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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As slick a con as Angel ever pulled
31 March 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jim Rockford solves no more cases and gets in no more jackpots after this episode. We would not see Rockford again until some made for TV movies in the Nineties made their debut. A sad goodbye to one of the most inventive series ever done on television in terms of writing and character creation.

There's a nest full of characters in this last episode in the sleepy mountain town of Parma, California where James Garner has gone to do a little trout fishing. While enjoying a little of the catch over a campfire with Michael Cavanaugh whom he met on the trail Cavanaugh doubles over and says he has stomach pains. As it turns out he's one of 6 town council-members and he gives this total stranger his proxy for an upcoming vote in the town.

All I can say is that this was as slick a con job that even Angel Martin would be proud of. Garner is now involved in a city proposition fight to bring casino gambling to the sleepy town with all kinds of shady people on both sides. Cavanaugh himself winds up dead and then his body is hidden.

Two of the shadiest are these innocent country hicks Jerry Hardin who is town pharmacist as well as mayor and Henry Beckmann just a simple country sheriff, but nothing like Andy Griffith.

I could never quite believe that Garner could let himself get slickered so easily. Still these characters are quite up to the Rockford Files standard.


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