The Bionic Woman Classic

Season 3 Episode 6

African Connection

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 1977 on ABC
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African Connection
In order to prevent a ruthless African dictator from remaining in power, Jaime must secretly switch a rigged computer element with one that will give fair results in an upcoming election.

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  • Worth a second look.

    Always considered a lesser episode of the series, "African Connection" deserves a second look. Wagner appears absolutely gorgeous here and has an enjoyable rapport with notable guest actor Dan O'Herlihy. The episode is standard fare for the series, but has a fun spirit throughout and involves Jaime in political espionage to prevent an African dictator from ensuring his re-election by rigging a computer to inaccurately count votes in his favor. One of the opposition leaders is a former college chum of Jaime's -- which adds a rare personal backstory to the mix. Interestingly enough, Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman) appears only in voiceover to set up the mission. Wagner's fresh appearance is enhanced by a continual change in fashions throughout -- which is odd when one is on a dangerous mission in Africa without a suitcase!! One gripe: the unnecessary and defensive conversation regarding Jaime's skin color is awkward and out of place.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • During one of the chase scenes, Jaime throws an object at the bad guys' Jeep, causing it to careen off the dirt road. When it does so, the tires screetch as if it's on blacktop! The use of this sound effect is often simply accepted by audiences; rarely does anyone stop to question whether it makes's just the expected sound of a car stopping suddenly.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Leona: Jaime, I want to thank you for all you have done, but... we will take it from here.
      Jaime: Well... I really think I can do it better myself.
      Leona: Why? Because you are white?
      Jaime: No!
      Leona: Blacks are tired of depending on whites to solve our problems! We have been betrayed too many times. We don't need outside help anymore.

    • Jaime: Harry, do you know of anyone else with a boat who could take me upriver?
      Harry: You're out of luck. I've got the only other one around here.
      Jaime: Well, then, it looks like I make a deal with you.
      Harry: Forget it. I told you what happened to Jeff.
      Jaime: Well, yes, but that...
      Harry: Nothing you can say or do is gonna get me off my butt, through that door, and out to my boat.
      Jaime: Five thousand dollars.
      Harry: You've got a deal.

  • NOTES (2)