The Incredible Hulk: Season 2, Episode 5

A Child in Need (20 Oct. 1978)

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Working as a groundskeeper at an elementary school, David 'Baxter' suspects one schoolboy of being a victim of child abuse.

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Working as a groundskeeper at an elementary school, David 'Baxter' suspects one schoolboy of being a victim of child abuse.

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Mark Hollinger: Mr. Baxter... the green man, it was you.
Dr. David Bruce Banner: Yes.
Mark Hollinger: How?
Dr. David Bruce Banner: It's rather difficult to explain.
Mark Hollinger: You change?
Dr. David Bruce Banner: Yes.
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Great episode
24 August 2007 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

While working as a grounds keeper David befriends a boy who he suspects is a victim of child abuse. Needless to say the boy is indeed such a victim and David's alter ego surfaces to teach the abuser a lesson he'll never forget.

Season 1 of The Incredible Hulk had some solid stories but they didn't follow any particular pattern (except for the transformations of course). Season 2 opted for a lot of social commentaries to drive forward the story lines. On his endless quest for a cure David encountered an alcoholic and substance abuser ("Alice in Disco Land"), delved into the world of violent sports ("Killer Instinct"), got to know the hardship of life in the ghetto ("Like a Brother"), the powerlessness of ordinary folks against big evil corporations ("Vendetta Road"), the lengths people will go to to boost a dying resort community ("The Antowuk Horror") and other things. A Child in Need explored the (then) risky topic of child abuse.

Banner discovers that the child's father is beating him and his mother and the school nurse is unwilling to report the situation to the authorities. When he clearly hears the beatings going on from outside he's only greeted with closed doors from the entire neighborhood.

This is a first class episode from this solid adventure series. The subject matter is handled gracefully and (in spite of a rather too feel good ending) makes an impact. Bixby is terrific as Banner and the Hulk scenes are outstanding.

A definite must see episode if you like The Incredible Hulk.


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