The last episode of The Fugitive still holds the record for the most-watched episode in American homes with television sets, as 72% of homes with television sets watched the season finale. While the final episode of MASH had more actual viewers in numbers, the percentage of homes watching the show was less than the Fugitive.
The brother that Donna referred to in this episode may well have been David Taft, whom we met in "Home is the Hunted" in Season 1.
-In the closing credits, Johnny Jensen is credited as "Bobby Taft", yet all thru this episode, he is called "Billy."
-Donna Taft refers to another child as she invites Jean Carlisle to stay the night that Kimble is supposed to be executed. She says, "we can move Billy in with his brother." Who IS this other child? How come we never see him?
Gerard: (after shooting Fred Johnson dead) Alright, you can relax, Chandler. I just did your killing for you. You've had a good day, haven't you? I guess we both have. After all, for FOUR years now, we...BOTH of us...kept an innocent man in hell! But, now we're going to end that. You could keep that man alive! But you won't, will you?
Leonard Taft: Why don't you call your mother about the boys?
Donna Taft: Yeah, I could do that. I've also got a word or two for Billy!
Leonard Taft: Billy? What did Billy do now?
Donna Taft: Well, I was setting up his room for Jean and I found this (a bullet) hidden in his sock drawer.
Gerard: (taking the bullet and taking one like it out of his pocket) Where did he get this?
Donna Taft: From Lloyd Chandler...he's been teaching the boys to fire a gun.
Gerard: Out at the stables?
Leonard Taft: No, they're letting them use the police range.
Gerard: We found this one at the stables...where that caller wanted to meet you (pointing at Len)!
Donna Taft: And, I told Lloyd about that phone call!
Closing Narration: Tuesday, August 29th ... the day the running stopped.
Leonard Taft: Another day would've killed you, eh, Lieutenant?
Lt. Gerard: Mr. Taft, I happen to believe that holding on to false hope is the absolute worst kind of cruelty.
(Richard has just come down from the tower, where Gerard, Chandler, and the dead body of Fred Johnson are.)
Kimble: You saved my life. He confessed up there, for what it's worth.
Gerard: I'm afraid you know what that's worth.
Opening Narration: A man may travel many roads and one day find his way home again. But for Richard Kimble, this road is not of his choosing and this day has come too soon. Two men, traveling together, joined by links of steel and the memory of a senseless murder committed years before. Two hunters, one of whom has finally caught his elusive quarry.
Closing Narration: Tuesday, August 29th. The Day the Running Stopped.
Chandler: Lieutenant, I saw that man, Fred Johnson, murder Helen Kimble!
Gerard: Are you willing to testify to that effect?
Chandler: Yes. I will.
At the 2008 Emmy awards, Kimble confronting the one-armed man, was in the list of the Most Memorable Drama TV Moments. However, it didn't make it to the top 5.
"The Final Episode of The Fugitive" was named number 6 in TV Guide's "100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History," in the June 29-July 5, 1996 issue.
Richard Anderson is the third actor to play Leonard Taft, Kimble's brother-in-law, during the series' run. James Sikking was the first in episode Home is the Hunted in season 1, while Lin McCarthy was the second in episode Running Scared in season 3.
This is the last episode of the 1963 Fugitive show. Later, in 2000, there was a new edition of the show, Fugitive (2000) which aired for only 22 episodes.
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