David is urged to present himself as 'Father Costa' in order to protect a young boy who has taken sanctuary at the San Miguel Mission.



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Episode cast overview:
Jack McGee (credit only)
Sister Anita
Fausto Barajas ...
Sheriff Dean
Sister Mary Catherine
Michael Santiago ...
Paul Tuerpe ...
Father Young
Bert Santos ...
Barbara Beaman ...
Sister Rebecca
Rick Garcia ...
Truck Driver


David is urged to present himself as 'Father Costa' in order to protect a young boy who has taken sanctuary at the San Miguel Mission.

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6 November 1981 (USA)  »

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Guest star Diana Muldaur plays a nun here, and consequently is frequently addressed by David as "Sister." Previously, in The Incredible Hulk: Homecoming (1979), she appeared as Helen Banner, David's sister. See more »


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Dr. David Bruce Banner: Sometimes faith is all that keeps us going.
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Holy Hulk
12 January 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

David (Bixby) is working as a handyman in an Hispanic town's church enclave, surrounded by the violent exploits of the local crime boss Patrero (Darrow), co-existing with the town's spiritual leader (Muldaur) under mutual sufferance. When one of Patrero's victims seeks sanctuary in the church, Patrero attempts to coerce the stubborn Mother Superior into releasing him into his custody, under the pretense of escorting him to the town's hospital, which is effectively owned by Patrero. Refusing to budge, she instead persuades David to impersonate a visiting Priest in the hope of stalling the abduction until they can get the wounded man to a neutral hospital.

Reputable cast features Diana Muldaur (perhaps best known for "Star Trek: Next Generation" and "LA Law") as the feisty abbess, comedienne Edie McClurg as her junior Sister, ubiquitous Latin leading man Henry Darrow as the corrupt crime-lord, and Jerry Hardin as the town's henpecked law enforcer, content to let Patrero rule the roost in return for kickbacks.

Big Lou hurling a cherub at Patrero's son is a moment of irreverence to savour, while the animosity displayed between Muldaur and Darrow's characters is terse and effective. Bixby's turn as the prophet (there's even a sermon on the mount) is perhaps the most appropriate alter-ego invented for his character, espousing the virtuosity that's been one of the bedrocks throughout the series. A must-see for fans.

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