The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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A Different Drummer 

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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Dennis Becker
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Dr. Lee Yost
Jesse Welles ...
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Dumas
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Dr. Bosca
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Casey (as Dave Cass)
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Perry
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Evan Grange
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Patrick Culliton ...
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Sandy Freeman ...
Dr. Addison
Anne Bellamy ...
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While in hospital after a car accident, Jim stumbles across a black market for vital organs.

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13 April 1979 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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 clothing designer who became famous (and somewhat controversial) in the 1960s by designing the monokini, a topless bikini. See more »

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After Dr Yost rigged the exhaust in Rockford's rental car causing Rockford to nearly lose consciousness while driving, Rockford jumped out of the car just before it went off the cliff. However, the Lincoln Continental he jumped out of was a recent (1970's) model; the car that flew off the cliff and exploded in the next scene, while the same make/model/color, was clearly an early 1960's model. 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 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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