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Not a bad episode of the Hulk. Not good either, just so-so. It does
feature two huge character actors of the 40's, 50's, and 60's. First
the always dependable William Windon, who guest starred hundreds of
times on some of the 60's and 70's most popular series. Windon plays a
tough on the outside, soft in the middle cop who finds his new love
tied up in the Chinese mafia, in San Francisco.
Secondly, this episode features Richard Loo, possibly the most famous Asian character actor of his time. Mostly playing bad japs in war movies, he ended up getting everso steady work as Asian heavies such as the Kam Chong character portrayed in this work.
David Banner(Bill Bixby) is staying in Chinatown in San Francisco where he becomes the unknowing target of Chinese gangsters who are after a fortune of gold that is believed hidden in his apartment. David also gets mixed up with a Chinese woman who somehow becomes his mail order bride(!) which also brings on the attentions of a seasoned policeman named Jack Keeler(played by the ever dependable William Windom in his only series appearance). Poor David really suffers from bad luck in this episode, which is mostly a mediocre effort but helped greatly by the presence of Windom and some amusing scenes, colorful locale, and Hulk action.
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This go-around Bixby's Dr. David Banner gets inadvertently involved in Chinese Mafioso and the gold they seek after hidden right under his nose in an apartment he is renting a white-painted gold bathtub! This episode really gives the Hulk little to do except emerge to toss around some Chinese Mafioso underlings working to impress their boss by getting the gold he so seeks after. It also involves a sergeant in love with an Asian woman the Mafioso exploits to get the tub in exchange for her family held as refugees. The Hulk first emerges when Bixby is poisoned by some bad fish prepared to paralyze him and the sergeant, then later in the apartment when burned by hot water. The Hulk in Chinatown might seem like quite a catchy tagline to appeal to fans of the series, but I think the episode gets too bogged down in the love story of an aging cop and the Asian bride he is deeply emotionally invested with while Bixby takes a back seat to it all. He really is only utilized for some comedy when Tam-Li (Irene Yah-Ling Sun) pretends to be a potential "mail-order bride" unable to speak or understand English, trying to convince a female friend attempting to set him up with her that it is all a bad idea again, seeing David Banner trying to keep himself insulated from too intimate a relationship and his own identity concealed offers plentiful complications at times. William Windom guest-stars as the old beat cop in love with Tam-Li, getting several good moments with Bixby, including a Chinese restaurant scene where David nearly dies from the poison fish, while Richard Loo's mob boss, Kam Chong throws his power and intimidation around until he and his men bring out the Hulk which is their undoing. As a nice showcase for the always excellent Windom, the episode has some quality to it, but as a show about Banner and his alter ego, the Hulk, it leaves much to be desired.
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