The Incredible Hulk

Season 5 Episode 7

A Minor Problem

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

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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."

    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)."
  • 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.

    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!
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