The Rockford Files: Season 2, Episode 3

Gearjammers, Part 1 (26 Sep. 1975)

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Rocky is targeted for death after seeing a meeting between a truck dispatcher and a crooked executive. Jim wants desperately to protect his father but discovers he hasn't been keeping up ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Mary Ramsey (as Rosemary De Camp)
Scott Brady ...
Robert F. Hoy ...
Scheib (as Bob Hoy)
Ted Gehring ...
Johnny Lo Salvo
Peter Brocco ...
Charles Cooper ...
Al Stevenson ...
Robert Ray Sutton ...
Paco (as Robert Raymond Sutton)
Jack Garner ...
John Dullaghan ...


Rocky is targeted for death after seeing a meeting between a truck dispatcher and a crooked executive. Jim wants desperately to protect his father but discovers he hasn't been keeping up with Rocky enough to even find him on a typical day. The dispatcher was giving the supposedly-retired Rocky work as a trucker, so when Jim discovers the dispatcher dead in a crate bound for Malaysia, the police figure the elusive Rocky knows why. Written by David Stevens

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The 1975 Pontiac Firebird in gold is used by Jim Rockford throughout the first 48 minutes of part 1. When Jim Rockford and Rocky plan to use the car to go to dinner it is still the same vehicle if one notices the rear full width tail lights. When they change their mind and decide to eat a restaurant around the corner, the 1975 vehicle is suddenly replaced by a 1970 1/2 Pontiac Fireboard in gold which has much smaller 7" wide tail lights. This 1970 1/2 is the vehicle blown up at the very end. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Okay, pal, it's Harry. I just checked my car. You kept the battery charged all right, you also put thirty-five hundred miles on it!
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References The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) See more »

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Jim's most pathetic beat-down
1 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For connoisseurs of Jim Rockford getting beat up, this episode features perhaps his most pathetic beatdown ever as he returns home from the grocery only to find two hoods looking for Rocky at his door. They promptly drag him behind his own trailer and work him over, and Jim is only saved by a sneering lifeguard on Beach Patrol who mistakes him for a drunk and doesn't even know that he lives there. Classic.

When I first watched this 2-parter I found it a bit of a bore - a slim story extended to two installments - but on a second viewing, it's just a great Jim and Rocky episode. We find out about Rocky's secret social life, which comes as a shocker to Jim who discovers, among other things, that his dad has a steady lady friend in Beverly Hills!

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