The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Competitive Edge 

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


Harry Falk


Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (voice)
Stephen Elliott ... Dr. Herbert Brinkman
Jim McMullan ... Barry Brauder
Robert Hogan ... Lester Shaw
John Fiedler ... James Bond
Neile Adams ... Joyce Brauder (as Neile McQueen)
George Murdock ... Doc Holliday
Pepper Martin ... Gustav
Logan Ramsey ... Dr. Carl Brinkman
John Lupton ... Marty Sloan
Harold Sakata ... John Doe
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Jax Player
Dennis Fimple ... Rhino


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

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The card game between the inmates hearkens back to "Maverick", and the breakout alludes Garner's role in "The Great Escape." Dr. Brinkman's mental hospital calls to mind "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." See more »


During the chase at the end, there are shadows of the camera equipment visible on Dr. Brinkman's car and the pickup truck driven by Rockford. 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 bkoganbingSee 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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10 February 1978 (USA) See more »

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