Director: Jerry Jameson
Guests: Gary Collins (Vasily Zhukov), Jane Merrow (Irina Leonova), William Smithers (General Koslenko)
Plot: Steve comes to the aid of his cosmonaut counterpart when his fiance is trapped beneath a top secret Russian research facility on a countdown for destruction.
First Aired: 3/1/74
How'd You Do That: Steve saves Vasily from certain death be deflecting a falling girder. When asked to explain he responds, "Well sometimes that potato vodka does more for you than just give you a headache." He later goes on to explain his accident. Vasily figures out he's bionic.
Beige Factor: Steve is wearing beige pants and a jacket at the beginning of the episode. When he travels to the complex, he's decked out in brown.
Belt Buckle: It's tough to tell if he's wearing the belt.
W.T. Zacha: He was not in this episode.
Aren't You The Colonel Austin: Since this episode refers back to Steve's days as an astronaut, it's pretty obvious that everyone would know who he is.
Thoughts: I really want to love this episode as it has so much going for it. I think what keeps me from love is just that it's a little on the slow side as far as pacing and action. I do love the ending in which Steve races the clock, not by running, but by trying to find the main power line and short circuit it, thus halting the countdown. I also liked the fact that the director chose not to have all his Russian characters speaking with Russian accents. I have never been a fan of Gary Collins as an actor, but he makes for a believable Russian in this episode since he didn't have to try to fake the accent.
Trivia: We learn that Steve has a Geiger counter in his arm. I believe it is used later in the series.
Overall Rating: 7.5 out of 10.