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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This episode was actually broadcast 17 Nov 1978. "The Empty Frame" aired 03 Nov 1978. See more »


(at around 44 mins) Boom mic shadow seen as Jim is walking from the car to the front door. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Friend: [beeep] Jim, I have to thank you for talking over my problems with me last Tuesday night; I love you for it. But can you have lunch tomorrow and talk about the divorce? I'm real bummed out.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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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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