Jim's old girlfriend Claire Prescott calls him for protection from two hoods. He soon discovers there is a missing undercover cop, which puts him up against an arrogant Cpt. Highland as well as the two thugs.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Claire Prescott
Lance LeGault ...
Stone (as W.L. LeGault)
Capt. Highland
M.P. Murphy ...
Ted (as Douglas V. Fowley)


Hounded by two vicious hoods, Jim Rockford's former flame Claire seeks his help. After suffering multiple burns by her, he knows she charms men with her polished, classy act, so Jim's reluctant to get involved with her again. But the gorgeous Claire seems so vulnerable and frightened, he takes the case anyway. Rockford presses his pal Sgt. Dennis Becker to fill out her meager story, but Dennis can't fend off the pit-bull Captain Highland. The Captain makes sure his subordinate can't help Jim, by assigning Dennis to tail the impossible-to-follow gumshoe. Claire's ensnared in something big, so both she and Highland intend to keep Jim clueless. Written by David Stevens

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31 January 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Sergeant Becker drives a Ford Gran Torino in this episode, which would later become famous as the red car with a white stripe that Starsky had in "Starsky and Hutch" (1975). See more »


In the initial car chase the chasers lose a driver side front hubcap in an early turn. When they park at the apartment building to conclude the chase the hubcap is back in place. Later, when Willett and Stone follow Jim away from the bar the hubcap is missing again. 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? This is the Thomas Crown School of Dance And Contemporary Etiquette. We aren't going to call again. Now, you want these free lessons or what?
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Better than average
22 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode of the Rockford Files had everything I normally like for this show, including many scenes with Rocky, the trailer, the Firebird, and folks out to get Jim, which include the hoods and the cops. The angry cop this time is effectively played by diminutive Jackie Cooper, who screams at Rockford any chance he gets and tries to muscle him, even though Jim is well traveled enough to call his bluff. The scenes between Cooper and James Garner really standout to this reviewer, not so much the scenes with Linda Evans and Rockford. She really downplayed her role, and didn't show much emotion at all. That may have been called for her role, but I wasn't terribly impressed. She dumped old flame Jim 3 years ago, but I don't believe she even paid him for his services this time. I don't think I would've been so forgiving as Jim was, but that's what makes him who he is and why he's very likable. The better moments for me are the scenes with Jim and Rocky, and Dennis also. There are some very cool car chases, which I'm not always a big fan of, but in this episode are not overdone to the extent of boredom. Check out the scene when one car chasing the Firebird loses a hubcap, and the scene continues. I enjoyed the atmosphere of this episode throughout, and it's probably one of the better ones from the first season, and Rockford himself is in fine form. Don't forget the Firebird too, as it is always great seeing Rockford in that fine car.

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