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
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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
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
Spun-off from The Six Million Dollar Man