Submitted by sock on Mon, 11/07/2011 - 16:47
The Six Million Dollar Blog - The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman
Friday, February 1, 1974
Plot in a Nutshell:
A Scientist has been kidnapped and Steve must rescue him with the help of the scientist's pointlessly E.S.P.-wielding daughter.
Steve and Oscar are in a laboratory testing a new wireless laser.
It turns out the creator of the laser, Dr. Sam Abbott, is missing with no clues as to where he may be. Oscar sends Steve to find Abbott's daughter, Susan Abbott, in Spain to see if she can point them in the right direction with her incredible E.S.P. powers. However, unbeknownst to Steve and Oscar, the lab is bugged and the men who kidnapped Dr. Abbott want to get to Susan first.
Steve finds Susan in Spain and recruits her to help find her father. Her visions point Steve to Florida.
They take a cab to the airport, but the cabbie sabotages the cab and jumps out. Steve stops the cab with his foot long enough to get them both out, then lets go and watches it fly off a cliff and explode.
Steve and Susan take a plane to the Florida Everglades. They pick up a guide and head out to find Dr. Abbott, but the bad guys are hot on their trail.
They make camp for the night, but Steve has Susan and the guide sleep in a clearing away from the camp. Sure enough, the bad guys appear and burn the boat and shoot into the empty tents.
Unfortunately, the guide comes running out to see what's going on and gets shot trying to save his boat. Steve jumps in the water to save him but it's too late, the alligators must have got him.
The next day, Steve is wearing the same clothes but they are now dry and clean. He hollows out a log to create a canoe and they take to the water again.
Later they pause on the bank of the river and as Steve goes to get firewood, Susan falls in the water and is attacked by a giant plastic alligator that roars like a lion.
Steve jumps in the water and bionically dispatches the alligator. They set out again soon after, their unchanged clothes clean and dry.
They quickly come upon the kidnappers camp. As they near the camp, Steve briefly rescues Susan from some quicksand.
Moments later, Susan's clothes are completely clean and dry as Steve knocks out the guards and they find Dr. Abbott. He's fine and calls for John Belson when he sees Steve, believing Steve was sent to steal the laser and kill him. Belson has convinced Abbott that Steve is the enemy. He has his guards lock Steve up.
The next morning Dr. Abbott tests the new laser with everyone watching, but it fails, blowing up in the process. Belson becomes enraged, strikes Abbott, and demands he immediately fix the laser if he hopes to see his daughter again. He then sends Susan to be incarcerated with Steve.
Steve and Susan bust free, grab Dr. Abbott and the chase is on.
Steve sends Susan and Abbott to hide as he leads the bad guys to the quicksand Susan fell into earlier. He is lifted over the quicksand by wires, but the bad guys don't have any wires of their own and they fall in, thus sealing their fates.
The good guys escape and the bad guys are either buried in quicksand or captured.
How Did You Do That Quote:
Susan: "Hey, how did you stop the cab?"
Susan: "How did you get free?
Move your mouse over Steve to see his answer.
ESP was dumb in the 70's and it still is 40 years later.
Reasons to like this episode:
- Phony Alligators
- Qucksand. Nothing was more over-used in the 70's than quicksand.
- Wire-fu jumps over quicksand
- Terrible Bionic guitar playing.
Reasons to hate this episode:
- Frickin' ESP. Nothing was more over-used in the 70's than ESP.
ESP. PFFFFT. That whole plot point could have been removed and replaced with a simple, "My father told me he was going to be in the Florida Everglades," and the episode would have turned out exactly as it did.
This episode gets one Steve for plot and an extra Steve for the unintentionally funny alligator fight and wire-fu jump over the quicksand.
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