The Incredible Hulk (1977–1982)
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Stop the Presses 

David is washing dishes at Bruno's Restaurant, whose owners are being targeted by a sleazy journalist from The National Register. When Banner's picture is taken, he has to break into the building where Jack McGee works to get it back.

Director:

Jeffrey Hayden

Writers:

Kenneth Johnson (developed for television by), Karen Harris (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Bill Bixby ... Dr. David Banner
Jack Colvin ... Jack McGee
Lou Ferrigno ... The Incredible Hulk
Julie Cobb ... Jill Norton
Mary Frann ... Karen Weiss
Pat Morita ... Fred
Art Metrano ... Charlie
Sam Chew Jr. Sam Chew Jr. ... Joe Arnold
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Mr. Roberts
Judson Pratt ... Guard Samuelson
Janet Brandt Janet Brandt ... Lenette Logan
Michael Griswold Michael Griswold ... Mr. Geller (as Mike Griswold)
Tain Bodkin Tain Bodkin ... Game Warden
Sandy Champion Sandy Champion ... Printer
Donald Petrie ... Copyboy
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David is washing dishes at Bruno's Restaurant, whose owners are being targeted by a sleazy journalist from The National Register. When Banner's picture is taken, he has to break into the building where Jack McGee works to get it back.

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David's employers Karen and Jill are named after The Incredible Hulk writing partners Karen Harris and Jill Donner. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double for Banner during kitchen struggle with Charlie. See more »

Quotes

Guard Samuelson: Do you folks really believe in that astrology stuff?
Dr. David Bruce Banner: Oh yes, oh yes. For instance, did you know that Pisces are the most intelligent of all signs?
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Featured in The Incredible Hulk: Proof Positive (1980) See more »

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Hulk Versus McGee
8 March 2017 | by flarefan-81906See all my reviews

This episode doubles up on female eye candy: not one, but two restaurant owners with a romantic interest in their dishwasher, David. It's a bit funny, but for all intents and purposes the two women share the same role in the plot. Their cook, ably portrayed by Pat Morita (fresh off his first stint as "Arnold" in Happy Days), adds a splendid dose of comic relief.

But the restaurant shares a town with the National Register. McGee's fixing to nab the Hulk with a tranquilizer rifle, and one of their reporters is planting garbage in the restaurant so he can do a scandal story. And when David spots him in the act, the reporter snaps his photo. This all works as a fine excuse for a deeper look at the National Register, but afterwards it hit me that the premise doesn't make sense: Why would David go to the town where McGee hangs his hat, unless he had a lead to a cure there (which he didn't)?

Still, however weak the excuse, finding out more about the man pursuing the Hulk is a gratifying venture. Colvin plays the role with subtlety, and there's a beautiful tragedy to the character that is wholly unlike Banner's: though he wants to be a crusading do-gooder, it seems he only ever gets the opportunity to refuse to do wrong. Of course McGee's problem is that he doesn't actively seek ways to help other people, but his position is an easy one to sympathize with because it's one we've all held, some of us for our entire lives.

The finale has a major implausibility: McGee shoots himself with the rifle and is less affected by it than the Hulk is! Plus we never get to see the villain, the slimiest one of the series yet, get his comeuppance. Still, this is yet another excellent episode and has something of everything: drama, action, humor, and heart.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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