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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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Valerie Thomas / Maria Heller
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Moss Williams
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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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24 January 1975 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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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some days, it's better to just pull the covers over one's head, and ignore the phone
2 September 2015 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Another fine episode of Rockford, but, amongst the humour is an undercurrent which scares me, because, though this is 'just' a TV series, what happens to Jim in it, can - and does - happen to real people.

Jim's case is to try and find and locate a young man, in a small out-of-the-way town.

En route, the Firebird develops troubles, and the 'only tow truck in 70 miles' stops to help Jim, and takes him to his location - a town which used to be Pastoria, but, has recently been rechristened 'New' Pastoria.

Within short order, Jim's problems mount - rapidly, and with ever-increasing severity.

First, the repair work - both the problems, the cost - and the severity

  • begins to rise - rapidly. Everything from statutory rape,


drug-running, and a whole mess more are lobbed at Jim.

The supporting cast - including Bill Quinn (who was in the pilot), portraying the judge, and such stalwarts as Richard Herd as the sheriff, Kathie Browne, as New Pastoria's mayor (some may remember her as 'Deela,' in the Star Trek episode Wink Of An Eye), do a terrific job in filling out this story.

While Becker is not in this episode, the wonderful Grechen Corbett, as Beth Davenport, and Noah Wyloe, as Rocky are.

In the beginning, I said how his episode frightens me, and, I'm not speaking about violence, I'm speaking of the film-flam done here - all under the guise of 'law and order.'

Mayor Karen (Browne) points out Pastoria would've become 'nationally respected...legitimate'), and, in spite of the damage to individuals, she believes her methods were no different (in their cost) than 'LA., or Chicago,' and tries to inculcate the judge as being an perpetrator as well.

But, Judge Cline (Bill Quinn) says in response to Mayor Karen (who believes winning, no matter the cost - in wrecked human lives - is irrelevant), who says 'a fine is nothing more than a legally demanded ransom...'), 'it's a bill that's come due..'

The difference is bills - of all sorts - get padded, and incorrectly filled out.

Rockford's great in so many ways; writing, acting, but, another way - less mentioned, is how the writers had stories which brought up topics which were timeless (this one, and So Help Me God which come to mind), or. ahead of their time (The House On Willis Ave).

All these stories leave the viewer, with, not just an 'hour well-spent,' but, also, with subjects to think about.


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