The Incredible Hulk (1982)

Season 1 Episode 8

It Lives! It Grows! It Destroys!

Aired Unknown Nov 06, 1982 on NBC
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It Lives! It Grows! It Destroys!
At Gamma Base, Dr. Proto is attempting to create a new form of life, and proceeds to draw power from Bruce Banner's new Gammatron experiments against Banner's request. After nearly destroying the Gammatron, Dr. Proto's experiment works and he creates a deadly organism, that looks like yellow slime and can eat through almost anything. That night, the organism is locked away in the lab refrigerator, but Proto forgets to cover the silicon container, and it grows outside of its container once everyone has left. Banner goes to Proto's lab and is trapped in a net while the slime approaches him. He becomes the Hulk and breaks out of the base while the organism continues to eat its way through the lab. The Hulk turns back into Banner, who heads back to Proto's lab to figure out a way to stop the creature. Proto tells him that the life-form is part fungus, and so Banner appropriates a weed killer to halt the slime's progress. The strategy fails, and Proto decides to split the nuclei of the slime. Bruce decides that this a bad idea, preferring to use an electrical charge against the ting, and Proto apparently agrees with him. Unfortunately, Proto was lying and locks Banner away while accidentally increasing the slime's growth rate. Banner becomes the Hulk again and breaks out, and as the slime reaches the earthquake fault under the base, it is discovered that the slime is repelled by the green goliath. The Hulk calms down and becomes Banner, who figures out that the slime can be destroyed by Gamma rays. The new Gammatron is the only thing that can destroy the creature, and so Banner attempts to repair the device before time runs out for Gamma Base.moreless

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      • At the end of the episode, Betty accuses Dr. Proto of purposefully releasing the slime monster by not putting the stopper in its test tube. While Dr. Proto's reactions to the accusation back it up, logically, there are two things wrong with his confession.

        1.) Even though he said the creature could not eat through the specially prepared glass to contain it, what would stop it from eating through the rubber stopper of a test tube?

        2.) Dr. Proto could NOT have left the stopper off the test tube for two reasons. First, we see animation of someone putting a stopper in the test tube with the creature and storing it away in the refrigerator before it escapes. Second, when the slime creature is shown escaping from the test tube in the refrigerator its stored it, the stopper is clearly seen in the test tube AND it EATS through it to escape.

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      • This episode is available on the VHS The Incredible Hulk Triple Feature Volume 2.

      • Interestingly, Dennis Marks, who played Dr. Proto in this episode, also wrote the episode "Spidey Meets The Girl From Tomorrow" for Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends. That episode also featured Michael Bell reprising his role as Doctor Octopus.

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