The Incredible Hulk (1977–1982)
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Killer Instinct 

David 'Burnett', working as a ankle wrapper at the Colloseum, is interested in Dr. Stewart's hypnotic therapy, but his treatment of a star football player only seems to make the man's aggressive tendencies get worse.


Ray Danton


Kenneth Johnson (developed for television by), William Whitehead (teleplay) (as William M. Whitehead) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bixby ... Dr. David Banner
Jack Colvin ... Jack McGee (credit only)
Lou Ferrigno ... The Incredible Hulk
Denny Miller ... John Tobey
Rudy Solari Rudy Solari ... Dr. Byron Stewart
Barbara Leigh ... June Tobey
Pepper Martin ... Coach Haggerty
Paul Coufos ... Bob Turner
Wyatt Johnson Wyatt Johnson ... Tony Bowers
Pat Studstill Pat Studstill ... Kermit Connelly
Herman Poppe ... J.P. Tobey
Bill Baldwin ... Mitch Adams
Frank Orsatti Frank Orsatti ... Kurt Donahue
Wally K. Berns Wally K. Berns ... Drunk
Tiger Williams Tiger Williams ... Young John Tobey


David 'Burnett', working as a ankle wrapper at the Colloseum, is interested in Dr. Stewart's hypnotic therapy, but his treatment of a star football player only seems to make the man's aggressive tendencies get worse.

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The footage used for John Tobey and his team was that of the Chicago Bears and Dick Butkus, their legendary linebacker. Portrayed as an aggressive player, John Tobey was apparently modeled after Butkus. See more »


As David is quoting a long line from Dr. Stewart's book to Dr. Stewart, it's obvious that he is reading his lines from a cue card, eye's scanning back and forth. See more »


Dr. Byron Stewart: You're not a reporter are you?
Dr. David Bruce Banner: No! No, but I did read all your earlier books. I was very impressed: The seeds of aggression lie deep in the subconscious mind. Aggressive behavior is nothing more than an acting out of those subconscious thoughts.
Dr. Byron Stewart: That's very good. But of course others have said much the same thing: Waldheim, Marshall, Banner.
Dr. David Bruce Banner: Ah yes, but Banner was talking about strength, not aggression. The ability to find a well of hidden strength at a moment of crisis.
Dr. Byron Stewart: Perhaps Dr. Banner failed ...
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Subconscious Rage
8 March 2017 | by flarefan-81906See all my reviews

This is a truly stellar episode. Every scene delivers something of interest - usually several things. The hypnosis doctor's musings on the nature of human aggression alone are utterly thought-provoking. The violence of football is certainly a hot issue, and it's confronted beautifully here, without lecturing or even delivering an opinion on the subject. Except, that is, the ever-important reminder that things like playoffs and grant money are not as important as a human life. Bixby is as effective as ever at being the man to deliver that reminder.

Even the standard "Guys pick on Banner, Banner Hulks out and makes mincemeat of them" scene is tops. There's a spectacular shot of Ferrigno inside a steam room with the scariest damn smile you've ever seen, right before reaching through the door to grab the baddies. The next day the two baddies see Bixby in the locker room and he gives them a look that says he knows they won't mess with him again. It's a terrific moment.

The episode fumbles somewhat at the end, as we get the usual Hulk as deus ex machina to the rescue. But the sports commentator hilariously narrating the Hulk's doings makes up for this a bit, and overall this is the best regular episode of the series yet.

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10 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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