The Greatest American Hero

Season 2 Episode 2

Operation Spoil Sport

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 1981 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Operation Spoil Sport

Ralph and Bill must stop World War III by defusing a corrupt military leader's plans to launch a suprise missile attack against Russia.

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    John Anderson (I)

    John Anderson (I)

    General Stocker

    Guest Star

    Robin Riker

    Robin Riker


    Guest Star

    Ronald Spivey

    Ronald Spivey


    Guest Star

    William Bogert

    William Bogert

    Agent Carlisle

    Recurring Role

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Bill: Ralph...where are you?
        Ralph: I'm stuck in this elevator!
        Bill: Well get outta there. Ya have to follow me!

      • Song: Eastern world... It is Explodin'. Sirens blarin', bullets loadin'. You're old enough to kill, but not for votin'. You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin'?
        Ralph: I"m doin' the best I can!
        Song: And ya tell me over and over and over again my friend....Aww ya don't believe we're on the eve of destruction....

    • NOTES (5)

      • The song "Eve of Distruction"; which was in both the network version as well as prints syndicated in the late 80s and early 90s; has been edited out of the GAH Season 2 DVD version of this episode. Oddly enough, the DVD editors left in Ralph's line of dialog mentioning the song's title in his phone call to Bill.

      • The episode title "Operation: Spoilsport" is not written in the usual Greatest American Hero style font, but rather as if a typewriter had written it.

      • Joey Scarbury performs 2 songs in this episode. One is a cover of "Eve Of Destruction" and the other is an original song, "I'm No Hero" (which appears when Ralph is driving to save Bill towards the end of the episode).

      • Notice the song "Eve Of Destruction" being dedicated to Ralph.

      • Operation Spoilsport is a United States plan that makes it impossible for Russia to be victorious in the event of nuclear war. Several missiles are randomly held back from being launched if war breaks out, and they are controlled by a computer to launch after the war is over to win it for the good old US of A.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • This episode borrows heavily from Cold War doomsday device tropes as seen in the thriller NovelPeter George'Red Alert(also known asTwo Hours to Doom)which was in turn the basis for the movie Dr Strangelove: orHow I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.