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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When Senator Evan Murdoch (Robert Webber) first meets Aura Lee Benton (Melissa Green), he slightly misquotes the fourth line of Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "Annabelle Lee," when he switches names. Instead, he says: "It was a many and many a year ago, in a kingdom by the sea, that a maiden there lived whom you may know, by the name of AURA LEE" (of course, in Poe's poem, this would have been Annabelle Lee). 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 »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Mr. Rockford, you don't know me but I'd like to hire you. Could you call me at... my name is, ugh... never mind, forget it.
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References The Rockford Files: Backlash of the Hunter (1974) See more »

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Lindsay Wagner, Farewell
10 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is Lindsay Wagner's second and final appearance on the Rockford Files, as she also starred in the pilot episode as the same character. I feel they have decent chemistry together, although she seems to hold back for some reason, plus she doesn't add anything too memorable, and is kind of vanilla to boot. In a nutshell, an employee of her's is a troubled sort who winds up hitchhiking for some reason that I can't recall, and she's picked up by a state senator of all people. They do the typical 70's routine at the local dive, and spend time at a motel to finish their "work." Talk about a tired cliché already; the senator is probably 30 years her senior also, but I digress. In an interesting twist, the senator accidentally runs over a man while driving as she's still in the car. Soon after, the girl(Aura Lee)goes missing, and her employer Sara Butler(Wagner)once again calls on Rockford to help locate her. Long story short, a local hood was using the girl's story about the accident to blackmail the senator, but he ends up killing the both of them anyway, though I'm not certain if he made any money out of the deal. Later in the episode, as Rockford and Sara are headed to the police station to report the hood, the guy sneaks behind them in a motorcycle shooting at them with his gun in broad daylight; this doesn't seem like the smartest plan to carry out. I believe the guy tampered with Rockford's car as it stalls on he road, as he and Sara jump down an embankment. Someone should teach Wagner how to scream, as it seems to be a struggle for her. In any event, Jim ends up steering the guy, while on his cycle, down a fairly deep cliff and he ends up in the hospital.

There's a cool scene with a group of kids playing football, and one of them tosses the football to Rockford, who throws it back to them, even though he hurts his arm. I bet James Garner was probably athletic, as he can handle the football. Garner is also a big fan of the Oakland Raiders, as he was allowed to stand with them during some games.

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