David's self-experiment with a mood-altering chemical treatment backfires disastrously with him developing violent derangement in both his forms.


John McPherson


Kenneth Johnson (developed for television by), Nicholas Corea

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Episode cast overview:
Bill Bixby ... Dr. David Banner
Jack Colvin ... Jack McGee (credit only)
Lou Ferrigno ... The Incredible Hulk
William Lucking ... Mike Schulte (as Bill Lucking)
Rosemary Forsyth ... Ellen (as Rosemary Forsythe)
Philece Sampler ... Laurie
Taaffe O'Connell ... Miss Farber
Jonathan Perpich Jonathan Perpich ... Jimmy Ellison
Nick Cinardo Nick Cinardo ... Butcher
Marilia Marilia ... Huntress
Lisa Carole Lisa Carole ... Judy


David 'Barnard' is lodging with a family whose teenage daughter develops a crush on him and an animosity towards her sea fairing father. When one of David's self induced experiments goes wrong, the violent right side of his brain begins to take over his personality, as well as the Hulk's. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

5 December 1980 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The stock photography shot of the city street just before David enters the Swingtown club is used during the opening credits of The Streets of San Francisco. See more »


When Laurie and David drive into the water Laurie gets soaked. When the Hulk pulls the vehicle out she is completely dry. See more »


The Swingtime patron: Hey man, the ladies' with me.
Dr. David Bruce Banner: I doubt that her taste is that bad.
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Meet Evil Banner
30 November 2017 | by Martin IIISee all my reviews

For the first time this season, David has a possible cure: using a pharmaceutical drug to suppress the right side of his brain (the irrational side, for those who missed high school biology). It backfires, creating an enzyme which periodically turns him into evil Banner, and makes the Hulk more aggressive. This further embroils David in the problems of the family he's staying with: Daddy just got back from 10 months at sea, and 18-year-old Laurie doesn't take kindly to his prolonged absences.

The three IMDb reviews preceding this one all say the same thing: This is a very good episode, but it could have been a lot better. That echoes my own take on it.

The chief problem is that evil Banner is so lacking in subtlety that he's often ridiculous rather than menacing. Surprisingly, this is less due to Nicholas Corea's script than to some very hammy acting from Bill Bixby. While Bixby does deliver a few moments with the villainous brilliance he showed in "Broken Image", overall he tries too hard, even forcing out several cringe-inducing "Mwah-ha-ha-ha"s. He turns in a much better performance as normal Banner, particularly in the sequences where he struggles to keep his evil side from taking control.

Evil Banner does more than just wreck a little havoc: He sets his lustful eyes on Laurie. Laurie's amorous response to his attentions, and his lust for a girl half his age, give this episode a genuinely disturbing note. Bill Lucking plays the brutish overbearing father, and his performance in the role is significantly better than when he did it in "The Antowuk Horror", mainly because he has better material to work with. The final scene with him and Laurie is genuinely touching. And really, it's an interesting twist to see David inflaming the problems of the supporting cast instead of solving them.

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