Steve Austin's good buddy Major Fred Sloan has invented a microwave circuit card he calls the 'activator' and a separate ignition unit that when combined, power an anti-missile missile ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Major Frederick Sloan
Gavern Wilson
Charles Bateman ...
Master Sgt. Parnell (as Charles W. Bateman)
Noah Keen ...
General Tanhill
Robert Rothwell ...
Martin Speer ...
Buster Jones ...
Michael Alaimo ...
Bread Truck Driver


Steve Austin's good buddy Major Fred Sloan has invented a microwave circuit card he calls the 'activator' and a separate ignition unit that when combined, power an anti-missile missile device. Steve is assigned to protect his friend during the final testing phase. A criminal organization intend on getting their hands on the device kidnap Sloan and replace him with an identical robot build by professor Jeffrey Dolenz. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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8 February 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Day of the Robot featured the first use of the iconic 'na-na-na-na' sound usually associated with bionic use, but it was not used for Steve Austin, it was used for the robot he was fighting. See more »


Steve and Fred are driving in a red Chevrolet Impala/Caprice with a red interior, but the shots of the dashboard, when Fred floors the accelerator and the speedometer increases, appear to be from a Chrysler-manufactured car (note the design of the gearshift indicator and steering wheel) with a black interior. See more »


Gavern Wilson: When was the last time you saw Mr. Austin?
Robot: [imprinted with Fred Sloan's memories] Mister? You mean Colonel Austin, don't ya? Steve would cringe if anybody would call him mister. He's all airforce, there's not a drop of mister in him. The last time I saw my buddy Steve Austin was on the tennis court this morning.
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Edited into The Six Million Dollar Man: Run, Steve, Run (1974) See more »

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One of the best episodes
22 October 2007 | by (Peru) – See all my reviews

Great and outstanding fourth episode of season 1.One of the best episodes of SMDM.I was too young to understand the plot the first time I saw it.What I remember was that I got so scared when seeing the faceless robot.So odd to behold microchips,wires.When being an early teen I got the plot so well(late 80s).Until now after more than 30 years I enjoy it no matter how many times I see it.The plot itself and of course its music and the sound effects especially the robots(kill mode) ,going into the odd and mysterious melody the first times the human like robot appears.Something unique and all that sets the differences with other episodes.The final battle is unique until reaching for death and because a bionic man matches a powerful robot.One of the most powerful opponents of Steve Austin.So close and good we have the out of control powerful man from "The pioneers",Oscars robot from "Return of robot maker",the other bionic man(Barney) from "The seven million dollar man"and the bionic woman,Big foot,the "fembots" and the probe when the show became family oriented.Excellent and adult episode. I repeat the question that I read before.Is Steve better than a robot?.Use your imagination and criteria to answer that question.

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