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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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
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Dennis Becker (credit only)
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Joseph Lombard
Antony Ponzini ...
Tony DeMichel
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Albert Constantine
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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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Greg Antonicci and Gene Davis previously appeared as Eugene Conigliaro and Mickey Long in season 5 episode 3 "The Jersey Bounce." See more »

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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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Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
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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Just trying to make their bones
29 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A few years before this episode when The Shootist came out, at the very beginning there's a guy on the desert who sees in John Wayne a likely victim for a robbery. Wayne turns the table on him and leaves him with a bullet in his side and the parting words that a life of crime "don't fit his pistol".

Well if there ever was a case of a life of crime not fitting someone's pistol it's with Greg Antonacci and Gene Davis. These two clowns who can have a decent living working in Simon Oakland's delicatessen think that they've got the right stuff to be wiseguys. But they have a positive genius for making the wrong move every time.

These two are the leads really with James Garner reduced to a supporting role in this Rockford Files episode. Garner is hired by retired mob boss Gilbert Green because he's from California and on the recommendation of his daughter. Some disturbing incidents are happening to this retired mob boss who now is into evangelism. Of course some would call that another racket, but we need not be cynical here.

Green is being pressured for a favor and you will not believe what the favor is. Like Michael Corleone they want to drag him back in, but Green is resisting.

Of course Davis and Antonacci keep making all the wrong moves because they don't know the players. I suspect in real life they would be part of the New Jersey landfill by now.

Not the best episode, but it has its amusing moments.


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