Narrator: [Act II Narration. The viewers see Philip Gerard staring out a window at his home] When a man of the law becomes a hunter, there is no peace in his heart... there is no peace in his home.
Narrator: [Act I Opening Narration. Viewers see a harbor village with boats] 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 that a sanctuary becomes a trap if he stays too long.
Narrator: [Epilog Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble looking out over the Pacific Ocean] Richard Kimble has seen the eyes of the hunter. He knows that, for Gerard, the chase will never end. But his bones aches 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.
Narrator: [Act III Narration. Viewers see a cabbie drop off Richard Kimble outside a government building] The Hall of Justice, Los Angeles County: courtrooms, Sheriff's headquarters, detective bureau - and the County Jail. Even on a Saturday, it swarms with deputies. But on Saturdays come the families of the prisoners, too. Richard Kimble has learned to be a face in the crowd.
Lt. Philip Gerard: I know the man. I know how he lives. Pittsburgh, 5 weeks. Pittsburgh Homicide misses him by 10 days. For over a month, a clerk in a Minneapolis post office wonders where he's seen his garbage man before. The day Kimble leaves town, the clerk remembers. He'd been looking at him on the wall of the post office every morning.
Lt. Philip Gerard: He can dye his hair but he can't change his character. Kimble was a self-respecting citizen here all his life. He's not a vagrant. Put yourself in his place. You move into a town, you sell papers, or clean fish, or collect garbage. Any job where you don't have to have identification. But after four, five, six weeks, what happens? The guy at the next counter starts noticing that you think a little faster than he does, you maybe use bigger words. So he starts asking questions. So you move on, and on, and on, and on. But sooner or later, you don't move quite so quickly. Cause you're tired of moving, you're tired of running. And sooner or later, you find a place where you think you're safe and you stay. And that, Captain, is the beginning of the end.
Dr. Ray Brooks: Say, where'd you learn to tie a knot like that?
Dr. Richard Kimble: I don't know. I just always have.
Dr. Ray Brooks: Did you ever study medicine?
Dr. Richard Kimble: Would I be learning how to make sails if I'd studied medicine, Doctor?
Dr. Ray Brooks: You would've made a good surgeon.
Karen Christian: Such a pretty town, Jeff. Please don't go. I love you, Jeff.
Dr. Richard Kimble: I can't stay, Karen. I can't fall in love.
Dr. Ray Brooks: Are you leaving?
Dr. Richard Kimble: [Looking at a newspaper, reading through ads] Yeah, why not? Big country, a lot of opportunity, Doctor. Here... there's a rider wanted, share expenses to New York. The artichoke crop's very heavy in the Salinas Valley. The Oregon apple harvest very good. It's a big country. Why rot in one spot?