When bumbling robbers ice a gas station owner, the fugitive is seized as a hostage, along with carjacked motorist Joanne. Kimble, working at the desert stop as a gas jockey, now pretends to be an experienced crook planning a big heist, to distract Vinnie, the "brains" of the duo, so Kimble and Joanne have a chance to escape, before kill-crazy Miles carves 2 more notches on his beloved revolver - featuring their monikers. The young murderers are headed to Hollywood, to fry bigger fish.Written by
A couple of firsts: This is the first time Lou Antonio works with David Janssen on The Fugitive. He would do two more. And this is the first time that Brenda Vaccaro works with Janssen. She would later do two feature films with him. See more »
[Act I Opening Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble changing an auto's oil at a gas station at which he works]
Sierra Point, New Mexico. Resident population, 562. Transient population, 1. Richard Kimble, who currently bears the name Al Fleming. It is now more than a year since the escape.
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Dr. Kimble is now working at a gas station in New Mexico. It gets robbed by a pair of crooks, (Lou Antonio and Chris Robinson), with big ideas of using the money to get to Hollywood where they'll become famous and live in a mansion with a swimming pool. Obviously, they aren't too bright- or stable. They take Kimble and a woman, (Brenda Vaccaro), hostage as they escape. Kimble thinks quickly and pretends to be a crook who was planning to rob the station himself and get to LA, where he knows people and has a big job planned. He lords it over the hoodlums, saying if they play their cards right, they could be part of his plan.
This is the first of a series of episodes where the writers put Kimble in ironic situations- here he's pretending to be a crook when he's an innocent fugitive and he's having to deal with real crooks who are on the lam. He has to figure out how to save his hostage and deliver his new partners to justice without revealing himself to the law. Those dilemmas make this one of the better episodes. I also like the fact that David Janssen gets to come out of his self- imposed shell and play the role of a tough, confident professional criminal. He's not looking at the ground all the time in this one.
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