Jim gets Gandy (Isaac Hayes) a job with his P.I. buddy Marcus Hayes (Louis Gossett Jr.) who promptly then tries to steal the case.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Dennis Becker (credit only)
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Melvin
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Mr. Gertmanian
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Anthony Charnota ...
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Fred Koska
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Johnny Goodbie
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Jim gets Gandy (Isaac Hayes) a job with his P.I. buddy Marcus Hayes (Louis Gossett Jr.) who promptly then tries to steal the case.

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In this episode, Gandy gives Marcus Aurelius Hayes the nickname of 'Gabby'. Previously, Jim referred to him as Marc or Marcus. The name - 'Gabby Hayes' - is also the nickname of one of the best known (and loved, and caricatured - as in_Blazing Saddles (1974)_ ) character actors - primarily in western films. If anything, this 'Gabby' Hayes is the complete opposite - not jist in colour, but, in comportment; the western films 'Gabby' usually was the town drunk, and/or, in some way, unable to speak coherently, and dressed in tattered shambles, whereas this 'Gabby' Hayes is always dressed immaculately, and though he can speak 'street', his usual bearing and manner is stylish, highly knowledgeable highly knowledgeable, and well-educated. See more »

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The money owing to the missing heir is $600,000. Marcus Hayes draws up a contract to get 40% of that, which would be $240,000, for himself for notifying the heir. But afterward he mentions $400,000 several times as the expected take. See more »

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Gandolph Fitch: Shut up Gabby!
Jim Rockford: Gabby...?
Marcus 'Gabby' Hayes: [sighs] Yeah, that's what he calls me. Cute, huh?
Jim Rockford: [snorts in disbelief] Gabby and Gandy - sounds like a puppet show.
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Poaching a case
5 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Two of the characters that the Rockford Files introduced previously come back for this episode and look to form a partnership. Isaac Hayes as Gandolf Fitch and Lou Gossett, Jr. as Marcus Aurelius Hayes may both be black, but this is a case where the similarities are truly skin deep.

Gossett was Jim Rockford's former parole officer and Hayes was the Hammer of Cell Block C back in the joint. Isaac decides he might want in on the PI racket and James Garner takes him over to Hayes who has a better line of con than Garner ever could muster.

Garner has a missing heir case from the county and it's quite a tidy sum, $600.000.00 to be precise. It's also not ethical to poach a case from another PI, but Gossett has always had a loose sense of ethics.

Sadly this was a pilot not picked up by television for a series. That's a pity because Hayes and Gossett have a nice chemistry between them.

As for the heir, he's got great reason not to want to be found. Must be if he'll ignore 600 grand.


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