The Rockford Files: Season 6, Episode 12

Deadlock in Parma (10 Jan. 1980)

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In the series finale, Jim Rockford drives off into a California sunset in his wounded Firebird, after being ensnared in a small-town council battle with big implications. While trout ... See full summary »

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
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Dennis Becker (credit only)
Sandra Kerns ...
Carrie Osgood
Henry Beckman ...
Sheriff Neal
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Mayor Sindell
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Henry Gersh
Ben Piazza ...
Stan Belding
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John Traynor
J. Edward McKinley ...
Lee Melvin
Virgil Frye ...
Perry
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Deputy Murray
David Clover ...
Officer Chet
Ken Letner ...
Hy Newman
Al Dunlap ...
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In the series finale, Jim Rockford drives off into a California sunset in his wounded Firebird, after being ensnared in a small-town council battle with big implications. While trout fishing in the mountains, the vacationing PI becomes the emergency proxy for a fellow angler, an environmentalist councilman, felled by appendicitis. But the seemingly-innocuous proposition for a Parma city park, attracts a trailer load of New Jersey mobsters who urge Rockford to keep his vote green, or sleep with the fishes. Meanwhile, this town council in the land of endless propositions, acts to force their temporary member Rockford to go fishing under the moonlight, but not in Parma. Written by David Stevens

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In 2011, the episode was ranked at #22 on the AV Club's list of "24 Accidental TV Finales That Worked As Series-Enders." 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: Because the way you live says so much about you, your home has been selected by Royal Imperial Roofing and Siding as our neighborhood showcase. A bonded representative will call on you.
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Follows The Rockford Files: Backlash of the Hunter (1974) See more »

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Farewell, Jim
29 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the final episode to be aired, but not filmed, and it revolves around Jim doing some fishing in a small town called Parma. While fishing, a man in a backpack stumbles unto Jim and basically falls prey to an illness and Jim gets him to a hospital. It turns out that this guy has an important vote in the little town, and needs Jim to do a vote by proxy for legal gambling. Shortly after checking into a local motel, a mob guy from Newark(naturally)tries to force Jim to vote one way, and the town locals warn Jim to leave town and not to vote. It turns out that every time he tries to leave, either his car is stolen or he's subdued at the bus stop. The state police come in and save the day before the final vote takes place, and the man who set up Jim as a fall guy, winds up murdered. I wouldn't highly recommend this episode, even though it's the final one aired in 1980, mainly because none of the regulars like Dennis, Rocky, Chapman, or Angel are involved at all. There's a nosy reporter who follows Jim around and eventually they make things right in the corrupt town, as Jim ends up in jail and she gets the state police involved.

The last shot at least has Jim in his Firebird, so the show ends on a good note, even though the mechanic who ended up fixing Jim's supposed stolen car messes something up, as the car sputters until the screen does the usual freeze when the show is finished. It's too bad we couldn't see Jim's trailer and the beach one more time, but it wasn't meant to be.


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