The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 16

Counter Gambit (24 Jan. 1975)

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Two former cons hire Rockford to find an old girlfriend. They actually want her valuable pearl necklace and implicate him as the thief. With Angel's help, he'll get the pearls back and square himself with the police.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Mary Frann ...
Valerie Thomas / Maria Heller
Eddie Fontaine ...
Moss Williams
Burr DeBenning ...
Harry Crown
Ford Rainey ...
Manny Tolan
Edgar Burch
Garry Walberg ...
Arnold Cutter
Eric Server ...
Daniel Kramer
Barbara Collentine ...
Miss Bolting


Two former cons hire Rockford to find an old girlfriend. They actually want her valuable pearl necklace and implicate him as the thief. With Angel's help, he'll get the pearls back and square himself with the police.

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Valerie's apartment (including some of its furniture) is the same one used by Diana Lewis in "Sleight of Hand", which had originally aired the previous week. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Jim, it's Jack. I'm at the airport. I'm going to Tokyo and I wanna pay the $500 I owe ya. Catch you next year when I get back.
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Referenced in The Rockford Files: The Farnsworth Stratagem (1975) See more »

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Pearl of an episode
13 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would probably have to say that this episode is the best from the first season of this usually great show, as the formula is rounding into shape and the writing is vastly improving. This story revolves around Rockford being hired, albeit forcefully, by a thug who tried to kill him, and he wants Jim to locate a woman(Mary Frann)who the man feels may steal these precious and expensive pearls. The problem is that the pearls may be real or "paste", as is mentioned a few times; therefore, an expert is needed to figure out which ones are the crown jewels, and that expert is Angel. There is a funny scene when Rockford and the woman meet Angel in a porno theater, much to the chagrin of her, and Jim pays off his prison pal to help with the scam, as the person who hired Jim ended up using him in order to find the woman and the pearls; there's also a crooked insurance agent involved, played by M. Emmet Walsh. There's a few nice scenes with Rocky and Dennis, and some nice shots inside the trailer, especially when Jim explains the tape recorder to his dad and how he can record the clicks to open a safe. It's easy to lose track, but eventually the pearls wind up with the woman, as this gets Jim of the hook, because he was accused to stealing them in the scam. This is really a terrific episode for which I highly recommend for the uneven inaugural season.

If I had to make one negative point of this particular episode, it would be the final scene, which has Valerie on the phone with Dennis. She's calling to tell him that her pearls are safe and Rockford is innocent of anything illegal. As she's still on the phone, Rockford walks up to her and starts to kiss her ear, for which she sticks her tongue out, and then kisses her lips as the show ends soon after. This is going on while Angel and the real pearl appraiser are in the room, as this scene seem slightly forced. This doesn't detract from this mighty fine episode, but I'm never a fan of when he kisses the girl to end the show.

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