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Season 2 Episode 16

Doomsday Is Tomorrow (2)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 26, 1977 on ABC
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Doomsday Is Tomorrow (2)

Jaime battles for her life as she tries to stop the launch of the doomsday device, which is now controlled by the ALEX 7000 super-computer.

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  • Jaimie VS. Hal

    One of the best Bionic episodes ever. Not only did it show Jaime's strength and abilities but her intelligence won the day. Something most television shows at the time refused to show, A woman with strong intelligence!
  • A time capsule that's still relevant

    When this episode aired I was a nine-year-old boy playing stick hockey and kick the can with the kids down the street. I was a bad player, since I've had a visual handicap since birth, so five minutes before my favorite show came on, I always bugged out. My buds teased me mercilessly about being in love with a girl on TV, but I didn't care, and this episode is the perfect example of why. Its issues are still timely, both the big (the nuclear arms race) and the little (boys and our obsession with winning at any cost, as against girls' more caring, relationship-oriented stance toward life. Its plotting manages both realism and idealism as Jamie is interrupted cooking along with their hilarious take-off on Julia Child, and has to save the world from a mad scientist for whom she alone never wavers in her tenderness and respect. Twenty-nine years after this episode left its inspiring mark on my soul, Lindsay returned as the spokesperson for the Sleep Number bed, rekindling the classic images of Jamie gently sitting Elijah down as his heart gives out, the ALEX 7000 trying to kill her every five minutes, and of course the ominious "404 GO code" staying up on the bomber's screen until Jamie does ALEX in, saving the world from a doomsday only a computer would think was an appropriate way to show he'd won. It's largely this BW episode with its moral told in such fun, soft terms which has shaped my own approach to life and others. If I had to pick a fictional role model, I'd pick Jamie without a second thought even though she's the "wrong" gender exactly because Lindsay and crew did such a superb job of imagining a senario in which someone who meant well (Dr. Cooper) could inadvertently visit such a horror on the entire world, and more importantly, how a caring, down-to-earth woman who just happened to have the exact combination of super powers needed to save the world could redeem him -- and us -- through her brave and decisive action. If you see no other Bionic Woman episode, watch this one. A++moreless
Lew Ayres

Lew Ayres

Dr. Elijah Cooper (video only)

Guest Star

Kenneth O'Brien

Kenneth O'Brien

Dr. Victor Evtuhov (Dimitri)

Guest Star

David Opatoshu

David Opatoshu

Mr. Satari

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jaime: Elijah was an incredible man.
      Dmitri: No doubt, but he took on too much responsibility.
      Jaime: Oh, that's true, but his dream was such a good one. He knew somebody was going to set off a bomb eventually, and that his Doomsday Device was going to start to countdown.
      Dmitri: He wanted that to happen?
      Jaime: Of course! He told me that you never appreciate life as much as when you're closest to death. And today, he took every leader of the world to his own funeral and let them feel death right up close. I mean, what could be a better inspiration for living in peace than that?
      Dmitri: (sadly) But will they remember it tomorrow?

    • Alex: If you won't tell me about yourself, Jaime, then I'll have to do some investigating on my own. (Jaime grabs a handhold) Interesting. Your right hand doesn't seem to perspire at all. (Jaime pulls her hand back) If you touch that gate in front of you, you will take a direct 220 volt charge. I'm afraid it would be just goodbye. Jaime. (Jaime grabs the gate and pulls it open) That's quite an unusual arm. What's it made of?
      Jaime: Sugar and spice.
      Alex: That does not compute.

    • Alex: Jaime... you are running at 57.384 miles per hour, Jaime. This is not normal.

    • Jaime: What are those glowing panels?
      Alex: My main logic and memory units.
      Jaime: Your brain?
      Alex: In a manner of speaking, yes.
      Jaime: Where is this chamber located?
      Alex: On subterranean level 8, the lowest level of this complex.
      Jaime: Why are you willing to show me all this?
      Alex: Because the normal elevator routes have been sealed, and it's really quite impossible for you to even get near the auxiliary entrances. My defenses are designed to keep an army out of this complex for six hours, much less an ordinary woman.

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