Stop the Presses


9 of season 2
Jeffrey Hayden
Karen Harris, Jill Sherman Donner
Original airdate
November 24, 1978
David Bernard
Preceded by
Followed by

Stop the Presses is episode twenty-one of the live-action TV series The Incredible Hulk. It originally aired on November 24, 1978 on CBS.


David's picture is taken by an employee of the National Register while working in a restaurant that is the subject of a smear campaign. Now, it is up to David to break into the National Register building and get the picture back before Jack McGee sees it. Unfortunately, Mr. McGee happens to be working late that night!


  • Bill Bixby as David Banner
  • Jack Colvin as Jack McGee
  • Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk
  • Julie Cobb as Jill Norton
  • Mary Frann as Karen Weiss
  • Pat Morita as Fred
  • Art Metrano as Charlie
  • Sam Chew Jr. as Joe Arnold
  • Richard O'Brien as Mark Roberts
  • Judson Pratt as Guard Samuelson
  • Janet Brandt as Lenette Logan
  • Michael Griswold as Mr. Geller
  • Tain Bodkin as Game Warden
  • Sandy Champion as Printer
  • Donald Petrie as Copyboy


2-20 Stop the Presses

Ending sequence (also used in "Life and Death", "The Confession", and "Babalao")

  • A light-hearted episode with Pat Morita (The Karate Kid, Happy Days) as a sarcastic chef
  • The scene in which David has to hide in a crowded elevator because Jack McGee enters the same elevator
  • Hulk out 1:  Being caught taking photos of tough guys committing monkey business in the restaurant, and then being beaten up and thrown under a table
  • Hulk out 2: Getting his jacket caught in the printwheels at the newspaper printing room, and then inexplicably sticking his hand into the rollers


  • "I love brainy dishwashers." —Karen White


  • The name of the National Register's unseen publisher, Robert Steinhauer, is an inside-joke reference to the show's co-producer/unit production manager Robert Bennett Steinhauer
  • Writers Karen Harris and Jill Sherman Donner used their own first names for the two lead female characters
  • This episode is the first of four appearances for Mark Roberts, McGee's editor
  • Mary Frann is best known for playing Joanna on Newhart (1982–90)
  • Julie Cobb is the daughter of actor Lee J. Cobb.
  • A rare instance in the series in which the Hulk reverts back to Banner offscreen the first Hulkout, but Onscreen the second
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