The Six Million Dollar Man

Season 2 Episode 20

The Bionic Woman (2)

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Mar 23, 1975 on ABC
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The Bionic Woman (2)
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With Jaime adjusting to her bionics, Oscar wants to use Jaime to infiltrate a counterfeit ring and steal the counterfeit plates lock in their vault. Steve is adamantly opposed, but Jaime's bionic hearing is the only way to successfully open it the vault. Jaime's body seems to be rejecting her bionics, but does not tell anyone. After the mission the rejection worsens and leads her to run aimlessly. Steve tracks her down and brings her to Rudy, but there is nothing he can do and Jaime dies.moreless

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  • It's been fun...lot's of laughs, Jamie...

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    One of the perks of being a hunky male star of an action-adventure series in the 70's is that you get a lot of female love interests from week to week. That was just common practice. The writer of this episode Kenneth Johnson knew that going in. Lindsay Wagner was a guest star. Jamie was a temporary character. But now, she was marrying Steve. So, what did that mean? Well, we can't very well have Steve Austin, hearthrob to millions of women getting tied down now, can we? When the story picks up, Jamie and Steve are having a chat about the strings attatched to her re-construction, and the dangers involved. After this, they go for a bionic run. Helen, spots her son and fiance running and jumping at 50 MPH, and sort of freaks. Um, Mom, I kinda have something to tell you. Remember that little crash I had?..well. After this scene, Oscar cathes up to them. Verona has himself another 20 dollar bill plate to replace the one that Steve stole. They need to get it back. It's time for Jamie to pay the piper. As Oscar predicted, Steve objects, big time. Jamie, however, feels honor bound to fulfill her obligation to Oscar, and agrees to the mission. Jamie fails to tell Steve that she's having more problems. Her arm keeps quivering uncontrollably. This results in slightly botching up the mission, and setting of alarms. But they get away, just barely, with the plate, and Verona is killed by his own henchman. Once back home, Jamie and Helen start going over the wedding plans. Her quivers are escalating to slitting headaches and extreme mood swings. Later, at a tennis game between the engaged couple, Jamie, suffering pains explodes at Steve, and bionicly hurls her racket at Steve. It misses his head by inches, and is now embedded in the steel mesh fence pole. Bringing jamie to Rudy, they discover a huge blood clot in an artery in her brain. Her entire immune system is rejecting her bionics. Before they can get her on the operating table, Jamie, suffering from blinding pain, starts tearing the hospital apart, and runs out into the stormy night. Steve chases after her through the pouring rain, thunder and lightning. Jamie is in an excrusiating blind haze, desperatly calling out for Steve, leaving a path of destruction, and a trail easy for Steve to follow. He finally finds her, just before she collapses. Back at the hospital, Rudy rushes against hope to save her life, but already she has a massive cerebral hemmorage. Steve can only watch as Jamie slips away on the table, and as the flatline sound rings from the heart moniter, he holds her for one last goodbye. I can tell you, not a dry eye in the house. No doubt, what was supposed to happen was that the audience, after crying for a bit, would be depressed, but tune in gleefully for the next show, remembering the episode as no doubt emotional, but nonetheless, just a very special episode in the bunch. And that may have been the case, if something extrodinary hadn't happened. So powerful and magneting and charming was Lindsay Wagner's portrayal, so likeable was jamie Sommers as a character, and so heartfelt and exeptional was the story, that audiences simply fell head over heels with Jamie, and when she died...a savge letter writing protest ensued. The viewers were furious! How dare they kill off Jamie. There were even death threats, seriously! Over a fictional character. Never was it in the minds of the producer and writer that this would happen. Now they faced a dillema. They had created and murdered a character, that they now faced a challange of resurrecting. They had a whole summer hiatus to figure out how to do it. I still love this episode. It will always be one of my favorite stories of any program that I have watched and loved since. Wagner is so convincing in her scenes conveying the agony she goes through. And the chase in the storm! yeah, I know now, in todays viewings the slo-mo can get on your nerves. And no doubt they let the film run that way a bit longer than they should have in some shots. I don't care. It's still very emotional and heartpounding to watch. And even though, today, everybody knows she comes back, her death is still very sad, and still brings a tear to the eye.moreless
Lee Majors

Lee Majors

Colonel Steve Austin

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

Oscar Goldman

Alan Oppenheimer

Alan Oppenheimer

Dr. Rudy Wells (2nd Pilot - Season 2)

Malachi Throne

Malachi Throne

Joseph Wrona

Guest Star

Martha Scott

Martha Scott

Helen Elgin

Guest Star

Ford Rainey

Ford Rainey

Jim Elgin

Guest Star

Lindsay Wagner

Lindsay Wagner

Jaime Sommers

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    • Steve: Jaime...
      Jaime: Steve, Oscar and Rudy made me bionic. They saved my life; now I'm going to return that favor.
      Steve: You haven't had enough time to get used to the bionics.
      Jaime: I perform very well under pressure! And you know I've been up against some very stiff competition.
      Steve: Jaime, this is no tennis match! You hit a ball into this net and you'll get your head blown off!
      Jaime: Well, then, I'll just have to aim high and serve nothing but aces.
      Steve: No deal, Jaime.
      Jaime: You can't speak for me. And you can't change the obligation I feel to Oscar and Rudy and the government for making me whole again. I gotta pay my own way.

    • Steve: Now Jaime's going to be my wife, and I'm not gonna let you run her life like... like...
      Oscar: Like we agreed?
      Steve: What?
      Oscar: I told you it was gonna be like this, pal. I agreed to make Jaime bionic - with strings attached, remember?
      Steve: I know, Oscar, but...
      Oscar: I came through for you, pal. How 'bout you backin' me up now?
      Steve: Oscar, I know what I said, but I can't let her do it. Can't you see? I can't!
      Oscar: We made an agreement.
      Steve: Oscar, I... look I'd do anything in the world for you... for Washington. But I can't let Jaime get into that kind of danger!
      Oscar: You gave me your word.
      Steve: Oscar don't you understand? I can't...
      Jaime: Gentlemen... I'm sorry, but I couldn't help overhearing your conversation. The... uh... bionic ear you both gave me.

    • Jaime: C'mon, I'll race you back to the ranch, lazybones.
      Steve: What about the horses?
      Jaime: Well, I'll race them too.
      Steve: All right, you asked for it.

    • Jaime: Steve... something that Oscar said back there kinda set me thinking...
      Steve: What's that?
      Jaime: Well, about how... uh... my Blue Cross didn't cover bionic reconstruction. Now, who's footing that bill?
      Steve: Uncle Sam.
      Jaime: Well, that's what I thought, but... uh... what exactly is it that Uncle Sam expects in return?
      Steve: Well, I guess he wants you to be part of the team.
      Jaime: How many people are on the team?
      Steve: Well, Oscar's the head coach, and, so far, I'm the only player.
      Jaime: I guess the stakes are pretty high then, huh?
      Steve: Yeah... very high.

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