| Production 45108|
Original Airdate: 26 September 1976
Lionel E. Siegel
Farrah Fawcett-Majors as Kelly Wood
Donald Moffat as Dr. Martin Davis
|Special Guest Star(s)|
Dana Elcar as Larry Stover
Hank Stolh as Mike
Pete Dunn as Cameraman
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The Rescue of Athena One
Glamorous astronaut/test pilot Kelly Wood survives what appears to have been an in-flight encounter with a World War II fighter. She reports the phenomenon to Oscar Goldman and Steve, who are in the control tower, but the men can only see Kelly's plane on the radar screen. Kelly flames out and apparently crashes. But a search turns up no trace of her 15-million-dollar aircraft, and Kelly is found with her parachute unopened. Believing Kelly's story, Steve sets out to solve the mystery and discovers a fantastic plot to simulate Bermuda Triangle-like disappearances of top-secret aircraft.
- When referring to Kelly Wood's plane it is referred to as X-ray, John, the proper phonetic term for the letter "J" is Juliet not John.
- Kelly's plane is a [TT-1 Pinto] jet trainer, which was built for the U.S. Navy in limited numbers in the late Fifties and Sixties. At the time the TV series was made, a company called American Jet Industries was developing an improved version, the Super Pinto, as a counter-insurgency fighter-bomber.
- Guest star Farrah Fawcett-Majors returns to her first role on The Six Million Dollar Man as Major Kelly Wood. This is her first appearance on the series since attaining superstar status thanks to a massively popular cheesecake poster that had been released earlier in the year. She had also made her debut as Jill Monroe in the TV movie pilot for Charlie's Angels several months earlier, with the debut of the series itself occurring only a week before this, her final Six Million Dollar Man appearance (discounting a joke involving her photograph a few weeks later in The Most Dangerous Enemy).
- Martin E. Brooks is credited in the opening title sequence of this episode, but does not appear. This is not unusual, as while Brooks had graduated to "core cast" with this season, not every episode would feature him (likewise for The Bionic Woman).
- The fight scene inside the trailer includes a couple of noticeable errors. First, due to some awkward blocking, it appears as if Steve uses his left hand to break Kelly's rope. Then, when he kicks several thugs away, they appear to actually hit the camera's tripod as the image goes noticeably askew.