to belive Kimble. Knowing that Kimble knows, the crafty couple plot to frame him for Ann's murder.moreless

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  • Another job, another dysfunctional family.

    After seeing the story of Helen Kimble's murder and meeting Richard Kimble's family, "The Garden House" is a let-down in its ordinary set-up (another instance of Kimble getting mixed up in some family drama). There is a glimmer of hope when Kimble is recognized (it's amazing that didn't happen more often!), but ultimately the story never pans out.

    What also hurts this episode is the lack of any likable, sympathetic supporting characters. The unfaithful husband and the conniving sister are the villains, but their victim - Kimble's boss - is such a whiny, child-like figure that she never rates any concern from the audience. Her habit of retreating to her childhood hideaway gets old, as does her conversations with a music box ballerina.

    There are some moody moments - such as the climax, with its eerie music and murder surrounded by children's toys and drawings. But Kimble can't get out of this town soon enough. Janssen is terrific as always, but he gets short shift at the expense of the guest cast. Completely forgettable, especially when compared with the highlights of Season 1.moreless

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Opening Narration: Connecticut: green trees framing the homes of the wealthy and the near wealthy, gracious living with roots deep in the past -- and, without roots, interstate fugitive, Richard Kimble.

    • Closing Narration: Tomorrow, the Westborne Clarion will have a new editor. One of the paper's first editorials will be a plea for innocent men pursued by the Furies -- men such as Richard Kimble, the Fugitive.

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    • One of the paper's first editorials will be a plea for innocent men pursued by the Furies -- men such as Richard Kimble, the Fugitive.

      The Furies were female spirits of justice and vengeance in Greek and Roman mythology. They were known especially for pursuing people who had murdered family members.