The Rockford Files: Season 2, Episode 22

A Bad Deal in the Valley (19 Mar. 1976)

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Rockford finds himself in the middle of a bad deal indeed when he agrees to help an old girlfriend and ends up with a suitcase full of counterfeit money and under arrest by the F.B.I.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Karen Stiles
Jack Colvin ...
Gretchen Corbett ...
Sandy Lederer
David Sabin ...
Murray Slauson
Rod Cameron ...
Jack Chilson
John Lupton ...
Tony Lederer
Fritzi Burr ...
Russ McGinn ...
Fred Southerland
Dudley Knight ...
Laurence Haddon ...


Rockford finds himself in the middle of a bad deal indeed when he agrees to help an old girlfriend and ends up with a suitcase full of counterfeit money and under arrest by the F.B.I.

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The house and back yard pool used in this show was the same one used for the home of the Marty Jordan character in "In Hazard", just four programs before this one. See more »


When Jim leaves Slauson's office building at 2520 West Olive Ave., he turns around and heads west on Olive Ave. When the goons in the Mercury are seen following him in the long shot of both cars, he is traveling east on Olive Ave right in front of Slauson's office again. See more »


Jim Rockford: I'm in a *lousy* mood! Spending the night in the slammer *usually* has that effect on me.
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1 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though this was her second appearance, I didn't sense much chemistry between Susan Strasburg and James Garner this time around, and thought many of their scenes were pedestrian at best, although not all of them. I found she was very unlikeable, and was surprised how many times Jim would fall for her scams, even though he said he "liked her." I would have a difficult time liking someone like that, and for a rare time, Jim puts his guard down for this woman, and takes the bait for a counterfeit scam and missing jewels. There are some fine scenes, like when Jim is outed by a fellow private investigator who's much bigger than him, a nice moment with Jim and Rocky fishing, and the 2 with Dennis at the taco stand at the conclusion. You'll notice some faces like Veronica Hamel, Gordon Jump, and Fritzi Burr, who was underused in this episode; she's normally funny in Sanford & Son. When I watch this show now, I look for subtle things like Jim cruisng in the Firebird on a sunny day, a few shots of the trailer on the beach, and any scene with Rocky, which is always a plus.

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