Rockford Files

aired from: Mar 1974 to: Jan 1980 123 eps + 9 TVMs


# Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles
  P- 1 81796 27 Mar 74
  • The Rockford Files: Backlash of the Hunter
    • Originally aired: Wednesday March 27, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James
      Director: Richard T. Heffron
      Show Stars: James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Joe Santos (Sergeant Dennis Becker), Stuart Margolin (Evelyn 'Angel' Martin), Luis Delgado (The Groom)
      Guest Stars: Lindsay Wagner (Sara Butler) , William Smith (I) (Jerry Grimes) , Nita Talbot (Mildred Elias) , Bill Mumy (Nick Butler) , Mike Steele (Danford Baker) , Michael Lerner (Dr. Ruben Seelman) , Joshua Bryant (Captain Harry Dell) , Pat Renella (Morrie Talbot) , Ted Gehring (Captain Norm Mitchell) , Jack Garner (Man in Washroom) , Claude Johnson (Police Officer) , Mike Steele (Reverend Danford Baker) , Bill Quinn (I) (Harry Butler) , Robert B. Williams (Arnold DeMura) , Robert Donley (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford)
      Production Code: 81796

      Harry Butler, a drunken wino, is murdered by a mysterious figure at the beach who strangles him with a neck tie. Sergeant Dennis Becker has a feeling the case is something more sinister, but Captain Dell orders him to file it as an inactive case. Professing herself as being wealthy, Sara Butler employs private investigator James Rockford to find out who murdered her father. Charging her $200 a day, plus expenses, Jim meets with Sara’s brother Nick, who tells Jim that a Mrs Mildred Elias has offered to pay for his tuition to Medical School. Later, Jim learns that Sara is not as wealthy as she claims, and wants to drop the case, but first meets with his old friend and prison-mate Angel at the local newspaper to get some information about Mrs Elias – and learns Mr William Elias was a rich elderly man who died on his wedding night. Jim then travels to Las Vegas to meet Rueben Selman, the Coroner who performed the autopsy on Mr Elias. Seelman confirms the death as natural, but informs Mrs Elias of Jim’s visit. Jim meets with Mrs Elias, posing as Carter Simpson, Dean of Admissions for the Muller Medical School. This leads no where, so Jim drops the cases. After he does, he realises he is being followed by a mysterious figure in a red Cadillac, so leads the tail to the mens room of a bar, and sucker punches him with a roll of quarters…
      The beaten figure is named Jerry Grimes – but he won’t reveal the real reason why he followed Jim. Jim then follows Jerry to a strip club and using Sara as his operative, baits Jerry to knock him out with drugs, so they can search his apartment. They find the connection; a photograph which proves Jerry is employed by Mildred Elias. Jim asks Sara where her father had been and discovers he was in Las Vegas at the same time as the Elias wedding the previous June. They return to Jim’s trailer to retrieve his gun and telephone Rocky to meet them at Las Vegas City Hall with his friend Arnold, the Janitor who works there. They find the Elias Wedding licence and go to meet Reverend Danford Baker – the Minister who performed the ceremony. The Reverend is kidnapped by Grimes and Morrie, but escapes only to be shot and injured. Jim and Sara witness this and chase the pair into the desert, but they escape in their aeroplane. Suddenly the plane is chasing the Firebird, and shooting at it. Jim and Sara get out just as the car explodes, and proceed in a ground to air shoot out with the aircraft

Syndicated as two one-hour episodes titled "Backlash of the Hunter" (Parts 1 & 2) with re-used and stock footage added.
The original version appears on the Region 1 DVD release.
The syndicated version appears on the Region 2 & 4 DVD releases.


season 1

Season 1

# Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles
1. 1- 2 41401 13 Sep 74
  • The Kirkoff Case
    • Originally aired: Friday September 13, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: Lou Antonio
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Fred Lerner (parking attendant), Joe Santos (Sergeant Dennis Becker)
      Guest Stars: Dino Seragusa (maitre d') , Sandy DeBruin (hostess) , Abe Vigoda (Al Dancer) , Milt Kogan (Marsh) , Philip Keneally (Muzzy Vinette) , James Woods (Larry Kirkoff) , Roger Davis (Travis Buckman) , Julie Sommars (Tawnia Baker) , Melissa Mahoney (carhop)
      Production Code: 41401

      Jim is following Travis, to get a lead on the murder of Mr and Mrs Kirkoff. He loses Travis, but meets Tawnia, who invites him back to her apartment for a drink. She drugs Jim and when he awakens he is without his trousers and questioned by Travis. Jim confesses he is working for the son Larry Kirkoff. Travis is annoyed as everyone alleges Larry killed his parents. Jim manages to sucker punch Travis and takes a photograph of Tawnia.
      Larry Kirkoff recognises the photograph of Tawnia and Jim locates her at a tennis club. After some arguing Tawnia admits that she and Travis were having affairs with the respective Kirkoff parents, and so Jim agrees on a dinner date. Later Jim is kidnapped and his car smashed by unknown goons but his reports of a crime to Dennis Becker are unsympathetic. Jim meets Tawnia at the restaurant and after realising he can’t afford the prices takes her to a drive in movie where She tells him she overheard a conversation between Mr Kirkoff and a man named ‘Muzzy’. Jim recognises the name as Muzzy Vinette which suggests Mr Kirkoff hired him to kill his wife. Jim meets the local godfather – Al Dancer and gives the tip that his employee Muzzy Vinette took up an independent contract. Jim follows Marsh to Vinette’s hideout, and after some gunshots, Vinette runs out and races away in his car. Jim blocks him forcing him into a golf course and a chase ensues. Eventually Jim forces Vinette’s vehicle into a sand trap and catches Mrs Kirkoff’s murderer, but Mr Kirkoff's death is still to be solved.
2. 1- 3 41402 20 Sep 74
  • The Dark and Bloody Ground
    • Originally aired: Friday September 20, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Juanita Bartlett
      Director: Michael Schultz
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Joe Santos (Sergeant Dennis Becker), Gretchen Corbett (Beth Davenport)
      Guest Stars: Tom Bower (Officer Hensley) , Walter Brooke (Clyde Russell) , Patricia Smith (Ann Calhoun) , Nancy Malone (Elizabeth Gorman) , Linden Chiles (Elliot Malcolm) , Marc Alaimo (Farber)
      Production Code: 41402

      Ann Calhoun is charged with murder of her husband Kevin Calhoun, who was smothered and killed in a fire. She is represented by Elizabeth Davenport who hires Jim (for free) to find proof of murder. Jim travels to Parker, Arizona to get the history on Kevin Calhoun and as a result a mysterious man tries to murder Jim, by forcing him off the road with a tractor. Jim calls the police from Farber’s garage, but they claim it was probably some youths.
      On arriving back in LA Jim finds Rocky at his trailer, and tells him about the tractor incident. Rocky insists that a semi rig could kill Jim in a car easily, so the driver only wanted to scare him. Jim goes and meets Beth, but on the way to the prison they are almost killed when the brakes of the Firebird are cut. Jim tells Ann that he has learned that her husband’s history is blank prior to their marriage in Flagstaff – Kevin Calhoun did not exist. Jim asks her about the reason he would crash the party of Elizabeth Gorman and Clyde Russell – but she claims they were invited. Jim meets with Gorman, Russell and Elliot Malcolm at the horse track and poses a party guest who came uninvited – but Eliot Malcolm loses his temper saying his security was so tight that no one crashed the party. That night Beth comes to trailer to tell Jim she believes Russell is shady because he resigned from the Bar after securing the film rights to the novel ‘The Dark and Bloody Ground’. At that moment Russell contacts Jim requesting a meeting. Jim and Beth go to Clyde Russell’s home to find him dead in a pool, and suddenly the lights go out.
3. 1- 4 41410 27 Sep 74
  • The Countess
    • Originally aired: Friday September 27, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: Russ Mayberry
      Show Stars: James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Gretchen Corbett (Beth Davenport), Joe Santos (Sergeant Dennis Becker)
      Guest Stars: Jeanne LeBouvier (woman) , Florence Link (old woman) , James Cromwell (Terry) , Todd Martin (police officer) , Harold J. Stone (Sorrell) , Dick Gautier (Carl Brego) , Art Lund (Mike Ryder) , Susan Strasberg (Deborah Ryder) , Tom Atkins (Lieutenant Alex Diehl) , Mel Allen (cab driver)
      Production Code: 41410

      A former Countess, Deborah Ryder is being blackmailed by Carl Brego with information about her past. She hires Jim to get evidence, first by video camera at a meeting, which is unsuccessful and second by Jim confronting Brego. Brego starts a fight with Jim but is shot in the back and killed by a mystery marksman. Lieutenant Alex Diehl wants to charge Jim with the crime, however eyewitnesses to the fight can’t confirm Jim as the killer. Jim goes home to find his tape has been erased so goes straight to Deborah, who knows nothing about the death or the tape. Jim goes to Brego’s home to find the number for Brego’s girlfriend Lea Richards, who was present at the shooting, when Jim contacts Dennis Becker, Lea Richards is already giving a statement to Lieutenant Diehl. Realising a warrant has been issued from his arrest, Jim races from the trailer but is kidnapped and taken to Sorrell who wants to know ho hired Jim to assassinate Carl Brego. Jim replies he believes Brego was killed by organised crime, but as it turns out, the Sorrell is an executive organised crime. The police bust in just on time, but Jim now knows the identity of the real killer and so has to make his escape to prove it
4. 1- 5 41405 4 Oct 74
  • Exit Prentiss Carr
    • Originally aired: Friday October 4, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Juanita Bartlett
      Director: Alexander Grasshoff
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Guest Stars: Roberta Collins (Nancy Helmond) , Thomas Rubin (delivery boy) , Hank Rolike (Eddie) , Wallace Rooney (Eric Saunders) , William Jordan (Terry Wade) , Stephen McNally (Chief Bailey) , Mills Watson (Sergeant Larsen) , Warren Kemmerling (Earl Furlong) , Corinne Camacho (Janet Carr [as Corinne Michaels]) , Heath Jobes (Jack Clark)
      Production Code: 41405

      Jim is asked by Janet Carr to find her husband Prentiss. Jim finds Prentiss in a motel room murdered, so goes to the police Sergeant Larsen. Later he meets with Larsen and Lieutenant Furlong who tell Jim that Prentiss Carr comitted sucide. Jim sees Janet, who went missing from two hours – claiming she was looking at travel magazines. Het tells her Prentis is dead and gives her his suspicions. On her instructions Jim sees the Police Captain telling him Prentiss Carr was murder leading to a conclusion that that Furlong and Larsen rearranged the murder scene for a conclusion of suicide. Both officers are very hostile toward Jim after he raises this very inmportant issue, and run him out of town. When Janet shows Jim a liquor store reciept, Jim uses it to follow the delivery man to a house in Bay City, where Nancy Hellman resides. He follows her to the pier where she meets Eric Saunders, Prentiss Carr’s employer. Nancy is found dead, and then Jim is followed by Terry Warde, into a lumber yard where a shootout takes place
5. 1- 6 41415 11 Oct 74
  • Tall Woman in Red Wagon
    • Originally aired: Friday October 11, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: Jerry London
      Show Stars: James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Guest Stars: James Murtaugh (Steve McWilliams) , Robert Raymond Sutton (Morrie) , Rudy Diaz (Maddey) , David Morick (James Darrow) , Ryan MacDonald (Motel Manager) , Angus Duncan (Joe Baron, Jr.) , Susan Damante-Shaw (Charlotte Duskey) , John Crawford (Dr. Kennilworth) , George DiCenzo (Stoner) , Sian Barbara Allen (Sandra Turkel) , Jack Stamberger (station manager)
      Production Code: 41415

      At a cemetery Jim, and two other men, are digging up the grave of Charlotte Anne Duskey. Using a portable winch Jim lifts up and opens the casket, but is interrupted by two goons, who shoot Jim in the head, causing him to fall into the grave hole. Later while at the hospital in a critical condition Jim thinks back to how this case began.
      Jim is hired by journalist Sandra Turkel to find out where her friend, Charlotte Duskey has disappeared. She will be easy to find because she left LA in a red station wagon and “is tall & stunningly beautiful”. They trace her to a hotel in Elmira and while trying to find her, they are informed she is dead. They meet with Doctor Kenilworth, who treated her but Jim does not trust him. They go to the Railway Station to find out which train Charlotte’s remains were transported on, and its destination. Jim poses as a funeral director from Aaron Brothers Funeral Supply and prints a phoney business card with his mobile printing press. The Station Master tells them to talk to McWilliams - conductor on train 725, which returns that evening. Jim then notices they are being followed by a mystery figure. After Jim reverses the Firebird into the tailing car, he learns that the tail is Harry Stoner, a Federal Treasury Agent. Stoner reveals that Charlotte Dusky stole a fortune in mob money from Joe Barron. Jim uses a pay phone to contact Joe Barron Junior discovers the story is true, but learns Stoner is not a federal agent. Sneaking aboard the train Jim and Sandra pose as Doctors from Fairview Mental Hospital and claim that Stoner is suffering from delusions of grandeur – and is pretending to be a Federal officer. In an empty train cab Jim knocks Stoner out and he and Sandra travel to the cemetery where Charlotte is buried. They pose as Federal Agents to learn the casket is empty. They later find Charlotte beaten up at her home and she is taken to hospital, where she agrees to return to LA. Jim is still sceptical of Charlotte’s motives but Sandra is not interested so Jim decides to finish the case on his own. At a cemetery Jim, is assisted by two other men, to dig up the grave of Charlotte Duskey. Using a portable winch Jim lifts up and opens the casket, but is interrupted by two goons employed by Joe Barron Junior. They shoot Jim in the head causing him to fall into the grave hole.
      Weeks later, Jim is released from Intensive Care and met at gunpoint by Stoner, who wants the money
6. 1- 7 41403 18 Oct 74
  • This Case Is Closed
    • Originally aired: Friday October 18, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: Bernard L. Kowalski
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Luis Delgado (Luis - Taco Stand Attendant)
      Guest Stars: Joseph Cotten (Warren Jameson) , Eddie Fontaine (Lieutenant Larry Pierson) , Norman Bartold (Hollis Cotton) , Sharon Gless (Susan Jameson) , James McEachin (Federal Agent David Shore) , Del Monroe (Vic) , Fred Sadoff (Howard Kasanjian) , Joseph Della Sorte (Torrence Beck)
      Production Code: 41403

      Jim lands at Los Angeles Airport, returning from a trip. Using a payphone he contacts his client requesting an urgent meeting because of some strange incidents on his trip. He then retrieves the Firebird and leaves the airport parking lot. At the same time another car follows Jim out and chases him to an outdoor car park. Jim evades his pursuer and hides in a side road until the follower comes out, then Jim forces him to reverse over some spikes – destroying all four tyres. Jim arrives at his trailer to find it ransacked, so uses the DMV to trace the licence plate of the car that followed him, and then by cross referencing in the phone book finds out his pursuer was Private Investigator Martin Fishback. Suddenly two goons appear, place dark glasses over Jim’s eyes and kidnap him from his trailer for no apparent reason. He is taken before Torrance Beck, who demands to know who hired him. Jim won’t reveal anything, and is left to consider his actions. Alone, Jim reflects to before his recent trip.
      Jim attended a party where he met Susan Jamison and her fiancé Mark Chalmers. After the party he reported to his client Warren Jamison at his country home. Jim attempted to quit the case, but Jamison (who does not trust Chalmers and his having him investigated) demanded Jim continue. Jim threatens to inform Susan of the investigation, so Jamison backed off and asked Jim to fly to Newark, based on an assumption that this is Mark’s birth town. Jim arrived at Newark and met with Lieutenant Larry Pierson, who told Jim to get out of town. Posing as a Hollywood director Jim was invited to sit in on a local tavern’s poker game, and does so until the regular player arrived – Lieutenant Pierson. Back at his motel Jim was visited by two hoods who warned him off the Chalmers case. Jim flew home and landed at Los Angeles Airport. Using a payphone he contacted his client – requesting an urgent meeting because of the strange incidents on his trip.
      Jim changes his mind and decides to tell all to Torrance Beck, but it is too late. They leave in a limousine that is ambushed by the FBI led by Federal Agent David Shore. Everyone is arrested and Jim makes a statement, but refuses to sign it until he knows what is going on. Shore will not tell him, so Jim refuses to sign the statement and goes home despite the threat of a process server with a subpoena for trial. At home he begins to tidy the mess when Rocky arrives. Jamison contacts Jim demanding a meeting and Jim tells him to meet at an airport restaurant. Jamison is reluctant to be seen with Jim, but Jim doesn’t care and prepares to leave, while Rocky promises to clean the Trailer.
      That same evening the police attend a shooting at the nightclub owned by Mark Chalmers. A grey Chrysler follows Jim to his meeting with Jamison. Jamison fires Jim because Susan and Mark have separated. Jim leaves the restaurant and is still followed by the Chrysler, so loses it at a gas station. Back at the trailer Jim finds Rocky has cleaned everything satisfactorily. Next day Susan Jamison visits Jim to hire him to find Mark, who has gone missing. Jim must settle the case with ‘another client’ first but promises to help. He arrives back at his trailer to find Rocky tied and gagged by a goon with a pistol. Jim is taken by car to field to visit a gangster, but is left standing in the field after the goons talk with the boss, who then leaves. Jim takes a cab to the Federal building and asks the driver to find and free his father. Agent Shore is not impressed that Jim has been kidnapped a second time, as signing a statement could have protected him. Shore is also annoyed that Jim deliberately lost the tail in the Chrysler that was providing protection for Jim. Jim is surprised that the Feds drive Chrysler’s, but Shore explains it is because the Mob switched to Chevy’s. Jim demands to know what is going on, so Shore explains that Mark Chalmers was a government informer on witness protection and re-location, who was shot at his nightclub. Fully clued up Jim leaves, avoiding a process server at the same time. Jim finds Rocky safe at the trailer and contacts Jamison, informing him of Charmers’ murder and his suspicions that Susan did it. Jim is invited to Jamison’s Country House, where Jamison is waiting with a shotgun
7. 1- 8 41416 25 Oct 74
  • The Big Ripoff
    • Originally aired: Friday October 25, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Jo Swerling Jr., Robert Hamner
      Director: Vincent McEveety
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Guest Stars: Christine Dixon (stewardess) , Suzanne Somers (Ginny Nelson) , Kelly Thordsen (Sheriff Neal) , Warren Vanders (Earl Pitt) , Nedra Dean (Nancy Frazier) , Bruce Kirby (Carl LeMay) , Fred Beir (Steve Nelson) , Norman Burton (Melvyn Moss) , Jill Clayburgh (Marilyn Polanski) , Jenny Maybrook (ticket clerk)
      Production Code: 41416

      Jim is following Virginia Nelson around European locations, to uncover the suspicious death of her husband Steve Nelson. He returns to LA and meets his client; Nelson’s lover Nancy Frazer and gives her his conclusion that because Virginia is living off half the life insurance proceeds, that Nelson may still be alive and had perpetrated insurance fraud by faking his death. Nancy Frazer becomes very strange, refusing to pay Jim instantly, so Jim follows her to the airport, where she boards a flight to Almeria. Jim goes to Melvyn Moss of the Insurance Company with his theories and is granted a finders fee he finds Nelson. Jim drives to Almeria and meets with Sheriff Neal, who is less than welcoming, but Jim spots and looses Frazer in the park. Jim searches for Nelson or Frazer at the motels around Almeria and while driving around picks up Marilyn, a model, and takes her to dinner. While visiting the bathroom is to told to get out of town by two men claiming to be police officers. They follow him as he takes Marilyn home, and kidnap him, dragging him to the bus stop. Marilyn witnesses everything and follows, telling Jim that one of the “officers” works in the garage. Jim knocks the garage attendant about, but eventually gives him $200 for the name of the employer; Carl Lemay – the local art dealer. Jim confronts Lemay who confesses he was doing a favour for Nancy Frazer, but does not know where she is. Stuck, Jim shows Marilyn a photograph of Nelson. She draws a beard on the photo and identifies him as Dennis Rains, an artist. Jim goes to Rains’ cabin but Nelson and Frazer tie him up at gunpoint, so Jim tries to convince them to give themselves up.
8. 1- 9 41412 1 Nov 74
  • Find Me If You Can
    • Originally aired: Friday November 1, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Juanita Bartlett
      Director: Lawrence Doheny
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Joe Santos (Sergeant Dennis Becker)
      Guest Stars: Adrian Ricard (Miss Connor) , Jimmy Lydon (Wyatt) , Joseph Stern (Morgan Tallman) , Richard Drout Miller (Sergeant Doane) , Paul Michael Glaser (Ralph Correll) , Joan Van Ark (Barbara Kelbaker)
      Production Code: 41412

      ‘Florence Baker’ comes to the trailer and hires Jim to find her. Jim is confused, but she is adamant that he carried out the task, so he offers her a drink and later takes the glass to Dennis Becker, to analyse the fingerprints. Jim meets ‘Florence’ at a Church where he reveals his finding – she is Barbara Kelbaker from Pacific Grove. She states that while Jim knows who she is, he hasn’t found her. While Jim does not understand; he agrees to continue working for her. He goes to Pacific Grove and talks to a Police Sergeant who reveals she was living with Ralph Correll in Denver. Jim travels to Denver to meet with Correll, but Correll refuses to see him, so Jim fakes an evacuation call to lure him into an elevator for answers, but doesn’t obtain any. Jim returns to LA to receive call from Barbara, and informs her of his trip to Denver. Next day Jim is kidnapped from outside the trailer and taken to Correll who has flown to LA, demanding to known Jim’s client. Jim reveals his client was Barbara and Correll understands, because she stole $50, 0000 from him. Returning home Rocky meets him, disappointed about Jim’s injuries and leaves in disgust. Later Jim receives a frantic call from Barbara. Jim has her call the restaurant for fear of a phone tap. Barbara informs Jim she is heading for Mexico and hangs up. After a few days Barbara calls Jim again – transferring her to the restaurant again, she requests Jim’s help, as she can’t run anymore. Jim heads North to finds her, but has to loose two guys in a black car, when he does he then heads south and meets Barbara at a rest stop. She admits she took the money to leave after seeing Ralph murder a man named Saul Mantee. After agreeing to help her, they fly to Denver to make a statement to the District Attorney. Jim queues the entire day to see District Attorney Morgan Tallman, but is ignored because there is a signed confession for the death of Mantee. Jim returns to the motel to find Barbara has been kidnapped, so sneaks into Correll’s mansion and takes Correll at gunpoint and has him go to the warehouse where Barbara is held. She is guarded by two men - one has a gun pointed at Barbara’s head
9. 1-10 41406 8 Nov 74
  • In Pursuit of Carol Thorne
    • Originally aired: Friday November 8, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: Charles S. Dubin
      Show Stars: James Garner (Jim Rockford), Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford)
      Guest Stars: Sandy Ward (Detective Boris Sausman) , Irene Tedrow (Dixie) , Bill Fletcher (Nate Spinella) , Jim Antonio (Cliff Hoad) , Robert Symonds (Miles Keeley) , Lynette Mettey (Carol Thorne) , Vince Howard (patrolman)
      Production Code: 41406

      Carol Thorne is released from Prison, and boards a bus to town. Aboard the bus is Jim Rockford, disguised as a tourist, who follows her to a boutique, and a car dealer. Each time Jim telephones Rocky to transport the Firebird. Jim also spots another person following Carol, so fixes his tyres, so that when Carol leaves in her vehicle, Jim can pursue her in the Firebird and leave the other behind. Claiming to have lost a wallet at her table in a restaurant, Jim poses as a bookkeeper while Carol claims to be a recently divorced fashion photographer. Jim phones home and speaks to Rocky, while supposedly placing some horse track bets for Carol and continues to romantically pursue her. At his motel, Jim is visited by Officer Spinella who tells him to stay away from Carol because she is a ex-con. Jim sees his clients Jonathon and Millie Hoad, who hired Jim to follow Carol to establish the hereabouts of their son Cliff Hoad. Jim reveals to Carol that he knows the truth about her prison past and confesses his time in Jail. That night Carol leaves town, closely followed by Jim. At his motel carol takes Jim at gunpoint. Jim reveals his client, but Carol knows his client is actually Miles Keeley and explains the caper; three years previously Miles, Nate and Cliff Hoad stole some money from a bank, but due to a slip up Cliff got the money while the others were caught. Carol was in prison but knows how to launder the money for Cliff. Realising that contacting his client was a mistake Jim races to carol’s hotel for retrieve her things but Nate and Hoad catch Jim and take his drivers licence. Jim evades the pair and races back to Carol, and then races away escaping Hoad completely. Hoad uses Jim’s licence to pose as Jim Rockford, claiming his car, containing vital medicine was stolen. Nate poses as his medical carer and Police Detective Boris Sausman puts out an APB on the Firebird. Jim and Carol are pulled over by a traffic cop, when Suasman arrives with Nate and Hoad, who claims Jim is his son and that it is all a misunderstanding. The four strike a deal, dumping all the weapons and go to Cliff. Cliff does not like the idea of allowing Jim a piece of the money, but Jim informs Cliff that as the statute of limitations has expired he could collect a 10% finder’s fee. The others claim Jim is a big liar and when Cliff won’t reveal anything, Hoad turns on him with a pistol. Knowing the money is not in the house Cliff takes the four to the middle of the hills to the place where he buried the loot three years before. They get there to find a massive reservoir and sign stating it has been there since 1971
10. 1-11 41408 15 Nov 74
  • The Dexter Crisis
    • Originally aired: Friday November 15, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: Gloryette Clark
      Director: Alexander Grasshoff
      Show Stars: James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Guest Stars: Burke Byrnes (deputy) , Joyce Jameson (Marge White) , Tim O'Connor (Charles Dexter) , Ron Soble (Kermit Higby) , Linda Kelsey (Louise Adams) , Lee Purcell (Susan Parsons) , Bing Russell (lieutenant)
      Production Code: 41408

      Charles Dexter hires Jim to find his mistress Susan Parsons who has ‘property’ belonging to him. Jim quotes his fee - $200 a day plus expenses, but Dexter refuses to pay that much. They argue, but Dexter needs someone he can trust, so accepts the deal. Dexter gives Jim some information on Susan’s lifestyle and address. Jim meets Susan’s roommate Louise Henderson, a law student, who demands to come along on the case. They go to Las Vegas and find Susan playing at the gambling tables. Jim meets her and chats to her, then contacts Dexter. Jim later breaks into Susan’s room with Louise, find it ransacked, but both a knocked unconscious – strangely by Charles Dexter. Jim accompanies Louise back to room, which of course has been ransacked. She begs Jim’s assistance and they leave Las Vegas. On the journey Jim spots that they are being followed, and pulls over to talk with the driver – a private detective named Kermit Higby. Jim takes Susan to a hotel, but looses sight for her for 30 minutes. Jim admits to her that he is a private investigator and demands to know what property she took. Suddenly Louise bursts in with the police claiming Jim is a molester and he is arrested while the girls race off. The police clear Jim because his client is waiting for him. Jim demands answers from Charles Dexter, who confesses the stolen property is money that was intended for a pay-off. Jim agrees to find it in return for a bonus, so charters a plane and flies ahead of the girls, hires and car and waits for them
11. 1-12 41414 6 Dec 74
  • Caledonia - It's Worth a Fortune
    • Originally aired: Friday December 6, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Juanita Bartlett
      Director: Stuart Margolin
      Show Stars: James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Guest Stars: Robert Ginty (Gib Moore) , Don Eichner (Gerald Hyland) , Rudy Challenger (Dr. Watkins) , Sid Haig (B.J.) , William Traylor (Wilson) , Richard Schaal (Leonard Blair) , Ramon Bieri (Sheriff Prouty) , Shelley Fabares (Jolene Hyland) , Robert Ellenstein (motel manager)
      Production Code: 41414

      While visiting her husband Gerry, in the prison hospital, Jolene Hyland is told to remember “Caledonia” as it is the location of a fortune. She hires Jim, and they visit the Caledonia, and meet Sheriff Prouty, who claims the biggest arrest in county history was due to a traffic violation. Jim s sceptical, so he and Jolene go to the farm where Gerry was arrested and meet the owner - Sheriff Prouty, who is less than welcoming.
      Later, Leonard Blair seeks out his cellmates wife and old flame Jolene, stating he has the directions to the fortune, but no town to start from. Jim agrees to go with Jolene to meet Leonard but when they arrive at the motel they see Leonard beaten up and tklen away in an ambulance. He was beaten two former prison mates; Wilson and BJ who also want a piece of the deal. Jolene asks Jim for negotiate with Leonard, who would take the entire loot, in exchange for a percentage. Jim and Jolene meet Leonard at the golf range, where Jim deals a percentage of thirty-three and third each. Len agrees but Jolene is furious because she appears to have lost more money. Jim corrects her; by dealing in this way Jolene has sixty six and two-thirds percent less his bonus. She continues to apologise, when Jim sees Wilson and BJ are following them. They evade the pair by parking on a car truck, but are booked by a traffic warden. That night they go to collect Leonard, who has already been kidnapped by Wilson and BJ and taken to a barn. Jim hears Leonard give some directions, notes them down and rescues Len by storming the barn. He leaves Len, but Len claims he made up the directions. Jim is unconvinced but Len proves to be right. The trio travel to a town, where Len and Gib double cross them. Knowing Len would pull a stunt Jim confesses he tricked them, but Len is unconvinced. When Len returns Jolene drives the Firebird while Jim and Len are handcuffed to one another- ensuring full trust. They drive to Caledonia and follow the directions all the way to the farm, where they dig up the chicken coup and find a box with a strange message.
12. 1-13 41417 20 Dec 74
  • Profit and Loss (1)
    • Originally aired: Friday December 20, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: Lawrence Doheny
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Joe E. Tata (Solly Marshall), Joe Santos (Sergeant Dennis Becker), Gretchen Corbett (Beth Davenport)
      Guest Stars: Paul Jenkins (Stan Gorrick) , J. Jay Saunders (computer programmer) , John Carter (IV) (Alec Morris) , Priscilla Pointer (Helen Morris) , Sharon Spelman (Doris Parker) , Ned Beatty (Leon Fielder) , Val Bisoglio (Carl Bovino) , Michael Lerner (Arnold Love)
      Production Code: 41417

      When Alec Morris, an employee of Fiscal Dynamics Incorporated, comes to Jim for help, and is subsequently kidnapped from his trailer, Jim is puzzled and informs the police. When Mrs Morris comes to Jim requesting help, Jim takes the new information to the police but is surprised to be arrested and charged when Alec Morris and his wife deny the event ever happened and Jim faces prison for filing a false police report. When news of his charge reaches the media, Doris Parker hires Jim because she believes FDI murdered her husband. Jim meets with securities analyst Arnold Love asking the simple question “what is wrong with FDI?” Hours later Leon Fielder summons Jim for a meeting where he threatens Jim with a ten million-dollar lawsuit. Jim’s last lead is given to him by Doris, who agrees to help Jim break into the shop of Carl Bovinio - a solo printer who worked for FDI and was recently shot dead. Jim enters the print shop, but while rummaging through a cabinet Jim unfortunately triggers an alarm
13. 1-14 41418 27 Dec 74
  • Profit and Loss (2)
    • Originally aired: Friday December 27, 1974 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: Lawrence Doheny
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Joe E. Tata (Solly Marshall), Gretchen Corbett (Beth Davenport)
      Guest Stars: John Carter (IV) (Alec Morris) , Priscilla Pointer (Helen Morris) , Sharon Spelman (Doris Parker) , Ned Beatty (Leon Fielder) , J. Jay Saunders (computer programmer)
      Production Code: 41418

      While breaking into Bovino’s Print Shop, Jim triggers an alarm and quickly grabs some files and Doris drives the Firebird to evade the Police. Jim has not found any evidence, but works out that Bovino was printing forged stock certificates. Jim visits another securities analyst – Norm Mitchell, who also feels that Fiscal Dynamics is crooked, but is unwilling to help. Jim is followed home, kidnapped, attacked and warned by Kurt - a messenger for Leon Fielder - to stop investigating FDI. With Rocky’s help Jim follows Kurt but losses him at the airport, so follows Fielder from his home to FDI, where Fielder emerges with a briefcase – possibly full of damming evidence, and a chase ensues, ending in a shootout and the discovery of evidence that FDI is fraudulent and responsible for many murders. At the same time, Jim and Rocky solve the mystery of Jim’s broken garbage disposal, due to a missing bullet from Jim’s 38’ revolver
14. 1-15 41413 3 Jan 75
  • Aura Lee, Farewell
    • Originally aired: Friday January 3, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Edward J. Lakso
      Director: Jackie Cooper
      Show Stars: James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Joe Santos (Sergeant Dennis Becker), Robert Webber (Senator Evan Murdock)
      Guest Stars: Linda Dano (Ellen Murdock) , Tom Scott (motel clerk) , Henry Slate (Oscar) , Melissa Greene (Aura Lee Benton) , Bill Mumy (Trask) , Kelly Lange (commentator) , Greg Mullavey (Dick Shaefer) , Lindsay Wagner (Sara Butler) , Ed Crick (campaigner)
      Production Code: 41413

      Evan Murdock gives a ride to hitch-hiker Aura Lee Benton. They stay in the Seacrest Motel at Santa Barbara on their way to Los Angeles, but during the journey the Murdock knocks down and a stray walker with his car. Evan Murdock is an important state senator, so drops Aura Lee’s off at a Oscars Restaurant. Weeks later Sara Butler pays Jim in full for her previous case so she can hire him to investigate the death of her store assistant Aura Lee Benton. Jim questions Trask, from her apartment building, who gives him the licence number of Dirk Schaffer. “Lieutenant Rockford” questions Schaffer, but gets no answers. Schaffer then meets Jim at his trailer and explains is minimal involvement. In amongst some paper clippings Jim finds the story of Murdock’s road accident. They go to Oscar’s restaurant, but all Oscar can tell them is that Aura Lee left with a man he identifies by his order – “Lobster Bisk”. Jim attempts to locate the motel record card from the Seacrest Motel in order to prove Murdock was with Aura Lee, but finds it has gone, Jim confronts Senator Murdock, claiming to have the record card, but Murdock apparently commits suicide. Jim breaks into Schaffer’s apartment to finds a photograph of him, but also finds the record card. They go back to Oscar’s and Oscar identifies Schaffer from the photograph as “Lobster Bisk”. Jim works out that Schaffer must have figured out about the road accident involving Murdock and tried to have Aura Lee blackmail him, but killed her when she refused. On their way to the police Schaffer ties to Jim and Sara from a motorcycle so they are forced to run down a cliff to a small area of beach.
15. 1-16 41423 17 Jan 75
  • Sleight of Hand
    • Originally aired: Friday January 17, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Jo Swerling, Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: William Wiard
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Joe Santos (Sergeant Dennis Becker)
      Guest Stars: Howard Curtis (Vince Minette) , John Steadman (Morrie Blauner) , Allan Miller (Michael Cordeen) , Pat Delaney (Karen Mills) , Lara Parker (Diana Lewis) , Gerald McRaney (Irv) , Tom Atkins (Lieutenant Alex Diehl) , Wayne Wynne (Detective Olson)
      Production Code: 41423

      Jim walks along the beach and arrives at Rocky’s house. He discusses a the recent disappearance of his girlfriend Karen after a boat trip; Jim took his girlfriend Karen and her daughter home after a boat trip to San Francisco, but Karen mysteriously disappeared, and her next-door neighbour was murdered. When Jim reported the disappearance to Dennis Becker and Lieutenant Diehl, Diehl stated the little girl said her mother did not come home with them. Jim followed a trail from a bus stop to a cabstand to a residential hotel and found a woman but she was not Karen, she was Diana Lewis
      Rocky tells Jim to consider the words of the daughter and Jim realises the daughters statement was true and Karen did not come home with them, so Jim returns to Diana’s, but finds her dead, with Michael Cordeen close by. Jim confronts Cordeen and makes a connection with her and one of their journey stops – the Buena Vista Inn. Jim follows Cordeen to the Inn where he witnesses Cordeen meeting with Vincent Minette a notorious gangster who is hiding out from the police
16. 1-17 41420 24 Jan 75
  • Counter Gambit
    • Originally aired: Friday January 24, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Howard Berk, Juanita Bartlett
      Director: Jackie Cooper
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Stuart Margolin (Angel Martin), Joe Santos (Sergeant Dennis Becker)
      Guest Stars: Eric Server (Daniel Kramer) , Garry Walberg (Arnold Cutter) , M. Emmet Walsh (Edgar Burch) , Ford Rainey (Manny Tolan) , Burr DeBenning (Harry Crown) , Eddie Fontaine (Moss Williams) , Mary Frann (Valerie Thomas) , Barbara Collentine (Miss Bolting)
      Production Code: 41420

      Jim is asked by Moss Williams, a fellow ex prisoner (who once tried to kill Jim), to recover a priceless necklace. Jim refuses but is given new incentive when Edgar Birch of insurance company offers a substantial fee to recover the necklace too. Jim agrees to work for Birch, and so when Moss gets out of prison, Jim agrees to work for Moss and Harry Crown by tracing Maria Heller whom Moss claims is his former girl who has absconded, changed her name to Valerie Thomas and has taken the necklace. Jim begins to romance her and eventually uses a clever gimmick of a tape recorder in a box inside her safe to work out the combination. Jim is informed by Dennis of the procedure for stolen jewellery in a court case but when he sees Birch, realises Birch is an impostor who works for Moss, who are actually part of big swindle with Moss and Harry Crown to obtain the necklace they are actually stealing, not recovering. Pursued on a charge of burglary, Jim gains Valerie’s trust and enlists the help of Angel Martin to impersonate Manny Tolan, a pearl necklace expert, and infer that the necklace is paste. Angel then sells Jim out to Moss and Harry, who see the real Manny Tolan, who confirms the necklace is paste, so the pair plan and then go to re-steal the necklace
17. 1-18 41422 31 Jan 75
  • Claire
    • Originally aired: Friday January 31, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Edward J. Lakso, Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: William Wiard
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Joe Santos (Sergeant Dennis Becker)
      Guest Stars: M.P. Murphy (Carl) , Lane Smith (Willett) , Jackie Cooper (Captain Highland) , Lance LeGault (Stone) , Linda Evans (Claire Prescott) , Douglas Fowley (Ted)
      Production Code: 41422

      Claire Prescott telephones her former lover Jim Rockford, telling him two men (Stone and Willet) are following her and are trying to kill her. Jim meets with Claire who asks Jim to find a Charles Manning, but can’t explain why. Jim calls Dennis Becker to find out what the police know about Claire and Manning. Dennis lies to Jim saying the police have nothing on either name and then informs Captain Highland of the situation. Jim looks for Manning in a local bar, and is then followed by Stone and Willet, who want to know why Jim is asking for Manning. Jim tricks the pair and evades them, going straight to Dennis Becker and Captain Highland. Manning is a vice cop on special assignment and has gone missing. Highland wants to lock Jim up because he is uncooperative when asked about Claire. Jim agrees to try and get her to the police, but has to loose Dennis who is tailing him. Jim finds Claire has left her hotel. Highland informs Jim that Manning is now dead and Claire is chief suspect. Jim meets Claire at a bar and learns from her that Manning forced her into being an informant. Jim agrees to get her out of LA, but things change when Stone and Willet kidnap Rocky. Jim tells Claire to leave town and stealing a manikin from a shop, he goes to the trade off – Rocky for Claire
18. 1-19 41407 7 Feb 75
  • Say Goodbye to Jennifer
    • Originally aired: Friday February 7, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Rudolph Borchert, Juanita Bartlett
      Director: Jackie Cooper
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Ken Swofford (Floyd Ross), Luis Delgado (Waiter), Joe Santos (Sergeant Dennis Becker)
      Guest Stars: Beverly Gill (Mary Ann) , Clint Young (Harrison) , Len Lesser (Colby) , Regis Cordic (Dr. Evan Stuart) , Thayer David (Carl Birrell) , Katherine Woodville (Marilyn Rae) , Pamela Hensley (Jennifer Ryburn) , Hector Elizondo (John Micelli) , Vince Cannon (Ricky Pont)
      Production Code: 41407

      Jim refuses to work for his old war buddy John ‘Mitch’ Mitchelli, a photographer who wants Jim to find one of his models; Jennifer Ryburn, who is currently wanted for the murder of Ricky Pont. Mitch is convinced of her innocence. Later Jennifer is named as the victim of a car accident. She is identified through dental records, confirmed by her dentist Doctor Stuart. Mitch disappears then reappears claiming he has seen Jennifer alive and well in Seattle and wants Jim to go there, but he refuses. Jim is sent for by Carl Birrell, the local godfather, who wants Jennifer found too because she killed Ricky Pont. Jim gives a false client name and decides to go to Seattle, simply to get out of town. Mitch visits Jim with a composite photograph of Jennifer and some money. Before Jim leaves for the airport, he visits Mitch, but finds him dead. Jim then visits Doctor Stuart and discovers he faked the report on Jennifer’s behalf. Jim flies to Seattle and hires investigator Floyd Ross to assist in finding Jennifer. Jim finds her at a local boutique and follows her home to tell her Mitch is dead and asks she return to Los Angeles. She is strangely resistant to leaving to the point of pulling a gun and shooting Jim in the leg
19. 1-20 41409 14 Feb 75
  • Charlie Harris at Large
    • Originally aired: Friday February 14, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: John Thomas James, Zekial Marko
      Director: Russ Mayberry
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Luis Delgado (Counterman (Hot dog Stand)), Joe Santos (Sergeant Dennis Becker), Gretchen Corbett (Beth Davenport)
      Guest Stars: Mel Stewart (Police Lieutenant) , Eddie Firestone (Haines) , Diana Muldaur (Linda Bannister) , Warner Anderson (Alfred Bannister) , David Spielberg (Sergeant Tom Garvey) , Tony Musante (Charlie Harris) , Zekial Marko (Dr. Gabriel)
      Production Code: 41409

      An old bunkmate from prison – ‘Charming’ Charlie Harris calls Jim for help, three days after he is wanted for the murder of his wife Pauline Harris. Charlie has an alibi - a mystery woman – ‘Cassandra’, but she has not come forward to clear him, so Jim agrees to try and find her. Jim is visited by Sergeant Tom Garvey, who is convinced Jim knows where his friend Charlie is. Charlie spots her a picture of his mystery woman, Linda Bannister, in the paper, Jim poses as a photographer to trick her into seeing Charlie at his hideout. They agree to get Charlie out of the State provided Linda puts up the money. Early next morning Linda goes to Jim’s trailer to confirm arrangements and then Alfred Bannister summons Jim for dinner to discuss why his wife met the PI. Bannister threatens Jim with assassination if he continues to involve Linda in the investigation. Jim goes back to hideout, finds Charlie gone, but is arrested by Sergeant Garvey
20. 1-21 41421 21 Feb 75
  • The Four Pound Brick
    • Originally aired: Friday February 21, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Leigh Brackett, Juanita Bartlett
      Director: Lawrence Doheny
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Bruce Tuthill (waiter), Stuart Margolin (Angel Martin), Joe Santos (Sergeant Dennis Becker)
      Guest Stars: Frank Campanella (Morrie) , Jack Knight (Officer Drexel) , John Quade (Tennen) , Paul Carr (Sergeant Andrew Wilson) , Jess Walton (Laura Smith) , William Watson (Ross) , Edith Atwater (Kate Banning) , Tom Atkins (Lieutenant Alex Diehl) , John Furlong (minister)
      Production Code: 41421

      Rocky attends the funeral of Rookie Police Officer Dave Banning with his friend – the deceased’s mother Kate Banning. She reveals to Rocky her belief that Dave was murdered and did not die in an accident, so Rocky suggests Jim could help. Jim is unwilling, as Kate cannot afford him, so Rocky agrees to pay the $200 a day. Kate explains mysterious behaviour while Dave’s fiancée Laura mentions the Greek theatre, where Jim finds a light load cartridge. Jim stakes out the Theatre overnight and witnesses Sergeant Andrew Wilson, receive a pay off from two unknown men. Jim takes his suspicions to Lieutenant Diehl, who threatens Jim. Jim turns to Angel to help him plod the beat for information and learn that Wilson is into a lot of illegal activities. Ross and Tenner chase Jim and Angel in the Firebird. After following Wilson from his home to a forest site and following the men he meets with back to the Police Station Jim is kidnapped by Ross and Tenner and taken to Morrie who meets Wilson who buys a ‘four pound brick’ of drugs – but the sting goes wrong and Jim and Wilson become hostages
21. 1-22 41427 28 Feb 75
  • Just by Accident
    • Originally aired: Friday February 28, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Eric Kalder, Charles Sailor
      Director: Jerry London
      Show Stars: James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Guest Stars: Sal Acquisto (Gas Station Attendant) , Fritzi Burr (County Clerk) , Gordon Jump (Freddie) , Michael Fox (Announcer) , Beatrice Colen (Woman Bettor) , Millie Slavin (Assistant Bank Manager) , Alan Bergmann (Doctor) , Oliver Clark (K. Julian Krubm) , Joey Aresco (Billy Jo Hartman) , E.J. Peaker (Jeannie Szymczyk) , Fred Sadoff (Matt Springfield) , David Spielberg (Sergeant Tom Garvey) , Steven Keats (Duane Bailey) , Neva Patterson (Louise Hartman) , Susan Keller (Vivian)
      Production Code: 41427

      As a favour for his friend Louise Hartman, Jim investigates the death of her son Billy Joe; a stock car driver who died in a car accident. Following a lead from his car magazine subscription Jim goes to Billy Joe’s current address meets Jeannie Szymczyk, who denies knowing Billy Joe. Jim meets with insurance broker Julian Krubm who informs Jim that Louise was awarded the life insurance money, but a second person was named; Jeannie Szymczyk. Jim goes back and learns that Jeannie and Billy Joe were lovers. Jim follows up Billy Joe’s bank details learning about a secret safety deposit box. Opening it Jim and Louise find 4 drivers licences all with Billy Joe’s picture but different names along with an envelope with ‘Springfield –York’ upon it. Jim meets Matt Springfield, who has Duane Bailey put Jim in an accident in the Firebird from which he only just escapes with his life. After leaving hospital Jim goes to the Hall of Records and looks up the death certificates of the 4 licence names and Jeannie Szymczyk – all of them died within a year of birth and are all used as fake identification because birth and death certificates are not linked in any way. Jim is called to meet Springfield at the racetrack, along with Bailey where an impromptu demolition derby takes place
22. 1-23 41424 7 Mar 75
  • Roundabout
    • Originally aired: Friday March 7, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Mitchell Lindemann, Edward J. Lakso
      Director: Lou Antonio
      Show Stars: James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Fred Lerner (Freeman), Joe E. Tata (Agent Hanzer)
      Guest Stars: Robert Ward (hotel clerk) , George Wyner (Strock) , Virginia Gregg (Eleanor Wainwright) , Frank Michael Liu (Kenneth Mamato) , Mills Watson (Edward Moss) , Ron Rifkin (Tom Robertson) , Jesse Welles (Nancy Wade) , Chuck Hicks (Klaus)
      Production Code: 41424
      Jim works for Edward Moss of an Insurance Company to locate Nancy Wade, whose mother has died and left her a sum of money. Jim has to locate Nancy through her aunt – Liu Eleanor, who gives Jim a letter from Nancy revealing a location in Las Vegas. Jim travels to Vegas with instructions to give Nancy her cashiers cheque, have it notorised and paid into a bank. Jim finds her in a motel giving her the news of the money, She agrees to go to the bank and open an account, so disguises herself in a large coat, hat and glasses. They go to the bank, but Strock the bank teller reveal Nancy has an account open containing thousands of dollars. Nancy sneaks off but is kiddnapped by two men. Jim returns to her motel room but is hit on the head and has his wallet and cheque stolen. Jim drives around Las Vegas and fnds a bilboard on a casino where Nancy sings. Jim watches her lead away by the men and taken to a ranch. Jim sees Tom Robertson and Ken Mamato arguing, and Jim rescues Nancy, who reveals she is srtunk in a singin contract and being used to launder illegally obtained money. Jim meets with Mamoto who has been swindled by Robertson and convines him to meet Robertson again to look at phoney accounts while Jim breaks in and steals the real accounts. Jim proposes an exchange with Robertson at the Boulder Dam – the account ledgers for the cheque and wallet

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Season 2

Season 2

# Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles
23. 2- 1 42607 12 Sep 75
  • The Aaron Ironwood School of Success
    • Originally aired: Friday September 12, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: Lou Antonio
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford), Joe Santos (Det. Dennis Becker)
      Recurring Role: Ken Swofford (Federal Agent Patrick), Luis Delgado (Limo Driver), Gretchen Corbett (Beth Davenport)
      Guest Stars: Gammy Burdette (Cabbie) , John Petlock (Dave) , Robert Broyles (Hauss) , Jerome Guardino (Vito Ginoso) , Jonathan Lippe (Nino) , James Hampton (Aaron Ironwood) , Don Furneaux (Russo)
      Production Code: 42607

      Just before going to meet an old friend at the airport, Jim is taken at gunpoint by two men. Jim runs off and escapes in a ‘Pizza Dan’s’ pizza deliver van. He collects Rocky and they travel to the airport to meet Aaron Ironwood – a successful businessman who ‘dares to win’, who used to live with the Rockford’s as a small boy. They attend a session of the School of Success, where Aaron encourages the students to become more than they are through his motto “dare to win”. Later at a bar Aaron explains to Jim that some gangsters who want to buy his companies for $20 million, when they ten times that amount and they are blackmailing him. Aaron asks Jim to become executer of the companies in his place. Beth Davenport reads over the contracts, which are clean, but Jim will only sign on agreement that if Aaron has not been honest, Jim will sell the companies immediately. They go to meet the gangster buyers, only to discover that it is Vito Genosa, whose goons visited Jim before. Jim immediately sells for $20 million. Aaron is furious because Jim sold out and will not release the cheque, and tries to hit him without success. Figuring out that Aaron must have wanted the companies sold, he meets with Aaron has a small fight and Jim hands over the cheque, but Aaron will not confess. When he returns home FBI Agent Patrick picks Jim up and explains that Aaron is guilty of federal crimes including the selling of companies with false securities. The FBI releases Jim, but next morning Genosa’s goons pick Jim and Aaron up.
24. 2- 2 42616 19 Sep 75
  • The Farnsworth Stratagem
    • Originally aired: Friday September 19, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Juanita Bartlett
      Director: Lawrence Doheny
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford), Joe Santos (Det. Dennis Becker)
      Recurring Role: Gretchen Corbett (Beth Davenport), Stuart Margolin (Angel Martin)
      Guest Stars: Al Hansen (Gardell) , Eric Server (William MacKenzie) , John Crawford (Christian) , Paul Jenkins (Simon Lloyd) , H.M. Wynant (Danzil) , Linda Evans (Audrey Wyatt) , Gerald McRaney (manager) , Pat Finley (Peggy Becker) , Stephen Parr (Stewart Zilliox)
      Production Code: 42616

      Jim goes with Dennis and Peggy Becker to the new hotel they have invested in for the weekend. The hotel manger explains they have no rooms, because the residents live in condominiums, and that the Becker’s in fact own part of the lobby and the car park. Realising he has been swindled by Bradley Investments Limited, Dennis asks Jim for help. Jim is reluctant, but agrees when Audrey Wyatt, a children’s author, visits asking to be a part of the investigation as she invested too. Although she tries to convince Jim there is nothing that can be done, and upon learning Lieutenant Diehl’s wife has also invested Jim has no choice but to help when the bank threaten to foreclose on his mortgage. Beth reads the contract, and Jim requests that all the investors transfer the mineral rights in the lobby and the car park to him. Next day Jim poses as ‘James W. Farnsworth’ and with the help of Audrey, Rocky, Angel and some others constructs a massive oil-drilling rig in the hotel car park. Angel begins breaking the ground with a jackhammer while the residents protest. Two of the residents threaten Jim, but eventually Jim draws Simon Lloyd, the head of Bradley Investments, out into the open. Meanwhile Jim discovers that Audrey is not an author but was in fact the ‘roper of the marks’ for the con – but she has turned, because Jim’s scam is so much better. Jim vows to keep the relationship professional. Dennis visits informing Jim that the residents of the hotel are all members of organised crime. Jim meets with Lloyd who offers to buy him out because Audrey leaked the results of the soil samples. Jim refuses, but Louis Christian, a resident gangster persuades Jim, who confesses the whole thing is a scam – but no one believes him, so Jim sells out. Suddenly the rig strikes – and water begins to pour out.
25. 2- 3 42626 26 Sep 75
  • Gearjammers (1)
    • Originally aired: Friday September 26, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Don Carlos Dunaway
      Director: William Wiard
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford), Joe Santos (Det. Dennis Becker)
      Recurring Role: Ted Gehring (Johnny LoSalvo)
      Guest Stars: Rosemary DeCamp (Mary Ramsey) , Al Stevenson (L.J) , Scott Brady (Hammel) , Peter Brocco (Hodges) , Robert F. Hoy (Scheib) , Reb Brown (Lifeguard)
      Production Code: 42626

      When Rocky tries to find his friend Johnny Lo Salvo to sell him some ‘OOTA’ Ball tickets at the Pacific and Western Trucking Docks at Wilmington, he unknowingly witnesses an illegal transaction involving official papers take place between Lo Salvo and Hammell. Rocky later meets with Lo Salvo, who bought his tickets elsewhere and learns that Rocky unknowingly saw the transaction and that Hammell’s goons are after him, so helps Rocky leave the docks safely Later, two of Hammell’s goons visit Jim asking the whereabouts of Joseph Rockford and they beat him up when he can’t tell them where his father is. Rocky’s home is ransacked, and after seeing LJ fix the bathroom, Jim checks his father’s diary to see the words “the usual” printed each Saturday afternoon. Jim proceeds to look for Rocky, stopping at the ‘Gearjammer’ tavern, the local liquor store. The liquor storeowner tells Jim to go to the home of Mary Ramsey, a nice lady who Rocky sees regularly without Jim’s knowledge. On his way Jim is chased by Hammell’s goons, but manages to get them into a corner and take them at gunpoint, destroying their tyres in the process. Jim meets Mary, who tells him that Rocky cancelled on her, which is unusual. Lo Salvo meanwhile feels guilty about Hammell wanting Rocky dead and tries to convince Hammell to quit the pending job. Jim goes to the docks to see Lo Salvo, but finds him dead, bleeding inside a large wooden crate. Jim returns to Rocky’s house and is hit with a frying pan by Rocky. When Jim regains consciousness the pair goes to the Police Station, where they find out that six P & W semi rigs have been hijacked and the drivers stripped of their uniforms. Jim makes a connection between the hijackings and the death of Johnny Lo Salvo – buts needs to link that and his Dad. Jim and Rocky go to the police station car park when they decide to have a lobster dinner at a restaurant around the corner. As they walk away Jim’s Pontiac Firebird explodes.
26. 2- 4 42627 3 Oct 75
  • Gearjammers (2)
    • Originally aired: Friday October 3, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Don Carlos Dunaway
      Director: William Wiard
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford), Joe Santos (Det. Dennis Becker)
      Recurring Role: Joe E. Tata (Willie Thompson), Ted Gehring (Johnny LoSalvo)
      Guest Stars: Jack Kruschen (John Koenig) , Bucklind Beery (Officer Al Mazurski) , Scott Brady (Hammel)
      Production Code: 42627

      With both Rockford men shaken but safe, but the Firebird completely burned out, Rocky finally comes to realise that someone is trying to kill him, so Jim takes him home and investigates P & W, discovering the trailers of the 6 semi rigs left in a dock park, untouched. A police stake out of the trailers leads to nothing. Back at Paradise Cove, Hammell’s goons chase Rocky into the hills. Jim returns just in time to save Rocky and shoots one goon in the arm. Jim and Rocky continue to work together and work out that 6 rigs of expensive Russian furs are to be transported, but on their way to the docks, they are chased again. They evade their pursuers and arrive at the docks – which are under heavy guard by Police officer led by Dennis Becker. After Rocky explains the Bills of Lathing principle, Jim eventually works out that P & W changed the delivery schedule and that the 6 rig tractors were stolen so as to steal the precious furs! Jim steals a rig and pursues the first tractor that leaves the docks and stops to explain the situation to Dennis. Suddenly Rocky races past in another rig determined to catch the first and a three-semi rig chase ensues.
27. 2- 5 42620 10 Oct 75
  • The Deep Blue Sleep
    • Originally aired: Friday October 10, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Chas. Floyd Johnson, Juanita Bartlett
      Director: William Wiard
      Show Stars: Joe Santos (Det. Dennis Becker), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Robert Webber (Bob Coleman), Gretchen Corbett (Beth Davenport)
      Guest Stars: John Furlong (medical examiner) , Robert Hays (Darren Weeks) , Doria Cook (Margaux Adams) , Melendy Britt (Millie) , Ric Mancini (Ray Porter) , Janet MacLachlan (Adrienne Clarke) , Michael Conrad (George Macklan) , Ed Crick (gas station attendant)
      Production Code: 42620

      Jim receives a strange telephone call from Margo Adams, but she hangs up. Later Beth Davenport calls him – she received a strange telephone call from her friend Margo Adams and asks Jim to investigate by going to her home. Jim does, using the hidden key, but finds the place ransacked and is knocked unconscious. Next day Jim goes to Clarke Fashions, where Margo worked to talk with Adrienne Clarke but she is not interested. Dennis finds Margo, dead in her car in the river. Jim returns to Clarke fashions, having to force his way in just to give the bad news. He sees Adrienne again and meets Bob Coleman – who Jim learns was having an affair with Adrienne. Jim follows Coleman, but is chased off. While accompanying Beth home Jim finds her apartment ransacked. Jim calls Dennis and has Beth move to her parents in Pasadena. Jim goes to Adrienne to question her, particularly about Coleman and his affair with Margo. Adrienne is not interested, but the next day goes to Jim’s trailer to reveal Coleman is linked to organised crime and has funded her fashion design company for years but now wants to sell it. They go to Coleman’s home, Jim meets Dennis and finds out Coleman was executed. When Jim returns to his car, he finds Adrienne has gone, when gangster George Macklan has in fact kidnapped her. Jim figures out that Coleman kept a record of criminal transactions and calls Macklan claiming Coleman had a safe. Macklan sends Ray Porter to check, and Jim follows Porter back to a warehouse. Seeing he has little time, Jim ‘borrows’ a nearby police squad car.
28. 2- 6 42603 17 Oct 75
  • The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company
    • Originally aired: Friday October 17, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Juanita Bartlett
      Director: Lawrence Doheny
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Guest Stars: Noble Willingham (B.J.) , Bob Hastings (Paul Tanner) , Mary Ann Chinn (Billie Carlton) , Dana Elcar (Sheriff Mitchell) , Dennis Patrick (Walter Hart) , Richard B. Shull ("Fast Eddie" Danova) , Bartine Zane (Mildred Jensen)
      Production Code: 42603

      While returning to Los Angeles with some bail money for a client, Jim suffers with car trouble and is forced to stop over at the Great Blue Lake, a small town in development. On the advice of the car mechanic, Jim puts the $10,000 bond money in the safe at the Land and Development Office, ensuring to get a receipt from employee Murray Johnson. Being cautious, Jim follows Johnson home sees him use a hidden key to enter. The next day Jim goes back to the Land office, but because Johnson is not present speaks to owner Walter Hart regarding the $10,000. Hart does not believe Jim, because his receipt bears the name of a man Hart does not employ, so Jim calls Sheriff Mitchell, and discovers the $10,000 is not in the safe. Jim takes Mitchell to Johnson’s home, only to find it occupied by Mildred, a waitress. Although Jim shows her the hidden key, she has never heard of Murray Johnson. Jim is determined to regain the money – not caring how, so calls Rocky and asks him to come and bring along ‘Fast Harry’ De Nova. Harry is reluctant, but owes Jim a favour from prison so goes undercover as a salesman for the Land Office. Rocky poses as a customer and is shown the lake – which is in fact wide piece of desert land, but the salesman Tanner, can see everything that he describes – its just in development. Rocky reports back to Jim, seeing it as a swindle, when Walter Hart visits, returning Jim’s money that was found with his ex-employee Terry Birch – aka Murray Johnson. Before he can leave the county Jim is arrested for Birch’s murder and jailed. Using Rocky to lead the Sheriff into a false sense of security Jim busts out of jail by walking out the front door, and steals the record ledgers from Hart’s office, offering to exchange them at ‘the Lake’.
29. 2- 7 42628 31 Oct 75
  • The Real Easy Red Dog
    • Originally aired: Friday October 31, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: Ivan Dixon
      Show Stars: Joe Santos (Det. Dennis Becker), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Tom Atkins (Lt Thomas Diehl)
      Guest Stars: Nick Ferris (Pete Finch) , George Wyner (Tom Brice) , Larry Cook (Dave) , Wayne Grace (Deek) , Sherry Jackson (Jennifer Sandstrom) , Bruce Kirby (Aaron Friedler) , Stefanie Powers (Christina Dusseau) , Connie Bryant Milton (police woman)
      Production Code: 42628

      Jim is hired by Jennifer Sandstrom to investigate her sister’s death. Taking some clues she provides, Jim contacts Dennis to learn that the death as classed as suicide. Jim goes to Alice Sandstrom’s home, bumps into a pool cleaner walking out, checks the pool himself and finds the filter is clogged. Jim goes inside and finds Tom Brice of Freidler, Pike & Morris Attorneys checking the property. Posing as Jay Valaro - a County Assessor, Jim cons Brice out of the safe deposit keys he found and leaves, contacting Lieutenant Diehl about his findings, suggesting an autopsy. He goes to Jennifer Sandstrom’s home to find she is not the woman who hired him, and she tells him that Alice was mentally ill. Jim is followed by a mystery car and pulls into a motel to evade them, and then follows them, and finds they park outside a house. Jim goes into the house by a back way to find ‘Jennifer Sandstrom’. Looking through her ID he learns she is Christine ‘Tina’ Dusseau – a fellow Private Investigator. She tells Jim that he was used as a decoy to get the police officers off her back why she completes an insurance payoff case. They meet Diehl at the morgue who tells them an autopsy proved nothing. Jim tells Tina he has evidence that Alice Sandstorm was murdered. They go back to Alice Sandstrom’s house and find a room decorated as a nursery, as well as other clues. On the way home someone tries to shoot them. Meanwhile Lieutenant Diehl finds the body of Tom Brice, and knowing Jim’s connection with the case, has a warrant issued. At Tina’s house the police try to find Jim, but he hides. Jim and Tina obtain samples of Alice Sandstrom’s handwriting to practice her signature so they can access the safe deposit box. They do and learn Alice Sandstrom had a baby who she sold to Pete Finch, who works for Aaron Friedler of Friedler, Pike & Morris Attorneys. They leave and are chased by Finch.
30. 2- 8 42629 7 Nov 75
  • Resurrection in Black & White
    • Originally aired: Friday November 7, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Juanita Bartlett
      Director: Russ Mayberry
      Show Stars: Joe Santos (Det. Dennis Becker), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Guest Stars: John Danheim (Roy Pierce) , John Lawlor (Dave Krueger) , Milton Selzer (Patrick Elber) , Sandra Smith (Shirley Atwater) , William Prince (Arnold Newcomb) , Joan Van Ark (Susan Alexander) , Elvin Howard (police officer)
      Production Code: 42629

      Journalist Susan Alexander hires Jim to help her prove that Dave Kruger is innocent of the murder of his wife Cheryl ten years previously. On the way to the prison Susan reveals she was almost forced off the road by a mysterious car. Jim is set to quit as he does not do bodyguard work and he is unarmed, much to Susan’s surprise. Jim meets Dave and questions him, convinced Dave has hooked Susan and had someone try to kill her to keep her interested, but Dave places Susan’s safety over his own freedom. Jim and Susan meet Sergeant Becker, who finds that the original case file has gone missing – which spells a conspiracy. Susan takes Jim home, but someone shoots at the pair. She shows Jim the transcript of the trial, and they meet with his lawyer Newcomb, who is in a retirement home after suffering a stroke. His memory is puzzled about the case, claiming Cheryl’s mother offered to file an appeal that never happened because she died. They visit her last address and posing as an estate agent and buyer meet her niece Shirley Atwater, who will not sell. Posing as Assistant Coroner’s they meet Patrick Elber, the original Coroner from the case who did the autopsy on Cheryl and her mother (a strange coincidence). Returning to Shirley’s they find she has been killed, and the police reveal she was actually Cheryl Wilson, who was said to have been murdered by Dave years before… Dave’s innocence is now proved, but who killed her? The trail leads to her cousin Roy Piece who is partners with Elber for the insurance money. Going to the boat slip, a high-speed boat chase ensues to catch the real killers.
31. 2- 9 42602 14 Nov 75
  • Chicken Little is a Little Chicken
    • Originally aired: Friday November 14, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: Lawrence Doheny
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford), Joe Santos (Det. Dennis Becker)
      Recurring Role: Stuart Margolin (Angel Martin)
      Guest Stars: Charles Horvath (Jose) , Kenneth Strange (Don) , David S. Cass Sr. (Sid) , Nicholas Worth (Kessler) , Sandy Ward (sheriff) , Frank Campanella (Marty Frishette) , Ray Danton (Chester Sierra) , Tom Williams (minister)
      Production Code: 42602

      Angel returns Jim’s Pontiac Firebird and asks him to retrieve some gambling winnings from Tom ‘Chicken’ Little. Jim goes to Little who agrees to come to Paradise Cove, provded they pick up his brother. They do so and when they return to the trailer, Angel screams and runs off in Rocky’s truck, with the goons making chase by stealing the Firebird. Jim tries to file a stolen vehicle report with Dennis but Angel stops him, when Dennis takes Angel for questioning about the death of Tom Little. Grabbing Angel outside Jim demands an explaination, but due to a “bad case of the fifth amendment” Angel suffers outside the Police State, he Angel takes Jim to the truck and they drive off. During the journey Angel reveals he was asked by Tom Little to laundered “30 G’s” which he stuffed into the drivers door panel of the Firebird, and the goons who stole the Firebird work for Marty Frishette – another gangster. When they stop they are kidnapped and taken to Chester Sierra, a local gangster who wants a piece of the action, and when Angel refuses, tries to kill them, but they escape. Next day Jim is contacted by Angel to meet at the newspaper where Angel has learned Little was swindling the paper and placed the evidence of the swindle in Angel’s desk drawer. Jim wants out, but Angel needs help, so he agrees, provided Angel dies. That night they slip an article into the newspaper that Angel was murdered. Wanting an explanation Jim says Angel’s death is for his safety and his funeral is an excellent place to work ‘the shell game’ using three brief cases. Jim meets with Marty Fishette, leaving a brief case for the money and an invite to the funeral. He also contacts Chester Sierra. At the funeral, the brief case passing begins.
32. 2-10 42630 21 Nov 75
  • 2 Into 5.56 Won't Go
    • Originally aired: Friday November 21, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: Jeannot Szwarc
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford), Joe Santos (Det. Dennis Becker)
      Guest Stars: John Carey (Doug Fenton) , Carol Vogel (Terri) , Harvey Gold (Quentin Davis) , William Boyett (Sergeant Harvey Slate) , Frank Maxwell (Colonel Daniel Hart) , Eddie Firestone (Dwight Davis) , Mitchell Ryan (Colonel Hopkins) , Charles Napier (Billy Webster) , Jesse Welles (Shana Bowie) , Kenneth Washington (guard)
      Production Code: 42630

      When Colonel Daniel Hart-Bowie, an old army commander leaves a message on Jim’s answer machine, the Army enquires about the conversation, and do not believe Jim when he says he did not speak to the Colonel. After learning the Colonel is dead, Jim is released, but the Colonel’s daughter Shana visits Jim, taking him at gunpoint demanding to know what is going on, so Jim agrees to help her. They look around the Colonel’s quarters at the Army base to discover it has been gently ransacked, as items have been placed incorrectly. They meet Sergeant Harvey Slate, and Jim poses as Professor Jim ‘Rock’ Sanderson, in order to continue investigating covertly. That night at his hotel Jim is taken at gunpoint by a Police Deputy Billy Webster, and driven out into the fields and questioned by a mysterious man by radio. They have believed Jim’s cover story so Billy attempts to beat Jim up, but Jim beats him and escapes, and spots the car has an Army Base sticker on the bumper. Jim investigates a person named ‘Terry’, a name mentioned by Shana and finds the car with the bumper sticker. Having found that Shana has been kidnapped, Jim goes to Colonel Hopkins, and learns that illegal gun smuggling of the 5.56 rifle is taking place using made up names soldiers, empty coffins and fake funerals...
33. 2-11 42609 29 Nov 75
  • Pastoria Prime Pick
    • Originally aired: Saturday November 29, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Gordon Dawson
      Director: Lawrence Doheny
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Gretchen Corbett (Beth Davenport)
      Guest Stars: Robert Ward (Honcho) , Don Billett (Gilbert Univaso) , Bill Zuckert (Emmett Byrd) , Smith Evans (Rita Sanders) , Kathie Browne (Karen Sanders) , William Lucking (Officer Pete Kolodny) , Bill Tuthill (hood #1) , Bill Quinn (I) (Judge Russell) , Richard Herd (Sheriff Gladish) , Warren Kemmerling (Vern Soper) , Barbara Collentine (waitress)
      Production Code: 42609

      Jim’s car breaks down on the ‘eight mile grade’ while on his way to Pastoria. Luckily Vern Soper is in his mechanics truck and tows Jim to Pastoria. On arrival, Jim poses as Larry Metcalfe of Great Western Casualty, as part of his skip-trace case. Jim eats at the Dinner and meets former Sheriff Emmett Byrd and then checks in at the motel, where Officer Kolodny misinterprets Jim’s concern when a photograph is taken of him with Rita, the motel helper. Jim also finds a strange suitcase that is not his. Vern Soper checks the Firebird and charges a fortune so Jim checks it and finds the car was tampered with at his last stop, so reports the crime and Kolodny’s behaviour to Sheriff Gladish. That night Jim’s room is burst into by some drug dealers who want their money, and are about to kill Jim when Rita arrives telling him that Kolodny is coming to get him for reporting him to the Sheriff. Jim makes his escape in Rita’s car, is forced to dump it and walk to Emmett Byrd’s house. There, Byrd hears on the radio that Jim is wanted and arrests him; Jim hits Byrd and runs right into the Police. In jail Jim is charged with narcotics smuggling with intent to supply, misrepresentation, grand theft auto, assault and criminal damage. Jim tells Beth he has a witness: Rita – but her mother, the Mayor Karen Saunders does not want her involved and threatens Jim with a charge of Statutory Rape. Prosecutor Gilbert Univaso offers Jim a plea bargain, but Jim refuses for his day in court. Pleading not guilty, Jim is bound over for trail by Judge Russell Cline. Byrd then refuses to press charges on the assault and damage, telling Jim, Beth and Rocky that something that Soper said was false. Jim works out that the Pastoria authorities are all in it together and that they must have been tipped off about his coming Jim calls the last hotel he stayed in and poses as ‘Gerald Creekmore’ – the man who sent him to Pastoria, to learn the telephone number in Pastoria he dials – it is a answer machine. Jim breaks into the Prosecutor’s office, steals his file and tapes an answer machine dialler tone. Kolodny spots him so Jim hits him and escapes. On trying to leave town Beth and Rocky are arrested while Jim breaks away to his only sanctuary; Emmett Byrd. Byrd takes Jim to Judge Cline and explains to him that the Police people with made up crimes, and the Courts have them pay a fine and because the charges vary and most people plea bargain. The next victim will be lead to believe he killed someone and that he will arrive very soon on the eight-mile grade...
34. 2-12 42631 5 Dec 75
  • The Reincarnation of Angie
    • Originally aired: Friday December 5, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
      Director: Jerry London
      Show Stars: Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), James Garner (Jim Rockford), Joe Santos (Det. Dennis Becker)
      Guest Stars: Jeanne Bates (lady in bank) , Jenny O'Hara (operator) , George Skaff (Bundy) , Charles Siebert (Bettingen) , Eugene Peterson (Tom Perris) , Sharon Spelman (Susan) , David Huddleston (Sherm Whitlaw) , Wayne Tippet (Agent Dan Shore) , Elayne Heilveil (Angie Perris) , Louise Fitch (maid)
      Production Code: 42631

      Angela Perris receives a strange telephone call from her brother Tom, so hires Jim and meets him at a bar. There a man who claims to be Federal Agent Bettingen identifies himself, but Jim hits him – why? Because the man used his drivers licence photo on a real Federal ID. How does Jim know that? Because Jim did the same thing for his ‘Federal ID… Jim goes with Angela to Tom’s home and opens the safe, finding thousands of dollars inside. They place it in a safe deposit box. Next morning Jim meets with Federal Agent Dan Shore for breakfast and discuses the death of Agent Bettingen, the impersonator and Ton Perris. Shore is les than co-operative, so Jim poses as an official to get into the office of Tom Perris at the Bundy and Baines Company. Unfortunately Mr Whitlaw rumbles him. Jim decides to place Angela in hiding at a motel, while he investigates further. Unfortunately she is kidnapped and Jim receives a call for ransom but when he attends the exchange the police arrive and find Tom Perris’ body in the trunk of the Firebird. Jim is arrested, but is released if he can make the exchange wearing a Federal tracking device – at the same time Shore discovers a device already planted on the Firebird. Jim goes to the exchange, meets with Whitlaw but refuses to get out of his car, so it is trashed. Jim hits a goon, but is thrown to the floor – this gives Jim the opportunity to take the tracker and he is taken to Angela at a warehouse. Just as they are about to taken away and killed, Angela suddenly trips over...
35. 2-13 42632 19 Dec 75
  • The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club
    • Originally aired: Friday December 19, 1975 on NBC
      Writer: Juanita Bartlett
      Director: James Garner
      Show Stars: James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Recurring Role: Byron Morrow (Ted Thatcher)
      Guest Stars: Norman Bartold (Thatcher) , Todd Hoffman (young man) , Stacy Keach, Sr. (Cy Mosher) , Julio Medina (gardener) , Sharon Ullrick (clerk) , William Bryant (Paul Flanders) , William Phipps (Sergeant) , Paul Stevens (George Welles) , Joel Fabiani (Tompkins) , Blair Brown (Kate Doyle) , Stewart Moss (Unknown)
      Production Code: 42632

      Jim poses as Aaron Keil, Newspaper Publisher, to attend the weekly poker game held at the Bay City Boys Club and does quite well. Meanwhile representatives of the club check his car, but his ID checks out. Afterward Jim is followed, but after a quick switch in which he calls the police, follows his stalker. Continuing the Aaron Kiel rouse, he learns his stalker is Kate Flanders, concerned daughter of one of the poker players. Jim reports to his client Mr Phelps and then returns Aaron’s car to Angel at the newspaper. The next day Angel calls, bringing the Boys Club Representatives Thompkins and Mosher who demand to know who hired him. Jim manages to overpower them and they run off. Jim and Angel then go to see Phelps, only to learn from the gardener that Phelps died 3 months before – Angel runs off in fear. Jim goes to uncooperative Bay City Police and then to the District Attorneys office and sees ‘Mr Phelps’ – who in truth is Deputy District Attorney Bert Kimble. Jim demands an explanation, but Kimble will not reveal anything but does want Jim to continue working for him. Jim refuses, but Kimble threatens to pull his PI licence – Jim is not scared, as the whole affair would come out in the hearing, so leaves. Outside he meets ‘Kate Flanders’, who is in fact Deputy District Attorney Kate Doyle. Angry Jim goes home. Kate visits him later and reveals that Kimble is crooked and she is investigating him. Jim agrees to go with her to see Kimble, but they find him dead in his car in the parking lot. The pair seeks sanctuary at Angel’s and figures out that Kimble must have had information on the Boys Club, which is heavy with syndicate people, so the games must be cheated. They check the power company to find the Club is using three times the electricity now than a year ago, but has had no building work done in the office – so this rules out cheating by peephole in the ceiling, but Jim finds that the place was re-wired. Breaking into the club Jim and Kate find miniature cameras in some phoney fire protection systems. They are discovered and a chase through the Club ensues...
36. 2-14 42622 9 Jan 76
  • The Hammer of C Block
    • Originally aired: Friday January 9, 1976 on NBC
      Writer: Gordon Dawson
      Director: Jerry London
      Show Stars: Joe Santos (Det. Dennis Becker), James Garner (Jim Rockford)
      Guest Stars: Hank Stohl (wino) , Sandy DeBruin (receptionist) , Bill Walker (Rosie) , Allan Rich (Charles "Pebbles" Runkin) , Lynn Hamilton (Eunice Charles Bingham) , Jack Somack (Oliver Prey) , Annazette Chase (Debbie Bingham) , James A. Watson Jr. (Arthur Bingham) , Isaac Hayes (Gandolph Fitch) , Helen Schustack (Betty)
      Production Code: 42622

      Jim returns from Long Pine to find Gandolph Fitch waiting for him – recently released from San Quentin for murder after 20 years, and wants to collect a prison debt; in services. Gandy asks Jim to investigate his girlfriend Lila’s murder – the crime he was imprisoned for. They try to find his old lawyer, but instead Gandy directs them to Rosie, an old man, who is asked to put it about that Gandy is looking for the killer. Jim is mad, as now the killer knows who they are but they don’t know the killer. They see Gandy’s lawyer Oliver Prey, who after some persuasion gives them a copy of the trial transcript. They then visit Pasadena to see Pebbles Runkin, Gandy’s former employer, for a lead on Eunice Charles Lila’s best friend. Runkin tells them Eunice is dead, so Jim leaves Gandy to find work. Jim continues to investigate, following up some information he got from Runkin alone and finds Eunice, who is now Mrs Bingham – married to a prominent doctor. A girl overhears the conversation Jim has with Eunice where he learns that Gandy used to hit Lila and that Lila disappeared on two occasions for 5 months and 7 months. Jim speaks to Dennis, who hears that Gandy was arrested in Pasadena. Jim posts bail and the pair sees the officer who arrested Gandy. They go and play pool and after a long talk Jim finally believes Gandy is innocent and continue to trail the beat. In a bar Gandy gets a call from Debbie, the girl from Mrs Bingham’s house, who takes Gandy to the park where she and her brother Arthur - the police officer - ambush him to get revenge for the death of their mother Lila. Jim has followed them and stops them – and suddenly works out the whole case...
37. 2-15 42615 16 Jan 76
  • The No-Cut Contract
38. 2-16 42633 23 Jan 76
  • A Portrait of Elizabeth
39. 2-17 42613 30 Jan 76
  • Joey Blue Eyes
40. 2-18 42634 6 Feb 76
  • In Hazard
41. 2-19 42605 13 Feb 76
  • The Italian Bird Fiasco
42. 2-20 42625 20 Feb 76
  • Where's Houston?
43. 2-21 42635 12 Mar 76
  • Foul on the First Play
44. 2-22 42618 19 Mar 76
  • A Bad Deal in the Valley

Jim Rockford is back and better than ever in all 22 Season Two episodes of the celebrated detective hit The Rockford Files. Join James Garner in his breakout Emmy-winning role as the cool, calm and collected ex-con-turned-detective who loves to mouth off but avoids using his fists at all costs. He takes his time, but always solves the crime - whether it be blackmail, theft, scams or murder! Along for the ride on this five-time Emmy-winning series are such stellar guest stars as Rob Reiner, Louis Gossett Jr., Linda Evans, Isaac Hayes and Dick Butkus. Also included for the first time on DVD is the original series pilot. With his no-nonsense approach and wisecracking wit, it's no mystery that Rockford always gets his man.


Season 3

# Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles
46. 3- 1 45004 24 Sep 76
  • The Fourth Man
    • Jim helps a friend who is being pursued by a hit man.
47. 3- 2 45006 1 Oct 76
  • The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit
    • Jim Rockford finds himself getting unwanted attention from the media and police when an popular psychic fingers him as having important information on the disappearance of two people.
48. 3- 3 45002 8 Oct 76
  • The Family Hour
    • Jim and Rocky find an abandoned young girl that leads to Jim finding and helping her father.
49. 3- 4 45007 15 Oct 76
  • Feeding Frenzy
    • Jim helps a friend who wants to pay back money he stole three years earlier when his daughter then gets kidnapped leading to problems for Jim with the kidnappers and the police.
50. 3- 5 45021 5 Nov 76
  • Drought at Indianhead River
    • Jim finds out there's a hit out on Angel and runs into trouble with the mob bailing him out.
51. 3- 6 45009 12 Nov 76
  • Coulter City Wildcat
    • Rocky is forced to sign oil lease rights he owns away, leading Jim to investigate who and why someone wanted Rocky's seemingly worthless leases so badly.
52. 3- 7 45020 19 Nov 76
  • So Help Me God
    • Jim gets called before a grand jury where he promptly gets thrown into jail for contempt.
53. 3- 8 45018 26 Nov 76
  • Rattlers' Class of '63
    • Jim uncovers a crime from the past.
54. 3- 9 45003 10 Dec 76
  • Return to the Thirty-Eighth Parallel
    • Jim gets used by an old Army buddy in an insurance recovery case.
55. 3-10 45022 17 Dec 76
  • Piece Work
    • While investigating an insurance claim, Jim stumbles into something much bigger.
56. 3-11 45008 24 Dec 76
  • The Trouble With Warren
    • Beth's nerdy cousin Warren drags Jim into his mounting troubles.
57. 3-12 45026 7 Jan 77
  • There's One in Every Port
    • After being conned by friends Jim sets them up to settle the score and save himself.
58. 3-13 45025 14 Jan 77
  • Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, but Waterbury Will Bury You
    • Jim helps some fellow P.I.'s that have lost their licenses.
59. 3-14 45012 21 Jan 77
  • The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers (1)
    • Jim helps a friend of Rocky's who's being forced off his property.
60. 3-15 45013 28 Jan 77
  • The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers (2)
    • Jim helps a friend of Rocky's who's being forced off his property.
61. 3-16 45028 11 Feb 77
  • The Becker Connection
62. 3-17 45030 18 Feb 77
  • Just Another Polish Wedding
    • Jim gets Gandy (Fitch) a job with his P.I. buddy Marcus Hayes (Gabby to Gandy) who promptly then tries to steal Jim's (Rockfish to Gandy) case.
63. 3-18 45019 25 Feb 77
  • New Life, Old Dragons
64. 3-19 45027 11 Mar 77
  • To Protect and Serve (1)
65. 3-20 45029 18 Mar 77
  • To Protect and Serve (2)
66. 3-21 45031 25 Mar 77
  • Crack Back
    • Beth turns to Jim for help when she finds herself being mentally harassed by a mysterious man while trying to win an important trial.
67. 3-22 45005 1 Apr 77
  • Dirty Money, Black Light
    • Jim becomes very concerned when Rocky starts receiving thousands of dollars through the mail.


Season 4

# Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles
68. 4- 1 47509 16 Sep 77
  • Beamer's Last Case
    • Rockford returns from vacation in Puerto Rico to discover someone has been using his identity, his trailer and totaled his Firebird. And that's just the beginning of his problems...
69. 4- 2 47508 23 Sep 77
  • Trouble in Chapter 17
    • Jim is reluctantly drawn into being bodyguard for a famous author, who believes her popular book on the perfect wife is the cause of death threats against her.
70. 4- 3 47505 30 Sep 77
  • The Battle of Canoga Park
    • Jim finds himself in an explosive situation when the gun he hides in his cookie jar is used in a murder.
71. 4- 4 47503 14 Oct 77
  • Second Chance
    • When the life of Gandy Fitch's girlfriend is in danger, he turns to Rockford for help.
72. 4- 5 47502 21 Oct 77
  • The Dog and Pony Show
    • Helping a young woman with a history of mental illness leads Jim into crossing paths with the Mob and federal intelligence.
73. 4- 6 47511 4 Nov 77
  • Requiem for a Funny Box
    • A washed-up comedian finds out about a Mob family member's secret, and gets Jim in trouble by framing him for a murder.
74. 4- 7 47513 11 Nov 77
  • Quickie Nirvana
    • Rockford ends up regretting allowing an eccentric hippie woman to use his address temporarily, when her ex-boss sends a pair of thugs after her to retrieve some money he put in her care.
75. 4- 8 47507 18 Nov 77
  • Irving the Explainer
    • Rockford gives himself a headache trying to solve the connection between a 30 year old murder, a valuable missing painting and Nazi Germany.
76. 4- 9 47506 25 Nov 77
  • The Mayor's Committee From Deer Lick Falls
    • Jim is hired by some small-town businessmen to help them buy a fire engine; they really want him to assassinate someone who could bring the IRS down on them.
77. 4-10 47514 2 Dec 77
  • Hotel of Fear
    • Accidently witnessing a murder makes Angel Martin the police's prime witness in the trial of the murderer.
78. 4-11 47512 9 Dec 77
  • Forced Retirement
    • Jim gets a whiff of corporate corruption when Beth asks him to check up on a client's associates.
79. 4-12 47519 16 Dec 77
  • The Queen of Peru
    • The RV family from hell decides to set up camp next door to Jim's trailer, just when he's got the recovery of a stolen diamond on his mind.
80. 4-13 47521 23 Dec 77
  • A Deadly Maze
    • Jim is unwittingly involved in a bizarre experiment when hired to find a man's missing wife.
81. 4-14 47520 6 Jan 78
  • The Attractive Nuisance
    • An unexplained break-in at Rocky's new diner has connections with the FBI fifty years ago.
82. 4-15 47516 13 Jan 78
  • The Gang at Don's Drive-In
    • An author suffering from writers block tells Jim he thinks he has the next best seller in an old murder case from 1961.
83. 4-16 47522 20 Jan 78
  • The Paper Palace
    • A prostitute hires Jim to find out who has been sending her death threats.
84. 4-17 47524 27 Jan 78
  • Dwarf in a Helium Hat
    • A threat to the wrong phone number has Jim scrambling to find out who it was meant for.
85. 4-18 47523 3 Feb 78
  • South by Southeast
    • Mistaken identity by federal agents has Jim being sent to South America to help them contact a heiress, who has been isolated by her possessive husband.
86. 4-19 47504 10 Feb 78
  • The Competitive Edge
    • Jim winds up in a funny farm when he gets too close to the truth about an elite health club.
87. 4-20 47510 17 Feb 78
  • The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall
    • When the son of an old friend goes missing, Jim goes to the young man's college to try and find out what happened.
88. 4-21 47597 24 Feb 78
  • The House on Willis Avenue (1)
    • When a fellow P.I. is killed on the Ventura freeway, Jim and Richie Brockelman team up to find out if it really was an accident.
89. 4-22 47598 24 Feb 78
  • The House on Willis Avenue (2)



Season 5

# Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles
90. 5- 1 51106 22 Sep 78
  • Heartaches of a Fool
    • Jim finds that a country music star, corrupt union boss and Chinese triad all have one thing in common with why Rocky ended in hospital after his rig was forced of the road: sausages.
91. 5- 2 51103 29 Sep 78
  • Rosendahl and Gilda Stern Are Dead
    • A doctor's murder has direct connections to the Mob, and Jim comes to the assistance of hooker friend Rita Capcovik when she finds herself entangled in it.
92. 5- 3 51109 6 Oct 78
  • The Jersey Bounce
    • Wrongly accused of beating a man to death, Jim discovers the best legal advice he can find is from disbarred lawyer John Cooper.
93. 5- 4 51105 20 Oct 78
  • White on White and Nearly Perfect
    • Handsome, charmed PI Lance White may speak lines that sound like they're from a 1940s B movie, but everyone is so attracted to him they hang on his every word. That is everyone except Jim.
94. 5- 5 51110 27 Oct 78
  • Kill the Messenger
    • When an already overly stressed Dennis Becker is lumped with the unwelcome task of finding out who murdered Deputy Chief Town's unfaithful wife, Jim decides to lend a hand in the investigation.
95. 5- 6 51114 3 Nov 78
  • The Empty Frame
96. 5- 7 51101 10 Nov 78
  • A Three-Day Affair With a Thirty-Day Escrow
    • After being strong-armed by an Arab sheik and his goons, and getting no help from the police, Jim decides to track down the two people who caused his trouble: a soft-voiced gigolo and the sheik's naive daughter.
97. 5- 8 51102 17 Nov 78
  • A Good Clean Bust With Sequel Rights
    • Jim finds himself babysitting an ex-cop turned celebrity, but the streets of L.A. are no nursery.
98. 5- 9 51191 24 Nov 78
  • Black Mirror (1)
    • A blind psychiatrist,who is being terrorized by an unknown stalker, turns to Jim for help.
99. 5-10 51192 24 Nov 78
  • Black Mirror (2)
100. 5-11 51108 1 Dec 78
  • A Fast Count
    • Jim puts up his dukes and steps forward to help a boxing coach who has been framed with bribery and murder.
101. 5-12 51113 8 Dec 78
  • Local Man Eaten by Newspaper
    • Jim could use some saintly guidance when he goes undercover on a scandal rag that is getting confidential medical information on a doctor's famous, and infamous, patients.
102. 5-13 51115 5 Jan 79
  • With the French Heel Back, Can the Nehru Jacket Be Far Behind?
    • A fashion model friend of Jim is found dead on the ground below her balcony. The police believe it's suicide, but having gotten a desperate phone call from her, Jim believes it's murder.
103. 5-14 51104 12 Jan 79
  • The Battle-Ax and the Exploding Cigar
    • Ignorant that he's been driving a hot Cadillac with an illegal stash of guns in the trunk, leads Jim into rubbing shoulders with the FBI and the Company.
104. 5-15 51117 19 Jan 79
  • Guilt
    • Jim finds his guilty conscience being manipulated by a former fiancee, who asks him to find out who is threatening her life.
105. 5-16 51118 26 Jan 79
  • The Deuce
    • Having Jim doing jury duty leads to a mistrial and his being hired to investigate the case of pedestrian hit by a drunk-driver that brought the accused to court.
106. 5-17 51197 10 Feb 79
  • The Man Who Saw the Alligators
    • If having the IRS wanting to do an audit isn't bad enough, a gangster Jim helped put in prison is out on parole and wants a pound of his flesh in revenge.
107. 5-18 51119 17 Feb 79
  • The Return of the Black Shadow
    • A gang of bikers beat up Jim and assault John Cooper's sister, leading Coop to seek vengeance by returning to a darker period in his past when he was in a biker gang.
108. 5-19 51116 24 Feb 79
  • A Material Difference
    • Jim finds himself being dragged into a complicated situation when Angel's con job as a hit man for hire goes awry.
109. 5-20 51198 3 Mar 79
  • Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job (1)
    • When a corrupt businessman uses extortion to force Richie Brockleman's father to sell him his business for a paltry amount, Richie goes to Jim for advice on how to get back at him with a con job.
110. 5-21 51199 3 Mar 79
  • Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job (2)
111. 5-22 51120 13 Apr 79
  • A Different Drummer
    • While in hospital after a car accident, Jim stumbles across a black market for vital organs.


Season 6

# Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles
112. 6- 1 53801 28 Sep 79
  • Paradise Cove
    • Jim's Malibu neighbourhood becomes the site of a treasure hunt for a stash of gold bullion, stolen fifty years earlier.
113. 6- 2 53898 12 Oct 79
  • Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (1)
    • Jim rubs shoulders with royalty when a princess hires him because she believes someone is trying to kill her friend.
114. 6- 3 53899 12 Oct 79
  • Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (2)
    • Jim goes to a posh restaurant but when a party is seated before him, he makes a scene. When one of the party is almost killed, Jim is hired to investigate. This starts a romance between Jim and Kendall (and a real life romance between Garner and Bacall!) Guest Stars Lauren Bacall and Dana Wynter. This is the best episode of the entire series.
115. 6- 4 53802 19 Oct 79
  • Only Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die (1)
    • Jim senses something is out of tune while looking into the disappearance of a rock star's producer.
116. 6- 5 53806 26 Oct 79
  • Only Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die (2)
    • Jim is hired to find a missing friend of a rock star by an old prison mate.
117. 6- 6 53815 9 Nov 79
  • Love Is the Word
    • poor Jimmy, his old flame is getting married to someone else. Boo hoo. Steven Cannell would have thrown-up at this idea during the early seasons.
118. 6- 7 53809 16 Nov 79
  • Nice Guys Finish Dead
    • The special guest of a P.I. convention dinner is found murdered in the restroom, and Jim unhappily finds himself once more having to team up with flawless Lance White, while accident prone Freddie Beamer tags along.
119. 6- 8 53814 23 Nov 79
  • The Hawaiian Headache
    • Jim is tricked into believing he's won a trip to Hawaii, when it really turns out to be doing a favor for an old army pal in the CIA. Rockford's old Korean commander, fresh from overthrowing Allende and assassinating Allard Lowenstein, shows up wanting Rockford's help in organizing Angolan death squads. Jim never liked the guy, so he says "no".
120. 6- 9 53811 30 Nov 79
  • No Fault Affair
    • the great Rita Moreno appears for the last time as Rita Capkovic, asking the question that's stumped philosophers for thousands of years: is a 4th-rate hairdresser better than a 1st-rate hooker? (Of course not. Ask Charmane Star.) After watching this episode, you'll still be stumped.
121. 6-10 53810 7 Dec 79
  • The Big Cheese
    • confused, anti-union propaganda, reportedly to have actually been written by Ed Meese. Throughout, Garner keeps checking his watch and his wallet.
122. 6-11 53812 14 Dec 79
  • Just a Coupla Guys
    • Conigliaro & Long! Wasn't "Jersey Bounce" enough?? And are we supposed to forget that Eugene and Mickey were previously arrested for murder back in L.A.??? (Mickey is still picking sand from his teeth.)
123. 6-12 53807 10 Jan 80
  • Deadlock in Parma
    • the Firebird breaks down and Jim finds himself stuck in a small town having a 3-day Bob Marley festival. Jim smokes a lot of weed, gets down with a serious fox by the name of Carrie Osgood, then leaves town. Okay, that's not the real plot but it's a lot sexier than Proposition 46D.



Season 7

# Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles
124. 7- 1 82501 27 Nov 94
  • I Still Love L.A.
125. 7- 2 82502 14 May 95
  • A Blessing in Disguise
126. 7- 3 82601 14 Jan 96
  • If the Frame Fits...
127. 7- 4 82603 18 Feb 96
  • Godfather Knows Best
128. 7- 5 82602 25 Apr 96
  • Friends and Foul Play
129. 7- 6   18 Sep 96
  • Punishment and Crime
130. 7- 7 82701 21 Nov 97
  • Murder and Misdemeanors
131. 7- 8 82702 20 Apr 99
  • If It Bleeds, It Leads
    • Jim comes to the aid of his old friend Rita Capkovic when her husband, Ernie Landale is arrested by the police and persecuted by the media because he bears an uncanny resemblance to a picture of the notorious ‘Westside Rapist'



CBS TV movies

# Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles
  002   1994-11-27
  • The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A.
    The first of several TV movies was dedicated to the memory of Noah Beery Junior, who passed away shortly before the show was aired. Good use of recent events in LA as we follow Jim through the "missing years" as he gets married, gets unmarried, loses his father, and finally decides to pack it all in, sell the trailer, and leave LA. But nasty things keep happening, like earthquakes, the L.A. riots of '92 and the devastating brush fires in '93 and murder. Well done, as much a tribute as an update, and both long overdue.
    Dedicated to the memory of Noah Beery, Jr. We love you and miss you, Pidge.
    Writer: Juanita Bartlett
    Director: James Whitmore Jr.
    Also starring Joanna Cassidy, Geoffrey Nauffts, Daniel Benzali, Lawrence Pressman, Shannon Kenny, Joseph Campanella
  003   1995-05-14
  • The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise
    Jim protects the star of a film being boycotted by Angel's TV ministry.
  M-3   1996-01-14
  • The Rockford Files: If The Frame Fits
    It's homecoming week, as Jimbo rides again, and we catch up with the rest of the cast. Beth is now a famous writer, married, sporting a new do, and no longer practising law. But she makes an exception when Jim is set up on a murder rap. Angel is still scamming, and cops, well, no one's ever figured out a way to get rid of them. Dennis, Chapman and Diehl all show up. A little longer in the tooth, maybe, but all these characters are treated with the dignity they deserve. And once again tribute is paid to Rocky's memory. And for once, it looks like Jim may have found a lady friend, in the form of Dyan Cannon, who seems to have ageless legs, playing an old friend of Rocky's. A class act. Too bad the plot fizzes out at the end, but when it's rolling, it's one of the best reunion TVMs I've ever seen.
    Written by Juanita Bartlett
    Director: Jeannot Swzarc
    Supervising Producers: Stephen J. Cannell and David Chase
    Also starring Dyan Cannon, Stuart Margolin, Gretchen Corbett, Joe Santos, James Luisi, Tom Atkins
  M-4   1996-02-18
  • The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best
    Jim's godson, Scotty Becker (Dennis' son), after screwing around and screwing up most of his life, gets tangled up in the murder of a fashion designer. Starring the usual, plus Joyce van Patten and Damian Chapa (as Scotty).
    Written by Stephen J. Cannell
    Guest stars: Barbara Carrera, Damian Chapa, Maxwell Caulfield, Joyce van Patten
  M-5   1996-04-25
  • The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play - a.k.a. Fieldtrip to a Funeral
    Jim reluctantly helps a waitress investigate her son's death, and ends up tangling with mobsters, academics and other lower lifeforms.
    Written by Stephen J. Cannell
    Directed by Stuart Margolin
    Also starring Stuart Margolin, Gretchen Corbett, Joe Santos, James Luisi, Marcia Strassman, David Proval, Wendy Phillips, James Luisi, Molly Hagan, Ivan Serei
  M-6   1996-09-18
  • The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime - a.k.a. Night Fishing
    Russian gangsters and the return of Megan! Katherine Harrold returns as Megan Dougherty, the blind therapist Jim had a major thing with. (See Black Mirror and Love is the Word) Also a rather vicious (for Rockford) torture scene.
    Written and directed by David Chase
  M-7   1997-11-21
  • The Rockford Files: Murder and Misdemeanors
    Jim gets tricked into investigating a couple of crooked cops by an ex-cellmate (John Amos) while Angel tries to get a film made of Jim's life.
    Dedicated to the memory of Luis Delgado.
    Written by Juanita Bartlett
    Guest starring: John Amos, Conrad Janis
  M-8   1999-04-20
  • The Rockford Files: If it Bleeds… It Leads - filmed in 1997
    A close friend of Rockford bears an uncanny resemblance to a sought rapist.
    Directed by Stuart Margolin
    Guest starring: Rita Moreno, Hal Linden, Joe Santos, Gretchen Corbett, Tom Atkins, Loryn Locklin, Stephanie Faracy, Denise Crosby, George Wyner.
    (currently unavailable--not aired as of this date)
    (currently unavailable--not aired as of this date)


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