The Incredible Hulk

Season 3 Episode 22

Nine Hours

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 04, 1980 on CBS
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To save the lives of a reformed gangster and a kidnapped boy, David turns to an alcoholic ex-policeman for help.

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  • Banner and his alter ego have only nine hours to rescue a kidnapped boy from the clutches of mafia thugs.

    Episode writer and director Nicholas Corea earn credit for moxie with this outing. There's a great deal of ambition in the script, which finds Banner once again at the center of a morality play that throws in everything but the kitchen sink: a drunken former cop, mafia thugs, a cute kid and a single mom. Bixby even gets to dust off his John Wayne impression that first brought a smile to our face when he was attempting to woo Mariette Hartley in the second season opener "Married."

    But, alas, Corea's own direction is off here. Several scenes come off a bit on the goofy side and there are some downright bizarre elements of style here. Notably, the Hulk's rampage through the streets in search of the mobsters who've just kidnapped the son of Banner's neighbor (Sheila Larken), is one big build up to nothing. Marc Alaimo (in his third guest appearance) does as good a job as he can with the material and, as usual, the entire cast is the strongest point of this episode. The plot, however, fails to live up to its promise.moreless
  • David has to save two lives at the same time.

    A gangster in a hospital who is in protective custody is turning evidence on his old partners. The gangsters kidnap a friend of David's child to force David to open the hospital to let them in to kill their former leader. David is the hospital maintenance man. David seeks help from a former policeman who is an alcoholic battling his own past but is familiar with all the gangsters. After the Hulk fails to stop the boys kidnapping David races to try to save the head gangster and the former cop tries to get to the kid and rescue him to keep David from having to let the hoods kill their man.moreless
Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Joe Franco

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Sheila Larken

Sheila Larken

Rhonda Wilkes

Guest Star

Doris Dowling

Doris Dowling

Mrs. Garstone

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