ADDERLY/CBS/1986-89 (Injured Hand)
*(Winston Rekert) V.H. Adderly, government operative whose left hand
was smashed with a metal club during an enemy interrogation. He was
reassigned to the Department of Miscellaneous Affairs where his
seemingly routine jobs assignments often turned dangerous. Adderly
always wore a black leather glove on his injured hand which he kept
stuffed in his coat pocket. His code name was Beauty-1.
ALLY MCBEAL/FOX/1997-2002 (Armless, Legless)
**(The "Screwed Woman") On episode No. 9 "The Dirty Joke" (aired
November 17, 1997) Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart) and her friend
Renee Raddick (Lisa Nicole Carson) were talking about dirty jokes
while watching television. Renee didn't think that prudish Ally
(whose high school class voted her "Most Likely to Become Julie
Andrews") could handle hearing such ribald tales. Ally insisted that
she could and so Renee began to tell her a dirty story.
"One day a man was walking along the beach and heard a woman crying.
The woman had no arms and no legs. When he asked what was the
problem, she revealed "I'm twenty one. I have no arms and legs and I
have never been kissed." Bending down, man gave her a soft yet
passionate kiss and then began to walk away. At that, the woman
continued crying. Again, the man asked what was the problem. She
continued "I'm twenty one, I have no arms and no legs and I've never
been screwed." The man paused for a moment, then picked her up and
tossed her into the ocean. Walking away, he yelled "You're screwed
Upon hearing the joke's punch line Ally got angry. Renee told her to
lighten up and that it was just a joke. But Ally insisted the joke
was not funny but cruel and challenged Renee to stand up in front of
the audience at their local pub and tell the same story. She was
sure the joke would not make people laugh. Renee accepted the
challenge but as part of the deal (if she won the bet) Ally had to
get on stage and tell the only dirty joke she knows about a "flea"
(that gets stuck in the mustache of a man after making love to a
woman). At first, Ally shuddered at the thought of getting on stage
in front of all of those people but she reluctantly accepted the
challenge to make a point about Renee's dirty joke. To gauge her
"prudishness," Ally even told the joke to her coworkers but they too
laughed. Later that week, Renee got up on stage, warmed up the
audience with some minor frivolities and then told her "Screwed"
joke. Consequently, the audience laughed to high heaven. Losing the
bet, Ally agreed to fulfill her part of the bargain. The next night
Ally told her "flea" joke and was humiliated when the audience sat
in silence at the punch line. Feeling one-foot tall, Ally fled the
stage. That night, Ally had learned a valuable lesson. That people
can be cruel. That the men in the audience laughed at the joke
because they were "Men." And that the women in the audience were
laughing at the men in the audience for being such jerks. Even a
Rabbi that Ally dated enjoyed the joke and told Ally people laugh at
such jokes to release repressed tensions, and that he even wrote a
thesis on it in school. Later at a bar, Ally confessed to her
attorney friend, Billy Thomas "I'm...hardening up aren't I?...I told
a dirty joke on stage, I think I'm ready to be released into the
real world." He agreed and they drank a toast to the newer, harder
(and less innocent) Ally McBeal.
ANGEL/WB/1999-2004 (Injured Hand)
**(Christian Kane) Lindsey McDonald, an evil lawyer with a missing
right hand. Lindsey works for the law firm of Wolfram & Hart in Los
Angeles. Their clientele consist of vampires, demons and other
hellish creatures. On episode No.22 "To Shansu from L.A." (5/22/2000)
Lindsey prepared to raise the soul of a vanquished vampire from the
dead. But a good vampire named Angel (David Boreanaz) disrupts the
ceremony and slices off Lindsay's right hand when he attempts to
burn an ancient ritual scroll known as the Scrolls of Obearsain.
Lindsey now wears a rubber prosthetic hand and generally keeps his
right arm dangling by his side. On episode No.40 "Dead End"
(4/24/2001) Lindsey got a new hand that seemed to have a mind of its
own. He soon after quit the firm and hit the road.
THE AVENGERS/ABC/1966-69 (Crippled)
**(Patrick Newell) Mother, the crippled supervisor of special
British secret service agents John Steed and Ms. Emma Peel. Mother
first appeared as a cameo character on the January 1969 episode "The
Forget-Me-Knot." Crippled in his early days of service to the crown,
Mother was unable to walk without the aid of special strap and
ladder suspended from the ceiling. In constant pain, the rotund man
was not the kindest person to work with. Frequently seen in a
wheelchair, he chided "Mother knows best."
BEWITCHED/ABC/1964-72 (Injured Back)
*(Dick York/costar) When Dick York was filming They Came to Cordura
with Gary Cooper in 1959, he was required to lift a railroad handcar
along with several other actors. Unfortunately, when the director
yelled "Cut" all the actors but York dropped the handcar and it fell
on him, wrenching his spine and tearing his muscles. The trauma
caused by the accident followed him throughout the filming of the
BEWITCHED series, forcing him to eventually miss a number of
episodes, twelve of which were due to his back ailment. He left the
series in 1969. He spent his later years living in Rockford,
Michigan, suffering from a deteriorating spine and emphysema.
Although physically incapacitated, he found time to run the Dick
York Acting for Life organization that assisted the homeless. He
died on February 21, 1992, at the age of sixty-three.
BIONIC WOMAN/ABC/NBC/1976-78 (Injured Ear, Legs, Arm)
*(Lindsay Wagner) Jaime Sommers, tennis pro who was physically
reconstructed after being nearly killed in a skydiving accident. Her
shattered body was fitted with a bionic right arm, legs and
super-hearing in her right ear. When she recuperated from her
surgery she began to work as a school teacher and part-time spy for
the Office of Scientific Information. One of the drawbacks of her
accident was the memory lapse wherein she forgot her engagement to
Colonel Steve Austin (Lee Majors), who had earlier also undergone a
bionic operation after an airplane crash. A similar plotline
surfaced on THE BIONIC SIX/SYN/1987, a syndicated cartoon about six
members of the Bennett family who possessed bionic powers. See also
- "Six Million Dollar Man"
BIRDS OF PREY/WB/2002-03 (Crippled)
*(Dina Meyer) Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. the crime fighter Batgirl who
is now relegated to a wheelchair after being injured in a battle
with the nefarious criminal known as the Joker. After the battle
with the Joker that subsequently killed the female criminal known as
Catwoman, Barbara Gordon became the guardian of Helena Kyle, the
secret daughter of Catwoman and Batman, the caped crusader who
mysteriously disappeared from Gotham City after Catwoman's death.
Now, by day, Barbara works as a computer science teacher and by
night she becomes Oracle, the leader of a high-tech crime fighting
group that consists of Helena Kyle and a talented teenage girl named
Dinah. Together, this dynamic trio - based in the city's Clocktower
- fight crime as the "Birds of Prey."
BLAKE'S SEVEN/BBC/1978-81 (Damaged Eye &Hand)
**(Stephen Greif) Space Commander Travis, the disfigured henchmen of
an evil alien Federation of planets who pursued the spaceship,
Liberator and its crew of criminals-turned-freedom fighters across
the vastness of space. Travis' hand (damaged courtesy of Roj Blake,
Captain of the Liberator) had been replaced with an artificial
prosthesis equipped with a laser beam. He also wore a black patch
over his injured left eye.
BOB PATTERSON/ABC/2001 (Crippled)
**(Chandra Wilson) Claudia, a klutzy African-American female
secretary who recently lost the use of her legs and now must use a
wheelchair to get around. Her new job assignment is working with Bob
Patterson a.k.a. "America's No. 3 self-help guru."
BOSTON PUBLIC/FOX/2000+ (Missing Hand)
**(Kathy Baker) Meredith Peters, a 46 years old, blond female who
took a job at Winslow High School in Boston as a teaching assistant
volunteer and later as a teacher. Meredith lost her right hand in an
alleged "gardening" accident and keeps her hand in a jar filled with
formaldehyde. Behind her back, she is called "The Hook" and "The
Hook Lady" by students and staff. How'd she lose her hand? Well,
Meredith insisted that her son Jeremy, get all A's at school. She
locked him in the basement to make sure he studied. On graduation
night 2001 (Episode "Chapter Twenty-Two" aired 05/21/01) Jeremy was
asked to attend the ceremony to receive an award as the most
promising Junior of the year. Before he left home, he handcuffed his
mother in the basement. Meredith accidentally cut off her right hand
in an attempt to use a chainsaw to escape her confinement. Later,
Meredith let Jeremy (an aspiring medical student with the highest IQ
in the senior class) take it to Winslow High School to dissect it
under the supervision of the science teacher. The science teacher
commented that the area of amputation was jagged and he criticized
the doctor for such sloppy work. This comment led to speculation
that maybe Jeremy had killed his mother. When faculty members
visited the Peter's to check on the mother, they found Meredith
alive but with a bloody stump on her right arm wrapped in bandages.
Meredith explained away her condition away as a gardening accident.
This left the faculty members speculating that maybe Jeremy had
chopped off her hand.
TRIVIA NOTE: Meredith's personality is icy and
menacing. She fills her weekends with endless baking, knitting, and
attentive acts of smothering motherhood but inside Meredith is
lonely and yearns for companionship. She hasn't had sex with a man
since the "accident" because she fears they will be repelled by her
prosthetic hook. To take away the shock of her metal hook, she
contemplated buying a life-like rubber hand. Scott Gruber, her new
boyfriend and Assistant Principal at Winslow High School, offered to
share half the cost of the rubber hand to help cement their
relationship as a couple. On episode "Chapter Thirty" (aired
01/07/02) Meredith now wears her new prosthetic hand. But, in the
midst of a heated argument about Jeremy's possible homosexuality,
Scott puts Meredith in her place and starts to leave the room.
Meredith, thinking their relationship is crumbling fearfully asks
"You're not going to take away my hand?" Of course, he didn't.
THE BRADYS/CBS/1990 (Crippled)
**(Michael Lookinland) Bobby Brady, wheelchair-bound after being
paralyzed from the waist down as the result of a racing car
**(Dina Ousley) Ellen Bronkov, daughter of Lt. Alex "Bronk" Bronkov
(Jack Palance) who was crippled in an accident that killed her
mother. Living in Ocean City in southern California, Ellen was
confined to a wheelchair.
**(Jared Martin) Dusty Farlow, a ranch hand working at Southfork who
was injured in a plane crash and nursed back to health by Sue Ellen
Ewing He spent most of his recuperation in a wheelchair during the
DARK ANGEL/FOX/2000-02 (Crippled with Spinal Damage)
*(Michael Weatherly/costar) Logan Cale, a.k.a. "Eyes Only, "an
idealistic cyber journalist with a damaged spinal cord caused by a
bullet. He runs an underground video network called Streaming
Freedom.. While sentenced to a wheel chair, he has Max Guevara
(a.k.a. "Dark Angel") do his leg work for him and battle injustice.
Logan regains his ability to walk after Max gives him a transfusion
of her genetically-engineered super-human blood.
DIFF'RENT STROKES/NBC/ABC/1978-86 (Crippled)
**(Melanie Watson ) Kathy Gordon, a sprite, wisecracking, young girl
named who became friends with Arnold Jackson (Gary Coleman) the
series' star. Kathy's body was dwarfed/undersized and rode a
motorized wheelchair. Her character was introduced to the series
during the 1983 season.
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