The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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A Good Clean Bust with Sequel Rights 

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
Derek Murcott ...


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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hector Elizondo had also played Rockford's old war buddy John Micelli, in the 1st season episode, 'Say Goodbye to Jennifer'. See more »


(at around 44 mins) Boom mic shadow seen as Jim is walking from the car to the front door. 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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lame episode,...where Rockford Files jumps the shark.
17 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode from season 5,lacks good action and an intelligent plot...most Rockford Files episodes are pretty good for the most part. But the "freeze,turkey" episode is an overcooked turkey of an episode. It's almost embarrassing to watch that's how bad it is.....I highly recommend buying season 5 as well as the other seasons,but this episode is extremely cheesy....this definitely one the worst and most embarrassing Rockford Files episodes ever made.....The beginning of this episode is see Rocky play such a fool,....made me lose respect for him. This season of 1978-79 had many good episodes in the same great Rockford Files mode like "The Empty Frame" and an excellent two-part "The Black Mirror" ....however "A Good Clean Bust With Sequel Rights" (freeze,turkey) made Rockford Files officially 'jump the shark' in 1978. Rockford Files canceled in 1980 from James Garner's knees being ravaged with pain and well as being exhausted. But this episode didn't help.

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