The Rockford Files: Season 3, Episode 22

Dirty Money, Black Light (1 Apr. 1977)

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Jim becomes very concerned when Rocky starts receiving thousands of dollars through the mail.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Agent Steiner
Electric Larry
Joshua Bryant ...
Agent Mike Wolf
Frank Blake
Girl in Tub
Gretchen Corbett ...
Harry Smick
Jud Brown
Mike Lane ...
Tony (as Michael Lane)
Mary Carver ...
Miss Grayson 1st Receptionist


Jim becomes very concerned when Rocky starts receiving thousands of dollars through the mail.

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In this episode, Rocky wins a contest and goes on a free trip to Hawaii. In season six, apparently they forgot about this episode. Jim wins a trip for two to Hawaii and takes Rocky, who goes on and on about never having seen Hawaii before. See more »


Near the end of the show when Rockford is being chased, he hurriedly puts his briefcase into the elevator and doesn't punch any floor buttons. This means the elevator car would not have gone anywhere (it was after hours so no one else would be using it). If someone had just punched the outside elevator button the elevator doors would have opened and the briefcase would have been right there. See more »


Beth Davenport: I hope Angel won't say anything that's gonna get Rocky into trouble.
Jim Rockford: Hey, Angel has been in stir, he knows better than to talk without his lawyer present and you're his lawyer. Angel knows better - he'll keep his mouth shut.
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: [Scene changes to Angel being interrogated by Federal Agents]
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: See, you want to be talking to Jim Rockford and his father, Joseph. Let me spell that for ya: That's Rockford, R-O-C-K-F-O-R-D.
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Not up to the show's standards
23 November 2014 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I was disappointed with this episode. Both the writing and directing were "off" - Rockford didn't come off as smart as he usually does, the federal agents seemed dull-witted, and various plot holes kept showing up. For example, Larry tells his thugs to tail Rockford, and they go, but immediately afterward we see Rockford, clearly not being tailed. We learn early on that Rocky is in Hawaii, but we don't learn until later that he won a contest. The interrogation room has a frosted observation window in the ceiling - completely unlike any we've seen before or since. These may be little points, but when they come one after the other during the entire episode, they add up to an unsatisfying episode in an otherwise great series.

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