The Rockford Files: Season 4, Episode 19

The Competitive Edge (10 Feb. 1978)

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Jim winds up in a funny farm when he gets too close to the truth about an elite health club.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Dennis Becker (voice)
Stephen Elliott ...
Dr. Herbert Brinkman
Barry Brauder
Lester Shaw
Neile Adams ...
Joyce Brauder (as Neile McQueen)
Pepper Martin ...
Logan Ramsey ...
Dr. Carl Brinkman
John Lupton ...
Marty Sloan
John Doe
Anthony Charnota ...
Jax Player


Jim winds up in a funny farm when he gets too close to the truth about an elite health club.

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10 February 1978 (USA)  »

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A mental patient who thinks he's Doc Holliday (George Murdock) calls Rockford "Wyatt". James Garner played Wyatt Earp in Hour of the Gun (1967) and in Sunset (1988). See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Police Det. Dennis Becker: [Beeep] Okay Jimbo, Dennis. I know you're in there and I know you know it's ticket season again; Policemen's Ball and all that. So come to the door when I knock this time. I know you're in there!
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References Goldfinger (1964) See more »

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Where are you Nurse Ratched?
6 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

All that was missing was Nurse Ratched when Jim Rockford makes an enforced trip to a mental asylum. It all grows out of a case which has James Garner investigating a health club for the rich and famous.

I'm not as big a fan of this episode as others, mainly because the whole thing didn't include that wonderful bit in the insane asylum so reminiscent of Jack Nicholson's stay in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Had I written it I would have not even bothered with the lead in story and just have Garner spend the whole hour trying to break free.

Some wonderful characters are created in that asylum. Brother of the villain in the main story Logan Ramsey is the head of the place who dispenses tranquilizers and really strong tranquilizers. Some of the fellow inmates are George Murdock who thinks he's Doc Holiday and John Fiedler who thinks he's James Bond. Fiedler is definitely not who Ian Fleming or Cubby Brocoli had in mind, but he's a veritable ferret of information for Ramsey.

Wonderful homage to a great film, I just wish it had been the whole episode.

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