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THE

ROCKFORD

FILES

DEFINITIVE EPISODE Guide

 

 

Season THREE, 1976 - 1977

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Executive Producer

Meta Rosenberg

Supervising Producer

Stephen J. Cannell

Produced by

David Chase

Chas. Floyd Johnson

Created by

Roy Huggins

Stephen J. Cannell

 

 

Creative Consultant

Juanita Bartlett

Director of Photography

Andrew Jackson A.S.C

Music By

Mike Post

Pete Carpenter

 

 

A Roy Huggins  / Public Arts

In Association with Cherokee Productions

And Universal Pictures

 

 

James Garner wins Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Noah Beery is nominated for Emmy for Outstanding Suporting Actor

 


 

THE FOURTH MAN

Transmission

24 September 1976

Production No

45004

At the Tone…

Hi, just want to put your mind at rest. Found your address book in the theatre last week. It's in the mail. By the way, Carol's okay, but Linda...

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“People kill because they don’t like their zip codes… once is all it takes Dennis!”

 

Lori Jenivan, an Air Hostess, happens to meet antique coin collector Timpson Farrell at the airport and makes a joke that he has become a regular – 3 flights in 1 month.  Farrell denies this and get angry.  Later Lori is followed and almost attacked by a mysterious figure, she drops her purse and he is scared off.  She calls Jim who takes her home.  Later that night someone tries to break in.  Lori calls Jim and she runs outside.  The figure fires gunshots and drives off.  Lori is convinced it was Farrell.  Dennis Becker is not sympathetic, so Jim begins his own investigation.  He has Angel rent a property, and then calls in at Farrell’s Coin Shop posing as ‘Jim Taggart’.  He says enough to scare Farrell, who tries to kill Jim at the rented property.  Angel was also there, but won’t tell the police anything.  Jim and Lori look up the passenger flight lists for the past month as well as scanning the newspapers and find a link; three syndicate men in three different states who were to testify at a committee, were all killed.  Meanwhile Farrell meets with Richard Stehler – the bodyguard of the fourth man warning him of the contract in the traditional way.  Jim theorises with Dennis that the syndicate men were all murdered by Timpson Farrell and so they follow him to the airport, as he is embarks on another killing…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

John McMartin

Timpson Farrell

Sharon Gless

Lori Jenivan

Michael Bell

Richard Stehler

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

Jack Garner

Mailman

Candace Howerton

Clerk

Dianne Harper

Susan

 

§         In her second appearance on the show, Sharon Gless is best known as Christine Cagney in Cagney and Lacey.

§         John McMartin has appeared in numerous other shows.

§         Michael Bell appears in season 4’s Dog and Pony Show.

§         This episode features the entire regular cast.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 


 

THE ORACLE WORE A CASHMERE SUIT

Transmission

01 October 1976

Production No

45006

At the Tone…

Teddy's Tree House. You've won our free landscaping services for one full year. We'll mow your lawn, top your trees, mulch, seed, fertilize and feed. Isn't that wonderful?

 

 

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

Russ Mayberry

 

 

Quote

“Its as common in L.A. as bodies of water”

 

Roman Clementi, a famous clairvoyant who is assisting the police reveals that he feels Jim knows something about the disappearance of Alison Currie and Rick Richards.  After Jim completes an unsuccessful missing persons case in Topanga he is shown a newspaper by his client, where Clementi has exposed his suspicions about Jim and predicts the missing bodies would be found near a body of water.   Ray Ochoa and two other drug dealers attack Jim at home attempting to locate their missing money or missing cocaine, which Richards was holding.  Jim meets Barry Silverstein, a record producer with the company who hired Jim to follow Richards.  Silverstein reveals some interesting facts then does a strange hi-five on the back of Jim’s hand.  Jim later finds he is being followed by another car, loses it and follows it to the home of his recent client who hired Jim on the missing persons case – also present is Clementi.  After talking with Rocky Jim realises his car and trailer are bugged.  Jim meets Clementi at a forensic garage noting dents in the rear of Richard’s vehicle, which was found on Los Tunas Road.  Jim takes Clementi to Ray Ochoa who reveals Currie mixed with all the guys at the record company, including Silverstein.  Clementi loses Jim, but follows him to Los Tunas Road where Jim finds the bodies amongst poison oak.  Clementi falls unconscious on the bank and when Chapman arrives Jim states Clementi as a phoney.  Clementi shows Jim a large water tank and then accuses Jim of the murder as Jim has caught poison oak on the back of his hand.  Jim and Beth try to work out how he got it – Jim knows how and who from…   

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Robert Webber

Roman Clementi

James Luisi

Lieutenant Chapman

Pepe Serna

Ray Ochoa

And

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

Special Guest Star

Robert Walden

 

Barry Silverstein

 

 

Gary Epper

Larry

Ralph Garrett

Sal

Terrence O'Connor

Eileen

Diane Sommerfield

Secretary

John Furlong

Detective Cabelli

James Hong

Forensic Expert Kumagi

Bonnie Bartlett

Casey Patterson

 

§         Robert Webber’s third appearance on the show and undoubtedly his best as the phoney psychic Roman Clementi.

 

§         The Clementi role was to go to William Daniels, due to complications in casting him (rumour has it Daniel’s broke a bone, possibly in the leg prior to filming), Robert Webber got it, and Daniels played Gary Bevins in So Help Me God.  This was a great stroke of luck for the viewer as it is difficult to imagine the two roles any differently.

 

§         Writer David Chase has become a big name in television in recent years, as his creation The Soprano’s, a show about a mafia family (which he created, writes and acts as executive producer for) is an Emmy award winning and critical success.   David Chase has almost an obsession with gangsters and the mafia, as most of his Rockford Files stories will show.

§          

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

THE FAMILY HOUR

Transmission

08 October 1976

Production No

45002

At the Tone…

Hey, Jim, it's Frank. Me and Ellie's down here for our convention. Can't wait to see you. Should be over at your place about 1.00am. Banzai, buddy.

 

 

Written By

Gordon Dawson

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“Jim says I’m a telly-holic

 

When Jim and Rocky find Marin Rose Gaily sat outside Jim’s trailer, they become her guardians and search for her father Stuart Gaily, who is missing, presumed dead or her Aunt Cecil Goss– who has been hospitalised by two goons.  The same goons come after Jim with an electric cattle prod, wanting to know where Stu Gaily is, because they, like Jim, believe he is alive.  Dennis has Jim meet with a Federal Narcotics Agent Al Jollett – who claims Gaily are wanted on a drugs charge.  Jim traces Stu through a classified ad and they hide out at Angel’s.  Stu and his now deceased brother in law Marty Goss worked a airport luggage terminal for Jollett removing items and occasionally adding items to luggage to secure convictions – but Jollett is crooked.  Stu has possession of the log of actions that Marty kept.  When Marin is kidnapped from Rocky’s Jim and Stu have to deal her life for the book.  Unfortunately she has the key to the locker where it is kept sewn in the lining of her purse.  Jim concocts a sting to catch Jollett and his goons who are also corrupt federal agents….

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Burt Young

Stuart Gaily

Ken Swofford

Al Jollett

Kim Richards

Marin Rose Gaily

Paul Koslo

Dittson

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

Janice Carroll

Duty Clerk

Marged Wakeley

Aunt Cecil Goss

Adrian Ricard

Receptionist

Fred Lerner

Morabito

 

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett.

§         Ken Swofford appears for the third time in the show – this time playing Jollett – hardly the best agent a man can get!!

 

 

FEEDING FRENZY

Transmission

15 October 1976

Production No

45007

At the Tone…

Hi, this is the Happy Pet Clinic. Your father gave us this number when he left town. The calico stray had six kittens. Please come get them. Today!

 

 

Teleplay By

Stephen J. Cannell

Story By

Don L. Gold

Lester Wm Burke

Directed By

Russ Mayberry

 

 

Quote

“Does that mean I can’t fan this thing like Roy Rogers!

 

Jim is asked by a former fiancé Sandy Baylock to help her father Charlie return some money which he stole from the Seawell company three years ago.  Jim is assured that the statute of limitations has expired so agrees to help and meets with Max Steinberg, an executive of Seawell.  Meanwhile the goons who work for Lucy Carbone kidnap Sandy, and Jim has to negotiate with the kidnappers.  The exchange takes place at a crowded ice skating rink.  Sandy is safe but now they have no money.  Lieutenant Dan Hall who tells Jim that limitation doesn’t expire on the crime for another few days arrests Jim and has him imprisoned.  Hall then orders Grady, a suspended officer, to kidnap Sandy.  Beth bails Jim and he finds Charlie drunk at home.  Jim investigates Hall but finds no connection – but does follow him to Grady – who was an officer on the Seawell burglary three years previously.  Jim and Dennis have a shootout with Hall and Grady…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Susan Howard

Sandy Blaylock

Eddie Firestone

Charlie Blaylock

Luke Askew

Al

Pepper Martin

Mickey Wanamaker

Richard LePore

Lieutenant Dan Hall

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

Bill Phipps

 

George Wyner

Max Steinberg

Roger Aaron Brown

Officer

Carmen Argenziano

Orin Wilson

Jon Cedar

Agent Raval

Joseph Della Sorte

Lucy Carbone

John Dennis Johnston

Grady Northcourt

Jack Garner

Accountant

Tony Epper

Sherm

 

§         Susan Howard has also appeared in Petrocelli as well as Dallas.  She is the second Dallas regular to appear on the show.

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

§         Donald L. Gold and Lester William Burke both worked on Airwolf and Diagnosis Murder.

 

 

DROUGHT AT INDIANHEAD RIVER

Transmission

05 November 1976

Production No

45021

At the Tone…

Jim, thanks for taking little Billy fishing, he had a great time. Turns out he wasn't even really seasick.  Um, have you ever had chicken pox?

 

 

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Lawrence Doheny

 

 

Quote

“You see I stayed healthy, and I always pay my debts…”

 

When David Marcon tells Jim that Angel will soon be dead, Jim learns that Angel, who now calls himself ‘Angelo’ is living in a penthouse and is part owner of the Indianhead River Development Company.  Jim warns Angel about the threat on his life, but Angel ignores it.  Later David contacts Jim telling him not to reveal anything about their lunch conversation. Dominic Marcon summons Jim to the golf range, and questions Jim about what he and David discussed.  Jim tells him everything except about Angel.  Later Jim sees David kidnapped from his building and Angel is suddenly concerned about the amount of life insurance paid for him and the fact that no one will travel in his car.  Jim and Angel go off to investigate the land Angel owns.  Meanwhile Dennis attends the death of a blonde woman; Delores Townsend at Angel’s new residence, with an eyewitnesses who claims to see Jim’ Pontiac Firebird race from the scene.  Jim and Angel find that the land is nothing more than a derelict property, and then learn they are prime suspects in the murder of Delores.  Stealing the contracts of the deal and contacting Beth, Jim works out that Angel’s life insurance will become inheritance tax for Dominic Marcon who is a tax felon.  In order to protect him, Beth and Jim have Angel committed…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Robert Loggia

Dominic Marcon

Vincent Baggetta

David Marcon

Anthony Carbone

Brad Charlette

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

Rhonda Copland

Delores Townsend

Nick Georgiade

Danny

Jerome Guardino

Carl Dorado

Laurence Haddon

Doctor  Sager

Buddy Foster

Terry

Judith Searle

Norma

George Fisher

Low-Ball Pete

Nick Dimitri

Sammy

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Robert Loggia starred in the blockbuster Independence Day and currently appears in The Soprano’s created by David Chase, as well as making guest appearances in numerous Universal productions

 

 

COULTER CITY WILDCAT

Transmission

12 November 1976

Production No

45009

At the Tone…

It's Shirley at the Plant and Pot. There's just no easy way to tell you this, Jim. We did everything we could. Your fern died.

 

 

Written By

Don Carlos Dunaway

Directed By

Russ Mayberry

 

 

Quote

Westco, the only ones who still do your windshield…”

 

Two goons force Rocky to sign a blank form for the mineral rights to a piece of land.  Rocky explains to Jim about the ‘investments’ he has made for oil leases with Claude Orzeck in Coulter City.  Intrigued Jim partners Rocky to travel to Coulter City and investigate.  After meeting Orzeck, Jim and Rocky look at parcel 334, which Rocky supposedly ‘won’, but has now sold to a man named O’Malley.  A grounds man scares them off, but they sneak out of the hotel that night and go back to find an oil tap on the land registering 7000 psi - the land sits on oil.  The goons spot them and a chase ensues.  Jim meets the Geological Survey Officer Wally Link, who confirms that Rocky holds title to 334.  Jim goes to see Gerald A O’Malley a short sighted man who is frightened to death about a nuclear war and boasts a bomb shelter.  O’Malley detests oil claiming he constantly signs anti-oil petitions for his relative Orzeck.  The goons chase Rocky in a local café but are diverted by Phyllis, a waitress, who requests Jim’s help to find her missing boyfriend – a drill worker.  Jim and Rocky break into Orzeck’s office, find him dead and are arrested for his murder.  Beth gets them out, so that Jim can pull a bluff.  He holds an auction to sell parcel 334, so they can smoke out the real killer…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery

 

 

Guest Stars

 

John Anderson

Gerald A. O'Malley

Dennis Burkley

Howard

Patricia Stich

Phyliss

Norman Blankenship

Russ

And

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

Terry Leonard

Ed

Don Nagel

Driver

Noble Willingham

Claude Orzeck

Jerry Hardin

Wally Link

Sharon Compton

Beehive

Hank Bokar

2nd Bidder

John Clavin

1st Bidder

Gordon Hurst

Willie

Richard Kennedy

3rd Bidder

Ed Deemer

Detective

 

§         John Anderson played Harry Jackson – MacGyver’s grandfather in MacGyver.

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

§         This episode is another personal favourite; seeing Jim and Rocky work together, solve a mystery, and seemingly make a fortune, only to loose it in a bittersweet ending.

 

 

SO HELP ME GOD

Transmission

19 November 1976

Production No

45020

At the Tone…

Doctor Souter's office. This is the third time you've cancelled. Now, you have to have that root canal. A sore foot has nothing to do with your mouth.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

Jeannot Szwarc

 

 

Quote

“Answer the question or be cited for contempt!”

 

Jim is called before a Grand Jury, and when he cannot answer questions put to him by Federal Prosecutor Garry Bevins regarding the kidnap of Frank Sorvino and Jim’s contact with him.  Jim denies any contact, so Bevins raises Jim’s prison record.  Jim refuses to answer about his prison record and so is imprisoned for contempt.  Beth gets him release on a technicality so Jim proceeds to investigate who Frank Sorvino is and why people believe he contacted Jim.  Frank Sorvino is union official and his secretary placed the call to Jim and testified to that fact.  Henshaw, another union member wants to know about Jim and threaten him.  Jim and Angel search the LA Chronicle archives for a photo of Sorvino, but Jim is called again.  This time Jim takes the Fifth Amendment, which annoys Bevins.  Jim tries to make a statement, but Bevins wants a grant of immunity so Jim tells him to “stick it in his ear” and is imprisoned again.  Angel fins the picture of Sorvino, which Beth shows to Jim who recognises the man as George Capman, an alias Sorvino used to hire Jim.  Later two inmates try to kill Jim on the playing field, and next day succeed in stabbing him in the laundry detail.  Jim testifies before the Grand Jury with his new information and then requests an apology from Bevins, who refuses.  Jim quotes an attorney turned Federal Prosecutor about the important of civil rights of witnesses.  Gary Bevins made those words, and Jim concludes by saying he hopes the Grand Jury’s remaining term is well spent.

 

The abusive of the Grand Jury system as portrayed here,

is currently permissible under existing laws

 

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

William Daniels

Gary Bevins

Sandy Ward

Peter Henshaw

Ted Gehring

Warden Futrell

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

Jason Wingreen

Clarence Rohrs

Vernon Weddle

Mike Prescott

Robert Ray Sutton

Carl

John Lupton

Henry Franks

Lieux Dressler

Margaret Raucher

Cliff Carnell

Gordy

John D. Gowans

Doctor

Angelo Gnazzo

Pervis

Jack Garner

Bailiff

 

§         Portions of this episode were shot on location inside the Federal prison at San Pedro. 

§         This is said to be James Garner’s personal favourite episode

§         It is claimed this episode changed the law regarding Grand Jury testimony.

§         William Daniels was to be cast as Roman Clementi in The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit.  Due to complications in casting, Robert Webber got that role, and so Daniels appears as Bevins in So Help Me God.  This was a great stroke of luck for the viewer as it is difficult to imagine the two roles any differently.

§         Jeannot Swarc directed the movie Supergirl and has directed on other shows include Columbo, Alias Smith and Jones, Ironside and Ally McBeal,

§         Second in a row for my personal favourite episode; seeing Jim being involved in something he doesn’t understand.

 

 

RATTLERS' CLASS OF '63

Transmission

26 November 1976

Production No

45018

At the Tone…

Gene's 24 Hour Emergency Plumbing. Your water heater's blown? We'll have somebody out there Tuesday. Thursday at the latest.

 

 

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

Meta Rosenberg

 

 

Quote

“I’m talking about survival now, your going to have to track down the killer”

 

Jim and Rocky attend the wedding of Angel and young woman named Regine Boyajian.  The happy occasion is interrupted when Regine’s brother Bobby objects and hits Angel. 

That night Angel comes to Jim saying his marriage is over and convinces Jim to talk to Regine. Regine feels ‘Ev’ (meaning Angel), did not wish to consummate the relationship, and has since discovered who Ev really is.  Her brothers storm in, having been swindled by Angel and believe Jim is involved and ask where ‘Eddie’ is.  Jim takes them to the Firebird where Angel is waiting, but con and car have disappeared.  Jim escapes a beating from the Boyajian brothers and finds Angel at home.  Angel reveals that he and Eddie Groger were swindling the Boyajian’s claiming to buy their wasteland, but now Groger has talked and is dead, so Angel married into the family for protection.  Jim tells Angel that he did not have to as the Boyajian family have only recently discovered the con.  Dennis attends the murder scene of Bobby Boyajian – death by birdshot.  Lieutenant Chapman talks to Jim and Angel about the death, stating it as ‘buckshot’ but is corrected by Dennis. Chapman books the pair on the Red Barn Con.  Beth gets Jim out and Angel believes that in order to surrive Jim must track down the killer.  Jim looks into the wasteland and talks to Leo Cale, who mentions ‘birdshot’, when Azie Boyajian appears and chases Jim.  Angel has been framed when a rifle is found in his home, while Jim follows Cale to TV car dealer Gene Chechik’s garage.  Jim then meets Chechik claiming to know Cale, but Chechik denies knowledge.  Jim poses as Wakeley and claims to want to buy the wasteland to see what reaction he gets…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Stuart Margolin

As

Angel

Elayne Heilveil

Regine Boyajian - Martin

Avery Schreiber

Azie Boyajian

John Durren

Leo Kale

James Luisi

Lieutenant Chapman

Gerald McRainey

 

And

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

Special Guest Star

James Wainwright

 

Gene Chechik

 

 

Rudy Ramos

Bobby Boyajian

Sandra Kerns

Robin Seidlitz

Stacy Keach Sr

Reverend

Stanley Brock

Elliott Deutch

Ed Vasgersian

Hank Boyajian

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Second appearance by Elayne Heilveil, whose character Regine marries ‘Ev’.

§         Stacy Keach Sr is father to Stacy Keach (Jr – but that’s implied) who starred as Mikey Spillane’s Mike Hammer.

 

 

RETURN TO THE 38TH PARALLEL

Transmission

10 December 1976

Production No

45003

At the Tone…

Tompkins at Guarranteed Insurance. About your burglary claim. Paid your loss all right. Funny you remembered to file, but you didn't remember to pay your premium.

 

 

Written By

Walter Dallenbach

Directed By

Bruce Kessler

 

 

Quote

“You can stop the whole Ventura freeway in rush hour ”

 

Al Brennan, an old Korean War friend turns up down on his luck wanted aid from his friend Jim.  Jim intends to go fishing with Rocky, but is then forced to take missing persons case by Brennan when Marcy appears looking for her sister, who worker for John Stabila.  Brennan pokes around using Jim’s name when the IRS meets Jim regarding ‘his’ enquiries.  Jim then agrees to help and the pair visit Stabila’s bank posing as a TV crew on a story.  Jim sends Brennan to Hall of Records, where a mystery man follows Brennan.  Jim visits Stabila’s boat and looks at the future sailing log.   Jim meets Brennan and Marcy, comparing notes.  Jim stakes out John Stabila’s home but is caught and threatened.  Looking at her photo Jim realises he has been conned and visits Marcy (who has no sister) but is hit from behind by Brennan.  Jim meets Dennis at the Stabila home, which went up in flames, apparently with Stabila in it.    Jim finds out about the precious vase that Stabila owned, which Brennan is after from the Insurance firm Brennan is freelancing for.  Jim works out that the vase must be on the train so gives chase to catch the train at a later station.  When Jim boards the train he finds Brennan there searching through the goods…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Ned Beatty

Al Brennan

Veronica Hamel

‘Marcy’

Paul Stevens

John Stabila

Normann Burton

Markell

Robert Karnes

Captain Hulette

 

 

James Congdon

Alvin Thomas

Jeff David

Funeral Director Martin

Michael Ebert

Lee Nejman

John Machon

Lieutenant Hayes

Bart Burns

Fire Department Chief

Chuck Winters

Kevin Lindsay

Tom Stewart

Aarons

Michael Alldridge

Cab Driver

Sam Vlahos

Deck Hand

Ted Noose

Agent

 

§         Ned Beatty’s second appearance in the series.

§         Veronica Hammell’s second appearance in the series.

§         Normann Burton’s second appearance in the series.

§         John Machon appears again this season in There’s One in Every Port

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

 

 

PIECE WORK

Transmission

17 December 1976

Production No

45022

At the Tone…

This is Dr. Souter's office again, reguarding that root canal. This doctor is in his office...waiting. He's beginning to dislike you

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

Lawrence Doheny

 

 

Quote

“Make Lieutenant, I’ll be lucky to make the end of the day! ”

 

Posing as ‘William Jameson’ Jim is investigating the Brent Air Health Club, for an insurance claim and bumps into Murray Rosner.  Murray claims he can tell who and what people are by what they wear, and mistakenly believes that Jim is a Cop.  He tells his FBI contacts Spiker and McGIll and also the owner of the club Lucas, with whom Murray is setting up an arms deal for the FBI.  Fred Molin and his friend search Jim’s locker and trace his licence plate and go to Jim’s trailer and hit him.  Jim finds a medicine bottle belonging to Molin and goes to the Police who cannot do anything.  Jim leaves the station with Dennis, while being watched by Murray, who follows Dennis to his handball court, poses as ‘Harry Pate’ and quiz Dennis about “Police Officer Jim Rockford”.  Dennis doesn’t correct him and leaves.  Jim follows Molin and witnesses an arms deal between Murray and Lucas, and follows the arms to a street garage.  Dennis and SWAT raid the property and find nothing.  Lieutenant Chapman arrests Jim for false reporting.  Jim later breaks into the Brent Air Club and is arrested by the FBI agents, who also think Jim is a Cop.  Murray sees Jim leave their office and tries to force Jim off the road.  Instead Murray crashes and gains a concussion – so he cannot complete the important transaction…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Michael Lerner

Murray Rosner

James Luisi

Lieutenant Chapman

Ned Wilson

Federal Agent Robert Spiker

Simon Scott

McGill

Ben Frank

Fred Molin

Frank Maxwell

Ciro Lucas

 

 

Jack Bannon

Federal Agent Herbert Deane

Michael Mancini

Angie Pictaggi

Deborah Landes

Lillian Rosner

Harvey Vernon

Jerry Leedy

Ricky Powell

Rosner, Junior

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

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

§         Michael Lerner, who appeared in the Pilot and Profit and Loss, does a wonderful turn as Murray Rosner.  By working to Murray’s theory of ‘occupation from dress code’, I too am a police officer! (I’m not of course.)

§         Officer Billings is referred to as "Officer Jack Billings".  In later episodes he would be called Officer Todd Billings.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

THE TROUBLE WITH WARREN

Transmission

24 December 1976

Production No

45008

At the Tone…

Jimmy, it's Phil in Puerto Rico. This is real important. Talked to Mr.[line noise], he'll pay $20,000. Call him at [line noise].

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

Christian I. Nyby III

 

 

Quote

“He’s a turkey”

 

Beth’s cousin Warren Weeks meets Jim at the pool hall saying he is in trouble.  Two men come in, warren panics and runs, so Jim hits them and escapes with Warren, who admits that perhaps he should have gone to the Station with the men – Jim has hit two cops.  Jim takes Warren in, while Lieutenant Chapman books Jim for assault.  Beth gets him released, while warren was not charged.  Warren was fired from Leftcourt Electronics by Perry Leftcourt, and is now a suspect in the death of another employee Tom Bower.  Jim poses as Jim Taggart of Sunnyvale Employment Agency to get a reference fro Warren from Perry Leftcourt, who tells Jim that Bower fired warren.  Lieutenant Chapman walks in and books Jim on misrepresentation.  Jim vows he is no longer involved when Beth calls him to say Warren is going to Perry Leftcourt’s and asks Jim to stop him.  Jim finds Warren running away from Leftcourt’s dead body.  Rather than wait for the police Warren drives Jim away, and are forced into a Wedding party where they steal another car and head to Beth’s.  Warren doesn’t stay and races off again.  Jim talks with Mrs Leftcourt, with whom warren was having an affair, and also meets Gareth Hudson, and Jim lays a trail…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Ron Rifkin

Warren Weeks

Paul Jenkins

Gareth Hudson

Joe Maross

Perry Lefcourt

James Luisi

Lieutenant Chapman

And

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport,

 

 

John Dullaghan

 

Tom Bower

Jeffrey Cooperman

Ann Randall Stewart

Catherine Lefcourt

M.P. Murphy

Janitor

Jan Stratton

Hilda

Tom Williams

Wedding Guest

Ed Crick

Parking Attendant

Vince Howard

Kleinschmidt

Shirley Anthony

Secretary

Craig Chudy

Eunson

 

§         Second appearances by Ron Rifkin and Paul Jenkins.

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

 

 

THERE'S ONE IN EVERY PORT

Transmission

07 January 1977

Production No

45026

At the Tone…

Bummer! I call up with some good vibes and some positive energies, and I talk to a robot? Forget you, man!

 

 

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Meta Rosenberg

 

 

Quote

”After all you should have seen this one coming, love Eddie!”

 

Jim visits his old friend Eddie marks in hospital, learning that he has ill kidneys, but has bee refused Dialysis treatment because of his prison record.  Jim meets with Eddie’s daughter (and former girlfriend) Christina, who wants Jim to enter a high stakes poker game with her money to raise the cash for the Dialysis treatment.  Jim’s contact Sharkey gets him into Mr Blast’s game, but just as Jim is on a roll, three hooded burglars bust the game. Blast accuses Jim and demands to know whom the hoods where, Jim doesn’t know and escapes, rushing to the hospital where he finds a note on Eddie’s bed – Jim has been had.  Jim follows some clues to Wilmington, where he learns Christina and Eddie are posing as Miss Dominic and employee, trying to sell the Golden Star Ship to Victor Sherman. Jim enlists the help of Angel, who brings the Lyman brothers and Kenny Hollywood to pull a sting.  Jim poses a George ‘Buck’ Greenleaf and meets with Sherman wanting to buy the Golden Star himself.  Angel plays the butler and sells out to Sherman informing him about the duel registration-shipping loophole.  The Lyman Brothers and Kenny poses as IRS agents and meet Eddie, telling him they are investigating Sherman for tax evasion.  Eddie grows suspicious so calls Blast informing him where Jim is.  Blast’s goons kidnap Angel and chase Jim into the water in an attempt to kill him.  Meanwhile George Greenleaf arrives and meets the Ship’s captain.  Eddie sees this and so deals with Greenleaf; hundreds of stocks and shares for the money he obtained from the poker game.  Greenleaf agrees and they make the transaction at the bank…

 

Starring James Garner

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Joan Van Ark

Christina Marks (Miss Dominique)

John Dehner

Judge Lyman (Inspector DeMartonis)

Steve Landesberg

Kenny Hollywood (Frank Rhinehart)

John Machon

Victor Sherman

Jack Riley

Adrian Lyman  (David Davis)

Michael DeLano

Sharkey

Special Guest Stars

Howard Duff

 

Edward J. Marks

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

Byron Morrow

Ray ‘the Rat’ Fahasateur

Kenneth Tobey

Captain of Golden Star

Stanley Brock

Morris

Christopher Winfield

Waiter

David Panbari

Ski Mask

George Memmoli

Blast

 

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

§         John Dehner played Colonel Ames in the James Garner film “Support your Local Gunfighter”

§         John Machon appeared previously this season in Return to the 38th Parallel.

§         The dual registry thing that Jim uses is real and is a highly used loophole in Maritime Law – registering two ships under the same name.  It is for this reason that the general public do not hear about may ships which sink at sea, because somewhere another ship with the same name exists – but what of the crew on that ship?

 

 

STICKS & STONES MAY BREAK YOUR BONES, BUT WATERBURY WILL BURY YOU

Transmission

14 January 1977

Production No

45025

At the Tone…

This is the Department of The Army. Our records show that you are the "Rockford, James" who failed to turn in his service automatic in May 1953.  Contact us at once.

 

 

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

Jerry London

 

 

Quote

“OK I’ll work for you, but the fee does not split, its $200 a day a piece”

 

Jim returns home from extended holiday to find Billy Merrihew at his trailer.  Billy has lost hi s PI licence following a set up by Odette Cerelle.  Jim looks into her name at a local bar, after which the barman calls someone, who then goes to Jim and beats him up demanding to know what he is doing.  Jim overpowers the man – Vern St Cloud, another PI who after 23 years “in the crummy business” has lost his licence.  Comparing notes Jim finds the motel Odette stayed at, and finds she had a cat, ho stayed at a kennel.  He gives the description to the receptionist, ho identifies her as Susan Hanrahan.  Jim watches her apartment, which she shares with Garth McCreery who calls in ‘Special Projects’, who chase Jim, forcing him to be booked by the Police on a traffic charge.  At the station he meets Marvin Potemkin, another PI who is about to loose his PI licence.  The four meet and form a plan, but Vern convinces Marvin to stake out the Hanrahan property again, he does, but ‘Special Projects’ find him…  Jim is following the lead of the restaurant where Marvin as arrested and traces Ted Clair and Susan Hanrahan by a licence plate to the Waterbury Investigators Building.  Jim claims to be returning sunglasses and meets the pair.  He finds that the 15-storey building skips the 13th floor in the elevator.  Jim goes to Marvin’s office, and finds him dead.  Vern storms in, and admits he sent Vern on the stakeout.  Jim, Billy and Vern hatch a plan which involves Vern impersonates a drunk threatening to jump from the top of the Waterbury Building

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Simon Oakland

Vern St Cloud

Clevon Little

Billy Merrihew

Val Bisoglio

Marvin A. Potemkin

Anthony Costello

Ted Clair

Robert Riesel

Wass

 

 

James Karen

John LaPointe

Jack Garner

Bartender

Jim Storm

Officer

Katharine Charles

Susan Hanrahan / Odette Cerelle

George Pentecost

Carl Colavito

Linda Dano

Gwen Molinaro

Fritzi Burr

Receptionist

Hank Stohl

Guard

Brian Libby

Garth McCreery

Henry Gayle Sanders

Hardhat

 

§         Simon Oakland’s first of four appearances on the show, but his first of three as gruff Vern St Cloud.

§         Val Bisoglio appeared in Profit and Loss, and was the bartender in Quincy ME

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

 

 

THE TREES, THE BEES AND T.T. FLOWERS

Transmission

21 January 1977

Production No

45012

At the Tone…

Jimmy, old buddy, buddy.  It's Angel! You know how they allow you one phone call? Well, this is it.

 

 

Written By

Gordon Dawson

Directed By

Jerry London

 

 

Quote

“You’ve been declared mentally incompetent”

 

At a funeral, Rocky tells the story of T.T Flowers.  Rocky was present when T.T’s daughter Cathy and son in law Sherman Royle had T.T taken away from his home ‘Freedom’ to Horizon’s Crest – a special mental hospital.  Rocky asks Jim to investigate so Jim cons his way into Horizon’s Crest, but is discovered and almost killed when someone places a tank of laughing gas in his car.  Jim and Rocky go to Freedom to feed the animals, almost fall down T.T’s trapdoor and discover Sherman stripping the house along with goons who work for Jack Muellard, who attack the Rockford’s and kick them out.  Jim finds out that Muellard paid the taxes pending on Freedom, the property has been sold, but money changed hands two months earlier.  He tries to convince Cathy without success, and as a result is subjected to another attempt on his life outside his trailer, when a truck explodes.  With T.T scheduled for electric therapy and Jim wanted for the theft of the exploded truck, all looks lost.  All that remains is for Jim to break T.T out of Horizon’s Crest…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Strother Martin

Thomas Tyler ‘T.T’ Flowers

Karen Machon

Cathy Royle

Scott Brady

Jack Muellard

Richard Venture

Doctor Ben Christ

Roy Jenson

Winchell

And

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

Special Guest Star

Alex Rocco

 

As Sherman Royle

 

 

Paul Sylvan

Steve Fisher

Fred Stuthman

Homer Hodgson

Jack Stauffer

Brubaker

Bob Hastings

Hank Gidley

Linda Ryan

Maid

Allen Williams

Doctor Fellows

June Whitley Taylor

Nurse

Ric Carrott

Attendant

Fred Lerner

Lou

Dave Cass

Mort

 

§         Strother Martin appeared in a great many Westerns throughout his career, but made guest appearances in a number of Universal Productions.

§         Alex Rocco currently appears in a series called The Division, but is also the voice of Roger Meyers Jr – the Itchy and Scratchy TV executive in The Simpsons

 

 

THE TREES, THE BEES AND T.T. FLOWERS

Part II

Transmission

28 January 1977

Production No

45013

At the Tone…

Hello? Hello? Hello? Hello?

 

 

Written By

Gordon Dawson

Directed By

Jerry London

 

 

Quote

“You already have everything they own”

 

The following are scenes from Part One of ‘THE TREES, THE BEES AND T.T. FLOWERS’:

At a funeral, Rocky tells the story of T.T Flowers…

Rocky is present when T.T is taken away from his home and put in a mental institution

Rocky asks Jim to investigate so Jim cons his way into Horizon’s Crest, but is discovered

Jim is almost killed when someone places a tank of laughing gas in his car. 

Jim and Rocky go to Freedom, almost fall on his trapdoor and discover Sherman is stripping the house along with goons

Jim finds out that Muellard paid the taxes pending on Freedom

Jim tries to convince Cathy without success, and as a result subjected to another attempt on his life Jim realises all that is left is to break T.T out of Horizon’s Crest…

 

Having successfully got T.T out of Horizon’s Crest, and put somewhere safe, T.T decides to try and protect ‘Freedom’ using a rifle.  Armed police surround the area as Jim, Rocky and Beth try to help.  Jim goes in, and eventually convinces T.T to come out, making Cathy decide to reverse her decision to sell ‘Freedom’.   Jack Muellard is not happy with Sherman, who watches while goons beat up Cathy, who subsequently tries to overdose because of her shame.  Jim and Beth find her with the paramedics and find out that Muellard is going to kill T.T.  Meanwhile Rocky and T.T are going out of town in T.T’s truck to retrieve some bees, not knowing that Muellard has planted an explosive charge on the brakes.  Jim goes to Freedom to try and catch T.T and Rocky, but Muellard’s goons greet him and try to kill him, but Jim tricks them into falling down T.T’s trapdoor and then heads off in pursuit and catches them, while Muellard watches the truck and the Firebird go over a cliff – only Rocky appears to survive.  As Rocky concludes the story at the funeral, he announces the reading of T.T’s new Will and testament, something that causes Sherman and Muellard to worry…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Strother Martin

Thomas Tyler ‘T.T’ Flowers

Karen Machon

Cathy Royle

Scott Brady

Jack Muellard

Richard Venture

Doctor Ben Christ

And

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

Special Guest Star

Alex Rocco

 

As Sherman Royle

 

 

Tom Rosqui

Tom Brockmeyer

Paul Sylvan

Steve Fisher

Fred Stuthman

Homer Hodgson

Jack Stauffer

Brubaker

Bob Hastings

Hank Gidley

Dave Shelley

Division Commander

Linda Ryan

Maid

Allen Williams

Doctor Fellows

June Whitley Taylor

Nurse

Ric Carrott

Attendant

Michael Laurence

Newscaster

Fred Lerner

Lou

Dave Cass

Mort

 

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

 

 

THE BECKER CONNECTION

Transmission

11 February 1977

Production No

45028

At the Tone…

Hi, um, I'm confused. Is this Dial-A-Prayer?  Well, should I call back when the reverends in the office, or what?

 

 

Teleplay By

Juanita Bartlett

Story By

Chas. Floyd Johnson

Ted Harris

Directed By

Reza Badiyi

 

 

Quote

“That’s right sir, keep America beautiful – kill yourself”

 

Dennis Becker returns home to receive a telephone call ordering him to see the Captain, at the same time his friends and family put on a surprise party for him.  Dennis is not impressed and argues with Peggy, while Jim drives him to the station.  Dennis is brought before Lieutenant Chapman, the Captain and Hicklin from Internal Affairs.  They question Dennis about his recent temporary transfer to NARCO (Narcotics) Squad, and then suspend him as they acted on a tip-off and found a packet of heroin in the trunk of his car.  At the bar Dennis explains to Jim that he and Peggy are struggling for cash – which has provided a clear motive for Internal Affairs.  Dennis begs Jim’s help, so he talks with Officer Andy Dolan and then plods the street with Angel to get information.  Angel comes up with two names; Willie ‘the Hat’ Hatton and Marty Golden.  While Angel traces Golden, Jim sees Dennis about Hatton.  Dennis is working for an ex-cop friend as a taxi driver and on hearing Jim’s news races off.  Jim chases him and finds Hatton dead, and is hit over the head with a chair.  Later Lieutenant Chapman questions Jim and puts Dennis under house arrest.  Angel finds Marty Golden and takes Jim to the ‘The Stage Left’ where Golden is playing; he is a comedian – and not a good one, because his audience are not graceful.  Angel has a go at some comedy while Jim talks with Golden.  The pair is spotted by two goons and is chased.  Jim learns that Golden works for Alex Kasajian, ho is dealing drugs and has bought a cop.  Jim calls Dennis who calls Dolan, while Jim goes to Kasajian’s racetrack.  Jim is caught, but Dolan and another officer storm in.  Jim is pleased until Dolan hits his colleague and tries to kill Jim chasing him through the grandstands…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Jack Carter

Marty Golden

James Luisi

Lieutenant Chapman

Bert Kramer

Police Captain

William Jordan

Officer Andrew Dolan

Pat Finley

Peggy Becker

Special Guest Stars

Jack Kelly

 

Alex Kasajian

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

James B. Sikking

Internal Affairs Officer John Hicklin

Lal Baum

Joey Holbrook

Rita George

Officer Hasty

Helen Shustack

Meter Maid

Warren Munson

Hotel Clerk

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

Bucklind Beery

Officer Al Mazursky

 

§         Jack Kelly is better known as Bart Maverick, playing opposite James Garner in Maverick.

§         Angel’s comedy act is a rendition of a comedy performance he says he gave in San Quentin - all his jokes are prison oriented, and he later tells some to Officers Mazursky and Billings at Dennis’ surprise party.

 

 

JUST ANOTHER POLISH WEDDING

Transmission

18 February 1977

Production No

45030

At the Tone…

George Devon, Malibu Space Watch. Had three sightings last week. You see anything unusual? Television reception interrupted? Call 555-1313

 

 

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“Gabby and Gandy, sounds like a puppet show”

 

After he posts bail for him, Jim agrees to help find his friend Gandolph Fitch a new line of work.  Gandy accompanies Jim to a meeting with the county probate office, and is told about the death of Tom Evans whose ID came out as Tom O’Herlihy.  Jim is hired to find his brother so as to pass on the inheritance of $10,000.  Jim then takes Gandy to meet Marcus Hayes, a fellow PI, who after leaving Jim with a restaurant bill, agrees to give Gandy work.  Mark quizzes Gandy about Jim’s recent case and sees it as an opportunity for a 40% finders fee.  Jim finds out that Finn O’Herlihy has an alias like this brother, now known as Frank Martin, and is trying to trace him through the gravesite of his mother, and then through the florist who laid flowers.  The search takes Jim to San Diego.  Meanwhile Gandy and Mark – know nicknamed Gabby for his mouth – go to Tom O’ Herlihy’s demolished home and find a link to his last place of work.  They go there to find themselves as the only two black men in an all Nazi Club.  Mark claims to be from the Liquor board, but a fight ensues, and when Gandy manages to win, mark claims to be from the musicians union in order to get a line on Frank Martin.  Mark then goes to Jim’s trailer and meets Rocky.  Claiming still to be a parole officer mark learns from Rocky what Jim has done and where he has gone – so he and Gandy travel to San Diego.  Jim goes to the local Florist, posing as a grave memorial agent and meets Mr Gertmanian, who shows Jim the Frank Martin order.  Gandy and mark go to the Musicians union and learn that Frank Martin is playing at a Polish Wedding.  Jim learns from Mrs Martin that Frank is playing at a Polish Wedding and attends the reception at the hotel, posing as hotel security. Mark arrives, trying to pass himself off as the groom’s old absent minded professor, but can’t get in so changes to a waiter.  Jim finds Frank martin just as he is about to play his music for the wedding, when mark also appears – both use his real name Finn O’Herlihy, which for some reason sends him into a panic…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Louis Gossett

As

Marcus Hayes

Pepper Martin

Melvin

Walter Brooke

Gertmanian

Dennis Burkley

Bartender

Anthony Charnota

Dancer

Barney McFadden

Fred Koska

Special Guest Star

Isaac Hayes

 

As Gandolph Fitch

 

 

Jack Collins

Frank Martin / Finn O'Herlihy

George Skaff

Maitre d'

Melandy Britt

Musician's Union Secretary

Sidney Clute

Funeral Administrator

Raymond Singer

Johnny Goodbie

Alfred Dennis

Mr. Koska

Boni Enten

Hildy Mitchell

Holly Irving

Mrs Martin

Jean Le Bouvier

Mrs Mitchell

Bruce Tuthill

Yacht Club Attendant

 

§         Issac Hayes and Lou Gossett’s second appearances on the show

§         This was designed as a pilot for an unsold series

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

 

 

NEW LIFE, OLD DRAGONS

Transmission

25 February 1977

Production No

45019

At the Tone…

It's Pete. Hope you enjoyed using the cabin last week. Only next time leave the trout in the refrigerator, huh? Not in the cupboard.

 

 

Teleplay By

Bernard Rollins

Leroy Robinson

Story By

David C. Taylor

Directed By

Jeannot Szwarc

 

 

Quote

“”

 

While Rocky tries to convince him to paint his trailer, Jim is hired by a Mai, a Vietnamese woman to find her brother Phan Van Vinh.  She speaks little English so Jim agrees to help and begins the search.   Jim begins by trying to find Benson Kelly, a local cook, but is not successful.  Unable to do anything he goes to Mai’s home and meets her American sponsors Kathy and Lew Hartman.  Kathy sees Mai give Jim hundreds of dollars and is shocked, telling Lew, who says it is none of their business.  Jim returns home to find Rocky has been attacked and returns to Mai demanding an explanation.  Mai says nothing, but takes Jim to Nguyen, a Vietnamese friend of Mai and Vinh, but find him beaten up.  Jim asks him some questions but Mai silently gives signals to say nothing.  Jim catches on and when Nguyen refuses to tell no more lies Jim announces he will quit, when suddenly Mai reveals a better understanding of English.  She tells him of a Vietnamese Colonel, thousands of dollars and some American specialist soldiers – including Benson Kelly.  Jim agrees to help provided they make a police report.  She refuses and reverts to not understanding when Dennis questions her.  Jim tries to trace Benson Kelly again without success but learns from Kelly’s head chef that Kelly in the Army with Mitch Donner, but both were in the Catering Core – not a specialist squad.  Jim talks to Mai again who reveals she has thousands of dollars in an old antique, which she brought from Vietnam.   Jim receives a ransom call; all the money for the brother.  Jim contacts Mai, again annoyed that she lied to him – she has half a million dollars.  Jim waits for the exchange instructions on his answer phone and goes to Mai to get the money.  Both are taken at gunpoint by Lew Hartman, who was in special forces in the Vietnam War and knows about the money, the brother and Kelly & Donner, knocks both Jim and Mai unconscious and murders his wife and goes.  Jim wakes up and tries to find the address of a criminal who can launder the stolen money and receives the exchange instructions.  Jim goes to the exchange without the money with a new plan…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Kathleen Nolan

Kathy Hartman

Irene Yah-Ling Sun

Mai

Charles Napier

Mitch Donner

Charles Siebert

Gary Stillman

Luke Askew

Benson Kelly / Robert Coffee

And

James Callahan

 

Lew Hartman

 

 

Clyde Kusatsu

Nguyen

Bruce Tuthill

Officer

Jim Ishida

Phan Van Vinh

Herb Kayde

Guard

Jay Gerber

Deputy Chief

Robert Phalen

Will Dunning

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

Al Stevenson

L.J

 

§         This is second time where Jim uses this portable remote to operate the answering machine to retrieve his messages.

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

 

 

TO PROTECT AND SERVE

Transmission

11 March 1977

Production No

45027

At the Tone…

This is Dusty, your father's friend.  So you helped me move, that's it? You couldn't call? See if maybe I don't like the new place? See if maybe there's some painting to be done?

 

 

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“That’s not a buff Dennis, that’s a groupie”

 

Dennis Becker is involved in a police shoot-out and wounds a suspect.  Witness and police fanatic Leanne Sweeney testifies for him at the shooting review board, and continues to socialise with officers.  Jim is working for Michael Kelly, to find his fiancée Patsy Fossler.  Two New York goons; Anthony Boy and Syl attack Jim as they try to find Patsy.  When Jim tries to quit the job, Kelly threatens to kill him and gives him twenty-four hours to find Patsy.  Dennis is asked by Lieutenant Chapman to plug Jim for information on Kelly, but he proves unsuccessful.  Leanne offers to help Chapman with the Kelly case, but she is told not to interfere.  Jim finds Patsy on a farm and when he visits her, they have to escape as Anthony Boy and Syl try to kill them.  Jim finds out from Patsy that Kelly is a gangster’s lawyer, who told her all kinds of family business – Kelly wants her dead to cover his mistake and the goons, who work for the gangster want her dead too.  Now both their lives are in danger…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Joyce Van Patten

Leanne Sweeny

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

Leslie Charleson

Patsy Fossler

Jon Cypher

Michael Kelly

George Loros

Anthony Boy Gagglio

 

 

Pat Finley

Peggy Becker

Luke Andreas

Syl

James Coleman

Officer Haydu

Charles Parks

Officer Drum

Jason Ledger

Sergeant Balcedo

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

Douglas Ryan

Deputy

Charles Bateman

First Detective

Nick Dimitri

Dorsey

Bob Peterson

Bartender

 

§         George Loros and Luke Andreas both appear again as Anthony Boy and Syl in the season 5 episode The Man Who Saw the Alligators.

§         Joyce Van Patten has appeared in Judging Amy  and The Sopranos recently but most of her regular starring roles have been in comedy shows.

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

 

 

A TO PROTECT AND SERVE

PART II

Transmission

18 March 1977

Production No

45029

At the Tone…

This is incredible. Do you know that last night I had one of my dreams. I dreamed that if I called you, you wouldn't be home. And you're not.

 

 

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“The way I read Michael and the situation, if he gets you back – he’ll to kill you”

 

From Part I:

Jim is working for Michael Kelly, to find his fiancée Patsy Fossler. 

Anthony Boy and Syl attack Jim as they try to find Patsy. 

Jim tries to quit the job, Kelly threatens to kill him and gives him twenty-four hours

Leanne offers to help Chapman with the Kelly case, but she is told not to interfere. 

Jim finds Patsy on a farm and when he visits her he finds out that Kelly is a gangster’s lawyer, who told her all kinds of family business.

Jim and Patsy have to escape as Anthony Boy and Syl try to kill them. 

 

Jim hides Patsy on his friend Wes Wesley’s boat in Oxnard, and tries to contact her brother in London.  Meanwhile Leanne follows Jim and hides in the trunk of his car, as he reports to Michael Kelly that the goons have Patsy.  He then goes back to the boat, where Leanne gets out and heads back home to report to Lieutenant Chapman, who is out of town.  She then breaks into Jim’s trailer, at the same time as Anthony Boy and Syl break in and beat her up until she reveals the location of the boat.  They leave as Jim returns and works out what Leanne has done, so races to the boat himself, leaving Leanne to call the police.  The trouble is she will only tell Chapman hat is going on, but speaks to Dennis, and delays in revealing the story.  Anthony Boy and Syl have got Patsy and shot Wes, when Jim and the police arrive. A shootout ensues and Jim saves Patsy, and the goons are arrested, while Dennis and Chapman shun Leanne for interfering and placing lives in danger.  Patsy goes to London, while Leanne sits at home listening to her police band radio, because she is so fanatic about police work…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Joyce Van Patten

Leanne Sweeny

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

Leslie Charleson

Patsy Fossler

Jon Cypher

Michael Kelly

George Loros

Anthony Boy Gagglio

Lou Frizzell

Wes Wesley

 

 

Luke Andreas

Syl

Angus Duncan

John Fossler

Bucklind Beery

Officer Al Mazursky

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

Jack Lucarelli

Bowling Alley Customer

Nick Dimitri

Dorsey

Douglas Ryan

Deputy

Charles Bateman

First Detective

Bob Peterson

Bartender

 

§         George Loros and Luke Andreas both appear again as Anthony Boy and Syl in the season 5 episode The Man Who Saw the Alligators.

§         Leslie Charleson has starred in ABC series General Hospital since 1977.

§         This episode does not feature Gretchen Corbett or Stuart Margolin

 

 

CRACK BACK

Transmission

25 March 1977

Production No

45031

At the Tone…

The is Doctor Souter. My nurse tells me you've blown four root canal appointments. Well, you're finished in this office.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

Reza Badiyi

 

 

Quote

“I really wish you wouldn’t tell me when you misrepresent yourself”

 

Jim is hired by Beth to find the alibi for her client Davey Woodhall – a professional football player, on trial for murder and armed robbery in a local disco.  Jim goes to Gibby’s bar and meets Gibby, the owner, who beats Jim up, because he is convinced Davey Woodhall robbed him and shot his barman.  Jim also tries to trace Doreen Carpenter – Davey’s alibi and has to do so by posing as a commercial producer wanting her son to star on TV.  Meanwhile Beth is receiving strange telephone calls and seed gifts from an unknown person.  Jim helps her when she thinks she is being watched and they go to a property when she gets a lead on her stalker.  The property is full of photographs of Beth, but when Jim and Dennis attend the place is empty.  The trial is going well, but they need Doreen as a witness.  She eventually contacts Jim – and he meets her revealing the commercial rouse.  She agrees to testify but as they leave her apartment she is shot.  Jim testifies to this at the trial and confirms she is an alibi – but it is all hearsay and is inadmissible.  Jim becomes suspicious of Davey as Beth continues to be harassed and finds out that Davey was to be replaced in the team by his manager.  Jim also follows up the car of the gunman and finds it was another player of the team.  Jim has him arrested.  The jury in Davey’s trail acquit him, when he confesses to Beth that had he been found guilty he would simply declare incompetent counsel because Beth has been distracted resulting in her courtroom performance being affected.  Beth then realises that it was Davey who was terrorizing her.  Outside Davey makes a statement to the press, but is then arrested by Dennis Becker as an accessory to the murder of Pauline Carpenter.

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Howard McGillin

Davey Woodhull

Joseph Mascolo

Gibby

John Calvin

Preston Garnett

Sondra Blake

Doreen Carpenter

And

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth Davenport

 

 

Conchata Ferrell

Ella Mae White

Nick Ferris

Cab Driver

Bo Kaprall

Willie Gunter

Robert Miller Driscoll

Defence Attorney

Jack Garner

Court Deputy Jack

Norman Bartold

Judge W T Carroll

Glenn Robards

Doorman

Robert Ward

Reporter #1

Bill Woodard

Football Player

Gloria Dixon

Reporter #2

Bill Baldwin

Jury Foreman

 

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin

§         Howard McGillin has appeared in many Universal productions, and also brief starred in daytime soap The Young and the Restless.

§         Joseph Mascolo has appeared in numerous shows including Days of our Lives and General Hospital, often as an Italian character

 

 

DIRTY MONEY, BLACK LIGHT

Transmission

01 April 1977

Production No

45005

At the Tone…

This is Toby. I forgot what I was calling for. Your recording is so boring. Spike it with some humour, some personality.  Something.

 

 

Written By

David C Taylor

Directed By

Stuart Margolin

 

 

Quote

“And if you miss one day of paying me my money… its like baseball baby – you’re out”

 

Jim meets Angel at his barber.  Angel wants Jim to lend him money or better still allow him to camp at Rocky’s as he is away in Hawaii.  Jim refuses, but has to lend him money when goons from Electric Larry come to Angel for the money he owes.  When Jim is opening Rocky’s mail, he finds an envelope containing money – the counterfoil states $11,000.  Angel pilfers some, and races to the bank.  Jim goes home and tries to contact Rocky in Hawaii, without success.  Jim counts the money and finds some is missing.  Next day more money arrives in the mail – making the total $44,000 in two days. Dennis Becker attends the death of a mystery man who fell out a window.  Federal agents Steiner and Wolf are present but tell Dennis nothing.

Jim meets with Beth and using a ultra-violet light finds the money is marked in each corner, realising Angel is in danger, so they go to his apartment and find Electric Larry’s goons there.  A fight begins, but when Beth traps the gunman’s arm in a door Jim overcomes them and learns from them that Angel was arrested by the FBI.  Angel is spilling his guts telling the agents everything – implicating “the Rockford Gang” and tells them where to find Rocky.  A warrant is issued and Rocky is then deported from Hawaii and is arrested.

Jim is visited by “the Jones brothers”, who demand to know where Rocky’s mail is.  They bring in a big goon to beat Jim up, but he tricks him with a mousetrap and hits him with a pan.  Jim finds Rocky’s place ransacked and finds a leaflet of the company who posted the competition of the Hawaiian holiday Rocky won. 

Jim asks Dennis about Electric Larry – he is loan shark with high interest rates.  Jim goes to him to borrow $20,000.  Larry explains that the 20,000 is “the nut” (loan), but Jim will owe Larry $30,000 as “the vig” (interest).  Larry has Jim followed, and he goes straight to the FBI giving them the money to buy some time.  Seeing it is not marked they keep Rocky in jail – so Jim vows to bust their case.  Jim goes to the company who awarded the Hawaiian holiday and posing as a carpet cleaner, manages to get the name of the firm behind the competition.  Jim is picked up by Larry and taken to the gym and put in a boxing ring with a thug.  Jim hits him with a chair and throws chalk dust over Larry and escapes. 

Jim goes to the company, connecting it to the Jones brothers – Dearborn and Blake.  They confess the money was intended for a payoff and they killed the courier by throwing him out of a window.  Jim arranges an exchange of the money that night, and invites the FBI and Electric Larry along.  He sends the money up in an elevator when Larry arrives and takes Jim to the top floor.  A shootout ensues and Jim hides under a table, when the Dennis and the FBI arrives.  Dennis arrests Larry while the Steiner complains that Jim blew the case.  Jim doesn’t care and demands they release his father.  Later Rocky is cutting Angel’s hair for free, wondering how the Fed found him in Hawaii.  Angel claims the Federal Government are clever workers, while Jim makes a comment abut informers.  Steiner and Wolf arrive to have Jim sign his statement, and thank Angel for his information regarding Rocky.  Annoyed Rocky cuts a large piece of Angel’s hair and hands it to him…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

John P. Ryan

Dearborn

Wesley Addy

Federal Agent Steiner

Roger E. Mosley

Electric Larry

Joshua Bryant

Federal Agent Mike Wolf

John Chappell

Blake

Diana Ewing

 

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

Special Guest Star

Gretchen Corbett

 

As Beth’ Davenport

 

 

Martin Kove

Harry Smick

Victor Argo

Jud Brown

Michael Lane

Tony

Dick McGarvin

Bank Teller

Craig Wasson

Steven Watson

Edward Knight

Fed

Naomi Grumette

2nd Receptionist

Charles Hutchins

Trainer

Dani Heath

Switchboard Operator

 

§         Roger E Mosley is the first of three Magnum PI actors to guest on the Rockford Files.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.