The Incredible Hulk

Season 1 Episode 3

The Final Round

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 10, 1978 on CBS
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David is about to get mugged when a boxer known as Rocky happens along and chases them away. In the following conversation, Rocky offers David a job at his gym. David soon discovers that their boss is dealing drugs and the unknowing Rocky is his delivery boy.


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  • A boxer rescues Banner from muggers. Banner/The Hulk must then help the boxer out of a drug operation.

    Not the cream of the crop as far as Hulk episodes go, but it's a nice filler episode. Luckily, the pilot was an outstanding start. I've read that people call it overrated, but it was a great beginning. FINAL ROUND had 2 solid Hulk-outs, and in this episode, it tries to be an action show, but season 2's humanity episodes would be better. The boxer calling himself Rocky was not original, but laughable because he could never be Rocky at all. I enjoyed Banner's second Hulk-out above the ring. Good action. McGee was a great presence in this episode. Note at the end, he kind of has a look that almost thrilled him as the Hulk busts out of the window.moreless
  • Solid, but unspectacular, beginning

    After two exciting made-for-TV movies the year prior, "The Incredible Hulk" premieres as a weekly series on CBS in the fall of 1978 with this entertaining, but ultimately average episode.

    Martin Kove does an admirable job in his role as the boxer, but the plot of the episode suffers from a problem pervasive in the first season: several episodes borrowed heavily from or, in the worst case, completely ripped off famous feature films or telefilms of the decade. (In this case, it's "Rocky.") Not particularly encouraging for a franchise that showed so much promise in its spectacular, finely craft pilot film. Thankfully, the series finds its footing and picks up steam by its second season.

    Notable for the Hulk's appearance in the boxing ring and, as usual, Bill Bixby's charismatic performance.moreless
Al Ruscio

Al Ruscio

Mr. Sarerigo

Guest Star

Ron Trice

Ron Trice

Black Mugger

Guest Star

T. Miratti

T. Miratti

White Mugger

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This episode marks the debut of the "Hulk Music" or "Creature Theme" that plays during almost every Hulk-Out. It is initially very orchestrated and fast but it will eventually become the normal "Hulk Music" that debuts in the episode "A Child in Need" (production order) or "Married" (airing order).

    • Alias: David Benson
      Job: Janitor
      City/State: Willmington, DE

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Talking about Henry)
      David: He's really outclassed, isn't he?
      Tommy: Oh, are you kidding? Bill Cole's gonna kill him.

    • (Talking about the police.)
      Henry: They exposed Sariego's dope ring and how he conspired to kill me.
      David: Oh, that's great.
      Henry: That reporter guy, Jack McGee, he got credit for the discovery. He's gonna come down here now and do a whole story on me.

    • (After catching David asking Rocky about a delivery)
      Mr. Sariego: Hey, Benson. Mind your own business, okay?

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