The Rockford Files: Season 5, Episode 7

Three Day Affair with a Thirty Day Escrow (10 Nov. 1978)

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After being strong-armed by an Arab sheik and his goons, and getting no help from the police, Jim decides to track down the two people who caused his trouble: a soft-voiced gigolo and the sheik's naive daughter.



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Episode cast overview:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Sean Innes
Robert Alda ...
Cy Margulies
Khedra Azziz
Gilbert Green ...
Joshua Bryant ...
Deputy Chief Gorman
James Luisi ...
Maurice Sherbanee ...
Socorro Swan ...
James W. Gavin ...
Pilot (as James Gavin)


After being strong-armed by an Arab sheik and his goons, and getting no help from the police, Jim decides to track down the two people who caused his trouble: a soft-voiced gigolo and the sheik's naive daughter.

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Richard Romanus also appeared in "The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise", almost twenty years later. See more »


When Rockford puts the can of air freshener in the microwave and turns it on, several minutes pass before the can explodes and starts a fire. The can reacts like it had been put on a regular stove and exploded after the contents had built up enough pressure to blow the can up. Actually, if a metal can is placed in a microwave oven it would immediately start to throw off sparks which would have almost immediately caused a fire (or shorted the oven out) rather than the lengthy delay as it occurred. See more »


Sean Innes: About Miriam... you know... it was pure physical depletion that caused that problem she was talking about. That's never happened to me before... probably'll never happen again! Truth is, I've been battling this insidious case of mononucleosis these past weeks. I should see my doctor.
Jim Rockford: Yeah, well, when illness interferes with your work you should. I've seen that notebook you have. How many broads with money do you have on the hook exactly?
Sean Innes: You make it sound mechanical. I have some basic human ...
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Rockford vs. Royalty
15 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that I felt started out slowly, but eventually regained form and gained steam towards the conclusion of the show. I would like to add that I wouldn't be in a major hurry to watch this again, as it isn't a favorite of mine, but there's enough interesting characters and developments which kept my interest. This time around, Rockford is on the search for a guy named Sean Innis(Richard Romanus), who is a whiny dude that wealthy women are oddly attracted to; one of those women is Miriam, played by Janis Page, who has a few funny lines and basically kicks Sean out of her mansion. I thought the chemistry between he and Rockford was surprisingly good, considering the guy does nothing but complain, and yet keeps telling Jim how great he is at attracting wealthy women, including one woman who's a married wealthy Arabian princess; her family is looking for her and Sean, and naturally, Rockford is involved. The best scene for me is after the 3 are detained by the powerful family, the woman is just about put on trial by her own father in front of several others, as he's disgraced by her affair and I believe she is sentenced to death in her country; it turns out that her husband was murdered by a crooked real estate agent, who's also detained. All the parties involved are aboard a plane headed to another country, while Rockford(give him credit for originality)sees an aerosol spray can and cooks it in a microwave before anyone is wise to him; soon after, the can explodes, the father supposedly dies of a heart attack perhaps, and everyone escapes by jumping out of the parked plane. As I said above, I liked the latter half much better, as it had more effective scenes. There's some nice shots of the Firebird, nice mansions, Dennis and Chapman, Night Court's Richard Moll, and one of those familiar faces in actor Joshua Bryant(Salem's Lot), who has a minor role as Chief Gorman, and you'll see him in several episodes of this great show. I need to mention a scene which seemed slightly lame, and that was at the beginning when Jim is kidnapped and taken to a hotel, where the wealthy father and his hoods were questioning him, yet Rockford does the usual "throw-one-guy-into-another" in order to escape, and when they chase him, he uses a hotel fire hose and knocks them to the ground. This is still a fairly solid episode with some interesting scenes which should make a fan of the show happy for the most part.

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