Brain Child
3 of season 3
Reza Badiyi
Nicholas Corea
Original airdate
October 5, 1979
David Barnes
Preceded by
Followed by

Brain Child is episode thirty-seven of the live-action TV series The Incredible Hulk. It originally aired on October 5, 1979 on CBS.


David meets a brilliant, but troubled teenage prodigy who has escaped from the scientific institute that was studying her extraordinary mental capabilities. With the authorities and the institute tracking their whereabouts, it's up to David to help them successfully avoid detection while simultaneously helping her work through her issues.


  • Bill Bixby ... David Banner
  • Lou Ferrigno ... The Hulk
  • Lynn Carlin ... Elizabeth Collins
  • Robin Dearden ... Joleen Collins
  • Joseph Mascolo ... Mr. Arnold
  • Henry Rowland ... Dr. Bruno
  • June Allyson ... Dr. Kate Lowell
  • Tonyo Meléndez ... Ramon Alvarez
  • Madeleine Taylor Holmes ... La Bruja
  • Stack Pierce ... Cop
  • Fred Carney ... Frank W. Sanders
  • Tony Ramirez ... Boy
  • Jonathan Williams ... Federal Agent


Great hulkouts, and excellent acting by Bixby.


  • June Allyson was a movie star in the '40s and '50s
  • Shortly after this episode aired, Allyson was a judge on "The Gong Show," and a couple of people in the audience yelled "Don't jump!"—which was a reference to a scene in this episode
  • This episode is sometimes billed as 'Odyssey' (possibly the original working title)