Steve runs into an old flame, Barbara Thatcher, and learns she has recently become a widow. However, just as the two of them start to know each other once more, Barbara gets a call from the... See full summary »

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Steve runs into an old flame, Barbara Thatcher, and learns she has recently become a widow. However, just as the two of them start to know each other once more, Barbara gets a call from the Bacarian Embassy, where her husband is hiding, alive and reasonably well. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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The "brick" wall that Steve throws the first merc against very visibly bows inward when the bad guy thumps against it; obviously just a thin flexible sheet-metal panel painted to look like brick. See more »

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Col. Steve Austin: You know, Oscar, there's been something I've been meaning to ask you. Do you ever have a leisurely meal?
Oscar Goldman: Only on weekends, pal, and sometimes not even then.
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Yukky Mushy Stuff

This episode of "The Six Million Dollar Man" marks a kind of low watermark for the series. It's seriously conflicted with itself, wanting to have it's cake and eat it too by being a grown up sophisticated character driven drama about the yukky mushy lost love affair involving a bionic super aged with miraculous powers. Give us a break: We wanted to see the Bionic Man busting through walls and slapping the Russians around, not dating.

The problem is that on their own either one would have probably resulted in interesting stories. It's always interesting to take a look into the back story of what made Colonel Steve Austin what he was, and one can never grow tired of international intrigue involving kidnapped genius scientists who are perfecting their uranium enrichment techniques under the thumb of a James Bond like evil villain. The problem is that by crossing the two the show stumbles on exactly what it is that we watch the Bionic Man for, and instead relies on mushy contrived TV romance crap to justify the bionic spectacles -- which are few and far between.

One thing that is interesting about this installment is that it provides another odd "Star Trek"/SMDM connection with "Gamesters of Triskelion"'s Joseph Ruskin (Galt, the villain master of games) and "The Cloud Minders"'s Jeff Corey (Plasus, the obnoxious chief of state) heading the supporting cast, along with a miscast Linda Marsh, who isn't quite saucy enough to justify the longing brought on within our Six Million Dollar Stud. She looks too made up and composed and facelifted, plus the two have zero on screen chemistry together. Though the episode's dialog does have one great line where Steve remarks "Well I'm very good at climbing up and down walls, and don't like being locked in my room like a prisoner."

So the love story in this is a contrivance to a degree and leaves me non-plussed, though apparently feedback from viewers who were intrigued with seeing this side of the Bionic Man was apparently encouraging enough for the producers to trot out Lindsay Wagner as The Bionic Woman for the season's conclusion. They made a much more satisfactory & believable couple, not just because Ms. Wagner had the legs for the tennis shorts but because the writers allowed her Jamie Sommers to be a person rather than a plot device. She also made a compelling enough character for us eight to ten year old boys to contemplate the prospect of having her as a girlfriend. No offense to Ms. Marsh but she comes across more as an affectionate young librarian than somebody you'd want to hold hands with at the fairgrounds during the absurd, groan-inducing romantic interlude scene where they eat hot dogs and Steve wins her a stuffed toy by unscrupulously using his bionic skills to win at a carnival game. Talk about a hustler.

So I don't know: In another comment I just posted about "The Cross Country Kidnap" I praised the episode as a great example of what SMDM would have been like if it had stayed a show for grownups. Here's the opposite side of the coin, an episode that seems to forget why the series was fun in it's attempt to try and be more mature. The result is probably the most dry and uninteresting example of the show from the second season, which I think is otherwise probably the series' most dynamic & interesting period. Also, what's up with those ornate high-backed chairs during the cocktail lounge scenes? To keep the lunch hour drunks from getting whiplash?

5/10, though crummy "Six Million Dollar Man" is always better than no "Six Million Dollar Man".


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