The Bionic Woman Classic

Season 3 Episode 3

Fembots in Las Vegas (1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 1977 on ABC
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Fembots in Las Vegas (1)
Carl, the son of the deranged Dr. Franklin, reactivates his father's army of female robots in order to steal America's first directed energy ray weapon.

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    James Olson

    James Olson

    Rod Kyler

    Guest Star

    Melinda O. Fee

    Melinda O. Fee

    Tami Cross

    Guest Star

    Alexander Courtney

    Alexander Courtney

    Dan Mayers

    Guest Star

    Jennifer Darling

    Jennifer Darling

    Peggy Callahan

    Recurring Role

    John Houseman

    John Houseman

    Dr. Franklin [in flashback]

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (5)

      • In the first Callahan fembot scene, before she puts her mask on, we can see she is wearing a black scarf. Then, she puts her mask on and the scarf disappears.

      • When Jamie jumps up to Kyler's helicopter, you can tell that they filmed the stunt double actually dropping and then ran it backwards. Jamie's hair "falls" upward and the American flag in the background is waving backwards.

      • Before they restyle the Fembot Callahan's hair, it looks nothing like Jennifer Darling's did in "Kill Oscar." It is painfully obviously a wig.

      • When one of the Fembots makes the call to Kyler's assistant (using Kyler's voice to fool him into turning over the "energy ray weapon" to the Franklin's people), Kyler and Jaime could easily have yelled out something like, "Don't do it! It's an imposter!" or something. Instead, even though they're not being restrained or directly physically threatened, they make no noise or protest. In fact, they actually lower their voices to speak to each other while the Fembot is making the call!

      • In order to escape the evidence vault, "Fembot Callahan" bends a huge steel bar that runs across the door horizontally, like the inside of a bank vault. After bending it, she lets go, only to have it snap back into place behind her in a very rubber-like way as she's leaving the room!

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Jaime: Oscar, are you alright?
        Oscar: A little headache, but I got away.
        Jaime: Uh... they have the directed energy weapon. Now I'm sure they're gonna try to put it into orbit on the space booster that Rudy's using to launch the telescope at Vandenberg.
        Oscar: We're not beat yet, Jaime. I'll call the base and have the air police waiting to meet them.
        Jaime: Yeah, with tanks, I hope.

      • (Jaime is very jumpy after having memories of her last run-in with the fembots)
        Callahan: Jaime!
        Jaime: (jumps) What?! Oh...
        Callahan: Hi...
        Jaime: I'm sorry.
        Callahan: (sees the Callahan fembot) Oooh... that thing is like seeing myself dead. I can't stand to look at it.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Among the artifacts in the evidence room, we see Alex (from "Doomsday is Tomorrow") and Katy's visual monitor (from "Kill Oscar"). And of course, the Callahan Fembot (from "Kill Oscar").

      • A major subplot in this episode involves a man named Rod Kyler who has invented a new type of "energy ray weapon." Oscar wants to negotiate a purchase of that technology, but it turns out that Kyler has been avoiding meeting with Oscar (or anyone) because he has contracted a disease which renders him without his natural "imunization processes" and forced him to live in a completely sterile environment. Only a year earlier, a post-Sweathog John Travolta had rocketed to stardom in a made-for-tv movie, called "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble." Based on a true story, it told the story of a young man who was born with a deficient immune system which forced him to live out his entire life in a hermetically sealed room. Both of these shows were eery precursors to the HIV/AIDS epidemic that would be identified in 1981, and each was oft reported in early media explanations to the public about HIV/AIDS.

      • The show that Jaime and Oscar are watching is actually called "Julibee!", a rather risque' act that's been playing Caesar's Palace in Vegas for decades. The second act of the show is probably NOT something that would be appropriate for two platonic friends like Jaime and Oscar to witness together. The girls end up with FAR less material covering them than we see in this episode.

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