List of The Six Million Dollar Man episodes

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This is a list of episodes and TV-movies for The Six Million Dollar Man. The episodes of The Bionic Woman that make up the crossovers are noted below.[1]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Television moviesMarch 7, 1973November 17, 1973
113January 18, 1974April 26, 1974
222September 13, 1974April 27, 1975
321September 14, 1975March 7, 1976
422September 19, 1976March 15, 1977
521September 11, 1977March 6, 1978
Television moviesMay 17, 1987November 29, 1994

Television movies (1973)[edit]

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
The Six Million Dollar Man
"The Moon and the Desert"
Richard IrvingMartin Caidin & Henri SimounMarch 7, 1973 (1973-03-07)

Steve Austin is an astronaut who has made three moon landings. In a test flight accident caused by a malfunctioning center stick, his right arm is severed, his left eye is blinded, and both legs must be surgically amputated. Steve Austin’s personal physician, Dr. Rudy Wells, has theorized about the creation of a cyborg through the installation of bionic parts. He is persuaded by an OSI agent to reconstruct his patient/friend with the understanding that Steve Austin will subsequently work for the OSI. Dr. Wells apprises Steve of the plan, but is met with much resistance as Steve Austin mentally struggles to cope with his injuries, the installation of artificial components, and the future obligations that will be involuntarily thrust upon him. Following surgery and lengthy rehabilitation, Steve Austin reluctantly accepts an assignment to rescue a hostage in Saudi Arabia.

Guest Star: Martin Balsam as the first Dr. Rudy Wells
Wine, Women and WarRuss MayberryGlen A. LarsonOctober 20, 1973 (1973-10-20)

Steve Austin is gravely injured by a depth charge while fleeing from a failed mission in Egypt. He refuses further cooperation with OSI, which will not disclose to him the target of the operation that nearly cost him his life. OSI conspires with an old Air Force acquaintance to dupe Austin into “escaping” from his involuntary confinement to Paradise Cay in the Bahamas. There he is unwittingly thrust back into the same operation that intends to stop an arms dealer named Findletter from selling stolen American and Russian nuclear missiles. The stakes are increased when Findletter attempts to hijack a newly launched American submarine.

Guest Star: Britt Ekland as a Russian agent.

Bionic Powers Revealed: Steve Austin’s bionic eye has night vision. It is both suggested and partially contradicted that Steve Austin's bionics give him the ability to hold his breath for long periods of time.

Noteworthy Moments: This episode features bionic swimming and deep-sea fishing. The character of Oscar Goldman is introduced. Alan Oppenheimer debuts as the second Dr. Rudy Wells. The sound effect later used to indicate the operation of Steve Austin's eye is heard here as the button effect that operates the missile bay doors. Steve Austin purposely rigs a nuclear bomb to be unwittingly detonated by his pursuer in an inhabited part of Paradise Cay. The bomb is detonated as he looks on from what is portrayed to be a safe distance. Steve Austin threatens his Air Force friend with kicking him as “high as Skylab.” Early 1970s tolerance for sexual innuendo is demonstrated when, following an offscreen romantic interlude at sea and the destruction of a boat wall with a window, Austin tells his tied-up tootsie that he is “sorry for violating your porthole.”
The Solid Gold KidnappingRuss MayberryLarry Alexander,
Alan Caillou
November 17, 1973 (1973-11-17)
Oscar Goldman orchestrates a ruse whereby a high level U.S. military diplomat pretending to be held up in a Paris hospital is to be secretly whisked off to Peking to negotiate an ease of tensions between the two countries. A professional kidnapping organization successfully abducts the diplomat in Paris with the aid of his treacherous paramour known as the Contessa. The kidnappers demand a $1 billion ransom in gold. As the gold shipment moves forward, Steve Austin begins a search against the clock for the hostage. He is aided both by the fickle Contessa and by a doctor who agrees, with perilous consequences, to have brain cells of a dead kidnapper injected into her own brain to allow her to have access to his memories.

Some sources consider these movies to be part of Season 1 of the series, particularly the second and third films, which aired only a couple of months before the weekly series began. All three films were later re-edited into two-part episodes of the regular series, with additional footage added, for the purposes of network reruns and later syndication. In all three cases, the original opening credits are removed and replaced with the standard Six Million Dollar Man opening credits. In the case of "The Moon and the Desert", some of the additional footage consisted of clips from later seasons, including footage of Martin E. Brooks as Rudy Wells, even though Martin Balsam plays the character in the first telefilm, and operation footage from "The Bionic Woman" episode of season 2.


Season 1 (1974)[edit]

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11"Population: Zero"Jeannot SzwarcElroy SchwartzJanuary 18, 1974 (1974-01-18)

When Steve and Oscar investigate the knocking out of the entire population of a small town, they are contacted by a scientist, once employed by the government, who is set on revenge for past grievances. Demanding $10 million or he will strike again, Steve must find and stop him.

Noteworthy Moments: This episode introduces the vulnerability of Steve Austin's bionics to sub-zero temperatures. The town scenes were from the movie The Andromeda Strain.
22"Survival of the Fittest"Leslie H. MartinsonMann RubinJanuary 25, 1974 (1974-01-25)

Due to secret negotiations with the Russians, Oscar Goldman is targeted for assassination by interests that will be hurt by the prospective pact. Oscar and Steve Austin board a flight in Hawaii bound for Dulles. The plane is forced to make an emergency landing on a deserted Pacific Island when part of a wing is lost during a storm. While awaiting rescue, two military officers that had been on the flight severely wound Oscar in an attempt to kill him. Unaware of the breadth of the conspiracy, Steve Austin must carefully decide whom he can trust in his efforts to save his friend.

Guest Stars: Jo Anne Worley as a passenger mistakenly on the flight; William Smith as a Navy Officer; Laurette Spang as a yeoman
33"Operation Firefly"Reza BadiyiSy SalkowitzFebruary 1, 1974 (1974-02-01)

Dr. Samuel Abbott has been kidnapped while developing a wireless laser that utilizes scientific principles observed in light generation by the common firefly. Steve Austin goes to Spain to find Abbott’s daughter Susan whose known powers of ESP will hopefully assist in locating the scientist. She leads them to the Everglades only to discover that Dr. Abbott mistakenly believes his kidnappers are government agents that are protecting him. He continues to complete the laser unaware that it is being used to extort money from the U.S. Government.

Noteworthy Moments: First use of the "dit-dit-dit" sound effect for Steve Austin's bionic eye. This episode features bionic woodcarving. Steve Austin battles an alligator prop whose production budget should have been more generous.

Guest Star: Joe Kapp as Frank
44"Day of the Robot"Leslie H. MartinsonStory by : Harold Livingston
Teleplay by : Del Reisman
February 8, 1974 (1974-02-08)

In an attempt to steal a top secret anti-missile device, Steve's associate and friend Major Sloan is kidnapped and replaced with a robot. Steve must discover the impostor, and keep the device from being stolen and sold to the highest bidder.

Noteworthy Moments: First occurrence of the "fft-tt-tt" sound effect, later used for Steve Austin's bionic legs and arm, used here for some (but not all) of the Fred Sloan robot's powered arm swings.

Guest Stars: John Saxon as Major Sloan, and Lloyd Bochner as Gavern Wilson
55"Little Orphan Airplane"Reza BadiyiElroy SchwartzFebruary 22, 1974 (1974-02-22)

Steve is assigned to find and rescue downed pilot Josh Perkins, as well as recover the evidence of U.N. treaty violations that Perkins had on him when he disappeared. Guest Star: Greg Morris as Josh Perkins.

First use of bionic eye sound.
66"Doomsday, and Counting"Jerry JamesonStory by : Larry Brody & Jimmy Sangster
Teleplay by : Larry Brody
March 1, 1974 (1974-03-01)

When an earthquake threatens the stability of an underground Russian nuclear installation, Steve must rescue the fiance of his friend Col. Vasily Zhukov, who is buried beneath debris. Complicating matters further, Steve must also stop the reactor before it explodes.

Guest Star: Gary Collins as Colonel Vasily Zhukov.
77"Eyewitness to Murder"Alf KjellinWilliam DriskillMarch 8, 1974 (1974-03-08)

By sheer chance, Steve Austin witnesses the attempted assassination of Lawrence Sandusky, a prosecutor who is about to file criminal charges against a known racketeer. He is unable to capture the attacker, but does catch a glimpse of his face. OSI is assigned to security detail for the prosecutor pending a 9:00 a.m. court hearing. Steve Austin identifies and apprehends a man named John Hopper, believing him to be the hired hitman. However, Hopper has a seemingly ironclad alibi. Convinced that he is correct, Steve Austin trails the released suspect as the court hearing fast approaches.

Guest Stars: William Schallert as Lawrence Sandusky and Gary Lockwood as John Hopper
88"The Rescue of Athena One"Lawrence DohenyD. C. FontanaMarch 15, 1974 (1974-03-15)

Steve is launched into space to rescue two astronauts stranded in a crippled space capsule.

Guest star: Farrah Fawcett
99"Dr. Wells Is Missing"Virgil VogelElroy Schwartz, Krishna Shah & William KeenanMarch 29, 1974 (1974-03-29)
When a group of international criminals kidnap Dr. Rudy Wells in order to force him to build them a bionic man, Steve is sent to find and rescue him. The bionic sound is used for the first time once during the fight scene close to the end of the episode.
1010"The Last of the Fourth of Julys"Reza BadiyiRichard LandauApril 5, 1974 (1974-04-05)

When a terrorist uses a laser to try to kill a group of prime ministers attending an international meeting in Paris, Steve is assigned to infiltrate his compound and stop him.

Guest Stars: Kevin Tighe as Root, and Arlene Martel as Violette
1111"Burning Bright"Jerry LondonDel ReismanApril 12, 1974 (1974-04-12)
Steve's astronaut friend Josh Lang (William Shatner) is impaired after being exposed to an electrical field while in space. However, Lang finds himself with strange abilities from the exposure, including the ability to communicate with dolphins, but when his condition deteriorates, Steve must find him and take him to a facility before he harms himself.
1212"The Coward"Reza BadiyiElroy SchwartzApril 19, 1974 (1974-04-19)

When an earthquake in the Himalayas uncovers a DC-3 plane containing secret papers that went down during World War II, Steve is sent to recover them. Steve also tries to clear the name of the pilot, his father, who was accused of bailing out and leaving the rest of the crew to die.

Guest Star: George Takei as Chin-Ling
1313"Run, Steve, Run"Jerry JamesonLionel E. SiegelApril 26, 1974 (1974-04-26)

When a crime syndicate and a robot creator conspire to build a team of bionic robot criminals, they kidnap Steve in order to learn how his bionic limbs work.

Guest Star: Noah Beery, Jr. as Tom Molson

Season 2 (1974–75)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Nuclear Alert"Jerry LondonWilliam DriskillSeptember 13, 1974 (1974-09-13)

Steve must stop a group of government conspirators who have assembled an atomic bomb from stolen parts.

Guest Star: George Gaynes as General Wiley
152"The Pioneers"Christian I. Nyby IIStory by : Katey Barrett
Teleplay by : Bill Svanoe
September 20, 1974 (1974-09-20)
While scientist David Tate experiments in space with a serum designed to awaken cryogenically frozen patients, he is accidentally injected with too much serum. When the space capsule crashes, he begins terrorizing the countryside and Steve must hunt him down.
163"Pilot Error"Jerry JamesonEdward J. LaksoSeptember 27, 1974 (1974-09-27)
A plane carrying Steve, a senator, and the senator's aides crashes in the desert. Steve must lead the others to safety despite being blinded in the crash.
174"The Pal-Mir Escort"Lawrence DobkinMargaret Schneider & Paul SchneiderOctober 4, 1974 (1974-10-04)

When the Prime Minister of a small country has a heart attack while negotiating a peace treaty with neighboring countries, she is selected to receive the first bionic heart. Steve is assigned to protect her while she is transported to the secret hospital where the procedure will take place.

Guest star: Anne Revere as Madame Salka Pal-Mir
185"The Seven Million Dollar Man"Richard ModerPeter Allan FieldsNovember 1, 1974 (1974-11-01)

When Steve discovers that there is another bionic man - Barney Miller, a race car driver - he is assigned to help him adjust to his bionics. (The character Barney Miller is seen again in episode 3-09 'The Bionic Criminal', when the seven million dollar man is reactivated. In the latter episode, the character is re-named Barney Hiller, probably to avoid confusion with the title character of the then-recently premiered sitcom Barney Miller, also airing on ABC.

Guest Star: Monte Markham as Barney Miller
196"Straight On 'til Morning"Lawrence DohenyD. C. FontanaNovember 8, 1974 (1974-11-08)

A UFO carrying four anthropomorphic aliens seeking a new home on earth crashes into the ocean. The aliens manage to escape their lost vessel and swim ashore. Having witnessed the UFO’s flight, Steve Austin investigates a town close to the point of impact. Things quickly turn confrontational when physical contact between an alien and a human causes the alien to slowly die and the human to suffer radiation burns. Steve Austin befriends the aliens and attempts to assist the sole survivor in returning to her people before she dies. Despite astronomical odds, an impending rocket launch appears to be the only possible solution.

Bionic Powers Revealed: Steve Austin's bionic eye enables him to detect as false certain moving images of the aliens which have been fabricated for the purpose of eluding capture, possibly through the non-detection of heat.
207"The Midas Touch"Bruce BilsonStory by : Donald Gold & Lester William Burke
Teleplay by : Donald Gold, Lester William Burke & Peter Allan Fields
November 15, 1974 (1974-11-15)

When Oscar disappears, Steve investigates a lead involving a government-operated gold mine.

Guest Star: Rick Hurst as Connors
218"The Deadly Replay"Christian I. Nyby IIWilton DenmarkNovember 22, 1974 (1974-11-22)

Steve attempts to re-test the experimental plane that caused his near fatal accident. When suspicious things begin to happen, Oscar reveals to Steve that his first crash might not have been an accident. Steve chooses to proceed with the experiments hoping to lure the saboteurs into the open.

Guest Stars: Clifton James as Walter 'Shadetree' Burns and Jack Ging as Ted Collins
229"Act of Piracy"Christian I. Nyby IIStory by : David Ketchum & Bruce Shelly
Teleplay by : Peter Allan Fields
November 29, 1974 (1974-11-29)
While Steve is helping a science team place earthquake sensors on the ocean floor, their boat is notified that the nearby country of Santa Ventura has broken off diplomatic relations with the US. Before their boat can leave the area they are captured by a Venturan patrol boat and Steve must help the team to escape.
2310"Stranger in Broken Fork"Christian NybyStory by : Bill Svanoe
Teleplay by : Bill Svanoe & Wilton Denmark
December 13, 1974 (1974-12-13)
An electrical short in Steve Austin’s bionic wiring causes him to crash land a plane in Colorado. Suffering from complete amnesia, he is taken in by a psychologist who is operating a home for people with mental health problems. Some locals in the town of Broken Fork do not want this home for “crazy” people in their community, and use strong-arm tactics to force it to move. Steven Austin gets embroiled in the controversy, amazing both himself and all witnesses with his seemingly inexplicable superhuman strength. As he searches for his true identity, Oscar Goldman leads a team trying to find his forgetful friend before his faulty wiring becomes fatal.
2411"The Peeping Blonde"Herschel DaughertyStory by : William T. Zacha
Teleplay by : William T. Zacha & Wilton Denmark
December 20, 1974 (1974-12-20)
When Steve jumps a 12 foot fence to fix a malfunctioning space capsule, a newswoman happens to get it on film. After her boss sees the footage he attempts to kidnap Steve so he can sell him to a foreign country.
2512"The Cross-Country Kidnap"Christian NybyStory by : Ray Brenner
Teleplay by : Ray Brenner & Stephen Kandel
January 10, 1975 (1975-01-10)

Steve is assigned to protect Liza Leitman, an equestrian trying to make the Olympic team; also the creator of the cryptography code that links computers and secret communications world-wide.

Guest Star: Donna Mills as Liza Leitman
2613"Lost Love"Arnold LavenStory by : Melvin Levy & Tom Levy
Teleplay by : Richard Carr
January 17, 1975 (1975-01-17)
Steve consoles a woman, with whom he was once romantically involved, after her husband apparently dies in a plane crash.
2714"The Last Kamikaze"Richard ModerJudy BurnsJanuary 19, 1975 (1975-01-19)
When a plane carrying an atomic warhead crashes on a South Pacific island, Steve is sent to retrieve it, but finds that an ex-Japanese fighter pilot, Kuroda, has taken it to his home. Steve must successfully navigate his way through the booby-traps and get the warhead before a rogue guerilla group does.
2815"Return of the Robot Maker"Phil BondelliStory by : Mark Frost & Del Reisman
Teleplay by : Mark Frost
January 26, 1975 (1975-01-26)
Doctor Dolenz returns and kidnaps Oscar, replacing him with a lookalike robot in an attempt to steal the formula for a new energy source.
2916"Taneha"Earl BellamyMargaret ArmenFebruary 2, 1975 (1975-02-02)
The last known golden cougar is on the verge of being hunted down by local ranchers trying to stop their livestock from being killed. Steve's friend, and a local rancher, asks Steve to help him save the cougar from extinction.
3017"Look Alike"Jerry LondonStory by : Gustave Field
Teleplay by : Richard Carr
February 23, 1975 (1975-02-23)

While Steve Austin is on a one-week fishing vacation, a Steve Austin look-alike shows up at Oscar Goldman’s office claiming that he decided to cut his vacation short. He secretly takes photographs of the Omega Project files, which are turned over to a middleman named Breezy. The real Steve Austin returns just in time to catch his double getting a tour of the Omega Project facility. The impostor is hit by a car and killed in the ensuing pursuit. Steve Austin then poses as the impostor, a former boxer named John Dine who had his face surgically altered to resemble the bionic OSI agent. The search for the photographs eventually lands him in the ring of a crooked boxing promoter.

Guest Stars: George Foreman as Marcus Grayson, a boxer now working for OSI and Jack Colvin as Ed Jasper

Noteworthy Moment: Forsaking his fishing rod, Steve Austin employs bionic hand–eye coordination to catch a fish.
3118"The E.S.P. Spy"Jerry LondonLionel E. SiegelMarch 2, 1975 (1975-03-02)

When Oscar discovers that the construction of a top secret laser is being duplicated, he suspects that Harry Green, the expert overseeing the project, is a traitor. However, Steve disagrees and believes that Green's thoughts are being monitored through ESP. He obtains the help of Audrey Moss, also gifted with ESP, to track down the spy.

Guest Stars: Dick Van Patten as Harry Green, and Alan Bergmann as Charles Lund
3219"The Bionic Woman: Part 1"Richard ModerKenneth JohnsonMarch 16, 1975 (1975-03-16)

Steve Austin buys a ranch in his hometown of Ojai, California. He reunites with childhood friend Jaime Sommers who is now a professional tennis player. They rekindle a brief childhood romance. Sommers is injured in a skydiving accident when her parachute collapses toward the end of a jump. Her right arm, right ear, and both legs are severely damaged. With Jaime’s life in peril, Steve Austin persuades a reluctant Oscar Goldman to fit her with bionics. Although skeptical at first, Jaime Sommers quickly acclimates to her mechanized components. The bond deepens between the two bionic humans. Steve Austin proposes marriage to Jaime Sommers, and she accepts.

Guest Stars: Lindsay Wagner as Jamie Sommers, Ford Rainey as Jim Elgin, and Malachi Throne as Joesph Ronaugh

Noteworthy Moments: This episode features bionic lawn mowing, window cleaning, sawing, piledriving, and canoeing. Steve Austin’s mother and stepfather are portrayed. The soundtrack includes the song “Sweet Jaime,” sung by Lee Majors.
3320"The Bionic Woman: Part 2"Richard ModerKenneth JohnsonMarch 23, 1975 (1975-03-23)

While Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers plan their wedding, Oscar Goldman submits his bill for making Jaime Sommers a bionic woman: She is to go on her first assignment with her fiancé to switch a flawed U.S. $20 bill printing plate for a perfect copy in the possession of a foreign counterfeiter named Joseph Ronaugh. Steve Austin vehemently objects, but Jaime Sommers acknowledges her debt and agrees. The two succeed in their mission despite a malfunction in Jaime Sommer’s bionic arm which nearly causes it to fail. It is soon discovered that her body is rejecting the bionics. Dr. Rudy Wells conducts an emergency surgery to no avail. Jaime Sommers dies.

Guest Stars: Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers, Ford Rainey as Jim Elgin, and Malachi Throne as Joesph Ronaugh

Noteworthy Moment: Steve Austin's mother and step-father are portrayed. The soundtrack includes the song “Sweet Jaime,” sung by Lee Majors.
3421"Outrage in Balinderry"Earl BellamyStory by : Paul Schneider & Margaret Schneider
Teleplay by : Paul Schneider
April 20, 1975 (1975-04-20)
Revolutionaries kidnap the wife of the US Ambassador to the nation of Balinderry. In exchange for her release, the revolutionaries want their imprisoned fellow revolutionaries freed. With the help of Julia Flood, his liaison with the kidnappers, Steve attempts to rescue the ambassador's wife.
3522"Steve Austin, Fugitive"Russ MayberryStory by : Wilton Denmark, William D. Gordon & James Doherty
Teleplay by : Mark Frost & Richard Carr
April 27, 1975 (1975-04-27)

Steve is arrested when an assassin he helped send to prison seeks revenge by framing him for murder. Steve escapes from the police and must find the assassin before the police find Steve. Lee Majors plays a comic bit part as an elderly electrical store clerk credited as L Majors.

Guest Stars: Gary Lockwood as John Hopper and Bernie Hamilton as Lt. Dobbs

Season 3 (1975–76)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
361"The Return of the Bionic Woman: Part 1"Richard ModerKenneth JohnsonSeptember 14, 1975 (1975-09-14)

Steve’s bionic legs are crushed in an attempt to sow mayhem between two families of organized crime. While in rehab, he repeatedly sees an unconscious Jaime Sommers, but is repeatedly assured that he is simply delusional. An irate Steve violently confronts Oscar Goldman and Dr. Rudy Wells, prompting them to yield the truth to Steve: Jaime did die, but the intercession of the young Dr. Michael Marchetti resuscitated her through experimental cryogenics. She has suffered a complete and perhaps permanent loss of memory. It is feared that if they attempt to revive Jamie's memories, she may suffer more pain. Therefore, Steve is reintroduced to Jamie simply as "the other bionic human." Steve is also emotionally wrenched in seeing his fiancée fall in love with Dr. Marchetti who admits that he is attracted to his pretty patient, thus creating sort of a love triangle between the three.

Guest star: Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers.

Noteworthy moments: This episode features bionic wheelchair rolling, and a bionic pillow fight; first appearance of Martin E. Brooks as the third Dr. Rudy Wells; the soundtrack includes the song “Sweet Jaime,” performed by Lee Majors.
372"The Return of the Bionic Woman: Part 2"Richard ModerKenneth JohnsonSeptember 21, 1975 (1975-09-21)

Steve Austin takes Jaime Sommers to his ranch in Ojai hoping that it will be beneficial to her recovery. A brief moment of inattentiveness allows Jaime Sommers to escape into town. The local tennis court immediately revives memories of her past life, and causes her to suffer violent headaches. Her caregivers believe that a covert sabotage mission on the Caribbean island of Melinique would be a good diversion. However, it is abruptly aborted when Jaime Sommers is incapacitated by memories of her bionic beau. Steve Austin selflessly decides that the best thing for his frenetic fiancee is a complete divorce from her former life for a while. She is to be relocated to Dr. Wells' facility in Colorado Springs with Dr. Marchetti.

Recurring guest: Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers, and Ford Rainey as Jim Elgin.

Noteworthy moments: This episode features bionic carving of graffiti on a tree trunk; Steve's father is portrayed; the bionic duo suffers a rare failure in their assigned mission; the soundtrack includes the song “Sweet Jaime,” performed by Lee Majors.
383"The Price of Liberty"Richard ModerStory by : Kenneth Johnson and Justin Edgerton
Teleplay by : Kenneth Johnson
September 28, 1975 (1975-09-28)

An ex-government employee feels the government owes him after being laid off due to cutbacks. He therefore rigs the Liberty Bell, which is on tour around the country for the bicentennial celebration, to explode unless he gets $5 million and safe passage out of the country. Steve and Oscar must rely on an explosive expert who is in prison to defuse the bomb.

Guest star: Chuck Connors as Niles Lingstrom.
394"The Song and Dance Spy"Richard ModerJerry DevineOctober 5, 1975 (1975-10-05)

When Oscar suspects rock star John Perry, Steve's friend and former college roommate, of carrying top-secret information, Steve is assigned to watch him and hopefully prove his innocence.

Guest star: Pop singer Sonny Bono as John Perry.
405"The Wolf Boy"Jerry LondonJudy BurnsOctober 12, 1975 (1975-10-12)
Kuroda (from episode 2-14) and Steve are reunited when Kuroda asks Steve to help him investigate reports about a boy living with wolves.
416"The Deadly Test"Christian I. Nyby IIJames D. ParriottOctober 19, 1975 (1975-10-19)

Steve Austin temporarily assumes command of a test pilot training school at Edwards Air Force Base. Due to political differences, a great deal of tension exists between two of the pilots, Prince Aram Sakari of the Arab state of Kutan, and David Levy of Israel. The Prime Minister of Kutan hires a Dr. Winslow to kill the Prince by using a jamming device to disable his plane’s controls in mid-flight. A last minute change in flight assignments causes Levy to take the Prince’s plane. Levy narrowly escapes death, causing further suspicions between the two pilots. Steve Austin secretly takes the place of the Prince on his next flight, and has to overcome an errant plane and the debilitating effects of the jamming device on his bionic eye.

Guest star: Erik Estrada as Prince Aram Sakari of Kutan.

Noteworthy moment: The flight pattern of a missile thrown by Steve highlights the advancements in special effects since the 1970s.
427"Target in the Sky"Jerry LondonLarry AlexanderOctober 26, 1975 (1975-10-26)
When Oscar discovers missiles have been installed near a lumber camp, Steve goes undercover as a lumberjack to investigate. He soon finds out that the site foreman is part of a plot to bring down the presidential plane.
438"One of Our Running Backs is Missing"Lee MajorsKenneth Johnson & Elroy SchwartzNovember 2, 1975 (1975-11-02)

Football player Larry Bronco is kidnapped as part of a plan to make his team lose and generate a fortune for his abductors, who have wagered heavily on the game. Steve determines to find him before the start of the game.

Guest stars: Larry Csonka as Larry Bronco; Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Dick Butkus as Bobby Laport; Carl Weathers as Stolar.
449"The Bionic Criminal"Leslie MartinsonStory by : Peter Allan Fields
Teleplay by : Richard Carr
November 9, 1975 (1975-11-09)

Barney Hiller, the seven million dollar man (episode 2-05), is reactivated. Having apparently recovered, he's eager to resume auto racing. However, when the team owner won't let him race, Barney attacks the man and mistakenly believes he's killed him. Barney has a mental break from the stress and goes on a crime spree, and Steve must track him down.

Guest star: Monte Markham as Barney Hiller.
4510"The Blue Flash"Cliff BoleSheridan Gibney & Sidney FieldNovember 16, 1975 (1975-11-16)
Steve searches for a missing OSI agent who was about to close an investigation into the theft of hi-tech detecting devices. After Steve takes a room at the boarding house where the agent had been staying, the owner soon disappears, leaving Steve to discover if the disappearances are related.
4611"The White Lightning War"Phil BondelliWilton DenmarkNovember 23, 1975 (1975-11-23)
Investigating a Georgia moonshine operation, the death of a federal agent leads Steve to discover a trail of corruption that starts with a distillery owner, goes through the local sheriff, and ends with a powerful Washington lawyer.
4712"Divided Loyalty"Alan CroslandJim Carlson & Terry McDonnellNovember 30, 1975 (1975-11-30)
When a scientist who defected to Russia for love wants to return to the United States, Steve is assigned to bring him back. Knowing only life in Russia, the scientist's son is hesitant to join, and by the time Steve convinces him to come along, the Russians learn of their plan and block the escape route, forcing a more dangerous alternative to be used.
4813"Clark Templeton O’Flaherty"Ernest PintoffStory by : Frank Dandridge & Dennis Pryor
Teleplay by : Frank Dandridge
December 14, 1975 (1975-12-14)

Steve investigates a friend accused of stealing secret documents.

Guest star: Louis Gossett, Jr. as O'Flaherty, and H.M. Wynant as McAdams
4914"The Winning Smile"Arnold LavenStory by : Gustave Field
Teleplay by : Gustave Field & Richard Carr
December 21, 1975 (1975-12-21)
Steve investigates a security leak that has imperiled a top-secret project.
5015"Hocus-Pocus"Barry CraneStory by : Richard Carr & James Schmerer
Teleplay by : Richard Carr
January 18, 1976 (1976-01-18)

With help again from mind-reader Audrey Moss, Steve poses as a magician to recover a stolen code book.

Guest stars: Pernell Roberts as Mark Wharton; Jack Colvin as Will Collins.
5116"The Secret of Bigfoot: Part 1"Alan CroslandKenneth JohnsonFebruary 1, 1976 (1976-02-01)

While helping set up an earthquake warning system Steve encounters a towering monster (Sasquatch) and its mysterious masters.

Guest stars: Stefanie Powers as Shalon; professional wrestler Andre the Giant as Sasquatch. Cameo guest star: Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers.
5217"The Secret of Bigfoot: Part 2"Alan CroslandKenneth JohnsonFebruary 4, 1976 (1976-02-04)
An earthquake device imperils Steve and his captors from outer space.
5318"The Golden Pharaoh"Cliff BoleMargaret Schneider & Paul SchneiderFebruary 8, 1976 (1976-02-08)

Just as he is assigned the task of escorting the Golden Pharaoh back to the country of Levant, Steve Austin detects that the seemingly priceless statue entrusted to him is a fake. Suspicion as to the whereabouts of the real statue immediately turns to the embassy of the Kalny Republic. Trish Hollander, a former love interest of Steve Austin with an insatiable gambling addiction, is engaged to the Kalnian Ambassador, Gustav Tokar. She is recruited to assist Austin in infiltrating the embassy to regain the statue. However, her love of money reigns supreme as she shifts her fickle loyalties among her rich fiancé, her astronaut friend, and her favorite gambling operator, Wheel Jackson.

Special guest star: Farrah Fawcett-Majors as Trish Hollander.

Noteworthy moments: Although there are apparent references to both Farrah Fawcett-Majors’ hairstyle in her famous Pro-Arts Inc. poster ("Maybe I should wear [my hair] in a little cloud of innocent ringlets all over my head") and her departure from Charlie’s Angels ("You're an angel." "No, I'm not, Mr. Austin, and you know it."), the poster had not been released and Charlie’s Angels had yet to be aired when this episode was filmed.
5419"Love Song for Tanya"Phil BondelliDavid H. Balkan & Alan FolsomFebruary 15, 1976 (1976-02-15)

Oscar Goldman assigns Steve Austin to escort duty for Russian gymnast Tanya Breski. When Steve shows Tanya some of the less cultural aspects of American life, she develops a crush on him.

Guest star: Gymnast Cathy Rigby as Tanya Breski. Cameo guest star: Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers.
5520"The Bionic Badge"Cliff BoleWilton DenmarkFebruary 22, 1976 (1976-02-22)

Steve poses as a policeman to find who is pilfering atomic weapon components.

Guest stars: Noah Beery, Jr. as Officer Banner and Alan Bergmann as Mister Burman
5621"Big Brother"Cliff BoleKenneth JohnsonMarch 7, 1976 (1976-03-07)
Steve becomes a big brother to an unruly Spanish teenager.

Season 4 (1976–77)[edit]

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571"The Return of Bigfoot: Part 1"[2]Barry CraneKenneth JohnsonSeptember 19, 1976 (1976-09-19)

A splinter group of the alien race that Steve previously encountered (Season 3, episode 17) need supplies of metal and jewels, and send their Bigfoot android to steal them from U.S. government depots. Seeing the results of the unseen android's efforts, the authorities conclude that Steve must be responsible and arrest him. To clear his name, Steve must escape and track down the aliens.
This episode was the first part of a two-chapter story, the second part airing as an episode of The Bionic Woman. "The Return of Bigfoot (Part 2)" is usually syndicated as a Six Million Dollar Man episode. Actor Ted Cassidy, perhaps best known for portraying the character Lurch in the ABC television series The Addams Family, this time plays the role of Sasquatch, who was portrayed by André the Giant in season three.

Guest Star: John Saxon as Nedlick; Sandy Duncan as Gillian
582"Nightmare in the Sky"Alan CroslandTerrence McDonnell & Jim CarlsonSeptember 26, 1976 (1976-09-26)

Steve is present at the test flight of his friend Kelly Wood when she is shot down by a World War II-era Japanese Mitsubishi Zero. Later Kelly is found but her plane has vanished and she's suspected of selling it to a foreign concern. Steve must clear her name and discovers a sinister plot to steal top-secret aircraft.

Guest Stars: Farrah Fawcett as Major Kelly Wood and Dana Elcar as Larry Stover
593"Double Trouble"Phil BondelliJerry DevineOctober 3, 1976 (1976-10-03)

The prime minister of the African nation of Boizana is ready to announce his country’s break from the Soviet bloc. Seeking to prevent this defection to the West, the Russians retain a Dr. Barto who manages to find a look-alike of the prime minister, comedian Billy Parker. Parker is persuaded to undergo surgery to remove a growth on his neck, but is instead implanted with an electronic device that allows his behavior to be completely controlled by computer commands. The prime minister is to be kidnapped, and the puppet Parker substituted in his place. Their plans are slightly derailed when Parker is hit by a car and suffers a head injury. X-rays reveal the implanted device, and OSI is immediately notified. Steve Austin is assigned to act as Parker’s bodyguard to determine the people and the motive behind the plot.

Guest Star: Flip Wilson as both comedian Billy Parker and the prime minister of Boizana.

Noteworthy Moments: This episode features bionic speed bag punching, and bionic jump roping. Flip Wilson uses his signature punchline “the devil made me do it,” eliciting immediate laughter from both Oscar Goldman and Steve Austin.
604"The Most Dangerous Enemy"Richard ModerJudy BurnsOctober 17, 1976 (1976-10-17)
Oscar sends Steve and Rudy to a remote island used for government research to check up on scientist Cheryl Osborne, who was performing classified experimental drug research using chimpanzees, but who has suddenly ceased communications. When they arrive, there is no sign of Dr. Osborne, her lab is destroyed, and Rudy is then attacked and bitten by one of several rampaging chimpanzees. Soon Rudy begins to turn psychotic and exhibit super-human strength, and Steve must both stop him and find Osborne before it's too late for both.
615"H+2+O = Death"John Meredyth LucasJohn Meredyth LucasOctober 24, 1976 (1976-10-24)
Steve Austin attempts to infiltrate the Omega spy ring by posing as a disillusioned OSI scientist who has discovered how to break down water molecules into their hydrogen and oxygen components. Omega takes the bait after Dr. Rudy Wells assists Steve Austin in faking an underwater breathing apparatus. In his efforts to capture Omega's principal, Steve Austin contends with a female OSI/Omega double agent whose true loyalties are unclear.
626"Kill Oscar: Part 2"[3]Barry CraneStory by : Arthur Rowe & Oliver Crawford
Teleplay by : William T. Zacha
October 31, 1976 (1976-10-31)

Jaime lies near death after being attacked by two Fembots. Meanwhile, Steve locates the compound where Oscar is being held and attempts to rescue him.
This episode was the middle chapter of a trilogy with the other two episodes aired as part of The Bionic Woman series. "Kill Oscar (Part 2)" is usually syndicated as a Bionic Woman episode.

Guest Star: Jack Ging as Chief Inspector Hanson
637"The Bionic Boy"Phil BondelliStory by : Lionel E. Siegel
Teleplay by : Tom Greene
November 7, 1976 (1976-11-07)

When a young man, Andy Sheffield, is injured in a landslide that also kills his father, the OSI sanctions the use of bionics to restore his crippled legs. But Andy sets out to clear his father's name and find the people responsible with the help of Steve.

Guest Stars: Frank Gifford as Himself, Greg Evigan as Joe Hamilton, Joan Van Ark as Valerie Sheffield, Dick Van Patten as Palmer and Vincent Van Patten as Andy Sheffield

Note: This two-hour episode was broken into two parts for syndication, but the "second part" was not labeled Part II, creating some ambiguity as to which version was being aired.
648"Vulture of the Andes"Cliff BoleBen MasselinkNovember 21, 1976 (1976-11-21)

A glider competition is used as a front for placing missile homing devices at strategic U.S. military sites. Once in place, an attempt is made to blackmail the U.S. Government into supplying fighter jets to be used to overthrow the government of the country of San Lorenzo. Steve Austin poses as a glider pilot, but is quickly sidelined with an injury to his bionics. Steve works with another OSI agent who is called in while he undergoes repairs.

Guest star: Bernie Kopell as the OSI agent assisting Steve Austin
659"The Thunderbird Connection"Christian I. Nyby IITerrence McDonnell & Jim CarlsonNovember 28, 1976 (1976-11-28)

To save the life of a young Middle Eastern prince from rival factions, Steve goes undercover as a Thunderbird pilot in order to smuggle him out of the country.

Guest Star: Barry Miller as Prince Hassad.
6610"A Bionic Christmas Carol"Gerald MayerWilton SchillerDecember 12, 1976 (1976-12-12)

Steve Austin arrives at Budge Corporation on Christmas Eve to investigate suspected sabotage of a Mars landing project the U.S. Government has contracted out to Budge. There he meets Budge Corporation’s owner, the miserly and cantankerous Horton Budge. Mr. Budge is a veritable Scrooge who eschews Christmas celebrations at the work place and subordinates job safety to his bottom line. He also meets Bob Crandall, Budge’s nephew, who had embezzled money from Budge to pay medical expenses for his ailing wife after Budge refused to lend him money. When Mr. Budge falls ill on Christmas Eve, Steve Austin dons a Santa Claus suit and shows the hallucinating Budge the true meaning of Christmas at the Crandall house.

Guest stars: Ray Walston as Horton Budge; Dick Sargent as Bob Crandall; Adam Rich as Bob Crandall’s son, Antoinette Bower as Nora Crandall

Noteworthy moments: This episode features bionic digging and off-screen bionic chiseling. When Steve asks the clerk to wrap his Christmas presents, a Six Million Dollar Man doll can be seen on the shelf behind the clerk.
6711"Task Force"Barry CraneRobert C. DennisDecember 19, 1976 (1976-12-19)

Steve goes undercover as Steve Ferguson, a hired mercenary, in order to infiltrate a ring of thieves attempting to steal a military missile called the Hornet.

Guest Star: Alex Cord as Dave Harraway
6812"The Ultimate Imposter"Paul StanleyLionel E. Siegel & W. T. ZachaJanuary 2, 1977 (1977-01-02)

Steve's friend Joe Patton is the subject of a unique experiment to transfer information directly from a computer to a human brain. Patton becomes the OSI's newest super-agent but the process has hidden dangers...

Guest Star: Kim Basinger as Lorraine Stenger
6913"Death Probe: Part 1"Richard ModerSteven E. de SouzaJanuary 9, 1977 (1977-01-09)

The Soviets have created an experimental Venus probe out of a new alloy, but it crashes in Wyoming. Thinking it's on Venus, the probe prepares to destroy a small town. The Russians send a team of agents in to recover it, while the OSI is desperate to stop it before it kills. Complications arise when it becomes clear the probe is stronger than Steve.

Guest Star: Beverly Garland as Secretary
7014"Death Probe: Part 2"Richard ModerSteven E. de SouzaJanuary 16, 1977 (1977-01-16)

Steve Austin and the Death Probe fight mechanical mano a mano. The Death Probe prevails, crushing Steve Austin’s bionic arm in its pincer. Russian operative Major Popov attempts in vain to destroy the Probe with a missile made of the same indestructible alloy. Stripped of his brawn, Steve Austin puts his wholly human brain to the task and correctly theorizes that the heightened internal pressure of the Death Probe gained in its propulsion around Venus repelled the missile. The solution, he reasons, is to bring the Death Probe to a higher elevation where the low pressure atmosphere will allow it to explode.

Noteworthy Moments: This episode features bionic juking, and bionic screw fastening. Steve Austin’s relationship with Russian scientist Irina Leonova causes them to challenge the logic of the Cold War.
7115"Danny's Inferno"Cliff BoleTom GreeneJanuary 23, 1977 (1977-01-23)
Danny, a 14-year-old boy, inadvertently creates a source of chemical thermal energy while trying to create a new fuel source for his toy rocket. When his chemicals are stolen from his garage laboratory, Steve and the OSI must protect Danny and catch the thief before he sells it on the black market.
7216"Fires of Hell"Edward M. AbromsOrville H. HamptonJanuary 30, 1977 (1977-01-30)
Steve Austin poses as an oil worker to investigate repeated sabotage at a government oil drilling site. While a conservation group intent on halting the drilling appears to be the likely culprit, Steve Austin uncovers a crooked alliance among a Washington politician, a driller, and a foreman seeking to extract uranium located on the same land.
7317"The Infiltrators"Phil BondelliSam Ross & Wilton SchillerFebruary 6, 1977 (1977-02-06)

An assassination plot is in the works to disrupt Sino-American diplomatic rapprochement. Suspicions center around boxing promoter Boris Ritsky who has brought in several Eastern Bloc boxers to the U.S. who have mysteriously disappeared. Steve Austin goes undercover as a boxer named Steve Miller. He enters Ritsky’s international boxing tournament after he and Dr. Rudy Wells put on a display of bionic strength to convince the current American champion to withdraw due to illness. With no leads and time running out, Steve Austin risks blowing his cover by pointedly questioning Ritsky’s female assistant Lena Bannister. His keen observations in the gym expose the true plot to be the theft of a very heavy NASA chip.

Guest Stars: Yvonne Craig as Lena Bannister, Harold Sylvester as a boxer named Tulomme, Joe Kapp as Cooper, and Jerry Quarry as Wally

Noteworthy Moment: Steve Austin uses a bionic pivot to avoid being crushed by a 4,200 lb. computer chip on wheels.
7418"Carnival of Spies"Richard ModerRobert C. DennisFebruary 13, 1977 (1977-02-13)

Steve Austin investigates an East German scientist who fakes a heart attack while in the U.S. under the guise of attending a science conference. The trail leads him to a traveling carnival staffed with an assortment of dubious characters. Steve Austin uncovers an elaborate missile launching device that is disguised within several carnival rides and is located in close proximity to the test flight of a new B-1 bomber.

Notable Event: During filming in the funhouse called "Laff-in-the-Dark", a technician tried to move a strange-looking wax-covered mannequin hanging from a rope. When he did, the mummy's arm broke off in his hand. Sticking out of the wax was a human bone. It was discovered that the mummifed corpse was in fact arsenic-embalmed human remains of Elmer McCurdy, a western outlaw who had been killed in a gunfight in 1911. After he was conclusively identified, he was buried in a formal ceremony, of which many of the show's crew were in attendance.

Guest Star: Lloyd Bochner as Ulrich Rau, and H.M. Wynant as General[4]
7519"U-509"Phil BondelliMichael I. WagnerFebruary 20, 1977 (1977-02-20)
A British ex-submariner raises an abandoned Nazi U-boat and threatens to use its deadly cargo against the U.S. unless they give in to his extortion demands.
7620"The Privacy of the Mind"Jimmy LydonVanessa Boos & Wilton SchillerFebruary 27, 1977 (1977-02-27)
Steve is sent to impersonate an eccentric scientist who is recruited by the Russians. He discovers they are working on a project involving a mind-reading computer, but time is running out on how long he can maintain the impersonation.
7721"To Catch the Eagle"Phil BondelliPeter R. Brooke & Judy BurnsMarch 6, 1977 (1977-03-06)

Two OSI scientists investigating a find of radioactive ore on Apache lands become entrapped inside a cave due to a blast intentionally set off by an unidentified individual. Unaware of their fate, OSI assigns Steve Austin the task of locating and rescuing the scientists. Steve Austin encounters a great deal of resistance from the tribe's shaman who refuses to grant him access to sacred Apache ground. His only way in is to request permission to "catch the eagle," an Apache ritual test that first requires passing three challenges before being sent into the desert without provisions to capture an eagle.

Guest Stars: Peter Breck (who co-starred on The Big Valley with Majors) as Silver Cloud and Gerald McRaney as Bob Marsh
7822"The Ghostly Teletype"Tom Connors IIIWilton SchillerMarch 15, 1977 (1977-03-15)
Steve is framed for espionage when the writing on research papers for a special formula disappear before his very eyes. Seeking to prove himself, he runs foul of twins seeking a cure for their rapid-aging disease, and the formula can provide them with what they need.

Season 5 (1977–78)[edit]

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791"Sharks: Part 1"Alan J. LeviArthur WeingartenSeptember 11, 1977 (1977-09-11)

OSI has acquired a decommissioned nuclear submarine from the U.S. Government. Steve Austin joins the crew to assist in locating a lost tracking device. A team of pirates with an underwater hideout sabotage the submarine causing the entire crew to abandon it on the ocean floor. The pirates commandeer the sub with the aid of several trained sharks under the control of the pirate chieftain’s beautiful daughter. Steve Austin is taken prisoner when he reenters the sub. Dr. Rudy Wells becomes trapped in an underwater vessel on the ocean floor after a shark bites through its steel cable tether. When it is learned that the pirates are loading a nuclear missile on the submarine, the naval commander assisting in the search decides to destroy the sub at the risk of killing both the bionic man and his maker.

Guest Star: Marc Alaimo as Williams
802"Sharks: Part 2"Alan J. LeviStory by : Arthur Weingarten
Teleplay by : Fred Freiberger
September 18, 1977 (1977-09-18)

Oscar Goldman attempts to dissuade the naval commander from using depth charges to destroy the purloined submarine. Reaching back to his time served in World War II, Goldman devises a clever plan to surround the sub with magnetic mines. A mutiny ensues amid the ranks of the pirates. Steve Austin saves the life of the deposed pirate chieftain who suffered a heart attack in the mutinous melee, winning him the support of both the incapacitated pirate and his doting daughter. The mutineers impress Steve Austin into their service, forcing him to push the sub out of its mine-laden encirclement. When freed, they intend to threaten cities on the Eastern seaboard as part of an extortion scheme.

Noteworthy Moments: A pirate tells an impatient and toupeed Oscar Goldman to “hold on to your hair.” A clear attraction develops between Steve Austin and the reformed female pirate. Realizing that she will face prison time for her role in the heist, she asks Steve Austin if he would be interested in “rehabilitating an ex-con.”
813"Deadly Countdown: Part 1"Cliff BoleGregory S. DinalloSeptember 25, 1977 (1977-09-25)

Steve is on a mission involving a test satellite. But Steve becomes a target when the satellite is needed to gain control of a missile to be sold to a foreign power.

Guest Stars: Martin Caidin, the author of the Cyborg novels makes an appearance as G.H. Beck in the two-part episode, and Lloyd Bochner as Gordon Shanks
824"Deadly Countdown: Part 2"Cliff BoleGregory S. DinalloOctober 2, 1977 (1977-10-02)
The daughter of Steve's friend David McGrath is kidnapped in order to force David to kill Steve. When the attempt on Steve fails, David confesses to Steve who then must rescue the girl.
835"Bigfoot V"Rod HolcombGregory S. DinalloOctober 9, 1977 (1977-10-09)

An anthropologist awakens the bionic sasquatch using a high pitch sonic device. She informs OSI of her discovery, unaware of the creature’s alien origin. Steve Austin intervenes in an attempt to stave off all efforts to capture the sasquatch. A visit to a hidden cave reveals that the sasquatch was left behind by his alien creators at his own request and was in an extended period of hibernation while being transformed into an earth creature. However his premature awakening has left him in an unstable state. Steve Austin must help his hairy friend return to his cave while evading capture by the anthropologist and her scheming guides.

Guest stars: Geoffrey Lewis as a scheming guide, and Ted Cassidy as Sasquatch
846"Killer Wind"Richard ModerGregory S. DinalloOctober 16, 1977 (1977-10-16)

Due to high winds caused by a fast approaching twister, three bank robbers and their getaway van get stuck in the desert sands. Excessive turbulence forces Steve Austin and Dr. Rudy Wells to make an emergency aircraft landing nearby. Dr. Rudy Wells breaks his ankle jumping off the landed plane. To provide a means to transport Wells to a local doctor, Steve Austin assists one of the bank robbers in extricating his van from its sandy morass only to have his kindness repaid in the form of a wrench blow to the head. Meanwhile, a teacher and four children become stranded in a cable car when a bolt of lightning causes a power outage.

Noteworthy Moment: This episode features bionic wirestripping.
857"Rollback"Don McDougallSteven E. de SouzaOctober 30, 1977 (1977-10-30)

Steve Austin goes undercover as Philip Taylor, a roller derby skater with great talent and a mean streak. Through a seemingly successful ruse, Steve is hired to replace a skater he injures on the Thunderbirds team whose owner is seeking to acquire and sell top secret government information. He undergoes highly unusual training with the Thunderbirds, thought to be in preparation for infiltrating and stealing information from the Pentagon. As the heist unfolds, Steve soon finds out that his cover is blown and that OSI is the real target.

Guest star: Robert Loggia as Hendricks, owner of the Thunderbirds and Rick Springfield as Niles
868"Dark Side of the Moon: Part 1"Cliff BoleStory by : Richard H. Landau
Teleplay by : John Meredyth Lucas
November 6, 1977 (1977-11-06)

Steve is sent to the moon to investigate an orbital shift which is causing major upheavals in the Earth's climate. It turns out the upheavals are caused by a deranged scientist working at an exploration post on a nearby asteroid.

Guest Star: Jack Colvin as Dr. Charles Leith
879"Dark Side of the Moon: Part 2"Cliff BoleStory by : Richard H. Landau
Teleplay by : John Meredyth Lucas
November 13, 1977 (1977-11-13)
Steve is captured on the moon and is forced to help the scientist, who believes he's found a new energy source, and who threatens nuclear devastation on Earth if Steve refuses.
8810"Target: Steve Austin"Edward M. AbromsDonald Gold & Lester William BerkeNovember 27, 1977 (1977-11-27)
Steve poses as a newlywed with another OSI agent to uncover who broke into headquarters in search of an atomic bomb. Travelling via RV, their prey discovers the RV has a nuclear power source of its own and attempts to turn the tables.
8911"The Cheshire Project"Richard ModerJohn Meredyth LucasDecember 18, 1977 (1977-12-18)

OSI is developing a system through its Cheshire Project that makes fighter jets undetectable to radar. Due to the small size of the cockpit, a female test pilot named Jenny Fraser is hired to perform its first manned flight. Jenny is a friend of Steve Austin and the two rekindle a romance that ended several years earlier due to work relocation. While at first the test flight appears to be a success, Jenny’s plane mysteriously disappears in mid-flight without a trace. Steve Austin’s search leads right back to the Cheshire Project itself and a weapons purchaser hoping to buy the new technology.

Guest Star: Suzanne Somers as Jenny Fraser the test pilot
9012"Walk a Deadly Wing"Herb WallersteinTerrence McDonnell & Jim CarlsonJanuary 1, 1978 (1978-01-01)

Steve is assigned to gain the confidence of a scientist who has developed a weapon to capture soldiers non-violently, but refuses to hand over the plans to anyone for fear it could cause drastic results if used on a pilot in flight. As Steve begins to become his friend and acquire the weapon, the Russians inform the scientist they are holding his wife hostage and demand the device in trade for her safe return.

Guest Star: Eric Braeden as Viktor Cheraskin
9113"Just a Matter of Time"Don McDougallStory by : Neal J. Sperling
Teleplay by : Gregory S. Dinallo & Neal J. Sperling
January 8, 1978 (1978-01-08)

Steve Austin makes a space test flight which confirms the performance capabilities of a new booster fuel developed by OSI. Upon attempted reentry into Earth’s atmosphere, a malfunction in a tracking device causes the space capsule to be thrown off course and contact to be lost with ground control. Steve Austin is washed ashore on an unknown island. He learns that he has gone through a time warp and has returned to Earth in 1984, six years after his launch. He is soon arrested by Edward Barris, the new Director of OSI, under charges of treason for having defected to the Soviet Union during these lost years. Further shock comes from the news that Oscar Goldman has died and Dr. Rudy Wells has taken a wife.

Noteworthy Moments: Holding a distressed female in his right arm, Steve Austin lands a bionic two-person vertical jump. Steve Austin is romantically involved with a pretty ground control engineer.

Guest Star: John de Lancie as army soldier Chapman.
9214"Return of Deathprobe: Part 1"Tom Connors IIIHoward DimsdaleJanuary 22, 1978 (1978-01-22)
A mystery unfolds in a steel production facility capable of producing extremely strong metals. Steve Austin goes undercover as a steel worker to investigate. He quickly determines that a previously undetected theft of metal plate has occurred, and apprehends the culpable plant manager. Following the exchange of the plant manager for a kidnapped foreign ambassador, Steve Austin and Oscar Goldman are led to a remote area where they are introduced to a new and improved Venus probe constructed of the stolen metal. The alleged foreign ambassador demands nuclear weapons from the U.S. government in exchange for not releasing the seemingly unstoppable Venus probe on the nearby population.
9315"Return of Deathprobe: Part 2"Tom Connors IIIHoward DimsdaleJanuary 29, 1978 (1978-01-29)

When all physical assaults fail against the new Venus probe, Steve succeeds in tricking it into falling into a pit. However, when it starts drilling towards a city, Steve has a bigger problem than before.

Noteworthy Moment: This episode features a bionic roll.
9416"The Lost Island"Cliff BoleStory by : Lou Shaw
Teleplay by : Mel Goldberg
January 30, 1978 (1978-01-30)

While searching for a fallen satellite in the Pacific, Steve rescues a drowning victim who turns out to be an alien. She offers to help him acquire the satellite, which has landed on her race's invisible island. However, many of the island's populace fear a revolution, yet are unable to leave due to a lack of immunity to Earth illnesses. Steve must get an experimental serum for her before she will help him.

This is a two-hour episode.

Guest Stars: Anthony Geary as Arta and Jared Martin as Torg
9517"The Madonna Caper"Herb WallersteinGregory S. DinalloFebruary 6, 1978 (1978-02-06)
While Steve helps a countess retrieve a microdot with important information hidden on a painting in a museum, she helps herself to a masterpiece and replaces it with a forgery. Oscar sends Steve to retrieve the painting from its buyer before a visiting art expert causes embarrassment by discovering the counterfeit currently on display.
9618"Dead Ringer"Arnold LavenStory by : Charles Mitchell and Robert I. Holt
Teleplay by : Robert I. Holt
February 13, 1978 (1978-02-13)
Steve Austin sees a luminous vision of himself following a car accident in which he sustains a head injury. Plagued by this and subsequent similar visions, he consults a parapsychologist who theorizes that Steve Austin's spirit was detached from his body when he was clinically dead following the accident that led to his rebirth as a bionic man. She believes that his spirit is now seeking to rid itself of his body by killing him. These strange and seemingly inexplicable events coincide with the arrival of two foreign agents who are seeking to steal secrets regarding OSI's bionics program.
9719"Date With Danger: Part 1"Rod HolcombStory by : Wilton Schiller
Teleplay by : John Meredyth Lucas
February 20, 1978 (1978-02-20)
Oscar Goldman has concluded that agent Joe Canton stole a large sum of money from OSI through an elaborate computer scheme. Incredulous, Steve Austin investigates a computer dating service called Datamate which accessed OSI's system without authorization. Emily, Datamate's new owner, takes a liking to Steve Austin and offers to cooperate. Their investigation is quickly hampered by a series of electronically delivered orders intended to prevent any interference, including the hiring of an assassin to kill Steve Austin. All paths seem to lead to the mysterious George Cloche who is eventually revealed to be an OSI computer expert named Bell.
9820"Date With Danger: Part 2"Rod HolcombStory by : Wilton Schiller
Teleplay by : John Meredyth Lucas
February 27, 1978 (1978-02-27)
Steve Austin sustains a head injury evading a would-be assassin. His subsequent admission to a local hospital is electronically sabotaged giving him the false identity of a dangerous mental patient named Steve Ankarios. He awakens in restraints in a padded room of a psychiatric ward, but eventually escapes with Emily’s assistance. Forsaking all means of electronic communication to avoid further detection/interference, Steve Austin apprehends Bell and his accomplice, but soon finds out that the computer is now acting alone.
9921"The Moving Mountain"Don McDougallStephen KandelMarch 6, 1978 (1978-03-06)

A terrorist/extortionist named Santos has stolen a Russian mobile missile launcher (nicknamed the “Moving Mountain”) and American smart missiles. After first working separately to recover their stolen property, Oscar Goldman proposes cooperation with his Russian counterpart. Steve Austin teams up with a beautiful KGB agent named Andreia. Posing as honeymooners at the Chamonix Inn, a romance quickly develops between them. When Oscar finds out that Andreia’s father was killed in an encounter with Steve Austin two years prior, he fears that the Russian operative plans on killing Steve Austin and stealing the American missiles.

Guest Star: John Colicos as General Norbukov

Noteworthy Moment: Steve Austin’s relationship with KGB agent Andreia causes them to challenge the logic of the Cold War.

Television movies (1987–94)[edit]

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic WomanRay AustinMichael Sloan,
Bruce Lansbury
May 17, 1987 (1987-05-17)
Steve Austin's former employer, Oscar Goldman, approaches him and asks for help; a band of terrorists he put out of business are back. Steve initially declines, but changes his mind when his son Michael Austin is severely injured as a result of his first solo flight. Rudy Wells operates on Michael, giving him better bionics than Steve's or Jaime's.
Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic WomanAlan J. LeviBrock Choy,
Robert De Laurentis,
Michael Sloan
April 30, 1989 (1989-04-30)
Jaime helps a new young bionic woman, former wheelchair user Kate Mason (Sandra Bullock), adjust to her bionic implants. Meanwhile, Steve decides to ask Jaime to marry him, but he is interrupted when someone using bionic powers sabotages the security systems at OSI Headquarters and steals secret documents. Being suspects, Jaime and Steve are detained but break out to conduct their own investigation.
Bionic Ever After?Steve StaffordMichael Sloan,
Norman Morrill
November 29, 1994 (1994-11-29)
Steve and Jaime are about to get married. However, something is happening to Jaime; it seems like her bionics are failing and no one knows what's wrong with her. As Rudy discovers Jaime's bionics have been deliberately infected with a computer virus, an old friend of Steve's is being held prisoner by terrorists in Nassau and Steve, needing to take his mind off Jaime, offers to go and help.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (2008). "The Six Million Dollar Man". The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television (2nd ed.). McFarland & Company. pp. 471–488. ISBN 978-0-7864-3755-9. LCCN 2008019724.
  2. ^ "The Return of Bigfoot" is a two-part episode. Part two is the season two premiere of The Bionic Woman.
  3. ^ "Kill Oscar" is a three-part episode. Parts one and three are episodes of The Bionic Woman.
  4. ^ Mark Svenvold. The Adventures in Life and Afterlife of an American Outlaw: Elmer McCurdy. Fourth Estate Paperbacks, March 15, 2004. ISBN 1841153230

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