The Incredible Hulk

Season 1 Episode 4

The Beast Within

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 17, 1978 on CBS
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While he is working at a zoo, Dr. David Banner meets a female scientist who is doing genetic research which could help him discover how to stop his unwanted transformations into the Hulk.

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  • David Banner, while working as a zookeeper, meets with a controversial veternarian studying aggression in animals. Her work is a scapegoat for a diamond smuggling operation by the head of the zoo.moreless

    This episode was pretty good. They tended to see what could make the Hulk appear in these early episodes, but I always enjoy the episodes where Banner meets someone who has the knowledge to help him out (whether directly or indirectly). The smuggling subplot worked out well, although the first Hulk-out, while amusing, was probably the weakest of the series, in my opinion. Bill Bixby and Caroline McWilliams have great chemistry, and Jack Colvin does a great job playing McGee, even though he is in one tiny scene in this episode. I was also amused when David is holding the tiger cub and when he is trying to leave, the cub wouldn't get off of his lap. Good episode.moreless
  • The Hulk vs. The Gorilla

    "The Beast Within" is a perfect example why the first season of "The Hulk" is the best of times and worst of times. A great script, genuine excitement and terrific chemistry among the leads is marred only by the element the series sought -- usually succeeding -- to avoid: pure cheese. The crime here is the Hulk's battle with an enraged gorilla, unfortunately one of the worst infractions of "an actor in a gorilla suit" to turn up on the tube since the days of Abbott and Costello.

    Otherwise, a first rate episode, the plot of "The Beast Within" is moved forward by Banner's quest to find a way to cure or control his afflication. That's a goal at the forefront of many first season episodes and one that noticeably fades in future seasons when Banner seems to wander aimlessly from town to town and conflict to conflict.

    Bixby deftly plays the relunctant leading man here and Caroline McWilliams is great as the female lead.moreless

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