The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 4, Episode 7

The Bionic Boy (7 Nov. 1976)

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In special two-hour show of "The Six Million Dollar Man", Andy Shefield has been injured in a landslide that also killed his controversial father. OSI chooses the youth to receive atomic/... See full summary »

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In special two-hour show of "The Six Million Dollar Man", Andy Shefield has been injured in a landslide that also killed his controversial father. OSI chooses the youth to receive atomic/bionic implants that will restore his paralyzed legs. The result is superhuman strength in those legs. Andy immediately uses this new power to do what he can to restore the good name of his father. Once he gets in over his head, Colonel Steve Austin comes to his aid. Written by <keatho@yahoo.com>

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There was a bit concern, since in the script everyone has to sing "Happy Birthday" to the Bionic Boy, but Universal didn't want to pay for the royalties, so writer Tom Greene came up with a clever alternative at the last minute. He had the cake show up near the end of the scene, and have Andy's sister say: "Well we already sang happy birthday because we thought the cake was never going to get here." To give it some heart when his sister is about to light the candles Andy says: "Please don't. Then I'll have to blow them out and when you blow out candles then you have to make a wish. I can't wish for anything more than I have here right now. So let's just eat the cake." See more »

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Andy had only seen Steve perform bionically just the one time before he first asks him about his bionic limbs, so presumably Andy would have no way of knowing that just Steve's right arm was bionic, and not both arms. See more »

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Spun-off from The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »

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Decent 2 Hour Bionic Episode, But Lacking in Action
31 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know why the IMDb listed this episode separate from the Six Million Dollar Man series, but I will say that the Bionic Boy is a good story. It has Steve Austin going to a small town and helping a teenage boy named Andy played by Vincent Van Patten learn how to adjust to his new Bionic Implants in his legs. It's a good story in that we see a boy's dream come true in meeting his football hero, Frank Gifford and getting to play football again. It's also a delight to see Knots Landing's Joan Van Ark as Andy's older sister. The only gripe I have about this episode is that this is a story with no real villains or attempted kidnappings. But I guess it's okay to get away from that once in a while. We also see Greg Evigan, future star of BJ and the Bear as a high school football jock and Andy's rival.

On the plus side, the Bionic Boy is a special 2 hour episode along with the Thunderbird Connection in season four of the Six Million Dollar Man series. And a good recommended episode.


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