The Greatest American Hero

Season 2 Episode 8


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 06, 1982 on ABC
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Episode Summary


A psycho military cult leader tries to spread the smallpox virus.

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  • Focuses too much on Bill

    This episode's plotline is that "Ralph and Bill have to save mankind from a deadly virus that a fanatical ring wing military group hopes to unleash on a unsuspecting world". Unfortunately, the story itself was pretty weak, with no real sense of fear or urgency.

    I think the problem was that it focused way too much on Bill, with just a small amount of interaction with Pam. Getting to see Bill and Ralph's reaction to possibly having smallpox was amusing, with Pam telling them to suck it up. The military aspect was boring, and it seems like every episode must have been filmed outside of Palmdale!moreless
  • One of the funniest episodes ever!!!!

    This is probably the funniest episode of The Greatest American Hero!! The faces Ralph makes when he is checking if his tounge swelled up are priceless. Him and Bill are hilarious throughout the entire episode. And Pam is in this one!!! She wasn't in many season two episodes because she was pregnant but she was in this one. oo and the part where bill is thrown out of the helicopter and Ralph saves him is really cool for the time period but now it is hilarious because you can see the parachute's and tell that those are not the real actors. Great episode I strongly recommend it!!!moreless
Jeff Cooper

Jeff Cooper

Reo Crocker

Guest Star

Arthur Rosenberg

Arthur Rosenberg

Dr. Kelly

Guest Star

Hank Salas

Hank Salas

Cadre Man

Guest Star

William Bogert

William Bogert

Agent Carlisle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: The episode claims that one of the symptoms of smallpox is a swollen tongue. There is no such symptom for smallpox.

    • In the episode "Plague" Both Hotel rooms IE: Pam's room and Bill's Room Are room 127. Apparently they could only afford one room and used the single room and shot them at different angles.

    • Skydiving is clearly used for the fall scene, and the guys are like 10,000 feet up. Last time I checked, helicopters don't go that high!

    • You can see the reserve parachute on Ralph's leg while he catches the falling Bill.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Bill: I know, I know how you feel, I do! Nobody wants his tongue to swell up and turn black, throat to close up on 'em, spinal column goes into spasms and locks, you die in a cold sweat. Nobody wants that!
      Ralph: (terrified) THOSE ARE THE SYMPTOMS?!?!?!

    • Ralph: Happiness is a warm pistol? That's a nice piece of American tribute.
      Bill: Yeah, I know isn't that terrible. I told them pistola and they left the 'a' off, the creeps!

    • Bill: No I'm not! I'm a great liar!

    • Bill: You know Villicana, they got this terrific youth authority up in the mountains. They got swings, and a slide, teeter-totters, and 200 hard case morons for you to play with.
      Tony: My man Maxwell! You know just the other day I was sayin' "where is that great buy Maxwell?" He hasn't been around much.
      Bill/:President of my fan-club!

    • Bill: I want this case! I like it a lot! I eat bugs for breakfast!

    • Ralph: Bill, are you OK? What's wrong with your knees?
      Bill: Fear. Or... I'm drunk.
      Ralph: No, you're not drunk.
      Bill: Then I'm alive!
      (laughs nervously)
      Bill: Thank you, Ralph. Thanks very much.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original song, performed by Joey Scarbury: "Don't Let Me Down". Appears in the scene where Ralph saves Bill after he's dropped out of the helicopter.