The Bionic Woman Classic

Season 3 Episode 1

The Bionic Dog (1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 10, 1977 on ABC
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The Bionic Dog (1)

Jaime discovers the existence of the world's first bionic creature and has five days to save him from being put down.

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    Taylor Lacher

    Taylor Lacher


    Guest Star

    Carlene Watkins

    Carlene Watkins

    Judy McHugh

    Guest Star

    Al Hansen

    Al Hansen


    Guest Star

    Christopher Stone

    Christopher Stone

    Chris Williams

    Recurring Role

    Ford Rainey

    Ford Rainey

    Jim Elgin

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • When Max is having a nightmare he's in the REM stage of sleep (like any mammal). Since he'd be paralyzed in that stage, it makes no sense that he'd be able to move toward the cage door in his sleep as he does.

      • Once again, the research films Oscar (and Jaime & Rudy) are watching (this time, showing Max's bionic performance) show signs of professional camera work, rather than the shoddy photography of the real thing. For one thing, this one is shot from about a dozen different angles, rather than the two or three of a real research film.

      • In the opening scene, Rudy is running some tests on Jaime, having her do reps with a dumb bell, using her left arm. She jokingly suggests using her bionics instead, and Rudy says, "Your atomic-powered bionics don't exactly strain your heart." Funny thing is, in other episodes Jaime shows signs of exhaustion in countless situations after using her bionics (especially her legs), breathing hard, wiping away perspiration, etc. Rudy's comment in this scene is more scientifically sound, however.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Jaime: Dear Oscar, I know that what I'm doing may seem foolish to you. I'm sorry, and I hope that someday, you'll understand. Max and I are going someplace safe, away from you and away from people. If Rudy is right and Max is rejecting his bionics, then it's only right that he has me to help him through it. He deserves a chance, Oscar. I hope someone's there to do the same thing for me when it's my turn. Give Jim and Helen my love and tell them I'll call soon. I'll be okay. We'll both be okay. I know it. Love, Jaime.

      • Jaime: Oh, my... a bionic jaw?
        Rudy: Well, we figured that was one piece of equipment you'd never need.
        Jaime: Hey! Dr. Wells...
        Rudy: But every other bionic part, except Steve's eye and your ear, was tested on Max first. In a way, you owe him your life.

      • Rudy: It's a simple case of being in the right place at the right time.
        Jaime: Just like me.
        Oscar: Not quite, Babe. Max only cost a million.
        Jaime: Max-a-million? (rolls her eyes)
        Oscar: Was I that obvious? I really thought it was a good idea.

    • NOTES (3)

      • After cancellation by ABC, the series moved to NBC beginning with this episode.

      • This two-part episode is very remenescent of a show called "Run, Joe, Run!" which ran from 1974 to 1976 on NBC Saturday Morning TV. It starred a German Shephard named Joe, a trained member of the military's K-9 Corp. who was on the run after being falsely accused of attacking his master, Sergeant Corey. Corey set out to find him before the authorities did, as Joe managed to help the people he encountered on his travels.

      • This episode contains some extremely good psychological explanations as the basis of Max's problem. In 1965, Seligman discovered "Learned Helplessness," and sparked a revolution on Psychology by explaining that animals (including humans) who experience the inability to escape their pain will eventually stop trying to escape it. This process is also used by Cognitive Psychologists to explain the Clinical Depression Max is apparently suffering from. See:

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