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The Cross-Country Kidnap 

OSI computer programmer Liza Leitman who also competes in Olympic horse racing, is under threat of being kidnapped. Though she refuses to have any of Oscar's 'dwarfs' shadowing her, Oscar sends Steve Austin to tail her anyway.

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Christian Nyby

Writers:

Ray Brenner (story), Stephen Kandel (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lee Majors ... Col. Steve Austin
Richard Anderson ... Oscar Goldman
Donna Mills ... Liza Leitman
Frank Aletter ... Borden
Tab Hunter ... Arnold Blake
John Gabriel ... Dirk Shuster
Ben Wright ... Benno Reichert
Jerome Guardino ... Veneman
Art Koulias Art Koulias ... Guard
Robert Forward Robert Forward ... Major Davis
John McKee John McKee ... Starter
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OSI computer programmer Liza Leitman who also competes in Olympic horse racing, is under threat of being kidnapped. Though she refuses to have any of Oscar's 'dwarfs' shadowing her, Oscar sends Steve Austin to tail her anyway.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Lisa's line that "The hills are alive with the sound..." in undoubtedly an inside joke to the fact that Ben Wright played Hans Zeller in "The Sound of Music." See more »

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The horse riding scenes seen during the credit sequence after the main titles are drawn from different scenes later in the story. Notice that Steve Austin is first seen wearing a denim outfit while watching Liza ride, then jumping a hurdle in a brown jacket and white pants. See more »

Quotes

Liza Leitman: [Austin helps Liza dismount her horse] I'm sweaty.
Col. Steve Austin: Well, I kinda like it.
Liza Leitman: [laughs] You really do appeal to all my... baser instincts.
Col. Steve Austin: Well, we gotta start some place.
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Surprisingly Violent & Adult Bionic Man Installment
23 April 2008 | by SquonkamaticSee all my reviews

This is one of the more surprising episodes from the stellar 2nd series of "The Six Million Dollar Man", which may not have had the edginess of the first season but represented the show at it's most entertaining -- for grownups, at least. Youngsters like myself at the time were welcome to watch along and get all psyched up whenever the Bionic Man did something bionic, but the screenplay for this outing in particular (written in part by TV action favorite Steven Kandel) is a bit beyond the grasp of nine year old boys.

We get a pretty, firm bottomed 25 year old OSI computer programming whiz who's participation in US Olympic trials for the steeplechase team puts her in jeopardy of kidnap from a bunch of double agents, one of which is actually played by matinée hero Tab Hunter. Colonel Steve Austin is assigned as an unwelcome bodyguard who gets to run along the steeplechase route at bionic speed to keep an eye on her, an improbability to say the least since you'd think that SOMEONE WOULD NOTICE ...

But never mind, the well cast supporting group punches, beats and shoots their way through the cast, generating one of the highest body counts for the series since the Russians were phased out. I counted about four dead and twice as many more headed for the hospital by the end of the adventure. This is not an episode made with the kids in mind The dialog is also surprisingly grown-up as well, with off the cuff one liners about horses getting their heads blown off, women threatening to cry rape, and some double entredes about how fetching guest starlet Donna Mills looks in her skin tight riding outfit. Mind you I'm not objecting to any of this: While the show may lack a suitable opponent for the Bionic Man in the form of Bigfoot, a bunch of NFL linebackers or a runaway space probe, it's a good example of what SMDM might have evolved into if Colonel Steve Austin hadn't become a childhood idol to millions and remained a Friday night action/adventure show aimed at grownups.

One of the things that works best about the episode is how it was written specifically with the Bionic Man in mind; while Steve doesn't go near any rocket ships or battle the Russians, none of the actions that he engages in to keep fans happy with their bionic feat quota reverts to being Gratuitous Bionic Displays. Instead we see him running along after the horses, throwing bails of hay at hidden assassins 450 yards away and breaking loose from the bad guy's trap to save the pretty lady with the nice can in the tight pants for a little bionic horseplay joke to close the chapter. It all works quite nicely, but you just sort of have to marvel at how violent this particular installment is for a supposed family show. Here's one that demonstrates that at this point, at least, it really wasn't, and for that reason alone it continues to sort of stand out as a more mature example of what the show was getting at.

7/10


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