With the world believing him to be dead, Dr. David Banner is on the run, trying to find a way to be cured of the transformation into the monster he calls The Hulk. Meanwhile, Dr. Banner lands a job at a ranch, where he befriends a young heiress. He notices that the woman is being given a questionable drug by her physician. He then overhears a plot to kill her so that her stepmother could gain an inheritance and learning that the recent death of the young woman's father was no accident.moreless
Dr. David Banner
Near the climax, the Hulk pulls out a tree stump and throws it at the overhead helicopter, smashing its tail rotor and sending it out of control. However, in the very next shot, as the chopper spirals around, the tail rotor can clearly be seen intact.
When Jack McGee arrives at the hospital and introduces himself, Jack Colvin's lines are noticeably dubbed in post-production, as they were in the Pilot, to change the name of the newspaper he works for to the National Register. Later, when he goes to the Sheriff's office, again his dialogue is dubbed in post-production (though less noticeably). However, his ID that he shows to the Sheriff does have National Register written on it, in a shot most likely filmed (as many close-up shots are) in post-production.
Alias: David Benton
Job: Fruit Picker
City/State: Everett, CA
In the close-up shots of the Hulk wrestling with the bear, you can see that the bear has green makeup smudged on its fur. Furthermore, prior to David "Hulking out" in the scene, although not explicitly shown, many of the close-up shots of David's face and the bear's arms, are quite clearly Bill Bixby wrestling with a man in a fur suit. And the "bear" that the Hulk throws through the air seems to be nothing more than a cheap child's toy, not even matching the build of the bear that the Hulk was wrestling with.
After Michael crosses the pond, watch carefully when Lou Ferrigno then leaps across the same pond with Julie in his arms. He and Julie are actually covered with quicksand from the scene that comes toward the end of the episode, and the Hulk is suddenly missing David's ripped shirt that he is seen "wearing" through the rest of the sequence. Furthermore, this is obviously a stand in double for the Hulk and Julie, and the Hulk's green body paint is visibly patchy and worn off over much of his torso.
David: (Denny hands David an envelope.) What's this?
Denny: That's your severance pay. You've ah... been severed.
(Jack McGee is on his way to see Julie)
Julie: It's that reporter again.
David: I know. I can't let him see me. He thinks that I'm dead.
Julie: (to Michael, as they both see the Hulk reverting to David) I guess we've all got our crosss to carry.
David: I thought Myostatin was a clear drug.
Maid: Who are you, Dr. Salk?
Michael: (to David, after learning that he becomes the Hulk) Oh boy, I sure wish I was you! There're some people I'd like to be mad at.
David: Michael, you don't wish you were me. It's like having a demon inside of you. Come on. We've got to keep going.
Julie: What's that, my medicine?
David: It's your poison.
Receptionist: Please check with the nurse on duty.
Jack McGee: Oh, I always do.
Michael: (to the Hulk) Are you real, or did you come out of this bottle?
(Sheriff Dobson has just received phone calls about the Hulk)
Sheriff Dobson: It's hard to believe that something like that's running around.
Jack McGee: Well, you'd better believe it. You're talking to an eyewitness.
Dr. Bonifant: You are a dangerous woman, Margaret.
Michael: (upon seeing the Hulk for the first time) Pink elephants is one thing. But this is something new.
Dr. Bonifant: (to Margaret) You are nothing, if not... thorough.
Margaret: (to David) Are you accusing Dr. Bonifant of malpractice?
Margaret: You don't expect a field hand to have any intimate knowledge of medicine or poisoning techniques.
John: Well, who is he? What is he?
Margaret: Dangerous. Or at least potentially dangerous.
(David is confronting Margaret regarding his suspicion about Dr. Bonifant)
Margaret: You're beginning to frighten me, Mr. Benton.
David:: I hope so!
(David looks at the name on the gravestone of Julie's deceased father, David Griffith)
David: That's my name.
Denny: Look, turkey, I don't want to get mad.
David: Believe me, neither do I.
(Margaret and Dr. Bonifant arrive at her house, only to spot the Hulk)
Margaret: Up there.
Dr. Bonifant: That's not Benton.
This episode is also known as "The Return Of The Incredible Hulk."
In this second pilot, there was a slightly different intro than in the regular series run:
"... an accidental explosion took the life of a fellow scientist and supposedly David Banner as well. The reporter thinks the creature is responsible (McGee: I gave a description to all the law enforcement agencies, they've got a warrant for murder out!) A murder David Banner can never prove he or the creature didn't commit; so he must let the world go on thinking that he too is dead until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him".
Lou Ferrigno once commented that the main reason he likes this episode is because of his chance to wrestle with a bear. The scene, however, was reportedly too difficult to shoot, as the bear kept knocking his Hulk wig off, and getting green makeup smudged on itself.
As with the Pilot, official feature-length and two-part versions of this story exist.
Fans of similar action-adventure shows will no doubt recognise William Daniels (Dr. Bonifant)'s voice being that of K.I.T.T. in 'Knight Rider' (1982-86).
Originally a 2 hour TV movie, but shown as 2 part episode in syndication.
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