The Rockford Files: Season 5, Episode 6

A Good Clean Bust with Sequel Rights (3 Nov. 1978)

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Jim is forced to babysit Chicago ex-cop, now celebrity, "Frank Falcone," who has a television show and toy line. Falcone isn't easy to babysit, and things get dicey when some old Chicago "friends" of Falcone show up to complicate things.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Jeff Seales
Augie Augustine
Bob Parsons
Hugh Wexler
Frank Falcone
Board President
Hank Brandt ...
Gene Lindner / Sammy Cassell
Mrs. Stern
Jenny Sherman ...
Derek Murcott ...
Manny Ables
Marland Proctor ...


Jim finds himself babysitting Chicago ex-cop turned celebrity "Frank Falcone," who is trying to protect his tough cop image for his television show, while promoting his seemingly kid friendly nature for a new line of "Frank Falcone" toys being rolled out. It soon gets dicey when a few old Chicago "friends" of Falcone show up to complicate things, and Falcone drags Jim in to one problem after another. Written by TrivWhiz

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3 November 1978 (USA)  »

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In a highway driving scene, at approximately 28:17, Rockford is driving a 1974 model (with single headlights) of his ubiquitous golden brown Pontiac Firebird, but just seconds later, at 28:25, as he is pulling into the parking area of his destination, inexplicably he is now driving a 1978 model (with dual headlights) of the same color Pontiac Firebird Esprit. See more »


Jeff Seales: As you know, the Falcone legend has been told many different ways... this last time it was by his former partner Walt Wexler, and unfortunately the toys and the man are closely identified.
Bob Parsons: There's a complete line of police toys under his name.
Jim Rockford: Oh, and I'm supposed to keep the name and the legend clean?
Jeff Seales: Yes! If you could low profile Falcone just until we get the toy line launched, nothing more...
Bob Parsons: Just your being with him will have a calming effect! Just like a... a steer with a fighting bull.
Jeff Seales: [...]
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lighter fare
13 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of those OK episodes, where it wasn't that great nor that bad, but a fun ride along the way. Solid actor Hector Elizondo plays Frank Falcone, who has a line of toys named after him, plus a TV show to boot, which Rocky is a big fan of. Jim is hired to basically be Frank's bodyguard, as his "new" client sometimes gets involved in troubling situations and Rockford tries his best to avoid them. I can't be 100% certain of the contract placed on Falcone's life, but the hoods believe Rockford is now linked to him and both are in danger; I believe the contract is coming from bad dudes in Chicago, but that's as much as I can recall. There are a few cool scenes for which I'll remember this episode for, such as Jim finding a fish head in his soup, made especially for him by his dad for "flavor"; another real fine moment is when Jim is fishing, he notices 2 goons with knives ready to attack him, then soon after he jumps into the pacific ocean for his escape(not sure if that was a stunt man or not, as I know James Garner did most of his own stunts, but by 1978 he had major knee problems); lastly, I was pleasantly surprised to see the famous J-turn with the Firebird later in the show, as Jim and Frank escape this big, ugly sedan. The final scene ends on a happy tone, as Jim says "freeze, turkey" to Falcone, then he turns quickly to Rockford with his finger pointed like a gun with a smile on his face. As I said above, this is more of a lighter fare variety, as most of the scenes revolving around Rockford and Falcone is almost like good cop, bad cop with some entertainment along for the ride. Not among my favorites, but certainly not the worst of the bunch.

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