The Incredible Hulk: Season 1, Episode 2

Death in the Family (27 Nov. 1977)

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Dr. David Banner tries to find out why, when he is under stress or pressure, he turns into a giant, green, violent monster.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Colvin ...
Laurie Prange ...
Julie Griffith
Margaret Griffith
John McLiam ...
Dr. John Bonifant
Denny Kayle
Victor Mohica ...
Robert Phillips ...
Ann Weldon ...
1st Nurse
Linda Wiser ...
2nd Nurse
Lab Technician
Janet Adams ...
3rd Nurse


When David makes his way to a hospital that has a machine that might be able to help him with his problem--turning into the Hulk. He meets a young woman who's crippled and collapses. He brings her to her house and David can't help but notice that the treatment her doctor is giving her is strange. And when David starts asking questions, her step-mother tries to get rid of him. Written by

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Driven by rage. Pursued by an investigative reporter. Wanted for a murder he didn't commit. See more »





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The Hulk was inspired by Frankenstein. In this episode, Hulk meets and old drunk hermit, an encounter reminiscent of the monster's encounter with an old blind man who shows him kindness. That scene was also included in the film The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and parodied in Young Frankenstein (1974). See more »


When the Hulk is bending over to pull the stump out of the ground, a portion of his lower back not covered with the green makeup is exposed. See more »


Dr. David Bruce Banner: Julie, I think the whole thing is pschycological.
Juliet Griffith: Now why would I not want to walk?
Dr. David Bruce Banner: I don't know. You loved your dad a lot. Maybe you feel guilty because he died and you didn't.
Juliet Griffith: Oh come on, that has nothing to do with it. I mean why would it be my legs anyway?
Dr. David Bruce Banner: Guilt! People have lost things they love because of guilt! Painters have lost their eyesight. It does happen.
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Followed by The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988) See more »

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notorious for the grizzly scene
29 April 2013 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

The second episode and again full feature length of 95 minutes. Now that Dr Banner knows he's in trouble with is body as seen in episode one he wanders around searching for a hospital to find out what went wrong and to solve his disease. He can't use his real name and hitchhike across the country. When going into a field to pick a fresh orange he sees a girl falling, picks her up and takes her to a nearby mansion.

The girl getting medication, being a doctor, David notice that the drug being given never can be the colour it has. Something's wrong so he has to save the girl.

David of course get in trouble and changes a few times into the Hulk. Notorious is the scene with the grizzly bear. A must see for all fans. It's a bit slower than episode one but still it's watchable for the time it was made. Excellent performance by Bill Bixby.

Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5

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