The Incredible Hulk

Season 5 Episode 7

A Minor Problem

Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 12, 1982 on CBS
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Episode Summary

David enters a small deserted town that has been affected by bacteria. Now he must find an antidote for those who have been exposed to the plague--including himself.

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  • David "Bradshaw," while looking for a job with a laboratory, stumbles upon a deserted town contaminated with bacteria e coli. This is later to be revealed as an attempted cover up of an alleged chlorine leak, which they're calling "a minor problem."moreless

    This is actually a mildly entertaining episode, and pretty good for the drop in the quality of the writing at this point in the series. The episode starts out great, then sort of tails off. The story is very interesting, and suspenseful enough for me to give it a good rating overall.

    David "Bradshaw" has entered a deserted town hoping to continue on his quest for a cure by taking a job with a local laboratory as a lab assistant. He finds the lab, and later the town, to be deserted. As he is trying to figure out what in the world is going on, he is surprised to find a beautiful young woman pointing a rifle at him.

    She tells him that her name is Patty Knowlton, and she is a little suspicious because of corruption in the lab. There was a leak of bacteria e coli, and the lab's proprietors have paid authorities to look the other way. They're covering the situation up as a chlorine leak, calling it "a minor problem."

    Later, discovering David's not one of the bad guys, Patty joins him in a race against time in getting documentation of their negligence and getting to a hospital for treatment. The acting was excellent, the beginning was very good, too, but the ending leaves the audience hanging. Kind of like the series finished open-ended, this episode was really never brought to a satisfactory conclusion. It's pretty ironic the way the last episode ended pretty much the way the series did. It's also a crying shame that such a great series had to end with no closure on such an unsatisfactory note. It was, however, as one of the writers of the show said, "not because of us (the producers of the series)."moreless
  • Very good beginning to the episode. Dr. Banner has a lonely one to talk to. Shows him kicking out his cooking spot. Really can understand how lonely his life is.moreless

    Well done...always enjoy references to writers and producers. Story line typical of stories of the time...deserted towns...mysteries. Surprising that is was not radiation...usually is. Nice touch was the dog...everyone loves a cute pooch. Nice thought to have a town common is that anymore? Almost felt like Sheriff Taylor should show up. As usual there is a beautiful woman in the show. Very typical - strong and beautiful.

    One question..if the town is so advanced with the research center, then why was the appliance store so simple? Of course, in this day and age, e-coli is not so foreign to us. We have to worry about it in fast food!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Patty: I'm sorry, David.
      David: What did you do this time?
      Patty: For being so suspicious of you.
      David: That's understandable.

    • Tom: What if it's like they said? What if that chlorine they leaked is dangerous?
      Mark: (to Rita) The voice of doom.

    • Mark: I took a chemistry course at city college.
      Rita: Which you flunked.

    • Patty: What are you doing here?
      Rita: What do you think we're doing here? The same thing you and your friend are doing here. Unfortunately, me and my friends got here first.

    • (David and Patty are listening to the radio)
      Reporter: But, Mr. Cunningham, wouldn't you call a chlorine leak a major catastrophe?
      Cunningham: No, not in this case. Just a major inconvenience.

    • Cunningham: Now look, Patty, I see you're not feeling very well. So why don't you give me those papers, and we'll get you all to a hospital.

    • (Cunningham and his men arrive at the evacuated town)
      Sperling: Damn, it's quiet.
      Jordan: Yeah, no welcoming committee, huh, Mr. Cunningham?

    • David: Why is the town evacuated?
      Patty: I'm sure Mr. Cunningham has already explained all that to you.
      David: I don't know any Cunningham.
      Patty: Right. And, uh, of course you don't know about-what did Cunningham call it? A minor problem.

    • Rita: A little chlorine never hurt anyone.

  • NOTES (4)

    • There have been conflicting accounts as to why the series was canceled (a slip in the ratings, increasing budget, etc.). However, producer Kenneth Johnson blames the show's demise on Harvey Sheppard, who was head of CBS programming at the time. He has maintained that the cancellation resulted from Sheppard's belief that there were no more seasons left in the series, although it was still doing well in the ratings, and there were already seven filmed episodes that had not yet aired. Johnson tried to persuade Sheppard to buy six more episodes, so that there would be at least a half season of new episodes, but Sheppard refused. In addition, according to Lou Ferrigno's autobiography "My Incredible Life as the Hulk," Bill Bixby talked to rival networks ABC and NBC about picking up the series, but was unsuccessful.

    • As a result of the show's unexpected cancellation, this was the last episode in the series.

    • Nancy Lee Grahn (Patty Knowlton) was actually credited as Nancy Grahn.

    • David's confirmation letter for his job interview was signed by Stefanie Leder. Obviously, this is a partial in-joke reference to Reuben Leder, who wrote for the series.


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