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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Karen Stiles: You know, I wasn't sure you were going to show up. I mean three years is more than just a little interlude. Why did you?
Jim Rockford: Oh, let's just say I was curious.
Karen Stiles: Curious? That emotion doesn't hold much fire.
Jim Rockford: Well Karen, it was three years ago. We did our little torch dance, and as I recall we ended up getting a little singed.
Karen Stiles: Well, I heal quickly.
Jim Rockford: Well, I don't. So let's just start with curiosity and we'll see where it goes from there.
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Like a mini Chandler novel
25 February 2007 | by (CA) – See all my reviews

The best episodes of The Rockford Files are often like mini Chandler novels. Sure, Jimmy is too big of a con artist to be confused with the knight errant Marlowe, but when a destitute old buddy or an endangered past love needs his help, he sometimes becomes almost knight-like. This show is basically a Long Goodbye scenario, in which Jim must solve a tangled mystery to see if he is being duped by a past love (Susan Strasburg) who came to him for help. Is he saving her, or is she using him? The dialogue crackles here, and that, plus Garner, is why this show was so often the best thing to ever be on the tube.

Back in the 70's, some of the craftsmen behind TV shows like this had long histories working in their positions. Between the Director Jerry London, the DP Andrew Jackson, and the Editor George Rohrs, you had credits that ranged from Hawaiian Eye to Dragnet to Rockford to Harry- O. These guys worked all the time, and they were a testament to the true professionalism of the times. I'm sure back then, they thought they were just cranking 'em out, but their efforts still shine. You have to go to HBO to find stuff this good these days.

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