Half Nelson

Half Nelson

16 of season 4
Barry Crane
Andrew Schneider
Original airdate
April 17, 1981
David Benley
Baltimore, Maryland
Preceded by
Followed by

Half Nelson is episode sixteen in season four of the live-action TV series The Incredible Hulk. It originally aired on April 17, 1981 on CBS.


David befriends a midget wrestler and becomes involved with the community of the vertically challenged.


  • Bill Bixby as David Banner
  • Jack Colvin as Jack McGee
  • Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk
  • Tommy Madden as Buster 'Half Nelson' Caldwell
  • H.B. Haggerty as Gregor Potemkin
  • Paul Henry Itkin as Channing
  • David Himes as Kelly
  • Joey Forman as Promoter
  • Elaine Joyce as Mitzi
  • Sandy Dryfoos as Marsha
  • Wesley Thompson as Bill
  • Charles Sweigart as Jimmy
  • Frederic Downs as The Porter
  • Luis Cortes as Pete
  • Jimmy Briscoe as Jack
  • Cecelia Holman as Tina
  • Sweet Dick Whittington as Announcer


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Ending sequence

  • One hilarious scene in which David takes in "the reality" of wrestling
  • Hulk out 1: Having his friend tell the Mob that David has their money, so that their enforcers chase David back to the apartment, and then having all  neighbors close their doors on him rather than listen to him saying "Please! You've got to let me in!", and then being beaten up and thrown over the balcony into smelly trash cans
  • Hulk out 2: Trying to help his friend, the midget wrestler known as Half Nelson, by climbing into the ring for him, only to be clobbered by a large, beefy wrestler who practices numerous combination moves on David, in spite of David's (and McGee's) numerous cries of "Stop! You don't know what you're doing! You're making me angry!"


  • This is the fifth and last episode directed by Barry Crane
  • The opening scene is the same as the ending sequence of "Life And Death", "The Confession", "Babalao", and "Stop The Presses"
  • The episode has a similar plot to the season one episode "Final Round"
  • Paul Henry Itkin also appeared in "Final Round", as Mr. Sariego's assistant, which was similar in that the character was in connection with boxing and involved in drug dealing
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