Rockford flies to Newark for a case and is robbed, leaving him stranded at the police station. Jim is caught in the middle of a mob war when 2 mooks, looking to make a name for themselves, get involved and complicate everything.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Dennis Becker (credit only)
Gilbert Green ...
Joseph Lombard
Antony Ponzini ...
Tony Martine
Cardinal Finnerty
Beppy Conigliaro
Renee Lombard (as Lisa Donaldson)
Kathlene O'Meara
Cliff Carnell ...
Albert Constantine
Eric Sinclair ...
Doug Toby ...
Anthony Martine (as Doug Tobey)
Vince Howard ...
Transit Cop (as Vincent Howard)


Rockford flies to Newark for a case and is robbed, leaving him stranded at the police station. Jim is caught in the middle of a mob war when 2 mooks, looking to make a name for themselves, get involved and complicate everything.

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14 December 1979 (USA)  »

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Greg Antonicci and Gene Davis reprise their roles of Eugene Conigliaro and Mickey Long from season 5 episode 3, The Jersey Bounce. See more »


Mr. Lombard quotes 2 Peter 2:12, but when he mentions the scripture he says it's 2 Peter 12:12. See more »


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Caller: Mr. Rockford? This is Betty Jo Withers. I got four shirts of yours from the Bo Peep Cleaners by mistake. I don't know why they gave me men's shirts but they're going back!
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It could a been something SO much, instead....
6 September 2015 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I also agree with the consensus of this being one of the worst of The Rockford Files, and, I'm not going to g to repay what's already been said - about this being a script by David Chase, and yes, you do see the embers of what would become The Sopranos, ex.

I know that Mr garner was in a lot of pain, as well as the lawsuit over the series, and, it left the people (left) in charge with very little to do.

I mean, if Rockford, of The ROCKFORD Files isn't available, what can you do - and on such short notice.

If you aren't familiar with how TV shows are made, the scripts are planned in advance, and the cast goes through it (a 'read-through') on,y shortly before filming, and on network shows at this time, this was usually only a couple of weeks before airing.

So, again - what could've been done - another Lance White? Richie Brockleman (although, I can't recall if his series had aired - and died

  • by this time)? Though, I would've liked another Marcus Hayes (this
time, with Gandy working with him...)

Personally, I think a show focusing on Angel, Dennis, and, Rocky, stuck in the midst of it would've been not just preferable, but, would've been very good (I know Stuart Margolin didn't want to be tied to doing a network series, so, if it had been filmed - and was (undoubtedly) funny, and popular, the NBC brass would've wanted to do just that.

So, I think it's without argument that David Chase is a talented writer, and, they must've asked him to build up an already-written episode which cantered on Jim, but, to re-focus on others, and, since he'd already used the characters of Mickey and Eugeme, whales could he really do?

There also the financial issue, because letting the two actors be the major thrust of the episode meant the pay would've been a lot less, than, if it had been the regular supporting cast (one aside about the actor who plays Mickey: if he looks 'familiar'

OK, so, so far, I think I've done a quite fair job at explaining what I think happened.

I think - gibes these circumstances - Chase could've really buffed up the episode a LOT more, because, in essence, this was HIS moment to put HIS writing abilities on display, and, true - the germs of The Sopranos is here, but, Mickey and Eugene are still such...noodniks.

One other thing - in regard to the 'religion' in this, and, in particular to some person ('yortsnave') who wrote how he(?)'s happy they showed 'evangelical' Christians a positive light.

There Buddhists, b'hais, Mormons, different 'flavours' of Judaism,as there are of Christianity. There's voodoo, there's Mormonism, and the Muslims, and on, and on.

In the past two, decades, what was once a good, fair place - for all, has become a place where it's 'freedom!' But, just as long as YOU believe what I do.

The religious right co-opted the Republican Party of the U.S., and a country - which was once a 'meting pot,' became a country of specific groups - all out to 'get their' religion to be 'the' religion.'

They made the region in this episode what they did, because - the U.S. was at this time, STILL a melting pot, and not a bunch of lunatics all trying to have everyone believe as they do... even though this is a country of FREEDOM of RELIGION (as well as NON religion).

In counter to 'yortsnave,' I'll say this; how'd you feel, if they'd shown., Lutherans/Orthodox Jews p/Buddhists (let's say Shinto, to be specific), or ANY other religion.

Would you've been so quick to say such nonsense, or is it because they mentioned YOUR brand of religion? See I don't think your religion is 'the' religion, any more would anyone not of (your) like mind, and, honestly, it's because of people who think like you do, who don't eve. Realise how similar you are to radical Muslims. They're JUST as fervent, and, though this is not the place for a political debate, I'd be just as offended if ANYONE - a so- called 'do-gooder' - showed up and tried to 'casually' (wink-wink) shove THEIR religion down my children's, or families throat - in a place which has NOTHING to do with YOUR beliefs.

Most of the major wars in the era since the Dark Ages have fought over religion. Ones beliefs - in a democracy - are theirs, and theirs ALONE
  • between their belief and themselves. PERIOD.

Most people - most sane people, who understand this, and still mourn what these SAME idiots who bemoan what 'this country's become,' are the very ones who ARE a BIG cause of the problem.

It WAS a melting pot. Now, anyone who doesn't believe like you is 'wrong.'

Guess what? I think exactly the same. Difference is, I know enough tokens MY beliefs JUST that.

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