The Bionic Woman Classic

Season 1 Episode 8

Jaime's Mother

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 24, 1976 on ABC
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Jaime experiences disturbing dreams about her mother and then receives a telephone call advising her that her parents' graves have been vandalized.

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  • One of the top 10 episodes of the series! Above average acting and deeper emotional complexities than most TV storylines of the time.

    9.0
    One of the best episodes of the series finds Jaime on an emotional roller coaster when it appears that her deceased mother has returned to Ojai from the dead. Effective acting by Lindsay Wagner and guest star Barbara Rush help cover-up a few obvious plotholes. More emotionally complex than a vast majority of the series's episodes with fun action sequences and touching drama. Pivotal episode in that it explains the back story of Jaime's parents and further develops Helen Elgin (Jaime's guardian and Steve Austin's mom). One of several appearances by Sam Chew as Oscar Goldman's right hand man. This episode shows the series at its freshest and before it became a formulaic "mission of the week" mess.moreless
Barbara Rush

Barbara Rush

Ann Sommers; Chris Stuart

Guest Star

Joseph George

Joseph George

Vic Boylin

Guest Star

Norma Connolly

Norma Connolly

Mrs. Betty Noah

Guest Star

Martha Scott

Martha Scott

Helen Elgin

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Sam Chew, Jr.

Sam Chew, Jr.

Mark Russell

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The pilot included a scene in which Michael Marchetti and Rudy Wells present Jaime with a slide show of pictures related to Jaime's life in order to test her newly recovered memory. It includes a photo of Jaime's mother, but the woman looks absolutely nothing like Barbara Rush, who plays her here.

    • Jaime's phone number is 311-555-2368.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Jaime: (hands an envelope to Chris) Voila!
      Chris: How much is in here?
      Jaime: Oh, round figures, about, uh, two thousand, six hundred and twenty four dollars and fifteen cents. Now the next bank is just down the street—
      Chris: No, no, no, this'll be enough.
      Jaime: I don't think so, Mom, 'cause once you get there, you're gonna hafta live, y'know.
      Chris: (firmly) No. Jaime, I didn't come here to take all your money.
      Jaime: Well, it's our money. You paid for the tennis lessons.

    • Jaime: Awfully nice of you to drop all the nation's problems and come over here, Oscar. Were you afraid I had blown a fuse, literally?
      Oscar: I usually carry a spare for my bionic friends.
      Jaime: Y'know, I feel like I am getting Special Treatment #5. First, you relax the subject, and then you gently tell her she needs a room with mattress wallpaper.

    • Jaime: Mothers aren't like used cars. You don't just change models on a whim!
      Helen: You mean I'm locked into the job?
      Jaime: No, I mean you're stuck with it. And don't tell me you haven't been known to think along those lines yourself. Remember the time I... uh... got a D in Math? Or the time I... uh... bumped the fender of your brand new car? You don't get to share those joys with anybody.
      Helen: Is that a promise?
      Jaime: You bet.

    • Jaime: Mom, do you remember how I used to fall out of trees all the time?
      Ann: Yeah.
      Jaime: Watch this.
      (Jaime jumps up into a tree, then back down, then goes for a bionic run)
      Jaime: Well, here I am, your little girl, with a four-on-the-floor and a 3.7 differential!

    • Helen: Oscar and Rudy asked me to keep an eye on you.
      Jaime: (outraged) "Keep an eye on" me?!
      Helen: Yes! So they might catch any new problem early, for your own good!
      Jaime: That's really cute. Now they've got you spying on me.
      Helen: Spying?! We all care for you! We don't want anything to happen to you!
      Jaime: Well, I'll make that unanimous.

    • Helen: You could've imagined it all, Jaime.
      Jaime: Helen, it wasn't a dream. I'm sure it wasn't. It was her voice - and I only got a glimpse of that face, but I would swear it looked just like my mother.
      Helen: Honey... I wanna believe you, but I was at the funeral, and so were you. Maybe it was the power of suggestion, with the dreams starting...
      Jaime: Starting what? An entire train of hallucinations?
      Helen: Look, Jaime. Oscar's at the base. (picks up the phone) Let's call him...
      Jaime: (slams down the phone) No! What're you gonna tell him? Helen, I am not hearing bells that aren't ringing, or voices that aren't talking, and I'm not seeing people that aren't there! Look, I know you're trying to help me, but you're really not making things any easier.

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