The Bionic Woman Classic

Season 2 Episode 9

Black Magic

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 10, 1976 on ABC
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Black Magic

Jaime is sent to a remote island to impersonate a member of the Carstairs family. When the family is sent on a scavenger hunt to find a recently deceased family member's fortune, it's up to Jaime to locate it first and obtain the formula for a top-secret alloy.


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  • A series highlight!

    Superior second season episode benefits from above-average writing, creepy, mysterious setting and stellar guest appearances. When Vincent Price, William Windom, Hermione Baddeley, Julie Newmar and Abe Vigoda appear together as bizarre family members, butler and lawyer, the episode has to be a winner. Secret passages, dungeons, cryptic clues, attempted murders and exceptionally bitter and caustic dialogue make for a highly enjoyable adventure. Jaime goes under cover as the long lost niece of the Carstair's family when the oldest sibling (also played by Vincent Price is a double role) dies and the family comes together for the reading of the will at the family's run down island mansion. Of course, everyone is after the fortune which includes top secret technology of interest to the OSI. Only complaint: particularly unattractive make-up and costume for Jaime Sommers.moreless
Vincent Price

Vincent Price

Manfred/Cyrus Carstairs

Guest Star

William Windom

William Windom

Andrew Warfield

Guest Star

Hermione Baddeley

Hermione Baddeley

Aunt Tess

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Manfred is attempting to escape the island in the boat, Jaime grabs its tether and bionically pulls him back to the dock. Since Manfred is facing away from the force, he should have fallen forward as the boat is pulled out from under his sitting position. Instead, he falls backward into the boat, toward the force.

    • The grandfather clock next to the stair case clearly shows 8:00, but it only strikes 3 times.

      Then, a time lapse is suggested, after which Jaime and Manfred decide to work together to solve the mystery. Back downstairs, Jaime asks "What time is it?" The clock shows 8:01, although with the time lapse it should probably show something quite a bit after 8:15 or 8:30. Even stranger, Manfred answers "Almost eight," even though the clock shows that it's 8:01.

    • "The Monster" reaches through one of the secret passage-ways and grabs Warfield as Jaime stands in the doorway facing the opposite direction. Later, Claudette is presumably snatched by the same method, as Jaime stands outside the closed door. Although both victims make a muffled screaming sound, Jaime is apparently able to hear Claudette's (through the closed door), but was oblivious to Warfield's (which was in the same room as her).

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (debating releasing Claudette, Tess and Warfield)
      Jaime: Alright... alright, I will. But you had better do exactly what I tell you.
      Tess: Don't you trust us?
      Jaime: (imitating Tess) Oh, about as far as I can throw you. (realizes what she just said) No! I don't trust you that far.

    • (Jaime breaks the chain locking her and Manfred's cell)
      Manfred: However you did that, I'm glad you're on my side.
      Jaime: Your side?! (ponders) I just might need you, but can I trust you?
      Manfred: You have my word of honor.
      Jaime: That and ten cents would get me a dime.
      Manfred: Don't be cruel, Tracy. There's a lot of Cyrus in you.

    • Manfred: Well, we found it. Isn't that right, partner?
      Jaime: Guess so.
      Manfred: Silly girl. I was talking to my real partner.
      (The 'creature' comes out and reveals himself to be Barlowe)
      Jaime: The butler did it?!?!

    • Manfred: Tracy, I'm not one to share, but there's a first time for everything.

    • Barlowe: Is something wrong, Miss?
      Jaime: Well, Aunt Claudette just disappeared.
      Barlowe: Oh, she's been doing that for years, Miss. The first time was when she married the Polish count. And then she just dropped out of sight when she met the Buenos Aires gentleman.
      Jaime: No, no, no, she just disappeared from that room.
      Barlowe: Hmmm. Was there a gentleman with her?

    • Jaime: Where's the house?
      Boatman: A little ways inland.
      Jaime: I'll pay you extra if you take me up there.
      Boatman: No-one 'round here would be fool enough to set foot on LaFete Island and maybe run into the Creature.
      Jaime: Creature? What creature?
      Boatman: Well, most think it is just a trick of old Cyrus to scare trespassers away.
      Jaime: What do the rest say?
      Boatman: (crosses himself) Unholy things happened in the old days when the LaFete Pirates ruled the swamp. (nervously) Me, I don't believe a word of it.
      Jaime: (sarcastically) That's encouraging.

    • Oscar: That's why I'm sending you to Carstairs Manor on LaFete Island.
      Jaime: Carstairs Manor? LaFete Island? Oscar, it sounds like an old horror movie. Igor's not going to meet me at the door, is he?

    • Jaime: Come in, Snow White.
      Oscar: Hello, Dopey.
      Jaime: I'm not Dopey anymore, I'm Grumpy. And I haven't got the formula yet. However, I have been accepted as a Carstairs.
      Oscar: Somehow, Jaime, I knew that you would fit right in.
      Jaime: Now that's a rotten thing to say.

    • (Oscar and Jaime watching a slideshow on the Carstairs family)
      Oscar: This is Claudette; she's been married six times, divorced twice, widowed four times.
      Jaime: Four times! How'd they die?
      Oscar: Probably overdoses of Claudette.

    • Cyrus Carstairs: I had a terrible time deciding which relative should get my money... I hate you all so much.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Claudette: "Oh Warfield! Bring the bags."
      "Warfield" seems an obvious homage to "Renfield," the ever-faithful, bug-eating servant to Count Drakula.

      Not only does Warfield's first scene include his unloading and carrying Claudette's bags (something that Renfield would have been forced to do as well), but his hair is even oiled and parted down the middle as in the classic portrayals of Renfield by Dwight Frye or Arte Johnson.