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THE

ROCKFORD

FILES

DEFINITIVE EPISODE Guide

 

 

Season FIVE, 1978 - 1979

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

 

 

Executive Story Consultant:

Juanita Bartlett

Director of Photography

Andrew Jackson A.S.C

Associate Producers

John David

J. Rickley Dumm

Executive Story 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

 

 

Stuart Margolin wins Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

The Rockford Files Series is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series

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

Noah Beery is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

 


 

HEARTACHES OF A FOOL

Transmission

22 September 1978

Production No

51106

At the Tone…

Say, I'm the one who hit your car at Fork City.  I've got no insurance, I'm broke. But, I really wanted you to know how sorry I am. If it makes you feel any better I hurt my arm.

 

 

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“Started out with the dreams; the plans of a wise man; ended up with the Heartaches of a Fool”

 

Rocky is shipping some sausages in a truck when he is forced off the road and his load set on fire.  At the hospital the Highway patrol removes his truckers licence. Rocky explains to Jim the journey was a favour to Roland Eddy.  Eddy reveals to Jim that it was a smuggle from Mexico, so Jim races back to tell Rocky not to file for his medical insurance with the union, but it is too late – they refuse him because Rocky apparently breached a rule. Jim tires to contact the sausage company in Cripple Creek, Arkansas to no avail, but when Jim sees country & western singer Charlie Strayhorn advertise the sausages on TV he goes to see him.  Charlie does not believe Jim, and they fight, so Charlie and Carrie his wife go with Jim to see Roland Eddy, but witness his kidnapping.  They to meet Rocky in hospital, where Charlie is impressed by Rocky, making him very happy and vows to find out what is going on.  That night a Chinese man at the Sandcastle attacks Jim for no reason.   Next morning a drunken Charlie decides to take Jim and fly to Cripple Creek, Arkansas but when they arrive they find a trailer in a field and a dead Chinese assistant.  Charlie then confesses that the man in charge of the sausages – Clement Chin is also Chinese.  The pair returns to LA and meet with Chin, who is a member of the Triads and well protected – but not enough as Clark Streeter, head of the ITTW truckers’ union, kidnaps Chin.  Jim and Charlie follow them to Chin’s factory and see that Chin and Eddy are present under guard.  They storm in with guns and stop the whole gang.  When he is discharged from hospital – fully vindicated, Rocky and Jim go to see Charlie at his home.  Shorty McCall, Charlie’s housekeeper reveals Charlie and Carrie left to go on the road and gives them the gifts Charlie left; Jim gets Charlie’s old horse saddle and Rocky gets a complimentary copy of Charlie’s new single ‘Heartaches of a Fool’, with the dedication; “To Rocky, who helped set me free”…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Taylor Lacher

Charlie Strayhorn

Lynne Marta

Carrie Strayhorn

James Shigeta

Clement Chin

Norman Alden

Roland Eddy

Joe E. Tata

Norman Abbott Kline

 

 

Leo Gordon

Clark Streeter

Mark Roberts

Hillman Stewart

Robert Phillips

Mike Torrance

Don "Red" Berry

Shorty McCall

Herb Armstrong

Norman (Union Official)

James Jeter

Sheriff Milburn

John Davey

Deputy Harnsworth

Raymond O'Keefe

Jake Sands

George Kee Cheung

Harry Lee

Byron Chung

David

Ben Jeffrey

Deptuty Patino

Jayson Kane

Howard Pressman

Fred J. Gordon

Mel Ullis

 

§         This episode features music by county legend Willie Nelson

§         Rocky is said to be 68 in this episode.

§         From this season the picture credits change slightly (due to the absence of Gretchen Corbett), the pictures are (in order); Jim from A Good Clean Bust With Sequel Rights, Jim and Angel from Drought at the Indianhead River, Jim and Rocky from Gearjammers part 2 and Jim and Dennis from A Bad Deal in the Valley and Piece Work.

§         Leo Gordon appears again this season as doomed bodyguard Charlie Martell in Black Mirror.

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

§         This episode is another personal favourite – purely because of what Charlie says to Jim during the hospital visit scene; “I like your old man, he did a good job with you – fed you, cared for you and now you do the same for him, I like that”.

 

 

ROSENDAHL AND GILDA STERN ARE DEAD

Transmission

28 September 1978

Production No

51103

At the Tone…

Hello? You the guy who lost his wallet in the Park Theatre? Well, I'm kinda like into leather. So, I'll be returning the money, but I'm going to keep the wallet.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“Rita, on my best day, I’m boarder line…”

 

Rita Capkovic escorts Doctor Neil Rosendahl from a hotel to walk, when Phil Gabriel and his men stop them.  Rita escapes and Doctor Rosendahl is killed.  .  Jim arrives home days later after returning from a trip to learn that Rita is in jail for murder.  Jim sees her and agrees to help.  When she is released her public defender is less than optimistic about her case, while her friends make a scene about her freedom.  Jim asks why Rita doesn’t hire a proper defence attorney as she has all the money she inherited from Maggie.  Rita declines to comment.  Rita is shown the mug books at the police station while Jim looks into Doctor Rosendahl’s background.  Posing as an agent for the insurance company, Jim meets with Doctor Russell Nevitt and his wife Edie, who makes negative comments about Rosendahl, but reveals his widow, was burglarised recently.  Jim finds Rita at her apartment, after giving up on the mug books, and spots a strange man with a brief case watching her apartment.  Rita theories he must be a salesman because he looks like one.  After eating at Rocky’s house, they decide to follow Nevitt and see him meet with Phil ‘the Dancer’ Gabriel – a big gangster.  Jim and Rita then break into Nevitt’s office and find videos of all his operations.  Jim finds a file hidden under the desk for a Mr Phil Gage, regarding hip surgery, but there is no corresponding video.  Jim then finds out the mysterious man is Donald Pilmer and that he is a salesman, and follows him to a restaurant, where he confesses he works for a company that make prosthetic body parts, including hips.  Jim works tout that the file of Phil Gage is actually that of Phil Gabriel and that Nevitt must be the person who burglarised Rosendahl’s home in order to steal the tape of the operation in order to have evidence to protect himself.  Taking the evidence to Dennis with Phil Gabriel, Pilmer, Nevitt and Rita in attendance they watch the tape of the operation, which shows there were complications so Pilmer inserted the replacement hip not Nevitt or Rosendahl, resulting in Gabriel being seriously disabled.  Gabriel is now an upset and bitter man and wanted revenge – he confesses to killing the nurse – Gilda Stern - who told him the operation was negligent and confesses to murdering Rosendahl, the surgeon.   At Rocky’s Rita gives everyone gifts of homemade jewellery and then reveals to Jim she spent all her inheritance – and had a great time doing so…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery , Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Abe Vigoda

Phil "The Dancer" Gabriel

Sharon Acker

Edie Nevitt

Robin Gammell

Donald Pilmer

John Karlen

Leo

And

Robert Loggia

 

As Doctor Russell Nevitt

Special Guest Star

Rita Moreno

 

As Rita Capkovic

Co-Starring

 

William Joyce

Doctor Neil Rosendahl

Ron Gilbert

Freddie

Jack Garner

Bartender

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Rita Moreno was nominated for an Emmy award for her appearance in this episode

§         The references to Rita’s money left by Maggie are a reference to events in Season 4’s The Paper Palace.

§         Third Appearance by Robert Loggia, and second by Abe Vigoda.

§         Sharon Acker appears again this season in The Man who Saw the Alligators

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

§         FUTURE RE-USED LINE ALERT: When Rita tells Jim it is not six months since they last met but closer to eight months, the scenes dialogue is used again between Jim and Kitt in I Still Love LA

 

 

THE JERSEY BOUNCE

Transmission

06 October 1978

Production No

51109

At the Tone…

Jimmy, Angel. Here's a tip, the handwriting's bad.  Third Son in the fifth race at Bel Meadows. Wait, could be Fifth Son in the third. Wait, this might be next week's race

 

 

Teleplay By

David Chase

Story By

David Chase

Stephen J. Cannell

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“He feels like celebrating – give him an old Daniel Boone…”

 

Eugene Conigliaro and Mickey Long own the house next door to Rocky.  The pair and their friends create noise, disturb the peace, and vandalise Rocky’s home.  Jim stays at his father’s house one night to obtain evidence for the police – and witnesses Mickey stealing his fathers barbecue bricketts.  Jim confronts he gang, and mutual threats are passed between Jim, Eugene, Mickey and their friend Mac Amodeus.  Next morning Jim is arrested as prime suspect for the murder of Mac Amodeus.  Jim’s legal counsel, Wade Ward is not completely committed to the case, suggesting plea-bargaining.  That evening Jim receives a mistaken phone call from John Cooper, a legal researcher hired by Ward.  Cooper will not discuss the case with Jim, so Jim meets Wade and Cooper to discuss the case, proposing to get civil deposition testimony from “Long and Conigilo (“its Conigliaro!”), but Wade believes this is a bad idea then lets slip that Coop is a disbarred attorney.  Jim talks with Coop at the local bar and is impressed by him.  After obtaining the deposition testimony, the Preliminary Hearing does not go well and Jim is bound over for trial.  After spotting Artie Nodzak in the public gallery, Jim and Coop investigate further and discover Amodeus girlfriend is the sister of gangster Artie Nodzak, and figure out that Eugene and Mickey killed Amodeus to gain respect from Nodzak, however Nodzak was not impressed.  Eugene decides the only way to finish this is to murder Mickey outside Jim’s trailer and frame Jim for it because of the feud, but Jim and Coop are onto him and a chase on the pier ensues – which ends with Eugene not paying attention to when it’s high tide…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Sorell Booke

Wade G. Ward

Eugene M. Davis

Mickey Long

Greg Antonacci

Eugene Conigliaro

And

Bo Hopkins

 

As John Cooper

 

 

Doney Oatman

Dawn Nodzak

Luke Andreas

Arthur ‘Artie‘ Nodzak

Jim Scott

District Attorney Cowan

Tony Brande

Judge Carmine Rossi

Walter Olkweicz

Mac Amodeus

 

§         Bo Hopkins first of three appearances as the wonderful disbarred lawyer John ‘Coop’ Cooper, who replaces Beth Davenport as Jim’s legal counsel.  Beth’s leaving is explained briefly when Jim walks from the county jail with Wade Ward.

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

§         Sorrell Booke is better known as Jefferson Davis ‘Boss’ Hogg from the Dukes of Hazard.

§         Mickey Long and Eugene Conigiliaro appear together again in the season six; Just a Coupla Guys and are unrecognised by Jim as the goofs who (“accidentally”) framed him for murder.

§         There is reference by Eugene and Mickey early in the story that they were listening to ‘The Carpenters’ on their radio.  Aside from the joke that the police officers think they are talking about a man fixing wood, there is great debate as to whether the pair are talking about The Carpenters – the 1970’s brother and sister duo, or whether this is actually an in joke referring to Pete Carpenter, who wrote the theme and music to the show with Mike Post.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

WHITE ON WHITE AND NEARLY PERFECT

Transmission

20 October 1978

Production No

51105

At the Tone…

Pacific view lots. Perpetual care by people who care. At an unbelievably low price. Call Montief and Snell, the full service mortuary. We won't rest easy, until you rest easy.

 

 

Produced By

Stephen J. Cannell 

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Stephen J. Cannell

 

 

Quote

"Isn't that nice, a happy ending.  All of us got to go to a farm."

 

When his bail bondsman’s secretary takes him home, because he was arrested at a poker game where Angel hit a cop, Jim finds Rocky reading a Dan Slade detective novel “My Gun is Deadly”.  Jim tells his father that real life is not black and white like it is in the book. That morning Jim goes to meet Armand Teasdale at his residence regarding the disappearance of his daughter Veronica, when Lance White, another private investigator arrives, stating he is present as a favour to Angela, the secretary.  Teasdale does not want to involve the police and gives the detectives his only lead; Joey Blackwood.  Lance promises Jim he will stay out of the case.  Meanwhile on a freighter, De Palma and Vincent welcome Meyer Ziegler, an underworld boss who wants to die in Israel.  He is advised on a slight delay in the Teasdale kidnap situation and Zeigler is not happy.  Jim goes to Blackwood’s Club and finds Lance is already made and has made some discreet enquiries – so discreet that two goons take the pair before Tuner Watson, who claims Veronica and Joey have eloped.  When Lance mentions the felons who are in the club, Watson almost kills the pair of PI’s, forcing them to run off. They return to Lance’s office where ‘Belle LaBelle’ arrives to inform Lance that Veronica and Joey are at a house in Malibu Hills.  Jim is convinced it is a trap, nut Lance insists on going there.  When they arrive they witness the kidnapping of Veronica, Lance storms in and is shot, while Jim chases and loses them.  Back at the house, Lance covers his flesh wound and looks on the dead body of Joey Blackwood.  Lieutenant Chapman, Sergeant Becker and Officer Billings arrive to police the situation.  Jim and Lance return to Teasdale’s to be told by Brad Davis that Teasdale received a ransom demand and died, he subsequently fires the PI’s.  Jim is not convinced that Teasdale is dead, and so the pair follows Davis when he meets Vincent to discuss ransom.  Lance creeps forward to see more but is discovered and taken.  Jim follows them back to freighter, and returns to Davis demanding to speak to Teasdale, who faked his death.  He explains that he is shipping missiles to Israel, and that Zeigler wants to die there, but the Palestinians would rather loose the missiles than take in a gangster.  Jim takes Teasdale, Davies and the guard dogs to the freighter to rescue Lance and Veronica.  After two shots are fired and a load of cans fall, everyone is captured.  Months later Lance and Veronica marry, and Teasdale hands over his industrial empire to Lance, who decides to give the missiles to Israel and not sell them.  Davies is very concerned but Jim reminds him “things have a way of working out, they always do”.

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Tom Selleck

Lance White

Jason Evers

Brad Davies

Frank R. Christi

Vincent

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

Peter Brocco

Meyer Ziegler

 

 

Bill Quinn

Armand Teasdale

Eddie Fontaine

Augusto DePalma

Reynold Gideon

Tuner Watson

Jay Rasumny

Mandlo

Karen Austin

Veronica Teasdale

Carolyn Calcotte

Angela

Julienne Wells

Bell LaBelle

Freddye Chapman

Maggie

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         You could say that Tom Selleck owes Stephen J. Cannell ‘the big favour’; you see he saved his life once a long time ago…  due to his exposure as Lance White in The Rockford Files, Universal Studios offered Tom Selleck the lead role of Thomas Sullivan Magnum III in Magnum PI in 1980. 

§         Tom Selleck stated in his own Biography that seeing how James Garner treated his cast and crew had a profound influence on him, which he emulated as the lead and producer on Magnum PI.  He, like Garner, had a primary concern for the well being of everyone involved on his show.

§         Many Rockford producers and crew were also involved in Magnum including Chas. Floyd Johnson, John David and J Rickley Dumm while Noah Beery, Joe Santos, Gretchen Corbett, and Stuart Margolin and even Stephen J. Cannell all made guest star appearances on Magnum PI.

§         Although Angel is mentioned (we are told he hit a cop at the unseen poker game), Stuart Margolin does not feature in this episode.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

KILL THE MESSENGER

Transmission

27 October 1978

Production No

51110

At the Tone…

Jim, Chet, returning your call. Sorry I missed you, but I appreciate you calling back. And if you call again and I'm not in, just leave your message and I'll get back to you.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

Ivan Dixon

 

 

Quote

“Its nice to have a kid named after you Dennis”

 

Dennis Becker is studying for his Lieutenant’s Exam, but he and Officer Frank Dusenberg are assigned to investigate the murder Eileen Towne – wife to Deputy Chief Towne.  To help his friend, Jim investigates, and begins at her place of work – the Probation office.  There he uncovers the startling fact that Mrs Towne was having affairs with her parolees, the most recent being a ‘Captain Crunch.’    Jim reports to Dennis, but Dennis does not believe it, but Frank knows of rumours regarding Mrs Towne and some young police officers.  Jim meets ‘Captain Crunch’, who is shot by a blonde haired man.  Meanwhile Dennis is questioning Deputy Chief Towne, and later takes the oral interview for promotion – on the board is Chief Towne.  The board reveal that it is Dennis’ association with ex-cons which impedes his promotion.  Dennis justifies himself, but is annoyed that it would seem Jim has hampered his career. 

Jim goes back to the probation office and discovers Officer Kemper telephoned Mrs Towne repeatedly, so gets his address from Frank and goes to meet him, but Kemper takes Jim at gunpoint…  Dennis and Frank make the important connections in the case – particularly that Kemper was one of the subjects of rumour with Mrs Towne and that he has blonde hair, then  they realise Jim is in great danger…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

W. K. Stratton

Detective Frank Dusenberg

Byron Morrow

Deputy Chief Eugene W Towne

Pat Finley

Peggy Becker

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

 

 

Ed Harris

Officer Rudy Kempner

Alex Colon

Nick "Captain Crunch" Donofrio

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

Bucklind Beery

Officer Mazursky

Robert Cleaves

Leo Benbrook

Tony Crupi

Bandit

Don Diamond

Lieutenant Alverez

Ed Dogans

Guard

Doris Donaldson

Maude

Lee Farr

Booking Suspect

Michael LaGuardia

Officer Shumway

Frank McRae

Junior

Joey Miller

Scotty Becker

Nancy Parsons

Mrs Buettner

Sterling Swanson

Store Manager

John Wheeler

Cliff

Tiger Williams

Little Den McGowan

 

§         Dennis is promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant in what is said to be Joe Santos’ favourite episode. This is a very Dennis orientated episode, where Jim (and James Garner) take a back seat (quite rightly), while still being important to the story.

§         A welcome return for Pat Finley as Peggy Becker

§         We see Scott Becker for the first time – he looks to be between 10 – 14 years old.  This is a safe assumption, because Scott turns 30 in Godfather Knows Best.  Jim was of the belief that Scott was named after him (James Scott Rockford), but in truth he is named after relatives – who come to visit in this episode, but are not seen – because Dennis is namesake to a nephew ‘Little Den’.  No reference is made to Jim being Scott’s godfather, but it is clear that Jim and Dennis have been friends for a long time – possibly before Jim was imprisoned at San Quentin.

§         Bryon Morrow makes his fourth guest appearance; but this is probably the most memorable as the Deputy Police Chief, Eugene Towne.

§         Ed Harris is now a very well known movie star whose hits include The Truman Show, and Apollo 13.

§         Stuart Margolin does not feature in this episode.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

A GOOD CLEAN BUST WITH SEQUEL RIGHTS

Transmission

03 November 1978

Production No

51102

At the Tone…

Jim, I have to thank you for talking over my problems with me last Tuesday night. I love you for it, but can you have lunch tomorrow to talk about the divorce? I'm real bummed out.

 

 

Written By

Rudolph Borchert

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“Freeze Turkey!”

 

The Boston Fire and Casualty Insurance Company hire Jim to chaperone Frank Falcone, a police officer turned TV Writer, whose violent police show ‘Falcone’ is a big hit with the toy industry.  Franks meets with Augie, an old friend and the pair talks privately.  Jim asks what the informant wanted, but Frank will not tell and takes Jim to a snooker hall, starts a fight and runs off, with Jim in pursuit, but Jim is not in time to stop Frank from hospitalising his ex partner Hugh Wexler.  Frank spends the night in jail, and Jim is fired from the Insurance Company.  Next day two thugs try to kill Jim on the pier, forcing him to jump into the ocean.  Jim questions Frank as to what is going on, and Frank explains his informant and friend Augie has information that Wexler was in LA to assassinate a mystery witness. While Frank is entertained by Rocky (his number 1 fan) Jim looks into the alleged mystery witness but finds this is false.  Meanwhile Frank has gone to the toy company to learn that the Falcone toy line is to be dropped.  Frank and Jim go to finish the case – there is a contract out on someone, but it is Augie who is to be killed, and the two goons from the pier – Sammy Cassell and ‘Canning J Barlow’ are on their way to carry out the killing, Jim and Frank have to stop them…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

James Sikking

Jeff Seales

Nicholas Coster

Augie

James Murtaugh

Bob Parsons

Jerry Douglas

Hugh ‘Walt’ Wexler

And

Hector Elizondo

 

As Frank Falcone

Co-Starring

 

Louisa Moritz

Debbi

Patricia Donahue

Toy Board President

Hank Brandt

Police Captain

With

 

Joanna Lipari

Mrs Stern

Jenny Sherman

Linda

Derek Murcott

Abels

Marland Proctor

Clerk

Loni Ackerman

Brochure Girl

Dick Durlock

‘Canning J Barlow’ / ‘Axel Manning’

 

Sammy Cassell

§         Second appearance of Hector Elizondo in the series.  He and James Garner would reunite briefly in the late 1990’s medical series in the final episodes of Chicago Hope.

§         This is the second time we see Jim work for and be fired from Boston Fire and Casualty, the other instance being in The Queen of Peru.

§         Ironically in 2000, C.B.S produced a show called ‘Falcone’.  It was cancelled after 9 episodes, and little is known about it (information from TV Tome site).

§         Dialogue between Chapman and Dennis suggests Dennis is still a Sergeant and not a Lieutenant in this story, and therefore should be seen before Kill the Messenger.

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

THREE DAY AFFAIR WITH A THIRTY DAY ESCROW

Transmission

10 November 1978

Production No

51101

At the Tone…

Rockford? Alice, Phil's Plumbing. We're still jammed up on a job, so we won't be able to make your place. Use the bathroom at the restaurant one more night.

 

 

Produced By

David Chase

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

Ivan Dixon

 

 

Quote

“While you gain something, you also loose some things… ”

 

Jim is taken before some no-nonsense Arabs who want to know why Sean Innes hired him.  Under duress, Jim explains he was searching for Khedra Azziz, then escapes the Arabs and reports the incident to Lieutenant Chapman, who is not interested.  Jim breaks into Sean Innes’ apartment and finds a cheque written by Cy Margulies, the estate agent to the stars.  Posing as an agent for a celebrity Jim tries to get a line on Innes, but instead is shown around a luxury mansion.  When Ludes the thug tries to put Jim off, Jim learns Innes resides at Miriam’s - a lady friend.  Innes takes Jim to the Aziz home – the same mansion Jim was shown earlier.  They find Mr Mohammed Azziz dead, when Jim tires to report it Sean knocks him out and runs.  Chapman begins to take an interest in the case while Jim finds Innes back at Miriam’s.  Sean explains Margulies hires him to create adulterous divorces in rich couples so their rich homes have to be sold – by Margulies, for a grand profit.  The pair find Khedra staying with her maid, then Jim, Sean and Khedra are kidnapped, along with Margulies by the Arabs – who are actually Khedra’s family and put her on trial for adultery, find her guilty and take them to the airport to fly home and kill them all, put Jim has something up his sleeve…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Richard Romanus

Sean Innes

Robert Alda

Cy Margulies

Maria Grimm

Khedra Azziz

Gilbert Green

Talib

Joshua Bryant

Deputy Police Chief Gorman

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

And

Janis Paige

 

As Miriam

 

 

Andrew Masset

Ishag

Maurice Sherbanee

Interrogating Arab

Socorro Swan

Concepcion (Khedra’s Maid)

Richard Moll

Ludes

James Gavin

Pilot

 

§         Veteran actor Robert Alda is the father of Alan Alda; whose comedy show M*A*S*H was going gangbusters throughout the 1970’s.

§         Richard Romanus appears as Vincent Pengiunetti PI in A Blessing in Disguise. 

§         Second appearances by Gilbert Green (Requiem for a Funny Box) and Maurice Sherbanee (Prisoner of Rosemont Hall).

§         Dialogue between Chapman and Dennis suggests Dennis is still a Sergeant and not a Lieutenant in this story, and therefore should be seen before Kill the Messenger.  Production numbers suggest this was the first episode produced.

§         The picture that Jim is shown of Khedra and Sean at the beginning of the story is actually of Khedra and Sean at the end of the story!!

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

 

 

THE EMPTY FRAME

Transmission

17 November 1978

Production No

51114

At the Tone…

Jim, directions to the party. Left on Sagis you'll see a rock. Left, left again, right, another left, there's kind of a hill- keep going you'll probably see a bunch of cars.

 

 

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Corey Allen

 

 

Quote

“Mr Benz… that’s my little Mercedes”

 

”’C’ is for the community property you will be splitting.  ‘Y’ is for her youthful looks.  ‘N’ is for the nights you spent in Newport.  ‘T’ is for the telling of the wife.  ‘H’ is for the Home in Bel Air. ‘I’ is for the Interest for my Silence.  ‘A’ is for the Alimony you’ll be paying.  You want a name; Cynthia, anyway you say it is spells trouble.”

 

“I can’t go around ringing doorbells with some guy in a chequered coat!”

 

“Like who should I be saying is calling like, like ho are you here to see? 

“Like Angel Martin like!”

 

Johnny St Clair and Jeff Levane are giving a party in Aaron Kiel’s honour, as he becomes a Police Commissioner, so Lieutenant Chapman is present, as are Angel, Jim and Cynthia, Jim’s date.  The party is terrorised by three thieves who steal all the paintings owned by John and Jeff, take the trousers of the male guests and steal wallets and jewellery, and escape in a speedboat.  Jim and the police give chase, but the thieves escape in a helicopter.  Aaron demands that Angel reveals the names of the thieves.  Angel protests innocence and then blackmails his brother in law with the fact that Aaron was having an affair with Cynthia. 

John and Jeff hire Jim to recover the paintings worth two million dollars, because they were not insured and because the police are embarrassed to investigate.  Chapman turns all nice with Jim and joins Jim in Agoura, following a licence plate clue, but end up in a gun battle, where the thieves escape in a maroon Mercedes.  As a result Chapman is suspended.  A worried John tells Jim that Jeff is missing.  Jim and John find Jeff buried in the plot at Agoura.  Jim follows up Jeff’s involvement with the Berkley Club and learns that three Berkley activists committed the theft, and follows one, and a chase ensues…  meanwhile Angel is using his new found status as the brother in law of a Police Commissioner to exert influence as a discreet problem solver on the Mayor, local people and the District Attorney…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Stuart Margolin

As

Angel Martin

Richard Seff

Johnny St. Clair

Paul Carr

Jeff Levane

Jonathan Goldsmith (Jonathan Lippe)

Yossi Hendel

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

And

Dale Robinette

 

As David Jones

 

 

Milt Kogan

Aaron Kiel (Angel’s Brother in Law)

Troas Hayes

Carolyn Corkill

Marianne Bunch

Cynthia Daskin

Dennis Robertson

John Jeffries

Eddie Ryder

"Cat Eye" Wilson

Lee Delano

Captain Salducci

Michael J. London

Norman Deekur

Sonny Klein

Pritzer

Douglas Ryan

Finta

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         A good episode, full of excellent quotes – it was hard to pick the best one so I included them all!

§         First and only appearance of Angel’s brother in law Aaron Kiel.  Up to this point (and after this story) Aaron is only referred too.

§         We see Dennis’ Lieutenant’s office at the Hollywood Division for the first time - it is a room off to the side of the squad room, which in previous seasons did not exist.

§         Lieutenant Chapman gives us a little more into his background in this episode.  He was working in Parker Centre (the LAPD central Headquarters) as an assistant to a Deputy Chief in administration.  Bored, Doug was prepared to quit the police force and enter into the liquor business with his cousin when he was transferred to the Vice Squad (we knew he worked in Vice previously – see The Paper Palace), and then was transferred again to the Hollywood Division. 

This information is interesting in that (1) we did not learn this much about Lieutenant Diehl, and (2) character history is important in a show like this – particularly when it is as consistent as it here.

§         Jonathan Goldsmith appeared in The Aaron Ironwood School of Success, where he as credited as ‘Jonathan Lippe’.  In his appearances in TV shows in the 1980’s he is credited as ‘Goldsmith’.

§         Noah Beery does not feature in this episode.

 

 

BLACK MIRROR

Transmission

24 November 1978

Production No

51191

At the Tone…

Jim, I leave London four o'clock, arrive L.A. nine. I guess that's London time. Yeah, four to nine is five, minus twelve flying... no, plus twelve. Ah, but then there's a time change.

 

 

Produced by

David Chase

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

Arnold Laven

 

 

Quote

“My son should be so smart”

 

Jim meets Doctor Megan Dougherty at the beach, but she dismisses his advances.  Later she hires Jim, because she believes she is being terrorised by a psychotic who she does not seem to know.  Jim then discovers that Megan is blind, but still quite independent.  Megan cannot reveal private patient information so Jim is unable to help her and says he does not feel guilty, but goes to Dennis Becker stating he feels very guilty at being unable to help her.  Without her knowledge Jim follows Megan’s routine for a day, but nothing untoward happens until she gets home and finds her apartment rearranged.  While helping her put everything back as it was Jim finds a matchbox with Megan’s address written on it – it is a clue.  Jim looks into the writing on the box, by asking his friend Myron Katzin, a handwriting expert at National Detective Services, to analyse it.  At the same time Charlie Martell guards Megan, but at her office Charlie is confronted by the psychotic and almost killed…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Kathryn Harrold

Doctor Megan K. Dougherty

John Pleshette

Danny Green

Carl Franklin

Roger Orloff

Allan Arbus

Myron Katzin

Denny Miller

Norman

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

Alan Manson

Doctor Carl Rainer

Leo Gordon

Charles ‘Charlie’ Martell

John Howard

Mort

Peter Tomarken

Commercial Director

Thomas A. Geas

Maitre d'

Jack Garner

Janitor

Julia Ann Benjamin

Bonny

Wallace Earl

Myra

Melvin F. Allen

Mr Engel

Brian Cutler

Don Savio

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Kathryn Harrold’s portrayal of Megan Dougherty was a firm hit with fans, and she appears a further twice, in Love is the Word and Punishment and Crime.  Sadly she and Jim never quite work things out between themselves.

§         Allan Arbus occasionally appeared in M*A*S*H as Major Sidney Freedman, and so is the second actor to appear from that show.

§         Although he does not appear until part two, Alan Manson is credited as Doctor Rainer.

§         Leo Gorden returns as the forever-doomed bodyguard Charlie Martell in Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs.

§         There is reference to Jim’s mother in this story.  Apparently Mrs Rockford would not initially go out with Rocky, but things obviously turned out OK.  There is also mention of a former girlfriend of Jim’s named Susan Turley, who apparently is now heavier in weight and drinks  a quarter of vodka a day.  Nice dodge Jim…

§         There is a great exploration into relationships in this story.  Jim discusses with Dennis about opposites and asks if Dennis has met anyone like that; “yes but I don’t think you want to hear about it” he replies, and Jim works it out – Dennis means Peggy.

§         The music score in this episode takes a more sinister tone, particularly in the harassment scenes, almost like the old psychological thriller movies - probably the look that the writer David Chase was looking for.

 

 

BLACK MIRROR
(PART 2)

Transmission

24 November 1978

Production No

51192

At the Tone…

Rockford, Jake at the Sand Pebble. Sorry old buddy, but there have been gunshots around your place once too often. The neighbourhood association wants to have a talk with you.

 

 

Produced By

David Chase

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

Arnold Laven

 

 

Quote

“She won’t be identifying any witnesses”

 

Charlie is in hospital, in a critical state.  Dennis wants to review Megan’s patient files, but she won’t break confidence, so Jim follows through on some of her patients who were in the building when Charlie is stabbed.  One of her actor patients links the attack with one of her other patients Danny Green.  Jim investigates only to find that Danny Green is actually Jack Tetuska, a paid assassin, using an alias, but looks to be suffering from a split personality disorder.  Using Angel to call him on the telephone so Megan can confirm the voice she hears proves positive, but Jim is not convinced of the problem, believing it to be a rouse.  Megan cannot believe she was wrong about Tetuska, so Jim makes one final attempt to convince her, as Tetuska follows her on her way to work, and kidnaps her in the office elevator…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Kathryn Harrold

Doctor Megan K. Dougherty

John Pleshette

Jack Tetuska  - Danny Green’

Carl Franklin

Roger Orloff

Allan Arbus

Myron Katzin

Denny Miller

Norman

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

Alan Manson

Doctor Carl Rainer

Leo Gordon

Charles ‘Charlie’ Martell

John Howard

Mort

Peter Tomarken

Commercial Director

Thomas A. Geas

Maitre d'

Jack Garner

Janitor

Julia Ann Benjamin

Bonny

Wallace Earl

Myra

Melvin F. Allen

Mr Engel

Brian Cutler

Don Savio

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Kathyrn Harrold is not blind in real life.  In the other roles she has appearing in other shows (such as Judging Amy most recently) she is able to see.

§         Although he is credited, Allan Arbus does not appear as Myron in this episode.  He only appear in part one.

§         Leo Gorden returns as the forever-doomed bodyguard Charlie Martell in Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs.

§         The music score in this episode takes a more sinister tone, particularly in the harassment scenes, almost like the old psychological thriller movies – probably the look that the writer David Chase was looking for.

 

 

A FAST COUNT

Transmission

01 December 1978

Production No

51108

At the Tone…

Jim, you give Peg the two hundred for the painting. She owes me seventy and I owe you forty-six for the Christmas trees. Harry's still out sixty for the dinner, but at least it'll void that check.

 

 

Written By

Gordon Dawson

Directed By

Reza S. Badiyi

 

 

Quote

“I’m declaring war!”

 

Jim investigates when his friend Morry Hawthorne, a boxing manager is arrested by the FBI for bribing a federal official.  Jim owns 5% of Morry’s star boxer Jesuś Hernandez, who is sought to be purchased by Ruth Beetson-White, a well-known female cars salesperson from television.  Jim meets with the Federal official and learns the description of the man who delivered the bribe – a man named Tony Malavida.  Jim follows Malavida, who meets with a familiar face – but Jim can’t place him.  Later Jim attends a meeting between all of the Hernandez investors and Ruth Beetson White, who reveals Morry sold 200% of the fighter, therefore making Jim’s investment worth 2.5%.  Jim convinces the other investors not to sell.  Morry is later arrested on suspicion of the murder of Malavida and then has his boxing licence revoked.  Jim is then attacked outside Morry’s home by two thugs.  Next day Jim prevents Morry from selling his fighter to Ruth again.  This angers Ruth who meets with Jim over dinner to convince him to stay out of the case, but he refuses.  Later Jim while watching a Ruth Beetson-White Car commercial TV with Dennis, Jim spots Skip Laforce as the face who met with Malavida.  Jim impersonates at prospective employee at Beetson Motors but is spotted by the thugs and Laforce.  Jim narrowly escapes when he learns Morry is meeting Ruth at the gym to sell Jesuś.  Jim pieces the clues together and arrives just as Skip and the thugs arrive to kill Ruth and frame Morry for murder…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Ken McMillan

Morry Hawthorne (boxing manager)

Mary Frann

Ruth Beetson - White

Rocky Echevarria

Jesuś Hernandez

Lawrence Casey

Don White

 

 

Len Wayland

Homer Nelson

Bert Kramer

Skip Laforce

Carl Anderson

Tony Malavida

Woody Eney

F.I. Blassette

Don Starr

Bernard Caplan

John Kerry

Dixon

Fredric Franklyn

Priest

John Yates

2nd FBI Agent

Tamara Eliot

Secretary

Lisa-Marie Effler

Lucy

Rosa Turich

Mama Aguilar

 

§         The late Mary Frann previously appeared in Counter Gambit. 

§         A “Fast Count” is a boxing expression which means to count a person out too quickly, therefore giving an unfair advantage to the other boxer.   Once again the Rockford Files shows it’s flair for clever titles.

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

 

 

LOCAL MAN EATEN BY NEWSPAPER

Transmission

08 December 1978

Production No

51113

At the Tone…

Sonny, this message ain't for you, it's for me. I just want to remind myself to pick up the big ladder at the Paint Barn.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

Meta Rosenberg

 

 

Quote

“I don’t wish to complain fellas but twos company – fours the Rocketts

 

While looking into ‘The National Investigator’ a gossip newspaper for his client, Doctor Hagens, Jim is discovered and kicked out.  He reports to his client, who believes the newspaper broke into his office to obtain medical files on the celebrities he treats.  They go to his office and discover two new thieves, who shoot the Doctor.  The thieves are Augie Arno and Leo, who work for Johnny Bongard, a gangster, and whom Natalie Arno believes is dying of cancer based on a story in the National Investigator, but wants proof.   Dennis Becker and Jim investigate Whitbeck the editor of the newspaper, who then prints a story on Jim uncovering mistaken facts about his past and friends – including his time in jail for first degree murder!  Jim sees John Cooper, for legal advice, but Augie and Leo try to shoot Jim outside Coop’s office.  They discuss whether Jim has a case, but Coop believes that is pretty thin, as there reputations were not solid to begin with.  Two other men who also work for Johnny kidnap Jim and Coop from outside the Sandcastle.  He meets them at the cemetery where Augie and Leo try to kill Jim again; they miss Jim but kill Johnny.  Jim and Coop go through the mug books but figure out that the Newspaper did not commit the second robbery in Hagins office, but in fact by the pair who are trying to kill them.  Meanwhile Augie is lying low, but Leo finds out that the Newspaper is printing a retraction on the Johnny – cancer story, now the pair will be wanted for killing their boss.  The only thing left to do is destroy the evidence.  Jim and Coop con their way into the Newsroom to find out the reason they are victims of attempted murder, when Augie and Leo arrive – at the same time a mysterious fire begins, so a quick escape needs to be made… 

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker,

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Scott Marlowe

Augie Arno

Rose Gregorio

Natalie Arno

Joseph Hindy

Leo

Gianni Russo

Johnny Bongard

Kenneth Tigar

Jerry

Joe E. Tata

 

And

Bo Hopkins

 

As John Cooper

Special Guest Star

Scott Brady

 

Harold Witbeck

 

 

Pat Renella

Vincent

Harlee McBride

Monica

Dallas Mitchell

Doctor Hagens

Ed Crick

Ken McNaughton

Bill Cross

Security Guard

Marland Proctor

Policeman

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         This is Second appearance of Bo Hopkins as John Cooper, who always seems to get into the thick of things with Jim.

§         Scott Brady previously appeared in Gearjammers and The Trees, The Bees and T.T. Flowers. 

§         In case you did not know, Jim was imprisoned in San Quentin for five years for a crime he did not commit.  He was pardoned.  He was jailed for Armed Robbery, not for Murder – a statement which is libellous, but sadly a pointless legal pursuit due to the weight of evidence needed and the cost involved.

§         Gianni Russo appearance as a mafia boss in Dwarf in a Helium Hat.

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

WITH THE FRENCH HEEL BACK, CAN THE NEHRU JACKET BE FAR BEHIND?

Transmission

05 January 1979

Production No

51115

At the Tone…

Jim, Coop (John Cooper). I'm at the address you wrote down for the poker game tonight. This is a gas station, it's closed, there's no one around and now my car is stalled. Now, you got to call me at 4-6-6-3-*click*.

 

 

Written By

Rudolph Borchert

Directed By

Ivan Dixon

 

 

Quote

“Shopping always takes it out of me”

 

Jim receives a strange phone call from a former model girlfriend Carol Calcoat.  He finds her dead, and suspect’s murder, when the police arrive Officer Frank Dusenberg concludes it is a suicide.  At the same time celebrity model Conswalo Hooper is also murdered.  Jim meets Margaret ‘Alta’ Hatch, a friend of Carol’s, who also has suspicions about her death.  Next day Jim meets Carol and Margaret’s employer; Masters, an eccentric fashion designer, who has his own theories surrounding Carol’s death and hire Jim to investigate his rival Barruci.  Posing as ‘Jimmy Joe Meeker’ Jim goes to and is subsequently thrown out of, Barrucis.  Jim tries to convince Dennis Becker to reopen the case, but Dennis is engrossed in the Conswalo Hooper murder.  While talking Jim finds a medical clamp in amongst the items found at the Hooper murder scene.  That evening he is kidnapped, taken to a barn in the country, and while making his escape is shot in the leg.  After surgery Jim limps to the wake for Conswalo Hooper, and witnesses a fight between Masters and another rival.  When Jim questions Masters about his financial affairs, he runs away, then cancels his fashion show.  However, Mr Bancroft, Masters’ financial backer, is tough and forces Masters to put on the show, which is awful – no one likes his “anti-septic clean look” of models in specially designed hospital uniforms, but it gives Jim the link to Carol and Conswalo’s murder, so the chase is on…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Rene Auberjonois

Masters

Erin Gray

Margaret "Alta" Hatch

W.K. Stratton

Detective Frank Dusenberg

And

Marisa Pavan

 

Sophia

 

 

Howard Witt

Bancroft

Christopher DeRose

Luigi

Chris Palmer

Carol Calcoat

Jim B. Smith

Officer Kline

John Zenda

Security Chief

Albert Carrier

Monty

Marguerite Ray

Margo

Michael Des Barres

Keith

Frank Castellano

Pietro

Sandra DeBruin

Nurse

Suzanne Copeland

Girl

 

§         Erin Gray played Colonel Wilma Deering in Buck Rogers and is the third person to appear from that show

§         Rene Auberjonois starred in the movie version of M*A*S*H, but is better recognised as Constable Odo in Star Trek Deep Space Nine.  He is the second Star Trek regular (from any genre) to appear on the show.

§         Michael Des Barres occasionally stared in MacGyver as the murderous Murdoc, but is also known for other guest star roles.

§         This is the second and final appearance of Frank Dusenberg (W.K. Stratton – who makes one more appearance in season six).

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

§         Although his voice is heard on the answer phone at the beginning, Bo Hopkins does not appear in this story as John Cooper.

 

 

THE BATTLE - AX AND THE EXPLODING CIGAR

Transmission

12 January 1979

Production No

51104

At the Tone…

Miss Hollroy, City Federal.  Your lost check still hasn't arrived.  It's impossible for us to lose checks, so unless we receive full payment by noon today we'll foreclose.

 

 

Teleplay By

Rogers Turrentine

Story By

 

Mann Rubin

Michael Wagner

Directed By

Ivan Dixon

 

 

Quote

“With any luck this guys gonna eat it for all of us…”

 

Jim is driving himself and a man named Potrankis in a car from Las Vegas, when they are pulled over by the police and guns are discovered in the trunk of the car – which happens to be stolen.  Agent Spelling of the FBI questions Jim while ATF Agent Musia questions Potrankis, borrowing an unauthorised secretary named Stacy Hutchins to take notes.  NIA agent Donnegan observes the interrogation and takes Stacy away when she concludes.  The whole thing looks very suspicious to Mrs Eleanor Bateman – the head of the steno-pool, and when she questions Donnegan on Stacy’s whereabouts he attempts to have her abducted.  Jim meanwhile learns that all evidence of Potrankis being arrested has vanished and Jim is the only one in the frame for the gun bust.  Potankis is the subject of an NIA investigation concerning ‘Cigars’.  Jim meets Mrs Bateman and they investigate where Stacy is and what is going on and stumble onto the fact that ‘Cigars’ are a euphemism – for Guns and that the NIA are selling and shipping out guns that night on a boat, which means all the evidence which could clear Jim will sail away too.  Jim vows to stop them using Mrs Bateman and the help of the FBI and ATF agents who have been following them…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Marge Redmond

Mrs Eleanor Bateman

Lane Smith

CIA Agent Donnegan

Dawson Mays

ATF Agent Tony Musia

Mary-Nancy Burnett

Jill

And

Glenn Corbett

As

FBI Agent Spelling

 

 

Lindsay V. Jones

Susan

Antonie Becker

Stacy Hutchins

Sully Boyar

Bernard L. Petrankus

Roscoe Burn

Tallafero

James McAlpine

1st Policeman

Dennis Holahan

Agent Kaiser

Joe Bratcher

2nd Policeman

Bob O'Connell

Colonel Huxley

Kirk Mee

Agent Pearce

John Trujillo

Deputy

Charles Weldon

Watkins

Mitzi Hoag

Margaret

 

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

§         Jim refers to John Cooper in this story as his lawyer, but Coop explained in The Jersey Bounce he is a disbarred attorney so cannot represent Jim in the same way as a lawyer can, he can only counsel.  Coop doesn’t appear in this story anyway.

§         This story features the strange gimmick of typing the time, and location of scenes in a military fashion.  This is the only occasion it is done, and while it works on The X Files it doesn’t work here and proves to be pretty annoying.

 

 

GUILT

Transmission

19 January 1979

Production No

51117

At the Tone…

Jimmy, Angel. Listen, Eddie Talliferro just gave me a hot tip on a class filly in the eighth out at Holly Park. Only trouble is I need twenty.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“Well it’s all over now, and that’s what counts…”

 

Val Pointer is walking her dog when a man tries to kill her, but only gets the dog.  She calls her former fiancée Jim Rockford for help, and Jim attempts to investigate the crime following a lead through her tennis club.  Rocky is really pleased that Jim is seeing Val again, but Jim has had feeling of guilt since their split – because Val tried to kill herself, and now plays on these feelings of guilt for help.  Jim meets one of Val’s interior design clients Joe Zakarian who are very threatening, and also meets Eric Genther her son in law who is presently estranged from his wife – Val’s daughter.  Jean Ludwig tries to hire Jim on a out of town job, he refuses but is suspicious so follows her, but she escapes in her fast Porshe.  After a meal Jim takes Val home when a second attempt is made to kill her.  Jim follows the trail of the Porshe and finds Jean Ludwig alias Sandy Ludmer, and learns she knows Eric Genther through her Helicopter lessons and his coach is the man who tried to kill val.  Jim finds Eric, and learns the idea as to scare Val so that her daughter would return with his children from out of the state. They travel to the airfield where the chopper chases them to an explosive end…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Pat Crowley

Valerie Poynter

Ted Shackelford

Eric Genther

Rita Gam

Cynthia Zakarian

Robert Quarry

Joe Zakarian

Elisabeth Brooks

Jean Ludwig / Sandy Ludmer

Eldon Quick

Norman Singleton

Timothy Wayne

Allen Hough

James Lough

Brian Tegg

Ben Young

Mr Goldstone

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

Al Stevenson

L.J

 

§         Ted Shackelford is the third Dallas and Knots Landing regular to appear on the show.

§         While most episodes guide credit Valerie as ‘Valerie Pointer’, a sign in front of her interior designer office clearly says ‘Interiors by Poynter’.

§         Pat Crowley starred in The Man from UNCLE pilot film Solo.

§         Although his voice is heard on the answer phone, Stuart Margolin is not credited as featuring in this episode.

 

 

THE DEUCE

Transmission

25 January 1979

Production No

51118

At the Tone…

Mr. Rockford, Arthur's Hi-Fi. Your stereo is ready, but since your warranty expired in the two months it was in our shop, you'll have to pay the $60 on the repair.

 

 

Written By

Gordon Dawson

Directed By

Bernard McEveety

 

 

Quote

“He does seem like a flake…”

 

Jim serves on a Jury in the second-degree murder trial of a drunk driver.  Unconvinced, Jim has the Jury hung, to everyone’s despair and is then employed to investigate the crime on behalf of the defendant George Bassett.  Jim looks at the victim’s apartment and meets her ‘sister’ who is uninterested in finding the truth.  Jim looks at the victim’s car and works out what happened; George was cleverly framed.  He meets George’s public defender, and the District Attorney who threatens Jim off the case.  Jim also meets with the victim’s employers – a law firm of two brothers and meets the villains who framed George in the first place…  They try to kill Jim and trick George into driving a broken down car to Deckers Point; a steep cliff so they can kill him…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Mills Watson

George Bassett

Margaret Blye

Bonnie Pruitt

Sharon Spelman

Karen Hathaway

Richard Kelton

Norman Wheeler

Patricia Hindy

Fran Bassett

Robert Sampson

Arthur Horvath

Edward Walsh

Van Sickle

Joe Maross

Al Corbett

James Karen

Martin Horvath

Ray Stewart

Judge

Michael O'Dwyer

Pete Johnson

Ed McCready

Bartender

Nancy Bond

Juror

Frank Downing

Jury Foreman

 

§         Reappearances by Mills Watson and Sharon Spellman, who both appeared previously in the show.

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin or Joe Santos, although Jim does contact Dennis by telephone in the Bar scene.

 

 

THE MAN WHO SAW THE ALLIGATORS

Transmission

10 February 1979

Production No

51197

At the Tone…

Mr Rockford, you know what to do if you are attacked and killed? Ask for Albert Kimcee at grand opening of Happy Dawn School of Secret Arts. Win free lesson.

 

 

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

Corey Allen

 

 

Quote

“”

 

Angel does his pal Jimmy another favour by blabbing the detective's hideout to a crazed syndicate thug who is hellbent on killing him.

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

George Loros

Anthony Boy Gagglio

Luke Andreas

Syl

Sharon Acker

Adrianna Danielli

Joey Aresco

Richie Gagglio

Joseph Sirola

Joseph Minette

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

William Bronder

Buster Hutchins

Dehl Berti

Eddie Whitefeather

Penny Santon

Ma Gagglio

Joseph Perry

Murf Guellow

Howard Honig

IRS. Auditor Berra

Noel Conlon

Congressman Hartschorn

Julie Parrish

Jeanie

Michael J. London

Chin Jake

Lavina Dawson

Conchetta

Marc Bentley

Ethan

Raymond O'Keefe

Jake Sands

 

§         A Ninety Minute episode

§         The events in this story are directly linked to the double episode To Protect and Serve, a story from the third season in which the characters Anthony Boy and Syl first appear.  George Loros and Luke Andreas have both made appearances in the show since the third season, and this is Luke Andreas’ second appearance this season (see The Jersey Bounce).

§         Please note that to date, I have never seen this episode, hence the absence of a quote and synopsis.

 

 

RETURN OF THE BLACK SHADOW

Transmission

17 February 1979

Production No

51119

At the Tone…

Jim, this is Florence Boyle, you worked for my husband last month in Glendale. You were so helpful then, and, well I have a problem of my own I'd like to discuss. Confidentially, of course.

 

 

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“No silly; the theory of relativity is all about in-laws!”

 

Jim is taking Gail Cooper on a date; deep sea fishing, when they encounter a motorcycle gang who get annoyed when Jim sounds his car horn at them.  When they stop at a gas station the Rattlers Motorcycle gang come back and beat Jim up and then take the Firebird – with Gail in it – and into the hills.  Jim chases them in the gas station truck   and finds Gail beaten and raped.  Jim takes on the twenty-strong gang and looses… 

John Cooper rushes to the hospital to see his sister Gail and friend Jim.  Gail is in psychological trauma while Jim has broken ribs.  Coop vows revenge and obtains information about the gang from Jim and Lieutenant Dennis Becker.  Coop then digs out his old motorcycle from his days as a member of the Vincent Black Shadow Gang and meets up with the Rattlers who include Animal, and their leader Whispering Willie Green.  Coop learns the gang are going to destroy the staff picnic of the ‘Billybob’ Catering Company – a company ran by retired Rattlers, all of whom know Willie Green.  Feeling guilty, Jim leaves hospital to help his friend and they catch the gang, and the ringleader Willie Green – and John gets the chance to extract his revenge by hitting Willie, but also gets justice as Dennis Becker arrests Willie and the Rattlers….

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Paul Koslo

‘Whispering’ Willie Green

Dennis Burkley

Thomas ‘Animal’ Nicholas

And

Special Guest Star

Bo Hopkins

 

 

As

John Cooper

Co-Starring

 

Laurie Jefferson

Gail Cooper

Andy Jerrell

Phil Denkas

Jerry Ayes

Robert Greis

Noah Keen

Doctor Greenberg

With

 

Paul Mace

Chester "Festus" Blake

Jack Garner

Gas Station Attendant

Sandra DeBruin

Nurse

Scott Walker

Hilliard

 

§         Final appearance of Bo Hopkins as John Cooper in a show that is clearly geared around him.  It is a brilliant performance by Bo Hopkins and must be his personal favourite episode. We learn here that John is a West Virginia Law School Graduate, as well as being a member of the Vincent Black Shadow biker gang, which he joined after his parents were killed.

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

 

 

A MATERIAL DIFFERENCE

Transmission

24 February 1979

Production No

51116

At the Tone…

Jim, Joel Myers at Crowell, Finch and Merriwether. We're going to court tomorrow with that Penrose fraud case, but steno misplaced your 200-page deposition. Could you come down tonight and give it again?

 

 

Written By

Rogers Turrentine

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“I want to know why two of the Lords messengers just used a thirty-eight to put the fear of God in me!”

 

Angel is pulling a new swindle; he poses as ‘Mister Jones’ who hires himself out as a hit man for $10,000 – half in advance.  He meets a Cowboy for his first gig, but never does the job.  The whole meeting is caught on film and viewed by Russian agents.  In the film Angel is met by Jim who makes fun of his appearance.    Later two men posing as lay preachers try to take Jim at gunpoint while searching for Angel, and when Jim catches up with Angel he is annoyed to learn about the swindle.  They go to Angel’s victim’s workshop but Angel finds the victim – a man named Kramer dead.  They leave but are spotted by a witness who reports them to the police.  Eventually Angel confesses to Jim about the death of Kramer, but by then it is too late, because the pair are now wanted for murder.  They search for the connection between Kramer, the preachers and two men who break into Rocky’s and steal all his blue denim jeans.  Meanwhile US Naval Intelligence is aided by the LAPD as part of a separate investigation involving national security and Angel Martin the hitman

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Michael McGuire

Barnard

Joshua Bryant

Holt

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

David Tress

Bert

Rod Browning

Leonard

Michael Aldredge

Dobson

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

John Davey

Cowboy

Donald Bishop

Randolph

Phil Chambers

Old Man

Alex Rodine

1st Man

Ari Barak

2nd Man

Ron McCabe

Patrolman

Vance Davis

Cop

Lidia Kristen

Woman

Cynthia Nigh

Receptionist

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Jim and Angel are on the run again.  This is a rare occasion where you see Jim commit physical violence toward Angel for involving Jim in another scam - it’s a beautiful scene.

§         The actors voice’s are clearly dubbed over, using ‘Bronkbusters’ to replace another unknown word.  (Watch and watch again and you will see what I mean)

 

 

NEVER SEND A BOY KING TO DO A MAN'S JOB

Transmission

03 March 1979

Production No

51198

At the Tone…

Mr Rockford, Miss Collins from the Bureau of Licenses. We got your renewal before the extended deadline, but not your check. I'm sorry, but at midnight you're no longer licensed as an investigator.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“My father just doesn’t use Jewish idioms”

 

Mr Brockleman is violently forced to sign over his printing business to Harold Jack Combs for a fraction of its price.  When his son, Ritchie Brockleman PI hears of this, he vows revenge, so turns to his friend Jim Rockford for help.  Jim is not really willing to assist in operating a swindle on Combs, because it would be too difficult, but soon a plan is hatched and the pair employs various other con artists as players in their charade –including Angel Martin, Fredrick Doyle and Odette Lepandu.  Jim poses as ‘Jimmy Joe Meeker’, and challenges Combs to a motor race, betting Comb’s special race car.  Jim wins and soon Combs comes after him, stumbling into the Egyptian King exhibit that ‘Meeker’ is financing.  Using Ritchie’s Doctor character to illicit information and with the help of Odette, posing as an Egyptian attaché, Combs is desperate to become involved.  The problem is he wants to see the museum but Doyle, posing as the curator, cannot get access to the curator’s office…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Robert Webber

Harold Jack Coombs

Trisha Noble

Odette Lepandu

Pepper Martin

Harry Steel

Gary Crosby

Larry Litrell

David Hooks

Fredrick Doyle

And

Stuart Margolin

 

as Angel

Special Guest Star

Harold Gould

 

Mr Brockelman

Kim Hunter

Mrs Brockelman

And

Special Appearance By

Dennis Dugan

 

 

As

Richie Brockelman

 

 

Salt Walther

Vern

Stanley Brock

Cowboy Mickey Martell

Jack Collins

‘Doctor’ Wetherford

Todd Martin

Nesbitt / ‘Robert Wendkos

Stephanie Hankinson

Toulie

Bob Basso

Auctioneer

Danny Ades

Egyptian Consul

Michelle Hart

Maggie

Jennifer Holmes

 

Jack Garner

1st Workman

John Wyche

Museum Guard

Robert Ward

2nd Workman B.J

Shirley Anthony

Receptionist

 

§         Second appearance by Dennis Dugan as young PI, Ritchie Brockelman, whose own series had long since been cancelled.

§         Robert Webber makes his fourth and final guest appearance in the show.

§         Trisha Noble had a small role in episode 1 of George Lucas’ Star Wars; The Phantom Menace.

§         Joe Santos does not feature in this episode.  

§         This episode provides James Garner with the great opportunity to play a Maverick character (in the guise of Jimmy Joe Meeker) as well as pay homage to Grand Prix as he races cars.

§         The episode title (Never Send A Boy King To Do A Man's Job) has a brilliant and cryptic meaning:  The ‘Boy King’ was Tutankhamen – the subject of the Egyptian exhibit in the con, but the Boy King in this story is also young Richie Brockelman, who is trying to help his father (“the King”) by regaining some of his lost business’s worth.  There is also the fact that Ritchie (the Boy) was prepared to go ahead with a con without Jim (the Man), but Jim insists on taking over and executing the con.  A very clever title for a very enjoyable story by Juanita Bartlett.

 

 

NEVER SEND A BOY KING TO DO A MAN'S JOB
(PART 2)

Transmission

03 March 1979

Production No

51199

At the Tone…

Jim, Denny from Denny's Pest Blasters. Got a great deal for ya. We'll rub out your rodents at a tremendously low cost. So call us, we're in the Yellow Pages and we mean business.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“There is something wrong in a con when the main players get beat up by the mark”

 

Doyle comes up with the solution to talk to Combs in the existing Egyptian exhibit in the museum.  Showing Combs phoney account books, Combs forces his way into the deal and kicks ‘Meeker’ out, paying him one dollar in cash.  Soon, the characters begin dying of suffocation and strangulation; beginning with ‘Meeker’s’ financial backer, Doyle’s curator, Ritchie’s Doctor, and finally Jimmy Joe dies in the middle of a restaurant.  Combs is superstitious, and believes it is the curse of the Egyptian King and pays Odette forty thousand dollars to break free of the phoney deal.  Odette has arranged to bring the cheque to the Brockleman home, but she is strangely delayed …

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Robert Webber

Harold Jack Coombs

Trisha Noble

Odette Lepandu

Pepper Martin

Harry Steel

Gary Crosby

Larry Litrell

David Hooks

Fredrick Doyle

And

Stuart Margolin

 

as Angel

Special Guest Star

Harold Gould

 

Mr Brockelman

Special Guest Star

Kim Hunter

 

Mrs Brockelman

And

Special Appearance By

Dennis Dugan

 

 

As

Richie Brockelman

 

 

Salt Walther

Vern

Stanley Brock

Cowboy Mickey Martell

Jack Collins

‘Doctor’ Wetherford

Todd Martin

Nesbitt / ‘Robert Wendkos

Stephanie Hankinson

Toulie

Bob Basso

Auctioneer

Danny Ades

Egyptian Consul

Michelle Hart

Maggie

Jennifer Holmes

 

Jack Garner

1st Workman

John Wyche

Museum Guard

Robert Ward

2nd Workman B.J

Shirley Anthony

Receptionist

 

§         Joe Santos does not feature in this episode.  

§         Shirley Anthony played the frequent confessor Sally in the Rockford movies

·         The special feature length broadcast version skips the scene in the museum where Frederick Doyle is talking to the security guard while keeping Toullie, Ritchie and Combs waiting.  There is clear break between the end of Part 1 and the beginning of Part 2, because the Part 2 format features this scene during which the starring credits a shown

 

 

A DIFFERENT DRUMMER

Transmission

13 April 1979

Production No

51120

At the Tone…

Jim, this is Andrea at Todd's Food Mart. Listen, there's a guy down here by the name of Angel Martin whose charge $110 worth of groceries to your account. Is that okay with you?

 

 

Produced By

Juanita Bartlett

Written By

Rudolph Borchert

Directed By

Reza S. Badiyi

 

 

Quote

“Your time is my time; my time is your time…”

 

After Jim is injured in a road accident caused by two violent drunk drivers, he is taken to hospital where he believes he witnesses an organ transplant on a patient who looks to be alive, but was declared dead.  Concerned, Jim investigates the surgeon Lee Yost, and becomes friendly with him by attending sports games.  Jim is then shot at home, and almost killed while travelling home from a party at Yost’s residence.  Jim looks into Yost’s history and learns Yost was a mental case from the army, and suffers from no morals and now is in charge of a foundation, which donates organs to wealthy patients – the problem is that the donors are usually still alive, and Yost’s secretary is registered as a donor, but she has no idea of this fact…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

John Considine

Doctor Lee Yost

Jesse Welles

Sorel Henderson

Walter Brooke

Doctor Bosca

Carmen Argenziano

Dunes

And

Reni Santoni

 

As Perry

 

 

Lesley Woods

Lucy Grange

Harlan Warde

Evan Grange

Patrick Culliton

Patrolman

Anne Bellamy

Nurse

Will Gill Jr.

Orderly

 

§         The story clearly sets out to make a public message regarding organ donations and the importance of having a donor card.

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.