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| Production 45403|
Original Airdate: 22 September 1976
Jaime takes on Bigfoot!
John Saxon as Nedlick
Stephen Young as Dallet
Severn Darden as Apploy
Ted Cassidy as Sasquatch
|Special Guest Star(s)|
Sandy Duncan as Gillian
Stefanie Powers as Shalon
|Special Guest Appearance|
Lee Majors as Col. Steve Austin
Charles Cyphers as Faler
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The Return of Bigfoot
The Secret of Bigfoot
The Secret of Bigfoot (Part II)
Jaime confronts Bigfoot on her way to retrieve an antidote to save Steve Austin's life.
Season Two of The Bionic Woman begins with a bang, as Jaime must save Steve's life, fight off the Sasquatch, and prevent a band of renegade aliens from causing a global catastrophe on their way to world domination. Following on from the Season Four premiere of The Six Million Dollar Man, Part II begins with Steve in a coma, suffering from radiation poisoning, and Oscar disbelieving all talk of the "Bigfoot Aliens". Luckily, Oscar likes his bionic friends enough to loan Jaime a chopper, and she swiftly makes contact with the aliens.
Gillian takes Jaime to Shalon, who after learning about Steve tells Jaime of the rebels and the threat they represent to Earth. Shalon and Jaime make a deal: Jaime will oppose Nedlick and his renegades, while Gillian will take a dose of Neotraxin to help Steve. What they don't know is that Shalon has given her last dose to Steve, at the risk of her own life. Jaime allows herself to be captured and begins to sow the seeds of doubt in the Sasquatch's ear.
Recovered thanks to Gillian's ministrations, Steve and Gillian go to Mexico and the renegade aliens' hideout, where they are holding Jaime, but the aliens have damaged the earth's crust and a geological catastrophe is imminent. Overcoming the aliens is only the first step: Jaime, Steve and the Sasquatch must heal the volcano before calamity ensues.
When the crisis is past, Shalon's sacrifice is revealed, to the great regret of her creation, the Sasquatch, who bears guilt for the tragedy, albeit as an unwitting accomplice. Apploy makes the Bionic pair an intriguing offer, and the aliens and humans part as friends.
Jaime: Oh... there isn't anyway to find anything except birds nests. Take us down as low as you can and hover, alright?
Chopper pilot: Sure.
Oscar: What're you going to do, Jaime?
Jaime: Oscar, I'm gonna hoof it.
Jaime: Now, I'll let you know if I find anything. (to chopper pilot) What's your security clearance level?
Chopper pilot: Five.
Jaime: Well, you're about to become a six. See you back at the base. (jumps out of the chopper)
Nedlick: (looking at viewscreen) Another bionic person?
Faler: Good thing that I suggested we monitor the San Angelo area, isn't it? She's probably there now searching for our original complex.
Nedlick: Yes, for a change I'd say you're right.
(Jaime is running through the forest).
Jaime: (calling out) Shalon! Shalon? (hears thudding footsteps) Well, if that's Shalon, she sure has big feet. (realizes what she just said) Oh, no... (Bigfoot tears down a tree to reveal himself) Oh, boy... Steve said you were big, but this is ridiculous.
Gillian: Shalon, this is Jaime.
Jaime: (puts out her hand) Hi, I'm Jaime...
Shalon: Jaime Sommers. (Jaime looks surprised) Yes, the bionic woman, I remember. I remember you from the brain scan I did on Steve. He has very fond thoughts of you.
Shalon: Oh Jaime, I'm so glad you've come to help us.
Jaime: Help you? I, I came to get your help.
Jaime: Steve is dying. He has severe radiation sickness. And, and the nuclear power pack in his legs have burst.
Gillian: Sasquatch caused it. They've turned him against Steve, too.
(Gillian and Jaime zap into the jungles of Mexico).
Jaime: Uh... where... where are we?
Gillian: We're in Mexico. Their base is inside that mountain. And with their monitors, they'll see you coming before you see them.
Jaime: (sarcastically) Oh, terrific. Well... listen are you going to go to Steve now?
Jaime: Okay. Good luck, Gillian.
Gillian: You too, Jaime.
Jaime: Okay. (Gillian zaps off) Waitaminute... uh... well, how do I get home?
Faler: Here she comes again, Nedlick.
Nedlick: Very tenacious, that bionic woman. But this time she won't escape.
Gillian: Jaime will need your help.
Gillian: I'll tell you in a minute, but we must leave quickly. I think you should be able to stand now. Can you get out of bed?
Steve: I think so. I... (looks under the sheets) I'm gonna need a pair of pants.
Steve: Uh oh.
Gillian: What is it?
Steve: (Sasquatch is running towards them) Old wide eyes is back.
Jaime: What are you doing?
Gillian: I'm turning their TLC's down so slow that they can't move.
Apploy: Her TLC has been reduced to an extreme slowness. It will remain that way until our mothership returns. They'll have a much better chance of saving her than we.
Steve: When will your mothership return?
Apploy: Oh, about a hundred Earth years from now.
Jaime: (to Sasquatch) And you... you get a big bionic hug!
- Gillian and Nedlick refer to Jaime as "the bionic woman". Aside from the occasional reference by Oscar in (such as in "Welcome Home, Jaime" and "Winning Is Everything" this is possibly the only time that the show's title has actually appeared in dialogue uttered by anyone else.
- This episode marks the beginning of composer Joe Harnell's new role on the show for the Second Season, as the show's principal composer of new music. In particular, an "action theme" for Jaime, which Harnell first used in Season One's "Bionic Beauty," would recur regularly from this point on (see "Video Links" below to listen to the score as Jaime decides to "hoof it" through the forest) and be featured over the closing credits.
- While not visible in its syndicated form, the Season Two version of the show's intro sequence debuts here, including Martin E. Brooks for the first time. There are some text changes, but the biggest change is that the shot of Jaime running, that formerly dissolved into a freeze-frame superimposed over Jaime's face for the show title, now dissolves completely, putting the show title over Jaime's face, only. Some slight differences between this intro and that of the following week's make this version unique.
- When Rudy and Oscar are with Steve in the hospital, discussing how his vital signs are 'sinking,' Rudy appears to take Steve's pulse..from his right wrist.
- For Syndication this episode was moved to join Part 1, in Season 4 of The Six Million Dollar Man.
- As part of this decision, the opening intro credits were replaced by the SMDM intro. This was done without reprinting new "supers", the titles after the break, so the episode's origin as the Season 2 premiere of The Bionic Woman is obvious. This has the unfortunate result that Lee Majors, the guest star here, is credited twice while Lindsay Wagner, the star, is not credited.
- The original tail credits remain, in the style of The Bionic Woman, (unlike "Kill Oscar (Part II)" which other than that suffers the mirror image of the problem cited above). The music under the tail credits is a unique variant of the Joe Harnell theme for Season Two, used only here and for the following episode, "In This Corner, Jaime Sommers." By the time of Road to Nashville, the tail credits theme would stabilize for the remainder of Season Two.
- The Film Music of Joe Harnell
- Prior to the comprehensive release, a cue from the final scene was released on "The Film Music of Joe Harnell." Additionally, although not identified as such, the unique tail credits theme used for The Return of Bigfoot (Part II) can be found on the new release "The Bionic Woman - Episodic Collection Vol. 1 - Kill Oscar Parts 1 & 3." It is track #15 of 21.
- The Bionic Woman Episodic Collection Vol. 2 The Return of Bigfoot Part 2
- In September 2008, the entire soundtrack recordings for this episode were released by joeharnell.com.