Jaime Sommers, the Bionic Woman
Real Name: Jaime Sommers
Occupation: Secret Agent
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: U.S.A.
First Appearance: The Six Million Dollar Man "The Bionic Woman" (ABC, March 1975)
Powers/Abilities: Jaime gained the ability to run at high-speed from her bionic legs (faster than most cars), superstrength from her bionic right arm, and super hearing via a bionically-enhanced ear.
History: Jaime Sommers was a childhood friend of Steve Austin who he lost touch with as time had passed. A few years after Steve's accident which resulted in him being given bionic limbs and becoming an agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence, he ran into Jaime once again, and they began a romantic involvement. Then tragedy struck, and Jaime was crippled in a sky-diving accident. Steve pleaded with his boss, Oscar Goldman, asking that O.S.I. rebuild her the way they had him. Oscar agreed, and Jaime had her legs, her right arm and one of her ears replaced. Briefly Jaime operated as Steve's new partner, but then her body rejected the implants, sending her into what was believed was a fatal coma.
But radical medical procedures saved her life, and once she had recovered she began to work for O.S.I. again, posing as a teacher on an Air Force base in Ventura, California when not on missions. She would eventually be teamed with Steve again, and nearly twenty years later, they would finally marry.
Comments: Created by Kenneth Johnson and played by Lindsay Wagner. Oscar was played by Richard Anderson.
Jaime was only meant to appear for a couple of episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man, and then die. But the ratings were so good that ABC decided to bring her back for her own series. It ran on that network until May 1977. Cancelled, it was picked up by NBC, who paid for an additional season. In the late 1980's the two bionic stars were reunited in a number of made for TV movies: The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987), Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989), and Bionic Ever After? (1994).
The doctor who created her bionic limbs was Dr. Rudy Wells (played by Martin E. Brooks). He also created Max, the bionic dog, who accompanied Jaime on a couple of missions.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Bionic Six, a cartoon team of cyborgs
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