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  • The finale has several of them.
    • Kimble is finally able to confront the One-Armed Man and find out why the man killed Kimble's wife.
    • Gerard is able to resolve his conflict as a by-the-book cop to figure out what really happened that night, coming to terms he'd been pursuing an innocent man, and bringing justice to the entire matter.
    • The finale was the highest rated episode in television history for almost 15 years, until "Who Shot J.R.?"

The movie
  • The first Kimble/Gerard standoff.
    Kimble: I didn't kill my wife!
    Gerard: I don't care!
  • When Kimble calls out Nichols for everything bad that has happened in the movie in front of a convention made was fist-pumpingly awesome.
    • And then caps it off by opening a can of WHUP-ASS on him.
  • At the county jail, Kimble goes down the stairs just as Gerard is going up some across the room, and Gerard sees him out of the corner of his eye. Gerard runs to the stairs that Kimble is descending and, to test him, shouts "RICHARD!" Kimble takes the bait and looks up. After a brief "I gotcha" look from Gerard, a chase ensues.
    • "There's a man back there in a blue coat waving a gun and screaming. ...At a woman." Doubles as a Funny Moment in the midst of all this nail-biting tension when Gerard comes running around the corner, screaming "STOP THAT MAN!", and the officers, thanks to what Kimble has told them, do exactly what they're trained to do and restrain Gerard.
  • The train wreck sequence. Audiences went to see the film just for that scene.
    • Simply put, the train is REAL. They did not use a model. The wreck, which was filmed on the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad in North Carolina, has never been cleaned up and is a highlight of eastbound Tuckasegee River excursions.
  • When Kimble is trapped by Gerard at the edge of the dam. His choices are to 1) get arrested yet again to sit on death row or 2) jump. He jumps.
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  • When Kimble beats the crap out of Sykes, the man who killed his wife, and his so-called friend Charles Nichols, who set the whole thing in motion.
  • The entire hotel sequence, from start to finish.
  • It's a little behind the scenes, but the fact that, in real life, Harrison Ford got a painful bone spur early in filming but held off getting it fixed so he'd have an authentic limp as Richard Kimble is a CMOA for him.
  • Gerard's Establishing Character Moment, getting the guard on the bus to admit that Kimble might have survived just minutes after his arrival.
  • When Kimble calls Gerard:
    Kimble: Do you remember what I told you in the tunnel?
    Gerard: I remember it was noisy. Well, I think you said something like... "you didn't kill your wife."
    Kimble: Remember what you told me?
    Gerard: I remember you were pointing my gun at me.
    Kimble: You said, "I don't care."
    Gerard: Yeah, Richard, that's right, I don't care. I'm not trying to solve a puzzle, here.
    Kimble: Well, I am trying to solve a puzzle. And I just found a big piece. (puts the phone down on the desk and leaves)
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  • Kimble shows how seriously he takes his Hippocratic Oath when he runs into a boy with a fractured sternum. After asking a few questions and determining the boy will die under his current treatment, Kimble changes his orders to the correct ones with no hesitation, knowing full well the attention it will draw.


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