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Now displaying: Category: The Six Million Dollar Man
Jun 26, 2022

"The Son & Dance Spy"
Airdate: October 5, 1975

Written by Jerry Devine
Directed by Dick Moder Synopsis: Steve attempts to prove his msucian friend is innocent of espionage.

John and Jerry are joined by guest John Champion of the Mission Log Podcast.  Together, they discuss the merits of having Sonny Bono in the episode, the musical choices used, and play a game of This or That.

Join us Sunday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

John Champion

 

 

 

Jun 12, 2022

"The Price of Liberty"
Airdate: September 28, 1975

Written by Kenneth Johnson and Justin Edgerton
Directed by Dick Moder Synopsis: Steve must rescue the Liberty Bell after it is stolen and threatened with destruction.

After the two-part "Return of the Bionic Woman", this is an interesting and more thoughtful and lowkey episode in terms of bionics. Fan Kevin Durkee joins John and Jerry to discuss the importance of the Liberty Bell as a symbol and the slower pacing of this story and how it works out well.

Join us Sunday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Kevin Durkee

 

 

 

May 29, 2022
"The Return of the Bionic Woman, Part 2"
Airdate: September 21, 1975

Written by Kenneth Johnson
Directed by Dick Moder Synopsis: Jaime goes on a mission with Steve and it almost ends in disaster.

The third season of reviews kicks off with a highly anticipated episode. Fan Elizabeth Goddard joins John and Jerry to break it all down and to play some fun games.  Plus, we talk about the impact having Lindsay back on the show had for the series.

Join us Sunday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Elizabeth Goddard

 

 

 

May 22, 2022
"The Return of the Bionic Woman"
Airdate: September 14, 1975

Written by Kenneth Johnson
Directed by Dick Moder Synopsis: Steve learns that Jaime Sommers is alive and he demands answers.

The third season of reviews kicks off with a highly anticipated episode. Fans Rod DeLuca and Marianne Powers Sullivan join John and Jerry to break it all down and to play some fun games.  Plus, we talk about the impact having Lindsay back on the show had for the series.

Join us Sunday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Rod De Luca

Marianne Powers Sullivan

 

 

 

May 1, 2022

"Steve Austin, Fugitive"
Airdate: April 27, 1975

Written by Mark Frost and Richard Carr (teleplay) and Wilton Denmark (story)
Directed by Russ Mayberry Synopsis: Steve is accused of a murder orchestrated by a man out for revenge. We come to the end of the second season of reviews with our look at "Steve Austin, Fugitive". Steve is accused of the murder of an OSI technician and it's up to Callahan to help him. David Alexander joins John and Jerry to break it all down and to showcase his latest custom action figures.

Join us Sunday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

David Alexander

 

 

 

Apr 15, 2022
"Outrage in Balinderry"
Airdate: April 20, 1975

Written by Paul and Margaret Schneider
Directed by Earl Bellamy Synopsis: Steve comes to the aid of a US ambassador to the country of Balinderry when the ambassador's wife is kidnapped by terrorists.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by artist Pete Wallbank to discuss the political implications of this episode, especially in Pete's country of England.

Join us Sunday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Pete Wallbank

 

 

 

Jul 15, 2021

"The Bionic Woman, Part Two"
Airdate: March 23, 1975

Written by Kenneth Johnson
Directed by Richard Moder

Synopsis: After nearly perishing in a skydiving accident, Jaime is rejuvenated by the bionic techniques that saved Steve's life.  But as Jaime wishes to show her appreciation by engaging in a mission with Steve, she is keeping from him the bionic rejection she is experiencing.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by bionic fans Rod DeLuca and Cathleen O'Neill as they discuss the gut-wrenching ending to the introduction of The Bionic Woman that is still as emotional in viewings today.

Join us Sunday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Rod DeLuca

Cathleen O'Neill

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Jul 1, 2021

"The Bionic Woman, Part One"
Airdate: March 16, 1975

Written by Kenneth Johnson
Directed by Richard Moder

Synopsis: Jaime Sommers returns to Ojai and she picks up her romance with Steve Austin.  But the reunion is short-lived as Jaime finds herself in a crippling accident and Steve is forced to make the decision to turn her into a bionic woman.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by bionic fans Rod DeLuca and Cathleen O'Neill as they discuss Lindsay's performance, the dual performances of Malachi Throne and a lot more.

Join us Sunday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Rod DeLuca

Cathleen O'Neill

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Jun 29, 2021

"The ESP Spy"
Airdate: March 2, 1975

Written by Lionel E. Siegel
Directed by Jerry London

Synopsis: Steve recruits a young woman with ESP talent to suss out another ESP person who is stealing secrets from the minds of OSI scientists.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by Chris Cooling of The Forgotten TV Podcast as they obsess about the term kinky in the episode, as well as discuss how casual working with kids appeared for action adventure shows of the past and the performance of Robbie Lee..

Join us Sunday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 7:00ET as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Chris Cooling

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Sep 13, 2020

"Look Alike"
Airdate: February 23, 1975

Written by Gustave Field (story), Richard Carr (teleplay)
Directed by Jerry London

Synopsis: A duplicate of Steve attempts to steal secret information that will be sold to enemy governments.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by the Wonderful Bill Flynn of Geek Radio Daily as they discuss how shady an organization is the OSI that they recruit Marcus so mysteriously while having such poor security that John Dine is able to steal top secret material with ease.

Join us Sunday nights at 8:00EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 8L00ES as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Billy Flynn

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Sep 7, 2020

"Taneha"
Airdate: February 2, 1975

Written by Margaret Armen
Directed by Earl Bellamy

Synopsis: Steve is determined to save a wild cougar before it is killed by a mob and a young woman who wants revenge for it killing her father.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by voice actor/writer Julie Hoverson as they discuss the different style of story that we deal with here, Steve's relationship with EJ, and how silly Taneha looks as an overweight, drugged cat.

Join us Sunday nights at 8:00EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 8L00ES as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Julie Hoverson

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Sep 3, 2020

"Return of the Robot Maker"
Airdate: January 26, 1975

Written by Del Reisman (story) and Mark Frost (story and teleplay)
Directed by Phil Bondelli

Synopsis: Dr. Dolenz returns with a plot to steal another top secret device with the aid of a robot duplicate of Oscar.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by The Quick and the Dad writer/artist Ken Holtzhouser as they discuss the conclusion of the robot maker trilogy where John makes the argument that this is simply a remake of the first episode, but done better.

Join us Sunday nights at 8:00EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 8L00ES as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Ken Holtzhouser

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Aug 31, 2020

"The Last Kamikaze"
Airdate: January 19, 1975

Written by Judy Burns
Directed by Dick Moder

Synopsis: Steve is sent to a remote island to recover an experimental nuclear device and is captured by a lone survivor of a kamikaze plane from World War II.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by OSI Files webmaster Todd Wiedemann as they discuss the phenomenon of Japanese soldiers trapped on islands thinking WWII is ongoing, the move of the show to Sunday nights, and the merchandise that's available for fans.

Join us Sunday nights at 8:00EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 8L00ES as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Todd Wiedemann

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Aug 26, 2020

"Lost Love"
Airdate: January 17, 1975

Written by Melvin Levy (story), Richard Carr (teleplay)
Directed by Arnold Laven

Synopsis: Steve reconnects with an old flame only to find that her husband is still alive and wants her back.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by longtime fan Mike Nelli as they discuss how this episode isn't as bad as John originally made it out to be, The odd placement before "The Bionic Woman" and the number of bionic stunts in the episode.

Join us Sunday nights at 8:00EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 8L00ES as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Mike Nelli

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Aug 23, 2020

"The Cross-Country Kidnap"
Airdate: January 10, 1975

Written by Ray Brenner (story), Stephen Kandel (teleplay)
Directed by Christian Nyby

Synopsis: Steve is assigned as a bodyguard to an OSI Cryptologist who wants to try out for the Olympic Equestrian Team.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by Second Union's Jeff Andrews as they discuss the sexism in the episode, the unusual dialogue, and how the show was on the verge of finding new fame as it moved to Sunday night.

Join us Sunday nights at 8:00EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 8L00ES as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Jeff Andrews

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Aug 17, 2020

"The Peeping Blonde"
Airdate: December 20, 1974

Written by W.T. Zacha (story), Wilton Denmark (teleplay)
Directed by Hershel Daugherty

Synopsis: An ambitious television journalist captures footage of Steve in bionic action and threatens to release it to the world unless she gets the exclusive.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by author RJ Sullivan as they discuss John's fascination with W.T. Zacha, RJ's fascination with Farrah Fawcett, and the role of a newscaster and if Farrah's character goes too far with her quest for a story.

Join us Sunday nights at 8:00EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Wednesday nights at 8L00ES as we discuss an episode of THE BIONIC WOMAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

RJ Sullivan

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Dec 2, 2019

"Stranger in Broken Fork"
Airdate: December 13, 1974

Written by Bill Svanoe (story), Wilton Denmark (teleplay)
Directed by Christian Nyby

Synopsis: Steve survives a crash of his plane but is left with amnesia.  He struggles to learn who he is while dealing with a town of mistrusting folks.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by writer/editor Glenn Greenberg as they discuss how the episode feels more like a Bionic Woman story, should this have been a two-parter, and how this story shows Steve as the hero when he is under stress.

Join us Sunday nights at 8:00EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Glenn Greenberg

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Nov 11, 2019

"Act of Piracy"
Airdate: November 29, 1974

Written by David Ketchum (story), Peter Allan Fields (teleplay)
Directed by Christian I. Nyby II 

Synopsis: Steve and an oceanographic expedition are seized by a ruthless dictator to be used as pawns.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by artist Pete Wallbank as they discuss the more lighthearted aspects of this episode, the flirtatious nature of Steve Austin, and Pete's artistic endeavors with the bionic shows.

Join us Sunday nights at 8:00EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Pete Wallbank

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Nov 5, 2019

"The Deadly Replay"
Airdate: November 22, 1974

Written by Wilton Denmark
Directed by Christian I. Nyby II 

Synopsis: Steve gets the chance to "climb back on the horse" by test piloting the very landing craft that caused him to become bionic. 

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, joined by fan Rob Silva as they discuss the retcon of Steve's past flight with the addition of new characters and the wrinkle that his accident was more deliberate than was originally shown.  Does it work here?  Is it all necessary?

Join us Sunday nights at 8:00EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Rob Silva

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Oct 28, 2019

"The Midas Touch"
Airdate: November 15, 1974

Written by Donald L Gold & Lester Wm. Burke (story) and Lester Wm. Burke and Peter Allan Fields (teleplay)
Directed by Bruce Bilson 

Synopsis: Steve investigates a shady mining operation that Oscar is apparently fronting.  John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, joined by fan Kevin Durkee as they discuss Steve's characterization, the lost potential of this story, and John's issues with this particular episode.

Join us Sunday nights at 8:00EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative

Kevin Durkee

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Oct 22, 2019

"Straight on Til Morning"
Airdate: November 8, 1974

Written by D.C. Fonatana
Directed by Lawrence Doheny 

Synopsis: Steve tries to help an alien family trapped on Earth from being captured by a fearful public and a curious Oscar Goldman.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are on their own for this episode as they discuss character motivations from episode to episode, the actor Cliff Osmond, and the novelization of this episode

Join us Sunday nights at 8:00EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative



None

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Jun 22, 2019

 

"The Seven Million Dollar Man"
Airdate: November 1, 1974
Written by Peter Allan Fields
Directed by Dick Moder 

Synopsis: Steve discovers that Oscar has authorized the creation of another bionic operative.  The problem is, Barney Miller, the second bionic man, is not handling his implants as well as Steve.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by the Fortress of Baileytude host, Michael Bailey. They discuss the retcon of Steve's origins, the fighting styles of 70s TV, and the thinking behind choosing an unstable person for a medical experiment. In addition, we play This or That with a director Dick Moder theme.

Join us Sunday nights at 8:30EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative



Michael Bailey has a bio coming shortly.

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Mar 31, 2019

"The Pal-Mir Escort"
Airdate: October 4, 1974
Written by Margaret and Paul Schneider
Directed by Lawrence Dobkin 

Synopsis: When the Prime Minister of a small country has a heart attack while negotiating a peace treaty with neighboring countries, she is selected to receive the first bionic heart. Steve is assigned to protect her while she is transported to the secret hospital where the procedure will take place.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by longtime fan Elizabeth Goddard. They discuss the changing of country names in the political climate of the 70s and Anne Revere's performance. In addition, we play This or That with a focus on those targeted by the Red Scare of the 50s.

Join us Sunday nights at 8:30EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative



Elizabeth Goddard has a bio coming shortly.

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Feb 24, 2019

"Pilot Error"
Airdate: September 27, 1974
Written by Edward J. Lasko
Directed by Jerry Jameson 

Synopsis:A plane carrying Steve, a senator, and the senator's aides crashes in the desert. Steve must lead the others to safety despite being blinded in the crash.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange, are joined by longtime fan Mike Nelli. They discuss the more serious tone to this episode and the lack of bionics used, especially to resolve the situation.  Plus, we discuss the novelization of this episode, the only one, besides "The Secret of Bigfoot" to get a solo adaptation.  In addition, we play This or That with a focus on the writers of the two series.

Join us Sunday nights at 8:30EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers. 


Bionic Operative



Mike Nelli has a bio that is coming shortly.

 

 

 


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

Dec 26, 2018

"The Pioneers"
Airdate: September 20, 1974
Written by Kathy Barrett (story) * Bill Svanoe (Teleplay)
Directed by Christian I Nyby II 

Synopsis: Steve and Rudy go in search of a downed satellite containing two astronauts testing a suspended animation formula.  But one of the two has awakened prematurely and in a manic rage, tears through the countryside with unusual strength.

John and co-host, artist Jerry Lange are joined by actor and filmmaker E. Adam Thomas. They discuss the music of this episode, the poor use of Vince Dedrick in the stunt scenes in this episode, and the ties this episode has with "The Secret of Bigfoot".  Plus, Adam shares his Six Million Dollar Man lunch box from Big Bang Pow!, his Lindsay Wagner signed copy of the second season of the Bionic Woman DVD set, and his Alan Oppenheimer and Lee Majors signed copy of The Six Million Dollar Man box set.  In addition, he also has a movie poster for Godzilla vs. The Bionic Monster, something Universal was diligent about suing over.  In addition, we play This or That created by Jerry with a Lee/Lindsay in other projects theme.

Join us Friday nights at 10:00EST as we discuss an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN with a fan as well as featuring live commentary from our viewers.  This audio will be available shortly after in the OSI Files feed.


Bionic Operative



E. Adam Thomas has a bio that is coming shortly.


BIONIC GALLERY

 

 

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