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THE

ROCKFORD

FILES

DEFINITIVE EPISODE Guide

 

 

Season SIX, 1979 - 1980

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Executive Producer

Meta Rosenberg

Supervising Producers

Stephen J. Cannell

Chas. Floyd Johnson

Produced by

Juanita Bartlett

Created by

Roy Huggins

Stephen J. Cannell

 

 

Executive Story Consultant:

Juanita Bartlett

Director of Photography

Andrew Jackson A.S.C

Associate Producer

John David

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 Emmy

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

 


 

PARADISE COVE

Transmission

28 September 1979

Production No

53801

At the Tone…

Jim, this is Cal of the Leave The Whales Alone Club.  Our protest cruise leaves from the pier Saturday at 3 AM. The whales need you, Jim.

 

 

Supervising Producers

Stephen J. Cannell

Chas. Floyd Johnson

Produced By

Juanita Bartlett

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

Stephen J. Cannell

 

 

Quote

“Lock, stock and a barrel of rum”

 

The Rockford’s are having a particularly bad month; Rocky has his leg in plaster, Jim recently lost a lawsuit against a fellow resident C.C Calloway and Court Auditor Althea Morgan appears to take inventory of Jim’s possessions.  She accompanies Jim to the bi-annual Paradise Cove Residents Committee Meeting where C.C Calloway puts forward a case to evict Jim from the Cove.  Althea elects Jim to be the Cove Residents Security, which they duly accept.  While doing his rounds Jim stumbles into three men digging around the beach hot dog stand, who attack him and Jim crashes the Firebird while chasing them.  With Angel’s help Jim begins to investigate C.C Calloway, the former Malibu Sheriff and finds an old news story about a shootout at the Cove fifty years earlier related to smuggling stolen whiskey and gold bullion.  Angel visits Jim with more news, but runs into the three men who attack him and Jim chases them again in Angels car without success, but gets clue to where they came from; Hill Haven Hospital, whose resident Roscoe Ragland was involved in the Cove shootout previously.  Jim then deals with C.C and solves the case of the missing gold bullion – it’s under his trailer… 

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Mariette Hartley

Althea Morgan

Leif Ericson

Carl Colton ‘C.C.’ Calloway

Byron Morrow 

John ‘Mac’ McLinton

Frederick Herrick

Cliff Calloway

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

Christine Avila

Nurse

John Davey  

Rudy

Raymond O'Keefe

Jake Sands

Branscombe Richmond

Frankie Reva

Jerry Summers

Mick Jarrow

Tony Brubaker

Kermit Wilson

Peter Brocco  

Roscoe Ragland

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

  • This is the second time that we see Jim move his trailer, albeit this time he only moves it a few feet.
  • The ‘C C’ in Calloway’s names stands for ‘Carl Colton’, but his moniker as a sheriff in the 1920’s was ‘Come with the Cash’
  • James Garner and Marriette Hartley starred together in a number of Polaroid commercials throughout the 1970’s.
  • Mariette Hartley was nominated for an Emmy award for this episode; in the same year that Alan Alda won the best writer Emmy for his M*A*S*H episode ‘Inga which guest starred Mariette Hartley.
  • Lief Erickson starred in sixties western series The High Chaparral.
  • Out of all my favourite episodes this is my number 1 favourite.

 

 

LIONS, TIGERS, MONKEYS AND DOGS

(PART 1)

Transmission

12 October 1979

Production No

53898

At the Tone…

This is Betty Frenell. I don't know who to call, but I can't reach my Food-Aholics partner. I'm a Vito's on my second pizza with sausage and mushroom. Jim, come and get me.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“Brain surgery isn’t for everyone”

 

Jim takes Linda Hassler for dinner at an expensive restaurant, but despite them having a reservation Henry, the owner won’t allow them to sit.  Then the Princess Irene Rachevsky and her party arrives, and Henry goes to seat them – but Jim protests, and he is seated, next to the kitchen.  Jim sends the Princess a bottle of wine, but Jim’s dining is ruined.  Later that evening, the Princess takes her good friend Kendall back to her hotel.  As Kendall gets out of the Limousine, someone almost runs her down.  The next day the Princess hires Jim to protect Kendall, and invites him to a costume ball that afternoon on Blake Sternlights boat.  Dressed as a scholar, Jim foils another attempt on Kendall’s life by a mysterious figure dressed as a Friar.  Jim takes Kendall home, but first stops at Escabado’s, Jim favourite eatery, but August Fairfield brings a party of friends, and Jim is forced to eat with them.    Next day, Kendall brings a picnic to the trailer, but Jim is investigating the mystery Friar, so Kendall offers to help by taking Jim to the costume shop where guests of the Sternlight party were instructed to go, and discover the identity of the mystery Friar – a local bartender.  Jim finds the bartender at a drinks conference, and when he spots Jim he runs, ending up on the roof and failing off the roof…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Lauren Bacall

 

as

Kendall Warren

Dana Wynter

Princess Irene Rachevsky

Ed Nelson

Blake Stenlight

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

Corrine Michaels

Linda Hassler

Michael Lombard

August Fairfield

Christopher Thomas

Freddie Danzig

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

Jack Garner

Captain McEnroe

Robert Dunlap

Repairman Craik

Jon Cedar

Peter Pantazzi

Roger Til

Henri Tayir

Abel Franco

Max Escobedo

Paul Marin

Attorney Eyler

Shirley Anthony

Bren Dagley

Michael Des Barres

Gordon Flack

Charles Picerni

Richard Soderling

Douglas Ryan

2nd Partygoer

Harold Ayer

Minister

Julie Parrish

Donna Soderling

Ivan Saric

Maitre d'

Melody Thomas

Sherry

Nicholas Worth

1st Partygoer

Wally Taylor

Policeman

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Lauren Bacall, famous star of screen and the wife of Humphrey Bogart, was nominated for an Emmy award for this episode.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

LIONS, TIGERS, MONKEYS AND DOGS
PART II

Transmission

12 October 1979

Production No

53899

At the Tone…

Jim, this is Janelle. I'm flying tonight so I can't make our date. But I've got to find a safe place for Daffy. He loves you, Jim. It's only two days and you'll see, Great Danes are no problem.

 

 

Written By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“Polo Ponies!”

 

Jim returns home, not wanting to explain his investigation to the police, but the police collect Jim and put him in an identity parade where a technician at the conference identifies Jim.  Lieutenant Chapman is more interested in arresting Jim than understating the facts, but luckily Rocky has alerted the Princess and Kendall to the situation, so Jim is released.  With their still being a risk for Kendall, Jim looks into the bartender’s funeral and after a visit to a florist with Kendall, they learn that Joseph Minette, a gangster sent flowers to the funeral.  Minette telephones Jim and they meet at his factory.  Jim takes Charlie Martell as his bodyguard but Charlie is knocked unconscious and Jim has his sleeves sewn together.  Jim reports this, and with Kendall follows Minette home, where they witness his death by poisoning.  Once again they appears at Lieutenant Chapman’s office, so Jim takes Kendall to Rocky’s, where another murder attempt is made, by August Fairfield.  In custody he claims the Princess ordered him to do it, because she was suing him for libel.  The Princess denies this, but later convinces her partner Freddie Danzig to kill Kendall, and lures her to their old college at Semi Valley.  Jim stops Freddie just in time, and it is apparent that the Princess has serious problems.  Later, Rocky wants Jim to continue to see Kendall, referring to her as part of the family…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker,

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Lauren Bacall

 

as

Kendall Warren

Dana Wynter

Princess Irene Rachevsky

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

Corrine Michaels

Linda Hassler

Michael Lombard

August Fairfield

Christopher Thomas

Freddie Danzig

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

Jack Garner

Captain McEnroe

Robert Dunlap

Repairman Craik

Paul Marin

Attorney Eyler

T. Miratti

Paul Juliano Jr

Shirley Anthony

Bren Dagley

Michael Des Barres

Gordon Flack

Douglas Ryan

2nd Partygoer

Harold Ayer

Minister

Alfred Dennis

Paul Juliano Sr

Ivan Saric

Maitre d'

Melody Thomas

Sherry

Nicholas Worth

1st Partygoer

Wally Taylor

Policeman

Carmine Caridi

Tommy Minette

Leo V. Gordon

Charles Martel

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Lauren Bacall, famous star of screen and the wife of Humphrey Bogart, was nominated for an Emmy award for this episode.

§         Leo Gordon makes a second appearance was Charles Martel, the bodyguard Jim previously hired in Black Mirror.  In fact Jim and Charlie may be discussing this case as his previous job for Jim, which resulted in Charlie’s months in hospital.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

ONLY ROCK 'N' ROLL WILL NEVER DIE

(PART 1)

Transmission

19 October 1979

Production No

53802

At the Tone…

(Sung) We're down at Hennesy's Bar, Jim, having a drink or two. You better get down here quick, Jim, or we'll probably take up your stool!

 

 

Supervising Producers

Juanita Bartlett

Stephen J. Cannell

Produced By

David Chase

Chas. Floyd Johnson

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“If you don’t know what holds the moon in space, then a lovesick fool is all you’ll ever be”

 

Eddie Lopresti recommends his friend Jim to rock star Tim Ritchie for work on a missing person’s case; locate Brian Charles for $2000 a week.  Eddie is supposed to join Jim, but is distracted by journalist Whitney Cox, and so looks around Brian’s home alone.  While there, a mystery person hits Jim on the head with a rock.  Jim and Eddie go to the recording centre where Brian worked, and learn Brian was a drug user.  They also learn Brian was seeing a Japanese Country and Western Star.  Posing as ‘Jimmy Joe Meeker’ Jim meets the Japanese star and her manager, to discover the movements of Brian, but learns Brian was involved with Evergreen management – owned by Bernie Seldon, a local mobster.  Jim goes to Tim Ritchie’s Court Settlement hearing to drop the case, and, while leaving the court Jim meets Whitney again along will Alain and Honore Florio, witnesses in the trial.   Drunk, Eddie visits Jim to moan and whine about Jim quitting the case; as a result Eddie was fired.  Jim offers to take Edie for drinks at the sandcastle, but the pair are shot by a mystery figure – Eddie in the arm, and Jim in the leg…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Kristoffer Tabori

Tim Richie

Marcia Strassman

Whitney Cox

George Loros

Eddie Lopresti

And

Lenny Baker

 

As Ronny Martz

 

 

Stanley Brock

Bernie Seldon

Leigh Christian

Diane Bjornstrom

Jean Paul Vignon

Alain Florio

Fred Carney

Mitchell Robinson

Michael Champion

Dwight Deleau

Jan Marie Teige

Julie Immelman

Laura Lee Teige

Jody Immelman

Alain Chappuis

Honore Florio

Jack Garner

Captain McEnroe

Marion Yue

Chiyoko Takai

Jesse Dizon

Jerry Ito

Laurie Lea

Lindy Jones

Cathryn O'Neil

Schaefer Secretary

Charles Rowe

Anchorman

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Marcia Strassman appears again in Friends and Foul Play.

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

 

 

ONLY ROCK 'N' ROLL WILL NEVER DIE
PART II

Transmission

26  October 1979

Production No

53806

At the Tone…

Jimmy, this is Dora. I'm gonna move in with the kids, but I'll sure miss you, dear. Thank you for taking out the garbage every week. I'll send you a card for your birthday

 

 

Supervising Producers

Juanita Bartlett

Stephen J. Cannell

Produced By

David Chase

Chas. Floyd Johnson

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“Did you attend your High School Reunion?”

“No, no I was in prison at the time…”

 

Having returned from the hospital Jim moves out of his trailer and visits Ritchie to demand an explanation.  The truth is that Brian Charles was ripping off Tim Ritchie’s ‘Butter Records’ label with Evergreen management.  Jim visits Whitney, having learned that she blew Jim’s cover at Evergreen, so with Lieutenant Dennis Becker in tow, Bernie Seldon is questioned, but denies all knowledge of the shootings.   Over dinner Jim lets slip to Whitney about Eddie’s feelings for her, then the trio piece the clues together that although Brian Charles was packed up to leave the country, his garden was dug over.  They realise Brian is buried in his own garden and that is where they find him.  When the TV News announces Seldon’s arrest and discovery of the body, Jim goes to receive his fee from Ritchie, and has a deep conversation in Ritchie’s private thinking room.  Based on things Ritchie said, items on the court settlement on TV and where Brian Charles had been in the past months, Jim stumbles on to the fact that the Florio brothers perjured their evidence for Diane Bjornstrom (Tim’s former romantic partner).  At the same time Whitney works out the same.  Eddie and Jim race to Whitney’s rescue because the Florio brothers are desperate and dangerous.  At the expense of his Firebird, Jim catches the brothers.  Days later Jim learns from Whitney that her relationship with Eddie didn’t work out, due to Whitney’s obsession with Ritchie - she tells Jim that Eddie was not Tim Ritchie, but ironically, Tim Ritchie was not Tim Ritchie either…

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Kristoffer Tabori

Tim Richie

Marcia Strassman

Whitney Cox

George Loros

Eddie Lopresti

And

Lenny Baker

 

As Ronny Martz

 

 

Stanley Brock

Bernie Seldon

Leigh Christian

Diane Bjornstrom

Jean Paul Vignon

Alain Florio

Fred Carney

Mitchell Robinson

Michael Champion

Dwight Deleau

Jan Marie Teige

Julie Immelman

Laura Lee Teige

Jody Immelman

Alain Chappuis

Honore Florio

Laurie Lea

Lindy Jones

Cathryn O'Neil

Schaefer Secretary

Charles Rowe

Anchorman

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Marcia Strassman appears again in Friends and Foul Play.

§         This episode does not feature Stuart Margolin.

 

 

LOVE IS THE WORD

Transmission

09 November 1979

Production No

53815

At the Tone…

This is Maria at Liberty Bail Bonds. Your client Todd Lehman skipped and his bail is forfeit. That's the pink slip on your '79 Firebird, I believe. Sorry, Jim, bring it on over.

 

 

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

John Patterson

 

 

Quote

“”

 

Jim is devastated to learn that his former girlfriend Megan Dougherty is soon to be married to Jeffrey Smith and that she needs him to help her find her fiancé and prove him innocent of murder, but the murder trail keeps leading back to Jeffrey’s brother Randy

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Kathryn Harrold

                          

As

Megan Dougherty

Anthony Herrera

Jeffrey Smith

David-James Carroll

Randy Smith

Special Appearance by

Barbara Mandrell and the Do-Rites

 

 

 

Richard Cox

Kenny Spector

Van Williams

Lieutenant Dwayne Kefir

David Cadiente

Keith Keoloha

Betty Kennedy

Patty

 

§         Barbara Mandrell (and the Do-Rites) is the third singer to have a guest appearance in the Rockford Files (the others being Issac Hayes and Dionne Warwick.)

§         Megan marries Jeffrey at the end of the episode.  In Punishment and Crime she is said to be married to ‘Michael’, we are never told if this is a second marriage or a writer’s continuity error from the original episode.   A clue can be found in Angel’s reference to her (in the movie) as “the shrink Jim was seeing in the early eighties.”  This is 1979, so perhaps she did marry again.  Which ever it is the marriage sadly ended.

§         Despite what the answer phone message says, Jim never drives a 1979 Firebird.  He remained with the 1978 version throughout this season and in the movies.

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

 

 

NICE GUYS FINISH DEAD

Transmission

16 November 1979

Production No

53809

At the Tone…

Jim, Dwight. I put a new outlet in the kitchen. I lay in the cable and the box. Then I pull the breaker just like you said. And both of my TV sets start burning. What should I do now?

 

 

Written By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

John Patterson

 

 

Quote

“Great we’ve got a murderer who built like Cato and dresses like Bozo the Clown ”

 

Jim wins a Goodhew award at the Private Investigators Annual Ceremony, which is overshadowed by the murder of State Senator Arnold B. Sanota, in the rest rooms.  Fred Beamer passes the killer on his way in, but is mistaken as the murderer so runs away, stealing a car, with Jim in pursuit.  When Beamer’s stolen car runs out of gas Jim catches him, tackles him, causing Beamer to loose his glasses.  Jim offers to help Freddie, who is more interested in the Goodhew so Jim throws it away.  Lieutenant Chapman gives Beamer a lie detector test, but Beamer almost breaks it.  Lance offers to help Chapman so collects Beamer next day, while Jim posts the bail bond.  Lance finds Beamers glasses and Jim’s Goodhew, and the trio returns to Lance’s office for some ‘skull work’.  Lance has ‘total recall’ so recounts the situation which Jim cannot believe when Freddie remembers a man leaving the bathroom, but can’t describe him.  Lance takes Freddie to Brandy; a hypnotist who does her work on Fred who describe the assailant as a 6’4 large bald man in a feather hat.  Jim knows that because Fred can’t concentrate, he faking his answer.  Outside the trio are almost ran down by two goons in a car.  Back at Jim’s trailer, Lance waits for another clue.  Suddenly Beamer finds a picture, in his pocket, of a Bus Driver, which he took from the Senator’s dead hand.  On television, Vern and Larry St Cloud are making wild accusations, when Jim learns Larry is in hospital having been beaten up by two goons.  Lance, Fred and Jim inform Vern of their lead, while Larry begs they leave, covering his face.  Beamer then recognises Larry as the man who passed him in the bathroom, and go back to find he has hit his uncle.  Jim, Fed and Lance find out that the Bus Driver is and which service he drives and give chase.  Larry is aboard and takes the driver at gunpoint, because he is talking too much about the Senator having an affair with his wife and hiring Larry.  Jim tries to sneak on board the Bus but gets caught in the door, so Lance forces it over and hits Larry.  At the reconvened ceremony Vern explains about his nephew, and then states that Lance won the Goodhew following a recount.  Jim simply tells an apologetic Lance that he believes “the nomination is actually the award”…

 

Starring James Garner

 

 

Guest Stars

 

James Whitmore Jr

Fred Beamer

Tom Selleck

Lance White PI

James Luisi

Lieutenant Doug Chapman

Simon Oakland  

Vern ‘The Hawk’ St Cloud PI

Larry Manetti

Larry St. Cloud PI

Erica Hagen

Brandy Alexander (Hypnotist)

 

 

Joseph Bernard

Carmine DeAngelo PI

Fritzi Burr

Mrs DeAngelo

Roscoe Born

TV Commentator

Fred Lerner  

Carl Richman

Steve Jones

Newsman

Al Berry

Ed Fuller

Gregory Norman

Attendant

Larry Dunn

Cruz Norm Cross

John Lombardo

Police Clerk

John Roselius

Mike Mikelson

 

§         Tom Selleck of course moved on to Magnum PI, along with Larry Manetti, who is the third Magnum actor to appear on the Rockford Files.

§         James Whitmore Jr has become a well-known director. As well as directing The Rockford Files: I Still Love LA he has also directed episodes of Quantum Leap and 24.

§         Third of four appearances for Simon Oakland, here again as Vern St Cloud, just as personable as ever, referring to his nephew as “the punk”, while he is known as “the Hawk”!

§         Jim accepts his Goodhew award by simply saying “thank you” which despite Jim’s trepidations about it, Lance claims was a wonderful speech.  When accepting his Golden Globe award for lead actor on Magnum PI, Tom Selleck simply said “thank you”!

§         Noah Beery, Joe Santos and Stuart Margolin do not appear in this episode.

§         This episode is another personal favourite.

 

 

THE HAWAIIAN HEADACHE

Transmission

23 November 1979

Production No

53814

At the Tone…

Billings, L.A.P.D. You know Thursday is Chapman's twentieth year and we're giving a little surprise party at the Captain's. I think you should come. By the way, we need $5 for the present.

 

 

Written  By

Stephen J. Cannell

Directed By

William Wiard

 

 

Quote

“Be tough, be a tiger”

 

When Jim and Rocky go on a holiday to Hawaii, they get a little more than they bargained for when Jim meets his old Army Colonel ‘Howling Mad’ Smith who wants Jim to “be a tiger” in an important government mission...

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Ken Swofford

Colonel "Howling Mad" Smith

James Murtaugh

Gordon Lyle

W.K. Stratton

Dwight Whipple

Christopher Cary

Dutch Ingram

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

Daniel Kamekona

Sergeant Oknemoto

Jack Garner

Captain McEnroe

Esmond Chung

Shawn Kimotto

Jake Hoopai

Benny Kimotto

Julie Blissett

Mrs. Ingram

Jimmy Borges

Marshal Mingus

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

 

§         Colonel John ‘Howling Mad’ Smith is a name which coins two other names of characters in Stephen J Cannell’s creation The A Team; “Colonel John Smith” becomes “Colonel John ‘Hannibal’ Smith” and “Howling Mad” becomes “Captain H M ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock”.

§         Jim was known as ‘Hound Dog Rockford’ in the Fifth Regimental Combat Team and was saved in Korea by Colonel Smith.

§         The answer phone message at the beginning of the story was reused for the Pilot episode when it was syndicated in a to part format.

§         CONTINUITY ERROR: Despite Rocky having visited Hawaii in season 3’s Dirty Money, Black Light – he tells ‘Whip’ that this is his first visit to the Island (his previous stay was cut short of course).

 

 

NO FAULT AFFAIR

Transmission

30 November 1979

Production No

53811

At the Tone…

Oh, I thought this was Dial-A-Joke. I'm going to a party and I need some icebreakers. But, uh, I guess that's...that.

 

 

Teleplay By

Juanita Bartlett

Directed By

Corey Allen

 

 

Quote

“Not just going, I got graduated”

 

Rita Capkovic needs Jim’s help again when she tries to make a new life for herself with a new job.  However the sadistic pimp she worked for previously has other ideas…  

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Lieutenant Joe Santos as Dennis Becker,

 

 

Special Guest Star

Rita Moreno

 

As Rita Capkovic

Guest Stars

 

Jerry Douglas

Al Haluska

Corrine Michaels

Linda Hassler

Ignatius Wolfington

 

Pat Finley

Peggy Becker

And

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

Gloria Calomee

Hildy

William Beckley

Mr Norman

Sandy Freeman

Mrs Kramer

Karen Bercovici

Carla

Jillian Kesner

Lily Showalter

Mavis Neal Palmer

Mrs. Stelnitz

Gregory Michaels

Doug

Michael Barker

Perry

 

§         This episode sees host to the entire family cast; Jim, Rocky, Angel, Dennis, and Peggy.

§         A nice ending, which sees Jim and Rita walking on the beach.

 

 

THE BIG CHEESE

Transmission

07 December 1979

Production No

53810

At the Tone…

This is The Baron. Angel Martin tells me you buy information. Okay, meet me at 1.00am behind the bus depot, bring $500, and come alone. I'm serious.

 

 

Written By

Shel Willens

Directed By

Joseph Pevney

 

 

Quote

“When you see the hearse go by, you wonder who's the next to die. They put you in a wooden box, and cover you up with dirt and rocks."”

 

Eddie Hellinger places a package in the mail to his childhood friend Jim Rockford and is murdered.   Everyone wants to know what is in package and are eager to get it, even if it means attacking the mail carrier.   With help from Sally Packard, Jim tries to solve the mystery….

 

Starring James Garner

Also Starring Noah Beery, Joe Santos as Dennis Becker

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Constance Towers

Sally Packard

Alan Manson

Chuck Ryan

James Luisi

Lieutenant Douglas J. Chapman

and

Stuart Margolin

 

As Angel

 

 

George Pentecost

George Neff

Brian J. Pevney

Allan Calder

Hank Brandt

Sergeant Roy Floyd

Ben Andrews

Stamps

Mark Lonow

Coco

Peter Hobbs

Walter Winterwood

 

§         This episode sees the final appearances of regulars Noah Beery, Joe Santos and Stuart Margolin as well as James Luisi. 

§         The remaining episodes are a poor reflection the series and it is sad that none of the other regulars appear in them. 

§         This is, for me, the final episode of the series, as it has a wonderful ending: Jin finally gets one over on Lieutenant Douglas J. Chapman as Sally Packard tells him she is an IRS Agent after he has just confessed to income tax evasion.  Priceless!

 

 

JUST A COUPLA GUYS

Transmission

14 December 1979

Production No

53815

At the Tone…

Mr. Rockford, this is Betty-Jo Withers. I got four shirts of yours from the Bo Peep Cleaners by mistake. I don't know why they gave me men's shirts, but they're going back.

 

 

Written By

David Chase

Directed By

Ivan Dixon

 

 

Quote

“Welcome to New Jersey…”

 

Two klutzy punks try to break into the rackets through a reformed mob boss.

 

Starring James Garner

Starring

 

Greg Antonacci

Eugene Conigliaro

Gene Davis

Mickey Long

Guest Stars

 

Gilbert Green

Joseph Lombard

Antony Ponzini

Tony DeMichel (Martine)

Arch Johnson

Cardinal Finnerty

And

Simon Oakland

 

As Beppy Conigliaro

 

 

Lisa Donaldson

Renee Lombard

Robin Riker

Kathlene O'Meara

Cliff Carnell

Albert Constantine

Eric Sinclair

Butler

Doug Tobey

Anthony Martine

Vincent Howard

Transit Cop

Joe Alfasa

Vito

Stephanie Hankinson

Car Rental Attendant

Jennifer Rhodes

Jean Martine

Ed Deemer

Delivery Man

Eric Taslitz

School Boy

Dean Wein

Detective

Frederick Rule

1st Officer

Derek Thompson

2nd Officer

 

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

§         This episode was designed as a Pilot for an unsold series.

§         Greg Antonacci and Gene Davis get a ‘starring’ billing at the beginning of the episode, which is highly unusual and in this case unwarranted.

§         Strangely Jim does not recognise Conigliaro and Long from The Jersey Bounce, particularly as they tried to frame him for murder!  In truth the pair should be in prison for murder!  The trio appear to get along very well, which I find pretty sickening – where is the continuity folks?

§         In my opinion this is probably the worst story of the entire series.

 

 

DEADLOCK IN PARMA

Transmission

10 January 1980

Production No

53807

At the Tone…

Because of where you live says so much about you, your home has been selected by Royal Imperial Roofing and Siding as our neighbourhood showcase. A bonded representative will call on you.

 

 

Teleplay By

Don L. Gold

Lester Wm Burke

Rudolph Borchert

Story By

Don L. Gold

Lester Wm Burke

Directed By

Winrich Kolbe

 

 

Quote

“You know I changed the filter in there three weeks ago…”

 

On a fishing trip, Jim gets caught in a vicious political imbroglio caused by rival gambling syndicates trying to make inroads into a new territory.

 

Starring James Garner

 

 

Guest Stars

 

Sandra Kearns

Carrie Osgood

Henry Beckman

Sheriff Neal

Jerry Hardin

Mayor Sindell

Joseph Sirola

Henry Gersh

Ben Piazza

Stan Belding

Michael Cavanaugh

John Traynor

J Edward McKinley

Lee Melvin

Virgil Frye

Perry

Gary Grubbs

Deputy Murray

David Clover

Officer Chet

Ken Letner

Hy Newman

Al Dunlap

Councilman

John Davey

Mechanic

Paul Larson

Waiter

Mary Munday

City Hall Clerk

Janice Carroll

Doctor

Jim Scott

State Trooper

Frederick J Flynn

Virgil

Diana Hale

Councilwoman

 

§         Due to James Garner poor health the series was cut short at this point, making this episode the final one transmitted of the series.

§         This episode takes place away from Paradise Cove, the Trailer is not featured and neither are any of the series regulars; Noah Beery, Joe Santos or Stuart Margolin.