The Rockford Files: Season 5, Episode 22

A Different Drummer (13 Apr. 1979)

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While in hospital after a car accident, Jim stumbles across a black market for vital organs.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Dr. Lee Yost
Jesse Welles ...
Sorel Henderson
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Dumas
Walter Brooke ...
Dr. Bosca
David S. Cass Sr. ...
Casey (as Dave Cass)
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Perry
Harlan Warde ...
Evan Grange
Fritzi Burr ...
Tax Assistant
Patrick Culliton ...
Patrolman
Sandy Freeman ...
Dr. Addison
Anne Bellamy ...
Nurse
Ray Stricklyn ...
Dr. Stark
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While in hospital after a car accident, Jim stumbles across a black market for vital organs.

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When Jim first meets Sorel, she quotes a lyric from an old song and says it was originally performed by Rudi Gernreich. The song in question was actually made famous by Rudy Vallee. Rudi Gernreich was a somewhat controversial clothing designer who became famous in the 1960s by designing the monokini, essentially a topless bikini. See more »

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In the hospital Rocky tells Jim that when the other truck rear ended him, a cement block went through the cab and damaged the passenger side window. But when the accident was shown, none of this had happened, showing that the hospital scene was filmed before the crash scene and that they didn't go back to re-shoot the hospital scene to correct it. See more »

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford: You know they can get spare parts for trucks, but people, there ain't no spare parts for people.
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Bang this drum
3 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific episode which ends season 5, as Rockford is sent to the hospital after he was involved in an accident(he was in Rocky's truck)with 2 weirdos, and you'll most likely think that this will be the top story, but it isn't, and that's due to some fine writing. While in the hospital, Rockford witnesses an odd surgery by a very slick "doctor", played smoothly by John Considine(Lee Yost), as the supposed dead patient he's operating on moves his fingers, much to Rockford's surprise. Rocky and Dennis have some nice scenes, and look for familiar faces in Fritzi Burr(Sanford & Son), Reni Santoni(Poppy from Seinfeld), and Jesse Welles(Sorel Henderson), who makes the final of her 3 appearances of this show, and plays a very ditzy woman who works for Yost's firm, which specializes in the black market for human organs. There's a rare scene where we see Jim sleeping in his bed, with a book on his chest and glasses on, when he's awakened by the 2 fools who caused his earlier accident, as they warn him not to take them to court and fire a gun at the trailer; this other plot wasn't brought up again after this scene. Getting back to the real story, Jim figures out that Yost is stealing organs, and as he's attempting to murder Sorel, Jim comes and saves the day with a right cross which knocks out Yost cold, thwarting the evil plan. The weather for the most part was unusually cloudy, which is rare for this show, although the scene where Rockford and Yost share a lunch near the beach is quite nice. This was a fine episode to end the season, as there's one more season to go before Jim says farewell to us all.


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