The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 14

Aura Lee, Farewell (3 Jan. 1975)

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Jim's old friend Sara Butler hires him to find out the real reason her employee Aura Lee Benton died. The police believe it was a drug overdose but Sara is convinced she was murdered.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Dirk Schaffer
Sen. Evan Murdock
Kelly Lange ...
Melissa Greene ...
Aura Lee
Henry Slate ...
Tom Scott ...
Motel Clerk
Ellen Murdock
Ed Crick ...


Jim's old friend Sara Butler hires him to find out the real reason her employee Aura Lee Benton died. The police believe it was a drug overdose but Sara is convinced she was murdered.

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3 January 1975 (USA)  »

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Although this is the second appearance of Lindsay Wagner's character of Sara Butler (she was in the series' pilot), Billy Mumy - who played her brother in that episode - also appears here, but, not as her brother. See more »


Near the end, when Jim and Sara are being pursued by Dirk, the weather changes from shot to shot, alternating between shots of bright sunny weather and shots of dense dark fog. See more »


Trask: [Rockford goes back to the street artist for more information] Been waiting for you, man. Called you over two hours ago. Don't you ever check your service?
Jim Rockford: Oh, now and then.
[Rockford looks at one of the abstract paintings]
Jim Rockford: You need a permit to carry one of these things?
Trask: I told you I paint what I feel.
Jim Rockford: You must not feel well!
Trask: Yeah, well, it's yours for fifty bucks.
Jim Rockford: Why would I want to buy a piece of junk like this?
Trask: Gratitude. See, I got the license number of that dude you're looking for.
Jim Rockford: [...]
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References The Rockford Files: Backlash of the Hunter (1974) See more »

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A great foil
5 November 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Lindsay Wagner, an old friend of Jim Rockford's returns in this episode asking for some detective work in regard to the death of young Melissa Greene who worked for her. A brief prologue to the main story shows Greene getting into the car of Robert Webber who is a State Senator and then Webber getting into an accident.

Webber made several guest appearances on The Rockford Files and he's usually a tough guy, sometimes a bad guy. Here however the State Senator turns out to be as much a victim as Greene was.

Joe Santos as Dennis Becker helps Garner run down a few leads, plate numbers that lead to the eventual solving of what turns into two murders. The reasons are a bit murky though. But I do like the way Garner foils the villain in the end.

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