The Incredible Hulk: Season 3, Episode 22

Nine Hours (4 Apr. 1980)

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Mobsters want to dispose of an old gangster while he's in hospital. They kidnap the son of David 'Breck''s landlady so he has to let them into the hospital he works at as an orderly. David ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Colvin ...
Jack McGee (credit only)
Joe Lo Franco
Sheila Larken ...
Rhonda Wilkes
Sam Monte (as Frank De Kova)
Mrs. Grasso
Phil Rubenstein ...
David Comfort ...
Timmy Wilkes
Slick Monte
Hal Bokar ...
Captain Deeter
John Medici ...


Mobsters want to dispose of an old gangster while he's in hospital. They kidnap the son of David 'Breck''s landlady so he has to let them into the hospital he works at as an orderly. David teams up with another tenant, a washed up ex cop, to find the boy before his time runs out. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Timmy Wilkes: Today's my birthday, Mr. Franco.
Joe Lo Franco: Yeah? Big deal.
Timmy Wilkes: I'll be ten, almost grown up.
Joe Lo Franco: So what? Birthday's just to remind you what you aint done yet, kid. Birthdays are nothing.
Joe Lo Franco: [notices the boy's crestfallen face] Hey, son, don't listen to me. I'm a jerk, huh.
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Godfather Hulk
19 December 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

With a scene lifted straight out of "The Godfather", "Nine Hours" is a mafia-inspired episode that sees David (Bixby) working as an orderly at a hospital in which a wounded mob boss (DeKova) is recovering, while his neighbour's son (who witnessed the crime), is kidnapped to prevent any leaks. Alcoholic ex-cop (Alaimo) who also lives in the building, gets a shot at redemption when David enlists him to help protect DeKova, and recover the boy before both are assassinated.

As usual, a number of social comments and cultural observations underpin the narrative: Alaimo is pretty good as the broken ex-cop, haunted by a fatal encounter on the job, for which he attributes the blame to himself, losing his marriage, livelihood and dignity to the drink. Veteran film actor DeKova has a bed-ridden role as the recovering crime boss, whose close shave with mortality has convinced him to go straight, but not before two professional hit men plan his execution, while former Hollywood supporting actress Doris Dowling (The Lost Weekend) is the hospital matron unimpressed that scum like DeKova are given special treatment.

No doubt inspired to some degree by the hospital scene in "The Godfather", the Hulk-outs are fairly tame (bursting from a manhole and destroying a hospital ward - been there, done that) and the plot lines don't evolve to their full potential, nevertheless, it's hard to resist.

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