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While investigating an insurance claim Jim accidentally stumbles into a gun smuggling operation.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Murray Rosner
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Ned Wilson ...
Robert Spiker
Simon Scott ...
Gregory McGill
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Ciro Lucas
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Deborah Landes ...
Lillian Rosner
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Jerry Leedy
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While investigating an insurance claim Jim accidentally stumbles into a gun smuggling operation.

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17 December 1976 (USA)  »

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The items on Junior's lunch plate switch positions between shots. See more »

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: I didn't like it when you was messing around with your boy scout knife; I sure don't like it now that you're messing around with machine guns!
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Rockford hits the weights
26 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a difficult episode for me to gauge, as I didn't feel this had a very interesting hook to reel me in as this show usually does. It's still a solid story with good writing, but in the solid 3rd season with many great episodes, I would rank this towards the middle; basically, it's an "ok" segment. Michael Lerner, who does piece work for turning in rifles to the authorities, is very solid as much of the episode revolves around him and his plight. There's a funny scene in which Murray(Lerner)is lamenting to his wife about his dour situation, and shortly afterwards, he finds out his son was sent home from school because he was threatened by another student; it turns out that his son ratted to a teacher that he saw the other kid smoking, for which Murray calls his son a "fink". Rockford unintentionally gets involved in the rifle sting because he talked to the wrong people at a local gym; an insurance company hired him to check up on someone who's potentially faking an injury to collect on a claim, so they fix Jim up with an expensive membership at this posh gym. I wondered if Garner was really working out, because of his chronic bad knees he endured while working on this taxing show, as he apparently did most of the stunts. Becker and Chapman have several cool scenes as both yell at Rockford at times(especially Chapman), and Rocky has the obligatory scene warning his son about trouble. On a completely unrelated note, fans of Salem's Lot(1979)might recognize actor Ned Wilson, who played Henry Glick in the epic vampire film.

As I said above, it was hard getting the right feel for this episode as no one was killed, and the revenge motive wasn't prevalent, as is usually the case. I must admit my favorite moment is the short scene with Murray's family, and Rockford wasn't involved in this part. Eventually, the cops bust the rifle scam and the right people get arrested, and Rockford gets a cash reward for reporting this in the first place, and Murray gets stiffed. It's a good episode, but not one of my personal favorites.


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