2x19 The Bionic Woman (1)
First Aired: Mar. 16, 1975 on ABC
Summary: While visiting his folks, Steve Austin learns that Jaime Sommers is in the area and tries to rekindle their love affair. After becoming engaged, Steve and Jamie go skydiving, which ends in tragedy when he parachute becomes entangled. Steve pleads with Oscar to help save her life the same…
Col. Steve Austin: No way.
Jamie Sommers: I feel so... I don't know. My right arm looks all right. What did they do?
Col. Steve Austin: It looks more than, all right. You see, Jaime, this is a very special hospital. They can rebuild you. Even better, than you were.
Jamie Sommers: Rebuild?
Col. Steve Austin: It's a brand new science called bionics, where the biology of your own body controls electronics, in your arm.
Jamie Sommers: [after glancing, at her bionic arm] You mean, my right arm isn't my arm?
Col. Steve Austin: Yes, it is, now. It's wonderful, Jaime. It's like nothing you've ever seen before. And once we've trained it, you'll never be able to tell it from your left. Believe me.
Jamie Sommers: [after looking at her arm again] It looks all right, huh?
Col. Steve Austin: Oh, it looks great.
Jamie Sommers: I guess I'm lucky. I could've lost my left arm, too. Or my legs. Steve, I want to see my legs.
Col. Steve Austin: Sure.
Jamie Sommers: Ooh, thank God. I thought for a minute I remembered...
Jamie Sommers: . What's wrong, Steve? I can't move my legs.
Col. Steve Austin: They're bionic, too.
Jamie Sommers: [Rolls her eyes] Oh, my God.
Dr. Rudy Wells: Well I'll tell you what, why don't you just turn your back and whisper something? [indicates for Jaime, who is in a glass booth, to turn her back also]
Dr. Rudy Wells: Eh, part of a nursery rhyme, or anything.
Col. Steve Austin: Eh... Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
Jamie Sommers: And Rudy Wells and those bionic men put Jaime and Steve back together again. [giggles]
Jamie Sommers: [Panicking] What did you let them do to me?
Col. Steve Austin: Look, I know how you feel.
Jamie Sommers: No, you don't! Why'd you let them do that?
Col. Steve Austin: Jaime, trust me. Please trust me.
Jamie Sommers: [Tears in her eyes] I don't want to be a freak.
Col. Steve Austin: Jaime.
Jamie Sommers: Why don't you just let me die? For God's sake!
Col. Steve Austin: Jaime, don't tell me about wanting to die.
Col. Steve Austin: Look at me.
Col. Steve Austin: Look at me!
Col. Steve Austin: I know how tough it is. I went through exactly what you're going through.
Jamie Sommers: [Looked amazed when Steve, ripped the two pieces off the metal chair] You're arm is bionic?
Col. Steve Austin: [Nods] And both legs. And an eye.
Jamie Sommers: An eye?
Col. Steve Austin: [Nods]
Jamie Sommers: Which one?
Col. Steve Austin: You tell me.
Jamie Sommers: [guessing] I can't.
Col. Steve Austin: Now will you trust me? I'll be here to help you, Jaime, every step of the way. But you got to try. You've got want to live, Jaime. You hear me?
Jamie Sommers: Yes.
Col. Steve Austin: [Kisses Jaime's forehead]
- Goof (factual errors): Contrary to what Dr. Wells tells Steve, 4000 hertz is definitely not too high a frequency for normal people to hear; it's merely in the mid-upper range of human hearing, like a fairly high "C" on a keyboard. Even "basic" or "bargain" audio graphic equalizers that have just a few separate frequency controls (like five or seven level-adjusters) often have an upper range of at least 16,000 hertz.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): For Steve's mission, Oscar briefs him to recover $20 bill printing plates stolen from the Denver Mint. The Mint only makes coins. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is responsible for printing paper money.
- Goof (continuity error): When Steve and Jaime are readying themselves for their parachute-jump, the ground is only a few thousand feet away, yet just moments later when they are starting their fall from the plane, they are obviously at least a couple miles up.
- Goof (continuity error): Jaime's parachute is yellow and blue with a red center panel. Yet in the shots of the lines getting tangled, the chute is plain white. Then when Jaime hits the ground, the chute is the original colorful fabric again.
- Goof (continuity error): At the end of their parachute-jump, Steve pulls his rip cord first. Jamie continues to fall below him for several more seconds before pulling her cord, which guarantees that she will reach the ground first. But a moment later we see Steve land first, and then looks up to watch Jamie's approach.
- Dana Plato's first credited role.
- The popular two-part episode "The Bionic Woman" featured two songs performed on the soundtrack by Lee Majors himself. These were the country song "Gotta Get Loose" and the ballad "Sweet Jamie", the latter of which was loosely based upon the Six Million Dollar Man theme music.
- Lindsay Wagner took the part of Jaime Sommers as a birthday present for her sister, whose favorite show was The Six Million Dollar Man.
- Originally broadcast as a two-part episode of The Six Million Dollar Man and released to video as a 100-minute movie in the 1980s.