Wonder Woman

Season 1 Episode 6

Wonder Woman vs. Gargantua!

Aired Unknown Dec 18, 1976 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Amazon Princess must fight a Nazi-controlled gorilla who has been trained to retrieve a defecting agent whose knowledge poses a threat to Hitler's agenda.

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  • I Wanna Be Gretchen Corbett

    After watching this episode, I want to do a marathon across the country as a blonde-haired Wonder Woman like Gretchen Corbett while raising money to aid victims of recent tragedies in Massachusetts, Texas, Arizona and elsewhere. I would love wearing that breastplate, control belt, feel-good underwear and pantyhose for all eternity! I get tingles just thinking about wearing the costume.
  • Wonder Heart

    This is a Wonder Woman meets King Kong-ish episode.The Nazis have used training and brainwashing to make a warrior gorilla hate Wonder Woman. When they encounter each other and battle Wonder Woman is able to change his ways by showing him love and respect! It's a very touching episode for back in the day.
  • So bad it's not true

    Wonder Woman vs Gargantua

    So bad it's not true, might have worked better with a more convincing gorilla but I doubt it. I keep expecting it to act out the famous sketch from 'Not the Nine O'Clock News'. Guest-starring John Hillerman of Magnum PI fame, weird to hear him talk with his American accent when you're so used to him as a stuffy Englishman. Very, VERY, weird clip of this on Youtube manipulated to give a radically different spin to WW's struggle with the ape. To judge by some of the comments on YouTube and IMDB a lot of people rather like this sort of thing, GOT-fetishists. Another WW double. She shows her affinity with animals for the first time


  • You'll think you're seeing Jane Curtin in that Wonder Woman suit...but you're not! It's actress Gretchen Corbett, who is playing an imitation WW as she brings in a gorilla from the jungle to do her dirty work...moreless

    Gretchen Corbett is as very convincing--and sexy--as Lynda Carter in her own Wonder Woman suit, which is what raises the wow factor for this episode. Corbett wears that strapless halter, tiara and star-spangled panties as if she were born to wear them, which raises speculation as to just how well a blond Wonder Woman would have played out. If Corbett would somehow ditch the German dialect completely, she would be the perfect WW, just like Carter. I am surprised Corbett wasn't hired to be Carter's stunt double. I am equally amazed at how Gretchen Corbett manages to be a dead ringer of actress Jane Curtin, whom I thought was wearing that WW costume! An overall great and memorable episode.moreless
  • Its Murders In The Rue Morgue – Wonder Woman style! Those nefarious Nazis have unveiled their most hideous scheme to date – they are making a man dress up in a terrible party-store gorilla costume and wrestle with Lynda Carter! What dastardly villainy!moreless

    The comic book geek in me desperately wants to find something redeemable about this episode. But the only silk purse to come out of this sow’s ear is the ineffable beauty of Lynda Carter, whose screen presence never ceases to amaze me. But outside of that, this episode is pretty corny, even by comic book standards. The Nazis using a costumed super-gorilla trained to attack cardboard cut-outs of Wonder Woman simply smacks of material better suited for the Adam West Batman series. And let me tell you, Gargantua, the Super-Gorilla looks bloody awful! This costume is so incredibly fake looking that it makes the ape prosthetics from the old Planet Of The Apes flicks look like a Steven Spielberg movie. There is even this really laughable scene, wherein Wonder Woman befriends the psychotic simian and later greets him as Diana Prince. She lowers her glasses slightly and Gargantua RECOGNIZES that it is Wonder Woman. Even Steve Trevor hasn’t been able to figure that one out! And he’s an Air Force Major! That’s pretty sad Steve when even gorillas prove to be more perceptive than you. Still, the episode can be fun to watch, and even more fun to mock. I still give it above-average marks despite the sheer stupidity of it.moreless
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)

Robert Loggia

Robert Loggia

Hans Eichler

Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

Gretchen Corbett

Erica Belgard

Guest Star

John Hillerman

John Hillerman

Conrad Steigler

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • After throwing Hans and Carl around, Wonder Woman runs after them, presumably to tie them up with her magic lasso. However, when she throws the lasso it captures Erica, whom she was standing next to only seconds before.

    • Goof: In the scene where Erica is telling Hans her plan to use Gargantua to capture Wonder Woman, she is standing outside the gorilla's cage where there is a life-size cutout of Wonder Woman just within reach. However, when Erica walked to the cage moments before, the cutout was nowhere to be seen.

    • The picture of Wonder Woman that Erica gives Gargantua in order to reprogram him is a still from the episode "Beauty on Parade".

    • In the previous epsiode, Drusilla says the first thing an Amazon learns is to never talk about Paradise Island. In this episode, along with several later ones, Wonder Woman talks about it freely, as though it is common knowledge that she is from Paradise Island.

    • When Gargantua kidnaps Steigler, the 1st MP comes in the room and presses the red emergency button on the wall. Seconds later, the 2nd MP comes in and the red button has vanished and is not there for the rest of the scene.

    • Why don't the MPs shoot at Gargantua when he abducts Steigler--like the sergeant does when Wonder Woman and Gargantua are fighting?

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Steve: (about Gargantua) He must have sensed you wouldn't have hurt him.
      Wonder Woman: It's just a little kindness and tenderness and love that transcends those barriers with animals. And with people.
      Steve: Wonder Woman, you're amazing.

  • NOTES (0)


    • King Kong
      General Blankenship: It's like something out of a King Kong movie.

      The 1933 movie King Kong was about a gigantic gorilla who is found by a film crew living on an uncharted island. The movie, filmed in black & white, starred Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot.

    • Gargantua

      The Renaissance writer Francois Rabelais wrote a series of books entitled Gargantua and Pantagruel. In the books, Gargantua was a giant with a gigantic appetite.