The Rockford Files: Season 2, Episode 16

A Portrait of Elizabeth (23 Jan. 1976)

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A client of Beth's hires Jim misleadingly to check on his company.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Dave Delaroux
Wayne Tippit ...
Susan Valero
Katherine Woodville ...
Karen Silver (as Kate Woodville)
Robert Riesel ...
Mickey Silver
Ned Wilson ...
Arnold Adams / Rod Fitzpatrick
Gretchen Corbett ...
Solly Marshall
Tom Hanson
Angus Duncan ...
Morey Dayton
Michael Thoma ...
Maitre D'


A client of Beth's hires Jim misleadingly to check on his company.

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The painting of the ship's rigging in Tom Hanson's office is also used in Dr. Bracket's office from the show Emergency! (1972). See more »


At the end Jim discovers Dave Delaroux painted Beth's portrait over what Jim calls a "Federal Bearer Bond." A close up of the bond shows Dave Delaroux's name typed on it. Bearer bonds are called by that name because they are not issued to a particular person; whoever happens to posses the bond (i.e., the bearer), is the legal owner of it, regardless of who the original owner was. They would never have the owner's name typed on it as that would make it a regular bond. Several years after this show bearer bonds were made illegal in the US for the very reason used in this story: it made for an easy way to launder money and smuggle it outside of the country. See more »


Beth Davenport: Two years ago when I first met you, I thought, 'This is the one', and I took out my little lariat and I swung it over my head and I took dead aim, and I tossed. I must have thrown it 50 times since then. But I gotta hand it to you, Jim, you're a tough catch. Sometime, I don't know, last year I guess, I sort of settled for friend and I started looking for someone with more long range possibilities. David looked like a good candidate.
Jim Rockford: Thanks, but I'm still jealous.
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3 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific episode, and probably one the better ones from the second season, which to me, had many hit or miss shows. I would tell any person who's interested in becoming a fan to watch episodes starting in 1976, when the show was in true form, as I'm not huge fan of the first two seasons, even though the latter episodes of this particular season were from 1976. John Saxon gives a strong performance as Dave Delaroux(Rockford says "ole Dave" many times), and Beth is smitten with him, and guess who's jealous? Look for a great scene in the trailer as Dave tries to hire Jim, and Beth does her best to make Jim and the trailer look presentable to Dave, who recently hired Beth for a reason I forget. If you know anything about Saxon, you should know that he's a martial arts expert, as both he and James Garner trained under the legendary Bruce Lee, and Saxon uses martial arts in this episode; I'm not certain of Garner's skills in this department, as he doesn't use that technique here. There are some familiar faces as Rockford veteran actor Joe E. Tata, who starred in a total of 8 episodes, Wayne Tippit(Agent Dan Shore), James Murtaugh(A1 steak sauce guy), and Ned Wilson, from the epic Salem's Lot from 1979. It boils down to Dave being a crook, and he concocts a plan to steal $2 million under a portrait of Beth, although I thought Rockford figures this out too easily and too conveniently. I was also slightly disappointed in how easily Jim traps Dave by pinning his arm behind his back, considering Dave is a martial arts expert, as he should be able to break free before the police come to arrest him. The rest of the episode is in very fine form with solid performances by all involved.

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