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Mystery Man 

Banner has lost his memory after a car crash. With his face wrapped in bandages, he accepts Jack McGee's proposition to see a specialist. Unfortunately, their plane goes down in the woods ... See full summary »


Frank Orsatti


Kenneth Johnson (developed for television by), Nicholas Corea




Episode complete credited cast:
Bill Bixby ... Dr. David Banner
Jack Colvin ... Jack McGee
Lou Ferrigno ... The Incredible Hulk
Victoria Carroll ... Rose
Don Marshall ... Doctor
Howard Witt ... Bob Cory
Skip Riley Skip Riley ... Pilot
Barbara Tarbuck ... 3rd Nurse
John Colton ... 1st Man (as John C. Colton)
Aline Towne ... Nurse Phalen (as Aileen Towne)
Nadejda Klein Nadejda Klein ... 1st Nurse
Norman Merrill Norman Merrill ... 2nd Man
John McKee John McKee ... Hospital Guard


Banner has lost his memory after a car crash. With his face wrapped in bandages, he accepts Jack McGee's proposition to see a specialist. Unfortunately, their plane goes down in the woods and Jack injures his legs. Now it is up to David to get them out of there. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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2 March 1979 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Bill Bixby's character goes by "John" the entire episode, not his usual "David". See more »


Doctor: Now, what's happened to you is not uncommon. Concussions, especially severe ones, can sometimes cause temporary amnesia.
Dr. David Bruce Banner: Did ah, did I have any identification?
Doctor: No, I'm afraid not, the car burned. There is a slightly scorched duffelbag in the property department. It's probably yours.
Dr. David Bruce Banner: Was there no name on it, initials, something?
Doctor: No, you're officially listed as 'John Doe'.
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Edited from The Incredible Hulk: Married (1978) See more »

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Clip Show
1 May 2017 | by flarefan-81906See all my reviews

This is rated as one of the best episodes of the series. But I'm stumped as to why, since it's basically just a clip show to bring new viewers up-to-date on the plot.

The setup is that the inevitable happens: David's hitchhiking lands him in the car of a dangerous nutcase. At least, that's the idea, but the hammy dialogue and acting makes the driver come off like a cartoon character. Anyway, one car crash and brief Hulk-out later, David has his face wrapped in bandages and a major case of amnesia. McGee shows up to question him about the Hulk's appearance, and they team up to find both the Hulk and David's (or rather, "John Doe"'s) identity. It's all makes a nice excuse for a half hour of Banner and McGee having flashbacks and discussions of the events of previous episodes.

There is stuff to like here: Jack Colvin's performance is excellent, and Bixby manages to get some compelling emotions across despite having to spend nearly the entire episode with bandages around his face. The premise is a good way to get the series's two main characters to actually interact for a while, and you wonder what's going to happen when an amnesiac Banner turns into the Hulk.

The trouble is that it all moves too slowly, stretching itself out with slow speech, unnecessary pauses, and lots of plot recapping of a series that only rarely bothers itself with ongoing plot line. It's dull and plodding, and ends on a cliffhanger without answering the questions it raised. In short, "Mystery Man" doesn't deliver a full episode's worth - or even half an episode's worth.

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