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 »

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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 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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Release Date:

10 February 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steve McQueen's first wife, Neile McQueen, plays Jim's client, Mrs. Brauder. Steve McQueen's one time girlfriend Barbara Leigh has a cameo as Sylvia. The McQueens and Garners were neighbors. See more »


When Joyce Brauder is calling Rockford the number on her phone is area code 311 555-2368. This is the very same number on Rockford's phone. 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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Welcome Home(Sanitarium)
9 February 2015 | by stones78See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that does a commendable job of combining two different subjects, and also has solid writing, plus some great acting by James Garner. The transition from sex club to funny farm is done quite well, and there are several familiar faces including John Fiedler, Pepper Martin(Rockford regular), an annoying Dennis Fimple, Stephen Elliott, and George Murdock. The gist is that Rockford gets too close to a scandal, and asks too many questions, and ends up in a mental institution, where he meets a zany cast of characters, and I have to say that all the actors played their roles very well. One part that got me was when the crooked doctors made Doc Holliday(Murdock)remove his cowboy hat, and then the defeated look on Doc's face, as he put both hands around his head in confusion, like he just lost a loved one. While I wouldn't list this among my favorites, the way Garner acts, and the way the story takes a strange turn, makes this an episode to recommend.

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