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)
Dirk Schaffer
Senator 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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The message left on Jim's answering machine is: "Mr Rockford, you don't know me. I'd like to hire you. Could you call me at... My name is... Ah, forget it." 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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19 October 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Lindsey Wagner returns as Sara Butler, the bikini store owner Rockford met earlier in season one in the episode "Backlash of the Hunter". This time, an employee of hers, Aura Lee has been found dead of a heroin overdose. Sara believes Aura Lee was murdered and hires Jim Rockford to prove it.

There's a lot of good stuff in this episode. We get the first of five appearances on the "Files" of Robert Webber, who always made a great foil for Garner. We have another rare appearance of Jim's printing press. And "Lost in Space" star Billy Mumy makes his second appearance on the show as a hippy painter. Oddly enough, his other appearance was in "Backlash of the Hunter" as Sara Butler's brother. Even though Lindsey Wagner's back, this time the two are not related. Melissa Greene plays Aura Lee and apparently this was her last professional appearance, after a short career in shows like "Kolchak: the Night Stalker" and (ironically) "The Six Million Dollar Man".

Somehow though this episode never really takes off. Jackie Cooper's direction seems particularly plodding and slow, which brings the whole episode down. The mystery isn't that great, and its pretty obvious who the killer is. There's also a pretty bad scene in which Rockford tries to pass himself off as a cop--using his real name and dressed in a big sweater, looking for all the world like anything BUT a cop. Kinda dumb for someone as savvy as Jim Rockford. It's a mistake they would not make later in the series. In many ways this episode is a lot more "Mannix" than it is "Rockford".

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