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David Banner(Bill Bixby) is hitchhiking along a desert road when he befriends a stranded woman named Christy(played by Faye Grant). They both accept a ride by a man named Isaac(played by John Hancock) who instead informs them that they are to be used as slaves(along with another man played by Jeffrey Kramer) to dig out his gold mine, and has his henchman Roy(played by Charles Tyner) to back up his threats with guns. How can David get the three of them out of this predicament? Penultimate series episode is also the worst, with a stupid, mundane plot and poorly written characters. Grant and especially Bixby try, but this episode is an embarrassment.
David (Bixby) is captured by a couple of gold diggers in a deserted
town, and forced to dig for gold with two other 'slaves' in a mine. The
uneasy alliance between the prospectors (one is an escaped convict, the
other, an alcoholic former prison guard from the same gaol)
deteriorates throughout the ordeal, as racial undertones surface,
combined with David's careful baiting to expose cracks that could
potentially lead the trio to safety.
Next-to-last episode has a solid cast with Jeffrey C.Kramer playing one of the slaves (he played deputy Hendricks in the first two "Jaws" films), and stand-out performances by John Hancock and Charles Tyner as the ebony and ivory captors. Hancock's bulk and intellect tower above the volatile Tyner character, and the two become estranged as Tyner begins to suspect (fuelled by David's measured goading) he's the real slave, dominated and humiliated by Hancock (hinting at reverse racial discrimination). Tyner's character reminded me of the Ezra Cobb character played by Roberts Blossom in the Ed Gein-inspired horror film "Deranged".
The Hulk-outs are pretty standard (a ballroom blitz and a mine sweep), although in keeping with later episodes, big Lou is given some additional screen time to "act", showing what happens to the Hulk once he's out of frame and no longer agitated. Overall, it's Hancock and Tyner who steal the show and an entertaining episode ensues.
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