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"The Incredible Hulk" Sanctuary (1981)

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The Church

Author: AaronCapenBanner from North America
22 November 2014

David Banner(Bill Bixby) is working as a handyman at a church in a poor village run by Sister Anita(Diana Muldaur, who had previously played David's actual sister Helen!) and Sister Mary Catherine(played by Edie McClurg). Trouble starts when a wounded boy seeks sanctuary in the church from the local crime lord who is after him, and tries to coerce out to finish the job. The Sisters instead persuade David to impersonate a priest in order to stall the crooks while they smuggle the boy to a nearby hospital, which does work for a while, until the Hulk is forced into action. Decent enough episode is not among the more memorable but does have fine support from the guest cast, though at least Muldaur was covered up in her nun's habit(that way David won't wonder why his sister Helen is now a nun!)

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Holy Hulk

Author: Chris. from Australia
12 January 2012

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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