The Bionic Woman Classic

Season 3 Episode 11

Over the Hill Spy

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 17, 1977 on ABC

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  • Dirty Old Spy

    Jaime is forced to work with a retired spy who rather leave her behind. He introduces himself by chloroforming Jaime while disguised as a woman, and then tells her how much he enjoys using it. She manages to stick around long enough to be dressed in silly disguises, and get tied up. Finally she manages to save the day, and encourages him to go off with an old Soviet spy.
  • An OK installment which could have been better

    One inexplicable problem which affected both The Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman in their later years was that in their government worker roles, they sometimes acted like wise-youknowwhats. In service of humor, they break a cardinal rule here: Jaime is usually nothing but sweet and loyal to all her OSI associates, but is shown getting peeved at Quinn when he cloroforms her, and spends the whole episode demeaning him to boot! While she eventually shows compassion to both Quinn and Slotsky, there's just no good reason for Jaime to be this out of character; she could fix all his goofs just as easily without the sarcasm. Also, her escape from the trunk would seriously injure all three bad guys, and is physically improbable to boot. If she kicked the lid that hard, it would just go right through the ceiling (not very considerate of the occupants of the room above). What they should have had her do instead is either break her bonds but stay put long enough to be taken to where she could have perhaps bionically overheard Slotsky and crew talking about their next move, or force the lid open and then find some comicly painless but plausible way to take control of the situation like she did in "Motorcycle Boogie" by showing everyone what she was capable of -- a perfectly believable deterrent. Finally, the car crash Jaime causes at the very end is both improbable (wouldn't the parked car's breaks be on) and so painful to watch that even Jaime is worried enough to run to the guy and make sure he's OK, then answer Oscar that he is. Since Oscar has to ask this on our behalf, that should have been a symbol that once again NBC was eroding the nonviolent aspect of the character that Lindsay Wagner made a deliberate commitment to from the beginning. C-