Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 5 Episode 8

The Return Of Hydro-Man (2)

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Oct 31, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Return Of Hydro-Man (2)
Peter is shocked by MJ's new powers so they seek Curt Conners' help in figuring everything out. MJ tells them about a dream she's been having, which may be a clue to her disappearance. But Hydro-Man finds them and kidnaps MJ again. Will Spidey be able to find her by following the clues from her dream?moreless

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  • The Most Controversial Episode!

    This is it. The most controversial episode of Spider-Man: TAS. Personally I enjoyed this episode. Part of Spider-Man's character is he can never be truly happy. They couldn't kill anyone in a "kids show" so they killed off a clone. Not a bad compromise. Christopher Daniel Barnes is at his finest here. He does an incredible job conveying the emotion of the scene.

    I also understand why many others are critical of it and/or think it ruined the series. You do feel kind of betrayed, learning that MJ is just a clone. It makes you view the previous episodes in a different light. However, even though she is just a clone, I believe she still acted and behaved the way the real MJ would (since she had all her memories and emotions).moreless
  • Kind of worng for a kids show

    After rewatching this entire series about 12 years later then when I originally saw it, this episode is very raw for the target audience. Dont get me wrong this episode is amazing and shows the true emotion of Peter Parker at the end but wow how tragic. You could literally feel the pain of the voice actor / peter parker when MJ bit the dust. This episode had a lot of allusions in it to the future of the series and the inevitable series finale. Its a shame this show had to end but I hope the new series on now can build upon this and make it just as good.moreless
  • Tragic story

    This is a great episode...I remember watching this when I was 12 years old or so, and this one seemed very intense. They really ended the Mary Jane clone character in a tragic way (much better than the story on Lois & Clark by the way). What really sold this episode was the Peter Parker voice acting at the end...you could hear so much pain in his voice, and then Madame Web comes and whisks him away. It seems like the worst possible time for her to come, but it was probably best because he can keep busy instead of sulking over Mary Jane. And of course, this is the beginning of the setup for the amazing series finale.moreless
Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

Morrie Bench/Hydro-Man

Guest Star

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris

Miles Warren

Guest Star

Rodney Saulsberry

Rodney Saulsberry

Joseph "Robbie" Robertson

Recurring Role

Linda Gary

Linda Gary

Aunt May Reilly-Parker

Recurring Role

Joan Lee

Joan Lee

Madame Web

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Spider-Man: (as he sits on top of the bridge) What happened to you Mary Jane? I can't go on without knowing. Not as Spider-Man! Not as anyone!
      Madame Web: (as her presence is known) Oh how wrong you are Spider-Man as usual!
      Spider-Man: (as he ends up in a vortex): No, not you again!
      Madame Web: I still have something very important for you to do. Have you forgotten I was preparing you for this longwhile for the most important battle of your life?
      Spider-Man: I remembered all of my encounters with you Madame Web. I want nothing to do with you.
      Madame Web: But suppose I told you I know where Mary Jane is and you will only find her if you do as I command.
      Spider-Man: (as Spider-Man swirls through the vortex) Leave me alone!
      Madame Web: I cannot! This is your destiny, Spider-Man. And now the fate of mankind rests on your weary shoulders.

    • Mary Jane: (To Hydro-Man) I hate the sound of your voice, I can't stand to look at you...
      Spider-Man: And let's not bring up your personality!

    • Spider-Man: What happened to you, Mary Jane? I can't go on without knowing-- Not as Spider-Man... not as anyone.

    • Mary Jane: Before I go I want you to know just one thing. If any part of me is anything like the real Mary Jane Watson she loves Peter Parker more than anything in the world-- more... than... anything.

    • Miles Warren: I'm afraid I have some rather unpleasent news. The latest blood tests on Hydro-Man have shown that the cloning process has proven unstable. You're coming apart just like my first clones. It has just taken longer to happen this time. According to my research neither of you has much time left.

    • Mary Jane: I remember... suddenly finding myself at the bottom of the bridge and seeing Spider-Man battling the Green Goblin. But I don't remember falling off or anything that happened in between. Oh, I hate this bridge.
      Peter: Me too. Whenever I'm here, I feel like something bad is going to happen.
      (Hydro-Man appears)
      Hydro-Man: Kid, you oughta become a psychic!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Miles Warren, is infamous for creating the Spider-Clone in the comic books. Warren is also known as the Jackal. Jonathon Harris, who plays Miles Warren in this episode, also played one of the classic evil scientists - Dr. Zachary Smith on the original "Lost In Space".

    • This is very similar to an episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. In both cases, the hero winded up marrying a clone of their girlfriend who winds up dying trying to save them. Only Superman does reunite with the real Lois Lane.