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Babalao 

David is assisting Doctor Renee DuBois in New Orleans, where the locals believe more in the voodoo magic of former con Babalao than regular medicine.

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David is assisting Doctor Renee DuBois in New Orleans, where the locals believe more in the voodoo magic of former con Babalao than regular medicine.

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14 December 1979 (USA)  »

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In one scene, David ('Bill Bixby') does a magic trick and "magically" finds a quarter behind the Louie's ear. In real Life, Bill Bixby was an accomplished stage magician and was a respected member of the Hollywood magic community, belonging to The Magic Castle, an exclusive club for magicians. Bixby also starred in a short-lived TV series called The Magician (1973), in which he played a former stage magician and amateur crime solver. In that series, Bixby insisted on doing all of the magic tricks without resorting to trick photography. See more »

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When David Banner & Renee Dubois open their office to find a crowd gawking at the Voodoo artifacts left hanging on their doorway, the same frame showing the extras is reversed to make it appear that the crowd is larger than it actually is, showing the same extras first at right and then at left. This is repeated at least three times back and forth easily revealing this production money-saving goof. See more »

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Babalo: The power of the Loa casts evil on you, non believer!
Dr. David Bruce Banner: Is that your power, violence? Is that the curse of the spirits? Because if it is, we have nothing to fear. Because he bought his power as you can buy his power, in a magic store!
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Voodoo Adult (Slight Respect)
2 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

This time David plays nurse to a New Orleans doctor who is competing with a voodoo con man for the neighborhood health care.

Heroes fighting to save superstitious folks from voodoo con men was a common enough plot line at the time, but I found this example to be offensively condescending. For starters, Babalao doesn't have any special tricks to get people to believe in his power, just some cheap props and a husky voice. Though some of his patients are cured psychosomatically, the overall message seems to be that voodoo followers are such gullible hicks that they'll believe anyone who claims to be a powerful voodoo priest just because they say so.

Second, David's pretty doctor boss does the voodoo act herself, because if she didn't, people wouldn't believe that she could cure them. Admittedly I know very little about the voodoo religion, but as a rule, believing in a religion doesn't mean disbelieving the effectiveness of scientific methods. The way David and the doc talk to their patients ("The doctor wanted you to have this, uh, mojo") is positively insulting.

This is not to say that this episode isn't entertaining. There's a great funny scene with McGee, and lots of unintentional humor too. Example: Babalao, after making a very cryptic statement about how he intends to take care of David and the doc, lets loose with a cheesy villainous belly laugh, while his partner blandly remarks, "If you say so." But it's all very b-movie in form and content, in a series which typically strives to be much more. And the essential plot has been done elsewhere without blatantly insulting voodoo followers.


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