Ultimately a very thin mystery and budget constrictions hinder this otherwise solid 4th Season episode in reaching above average status. It is, however, quite creepy on occasion with some nice visuals as Leigh's (Christine Belford) hallucinations manifest in inventive, somewhat horrific ways.
Once again the Hulk is fitted into the storyline as part of a person's imagination (here; a drug induced state via doctored pills); like in Season three's "Deathmask". It's a nice touch and thanks to a decent amount a gloomy atmosphere it works relatively well. But, as said, the mystery here is awfully thin and predictable and the viewer is always a few steps ahead. And once again there's very inconsistent acting from it's guest stars. While Belford gives a credible performance as a borderline mental case, Max Showalter as her cousin Walter is on autopilot all the way and practically ruins every scene he's in.
Budget constrictions (quite evident in many Season Four episodes) rule out any decent Hulk action and the stock footage (running down the alley and bricks flying) is fairly obvious here.
Overall; a fair episode. I'll give it a 6 'cause I'm a fan.
It had a solid script written by Carol Baxter (who guest starred in earlier episodes "Haunted" and "Prometheus, Part 2") and a stellar performance from Christine Belford (who guest starred in the earlier episode "Wildfire" and was featured in John Carpenter's/Stephen King's "Christine").
The cinematography and effects in some of Leigh Gamble's (Belford) POV shots are some of the most interesting shots in the whole series, at least I think so.
The reason I give it a 9/10 is because in some places it seems really drawn out and the Hulk-outs are pretty much self-induced. A very dramatic episode, but very minimal on the action. And I don't know if it's just me but there seems to be some undertones of the original "House of Wax" (1953), with Vincent Price, in this episode.
The plot moves along well, Leigh's hallucinations are quite creepy, and the villain is most disturbing. He's so convincingly human and likable, both in the script and in his portrayal by veteran actor Max Showalter, that the revelation that he is orchestrating Leigh's troubles hits like a punch to the gut. At the end we find that his motives don't fit his actions at all, but up until then he makes a chillingly insidious villain.
The first bit of silliness is when Leigh unveils her latest wax figure, of David. Not wanting his likeness on public display, David convinces her to dress it in pirate gear. A clever problem with a satisfying solution... but presumably due to budget restrictions, the "wax figure" is first represented by Bill Bixby standing still, then by a real wax figure with absolutely no resemblance to David.
This scene might be overlooked, but there's a sillier moment. The villain has Leigh hopped up on LSD, bashes David in the head right in front of her, then tells her she did it. With Leigh convulsing and flipping out at LSD-induced visions, he hands her a contract agreeing to the sale of the museum and says, "Here, sign this." Showalter doesn't even bother trying to make this seem less absurd than it is. This ep is captivating for a good while, but the villain's inconsistent motives and bizarrely haphazard plans ultimately make it hard to take seriously.
Sometimes the Hulk is out of place in a plot, and I think that is the case in this episode where Bixby is more of a help than the creature within...although, the Hulk does get to halt an act of arson, hurl the wrongdoer through the air and scare him a bit, and rescue two people from behind burned alive. Mr. Magee once again shows up from Chicago on a lead that might direct him to the Hulk...and David Banner. Clever method behind concealing his identification when Leigh makes a face impression of David Banner in wax for a soldier in her museum is a highlight...Bixby is always good at expressing anxiety when confronted with exposure. The wax museum setting and unsettling hallucinations of sculptures coming to life to haunt Leigh cool highlights, as well.