Neal McDonough, Lou Ferrigno, Luke Perry, Robert Hays, The need to iron a shirt
Written by: Stewart St. John
Directed by: Ernesto Lopez
Rick – “Old Bruce has had more than his fair share of bogus days.”
WHAT IS IT? An episode from the first season of the 90s Incredible Hulk cartoon, which featured Iron Man even though the title seemed to suggest the Marvel character Iron Fist might be in it.
GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA: The success of the Hulk has been...well, incredible, considering he’s a character with limited dialogue and a pair of stretchy pants, and as most of Marvel’s heroes got animated during the 90s, he was always going to get a toon.The problem was, being popular didn’t excuse having a lame cartoon with bad dialogue and editing, that made the audience want to rip their own shirts and smash something!
WHAT’S THE STORY?
Bruce Banner (McDonough) is usually sick of having his clothes torn apart every time he transforms into the Hulk, but today what really bugs him is that he has a pile of clothes to iron and not enough time to do it.Being a busy scientist/man on the run, he knows he won’t have time to press his pants himself, but he suddenly remembers hearing of a fellow superhero called Iron Man.Unsure of what he charges to do laundry, but convinced he must be the right guy to help, Bruce decides it’s worth a shot and puts in a call to Iron Man’s head office at Stark Industries.
With his telephone on the fritz Bruce grabs a bag of clothes and heads to a nearby payphone.Sadly he forgets how frustrating it can be to get a payphone to accept money and starts rummaging through his loose change.After 5 minutes of inserting and reinserting coins into the slot, Bruce discovers that some punk has cut the cord to the receiver, and this makes him angry!So Bruce transforms into the powerhouse of brute strength known as the Hulk, causing him to smash the phone to bits...and the whole street it was on.
This alerts the Hulkbusters, a government team of soldier’s intent on capturing the Hulk, who end up causing further damage as they attempt to grab the Hulk and soon a big fight kicks off.The Hulkbusters keep trying to bust the Hulk, but the green goliath has more important issues at hand, as he remembers that he has a party to go to tonight, and is really going to need to get his only shirt ironed.
He quickly knocks the stuffing out of the government guys and heads off to Stark Industries, but when he arrives he discovers all his clothes have been ruined, which makes him even angrier.Clearly this has not been his day, so he enquires whether Iron Man also has any spare shirts left over that perhaps people have asked him to iron, and then have forgotten about.Iron Man (Hays) is a little confused and calmly explains to the Hulk that he doesn’t do anyone’s laundry, not because he is too busy being a superhero, but because he is always drunk.Resisting the urge to get even angrier, the Hulk removes his stretchy pants and walks off naked into the sunset, content in the knowledge that clothes will no longer be an issue.
LETTING OFF STEAM: *The Hulkbusters considered a few other names before deciding on that moniker, including the Hulksmashers, the Hulkbeaters and the less popular, Hulkbangers.
*A wise ancient proverb once said, ‘Don’t make Hulk angry...oh and don’t invite him for sleepover either, as he never brings sleeping bag and always sleeps naked.’