The Harder They Fall

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14 of season 4
Michael Vejar
Nancy Faulkner
Original airdate
March 27, 1981
David Blackwell
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The Harder They Fall is episode seventy-one of the live-action TV series The Incredible Hulk. It originally aired on March 27, 1981 on CBS.


David is hit by a car and left paralyzed from the waist down. Depressed, he is shown how to adapt to learn to his new disability with the help of another paralyzed man. David believes that if he turns into the Hulk, he will be cured of his paralysis.



4-70 The Harder They Fall

Ending sequence (same as in "Deep Shock" – but in mirror image)

  • A real acting showpiece for Bixby. This episode hits the sensitivity peak as far as Hulk episodes go.
  • The episode features flashbacks to the pilot episode when Banner recalls his discussion with Elaina Marks over the rapidly healing gunshot wound after his first Hulk-out, and considers triggering the metamorphosis deliberately to cure his spinal injury.
  • Memorable scene where a partly debilitated Hulk struggles to walk after transforming from the wheelchair-bound Banner.
  • Hulk-out 1: While paralyzed for the episode, somehow getting caught in the middle of a barroom brawl, and while trying to quietly wheel himself out of the room, being hit by a flying body and knocked down the stairs.
  • Hulk-out 2: While still paralyzed, trying to drive a car to the bank to stop his friend, but drives so slowly that the guy in the truck behind him keeps yelling at him, and then getting caught up in watching his friend wheel into the bank, he forgets to look both ways before entering the intersection, crashes into a car trying to cross in front of him, and gets rear-ended by the truck.
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