Never Give A Trucker An Even Break


9 of season 1
Kenneth Gilbert
Original airdate
April 28, 1978
David Bradford
Preceded by
Followed by

Never Give a Trucker an Even Break is episode nine of the live-action TV series The Incredible Hulk. It originally aired on April 28, 1978, on CBS.


While hitchhiking, David is picked up by a young woman and becomes mixed up in her plan to take back her father's tank truck from the men who stole it. (This is one of the more humorous episodes of the series.)


  • Bill Bixby as David Banner
  • Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk
  • Jennifer Darling as Joanie
  • Frank Christi as Ted
  • Grand L. Bush as Mike
  • Peggy Doyle as Woman at Gas Station
  • Don Starr as Storekeeper
  • Charles Alvin Bell as Man at Gas Station


[David needs to call the police and tries to use a payphone.]
"Please deposit twenty-five cents for the first three minutes." —Operator
"I don't have twenty-five cents!" —David [in a low voice—as he begins transforming into the Hulk]

[After re-transformation, he looks at the tattered remains of his shirt.]
"I really have to buy shirts that stretch." —David



  • Banner drives a car while transforming – with a passed out woman in the front seat (Hulk-out 2)
  • Lou carries Jennifer as he runs, using only one arm (right)
  • Hulk-out 1: The pay-phone scene: Banner turns into the Hulk because he does not have enough change for the phone call (see Quotes)
  • Hulk-out 2: While being chased by a semi, David crashes his car into a mountainside, knocking out his passenger, and then succumbs to stress as the semi bears down on his unmoving car.


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The episode title is a play on the 1941 W.C. Fields movie Never Give a Sucker an Even Break.

Stock footage was taken from Steven Spielberg's television movie Duel (both the series and the movie were produced by Universal Pictures). Spielberg was allegedly furious at the use of the footage, but as he was under contract to Universal as a TV director when Duel was filmed, the studio executives were free to use the footage as they wished.

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