Jim's shackled to his ex-parole officer Marcus Aurelius, now a PI himself, when a no-holds barred competition for a new NBA franchise ensnares both sleazes. Jim can't figure which ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Dennis Becker (credit only)
Marcus Aurelius Hayes / O'Brien (as Lou Gossett)
Manny Stickells (as Dick Davalos)
Martin Eastman
Pepper Martin ...
Greg Smith
James Ingersoll ...
Steve Sorenson
Tom Corell
Todd Morris
Commissioner Tremayne
Vincent Cobb ...
Ray Fairchild
Pamela Serpe ...
Sherm Addison
Al Checco ...
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Jim's shackled to his ex-parole officer Marcus Aurelius, now a PI himself, when a no-holds barred competition for a new NBA franchise ensnares both sleazes. Jim can't figure which jock-sucker, the motormouth Marc works for, but whoever it is, they keep bringing Jim the pain and costing him way-too-many non-reimbursed expenses. As a PO, slick Marc tried to send Jim back up the river; as a PI, he runs Jim dizzy dodging bullets. Written by David Stevens

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12 March 1976 (USA)  »

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The first appearance by Louis Gossett,Jr as PI/con man Marcus Hays. See more »


Throughout the series Rockford is out of prison because he was pardoned but in this one Hayes is his parole officer who sent Rockford back up for breaking parole. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Jim, it's Eddie. You were right about Sweet Talk in the seventh. She breezed in, paid $72.50. But I didn't get your bet down.
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No foul episode
31 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another sports-themed episode(there was another segment earlier in season 2 with Rob Reiner as a QB)in this great series which had many aspects which I enjoy, mainly Rockford as both serious AND funny. I enjoyed the chemistry between he and Marcus Hayes(Lou Gossett, Jr.), as the latter is very shady and tries a few times to fool/con Jim, and the grounded Jim actually falls for it a few times. A great moment to this reviewer is we get to see the famous J-Turn in a dark alley, as he and Hayes are eluding a former prisoner and parolee, who's attempting to exact revenge on his former parole office(Hayes); naturally, the Firebird gets them out of trouble here, and also another time in a local park, as more thugs chase them. Another reason I like this show is how Rockford can beat up someone who wrongs him, then almost as quickly befriends that person if they're in need. He's obviously frustrated with Hayes(turns out he screwed Jim a few years back), but eventually Jim lends his services and agrees to help him out of a mess regarding potential owners of a new basketball franchise. I highly recommend this Rockford Files episode, as it has both serious and funny moments and great chemistry between 2 great con men.

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