Wonder Woman

Season 1 Episode 1

Wonder Woman Meets Baroness Von Gunther

Aired Unknown Apr 21, 1976 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Steve Trevor battles for his life and his career when he's accused of espionage and treason in relation to a series of military missions that have gone awry due to acts of sabotage. Investigating the situation and determined to clear the man she loves, Wonder Woman learns that Trevor is being framed by a Nazi spy ring.moreless

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  • Wonder Woman Meets Baroness Von Gunther


    Got to say I was disappointed with this ep, it seems pretty pointless. We have the 'cute kid' syndrome and that's never good. Steve Trevor knocked out again whilst WW starts her long tradition of being gassed, chloroformed and chained up We also have her doing her imtiation once more. Very little to recommend it at all. 3/10

  • Wonder Woman meets up with an old foe.

    Christine Bedford as "Von Gunther" is a great combination of bad girl and class. Her acting is sufficient for the role, although her attempts at an accent are inconsistent and she seems nervous at times while speaking. Lynda Carter has barely anything to do compared to Bedford and Lyle Waggoner. The action sequences aren't fantastic, but the production staff was trying out some new things, so it's understandable. Bradford Dillman as "Arthur Deal" turns in probably the strongest performance in episode, with the right balance of humor and drama in his characterizations. Why there is a child hanging around a women's prison is somewhat puzzling, however. The episode moves a bit too slowly - almost deliberately commented on as Wonder Woman casually jogs up the road to save Steve.moreless
  • Diana Prince and Steve Trevor are required to investigate a Nazi spy ring by interviewing an imprisoned ex-Nazi named Paula Von Gunther. A corrupt prison official and the adventurous ten-year-old son of the warden lead our heroes into a web of trouble.moreless

    This episode is a nice even-tempered chapter that sets up the basic formula for the entire first season of the series. The story itself is a bit more complex than I would have given this show credit for, but it is hardly what I would call brain-food.

    I especially enjoyed the fact that the villain in this episode is Paula Von Gunther, a reoccurring character from the original Wonder Woman comics crafted by Charles Moulton.

    There are a couple of missteps here though. Firstly, there is the idea that Wonder Woman would leave her magic lasso in the care of a ten-year-old. Now while I realize that she is fresh off the plane (as it were) from Paradise Island, I refuse to believe that her naivete would allow her to be so completely trusting that she would leave her prized weapon in a pair of unreliable hands.

    There is also a pretty rough blooper towards the very end. After an embarrassingly silly scene involving WW and Paula Von Gunther rolling down a hill together, Wonder Woman makes a comment using knowledge that only Diana was privy to (regarding a book about democracy that Von Gunther had been reading). Steve Trevor is present during this slip of the lip, but do you think he picks up on it? Nope. Still, this is a decent episode and firmly sets the stage of events that construct the framework for the entire first season.

Lyle Waggoner

Lyle Waggoner

Major Steve Trevor/Colonel Steve Trevor, Jr.

Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter

Princess Diana/(Yeoman) Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

Beatrice Colen

Beatrice Colen

Private Etta Candy (1976-1977)

Richard Eastham

Richard Eastham

General Philip Blankenship (1976-1977)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • This was the first episode to feature Beatrice Colen as Etta Candy. She was previously on "Happy Days" in a recurring role of the waitress, Marsha Simms.

    • Though the baroness is described as a Nazi sympathizer operating in the U.S., she is confined in what appears to be a normal American prison. We know that she has assistance on the inside, yet it still appears that her movements are largely unrestricted normally. A Nazi spy would likely be confined in a more secure facility, such as a military prison.

    • Wonder Woman uses her power to mimic voices in this episode. This time, she imitates General Blankenship.

    • When Wonder Woman rescues Tommy from the railing, her magic lasso seems to lenghten to almost 50 feet as it reaches from her to the ground.

    • Paula asks the young Sherlock Holmes fan, Tommy, what book he's reading and he replies "Hound of the Bastervilles" - with a 't' instead of a 'k'.

    • Goof: In the first spinning transformation sequence of the episode, Wonder Woman's bracelets fail to materialize - she is not wearing them when she leaves the office.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Wonder Woman: It looks as if you're going to have more time to read about democracy, Baroness. Lucky you find it so fascinating. Perhaps now, you will appreciate it, and learn from your unwomanly mistakes.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The estate used as the home of Arthur Deal was also used in the 1980 film 9 to 5 as the home of Mr. Hart played by Dabney Coleman.

    • Christian Juttner who appeared as "Tommy" in the episode was fresh off the set of an odd little Disney featured entitled, The Boy Who Talked to Badgers.