Wonder Woman

Season 2 Episode 2

Anschluss '77

Aired Unknown Sep 23, 1977 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Wonder Woman is called upon to battle a new and more terrifying Nazi menace when she and Steve Trevor are assigned to investigate a reunion of expatriate Nazis on a small tropical island.

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  • Where there's WW there's Nazis!

    Anschluss 77

    Where there's Wonder Woman there has to be Nazis off course! Once again a very real concern in the 70s with the rise of the neo-Nazi movement and many Nazis still hiding out in South and Central America, the Irish Free State and elsewhere . This ep contains the famous scene where Lynda Carter dangles from the helicopter rather than her stunt double, even today it's an impressive and gutsy thing to watch. One hilarious aspect is that the one Nazi who has had his leg regrown is the only one to be rather conveniently wearing a rather effeminate pair of shorts. Also they decide that rather than to just shoot Diana Prince they'll tie her up (again!) and set off some dynamite in true Penelope Pitstop style. We have the very unusual sight of WW disguising herself as a nurse, something of a rarity, it's normally Diana Prince who assumes the disguises. Does she kill Hitler? Arguably yes. We also have the most graphic ever example of her strength, able to defeat a tank. WW's return is worldwide news with her featured on the cover of Time/Tempo. Once again Steve's dad is referred to in the past tense whilst Jo Atkinson refers to serving in the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the CIA. Anschluss is the term used to denote the unification of Nazi Germany with Austria in the 30s as featured in the Sound of Music. Interesting to compare this ep with some episodes of The New Avengers which also deal with Nazis, clones and suspended animation. It also marks the introduction of the unseen President (a southerner, like Jimmy Carter) briefing the team very much in the style of the contemporary Charlie's Angels. I always thought that if there's a new Wonder Woman series she should save the life of an unseen and unnamed US president who in the last scene is revealed to be Lynda Carter, the secretary from the 1940s now the most powerful person in the world. Steve actually proves himself pretty useful here which makes a nice change, acting more as a team with WW than just needing to be rescued. WW uses acupuncture skill much as Xena will later utilise. One scene I'd have liked to see would have been Diana meeting up with a US goverment scientist and recognising him as a Nazi war criminal she tangled with in the 40s, now resettled Dr Strangelove style in the US and his past covered up by the goverment keen to exploit his genius.


  • A very nice episode from the first season.

    The Nazi plotline mirrors the ABC season here. However, contrary to the ABC years, the camp value is kept very low.

    The episode contains some fun partner action for Steve and Diana. Waggoner especially gets lots to do and has a suspenseful turn as a Nazi trainee. Barry Dennen as "Hitler" is an amazingly committed performance that is downright eerie at times. Carter's flashback scene regarding the War is quite poignant and done very well. Lots of extras were hired for the episode and they all perform their sequences with the great earnestness.

    Great consistency and action sequences here - a very well-balanced episode.moreless
Lyle Waggoner

Lyle Waggoner

Major Steve Trevor/Colonel Steve Trevor, Jr.

Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter

Princess Diana/(Yeoman) Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

Norman Burton

Norman Burton

Joe Atkinson

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: The time limit stated by a Nazi to Wonder Woman/Diana before an explosion was two minutes but it was much shorter than that going by onscreen action.

    • Joe's daughter, who lives in Los Angeles, is first mentioned in this episode. She will play a major role the season two episode, "The Pied Piper".

    • Goof: When we enter the Doctor's cloning lab for the first time, watch the top right of your screen to see the shadow of a camera on a crane slowly drop into view.

    • In the scene where Wonder Woman hangs underneath the helicopter as it flies off, that is actually Lynda Carter, who plays Wonder Woman, you see and not a stunt double!

    • Joe Atkinson mentions that during World War II, he was an agent in the O.S.S. intelligence service.

    • This is the only episode to have received an Emmy nomination on the entire run. Donfeld was nominated for his outstanding costume design.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Steve: I thought Captain Gaitan was gonna meet us here.
      Diana: He probably thought the plane we were on wasn't gonna make it.
      Steve: I had my doubts about that too, and the bus. (laughs)

    • Steve: As far as I'm concerned, Wonder Woman's back and...
      Diana: Steve Trevor's got her?
      Steve: Don't I wish!

    • Joe: So he was cloned and uncloned?
      Steve: That's it.
      Joe: And Wonder Woman helped you find the secret Nazi base?
      Steve: She was even there for the uncloning though, by that time, she had changed into a medical technican...
      Diana: ...and subsequently destroyed the lab.
      Joe: Well, it's your report, not mine.

    • Steve: It's perfect. How's you do that?
      Wonder Woman: Well, it's similar to acupuncture... pressure applied to nerve endings. I learned it centuries ago from an old Chinese doctor.
      Steve: Centuries ago? He taught you well...

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