The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)
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A Child in Need 

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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20 October 1978 (USA)  »

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This installment was actually filmed in the first season. It was placed on hold due to the subject matter at the time [ie child abuse]. You can easily tell its a first season by Lou Ferrigno's makeup and fright wig. His fright wig during the first season was green and black. It was also longer in the back. And Lou was more Neanderthal looking. See more »


When David is saying goodbye to Mark, his mom, and the school nurse at the end, he takes one last shot at the basketball hoop. As he is doing this, a police officer can clearly be seen behind him down the street, likely guarding a barricade for the production crew. See more »


Dr. David Bruce Banner: Sir? Sir, I need your help.
Middle-aged Man: No way.
Dr. David Bruce Banner: Listen, there's a boy back there being beaten.
Middle-aged Man: I know.
Dr. David Bruce Banner: Well, then call the police.
Middle-aged Man: Look, I've got my own life to think about. That Hollinger is crazy.
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The Abused
19 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

David Banner is working as a grounds keeper at an elementary school when he befriends a young boy named Mark Hollinger(played by Dennis Dimster) who shows signs of physical abuse. David visits his home, where the mother(played by Sally Kirkland) also shows the same signs, as the father Jack(played by Sandy McPeak) is a raging, abusive man that David is determined to stop, even after the Hulk emerges and Jack turns his fury on him... Excellent episode is the series at its best, with a believable, intelligent script and superb performances. The climatic revelation of Jack's own past abuse was an unexpected but stunning twist that adds another touch of realism to a complicated case. A triumph for all concerned.

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