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THE

ROCKFORD

FILES

DEFINITIVE EPISODE Guide

 

 

Season TWO, 1975 - 1976

Production Credits

Executive Producer

Meta Rosenberg

Supervising Producer

Stephen J. Cannell (Episodes 1-9 & 15)

Produced By

Lane Slate (Episodes 1-9 & 15)

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell (Episodes 10-4 & 16-22)

Created By

Roy Huggins

Stephen J. Cannell

 

 

Associate Producer

Chas. Floyd Johnson

Executive Story Consultant

Juanita Bartlett

Director of Photography

Lamar Boren A.S.C

Music By

Mike Post

Pete Carpenter

 

 

A Roy Huggins  / Public Arts

In Association with Cherokee Productions

And Universal Pictures

 

 

James Garner is nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

 


 

THE AARON IRONWOOD SCHOOL OF SUCCESS

Transmission

12 September 1975

Production No

42607

At the Tone…

Hi, Jim. We couldn't reach you, so we went ahead with the job and I know you're really going to dig it. But if you don't I suppose we can always tear it out.

 

 

Produced By

Lane State

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Lou Antonio

 

 

Quote

“I’m going to call it – Dare to Be Free”

 

Just before going to meet an old friend at the airport, Jim is taken at gunpoint by two men.  Jim runs off and escapes in a ‘Pizza Dan’s’ pizza deliver van.  He collects Rocky and they travel to the airport to meet Aaron Ironwood – a successful businessman who ‘dares to win’, who used to live with the Rockford’s as a small boy.  They attend a session of the School of Success, where Aaron encourages the students to become more than they are through his motto “dare to win”.  Later at a bar Aaron explains to Jim that some gangsters who want to buy his companies for $20 million, when they ten times that amount and they are blackmailing him. Aaron asks Jim to become executer of the companies in his place.  Beth Davenport reads over the contracts, which are clean, but Jim will only sign on agreement that if Aaron has not been honest, Jim will sell the companies immediately.  They go to meet the gangster buyers, only to discover that it is Vito Genosa, whose goons visited Jim before.  Jim immediately sells for $20 million.  Aaron is furious because Jim sold out and will not release the cheque, and tries to hit him without success.  Figuring out that Aaron must have wanted the companies sold, he meets with Aaron has a small fight and Jim hands over the cheque, but Aaron will not confess.  When he returns home FBI Agent Patrick picks Jim up and explains that Aaron is guilty of federal crimes including the selling of companies with false securities.  The FBI releases Jim, but next morning Genosa’s goons pick Jim and Aaron up…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

James Hampton

Aaron Ironwood

Ken Swofford

Federal Agent Patrick

Gretchen Corbett

Beth Davenport

Jonathan Lippe (Jonathan Goldsmith)

Nino

 

 

Jerome Guardino

Vito Genosa

Robert Broyles

Hauss

John Petlock

Dave

Gammy Burdett

Cabbie

Don Furneaux

Russo

Luis Delgado

Driver

 

§         Jim gives his address to the cab driver as 2686 Pacific Coast Highway, when in fact he lives at Paradise Cove.  For the rest of the series Jim’s address is given as 29 Cove Road, Malibu – opposite the Sandcastle Restaurant, which is where his trailer has been since Profit and Loss.

§         Interior sets of Jim’s trailer change this season from drab whites to brown wood shades and give a more home like feel to the trailer.  We also see Rocky’s home for the first time in Santa Monica. Rocky’s home also changes its interior set over the coming years.

 

§         Vito Genosa says “when Jim and I last met we were both doing twenty to life – looks like we both got lucky”.  This would imply that Genosa was in San Quentin at the same time as Jim.

§         Like James Garner, James Hampton was born in Oklahoma, and as well as guest star roles in other series, has turned to writing, directing and producing series.

§         Jonathan Goldsmith (as he is better known, but credited here as Jonathan Lippe), guest stars in season 5’s The Empty Frame.

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

 

 

THE FARNSWORTH STRATAGEM

Transmission

19 September 1975

Production No

42616

At the Tone…

Rockford, this is Tony. Now, your car's ready, couldn't reach you, so I went ahead and put in the new pistons. The tab's $527.54 and this time we're talking cash.

 

 

Produced By

Lane State

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

Lawrence Doheny

 

 

Quote

“If we hit oil, then we got black gold pouring down on, if we hit water, we’re sitting on natural gas, either way its money in the bank”

 

Jim goes with Dennis and Peggy Becker to the new hotel they have invested in for the weekend.  The hotel manger explains they have no rooms, because the residents live in condominiums, and that the Becker’s in fact own part of the lobby and the car park.  Realising he has been swindled by Bradley Investments Limited, Dennis asks Jim for help.  Jim is reluctant, but agrees when Audrey Wyatt, a children’s author, visits asking to be a part of the investigation as she invested too.  Although she tries to convince Jim there is nothing that can be done, and upon learning Lieutenant Diehl’s wife has also invested Jim has no choice but to help when the bank threaten to foreclose on his mortgage.  Beth reads the contract, and Jim requests that all the investors transfer the mineral rights in the lobby and the car park to him.  Next day Jim poses as ‘James W. Farnsworth’ and with the help of Audrey, Rocky, Angel and some others contructs a massive oil-drilling rig in the hotel car park.  Angel begins breaking the ground with a jackhammer while the residents protest.  Two of the residents threaten Jim, but eventually Jim draws Simon Lloyd, the head of Bradley Investments, out into the open.  Meanwhile Jim discovers that Audrey is not an author but was in fact the ‘roper of the marks’ for the con – but she has turned, because Jim’s scam is so much better.  Jim vows to keep the relationship professional.  Dennis visits informing Jim that the residents of the hotel are all members of organised crime.  Jim meets with Lloyd who offers to buy him out because Audrey leaked the results of the soil samples.  Jim refuses, but Louis Christian, a resident gangster persuades Jim, who confesses the whole thing is a scam – but no one believes him, so Jim sells out.  Suddenly the rig strikes – and water begins to pour out…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Linda Evans

Audrey Wyatt

H. M. Wynant

Danzi

Gretchen Corbett

Beth Davenport

Paul Jenkins

Simon Lloyd

Stuart Margolin

As

Angel

 

 

Pat Finley

Peggy Becker

John Crawford

Louis Christian

Eric Server

William MacKenzie

Gerald McRaney

Manager

Al Hansen

Guardell

Stephen Parr

Stuart Zilliox

 

§         Linda Evans – of Dynasty, makes her second appearance on The Rockford Files.

§         Paul Jenkins appeared in Profit and Loss and appears again in The Trouble with Warren.

§         Dennis makes reference to Jim and the jewel heist and the tape recorder in the safe, which are all events that took place in the first season episode Counter Gambit.

§         First appearance by Pat Finley, as Peggy Becker

 

 

GEARJAMMERS

Transmission

26 September 1975

Production No

42626

At the Tone…

Jimmy, it's Angel. Don't pay no attention to my other message. You're out of it. You're clean, no trouble at all. Just ignore the first message.

 

 

Produced By

Lane State

Teleplay By

Don Carlos Dunaway

Story By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“Are the flashers running in packs now?”

 

When Rocky tries to find his friend Johnny Lo Salvo to sell him some ‘OOTA’ Ball tickets at the Pacific and Western Trucking Docks, he unknowingly witnesses an illegal transaction involving official papers take place between Lo Salvo and Hammell.  Later, two of Hammell’s goons visit Jim asking the whereabouts of Joseph Rockford and they beat him up when he can’t tell them where his father is.  Rocky’s home is ransacked, and after seeing LJ fixing the bathroom, Jim checks his father’s diary to see the words “the usual” printed each Saturday afternoon.  Jim proceeds to look for Rocky, stopping at the ‘Gearjammer’ tavern, the local liquor store.  The liquor storeowner tells Jim to go to the home of Mary Ramsey, a nice lady who Rocky sees regularly without Jim’s knowledge.  On his way Jim is chased by Hammell’s goons, but manages to get them into a corner and take them at gunpoint, destroying their tyres in the process.  Jim meets Mary, who tells him that Rocky cancelled on her, which is unusual.  Lo Salvo meanwhile feels guilty about Hammell wanting Rocky dead and tries to convince Hammell to quit.  Jim goes to the Docks to see Lo Salvo, but finds him dead, bleeding inside a large wooden crate.  Jim returns to Rocky’s house and is hit with a frying pan by Rocky.   When Jim regains consciousness the pair go to the Police Station, where they find out that six P & W Semi Rigs have been hijacked and the drivers stripped of their uniforms.  Jim makes a connection between the hijackings and the death of Johnny Lo Salvo – buts needs to link that and his Dad.   Jim and Rocky go to the police station car park when they decide to have a lobster dinner at a restaurant around the corner.  As they walk away Jim’s Pontiac Firebird explodes…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Rosemary DeCamp

Mary Ramsey

Scott Brady

Hammel

 

 

Bob Hoy

Scheib

Ted Gehring

Johnny Lo Salvo

Peter Brocco

Hodges

Charles Cooper

Jack

Robert Raymond Sutton

Paco

Jack Garner

Police Officer

John Dullaghan

Sullivan

Terry Leonard

John Smith

Al Stevenson

L.J.

 

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

 

 

GEARJAMMERS

PART II

Transmission

26 September 1975

Production No

42627

At the Tone…

Okay, pal, it's Harry. I just checked my car. You kept the battery charged all right, you also put 3500 miles on it.

 

 

Produced By

Lane State

Teleplay By

Don Carlos Dunaway

Story By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“To protect and serve, that’s your slogan, well I’ll call you on it - protect him!”

 

This is James Garner.   The following are scenes from Part one of ‘GEARJAMMERS’, A two-part episode of The Rockford Files:

While trying to sell ‘OOTA’ Ball tickets at the Trucking Docks Rocky witnesses a transaction between Johnny Lo Salvo and Hammell. 

Hammell’s goons visit and beat up Jim for the whereabouts of his father. 

Jim is chased by Hammell’s goons, but manages to get them into a corner at gunpoint

Jim finds Lo Salvo dead at the Docks, bleeding inside a large wooden crate. 

At home, Rocky hits Jim over the head with a frying pan.  

At Police Station, Jim makes a connection between semi rig hijackings and the death of Lo Salvo

Jim and Rocky decide to have a lobster dinner, as they walk away the Firebird explodes…

 

With both Rockford men shaken but safe, but the Firebird completely burned, Rocky finally comes to realise that someone is trying to kill him, so Jim takes him home and investigates P & W, discovering the trailers of the 6 semi rigs left in a dock park, untouched.  A police stake out of the trailers leads to nothing.  Back at Paradise Cove, Hammell’s goons chase Rocky into the hills.  Jim returns just in time to save Rocky and shoots one goon in the arm.  Jim and Rocky continue to work together and work out that 6 rigs of expensive Russian furs are to be transported, but on their way to the docks, they are chased again.  They evade their pursuers and arrive at the docks – which are under heavy guard by Police officer led by Dennis Becker.  After Rocky explains the Bills of Lathing principle, Jim eventually works out that P & W changed the delivery schedule and that the 6 rig tractors were stolen so as to steal the precious furs!  Jim steals a rig and pursues the first tractor that leaves the docks and stops to explain the situation to Dennis.  Suddenly Rocky races past in another rig determined to catch the first and a three-semi rig chase ensues…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Jack Kruschen

John Koenig

Scott Brady

Hammel

 

 

Bob Hoy

Scheib

Ted Gehring

Johnny Lo Salvo

Peter Brocco

Hodges

Joe E. Tata

Willie

Robert Raymond Sutton

Paco

Bucklind Beery

Officer Al Mazurski

John Dullaghan

Sullivan

Terry Leonard

John Smith

 

§         Bucklind Beery is the son of Noah Beery.  He appears as Officer Mazurski again during the series.

§         How can Jim afford to constantly replace his Pontiac Firebird’s all the time and still by able to drive the most up to date model?  Its no surprise his insurance man (Joe E Tata again) tries to wriggle out to paying the insurance money.

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

§         This two-part episode is another personal favourite as it takes a real operating principle of trucking and bills of lathing – adds a typical heist and puts Jim and Rocky in the mix of it too – excellent!  A story equally as strong, if not rivalling Profit and Loss.

 

 

THE DEEP BLUE SLEEP

Transmission

10 October 1975

Production No

42620

At the Tone…

Hi, Jim. Thanks for the dinner invitation. I'd love to, but does it have to be the taco stand?

 

 

Produced By

Lane State

Teleplay By

Juanita Bartlett

Story By

Chas. Floyd Johnson

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“Two hundred dollars a day; do you want the job or not – they’re plenty of other PI’s in the book”

 

Jim receives a strange telephone call from Margo Adams, but she hangs up.  Later Beth Davenport calls him – she received a strange telephone call from her friend Margo Adams and asks Jim to investigate by going to her home.  Jim does, using the hidden key, but finds the place ransacked and is knocked unconscious.   They file a missing persons report with Dennis Becker.  Next day Jim goes to Clarke Fashions, where Margo worked to talk with Adrienne Clarke but she is not interested.  Dennis finds Margo, dead in her car in the river the next day.  Jim returns to Clarke fashions, having to force his way in just to give the bad news.  He sees Adrienne again and meets Bob Coleman – who Jim learns was having an affair with Adrienne.  Jim follows Coleman, but is chased off.  Jim goes to Adrienne to question her, particularly about Coleman and his affair with Margo.  Adrienne is not interested, but the next day goes to Jim’s trailer to reveal Coleman is linked to organised crime and has funded her fashion design company for years but now wants to sell it.  They go to Coleman’s home, Jim meets Dennis and finds out Coleman was executed.  When Jim returns to his car, he finds Adrienne has gone, when gangster George Macklan has in fact kidnapped her.  Jim figures out that Coleman kept a record of criminal transactions and calls Macklan claiming Coleman had a safe.  Macklan sends Ray Porter to check, and Jim follows Porter back to a warehouse.  Seeing he has little time, Jim ‘borrows’ a nearby police squad car….

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Robert Webber

Bob Coleman

Gretchen Corbett

Beth Davenport

Michael Conrad

George Macklan

Special Guest Star

Janet MacLaughlan

 

Adrienne Clarke

 

 

Ric Mancini

Ray Porter

Melandy Britt

Millie

Doria Clark

Margo Adams

Robert B. Hays

Darren Weeks

John Furlong

Medical Examiner

Ed Crick

Gas Station Attendant

 

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

§         Chas Floyd Johnson, who contributed the story here, went on to be producer, then executive producer on shows such as Magnum PI and Quantum Leap.  He became a producer on The Rockford Files in season 3, and earned an Executive Producer spot in the movies.

 

 

THE GREAT BLUE LAKE LAND AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

Transmission

17 October 1975

Production No

42603

At the Tone…

Hello – Jim - Rockford's - machine. This – is – Larry - Doheny's - machine. Will – you –please – have – your – master – call – my – master – at – his - convenience? Thank - you. Thank - you. Thank - you.

 

 

Produced By

Lane State

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

Lawrence Doheny

 

 

Quote

“They’re selling an invisible lake”

 

While returning to Los Angeles with some bail money for a client, Jim suffers with car trouble and is forced to stop over at the Great Blue Lake, a small town in development.  On the advice of the car mechanic, Jim puts the $10,000 bond money in the safe at the Land and Development Office, ensuring to get a receipt from employee Murray Johnson.  Being cautious, Jim follows Johnson home sees him use a hidden key to enter.  The next day Jim goes back to the Land office, but because Johnson is not present speaks to owner Walter Hart regarding the $10,000.  Hart does not believe Jim, because his receipt bears the name of a man Hart does not employ, so Jim calls Sheriff Mitchell, and discovers the $10,000 is not in the safe.  Jim takes Mitchell to Johnson’s home, only to find it occupied by Mildred, a waitress.  Although Jim shows her the hidden key, she has never heard of Murray Johnson.  Jim is determined to regain the money – not caring how, so calls Rocky and asks him to come and bring along ‘Fast Harry’ De Nova.  Harry is reluctant, but owes Jim a favour from prison so goes undercover as a salesman for the Land Office.  Rocky poses as a customer and is shown the lake – which is in fact wide piece of desert land, but the salesman Tanner, can see everything that he describes – its just in development.  Rocky reports back to Jim, seeing it as a swindle, when Walter Hart visits, returning Jim’s money that was found with his ex-employee Terry Birch – aka Murray Johnson.  Before he can leave the county Jim is arrested for Birch’s murder and jailed.  Using Rocky to lead the Sheriff into a false sense of security Jim busts out of jail by walking out the front door, and steals the record ledgers from Hart’s office, offering to exchange them at ‘the Lake’…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Richard B. Shull

‘Fast Harry’ DeNova

Dennis Patrick

Walter Hart

Special Guest Star

Dana Elcar

 

Sheriff Mitchell

 

 

Mary Ann Chinn

Billie Carlton

Bob Hastings

Paul Tanner

Noble Willingham

B.J

Ray Girardin

‘Murray Johnson’ aka Terry Birch

Bartine Zane

Mildred Jensen

 

§         As well as directing an episode of The Rockford Files, Dana Elcar is better know as Pete Thornton in MacGyver.

§         The late Richard B. Shull has starred in films such as The Anderson Tapes (with Sean Connery and Dyan Cannon) and Housesitter (with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn).  He sadly died in 1999 of a heart attack.

§         This episode does not feature Joe Santos, Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

 

 

THE REAL EASY RED DOG

Transmission

31 October 1975

Production No

42628

At the Tone…

Jim? It's Shirley at the cleaners. You know that brown jacket, the one I said looked so great on you? Your favourite. We lost it.

 

 

Produced By

Lane State

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Ivan Dixon

 

 

Quote

“Lieutenant Thomas Diehl?  He hates me!”

 

Jim is hired by Jennifer Sandstrom to investigate her sister’s death.  Taking some clues she provides, Jim contacts Dennis to learn that the death as classed as suicide.  Jim goes to Alice Sandstrom’s home, bumps into a pool cleaner walking out, checks the pool himself and finds the filter is clogged.  Jim goes inside and finds Tom Brice of Freidler, Pike & Morris Attorneys checking the property.  Posing as Jay Valaro - a County Assessor, Jim cons Brice out of the safe deposit keys he found and leaves, contacting Lieutenant Diehl about his findings, suggesting an autopsy.  He goes to Jennifer Sandstrom’s home to find she is not the woman who hired him, and she tells him that Alice was mentally ill.  Jim is followed by a mystery car and pulls into a motel to evade them, and then follows them, and finds they park outside a house.  Jim goes into the house by a back way to find ‘Jennifer Sandstrom’.  Looking through her ID he learns she is Christine ‘Tina’ Dusseau – a fellow Private Investigator.  She tells Jim that he was used as a decoy to get the police officers off her back why she completes an insurance payoff case.  They meet Diehl at the morgue who tells them an autopsy proved nothing.  Jim tells Tina he has evidence that Alice Sandstorm was murdered.  They go back to Alice Sandstrom’s house and find a room decorated as a nursery, as well as other clues.  On the way home someone tries to shoot them.  Meanwhile Lieutenant Diehl finds the body of Tom Brice, and knowing Jim’s connection with the case, has a warrant issued.  At Tina’s house the police try to find Jim, but he hides.  Jim and Tina obtain samples of Alice Sandstrom’s handwriting to practice her signature so they can access the safe deposit box.  They do and learn Alice Sandstrom had a baby who she sold to Pete Finch, who works for Aaron Friedler of Friedler, Pike & Morris Attorneys.  They leave and are chased by Finch…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Stephanie Powers

Christine ‘Tina’ Dusseau

Bruce Kirby

Aaron Friedler

Tom Atkins

Lieutenant Thomas Diehl

Sherry Jackson

Jennifer Sandstrom

Wayne Grace

Deek

Larry Cook

Dave

George Wyner

Thomas A. Brice

Nick Ferris

Peter Finch

Connie Bryant Milton

Policewoman

 

§         Stephanie Powers become non-other than Jennifer Hart in Hart to Hart.  She was also a Girl from UNCLE.

§         This episode marks the beginning of the big Lieutenant Diehl debate; just what is his first name?  Is it Alex as it was in Season 1 and again in the Movies, or is it Thomas, as it is in this season?  Who knows?

§         As well as other guest appearances in the series, Bruce Kirby played Sergeant Kramer (and other roles) in Columbo.  Kirby (real name Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Sr) has also recently appeared in The Sopranos (created by Rockford producer David Chase)

§         If you listen carefully to the football game on Jim’s TV at the beginning, all the players mentioned are names of the production crew!

§         This episode does not feature Noah Beery, Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

 

 

RESURRECTION IN BLACK AND WHITE

Transmission

07 November 1975

Production No

42629

At the Tone…

Hiya, Jimmy, it's Cousin Lou. Going to be in town a coupla days. Know you won't mind putting us up. It's just me and Aunt Sissy and B.J. and the kids and little Freddie.

 

 

Produced By

Lane State

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Russ Mayberry

 

 

Quote

“I don’t shoot it, I just point it…”

 

Journalist Susan Alexander hires Jim to help her prove that Dave Kruger is innocent of the murder of his wife Cheryl ten years previously.  On the way to the prison Susan reveals she was almost forced off the road by a mysterious car.  Jim is set to quit as he does not do bodyguard work and he is unarmed, much to Susan’s surprise.  Jim meets Dave and questions him, convinced Dave has hooked Susan and had someone try to kill her to keep her interested, but Dave places Susan’s safety over his own freedom.  Jim and Susan meet Sergeant Becker, who finds that the original case file has gone missing – which spells a conspiracy.  Susan takes Jim home, but someone shoots at the pair.  She shows Jim the transcript of the trial, and they meet with his lawyer Newcomb, who is in a retirement home after suffering a stroke.  His memory is puzzled about the case, claiming Cheryl’s mother offered to file an appeal that never happened because she died.  They visit her last address and posing as an estate agent and buyer meet her niece Shirley Atwater, who will not sell.  Posing as Assistant Coroner’s they meet Patrick Elber, the original Coroner from the case who did the autopsy on Cheryl and her mother (a strange coincidence).  Returning to Shirley’s they find she has been killed, and the police reveal she was actually Cheryl Wilson, who was said to have been murdered by Dave years before…  Dave’s innocence is now proved, but who killed her?  The trail leads to her cousin Roy Piece who is partners with Elber for the insurance money.  Going to the boat slip, a high-speed boat chase ensues to catch the real killers…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Joan Van Ark

Susan Alexander

William Prince

Arnold Newcomb

Sandra Smith

Shirley Atwater

Milton Selzer

Patrick Elber

John Lawlor

Dave Kruger

John Daheim

Roy Pierce

 

§         Another appearance by Joan Van Ark, of Dallas and Knots Landing fame.  She has also directed episodes of Knots and other series and has recently did a stint on soap The Young and the Restless.

§         This episode does not feature Noah Beery, Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

CHICKEN LITTLE IS A LITTLE CHICKEN

Transmission

14 November 1975

Production No

42602

At the Tone…

Jim, it's Beth. You have the vet's number, the flea collar and extra litter. One thing I forgot, keep him away from other cats. He's not very discriminating.

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Lawrence Doheny

 

 

Quote

“You deserve this frame, it was built for a dummy and it looks good on you”

 

Angel returns Jim’s Pontiac Firebird and asks him to retrieve some gambling winnings from Tom ‘Chicken’ Little.  Jim goes to Little who agrees to come to Paradise Cove, provded they pick up his brother.  They do so and when they return to the trailer, Angel screams and runs off in Rocky’s truck, with the goons in the Firebird.  Jim tries to file a stolen car report with Dennis but Angel stops him, when Dennis takes Angel for questioning about the death of Tom Little.  Grabbing Angel outside Jim demands an explaination, while Angel takes him to the truck.  On in the journey Angel reveals he was asked to laundered “30 G’s” which he stuffed into the drivers door panel of the Firebird, and the goons who stole the Firebird work for Marty Frishette – another gangster.  When they stop they are kidnapped and taken to Chester Sierra, a local gangster who wants a piece of the action, and when Angel refuses, tries to kill them, but they escape.  Next day Jim is contacted by Ange l to meet at the newspaper where Angel has learned Little was swindling the paper and placed the evidence of the swindle in Angel’s desk drawer.  Jim wants out, but Angel needs help, so he agrees, provided Angel dies.  That night they slip an article into the newspaper that Angel was murdered.  Wanting an explanation Jim safes Angel’s death is for his safety and his funeral is an excellent place to work ‘the shell game’.  Jim meets with MartyFishette, leaving a brief case for the money and an invite to the funeral.  He also contacts Chester Sierra.  At the funeral, the case passing begins…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Stuart Margolin

Angel’ Martin

Ray Danton

Chester Sierra

 

 

Frank Campanella

Martin Frishette

Angelo Gnazzo

“Tom Little”

Sandy Ward

The Sheriff

Nicholas Worth

Kessler

Dave Cass

Sid

Kenneth Strange

Don

Charlie Horvath

Jase

Tom Williams

Minister

 

 

§         The Main Theme switches to the traditional music heard at the beginning of every episode to the end of the series run.  (Except No Cut Contract, see below).

§         Jim is minding Beth Davenport’s apartment and feeding her cat.  (She is heard on the answer machine, but makes no on-screen appearance).  This is one of a few occasions where the answer machine tag is referred to and becomes part of the episode story.

§         Jim learns Angel’s given name for the first time: Evelyn Martin, but he is simply known as Angel. 

§         Dennis Becker appears to meet Angel for the first time in this episode, but knew Angel in The Farnsworth Stratagem.  Production numbers suggest that this story should be seen before The Farnsworth Stratagem. 

§         The late Ray Danton has directed numerous other Universal Productions including Quincy ME and Magnum PI.  Danton died of Kidney disease in 1992

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

2 INTO 5.56 WON'T GO

Transmission

21 November 1975

Production No

42630

At the Tone…

Jim, it's Maria over at the laundromat. There's a yellow dress in with your things. Is that a mistake, or special handling, or what?

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Jeannot Szwarc

 

 

Quote

“The wonderful thing about begin a civilian is that you outrank Lieutenant’s and Colonel’s…”

 

When Colonel Daniel Hart-Bowie, an old army commander leaves a message on Jim’s answer machine, the Army enquires about the conversation, and do not believe Jim when he says he did not speak to the Colonel.  .  After learning the Colonel is dead, Jim is released, but the Colonel’s daughter Shana visits Jim, taking him at gunpoint demanding to know what is going on, so Jim aggress to help her.  They look around the Colonel’s quarters at the Army base to discover it has been gently ransacked, as items have been placed incorrectly.  They meet Sergeant Harvey Slate, and Jim poses as Professor Jim ‘Rock’ Sanderson, in order to continue investigating covertly.  That night at his hotel Jim is taken at gunpoint by a Police Deputy Billy Webster, and driven out into the fields and questioned by a mysterious man by radio.  They have believed Jim’s cover story so Billy attempts to bat Jim up, but Jim beats him and escapes, but spots the car has an Army Base sticker on the bumper.  Jim investigates a person named ‘Terry’, a name mentioned by Shana and finds the car with the bumper sticker.  Having found that Shana has been kidnapped, Jim goes to Colonel Hopkins, and learns that illegal gun smuggling of the 5.56 rifle is taking place using made up names soldiers, empty coffins and fake funerals…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Jesse Welles

Shana Bowie

Charles Napier

Billy Webster

Special Guest Star

Mitchell Ryan

 

Colonel Hopkins

 

 

Frank Maxwell

Colonel Daniel Hart Bowie

William Boyett

Sergeant Harvey Slate

Harvey Gold

Quenton Davis

Carol Vogel

Terry

John Kerry

Lieutenant Doug Fenton

Kenneth Washington

Guard

Eddie Firestone

Dwight Davis

 

§         Mitchell Ryan played the bad guy in Lethal Weapon 1, but has risen to higher status in comedy Dharma and Greg

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

 

 

PASTORIA PRIME PICK

Transmission

28 November 1975

Production No

42609

At the Tone…

Hey, Jimbo, Dennis. Really appreciate the help on the income tax. Wanna help on the audit now?

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell

Written By

Gordon Dawson

Directed By

Lawrence Doheny

 

 

Quote

“Your looking at five to life… and it looks closer to life than five”

 

Jim’s car breaks down on the ‘eight mile grade’ while on his way to Pastoria.  Luckily Vern Soper is in his mechanics truck and tows Jim to Pastoria. On arrival, Jim poses as Larry Metcalfe of Great Western Casualty, as part of his skip-trace case.  Jim eats at the Dinner and meets former Sheriff Emmett Byrd and then checks in at the motel, where Officer Kolodny misinterprets Jim’s concern when a photograph is taken of him with Rita, the motel helper. Jim also finds a strange suitcase that is not his.  Vern Soper checks the Firebird and charges a fortune so Jim checks it and finds the car was tampered with at his last stop, so reports the crime and Kolodny’s behaviour to Sheriff Gladish.  That night Jim’s room is burst into by some drug dealers who want their money, and are about to kill Jim when Rita arrives telling him that Kolodny is coming to get him for reporting him to the Sheriff.  Jim makes his escape in Rita’s car, is forced to dump it and walk to Emmett Byrd’s house.  There, Byrd hears on the radio that Jim is wanted and arrests him, Jim hits Byrd and runs right into the Police.  In jail Jim is charged with narcotics smuggling with intent to supply, misrepresentation, grand theft auto, assault and criminal damage.  Jim tells Beth he has a witness Rita – but her mother, the Mayor Karen Saunders does not want her involved and threatens Jim with a charge of Statutory Rape.  Prosecutor Gilbert Univaso offers Jim a plea bargain, but Jim refuses for his day in court.  Pleading not guilty, Jim is bound over for trail by Judge Russell Cline.  Byrd then refuses to press charges on the assault and damage, telling Jim, Beth and Rocky that something that Soper said was false.  Jim works out that the Pastoria authorities are all in it together and that they must have been tipped off about his coming Jim calls the last hotel he stayed in and poses as ‘Gerald Creekmore’ – the man who sent him to Pastoria, to learn the telephone number in Pastoria he dials – it is a answer machine.  Jim breaks into the Prosecutor’s office, steals his file and tapes an answer machine dialler tone.  Kolodny spots him so Jim hits him and escapes.  On trying to leave town Beth and Rocky are arrested while Jim breaks away to his only sanctuary; Emmett Byrd. Byrd takes Jim to Judge Cline and explains to him that the Police people with made up crimes, and the Courts have them pay a fine and because the charges vary and most people plea bargain.  The next victim will be lead to believe he killed someone and that he will arrive very soon on the eight-mile grade…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Warren Kemmerling

Vern Soper

Richard Herd

Sheriff Gladish

William Lucking

Officer Pete Kolodny

Kathie Browne

Mayor Karen Sanders

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

Smith Evans

Rita

Bill Zuckert

Retired Sheriff Emmett Byrd

Donald Billett

Prosecutor Gilbert Univaso

Bill Quinn

Judge Russell Cline

Robert Ward

Honcho

Jack Garner

Court Clerk

Bruce Tuthill

First Hood

Barbara Collentine

Waitress

 

§         When he calls home at the beginning of the story, Jim gives his phone number to the operator as 555 9000.  This is different to the number used for the rest of the series and is contrary to what is clear on his telephone as we see it in the opening credits, i.e 555 2368.

§         This is the first of two episodes where Jim uses this portable remote to operate the answering machine to retrieve his messages – its use in this episode is an integral part of the story.

§         William Lucking tried his hand at unsuccessfully chasing Stephen J. Cannell’s creation The A Team.

§         Richard Herd made appearances in Quantum Leap and SeaQuest DSV

§         This episode does not feature Joe Santos or Stuart Margolin.

 

 

THE REINCARNATION OF ANGIE

Transmission

05 December 1975

Production No

42631

At the Tone…

Hi, Jim, it's Jamie at the police impound. They picked up your car again. Lately, they've been driving it more than you have.

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Jerry London

 

 

Quote

“Don’t get cute Rockford, I’m holding myself in, but I might loose it…”

 

Angela Perris receives a strange telephone call from her brother Tom, so hires Jim and meets him at a bar.  There a man who claims to be Federal Agent Bettingen identifies himself, but Jim hits him – why?  Because the man used his drivers licence photo on a real Federal ID.  How does Jim know that?  Because Jim did the same thing for his ‘Federal ID…  Jim goes with Angela to Tom’s home and opens the safe, finding thousands of dollars inside.  They place it in a safe deposit box.  Next morning Jim meets with Federal Agent Dan Shore for breakfast and discuses the death of Agent Bettingen, the impersonator and Ton Perris.  Shore is les than co-operative, so Jim poses as an official to get into the office of Tom Perris at the Bundy and Baines Company.  Unfortunately Mr Whitlaw rumbles him.  Jim decides to place Angela in hiding at a motel, while he investigates further.  Unfortunately she is kidnapped and Jim receives a call for ransom but when he attends the exchange the police arrive and find Tom Perris’ body in the trunk of the Firebird.  Jim is arrested, but is released if he can make the exchange wearing a Federal tracking device – at the same time Shore discovers a device already planted on the Firebird.  Jim goes to the exchange, meets with Whitlaw but refuses to get out of his car, so it is trashed.  Jim hits a goon, but is thrown to the floor – this gives Jim the opportunity to take the tracker and he is taken to Angela at a warehouse.  Just as they are about to taken away and killed, Angela suddenly trips over…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Elayne Heilveil

Angela Perris

Wayne Tippit

Federal Agent Dan Shore

Special Guest Star

David Huddleston

 

Whitlaw

 

 

Sharon Spelman

Susan Miller

Eugene Peterson

Tom Perris

Charles Siebert

Gary Bettingen

George Skaff

Bundy

Jenny O'Hara

Operator

Jeanne Bates

Lady in Bank

Louise Fitch

Maid

Dick Durlock

Muscle

 

Voice of Woman on Telephone

 

§         First of three appearances by Wayne Tippit as Federal Agent Dan Shore.   Jim and ‘Danny’ Shore are clearly acquainted, yet they don’t really seem to meet until No Cut Contract.

§         This episode does not feature Joe Santos, Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

 

 

THE GIRL IN THE BAY CITY BOYS' CLUB

Transmission

19 December 1975

Production No

42632

At the Tone…

Hi, sonny, it's Rocky. I got the bill and I've been trying to figure what everybody owes on L.J.'s birthday party. Tell me, did you have the Pink Lady?

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

James Garner

 

 

Quote

"Don't...don't lean, don't hassle, and don't threaten.  I happen to be in a very bad mood."

 

Jim poses as Aaron Keil, Newspaper Publisher, to attend the weekly poker game held at the Bay City Boys Club and does quite well.   Meanwhile representatives of the club check his car, but his ID checks out.  Afterward Jim is followed, but after a quick switch in which he calls the police, follows his stalker.  Continuing the Aaron Kiel rouse, he learns his stalker is Kate Flanders, concerned daughter of one of the poker players.  Jim reports to his client Mr Phelps and then returns Aaron’s car to Angel at the newspaper.  The next day Angel calls, bringing the Boys Club Representatives Thompkins and Mosher who demand to know who hired him.  Jim manages to overpower them and they run off. Jim and Angel then go to see Phelps, only to learn from the gardener that Phelps died 3 months before – Angel runs off in fear.  Jim goes to uncooperative Bay City Police and then to the District Attorneys office and sees ‘Mr Phelps’ – who in truth is Deputy District Attorney Bert Kimble.  Jim demands an explanation, but Kimble will not reveal anything but does want Jim to continue working for him. Jim refuses, but Kimble threatens to pull his PI licence – Jim is not scared, as the whole affair would come out in the hearing, so leaves.  Outside he meets ‘Kate Flanders’, who is in fact Deputy District Attorney Kate Doyle. Angry Jim goes home.  Kate visits him later and reveals that Kimble is crooked and she is investigating him.  Jim agrees to go with her to see Kimble, but they find him dead in his car in the parking lot. The pair seeks sanctuary at Angel’s and figures out that Kimble must have had information on the Boys Club, which is heavy with syndicate people, so the games must be cheated.  They check the power company to find the Club is using three times the electricity now than a year ago, but has had no building work done in the office – so this rules out cheating by peephole in the ceiling, but Jim finds that the place was re-wired.  Breaking into the club Jim and Kate find miniature cameras in some phoney fire protection systems. They are discovered and a chase through the Club ensues…

 

Starring James Garner

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Blair Brown

Deputy District Attorney Kate Doyle

Joel Fabiani

Thompkins

Stewart Moss

Deptuty District Attorney Burton Kimball

Paul Stevens

George Welles

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

William Phipps

Sergeant

William Bryant

Paul Flanders

Sharon Ullrick

Clerk

Julio Medina

Gardiner

Jack Garner

Police Officer

Stacy Keach Sr.

Sy Mosher

Todd Hoffman

Young Man

Byron Morrow

Ted Thatcher

Chuck Hicks

Bell

 

§         A landmark episode – it is the only one directed by James Garner. 

§         There is some dynamic filming in this episode such as when Jim is driving and being followed by ‘Kate Flanders’ there is a camera angle where the viewer can see Jim and what is behind the Firebird, almost as if the camera is perched on the wing mirror.

§         Blair Brown appeared as the medical doctor in the 2000 movie Space Cowboys with James Garner!

§         British viewers know Joel Fabiani from his starring role in Department S.

§         This episode does not feature Noah Beery (except on the answer phone), Joe Santos or Gretchen Corbett.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

THE HAMMER OF C BLOCK

Transmission

09 January 1976

Production No

42622

At the Tone…

It's Jack. The check is in the mail. Sorry it's two years late. Sorry I misfigured my checking account and I'm overdrawn. Sorry I stopped payment on it. So, when it comes, tear it up. Sorry.

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell

Written By

Gordon Dawson

Directed By

Jerry London

 

 

Quote

“And get off that Rockfish thing, the name is ROCK-FORD”

 

Jim returns from a Long Pine to find Gandolph Fitch waiting for him – recently released from San Quentin for murder after 20 years, and wants to collect a prison debt; in services.  Gandy asks Jim to investigate his girlfriend Lila’s murder – the crime he was imprisoned for.  They try to find his old lawyer, but instead Gandy directs them to Rosie, an old man, who is asked to put it about that Gandy is looking for the killer.  Jim is mad, as now the killer knows who they are but they don’t know the killer.  They see Gandy’s lawyer Oliver Prey, who after some persuasion gives them a copy of the trial transcript. They then visit Pasadena to see Pebbles Runkin, Gandy’s former employer, for a lead on Eunice Charles Lila’s best friend.  Runkin tells them Eunice is dead, so Jim leaves Gandy to find work.  Jim continues to investigate, following up some information he got from Runkin alone and finds Eunice, who is now Mrs Bingham – married to a prominent doctor.  A girl overhears the conversation Jim has with Eunice where he learns that Gandy used to hit Lila and that Lila disappeared on two occasions for 5 months and 7 months.  Jim speaks to Dennis, who hears that Gandy was arrested in Pasadena.  Jim posts bail and the pair sees the officer who arrested Gandy.  They go and play pool and after a long talk Jim finally believes Gandy is innocent and continue to trail the beat.  In a bar Gandy gets a call from Debbie, the girl from Mrs Bingham’s house, who takes Gandy to the park where she and her brother Arthur - the police officer - ambush him to get revenge for the death of their mother Lila.  Jim has followed them and stops them – and suddenly works out the whole case…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Isaac Hayes

Gandolph ‘Gandy’ Fitch

James A. Watson Jr.

Arthur

Anazette Chase

Debbie

Jack Somack

Oliver Prey

Lynn Hamilton

Eunice Bingham

 

 

Allan Rich

Pebbles Runkin

Bill Walker

Rosie

Sandy DeBruin

Receptionist

Hank Stohl

Wino

Helen Shustack

Betty

 

§         Issac Hayes makes the first of 3 appearances on the show as Gandolph Fitch.  The song heard at the beginning is entitled “Gandy’s Theme” and is sung by Issac Hayes, who of course sang the signature tune to the hit movie Shaft.

§         James A. Watson Jr appeared in the Rockford Movies as Lieutenant Deke McCool; the irritating nemesis of Dennis Becker.

§         This episode does not feature Noah Beery, Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

THE NO - CUT CONTRACT

Transmission

16 January 1976

Production No

42615

At the Tone…

Horas fantasticos. La unique opportunidad en su vida la frescia rosaria llantas realiades. Call toll free - cincocinco - cinco, tresuno – dos - uno.

(555 3121)

 

 

Produced By

Lane State

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Lou Antonio

 

 

Quote

“I throw passes for a living”

 

Angel is visiting Jim when two men storm into the trailer demanding the tapes that King Sterdivan gave Jim.  Jim is puzzled as they ransack the place and eventually take some ‘Count Bassey’ cassettes.  Jim and Angel are on their way to the police, when Jim spots he is being followed a chase ensues but they are caught at the cinema and arrested by the Federal Agents.  Agent Dan Shore questions Jim about the tapes, but Jim has no idea what they are so Shore tells him about Larry Sterdivan, a football player for the Southern Illinois Warriors.  Jim goes to a TV studio to meet Sterdivan, who causally runs offs, so Jim catches him at a player’s party and saves Larry from an ambush laid out by a pretty girl for Norman and Bill, the goons from before.  Larry explains he picked Jim’s name from the Yellow Pages to get these hoods and the Feds off his back.  Jim is unimpressed, but Larry takes him to see his manager, claiming he can sort it out.  They find the manager dead, so Larry takes Jim at gunpoint and accuses him of the murder.  Dennis arrests Jim while Beth meets Larry, who makes a pass at her.  Beth is unimpressed.  Next day Jim is released without charge, and learns that Larry owns the ‘King’s Castle’ nightclub in Illinois, which was burned down overnight, and now Los Angeles has filed up full of gangsters from Illinois.  Jim is determined to find Larry and goes to Angel for some information.  Jim learns Larry’s address, and also that every gangster in town is after him.  Jim goes to the address and finds Larry forcing him to reveal that the club was frequented by gangsters so he bugged the tables in the club, has lots of information on syndicate business dealing and prominent murders.  Larry takes Jim to the tapes that he kept hidden at Lisa’s house.  At the party Larry meets ex-ball player Dick Butkus, and then shows Jim the tapes hidden in amongst Lisa’s music collection, when the goons begin to arrive….

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Dick Butkus

Himself

Stuart Margolin

Angel

Gretchen Corbett

Beth Davenport

Special Guest Star

Rob Reiner

 

Larry "King" Sturtevan

 

 

Wayne Tippit

Federal Agent Dan Shore

Milt Kogan

Norman (1st Intruder).

Sharon Cintron

Sharon

Gene Tyburn

Bill  (2nd Intruder)

Barbara Flicker

TV Coordinator

J. Jay Saunders

Agent Prizer

Mary Angela

Lisa

Kathy Silva

Judy

 

§         Former football player Dick Butkis is credited as ‘as himself’. 

§         The title music and credits type for this episode is the type used at the beginning of season – Lane Slate is credited as Producer.  This and the production number would suggest that the episode has been shown out of sequence.

§         The dialogue suggests this is Jim’s first meeting with FBI Agent Dan Shore, but viewers see them already acquainted in Reincarnation of Angie.  Beth appears to meet Shore for the first time in Portrait of Elizabeth, but dialogue suggests they are already acquainted here.

§         This episode does not feature Noah Beery.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

A PORTRAIT OF ELIZABETH

Transmission

23 January 1976

Production No

42633

At the Tone…

Jim, it's Harry. We've been waitin' on you for two hours at the Forbes'. Where's the forks? Lasagne ain't no finger-food.

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Meta Rosenberg

 

 

Quote

“I’m a little short in the alibi department”

 

Jim agrees to work for Beth’s latest gentleman friend Dave Delaraux, by investigating the possible disappearance of some checks in the Comptrollers office. Jim finds them present and reports to Dave, whose attitude continues to annoy Jim.  Jim then has to take Beth to a concert, which is boring.  Dave has dinner with Karen Silver, but it is interrupted by her ex-husband Mickey.  After Dave beats Mickey in a fight Mickey wants revenge.  He follows Dave to Jim’s trailer, where Dave uses the hidden key to break in and finds Jim’s gun.  When Mickey has his bodyguard Rod Fitzpatrick storm in Dave shoots them both.  Jim returns from the concert and finds the dead men and reports it to the police.  Lieutenant Diehl is desperate to charge Jim with the murder, but cannot make a connection between them.  Just as it looks like Jim is to go free, Federal Agent Shore arrests Jim for federal banking crimes and murder and takes Jim to a quite place to question him.  Jim learns that Rod Fitzpatrick was actually Arnold Adams and that he and Dave Delaroux have ripped off a large corporation for two million dollars.  Jim takes a lie-detector test to clear himself, because Beth was engaged as Dave’s attorney and cannot testify against him.  Beth is upset about Dave’s deception, hen Jim and Beth find a note from Dave claiming to have stolen Beth’s car to go to the airport.  Seeing it as a rouse Jim has Beth take him to his other girlfriend who tells them where Dave’s art studio is.  They find Dave, who fights with Jim and takes Beth, but Jim smears his car windscreen forcing him to crash.  With Dave in custody, Beth is upset there was not portrait done of her.  Jim puts the remaining clues together and they go to find the missing money…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

John Saxon

Dave Delaroux

Wayne Tippit

Federal Agent Dan Shore

Cynthia Sikes

Susan Valero

Kate Woodville

Karen Silver

Robert Riesel

Mickey Silver

Tom Atkins

Lieutenant Diehl

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

Ned Wilson

Arnold Adams / Rod Fitzpatrick

Joe E. Tata

Solly Marshall

James Murtaugh

Tom Hanson

Angus Duncan

Morey Dayton

Michael Thomas

Maitre d'

Victor Izay

Garvey

Chuck Winters

Fred Marley

Peg Stewart

Maid

 

§         This episode explores the relationship between Jim and Beth more closely

§         This episode does not feature Noah Beery or Stuart Margolin.

§         Executive Producer Meta Rosenberg, who also directs this episode was James Garner’s agent and assisted him on shows such as Maverick and Nichols (where she was also Executive Producer).  She also advised him on other film projects.  Meta appears to hold no more production credits besides Rockford and Nichols. 

 

 

JOEY BLUE EYES

Transmission

30 January 1976

Production No

42613

At the Tone…

Sorry, Jim, this is for Rocky. Hey, Rock...Stan. Top that redhead and her sister, 10:30, Stacy's Grill. **chuckle**

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell

Written By

Walter Dallenbach

Directed By

Lawrence Doheny

 

 

Quote

“I’m a spare of the moment type, I don’t meet in dark allies…”

 

Beth tries to convince Jim to work for her friend Joseph ‘Joey Blue Eyes’ DiMinna and take him to dinner at Joey’s restaurant.  Joey explains his case, but Jim is reluctant, which makes Joey angry.  He later storms out the restaurant in a hurry.  Beth learns that Joey’s daughter Paulette has been beaten up and then finds out that Joey attacked the perpetrators and has ended up in jail.  Jim learns that Joey’s restaurant is mortgaged by Burt Striker, but the payments are so big Joey cannot afford them, and the place is in debt so he took out a loan from a shark; Sweet Tooth London, who wanted repaying so beat up Paulette.   After some persuasion Jim agrees to help if Joey does it his way.    Joey and Jim meet Sweet Tooth London.  Posing as Jim Taggart, Jim tries to get Sweet Tooth to loan them more money, but he refuses so convinces Sweet Tooth to lay off them. Jim then has Angel impersonate Sweet Tooth London and go and meet Bert Striker, and attempts to get some money off Striker for ‘Sweet Tooth’ to give to Joey, to give back to Striker.  Striker refuses and tries to have Angel killed, but Jim saves him after a small chase.  Left with few options, Jim uses Paulette as sole name of the business to run a scam.  Joey meets a construction friend to obtain some plans while Jim poses as Taggart and meets with Striker at the golf course.   Claiming to have kidnapped Paulette, Jim proposes a ransom, which Striker must pay if he wants Paulette to sign the handover papers to own the restaurant.  He refuses, but sends Gannon to watch him.  Gannon witnesses Joey shoot and kill Jim, so then Striker is forced to deal with Angel, who sets up the exchange.  Striker and Gannon watch as Barrow places the money in a bin in a park and wait in ambush for someone to collect it…

 

Starring James Garner

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Michael Ansara

Joseph DiMinna

Gretchen Corbett

As

Beth Davenport

Suzanne Charny

Paulette DiMinna

Robert Yuro

Gannon

Special Guest Star

James Luisi

 

Burt Striker

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

Eddie Fontaine

Sweet Tooth London

James Lydon

Barrow

Sandy Kenyon

Mitchell

Michael Lane

Fred

Norman Bartold

Evans

Ril Raden

Fulton

Mickey Caruso

Shep

 

§         James Luisi’s first role in The Rockford Files, but as the bad guy Burt Striker, not as Lieutenant Doug Chapman, who appears from season three.

§         This episode cites a rare occasion where Beth and Angel feature, but Rocky and Dennis do not

§         Michael Ansara played the Klingon Kang in the various incarnations of Star Trek.

 

 

IN HAZARD

Transmission

06 February 1976

Production No

42635

At the Tone…

Mr. Rockford, Miss Miller of the Bartlett Book Club. "Great Detectives of America" is not in stock, so we sent you "Cooking Made Easy."  Hope you enjoy it.

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

Jackie Cooper

 

 

Quote

“Beth’s in the hospital and he’s more concerned about his tax evasion case.  Mr Bailey, you have lousy priorities.”

 

Although supposed to be on his way to Oxnard with Rocky to look at a Semi for sale, Jim visits Beth, who is in jailed for 3 days for contempt of court.  He aggresses to go to her office to retrieve some papers for a tax case she is working on, but Jim is attacked and the safe emptied.  Jim reports the crime to Dennis and the pair goes to the prison to learn Beth was taken to the Hospital after being poisoned.  Jim and Dennis talk to Beth who is convinced the poison was meant for Arnold Bailey, her client.  Jim meets Bailey, who is more concerned about his tax felony case than Beth’s well being, so Jim is not impressed.  Over a taco breakfast Dennis refuses to share police information with Jim to help investigate, so Jim asks Beth for a list of what was in her safe, and becomes interested in “a letter” left by Fred Metcalfe, a union official.  Jim visits Metcalfe’s home and finds him dead in his garage.  Beth is discharged from hospital and Jim proceeds to take her home, but they are followed.  A chase ensues but Jim manages to stop them at a scrap yard, and everyone is arrested.  Jim takes Beth to Rocky’s, and then visits Solly Marshall, the bail bondsman for Bailey, to get an address from him.  Jim finds Bailey at “two twenty seven sixteen”, and chases him into the pool.  Bailey confesses he and Metcalfe were skimming from the union pension fund and that Metcalfe kept a record of al the illegal transaction as protection.   The gangster Marty Jordan takes both at gunpoint, forcing them into his car…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Joseph Campanella

Arnold Bailey

Ben Frank

Martin Jordan

Richard Venture

Fred Metcalfe

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

Joe E. Tata

Solly Marshall

Frank Campanella

Marty Jordan

Melandy Britt

Connie

Skip Ward

Walt Rayner

Ann Weldon

Police Matron

Linda Dano

Marie

Bruce Tuthill

Murray Gaines

 

§         Joe Campanella played doomed ex ball player Mickey Ryder in I Still Love LA.

§         Frank Campenella?  Surely this is Joe Campenella’s brother?  This is Frank’s second appearance (and as a gangster) this season.

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

THE ITALIAN BIRD FIASCO

Transmission

13 February 1976

Production No

42605

At the Tone…

Jim? Sally. Hey, I just found out you were an Aries. Listen, if you have Virgo rising, give me a call.

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell

Written By

Edward J. Lasko

Directed By

Jackie Cooper

 

 

Quote

“You realise of course, that’s blackmail”

 

In London, Edward Barrows has his suitcase put on his plane, contacts a man in LA, but is chased by two men, and forced off the roof of a building and left for dead.   Jim is hired by Thomas Caine, an Antiques Dealer, to act as his agent at an auction for a replica of a Cormorant Italian Golden Bird.   Jim is successful in bidding for it, but attracts the attention of Evelyn Stoneman, who is desperate for the bird.  Jim says he will give her name to his client.  Outside two men jump Jim and try to steal the bird, but in the scuffle, it is destroyed.  Jim goes to report to Caine at his hotel, but he has gone and the manager denies anyone stayed in the room.  Stoneman has followed Jim, surprised to learn that Jim works for Caine.  Jim goes to his friend Ted Haller at “The Upstairs Gallery” to have the broken Cormorant put through the spectral dating process.  Jim finds Caine very much at home in his trailer sitting at his desk making long distance telephone calls.  Caine threatens to tell Jim’s bonding company about the damage in order to force him to bid for the second Cormorant at auction.  Jim is successful and passes the prize to Caine, who quietly goes and breaks the bird and leaves the pieces in the bin.  Jim goes to Dennis to learn more about Caine, and finds out he is crooked, and currently wanted by the London Police for questioning in the murder of Barrows, an agent of Lloyds of London.  Jim has dinner with Evelyn Stoneman who confirms the existence of a third bird.   Ted Haller and informs Jim the two birds are the originals, not replicas and are therefore priceless.  Caine contacts Jim, as expected to bid for the third bird, and Jim blackmails Caine to take the bird to Ted Haller, who confirms they are original.  Stoneman – or rather the woman who has been impersonating Stoneman, then appears with her goons Jeffers and Stack (who attacked Jim previously) and takes the third bird.  Jim goes after them, following them to the airport.  Piecing everything together, Jim goes to the baggage claim and takes the suitcase belonging to Barrows…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

William Daniels

Thomas Caine

Carmilla Sparv

Evelyn Stoneman

William Jordan

Jeffers

Peter Palmer

Stack

Ron Silver

Ted Haller

Ivor Barry

Cryder

Dean Santoro

Collins

Eric Server

Whitlock

Karl Lukas

Officer

Jack Garner

Bidder

Gerald S. Peters

Edward Barrows

George Sawaya

Fricke

Peter Ashton

Clerk

D'Mitch Davis

Guard

 

§         William Daniels appeared again in the acclaimed episode So Help Me God, but is best known (yet never credited) for his performance as K.I.T.T (the Knight Industries Two Thousand), the talking car in Knight Rider.  Daniels, who starred as the Principal in Boy Meets World, was head of the Screen Actors Guild for many years.

§         The answer phone message states Jim is an Aries.  This is accurate as Jim’s date of birth is given as 4 April (the same day as James Garner incidently).

§         This episode does not feature Noah Beery Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin.

§         This episode is another personal favourite

 

 

WHERE'S HOUSTON?

Transmission

20 February 1976

Production No

42625

At the Tone…

Jim? Madame Arcala at the Zodiac Resturant. You don't pay that dinner tab, we're gonna repo your birthday.

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell

Written By

Don Carlos Dunaway

Directed By

Lawrence Doheny

 

 

Quote

“Your very good at barking out orders”

 

Rocky’s old friend Peter Preli comes to Jim requesting help because his granddaughter Houston has been kidnapped.  Not wanting to involve the police, Pete is prepared to pay the ransom.  He goes home and Jim proceeds to Houston Preli’s home but is stopped by some goons warning him to stay out of it.  Jim finds Houston’s house has been knocked around, with evidence of a fight.  Jim goes to Peter’s but finds him dead. Lieutenant Diehl tells Jim that Pete appeared to have no money, so why was he hit for ransom.   Rocky says Pete always gave the illusion of wealth.  Jim takes Diehl and Dennis to Houston’s home only to find everything has been fixed.  Jim is arrested.  Next day Beth has him released, so Jim goes with Rocky to Houston’s home to finds her there, having just returned from Texas for a business trip.  They offer to take her to the police but her friend Jerry arrives and takes her instead.    Jim investigates further and learns the entire estate where pete lived had been bought for development by Jerry, and Pete’s home was the essential piece.  Jim goes to Jerry but finds him dead so has the Preli property transferred into his and Houston’s names as security and hides her away for safety.  Jim then goes to Blackhorn, a wealthy builder who owns the properties around and sets out a price.  Blackhorn reluctantly agrees so forces Jim to take them to Houston

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Lane Bradbury

Houston Preli

Robert Mandan

Blackhorn

Del Monroe

Charlie

Tom Atkins

Lieutenant Diehl

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

Dabbs Greer

Peter Preli

Raymond O'Keefe

Hal

Murray MacLeod

Jerry

Thomas Bellin

Clerk

Rodolfo Hoyos

Carlos

Bill Thornton

Photographer

 

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

§         Raymond O’ Keefe plays the reoccurring role of Jake Sands, owner of the Sandcastle in later seasons.

 

 

FOUL ON THE FIRST PLAY

Transmission

12 March 1976

Production No

42635

At the Tone…

Jim, it's Eddie. You were right about Sweet Talk in the seventh. He breezed in, paid $72.50. But I didn't get your bet down.

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell

Teleplay By

Stephen J. Cannell

Story By

Chas. Floyd Johnson

Dorothy L. Bailey

Directed By

Lou Antonio

 

 

Quote

“Either you are working for the Commissioner, or you’re the one that’s hassling him…”

 

Two thugs, Greg and Manny, attack Mark Hayes, because he appears to be investigating Terry Snyder, a football player.  Mark shows them is Parole officers ID, and they let him go.  Next day Mark looks up his ex-parolee Jim Rockford.  Jim does not want to see Mark, because he violated his parole, but Mark takes Jim to breakfast at the Sandcastle and convinces him to help him help Terry Snyder.  Jim has to place an electronic device on a car but Greg and Manny catch him.  Claiming to be a smog inspector Jim is taken away and attacked, they do not believe his story because the in runs on his ID…  They leave when they see a car, which turns out to be Mark following them, leaving Jim in the dirt.  Jim goes to the parole Officer, to learn that Mark quit, changed his name to Mark O’Brien and became a Private Investigator.  Jim goes to Mark’s PI office, knocks him around, and takes him for a ride in his limo to find out the true story.  Mark claims to be working for Martin Eastman, regarding a pro-basketball franchise with Commissioner Tremayne is about to award.  Jim wants his fee, and because they are being followed Mark agrees to pay Jim if they can loose the tail.  Jim is let out for his car and meets Mark at the park, where they pull a stunt and loose Greg and Manny.  Mark cannot pay Jim because he is bankruptcy, and take Jim to the bank to prove it, so Jim leaves him.  Later Jim attends a meeting with Martin Eastman, who says Mark O’Brien did not hire him, and wants Jim to help him get the franchise.  Jim agrees and goes to Commissioner Tremayne’s home to find Mark leaving in a hurry.  Reluctant to return, Jim forces Mark into the house here they find Treamayne is dead.  Jim forces Mark to tell all, knowing that him being hired by Eastman is false.  Mark reveals that Greg and Manny work for Tom Correll, another bidder in the franchise.  He also reveals that Tremanye hired him because threats had been made.  Jim has Mark call all the players for the franchise, claiming he believes they killed Tremayne and then wait to see which one turns up at the meeting…

 

Starring James Garner

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Lou Gossett

Marcus Hayes / O'Brien

Dick Davalos

Manny Stickells

David White

Martin Eastman

Pepper Martin

Greg Smith

James Ingersoll

Steve Sorenson

Al Ruscio

Tom Corell

John Mahon

Todd Morris

Chuck Bowman

Commissioner Bob Tremayne

Vincent Cobb

Ray Fairchild

Pamela Serpe

Receptionist

Ji-Tu Cumbuka

Sherm Addison

Al Checco

Leasing Agent

Janet Winter

Secretary

Jayne Kennedy

Janice

 

§         Louis Gossett Jr (credited here as Lou Gossett) makes the first of two appearances as Marcus Hayes on the show.

§         Strange that if Jim were pardoned, why would he need a parole agent?

§         This episode does not feature Noah Beery, Joe Santos, Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin

 

 

A BAD DEAL IN THE VALLEY

Transmission

19 March 1976

Production No

42618

At the Tone…

Uncle Jim? It's Ralph. I got your letter, but I moved out here anyway. I really want those detective lessons.

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell

Written By

Don L. Gold

Lester Wm Burke

Directed By

Jerry London

 

 

Quote

That’s a federal beef you know”

 

After having dinner with Karen Stiles, an old flame, Jim is convinced to take some escrow papers to a Chilson Realtors.  He does, but is arrested for transporting counterfeit money.  Karen does not support Jim, so he charged with a federal offence.  Jim finds Karen at her tennis club, she explains she and Tony Lederer planned to make a big real estate deal but their backing money fell through so she was forced to use her father’s money, which he printed himself years ago.  Jim takes her outside the club but she is kidnapped.  Jim reports this to Dennis and gets information on Tony Lederer – whose wife had her priceless jewellery burglarised.  Later Jim impersonates an insurance investigator and meets Mrs Sandy Lederer, and learns from her maid that she hired a Private Detective named Murray Slauson.  Continuing the impersonation Jim meets Slauson who rumbles Jim.  Jim is followed and caught by a mystery car containing Karen’s kidnappers Fred and Jerry who take Jim to Karen.  She come clean again, Tony Lederer has disappeared with the jewels she and Tony stole.  Jim visits Preacher to find out who could fence the “hot ice”, and is sent to Appleby, who says he saw the ice, but it was paste.  Jim finds Tony and takes Karen to him.  Tony confesses he sold the jewels years ago and only stole the fakes so as not to be discovered.  Karen then realises she must kill Tony and Jim…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Susan Strasberg

Karen Stiles

Jack Colvin

Preacher

Russ McGinn

Fred Sutherland

Reg Parton

Jerry Sutherland

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

David Sabin

Murray Slauson

Rod Cameron

Jack Chilson

Veronica Hamel

Sandy Lederer

Gordon Jump

Appleby

John Lupton

Tony Lederer

Fritzi Burr

Maid

Dudley Knight

Real Estate Agent

 

§         Jack Colvin played the reporter desperate for a story on The Incredible Hulk.

§         Second appearance by Susan Strasberg, who was previously The Countess.

§         Veronica Hamel appeared in Hill Street Blues.

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.