Back in the ’70s, when I was around 6 or 7, my sister and I were obsessed with THE BIONIC WOMAN and, to a lesser extent, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN.
We would lay on our stomachs on the floor in front of the huge wooden T.V. console and bask in the weekly hour-long glow of bionic metal bending and jumping and listening – all done in slo-mo. I loved Jamie so much and wanted to be like her so much that my next door neighbor and I would place a magazine with her picture on it between us on the concrete front steps of my childhood home, and scribble furiously on pads of paper in hopes of building up our bionic strength. I guess the whole bionic surgery thing sort of eluded me at that age.
There were a few BIONIC WOMAN episodes that scared me back then – the Fembots and the doomsday one – but the one that really took the cake was actually an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN where Jamie starts to reject her bionics. It starts out with some spazzy hand action, but then escalates to a meltdown of gargantuan proportions where she runs around in the rain and freaks out in a phone booth.
This whole thing took place before my Jamie love developed, so I was basically just watching a pretty lady turn into a melty-faced freak show before my eyes. Sadly, I couldn’t find a clip of the meltdown – but here are some screen shots of one of my earliest childhood T.V. traumas.
AUNT JOHN SEZ: For more on those fantastic Fembots, be sure to check out Kinderpal Brother Bill‘s bionic post over at THE HAUNTED CLOSET.
Good lord, coming from the reanimated bot: is that John Houseman’s voice?
Remember these episodes, as well. I was just as freaked out! Those FEMBOTS were the stuff of 70s nightmares!
I still have my Bionic Woman doll and the contraption you would hook her up to “recharge” her bionics. It was one of my favorite toys growing up and I loved that show.
I can’t believe I don’t remember this episode. Well, it has been years, but we do have some Bionic Woman episodes that are now apparently calling my name!
I love the clip where she rips the phone book:
Do NOT mess with this teacher!
Jamie reminds me of Cyborg. C’mon, she was a tennis pro, Cyborg was a football player/decathlon star (depending on which canon you’re going by), both are injured in accidents relating to their profession (although Cyborg was in a car crash IIRC, and we don’t know why Jamie was skydiving in the first place) and get their lives saved by cybernetic implants. Although for Cyborg, it was his father. And Jamie is 10 years older than Cyborg. Two years after Jamie left the airwaves, guess who debuts in DC Comics?
This episode actually reminds me of one of the comics where Cyborg is too rejecting his cybernetics and having a meltdown screaming “Why wouldn’t you let me die?!” to his dad.