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David Banner(Bill Bixby) is working at a car wash in a mostly black neighborhood. David only wants to earn a living, caring nothing about skin color, though a co-worker initially dislikes him for it, he comes to change his mind when he learns David has medical experience, since his kid brother is a diabetic whose medicine is paid for by a drug dealer who uses him, and David becomes determined to help his new friends, as the Hulk takes on the drug gang, and scare off a hungry black panther named Huey... Amusing yet serious episode tackles race relations in a tasteful, intelligent manner, and good-hearted David is at his best despite the pummeling he inevitably takes...
"Incredible Hulk" meets "Car Wash" meets standard 70's urban-action
David is the "minority" in this plot, working at an inner-city car wash.. there's the stock "militant" who has a problem in general with "Whitey".. also a younger kid, who's a type-1 diabetic, looking after himself.. the main threat involves a drug lord who asserts himself into the lives of the locals..
there are too many subplots here.. the one about the young kids is fine, but there's also another guy who's on parole, and who nervously points a gun at the hulk in the climax-- but doesn't shoot-- this episode features the line "now that's what I call a colored man"-- referring to the Hulk, of course..
a drug lord's pet black panther is named "Huey"-- presumably a pun on the radical activist Huey P. Newton..
Ernie Hudson plays a heavy here-- he would go on to play the heroic Winston in the "Ghostbusters" movies, also the HBO series "Oz", and more..
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