When Kansas (Bo Hopkins) sees a story in a newspaper about the death of his old friend, Homer the prospector, along with a picture of Nichols wearing only one glove, he tracks him down. ... See full summary »

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Ruth
Neva Patterson ...
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Harrigan
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Ralph (as Jonathan Lippe)
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Frederic Downs ...
Sam (as Frederick Downs)
Duncan McLeod ...
Scrody
Harvey Johnson ...
Samuel Bookman
Chester Grimes ...
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When Kansas (Bo Hopkins) sees a story in a newspaper about the death of his old friend, Homer the prospector, along with a picture of Nichols wearing only one glove, he tracks him down. Apparently, Kansas and the late Homer have the corresponding halves of a treasure map tattooed on their hands. We see Nichols burying Homer before the opening credits. He now has a paper copy of Homer's half of the map and wants to join up with Kansas and find the hidden booty. Will Nichols' latest get rich scheme go awry like all the other? Written by DBF

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1 February 1972 (USA)  »

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Bo Hopkins (Kansas) would later star with James Garner in several episodes of The Rockford Files as John "Coop" Cooper. See more »

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Fool's Gold
14 May 2016 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

A not very inspired episode has Bo Hopkins (who later replaced Beth Davenport as John Cooper on "The Rockford Files") get Nichols involved with a phony gold mine scam being run by Dabs Greer (who appeared in "Where's Houston?" on "Rockford) and the Most Interesting Man in the World, Jonathan Goldsmith (he appeared in "The Empty Frame" and the "Aaron Ironwood" "Rockford" episodes.

With the town all in investing in the gold mine, Nichols has to figure out a way to turn the con on the con men and get the town back its money.

It seems like a fairly typical Garner situation, but the script just isn't very inspired. It feels like it needed a twist or two that we DON'T expect rather than the ones we see coming a mile away.

Still Garner is charming and watchable as usual. Stuart Margolin has a moment or two as well, but all in all the episode seems to fall short.


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