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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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Mary Frann ...
Valerie Thomas / Maria Heller
Eddie Fontaine ...
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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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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Angel proves useful
5 April 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of The Rockford Files has James Garner making a visit to the old homestead, the state prison where a con played by Eddie Firestone wants to hire him to find an old girlfriend. Rockford says no, but in a week Firestone is out and brings money in the form of a cashier's check. Rockford as always is having cash flow problems.

Of course it's a given that there's more to why Firestone and his old running buddy Burr DeBenning want to find Mary Frann. It's a valuable necklace she has. I can't go into it, but they pull an elaborate sting like con game on Jim Rockford which he's just a tad too late to figure out and he's given a big headache and a police APB on him for a jewel theft.

Fortunately Rockford has a friend useful in situations like these. This episode proves why Rockford puts up with Angel Martin. Garner and Stuart Margolin pull their own sting to wrap things up.

Any Rockford File episode with Stuart Margolin is just that much more special. This episode is no exception.


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