The Incredible Hulk

Season 1 Episode 7

Never Give A Trucker An Even Break

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 28, 1978 on CBS
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While working for a female truck driver, David gets involved in her quest for revenge against the hijacker that stole her father's rig.

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  • Banner Plays Cat and Mouse with a Semi

    This episode was one of my favorites from the first season. The storyline is simple enough--David Banner helps a woman truck driver in need. There are lots of actions scenes as the protagonists chase Banner and his friend through the high desert of southern California.

    An interesting feature of this episode is its "stock footage." Most of the scenes where the truck and car are in pursuit of each other come from one of Steven Spielberg's first movies, Duel. Having seen Duel several times, it's comical to see how the directors of this episode try to hide Dennis Weaver's face and make it appear that either David Banner or the woman is driving the car.

    All in all it is a fun episode and should be enjoyed by viewers of all ages.moreless
  • The Hulk vs. the phone booth

    Another example of the series "lifting" from prior films (this time Steven Spielberg's "Duel"), the gambit falls flat and ends up embarrassing an otherwise worthy series.

    Banner and a female acquaintance (the grating Jennifer Darling) are trying to outrun the baddies who've stashed a fortune of stolen goods in a diesel truck. Entertaining primarily for Banner's "everday frustation" at an operator while in a phone booth, the Hulk satisfyingly remedies the situation. But, alas, the rest of the season ends up being too much of a stretch built around stock footage from the earlier movie, which, by the way, incensed Spielberg.

    We were incensed, too, but only because the episode wasn't all that good.

Grand L. Bush

Grand L. Bush


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Peggy Doyle

Peggy Doyle

Woman At Gas Station

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Don Starr

Don Starr


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Most of the chase scene footage seen during this episode is taken from Steven Speilberg's made for TV movie "Duel" (1971) starring Dennis Weaver.

    • After the first appearance of the Hulk, when Ted and Mike are taking off in the truck to go after Joanie, Ted (for some inexplicable reason) hits Mike's car a second time. This is footage that is replayed from the first time when Joanie hit his car, but from a different angle.

    • David finds a pay phone outside of the bad guys warehouse. While on the phone with an operator, she asks for the number of the phone he is calling from. He panics and says the number is scratched out. The next close up shot of David dialing another number clearly shows the number is not scratched out at all.

    • The train scene starts out with the train engine being red. It turns out to be yellow as it crosses the road intersection.

    • At the end the red mopar hits the big rig head on. In the next scene it is being pushed off the side of the cliff broadsided.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode features chase footage from the 1971 TV-movie Duel. Aggravated by this discovery, the film's writer/director, Steven Spielberg, insisted that all his future contracts list a clause that would protect his movies from being used as stock footage.