The Incredible Hulk (1977–1982)
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Life and Death 

David 'Barnard' subjects himself to an experimental DNA test but finds out his doctor's accomplices are gathering newborn babies for similar research.


Jeffrey Hayden


Kenneth Johnson (developed for television by), James D. Parriott




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bixby ... Dr. David Banner
Jack Colvin ... Jack McGee
Lou Ferrigno ... The Incredible Hulk
Julie Adams ... Ellen
Andrew Robinson ... Dr. Stan Rhodes
Carl Franklin ... Crosby
Diane Cary ... Carrie (as Diane Civita)
Mitzi Hoag ... Chief Nurse
John Warner Williams John Warner Williams ... Dan
Sarah Rush ... Young Woman
Gilbert Garcia Gilbert Garcia ... 1st Detective (as Gil Garcia)
Judd Laurance Judd Laurance ... 2nd Detective
Takayo Takayo ... Young Nurse
Lillah McCarthy Lillah McCarthy ... Tina
Al Berry ... Trucker


David 'Barnard' subjects himself to an experimental DNA test but finds out his doctor's accomplices are gathering newborn babies for similar research.

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12 May 1978 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Did You Know?


The Hulk's grunting sounds just like the Gorn creature in Star Trek's "Arena", presumably because the same actor, Ted Cassidy, provided the voices for both. See more »


After David signs the release form for the hospital, the notary stamps her seal on the bottom of the form. It's a state of California Seal and the hospital is in Marysville, Oregon. See more »


Dr. David Bruce Banner: Well, have you got a name for her?
Carrie Taylor: Not yet... Oh, if she were a boy, it'd be easy: David. But a girl?
Dr. David Bruce Banner: What about Davidedette? Or Davidia? Or Davona?
Carrie Taylor: How about... not.
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Between Adoption and Adoption
7 March 2017 | by flarefan-81906See all my reviews

In this ep, David meets a pregnant woman on the road who's illegally selling her baby to a company called Matrix. And right there we run into the first problem with the episode. Maybe I just don't know much about the black market, but why would anyone pay money to adopt a baby illegally? The script makes clear that the babies *are* being adopted, not used as test subjects or whatever. So what happened to accredited adoption agencies? David's friend seems ignorant of them as well, as her only reason for getting into this shady deal is that she can't afford to raise the kid herself.

The premise also makes for laughably impotent drama: Unless the Hulk can prevent it, the baby of an unemployed single mother will be put up for adoption! Oh, no! My suspicion is that in the original script Matrix was an **abortion** company, and that that was nixed at the last minute for obvious reasons. This would also explain the title, which makes no sense as applied to the episode as is. (I asked executive producer Kenneth Johnson about this. He denies that abortion was ever part of the story, but my suspicions remain, especially since Johnson admitted his memory of the episode was fuzzy.)

The other problem is that the episode is often painfully slow. The sequences in which Banner - first in Hulk form, then in human form, then in Hulk form again - blearily stumbles around due to having deadly poison injected in him seem to go on forever. To add insult to injury, the poison issue is never resolved. The Hulk's enhanced metabolism wasn't dealing with it, and David never gets treatment. He just suddenly stops being poisoned.

Positives are pretty much just the usual Bixby being sympathetically warm and personable. There is also a very amusing face off between the Hulk and a couple of cops near the end, but after the credits had rolled I just felt like this one was, well, lame.

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