The Incredible Hulk: Season 1, Episode 3

Final Round (10 Mar. 1978)

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David 'Benson' is saved from a couple of muggers by a boxer nicknamed 'Rocky' and becomes his friend and corner-man. Unfortunately the young man suffers from high blood pressure and is being used to ferry drugs by an unscrupulous manager.

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David 'Benson' is saved from a couple of muggers by a boxer nicknamed 'Rocky' and becomes his friend and corner-man. Unfortunately the young man suffers from high blood pressure and is being used to ferry drugs by an unscrupulous manager.

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First appearance of the Hulk making his escape by breaking through a wall and running down an alley (wearing blue pants). This scene was re-used many times over the course of the series. See more »

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When David and Rocky are beaten up in an alley, David is wearing a sweater, but when he changes into the Hulk, the sweater looks more like fabric. See more »

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Mary: I just wish Henry would give up the boxing and get a steady job. He's so good at fixing cars.
Dr. David Bruce Banner: I know, I saw it.
Mary: It's amazing, really, It's seems like all he has to do is put his hands on them and they start working.
Dr. David Bruce Banner: He could probably be the first guy to open up a garage and specialize in faith healing.
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Rocky Looks like Barbarino
1 March 2007 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

This was the first episode of The Hulk TV series? Hard to believe they started out with such a weak entry. Martin Kove is the guest star, playing Rocky Welsh, a down on his luck club boxer. Gee, considering that the Rocky movie was still so popular (and Rocky II was released in 1978), it is not hard to figure out where the idea for this episode came from.

What is funny is that Martin Kove is such a bad actor that his efforts to sound like Rocky come off as Vinnie Barbarino (John Travolta) from Welcome Back Kotter! Even though Kove spends most of the episode wearing the trademark gray hoodie that Sylvester Stallone wore during his famous jog around Philadelphia; Kove is strictly Sweathog material. In order to seem like the Rocky/Kove character is an honest guy, Kove plays him as being a bit stupid. Thanks to Bill Bixby (David Banner, the alter ego of The Hulk), Kove finds out that the boxing promoters are working for the mob and also using him as a drug courier.

Naturally, these two goof-balls (Bixby/Banner and Kove/Rocky) go directly to their drug dealing bosses and let them know that drugs are bad and that they should quit dealing drugs. Instead of immediately being shot to death, as would probably happen in real life, the mobsters tell the boys to just "forget about it." Then the mobsters make a convoluted plan to kill Rocky while he is boxing, and to kill Banner after the fight. Needless to say, at some point The Hulk makes his appearance and stomps on some bad guys and smashes through a few walls.

Does Rocky win the championship? This lame Rocky/Kove character is not championship material, and neither is this episode of The Hulk. If you are a true fan of Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, The Hulk, and/or Martin Kove; then you might find it amusing to watch. If you are old enough to remember Rocky and Welcome Back Kotter! then this episode will be pretty funny.


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