CTVA US Adventure - "The Greatest American Hero" (Stephen J. Cannell/ABC) Season 2 (1981-82)

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Starring
William Katt, Robert Culp, Connie Sellecca

Season 2 (ABC) (1981-82)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
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references:
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ABC Wednesdays 8:00-9:00pm Eastern

2.1 [--] The Greatest American Hero: THE TWO-HUNDRED-MILE-AN-HOUR FAST BALL
4-Nov-81 ABC Wed
w. Stephen J. Cannell d. Georg Stanford Brown
Song: The Game Goes On by Stephen Geyer
Special Guests: Don Drysdale and Mike Douglas (as themselves)
Guest Cast:
Markie Post ............. Debbie Dante
Bruce Kirby ............. Shorty Robinson
Carmen Argenziano ....... Nick Castle
Hector Elias ............ Henrique Diaz
Michael J. London ....... Raymond Sloane
William Marquez ......... Manny Garcia
Charles McDaniel ........ Tommy the Greek
Richard Gjonola ......... Russ Decker
Ralph Mauro ............. Man
Hank Robinson ........... Umpire #1
Porfirio Guzman Berrones ..... Manuel Cortez
Stanley Brock ........... Big Al
Ralph dons a baseball suit to trap Latino revolutionaries who plan to finance a coup by fixing ball games.
Ralph is HINKLEY again.

2.2 [--] The Greatest American Hero: OPERATION SPOILSPORT
11-Nov-81 ABC Wed
w. Frank Lupo d. Rod Holcomb
Song: "I'm No Hero" by Stephen Geyer
Song "Eve of Destruction" not credited because not new.
Guest Cast:
John Anderson ............ General Gerald Stocker
Robin Riker .............. Nancy Ratner
William Bogert ........... Agent Carlisle
Al White ................. Capt. Reilly
John Difusco ............. Sergeant Jenson
Dudley Knight ............ Charles Ratner
James Burr Johnson ....... Mayor Dyle
John Brandon ............. Admiral Bailey
Russ Marin ............... Secretary of defense
Ronald Spivey ............ Smitty
John Bristol ............. Guy under bridge
Don Maxwell .............. Motorcycle cop
Dein Wein ................ Sgt. at computer
Rex G. Yon ............... Man near phone booth
An insane commander has gotten control of the missile-launching computer and a missile is on its way to the USSR.
It is up to Ralph to stop it.

2.3 [--] The Greatest American Hero: DON'T MESS AROUND WITH JIM
18-Nov-81 ABC Wed
w. Stephen J. Cannell d. Robert C. Thompson
Song: You Got The Power by Stephen Geyer
Guest Cast:
Joseph Wiseman ........... James J. Beck
Stan Lachow .............. Jordan Heath
Luke Andreas ............. Jilly Mitchell
Byron Morrow ............. Marshall Dunn
Michael Alldredge ........ Vern
Bernard Behrens .......... Dr. Springfield
W.T. Zacha ............... Greg Mathews
Fred Lerner .............. Mike
Jerry Dunphy ............. Jerry Dunphy as himself
Chuck Bowman ............. Keith Asherman
Barry Cutler ............. Cab driver
Barry Davis .............. Croupier
Phyllis Hall ............. Girl #1
Zan Daes ................. Girl #2
Don Pulford .............. Gil
Dave Ziletti ............. Phil
Sonny Shields ............ Diggs
Carl Wichman ............. Pilot
A billionaire has Ralph and Bill shanghied and brought to him. He asks them to handle his will and reveals
a shocking secret. Location is Las Vegas. [Pamela (Connie Sellecca) is not in this episode.]

2.4 [--] The Greatest American Hero: HOG WILD
25-Nov-81 ABC Wed
w. Stephen J. Cannell d. Ivan Dixon
Song: Trouble On Wheels by Stephen Geyer
Guest Cast:
Dennis Burkley ........... Preacher
Paul Koslo ............... Bad B.
Gregory Sierra ........... Sheriff Mark Vargas
Tony Burton .............. Curley
Dennis Fimple ............ Deputy Kyle
Marianne Muellerleile .... Stella
Carol Jones .............. Sandra
Al Dunlap ................ Sam Watson
Hoke Howell .............. Dr. Worley
Gary Lee Davis ........... Ted
Anne Bellamy ............. Coleen Watson
Kerrie Cullen ............ Flo
Marland Proctor .......... Basil
Terrance Beasor .......... County sheriff
A biker gang captures Bill and forces Ralph to help them terrorize a desert town. Amusing as Koslo tries
to use the suit. [Pamela (Connie Sellecca) is not in this episode.]

2.5 [--] The Greatest American Hero: CLASSICAL GAS
2-Dec-81 ABC Wed
w. Frank Lupo d. Bruce Kessler
Song: Wings of Love by Stephen Geyer sung by Faye Grant
Guest Cast:
Ed Winter ................ Charley Wilde
George Loros ............. Hydra
Blake Clark .............. Sgt. Crane
Garnett Smith ............ Col. Hansen
Christopher Thomas ....... Man
Joe Horvath .............. Doug
Steve Liebman ............ Huey
Dennis Madalone .......... Biker
Ralph is jealous of a concert promoter and has him investigated which leads to his identification as a phoney
who has a connection with a known terrorist. The kids form a rock group and keep changing its name from
Highway 101 to Downtown Expressway to L.A. Freeway to Rush Hour and back again.

2.6 [--] The Greatest American Hero: THE BEAST IN THE BLACK
9-Dec-81 ABC Wed
w. Juanita Bartlett d. Arnold Laven
Guest Cast:
Christine Belford ........ Sheila Redman, the spirit
Rae Allen ................ Edith Morabito
Jane Merrow .............. Betty
Jeff MacKay .............. Dr. Weinstein
Vince Howard ............. Workman
John Macchia ............. Arnold
Ralph is offered the opportunity to strip an old house marked for demolition. He tells the kids that it is
their chance to get the money for a class present. They scoff, but do it. Little do they know that the old
mansion is haunted by an evil spirit. Great episode for horror fans.

2.7 [--] The Greatest American Hero: THE LOST DIABLO
16-Dec-81 ABC Wed
w. Juanita Bartlett d. Laurence Doheny
Guest Cast:
John Miranda ............. Fletcher Casco
Gary Grubbs .............. Doyle Casco
Fred Downs ............... Pop Casco
Bill Quinn ............... Harian Blackford
Joseph Whipp ............. Sheriff
Michael O'Leary .......... Student #1
Patti Mariano ............ Student #2
Wayne Scherzer ........... Student #3
Ralph takes the class on a field trip into gold-mining country, using a map belonging to a retired agent.

2.8 [--] The Greatest American Hero: THE PLAGUE
6-Jan-82 ABC Wed
w. Rudolph Borchert d. Arnold Laven
Song: Don't Let Me Down by Stephen Geyer
Guest Cast:
Ed Grover ................ Harlow Bunker
Jeff Cooper .............. Reo Crocker
Arthur Rosenberg ......... Dr. Kelly
Chip Johnson ............. Jeff Sharp
J.P. Bumstead ............ Agent Spiegel
Hank Salas ............... Cadre man
Melvin F. Allen .......... Arnold Diggs
Richard Brand ............ Dr. Keene
Blake Marion ............. Radar operator
James Dyers .............. Medic
Robert Curtis ............ Truck driver
Glenn Wilder ............. Harvey Locke
When a truck driver is found dead in his truck carrying a biological weapon, Bill is assigned to investigate
and finds a mercenary group led by a fanatic.

2.9 [--] The Greatest American Hero: A TRAIN OF THOUGHT
13-Jan-82 ABC Wed
w. Frank Lupo d. Lawrence Doheny
Songs: 'Where Do We Go From Here'
and 'My Friends' by Stephen Geyer
Guest Cast:
Dabbs Greer .............. Fenster
James Lydon .............. McGivers
Robert Alan Browne ....... Deacon
Sonja Petrovna ........... Sonja
Judd Omen ................ Mohammed
Warren Munson ............ Engineer
Nick Cinardo ............. Sylvester
Perry Cook ............... Carter
Also Starring:
Arnie Moore .............. Shaeffer
Nick Shields ............. Brakeman
Ari Barak ................ Josef
Milt Kogan ............... Doctor
Jean Le Clerc ............ Azziz
David Tress .............. Dr. Gardner
Dave Shelley ............. Atkins
Frank McCarthy ........... Marshall
F. William Parker ........ Richards
A head-on confrontation with a train causes Ralph to have amnesia. He remembers Pam, but forgets Bill -- and the suit.

2.10 [--] The Greatest American Hero: NOW YOU SEE IT
20-Jan-82 ABC Wed
w. Patrick Burke Hasburgh d. Robert C. Thompson
Song: Scramble by Stephen Geyer
Guest Cast:
Jon Cypher ............... Richard Beller
Chris Lofton ............. Sen. Henderson
Richard Beauchamp ........ Phillipe
Matthew Faison ........... Oliver
Laurence Haddon .......... Burke
Charles Bateman .......... Col. Cullen
David Clover ............. Guard
Robert Covarrubias ....... De Jesus
Joe Mantegna ............. Juan, Clerk at FAA
Patrick Cameron .......... Smitty
Dennis Haskins ........... Trigg
Glenn Wilder ............. Capt. Fredericks
Gary Jensen .............. Capt. Williams
Ralph's suit enables him to "witness" a plane crash before it happens, the plane Pam is on.

2.11 [--] The Greatest American Hero: THE HAND-PAINTED THAI
27-Jan-82 ABC Wed
w. Frank Lupo & Patrick Burke Hasbrough & Stephen J. Cannell
d. Bruce Kessler
Guest Cast:
James Shigeta ............ Col. Shawn Liang
John Fujioka ............. Gen. Vin Chow
Hilary Labow ............. Erika Van Damm
Kurt Grayson ............. Tim Lider
Chris Hendrie ............ Marv Keegan
James Saito .............. Kelly Kim
Odessa Cleveland ......... Nurse
Lori Michaels ............ Shirley
Also starring:
Terrence O'Hara .......... Marty Boxx
Terrence Evans ........... Watchman
J.P. Bumstead ............ Stevens
Michael Cornelison ....... Eugene Zale
Federal agents who were brain-washed in Vietnam 12 years earlier are reactivated by the code words "platinum rosebud".
Bill is accidentally hypnotized and reacts to the word "scenario".

2.12 [--] The Greatest American Hero: JUST ANOTHER THREE-RING CIRCUS
3-Feb-82 ABC Wed
w. Stephen J. Cannell d. Chuck Bowman
Song: Secrets by Stephen Geyer
Guest Cast:
Alex Rodine .............. Klaus Vorman
Kai Wulff ................ Peter
Catherine Campbell ....... Erica
David Winn ............... John
Richard Doyle ............ Biff #1
Patrick Stack ............ Chuck
Chip Johnson ............. Sharp
Jourdan Fremin ........... Lisa
Derek L. Thompson ........ Spielman
Gene Lebell .............. Yuri Yovanovich
Also starring:
Terrence McNally ......... Keith
Lisa Donaldson ........... Alicia
Jim McKrell .............. Biff #2
Joe Anthony Cox .......... Julian
When a clown who might be carrying a secret message vanishes from the circus, Ralph is persuaded to join it in costume.
Ralph is shot from a cannon, but Bill is just shot.

2.13 [--] The Greatest American Hero: THE SHOCK WILL KILL YOU
10-Feb-82 ABC Wed
w. Stephen J. Cannell & Frank Lupo d. Patrick Hasburgh
Guest Cast:
Rod Colbin ............... Gen. Enright
Don Starr ................ Crocker
Leonard Lightfoot ........ Lieutenant
Ray Girardin ............. Col. Nelson
Doug Hale ................ Newscaster
Ned Bellamy .............. R.J.
Randy Patrick ............ Rider
Bert Hinchman ............ Guard
Ralph saves a disabled space shuttle, but finds he is now magnetic and a creature that feeds on electrical
power plants is endangering the country.

2.14 [--] The Greatest American Hero: A CHICKEN IN EVERY PLOT
17-Feb-82 ABC Wed
w. Danny Lee Cole & Jeffrey Duncan Ray d. Rod Holcomb
Guest Cast:
Ron O'Neal ............... Col. Phillipe Augereau
John Hancock ............. Gen. Louis Dayout
Thalmus Rasulala ......... Victor Suchet
Lincoln Kilpatrick ....... Orin Le Masters
Todd Armstrong ........... Ted McSherry
Bill takes Ralph, Pam and the kids to visit his friend in the Virgin Islands, but he has disappeared and the police are
reluctant to search. Ralph and Bill investigate and get involved with Voodoo and oppression of the people.

2.14 [--] The Greatest American Hero: THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
24-Feb-82 ABC Wed
w. Frank Lupo d. Sidney Hayers
Guest Cast:
Glynn Turman ............. Captain of Police Le Clerc
Jeremy Kemp .............. Devereaux
Michael Halsey ........... Collins
Anne Bloom ............... Linda Harrison
Will Hare ..................... Drunk
A girl swims ashore claiming that the boat she was on was attacked by a huge sea monster. Everyone scoffs, including
Ralph, who finds the boat and claims it as salvage. But it doesn't end there as there is a scam of another kind.
[Boat was SS Contrail; Kids performed as L.A.Freeway group]

2.16 [--] The Greatest American Hero: IT'S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE
3-Mar-82 ABC Wed
w. Patrick Hasburgh d. Sidney Hayers
Guest Cast:
Sandra Kearns ............ Samantha Brice
William Lucking .......... Robert Allen Klein
Stefan Gierasch .......... Karpov
Red West ................. Fred Blandin
Sarah Torgov ............. Anna Kurienna
Norbert Weisser .......... Yuri Petchernec
Michael Billington ....... Talenikov
Bill Cross ............... Weber
Curt Lowens .............. Zhilov
Robert Hastings .......... Sports announcer
Dan Sherwin .............. Scotty Templeton
Craig Schaefer ........... Boy in lift line
Stan Howard .............. Lift attendant
Ralph reports the shooting of a U.S. ski-team member--and finds there is a cover-up. Lots of action including
the exposure of a spy who has been transferring information by ski pole.

2.17 [--] The Greatest American Hero: DREAMS
17-Mar-82 ABC Wed
w. Stephen J. Cannell d. Bruce Kessler
Song: Dreams by Stephen Geyer
Guest Cast:
Michael Baseleon ......... Johnny Sanova
Fred Stuthman ............ Evan Thompson
Nick Pellegrino .......... Red
Nicholas Worth ........... Norm
Edward Bell .............. Principal Knight
Elizabeth Hoffman ........ Margaret Ditweiler
Milt Kogan ............... Dr. Moran
James Costy .............. Duffy Magellan
Johnny Crear ............. Matty
Jean Le Bouvier .......... Irma Keever
Charles Hutchinson ....... Ted Keever
Peter Trencher ........... Seminar guest speaker
A vengeful parolee has it in for Ralph. He calls him the "super dude" or "super guy" and insists he can fly. Meanwhile,
Ralph does his best to make his friends' dreams come true--sell a game, gamble, get a promotion and win a game.

2.18 [--] The Greatest American Hero: THERE'S JUST NO ACCOUNTING
24-Mar-82 ABC Wed
w. Frank Lupo d. Ivan Dixon
Song: Taxman (not credited)(Lennon-McCartney?)
Guest Cast:
James Whitmore, Jr. ...... Byron Bigsby
Jerry Douglas ............ Jack Martel
Marc Alaimo .............. Donnie Armus
Ryan MacDonald ........... Harve Sherwin
Carole Mallory ........... Julie
Eugene Peterson .......... Michael Fattah
Ted Gehring .............. Counterman
Emily Moultfie ........... Debbie Sherwin
Cloyce Morrow ............ Penny Shetwin
A demon IRS agent harasses Ralph when he sees the recovered ransom money in Ralph's house after Ralph
has rescued a little girl from kidnappers.

2.19 [--] The Greatest American Hero: GOOD SAMARITAN
31-Mar-82 ABC Wed
w. Rudpolph Borchert d. Bruce Kessler
Song: Sometimes by Stephen Geyer
Guest Cast:
Keenan Wynn .............. Ira Haggert
Dennis Lipscomb .......... Dave Tanner
Carmen Argenziano ........ Murph
Bill Quinn ............... Harian Blackford
Harry Grant .............. Nino
Ron Thompson ............. Guard
Will MacMillan ........... Commander
Sandra McCulley .......... Judy
Wendy Wessburg ........... Alison McKay, the reporter
Pat Wilson ............... Woman
Joshua Miller ............ Jonathan
Bill and Ralph have conflicting ideas: Bill wants to catch two cons and Ralph wants to perform "good deeds".
Somehow, he does both, helping a man about to lose his home to a freeway and catching crooks.

2.20 [--] The Greatest American Hero: CAPTAIN BELLYBUSTER & THE SPEED FACTORY
7-Apr-82 ABC Wed
w. Stephen J. Cannell d. Arnold Laven
Song: "Good Guys" by Stephen Geyer
Guest Cast:
Chuck McCann ............. Mickey "Bellybuster" Michaelson
Anthony Charnota ......... Donato Federico
Danny Wells .............. Bruce Warfel
John Roselius ............ Passenger
Janet Winter ............. Receptionist
Bob Jacoby ............... Kid
Also starring:
Stanley Grover ........... Cal Freeman
Jim Greenleaf ............ Cabhie
Colin Hamilton ........... Herb Tell
Rex Ryon ................. Cop
Drug runners are using a hamburger chain's supply trucks.

2.21 [--] The Greatest American Hero: WHO'S WOO IN AMERICA
14-Apr-82 ABC Wed
w. Patrick Hasburgh d. Bob Bender
Guest Cast:
Barbara Hale ............. Paula Hinkley
(Barbara Hale is Williamm Katt's mother)
Tom Hallick .............. Philip Kaballa
Hugh Gillin .............. C.C. Smith
Jon Cedar ................ Heller
Michael Prince ........... Prentice Hall
Dave Cass ................ Goodwin
Daniel Chodos ............ Nasher
Don Maxwell .............. Brackman
Daniel Dayan ............. Haffa
Gerald Jahn .............. Dr. Woo
Milt Tarver .............. Computer clerk
Terri Hanauer ............ Jill
Ted Richards ............. Waiter
Brian Sheehan ............ Racquetball clerk
Dinah Lindsey Smith ...... Woman in C.C.'s office
Mistaken identity puts Ralph in jeopardy when some Arabs think he is the international courier romancing Ralph's mother.

2.22 [--] The Greatest American Hero: LILACS, MR. MAXWELL
28-Apr-82 ABC Wed
w. Robert Culp d. Robert Culp
Guest Cast:
Dixie Carter ............. Samantha O'Neill
William Bogert ........... Carlisle
Ted Flicker .............. David
Arnold Turner ............ Insurance guy
Gay Rowan ................ Newscaster
Michael Cornelison ....... Mailboy
Adam Gregor .............. Yuri
Stephanie Faulkner ....... Jane
Ralph Clift .............. Mr. Bunker
Gary Pagett .............. Mr. Rogers
Craig Shreeve ............ Mr. Newton
Trisha Hilka ............. Annie
A Federal efficiency expert, Dixie Carter, melts Bill's reserve and he can't believe she is a spy,
but her scent gives her away.

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