Kimble eats lunch at the construction site. Rainer walks by with a woman in a hardhat, who tells him she needs the details on the steel beams he's been using as well as the cards for the journeymen, since he's been using too many day-jobbers. Construction Crew Guy gets all flustered and tries to joke with her about being her bitch: "Jesus, Laura, if I knew you were going to pop quiz me I'd have brought you an apple," and "Coffee black, two sugars, right?" She makes the smiley lips that women make when they're being polite but don't find you at all amusing. Kimble watches her as she walks toward him.
Lt. Gerard surveys a map of Miami. He says, "That's a lot of city." He quizzes a local official about how many cops are being put on the job. The Miami cop sneers at Gerard and tells him that he doesn't know how Gerard does things in Chicago, but with 30,000 fugitives, twenty-two officers, and only an eyeball from a plumber to I.D. Kimble, Kimble is priority 30,001. So basically, Gerard is stuck with this dopey-looking guy, "Bob" Kasdan.
Construction site. Kimble looks up at the level above him, at a corroded-looking steel beam and some bent nails tossed to the side. He also glimpses a thuggish dude wearing sunglasses and holding a hammer. Not an uncommon site at a construction site, no? Suddenly, yet in slo-mo, the ladder Laura is standing on slides and she tumbles onto her back in a nasty fall. Ouch. I'm sure that's a lot of ibuprofen bills for her. Of course Kimble cannot suppress his impulse to save the day and performs some medical voodoo on her despite the fact that it totally gives him away. In a slightly grody scene, he cuts open her lung from the side so she can breathe and not choke to death. The construction workers surround him and stare at him like he's a freak. He asks that someone call an ambulance, but Laura asks him not to leave.
Which reminds me, has anyone seen The Exorcist reissue? What a great movie. Truly frightening, creepy, and touching, all at once. Wow! And those special effects, they held up really well. But I think that's because the story works really well and gives those effects context. Really. Go see it.