The Rockford Files: Season 5, Episode 19

A Material Difference (24 Feb. 1979)

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Jim finds himself being dragged into a complicated situation when Angel's con job as a hit man for hire goes awry.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Michael McGuire ...
Joshua Bryant ...
David Tress ...
Rod Browning ...
Michael Alldredge ...
James Luisi ...
John Davey ...
Donald Bishop ...
Old Man
Alex Rodine ...
1st Man
Ari Barak ...
2nd Man


Jim finds himself being dragged into a complicated situation when Angel's con job as a hit man for hire goes awry.

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Jim Rockford: [grabs Angel by the collar] Angel, you're driving me crazy, you understand? I'm going crazy and I can't take it anymore!
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Jimmy...
Jim Rockford: [has his hand on Angel's throat] Years and years and years! I'm going out of my mind! Your stu-pid, ri-diculous lies and ideas and games year after year!
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: [croaks] ... give me my windpipe...
Jim Rockford: [lets go, looks at his hands; they're shaking] Look at me! Look at me! Look at me!
[collapses against fence in hopelessness]
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: [timidly] Jimmy...
Jim Rockford: Just don't say anything! Just ...
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Rockford in Blue Jeans
20 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This great episode features just how excellent Rockford and Angel's chemistry is, and no matter how much Jim wants to strangle his old prison buddy, they find a way to get things done, usually with many curves along the path. I'm slightly surprised that this complicated story fit into just under an hour, and appears a bit rushed at times, but has many aspects which made this a great show, and all the main characters, minus Beth, have important roles. The plot revolves around Angel being hired as a hit-man, although he doesn't kill anyone, but uses the act as a ruse just to make some cash; this time around, he gets himself involved in an international plot to steal a formula for blue jeans. Yep, that's what I said. The Navy and even the Russians are all interested in the denim formula because wearing blue jeans is frowned upon in Russia, and the stolen formula is very sought after. I consider myself a fan of actor Joshua Bryant(Salem's Lot, 1979), and he has a few scenes as one of the crooked agents who's after the formula; look for another familiar face in Michael McGuire, who is the Navy boss, and actually kills another crooked agent. This is probably one of the final great episodes, as it's from early 1979 and there's only 15 remaining. Look for the Firebird, Rocky's truck, nice shots of the trailer and Rocky's house, nice scenery from boating docks, Dennis and Chapman, and watch Rockford munch on his taco, which we all know that he loves. I also like that he utters the line "that doesn't make any sense" here as well. The most important and enjoyable aspect though, is the chemistry between Rockford and Angel, and this episode is probably the best one featuring both of them together.

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