List of The Incredible Hulk (1978 TV series) episodes

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The following is a list of The Incredible Hulk episodes. The series began with two, two-hour made-for-TV movies on November 4, 1977 and November 27, 1977. Regular one-hour episodes began on March 10, 1978 and ended on May 12, 1982. It was created by Kenneth Johnson, produced by CBS, and ran for 82 episodes.

The Incredible Hulk follows the story of David Banner (played by Bill Bixby), a physician/scientist who, traumatized by the loss of his wife, douses himself with dangerously high levels of gamma radiation. He metamorphosizes into a giant, green hulk (Lou Ferrigno) whenever he becomes angry. The series chronicles Banner's attempts to find a cure for himself, as he is pursued across the United States by investigative newspaper reporter Jack McGee (Jack Colvin). The series was loosely based on the Marvel comic book of the same name.

After the cancellation of the series, three television movies aired on NBC (1988, 1989 and 1990). On July 28, 2006, season one was officially released on DVD. Season two was released in the United States on July 17, 2007. Seasons three and four were released in June 2008 to coincide with the release of the 2008 Marvel Studios film The Incredible Hulk.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings[1]
First aired Last aired Network Rank Rating
Pilot 2 November 4, 1977 (1977-11-04) November 27, 1977 (1977-11-27) CBS N/A N/A
1 10 March 10, 1978 (1978-03-10) May 31, 1978 (1978-05-31) 26 19.9
2 23 September 22, 1978 (1978-09-22) May 25, 1979 (1979-05-25) N/A N/A
3 23 September 21, 1979 (1979-09-21) April 11, 1980 (1980-04-11) N/A N/A
4 18 November 7, 1980 (1980-11-07) May 22, 1981 (1981-05-22) N/A N/A
5 7 October 2, 1981 (1981-10-02) May 12, 1982 (1982-05-12) N/A N/A
Reunion 3 May 22, 1988 (1988-05-22) February 18, 1990 (1990-02-18) NBC N/A N/A

Episodes[edit]

Pilot movies (1977)[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"The Incredible Hulk" Kenneth Johnson Kenneth Johnson November 4, 1977 (1977-11-04)

An accidental overdose of gamma radiation creates a mutation in David Banner's (Bill Bixby) DNA, and, whenever he becomes angry, it causes him to metamorphose into a seven-foot-tall, 330-pound, green hulking creature (Lou Ferrigno). Tabloid newspaper reporter, Jack McGee (Jack Colvin) begins investigating claims of a giant creature; his investigation leads to the laboratory that Banner was using. An explosion in the lab kills Banner's associate and friend Dr. Elaina Marks (Susan Sullivan); McGee, who dubs the creature "the Hulk", believes it killed David too. Unable to explain the truth, nor control his transformations, David leaves to try to find a cure for himself.

Note: Originally a two-hour movie (aired on a Friday), is shown in two parts in syndication.
"Death in the Family"
"The Return of The Incredible Hulk"
Alan J. Levi Kenneth Johnson November 27, 1977 (1977-11-27)

David continues on the run from Jack McGee and the authorities, with everyone believing that he was killed along with Elaina. Still trying to find a cure, David 'Benton' accidentally finds himself in the middle of a plot to kill a young, crippled girl named Julie Griffith (Laurie Prange) so her unscrupulous family can inherit the fortune. He manages to save her life and provide her with help so that she can walk again.

Notes: Originally a two-hour movie (aired on a Sunday), is shown in two parts in syndication. Gerald McRaney makes his first of four guest appearances. William Daniels guest stars.

Season 1 (1978)[edit]

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1 1 "Final Round" Kenneth Gilbert Kenneth Johnson March 10, 1978 (1978-03-10)
David 'Benson' finds his way to Wilmington, Delaware, and into the friendship of Henry "Rocky" Welsh (Martin Kove), an aspiring boxer. David discovers that Henry, unknowingly, has been trafficking heroin for the boxing promoter. The promoter, in order to stay out of prison, arranges a deadly fight for Henry, whose high blood pressure will kill him.
2 2 "The Beast Within" Kenneth Gilbert Karen Harris & Jill Sherman March 17, 1978 (1978-03-17)
David 'Bradburn' begins working at a zoo where research is being conducted on animal aggression. David learns that a corrupt zoo official has been smuggling diamonds, within the animals, into the zoo. A young scientist named Claudia Baxter (Caroline McWilliams) is framed for the animal deaths and David is locked in a cage with an aggressive gorilla.
3 3 "Of Guilt, Models and Murder" Larry Stewart James D. Parriott March 24, 1978 (1978-03-24)
After waking up from a transformation at the crime scene of a murdered model, David 'Blaine' tries to piece together the events of the previous night. David is hired as a valet and personal assistant to James Joslin (Jeremy Brett), the employer of model Shiela Cantrell (Loni Anderson), and he uses his new job to investigate the other models who may be linked to the murder. The murder scene itself is re-enacted from three different perspectives.
4 4 "Terror in Times Square" Alan J. Levi William Schwartz March 31, 1978 (1978-03-31)
David 'Blake' begins working in a New York amusement arcade and quickly develops a friendship with the owner and his daughter. When the owner refuses to pay any further protection fees, the crime boss decides to make an example of him.
5 5 "747" Sigmund Neufeld Jr. Thomas E. Szollosi & Richard Christian Matheson April 7, 1978 (1978-04-07)

David 'Brown' boards a Boeing 747 plane in San Francisco to travel to Chicago in pursuit of a cure for his metamorphosis. The airline captain and a flight attendant have planned the theft of a priceless Egyptian exhibit from the plane's cargo hold. After dealing with the scheming couple, David is forced to land the plane in Denver during one of his transformations into the Hulk.

Notes: Brandon Cruz, Bill Bixby's co-star on The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969–73), guest stars. Some of the plane scenes were also used in Airport 75. Jack Colvin does not appear.
6 6 "The Hulk Breaks Las Vegas" Larry Stewart Justin Edgerton April 21, 1978 (1978-04-21)
When an investigative reporter is injured by the mafia for details about their illegal activities, casino worker David 'Benning' becomes his only chance at exposing them. David must deliver his evidence to Jack McGee who is still tracking the Hulk's movements across the country.
7 7 "Never Give a Trucker an Even Break" Kenneth Gilbert Kenneth Johnson April 28, 1978 (1978-04-28)

In Nevada, a group of hijackers led by Ted (Frank Christi) and Mike (Grand L. Bush) steal a semi-truck from the father of a young woman named Joanie (Jennifer Darling) as she makes plans to steal it back. David 'Bradford' becomes mixed up in her plans, and is forced to transform into the Hulk to save both of their lives.

Note: Much of the footage from the chase scenes was taken from Steven Spielberg's TV movie Duel.[citation needed] Jack McGee is not seen, but he is mentioned at the end of the episode as talking to people in the area who saw the Hulk.
8 8 "Life and Death" James D. Parriot Jeffrey Hayden May 12, 1978 (1978-05-12)
While on his way to volunteer for a DNA experiment in "Marysville", Oregon, the pre-December 1853 name for Corvallis, David 'Bernard' meets a young pregnant woman who is also hitchhiking. Both share a ride to the same town where the young woman explains her plans to give up her newborn child for adoption. David learns the physician involved in the illegal adoption is the same one experimenting on him and that he, his nurse and assistants are selling the newborn babies on the black market. Guest stars: Julie Adams, Diane Cary, Carl Franklin and Andrew Robinson.
9 9 "Earthquakes Happen" Harvey Laidman Jim Tisdale & Migdia Varela May 19, 1978 (1978-05-19)

A nuclear power plant in California contains powerful gamma radiation equipment, and David poses as a physics scientist named Dr. Robert Patterson to gain access to it. While experimenting with the machine, an earthquake occurs and causes massive cave-ins in the facility. With the reactor about to explode, David leads a group of survivors through the facility, before transforming into the Hulk and turning the cooling system on to cool the reactors.

Note: Footage from the 1974 film Earthquake was used.
10 10 "The Waterfront Story" Reza Badiyi Paul M. Belous & Robert Wolterstorff May 31, 1978 (1978-05-31)
Now in Texas, David 'Barton' is working as a bartender for a widowed boss. It turns out that the widow's late husband was murdered, because someone wanted to take control of a dock worker's union. David manages to find the true murderer, but must still leave town to avoid being found by Jack McGee.

Season 2 (1978–79)[edit]

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"Married"
"Bride of the Incredible Hulk"
Kenneth Johnson Kenneth Johnson September 22, 1978 (1978-09-22)

David 'Benton' travels to Honolulu, Hawaii to meet Dr. Carolyn Fields (Mariette Hartley), a psychologist whose technique might help control the Hulk. However, Dr. Fields is in the terminal stages of a disease that the Hulk could help cure. With the pair working in close proximity, love begins to bloom with tragic results.

Notes: First aired as a two-hour movie, is shown in two parts in syndication. Titled as The Bride of the Incredible Hulk on some video releases. Mariette Hartley won an Emmy Award for her performance.
13 3 "The Antowuk Horror" Sigmund Neufeld, Jr. Nicholas Corea September 29, 1978 (1978-09-29)

After encountering handyman David 'Barton's' alter ego the Hulk, the citizens of a struggling resort town Antowuk, Utah invent their own "monster in the woods" as a tourist attraction, drawing the attention of Jack McGee and a merciless big game hunter.

Guest stars: Lance LeGault (known for Colonel Roderick Decker on The A-Team) and Bill Lucking.
14 4 "Ricky" Frank Orsatti Jaron Summers October 6, 1978 (1978-10-06)

Race track utility worker David 'Beckman' befriends a mentally-challenged young man named "Ricky" (Mickey Jones) who is goaded into driving a defective car in a demolition derby in New Mexico.

Note: Gordon Jump (WKRP in Cincinnati) guest stars. Gerald McRaney makes his second appearance. Jack Colvin does not appear in this episode.
15 5 "Rainbow's End" Kenneth Gilbert Karen Harris & Jill Sherman October 13, 1978 (1978-10-13)
David 'Bishop' travels to San Remos Race Track, a horse racetrack in the southwestern United States. While working at San Remos Race Track, he meets a Native American man (Ned Romero) whose medicinal herb brew helped calm troubled race horse Rainbow's End in the hope it can help him, but somebody does not want the horse to race.
16 6 "A Child in Need" James D. Parriott Frank Dandrige October 20, 1978 (1978-10-20)
Working as a groundskeeper at Lincoln Elementary School, David 'Baxter' takes matters into his own hands to help Mark (Dennis Dimster), a young boy who he suspects of being abused by his father (Sandy McPeak). Sally Kirkland plays the mother.
17 7 "Another Path" Joseph Pevney Nicholas Corea October 27, 1978 (1978-10-27)

David 'Braemer' meets a blind Chinese philosopher from San Francisco called Li Sung who may be able to help him control the creature, but encounters problems with a former student and friend of Li Sung who has perverted the old man's teachings.

Notes: This is the first time Banner refers to his alter ego as "the Hulk." Jack McGee does not appear in this episode but is mentioned. Mako makes his first guest appearance as Li Sung.
18 8 "Alice in Disco Land" Sigmund Neufeld, Jr. Karen Harris & Jill Sherman November 3, 1978 (1978-11-03)

David 'Balon' gets a job at a Discothèque Club and meets a young dancer who is the daughter of a deceased colleague that is under the influence of alcohol.

Note: Donna Wilkes (Jaws 2) guest stars. Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) makes his first guest appearance.
19 9 "Killer Instinct" Ray Danton Story by : Richard H. Landau and William M. Whitehead & Joel Don Humphreys
Teleplay by : William M. Whitehead & Joel Don Humphreys
November 10, 1978 (1978-11-10)

David 'Burnett' becomes an assistant to a football trainer with success in curbing aggression and must help a "Los Angeles Cougars" player (Denny Miller) with a violent past.

Note: Film of Dick Butkus of the Chicago Bears was used for the football scenes. Some scenes filmed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
20 10 "Stop the Presses" Jeffrey Hayden Story by : Susan Woollen
Teleplay by : Karen Harris & Jill Sherman and Susan Woollen
November 24, 1978 (1978-11-24)

While working as a dishwasher at an Italian restaurant in Chicago, David 'Bernard' discovers that his photograph has been taken and that it is going to be printed in the National Register. When the Hulk shows up at the restaurant, this catches the attention of Jack McGee who is prepared to hunt the Hulk down.

Guest stars: Pat Morita (The Karate Kid trilogy), Mary Frann
21 11 "Escape from Los Santos" Chuck Bowman Bruce Kalish & Philip John Taylor December 1, 1978 (1978-12-01)

David 'Brown' and a woman are wrongly accused of the murder of the woman's crime-fighting husband by a corrupt Sheriff in Arizona.

Guest stars: Shelly Fabares as Holly Cooper, W.K. Stratton as Deputy Munro, Lee de Broux as Mike Evans, Dana Elcar as Sheriff Harris
22 12 "Wildfire" Frank Orsatti Brian Rehak January 1, 1979 (1979-01-01)

The oil rig which David 'Blakeman' is working on is set ablaze by a saboteur.

Guest stars: John Anderson, Christine Belford and Billy "Green" Bush
23 13 "A Solitary Place" Jeffrey Hayden Jim Tisdale & Migdia Varela January 24, 1979 (1979-01-24)
Hoping to avoid situations which leads to his transformation into the Hulk, David 'Bailey' isolates himself in a remote wilderness of Baja California, Mexico, and begins to live there temporarily. But his peaceful camping site is disturbed by the arrival of a female medical fugitive who was wrongly convicted of malpractice by the father of a girl who died in her care.
24 14 "Like a Brother" Reza Badiyi Richard Christian Matheson & Thomas E. Szollosi January 31, 1979 (1979-01-31)

While working at a car wash in a black neighborhood, David 'Butler' befriends the younger brother of co-worker who is being exploited by a drug lord with a black panther as a pet.

Guest stars: Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) and Tony Burton (Rocky)
25 15 "Haunted" John McPherson Story by : Karen Harris & Jill Sherman
Teleplay by : Andrew Schneider
February 7, 1979 (1979-02-07)
Mover David 'Barrett' helps a woman renovate her family's old house in New Hampshire. But strange events start to occur. Jack McGee does not appear in this episode.
26 16 "Mystery Man, Part 1" Frank Orsatti Nicholas Corea March 2, 1979 (1979-03-02)
Caught in a car accident on his way to Santa Fe, New Mexico which badly injures his face and causes amnesia, a bandaged David is befriended by Jack McGee who's unaware of "John Doe's" real identity. McGee hires a plane to take the pair to a specialist in Los Angeles.
27 17 "Mystery Man, Part 2" Frank Orsatti Nicholas Corea March 9, 1979 (1979-03-09)
With a slowly recovering David and McGee surviving a plane crash forty-eight miles from Eden, Arizona. They are forced to flee a forest fire and avoid a starving wolf pack. During their escape, David recovers his memory just in time to learn why McGee is so obsessed with capturing the Hulk.
28 18 "The Disciple" Reza Badiyi Nicholas Corea & James G. Hirsch March 16, 1979 (1979-03-16)

In a follow-up to "Another Path," David 'Blaine' revisits Li Sung in San Francisco and must help his star pupil, a young police officer out for revenge after his father has been killed by a criminal.

Notes: Rick Springfield guest stars; Gerald McRaney makes his third appearance. Mako makes his second and final guest appearance as Li Sung. Jack McGee does not appear in this episode. The episode was a failed backdoor pilot for Springfield.
29 19 "No Escape" Jeffrey Hayden Ben Masselink March 30, 1979 (1979-03-30)

After being arrested for vagrancy in Santa Maria, California, David 'Baron' encounters a mentally ill man (James Wainwright) who believe himself to be Ernest Hemingway. After accidentally freeing the man as the Hulk, David 'Baron' races to save him from hurting himself and others.

Note: Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons) guest stars. Jack Kirby, who co-created the Hulk character, has a cameo as a sketch artist.
30 20 "Kindred Spirits" Joseph Pevney Karen Harris & Jill Sherman April 6, 1979 (1979-04-06)

David 'Barton' meets an old student working on an archaeological dig on a Navajo reservation in Arizona which has found evidence of a previous Hulk-like creature.

Guest stars: Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones on Sex and the City), Whit Bissell and Don Shanks (Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers).
31 21 "The Confession" Barry Crane Deborah Davis May 4, 1979 (1979-05-04)

Jack McGee is unwillingly saddled with an inexperienced junior reporter (Markie Post), who discovers and writes a story about a small, timid man (Barry Gordon) claiming to be the Hulk in Santa Clara. Meanwhile, David 'Benton' works nearby as a janitor.

Note: This is the final episode in which Ted Cassidy voices the Hulk due to his death from complications following open heart surgery.
32 22 "The Quiet Room" Reza Badiyi Karen Harris & Jill Sherman May 11, 1979 (1979-05-11)

David 'Balland' is working as an orderly at Valley View Sanatorium, when he discovers that a doctor is performing unethical experiments on the patients. Then, David is put in a straitjacket and locked up to keep him quiet.

Note: This is the first episode with Charles Napier voicing the Hulk.
33 23 "Vendetta Road" John McPherson Story by : Justin Edgerton
Teleplay by : Justin Edgerton and Michael McGreevey
May 25, 1979 (1979-05-25)
David 'Brennan' encounters a "Bonnie and Clyde"-style couple in Arkansas enacting an explosive vendetta against a gas company.

Season 3 (1979–80)[edit]

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34 1 "Metamorphosis" Alan J. Levi Story by : Frank Dandridge
Teleplay by : Craig Buck
September 21, 1979 (1979-09-21)

The audience at a rock concert thinks that it is part of the act when the Hulk takes center stage to save a troubled rock star.

Guest stars: Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time) as rock star Lisa Swan; Gary Graham, who would star on another of creator Kenneth Johnson's TV series, Alien Nation (1989)
35 2 "Blind Rage" Jeffrey Hayden Dan Ullman September 28, 1979 (1979-09-28)

An accident at a chemical warfare research station sends dry cleaner counterman David 'Blair' on a desperate search for an antidote that will save his friend's life.

Guest star: Lee Bryant
36 3 "Brain Child" Reza Badiyi Nicholas Corea October 5, 1979 (1979-10-05)

Fieldworker David 'Barnes' tries to reunite a gifted teenager who has run away from school with the mother who abandoned her.

Guest stars: June Allyson and Robin Dearden
37 4 "The Slam" Nicholas Corea Nicholas Corea October 19, 1979 (1979-10-19)

When he is arrested for vagrancy, David 'Brendan' is sent to a work camp in Jensen County where he becomes Prisoner #1124. While in the work camp, David witnesses corruption in the prison system by the prison warden and can't work on exposing him with Jack McGee nearby.

Note: Charles Napier makes his first guest appearance. Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) makes his second guest appearance.
38 5 "My Favorite Magician" Reza Badiyi Sam Egan October 26, 1979 (1979-10-26)

An aging magician who drafts David 'Barker' as his assistant for a benefit performance has some tricks up his sleeve that could prove to be deadly.

Note: Anne Schedeen (ALF) and Bill Bixby's co-star on My Favorite Martian (1963–66), Ray Walston, guest stars. The title combines two titles of series starring Bixby: My Favorite Martian and The Magician.
39 6 "Jake" Frank Orsatti Chuck Bowman November 2, 1979 (1979-11-02)
While working with a rodeo in Gaston, Texas as a medic, David 'Benton' learns that the shows biggest star is performing with an illness that could cost him his life.
40 7 "Behind the Wheel" Frank Orsatti Story by : Rick Rosenthal
Teleplay by : Rick Rosenthal and Todd Susman & Andrew Schneider
November 9, 1979 (1979-11-09)

The owner of a taxicab company in danger of being taken over by drug smugglers turns to taxicab driver David 'Barret' for help.

Guest star: Esther Rolle (Good Times)
41 8 "Homecoming" John McPherson Andrew Schneider November 30, 1979 (1979-11-30)

At Thanksgiving, David reluctantly returns to his childhood home in Trevorton, Colorado when he learns that his father D.W. Banner (John Marley) may lose his land. Once there, David must fight a crop-destroying plague...and resolve a bitter emotional issue. Diana Muldaur also appears in this episode as Bruce's sister Helen.

Note: Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood visited the set of this episode to show his viewers how the series was made and the transformations that Lou Ferrigno goes through to portray the Hulk.
42 9 "The Snare" Frank Orsatti Richard Christian Matheson & Thomas E. Szollosi December 7, 1979 (1979-12-07)

After accepting a ride on a private plane, David 'Bennet' finds himself stranded on an island that is uninhabited with the exception of a psycho Michael Sutton (Bradford Dillman) who is a hunter of men.

Note: This episode is one of many adaptations of Richard Connell's classic short story, The Most Dangerous Game.
43 10 "Babalao" Richard Milton Craig Buck December 14, 1979 (1979-12-14)
Clinic nurse David 'Beckman' helps a young New Orleans doctor (Louise Sorel) battle a con artist posing as a voodoo healer who has a strong hold on a superstitious community.
44 11 "Captive Night" Frank Orsatti Sam Egan December 21, 1979 (1979-12-21)

During a robbery at Slater's Department Store in Philadelphia where he is working, stock room employee David 'Bishop' is forced to join the thieves as a way of protecting his colleagues.

Guest stars: Anne Lockhart (Lieutenant Sheba on Battlestar Galactica), Stanley Kamel and Parley Baer.
45 12 "Broken Image" John McPherson Karen Harris & Jill Sherman January 4, 1980 (1980-01-04)

Apartment caretaker David 'Bowman' is a dead-ringer for a wanted criminal named Mike Cassidy and becomes the prey of a vengeful gang and the police. His attempt to leave town is hindered by Jack McGee who is shocked to discover that David Banner is still alive.

Note: Bill Bixby also plays the role of Mike Cassidy in a dual role.
46 13 "Proof Positive" Dick Harwood Karen Harris & Jill Sherman January 11, 1980 (1980-01-11)

Jack McGee's new publisher at that National Register named Patricia Steinhauer (Caroline Smith) forbids him to continue his search for the Hulk, so the ace reporter decides to take matters into his own hands and travels to Gary, Indiana.

Note: David is portrayed by a stunt double and Bill Bixby only appears in footage from previous episodes. Bixby was unavailable for the episode due to scheduling conflicts with court dates relating to his divorce.
47 14 "Sideshow" Nicholas Corea Len Jenkin January 25, 1980 (1980-01-25)
David 'Burns' gets hired as a stage manager for a carnival act and learns that the carnival's mind-reader (Judith Chapman) has been blamed for a series of misfortunes. Also guest stars Robert Donner
48 15 "Long Run Home" Frank Orsatti Allan Cole & Chris Bunch February 1, 1980 (1980-02-01)
A motorcyclist decides to give David 'Beller' a lift, but the ride takes him straight into the heart of a risky biker gang conflict.
49 16 "Falling Angels" Barry Crane Story by : Eric Kaldor & D.K. Krzemien
Teleplay by : Eric Kaldor & D.K. Krzemien and James Sanford Parker
February 8, 1980 (1980-02-08)

While working in a seemingly innocent orphanage in Florida, handyman David 'Bannister' discovers that some of the young inhabitants are involved in a reckless crime ring.

Guest stars: Annette Charles, Deborah Morgan-Weldon and Cindy Fisher
50 17 "The Lottery" John McPherson Story by : Dan Ullman
Teleplay by : Allan Cole & Chris Bunch
February 15, 1980 (1980-02-15)

Newsdealer David 'Becker' wins $250,000 through a lottery ticket while working in San Antonio, Texas, but he must find a way to collect his winnings without his secret coming to light. What he doesn't know is that the friend he made to go in his place is a former con artist who takes advantage of the lottery winnings to earn a huge profit.

Guest star: Robert Hogan
51 18 "The Psychic" Barry Crane Story by : Karen Harris & Jill Sherman and George Arthur Bloom
Teleplay by : Karen Harris & Jill Sherman
February 22, 1980 (1980-02-22)

A young psychic (Brenda Benet) in San Francisco has the ability to see the Hulk in grocery store worker David, but she puts him in a tough spot when she also predicts Jack McGee's death at the hands of a killer who killed a teenager.

Notes: Brenda Benet was Bill Bixby's wife at the time. In this episode, David never gives his alias last name.
52 19 "A Rock and a Hard Place" Chuck Bowman Andrew Schneider February 29, 1980 (1980-02-29)
Caught between the FBI and a lethal gang in Atlantic City, handyman David 'Brennan' must play the part of both criminal and informant in order to survive.
53 20 "Deathmask" John McPherson Nicholas Corea March 14, 1980 (1980-03-14)

Accused of being a serial killer in the college town of Prestonville, library assistant David 'Brent' is threatened by an enraged lynch mob, a disturbed police chief, and an ambitious mayor.

Guest stars: Marla Pennington (Small Wonder) and Gerald McRaney, who makes his fourth and final appearance.
54 21 "Equinox" Patrick Boyrivan Andrew Schneider March 21, 1980 (1980-03-21)
Librarian David 'Beldon' is trapped at a spoiled heiress Vernal Equinox masquerade ball on a private island with the ultimate costume....the Hulk. His appearance gives McGee the perfect opportunity to use his tranquilizer gun.
55 22 "Nine Hours" Nicholas Corea Nicholas Corea April 4, 1980 (1980-04-04)

In a race against time, orderly David 'Breck' must outwit a group of hit men in order to save the lives of a young boy and a reformed gangster.

Note: Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) makes his third and final guest appearance. Dennis Haysbert has a small role credited as "Guard".
56 23 "On the Line" L.Q. Jones Karen Harris & Jill Sherman April 11, 1980 (1980-04-11)

Sparks ignite when David 'Brown' comes under suspicion for starting a deadly forest fire and is dragged into being a volunteer firefighter in order to stop the forest fire. It is up to the Hulk to save his alter ego when he's trapped in the blaze.

Guest star: Kathleen Lloyd

Season 4 (1980–81)[edit]

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57 1 "Prometheus, Part 1" Kenneth Johnson Kenneth Johnson November 7, 1980 (1980-11-07)

After being exposed to a radioactive meteorite, David finds himself trapped halfway into his metamorphosis to the Hulk while trying to help a young blind woman in Utah.

Note: Bodybuilder and professional wrestler Ric Drasin plays the half-transformed Hulk (uncredited).[2] This is Laurie Prange's second appearance in the series.
58 2 "Prometheus, Part 2" Kenneth Johnson Kenneth Johnson November 14, 1980 (1980-11-14)
Still trapped in mid-transformation, David is an unwitting subject for study by government scientists at a secret research facility in Colorado. The scientists think the Hulk is an alien, but McGee tries to convince them he is actually a mutated human.
59 3 "Free Fall" Reza Badiyi Chris Bunch & Allan Cole November 21, 1980 (1980-11-21)
Working for a traveling skydiving show, David 'Blake' finds himself caught up in a conflict between the owner and a corrupt politician which sees him falling 12,000 feet (3,700 m) without a parachute.
60 4 "Dark Side" John McPherson Nicholas Corea December 5, 1980 (1980-12-05)
David 'Bernard's' self-experiments backfire and send him into a primitive state, creating danger for the family with whom he is boarding.
61 5 "Deep Shock" Reza Badiyi Ruel Fischman December 12, 1980 (1980-12-12)
During an accident at a power plant that he works at, David 'Benton' is subjected to electrical trauma that allows him to foresee events in the immediate future. In addition at the time when some employees are getting layoffs, David befriends a co-worker with a heart condition.
62 6 "Bring Me the Head of the Hulk" Bill Bixby Allan Cole & Chris Bunch January 9, 1981 (1981-01-09)

David 'Bedford' falls for an elaborate trap set to kill the Hulk orchestrated by a mercentary Le Font who is working for the publisher of the National Register's competition named Neil Hines. David receives help from an unlikely ally.

Note: This is Sandy McPeak's second guest appearance in the series.
63 7 "Fast Lane" Frank Orsatti Reuben Leder January 16, 1981 (1981-01-16)
David 'Brendan' drives a car from Los Angeles to New York, not realizing that it contains hidden mob money that two sets of desperate criminals will do anything to get.
64 8 "Goodbye, Eddie Cain" Jack Colvin Nicholas Corea January 23, 1981 (1981-01-23)
A private detective in Los Angeles named Eddie Cain (Cameron Mitchell) pegs David 'Benedict' as the prime suspect in a blackmailing case. Once his innocence is proven, the two join forces to find the real culprit.
65 9 "King of the Beach" Barry Crane Karen Harris February 6, 1981 (1981-02-06)

A struggling restaurant worker and bodybuilder named Carl Molino (played by Lou Ferrigno) enters a "King of the Beach" contest and befriends fellow worker David 'Bennet'. Carl doesn't realize who his unscrupulous competitors will be.

Note: Ferrigno plays a dual role in this episode.
66 10 "Wax Museum" Dick Harwood Carol Baxter February 13, 1981 (1981-02-13)

The Hulk feels right at home with the bizarre exhibits in a wax museum when David 'Beckwith' takes a job there, but a shifty relative (Max Showalter) of the owner could make the situation sticky.

Note: This is Christine Belford's second appearance in the series.
67 11 "East Winds" Jack Colvin Jill Sherman February 20, 1981 (1981-02-20)
A baffled David 'Barrett' finds himself the unwilling recipient of a mail-order bride seeking something hidden in his apartment, dragging him into the conflict between a brutal Chinese gang and a gruff beat-cop.
68 12 "The First, Part 1" Frank Orsatti Andrew Schneider March 6, 1981 (1981-03-06)

After hearing a legend about another Hulk, David 'Barr' searches in the town of Vissaria for Dr. Jeffrey Clive, the scientist who could have discovered an antidote for his condition. Instead, he meets Del Frye (Harry Townes), a bitter old man who had once been a Hulk and wants the power back.

Guest star: Billy Green Bush as Sheriff Carl Decker
69 13 "The First, Part 2" Frank Orsatti Andrew Schneider March 13, 1981 (1981-03-13)
With David's unwitting aid, Frye uses the lab equipment to regain his Hulk power; but his bitter and aggressive personality makes his creature (Dick Durock) extremely dangerous, and David can only hope there's enough of Dr. Clive's cure left for both of them.
70 14 "The Harder They Fall" Mike Vejar Nancy Faulkner March 27, 1981 (1981-03-27)

Paralyzed from the waist down after an auto accident, a torn David 'Blackwell' must weigh up accepting life in a wheelchair or whether to risk intentionally transforming into the Hulk whose incredible regenerative ability may repair the damage.

Guest star: Denny Miller
71 15 "Interview with the Hulk" Patrick Boyriven Alan Cassidy April 3, 1981 (1981-04-03)

Tracked down in Atlanta by a respected science reporter named Emerson Fletcher (Michael Conrad) who realizes his true identity, construction worker David 'Butler' reluctantly agrees to an interview about the Hulk unaware that the now disgraced and desperate reporter is reduced to working for the National Register and that Jack McGee is hot on his trail.

Guest stars: Jan Sterling and Walter Brooke
72 16 "Half Nelson" Barry Crane Andrew Schneider April 17, 1981 (1981-04-17)

It's a small world after all when David 'Benley' befriends Buster Caldwell (Tommy Madden), a midget wrestler in Baltimore, but a couple of crime syndicate enforcers could get in their way.

Guest star: Elaine Joyce
73 17 "Danny" Mark A. Burley Diane Frolov May 15, 1981 (1981-05-15)

David 'Betson' gets trapped with some conniving thieves when he and the Hulk step in to protect a young man, woman, and child from her abusive in-laws.

Guest stars: Don Stroud and Robin Dearden
74 18 "Patterns" Nick Havinga Reuben Leder May 22, 1981 (1981-05-22)
There is a major flaw in the story of a garment factory owner named Sam Brandes (Eddie Barth) who claims David 'Benson' is his business partner, and it is up to the Hulk to deal with the loan sharks who come calling for cash.

Season 5 (1981–82)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
75 1 "The Phenom" Bernard McEveety Reuben Leder October 2, 1981 (1981-10-02)

David 'Bedigger' catches a ride to Florida with a promising young baseball pitcher, but it will take the strength of the Hulk to protect the young man from the dangers of an unscrupulous agent.

Guest stars: Anne Lockhart and Robert Donner
76 2 "Two Godmothers" Mike Vejar Reuben Leder October 9, 1981 (1981-10-09)
A special delivery makes for an amazing escape when laundry truck driver David 'Bradley' is forced to help three prisoners from a women's prison including one who is nine months pregnant.
77 3 "Veteran" Mike Vejar Story by : Nicholas Corea
Teleplay by : Reuben Leder and Nicholas Corea
October 16, 1981 (1981-10-16)
David 'Barnes' anonymity is put in jeopardy when he tries to stop a disturbed man named Doug Hewitt (Paul Koslo) from assassinating a prominent politician named Harrison Cole (Bruce Gray) who was a former Vietnam War veteran.
78 4 "Sanctuary" Chuck Bowman Deborah Davis November 6, 1981 (1981-11-06)

While working as a caretaker at a convent, David Banner finds himself on a mission with a higher purpose when he impersonates a minister in order to save a young immigrant from some greedy smugglers.

Guest stars: Diana Muldaur and Edie McClurg
79 5 "Triangle" Mike Vejar Andrew Schneider November 13, 1981 (1981-11-13)

Romance puts lumberjack David 'Beller' in a shaky situation when he competes with a powerful lumber baron for the attention of a beautiful local girl.

Notes: Charles Napier makes his second guest appearance. Jack McGee's last appearance in the series.
80 6 "Slaves" John A. Liberti Jeri Taylor May 5, 1982 (1982-05-05)

Exposing the Hulk may be the only option for escape when David 'Becker' is captured by an embittered ex-convict and imprisoned in an abandoned ghost town.

Guest star: Jeffrey Kramer (Jaws)
81 7 "A Minor Problem" Michael Preece Diane Frolov May 12, 1982 (1982-05-12)

David 'Bradshaw' is in a race against time when he arrives in Rocksprings, an eerily deserted town that has been contaminated by a deadly bacterium. When he is also infected, David must find an antidote to cure himself and everyone in Rocksprings.

Guest star: Linden Chiles

Reunion movies (1988–90)[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"The Incredible Hulk Returns" Nicholas Corea Nicholas Corea May 22, 1988 (1988-05-22)
It's been two years since his last transformation and David 'Banyon' has developed a new gamma transponder at the Joshua-Lambert institute that he hopes will cure him of his inner monster forever. But when a former student unearths the frozen tomb of an ancient Norse God the Mighty Thor is unleashed upon 20th century society. Can the Hulk end the rampage of this mead-crazed barbarian, or will the two raging beasts become allies to save both the transponder and the woman Banner loves?
"The Trial of the Incredible Hulk" Bill Bixby Gerald DiPego May 7, 1989 (1989-05-07)
While trying to stop a subway mugging, David 'Belson' is arrested for assault and is defended by blind attorney Matt Murdock. But when the Hulk goes berserk and breaks out of jail, Murdock reveals his own secret to Banner: Blinded by toxic radiation, he stalks the night as the super-sensory acrobatic crimefighter Daredevil. Can two men with uncommon power now join forces to defeat an international crime syndicate led by Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin?
"The Death of the Incredible Hulk" Bill Bixby Gerald DiPego February 18, 1990 (1990-02-18)
Desperately trying to rid himself of his monster-like alter ego once and for all, janitor David 'Bellamy' sneaks into a government research lab run by Dr. Ronald Pratt hoping to find a solution. When Pratt discovers David's plight, he offers to help, but a beautiful spy who's out to steal Pratt's research for terrorists forces Banner to choose between love and loyalty, good and evil, and ultimately, life and death.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (Ninth Edition). Ballantine Books. p. 1688. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4. 
  2. ^ The Incredible Hulk Television Series Page Website. Frequently Asked Questions. Who Played the Demi-Hulk? Archived 2010-12-16 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on December 28, 2010.

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