The Rockford Files: Season 5, Episode 20

Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job: Part 1 (3 Mar. 1979)

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When a corrupt businessman uses extortion to force Richie Brockleman's father to sell him his business for a paltry amount, Richie goes to Jim for advice on how to get back at him with a con job.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Dennis Becker (credit only)
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Harold Jack Coombs
Trisha Noble ...
Odette Lependieu
Pepper Martin ...
Harry Steel
Gary Crosby ...
Larry Litrell
David Hooks ...
Doyle
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Mrs. Brockelman
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Salt Walther ...
Stanley Brock ...
Cowboy Mickey Martell
Jack Collins ...
Dr. Wetherford
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When a corrupt businessman uses extortion to force Richie Brockleman's father to sell him his business for a paltry amount, Richie goes to Jim for advice on how to get back at him with a con job.

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When Jimmy Joe Meeker buys Larry Litrell's car, he pays him from a large wad of bills; those that can be seen are of the $1,000 denomination. See more »

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: [rummaging around in the stuff in the back of the truck that's going to the Good Will] If you don't help that boy's daddy, I'm gonna be mad at you!
Jim Rockford: Yeah, well life's full of bitter disappointments, Dad! I have a question for you. Why are you doing poking around in there again?
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: Well I gotta question for you too! Where did this toaster come from?
Jim Rockford: [becomes sheepish] That toaster...? Oh... that's the one you gave me for Christmas...
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: [indignant] Yeah! Thirty-four dollars and seventy-five cents!
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9 February 2009 | by (Sacramento, CA USA) – See all my reviews

The commenter who called "Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job" an homage to THE STING was on to something; I would add only that THE STING should have been half this good. This two-parter, taken as one feature-length episode, is quite simply the best single installment of the best private eye series in the history of television.

Jim Rockford was always at his best (from the viewpoint of the series' audience) when he was running a scam on someone ("There's One in Every Port" was another winner), and here he runs a game to end them all, helping his pal Richie Brockelman (Dennis Dugan) get half a million bucks from a cutthroat businessman who bilked it out of Richie's father (Harold Gould, the one cast member who was also in THE STING). A pox on anyone who spoils one word of this one; suffice it to say there are games within games, and it's a swell ride all the way.

Special kudos to writer Juanita Bartlett, too.


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