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THE BIONIC WOMAN

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Full Name: Jaime Sommers
Series Name: The Bionic Woman
Nationality: American
Organization: Office of Strategic Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Kenneth Johnson
Time Span: 1976 - 2014

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Jaime Sommers is an agent for the Office of Strategic Intelligence.
       From 1973 to 1978, The Six-Million Dollar Man starring Lee Majors as Lt. Col Steve Austin was a hit with viewers. In an episode of the original show near the end of the second season (March 1975) they introduced a love interest of Austin in the form of Jaime Sommers. When she is near death from a skydiving accident, Steve implored Oscar to save her life by turning her bionic. At first it seemed successful but then her body rejected the new items and she sadly died. Thus goes most love interests of major characters in television!
       But not so fast! The two-part episode did so well and the character was so popular that the producers saw a way to capitalize on the success, namely a spin-off. Naturally, it was going to be a bit tricky since the character involved had just died but this was television and it was also science fiction so to paraphrase Monty Python, 'she got better!'
       It seemed that she had been placed in cryogenics deep freeze to preserve her body until a method to counteract the rejection could be found. Luckily it was and in the start of the 1976 season, another two-parter was shown in which she is back to full strength but with just no memory of her past love for Austin.
       Now, however, she is alive and well and able to assist the OSI as another bionic agent. For three years (58 episodes) she worked as the Bionic Woman. She would return later in three made-for-TV movies with Steve Austin in 1987, 1989, and 1994.
       The role of Jaime Sommers was played by the talented actress Lindsay Wagner.
       Prior to meeting Steve Austin and then falling victim to his charms as well as the skydiving incident, Jaime Sommers was a world-champion tennis player. She would use that fame as a cover for many of her activities around the world.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:1976
Last Appearance:1977

       It is not unusual for a book to have different titles between the U.S. and U.K. but these two books had not only different titles given them but also different pen-names. Eileen Lottman used the name Maud Willis, or perhaps it was the other way around.


1 Welcome Home, Jaime Welcome Home, Jaime
aka Double Identity
Written by Eileen Lottman
Copyright: 1976

Newly made into a bionic weapon, Jaime Sommers is given the task of investigating one of the country's largest industrialists for probable treasonous activities. As she starts out, however, she finds that her grasp of the powers of her cybernetics is not complete. Her worry is that they will fail her at the worst moment.
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2 Extracurricular Activities Extracurricular Activities
aka A Question of Life
Written by Eileen Lottman
Copyright: 1977

The new technology that OSI is working one will allow people to fly without aircraft. Small revolutionary jetpacks can give soldiers incredible maneuverability and a definite advantage in the case of war. As a result, the number of people wanting to steal the technology is great. Jaime is given the job of special protection during the next round of testing.
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:10
First Appearance:1977
Last Appearance:1978
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YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:1977
Last Appearance:1978

1 The Bionic Woman Annual (1978) The Bionic Woman Annual (1978)
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1977

Published by Brown Watson of the U.K. contains children's games, crosswords, and stories.
A collection of 2 short stories, 3 comic stories, 3 non-fiction articles, 3 games and 1 feature biography as well as number of photos and illustrations. Contest are as follows:
The Short Stories are:
Hijacked
The Big Payoff
The Comic Stories are:
Kidnappers Strike!
The Heavy Mob
Secret Of The Mountains
The Non-Fiction Articles are:
1. Bionic - yesterday's dreams ... tomorrow's realities
2. Seeing Is Not Believing
3. Anything You Can Do ... how it's done
The Games Are:
1. Race Against Time
2.The Bionic Woman Quiz
3. Back To The O.S.I. Base
The Feature is:
1. Lindsay Wagner - Alias The Bionic Woman

2 The Bionic Woman Annual (1979) The Bionic Woman Annual (1979)
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1978

Published by Brown Watson of the U.K. contains children's games, crosswords, and stories.
A collection of 3 short stories, 3 comic stories, 1 non-fiction article, 5 games and 3 features. Contents are as follows:
The Short Stories are:
A Study In Terror
A Girl's Best Friend
Double Trouble
The Comic Stories are:
Sky Riders
Night Of The Oscars
Breakout
The Non-Fiction Articles are;
1. Bionic Power! (About people that were kind of super human)
The Games Are;
1. Put The First Letters Together
2. Bionic Time Test
3. Bionic Woman Quiz
4. The Bionic Crossword
5. Jaime InThe Maze
The Features Are;
1. Rita - The Bionic Stunt Lady ( About Rita Egleston who did the Bionic Woman stunts)
2. Enter Maximillion (About the Bionic Dog.)
3. Bionic Woman Profile (About Lindsay Wagner)

MOVIES

Number of Movies:3
First Appearance:1987
Last Appearance:1994

1 The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman
Released: 1987

When Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers rejoin to stop a terrorist group, they must deal with their former relationship. Also, Austin has troubles with his grown son especially after the younger man is injured in a crash and Austin must decide whether to request bionics.

2 Bionic Showdown Bionic Showdown
Released: 1989

Oscar Goldman is attacked in his office by someone who knew OSI protocols and passwords and who is bionic. Steve Austin, who is providing security at a Goodwill Games, is initially suspected and joins with Jaime to find out who is behind it. They ask for the help of a new bionic operative, Kate.

3 Bionic Ever After Bionic Ever After
Released: 1994

As Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers prepare to get married, Sommers' bionics start to act up and the question becomes who is behind it. Meanwhile terrorists are holding an old friend of Austin and he is determined to get him back.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:66
First Appearance:1976
Last Appearance:2007
Network:ABC/NBC

REGULAR CAST
1 Welcome Home, Jaime (1)
Episode 1-0, first aired 01/14/1976

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2 Welcome Home, Jaime (2)
Episode 1-0, first aired 01/21/1976

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3 Angel of Mercy
Episode 1-0, first aired 01/28/1976

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4 A Thing of the Past [Recap
Episode 1-0, first aired 02/18/1976

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5 Claws
Episode 1-0, first aired 02/25/1976

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6 The Deadly Missiles
Episode 1-0, first aired 03/03/1976

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7 Bionic Beauty
Episode 1-0, first aired 03/17/1976

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8 Jaime's Mother
Episode 1-0, first aired 03/24/1976

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9 Winning Is Everything
Episode 1-0, first aired 04/07/1976

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10 Canyon of Death
Episode 1-10, first aired 04/14/1976

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11 Fly Jaime
Episode 1-11, first aired 05/05/1976

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12 The Jailing of Jaime
Episode 1-12, first aired 05/12/1976

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13 Mirror Image
Episode 1-13, first aired 05/19/1976

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14 The Ghosthunter
Episode 1-14, first aired 05/26/1976

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15 The Return of Bigfoot (2)
Episode 2-01, first aired 09/22/1976

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16 In This Corner, Jaime Sommers
Episode 2-02, first aired 09/29/1976

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17 Assault on the Princess
Episode 2-03, first aired 10/06/1976

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18 Road to Nashville
Episode 2-04, first aired 10/20/1976

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19 Kill Oscar (1)
Episode 2-05, first aired 10/27/1976

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20 Kill Oscar (3)
Episode 2-06, first aired 11/03/1976

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21 Black Magic
Episode 2-07, first aired 11/10/1976

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22 Sister Jaime
Episode 2-08, first aired 11/24/1976

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23 The Vega Influence
Episode 2-09, first aired 12/01/1976

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24 Jaime's Shield (1)
Episode 2-10, first aired 12/15/1976

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25 Jaime's Shield (2)
Episode 2-11, first aired 12/22/1976

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26 Biofeedback
Episode 2-12, first aired 01/12/1977

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27 Doomsday Is Tomorrow (1)
Episode 2-13, first aired 01/19/1977

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28 Doomsday Is Tomorrow (2)
Episode 2-14, first aired 01/26/1977

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29 Deadly Ringer (1)
Episode 2-15, first aired 02/02/1977

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30 Deadly Ringer (2)
Episode 2-16, first aired 02/09/1977

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31 Jaime and the King
Episode 2-17, first aired 02/23/1977

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32 Beyond the Call
Episode 2-18, first aired 03/09/1977

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33 The Dijon Caper
Episode 2-19, first aired 03/16/1977

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34 The Night Demon (aka Daemon Creature)
Episode 2-20, first aired 03/23/1977

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35 Iron Ships and Dead Men
Episode 2-21, first aired 03/30/1977

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36 Once A Thief
Episode 2-22, first aired 05/04/1977

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37 The Bionic Dog (1)
Episode 3-01, first aired 09/10/1977

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38 The Bionic Dog (2)
Episode 3-02, first aired 09/17/1977

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39 Fembots in Las Vegas (1)
Episode 3-03, first aired 09/24/1977

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40 Fembots in Las Vegas (2)
Episode 3-04, first aired 10/01/1977

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41 Rodeo
Episode 3-05, first aired 10/15/1977

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42 African Connection
Episode 3-06, first aired 10/29/1977

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43 Motorcycle Boogie
Episode 3-07, first aired 11/05/1977

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44 Brain Wash
Episode 3-08, first aired 11/12/1977

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45 Escape to Love (aka A Matter of Love and Death)
Episode 3-09, first aired 11/26/1977

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46 Max
Episode 3-10, first aired 12/03/1977

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47 Over the Hill Spy
Episode 3-11, first aired 12/17/1977

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48 All For One
Episode 3-12, first aired 01/07/1978

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49 The Pyramid
Episode 3-13, first aired 01/14/1978

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50 The Antidote
Episode 3-14, first aired 01/21/1978

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51 The Martians Are Coming, the Martians Are Coming
Episode 3-15, first aired 01/28/1978

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52 Sanctuary Earth
Episode 3-16, first aired 02/11/1978

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53 Deadly Music
Episode 3-17, first aired 02/18/1978

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54 Which One Is Jaime?
Episode 3-18, first aired 02/25/1978

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55 Out of Body
Episode 3-19, first aired 03/04/1978

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56 Long Live the King
Episode 3-20, first aired 03/25/1978

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57 Rancho Outcast
Episode 3-21, first aired 05/06/1978

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58 On the Run
Episode 3-22, first aired 05/13/1978

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59 Second Chances
Episode 1-01, first aired 09/26/2007

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60 Paradise Lost
Episode 1-02, first aired 10/03/2007

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61 Sisterhood
Episode 1-03, first aired 10/10/2007

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62 Faceoff
Episode 1-04, first aired 10/17/2007

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63 The Education of Jaime Sommers
Episode 1-05, first aired 10/24/2007

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64 The List
Episode 1-06, first aired 11/07/2007

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65 Trust Issues
Episode 1-07, first aired 11/14/2007

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66 Do Not Disturb
Episode 1-08, first aired 11/28/2007

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COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:12
First Appearance:1977
Last Appearance:2014
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PARODIES, SATIRES, AND PASTICHES

Number of Entries:12
First Appearance:1976
Last Appearance:1977

1 Six Million Dollar Man Meets Bionic Woman Six Million Dollar Man Meets Bionic Woman
Published by IPC Magazines

Copyright: 10/16/1976

From Krazy Comic No. 1 with 1 black & white page. A KRAZY look at TV No. 1 - Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers greet each other by saying "hi" and shaking hands, bionically. They then fall apart to the ground.
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2 The Bionic Woman vs Love The Bionic Woman vs Love
Published by Charlton Comics
Contributors: Joe Gill (writer), Jack Sparling (artist)
Copyright: 10/1977

Printed in Sick #117 - 5 pages - Jamie Bummer has a mission to get Al Shid to fall in love with her and knock him off. Can she fulfill her mission before her batteries run low?
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GAMES

Number of Games:2
First Appearance:1976
Last Appearance:1977

1 The Bionic Woman The Bionic Woman
Board Game
Parker Brothers
Copyright: 1976

A game for 2 to 4 players ages 7 to 12 that normally takes about 45 minutes to play. Yet even adults might enjoy playing it too. Object is to help Jaime Sommers (The Bionic Woman) complete her assignments. Player completing the most assignments with the highest score is the winner. Includes game board, 4 playing pieces, 40 cards (36 Adventure & 4 Special) plus instructions. The 2 illustrations on the game box are; 1st a large image of the beautiful Lindsay Wagner who played the title role in the original TV series and the 2nd depicts her trying to catch a Cougar (Mountain Lion) with a net.

2 Jaime Sommers Bionic Fun Jaime Sommers Bionic Fun
Series of Games
Brown Watson
Copyright: 1977

A 3 Games Series found in The Bionic Woman Annual 1978 as follows;
1. Race Against Time - Board Game
2. The Bionic Woman Quiz - Answer These 14 Questions
3. Back To The O.S.I. Base - Help Jaime through the Maze

COLLECTIBLES

Number of Collectibles:1
First Appearance:1977
Last Appearance:1977

1 The Bionic Woman Sports Car The Bionic Woman Sports Car
Toy Car
Kenner
Copyright: 1977

A 24 inch Sports Car for the Action Figure (Doll) of Jaime Sommers (The Bionic Woman) to ride in. It has doors that open, a pop up hood and a trunk that her mission purse fits in. If Barbie can have a car then why not Jaime! This is one stylish roadster!

ODDS & ENDS

Number of Items:2
First Appearance:1976
Last Appearance:1976

1 The Bionic Woman - Coloring Fun Book The Bionic Woman - Coloring Fun Book
Coloring Book
Treasure Books
Copyright: 1976

A coloring book based on the TV show. It is about 8 by 10 inches and pictures Lindsey Wagner as Jaime Summers on the front cover.

2 Great Adventure - Bionic Woman Great Adventure - Bionic Woman
Recorded Stories
Wonderland Records
Copyright: 1976

Vinyl LP Album with 3 original stories that each lasted about 10 minutes. The 3 stories are as follows;
1. The Mask Of Tamburo - Some bad guys steal a mask and the Bionic Woman is sent to get it back.
2. The Prisoner Of Arak - A king is imprisoned and Jaime is the one to free him.
3. Wings Of Death - Crawford Industries builds a Disruptor that can bring down any plane. Others want it and must be stopped.

MY COMMENTS

       I regrettably have little good to say about these books. As with the Steve Austin books taken from the television episodes, they suffer from being novelizations and therefore add little to the storyline. The writing is simple at best.
       Since the series is long gone, reading these might be mildly entertaining but I would recommend it only to those who crave nostalgia and even to them I would just suggest TVLand.
       The trouble with the books is they lack the attractiveness that was the lovely Lindsay Wagner and therefore do not have her spark.

GRADE

My Grade: C-

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