Time to jump into episodes 10, 11, and 12 of The Fugitive. There will be pretty obvious spoilers, so if you haven’t caught up we highly suggest you do!
At the late Kevin Lawson’s house (our hero Mike’s parole officer, if you need a reminder), his newly widowed wife, Ronnie (Shareeka Epps), steps away from the crowd of concerned friends to have a cigarette. Mike (Boyd Holbrook) corners her, swearing to her that he had nothing to do with the bombing. He shows her the news article on Dale/Colin Murphy (Brian Geraghty). He then goes through this long explanation about Murphy’s accident and lawsuit. How the bombings were Murphy’s revenge on the company owner and the courts. And since Ronnie (very conveniently) happens to be a public defender, Mike asks her to get a copy of the trial transcripts, so he can figure out where the next attack will take place. He gives her Kevin’s lucky knife and asks her to meet him in Echo Park in a couple of hours.
Meanwhile at CTB, Bryce (Kiefer Sutherland) learns from their tech guy (Echo Kellum) that they’ve connected the “C. Bravo” text Mike sent to Allison (Natalie Martinez) to one of the bodega burner phones – and they’ve traced its location to Echo Park. And over at the Daily Score, the smarmy owner guy is meeting with Pritti (Tiya Sircar) and Jerry (Glenn Howerton) about how to keep their momentum going. Before Jerry can get a word in, Pritti says she wants to get an interview with Mike’s daughter, Pearl (Keilani Arellane). She thinks that’ll give their ever-growing audience a sense of how it feels to be “raised by the Manson family”. Smarmy owner guy says that’s not just a great idea, it’s “prachtig,” which is apparently Dutch for “wonderful.” Yeah, okay.
Jerry throws up a red flag, saying that all major news outlets are staying clear of Pearl for now. He also warns that the poor kid’s been traumatized enough without having “cameras shoved in her face”. And for about a half-second, smarmy owner guy considers Jerry’s wise advice – but then turns right around and tells Pritti to go for it. Pritti says she wants to report directly to him, instead of having Jerry on her back, and smarmy owner guy’s all over that. Poor Jerry. That’s what he gets for being a responsible journalist. Prachtig, indeed.
And while all that’s going on, Bryce and his padawans are driving like mad to chase down Mike’s cell phone signal. Between them and the other cops, they box Mike in. Stamell (Daniel David Stewart) goes after him on foot while Bryce and Womack (Genesis Rodriguez) keep chasing with the car. Stamell gets a few shots off, but they end up losing track of Mike. Tech guy then says the phone’s stopped moving, and the signal’s coming from a house a couple of blocks away – Colin Murphy’s house. Bryce busts in with a SWAT team – no Mike, but they do find the phone, along with some oh-so-conveniently placed blueprints of the courthouse.
Having evaded capture for the moment, Mike heads into obvious gang territory. He passes by a kid on a bike posted as a lookout who calls him in. When Mike gets to the house he’s looking for, he’s stopped by a couple of gangbangers who pull a gun on him. Mike says he’s there to see their boss, Alfredo (Maurice Compte). He tells them he was his “numbers guy” while they were in jail together.
Flashback to four and a half years prior, to the night of the accident that got Mike in so much trouble in the first place. Mike’s at a bar with his brother, Tommy (Brian Guest), having a drunken celebration of Mike’s promotion at Goldman Sachs. A girl named Denise (Rosalie McIntire) walks up and starts hitting on Tommy. While she excuses herself to go to the ladies’ room, Mike says he needs to get home. Tommy asks him to wait until he’s closed the deal with Debbie, Delia, whatever – and Mike says he’ll wait in the car. Tommy congratulates Mike again on his promotion, saying their late parents and whole family would be proud of him. Mike says he’s standing on their shoulders and his, but Tommy refuses to take any credit. They share a sweet exchange of “I love you’s” and then Mike heads out to the car.
Cut to after the accident, where Mike’s in the hospital with Allison. They talk to a lawyer (Sebrina Purcell) who tells them that the D.A.’s going after Mike hard – criminally negligent homicide. Mike says he wasn’t even driving – he fell asleep in the passenger seat. But the lawyer says that there’s no way to prove that. In fact, an accident reconstruction report says that based on where Mike landed, he must have been the one driving. She also says the press has their hooks in the story, going for the “rich drunk” angle. Which is making the prosecution want Mike to do hard time. The flashback fades with Allison’s voice saying they’re anything but rich – with all the bills and Mike’s getting fired, they’re pretty much broke.
Back to present day, where Mike walks into the gangbanger house to meet his old prison buddy Alfredo – who chomps away on some cereal while he regales his underlings with Mike’s genius as a numbers guy. In exchange for protection in the joint, Mike helped Fredo launder his money. He says ol’ “White Mike’s smarter than sh*t,” which makes him wonder why he showed up there. Last thing he wants is the cops nosing around. Mike says he needs a gun because he’s going after the bomber. He then tells Fredo that the cops are probably combing through his computer, where he’s stored records of every dirty deal he put together for him. So the best way to keep himself out of trouble is to help Mike exonerate himself.
Fredo tells one of the bangers to give him his gun – then he tells Mike to handle the situation and get rid of his computer. Otherwise, the cops will be the least of his problems. After Fredo leaves, Mike gets cornered by one of the bangers. They’ve heard about the reward money and are trying to keep him there. Mike clocks the guy with the gun and takes off, stopping by the lookout kid – he gives him his watch in exchange for the kid telling them he went a different way.
Meanwhile, as Colin Murphy’s walking back to his house, he sees the cops there along with a huge crowd. He decides to head in the other direction. Inside, Bryce and his padawans search the place. Womack says the blueprints (that have been left out in plain sight for anybody to find) have markings by the structural weaknesses. Stamell adds that Murphy’s a member of the local demolition union. But that still isn’t enough to convince Bryce of anything except that Mike had an accomplice.
Mike meets Ronnie Lawson in the park as scheduled. He says he wasn’t sure she would come. But, she says that Kevin wouldn’t have given the “Six Month Knife” to a bad person. She hands over the transcripts he asked for along with some clothes, and tells him to be careful. Mike gives her a hug and leaves. And back at CTB, Bryce finds out more about Colin Murphy – apparently, the owner of the company Murphy sued was on the train. I don’t know of a lot of million-dollar-company CEO’s who ride the subway to work, but okay, whatever.
They also find out that Murphy’s wife left him and took their kid. A court-appointed shrink called him “potentially unstable.” You think? Bryce wonders what the connection is to Mike – but no one can find any. And while Mike cops a squat behind a dumpster and starts going through the transcripts, searching for whomever Murphy might be going after next, CTB gets the CCTV footage of Mike researching Murphy on his phone.
Bryce reluctantly concedes that they may be focusing on the wrong guy. He gets the Feds to run facial recognition on the subway footage to find Murphy. Womack reminds him that he just punched out a Fed, and Bryce tells her to tell them he’s sorry first, and then order it. Next thing we know, tech guy shows them the footage. It shows Murphy as the guy in the black hoodie they were originally looking for. Bryce finally admits to his padawans that the Jedi Master was wrong. He asks them to put out a new order to stop pursuing Mike and start pursuing Murphy.
Wow, things are rolling along at a breakneck pace, aren’t they? Not that this little series has ever been slow, but it really feels like they’re just trying to check off every plot point they have to make to get to the end. Which makes me wonder what the point is of even doing the story at all if it has to be so rushed? Even action-heavy stories need proper pacing and some room to breathe. But with only two episodes left, I guess there’s not much chance of that.