The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 12

Profit and Loss, Part 1: Profit (20 Dec. 1974)

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Jim investigates a large corporation when one of its executives is kidnapped and the wife of another executive claims the company murdered her husband.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Sharon Spelman ...
Doris Parker
Gretchen Corbett ...
Paul Jenkins ...
Stan Gorrick
Carl Bovino
Helen Morris
John Carter ...
Alec Morris
Ray Girardin ...
Don Billett ...
Dan Shavelson (as Donald Billett)
Solly Marshall
J. Jay Saunders ...
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Jim investigates a large corporation when one of its executives is kidnapped and the wife of another executive claims the company murdered her husband.

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Did You Know?


Every time any character says the company name 'Fiscal Dynamics,' the line is over-dubbed from the original ("Financial Dynamics"). This was done, most likely, due to a real company by this name being identified between the completion of the script, and post-production. See more »


Silencers don't work on revolvers. See more »


Alec Morris: I was told that you were very reliable...
Jim Rockford: Reliable... but chicken.
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Referenced in The Rockford Files: The House on Willis Avenue (1978) See more »

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Almost perfect
12 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the first "two-parter" of the great series, and while it was a very solid entry, I did detect some flaws that prevented it from becoming a terrific segment. This was still an episode I'd recommend, and while I don't particularly like many episodes from the first season, I'd have no trouble recommending this one. There were many familiar faces which included Michael Lerner, Val Bisoglio, Ned Beatty, a mediocre Sharon Spelman, and the first appearance of Rocky's friend L.J., played by Al Stevenson; Beth and Dennis had a scene or two, and there was several scenes with Rocky, which is always good. There was also several great shots of the Firebird, the beach, the trailer, and even the rare shot of Rockford with his fishing gear. Even more rare is the introduction of part 2 with narration by James Garner himself, which I didn't really expect. There were some aspects that didn't hold up for me, especially how/why Mr. and Mrs. Morris were absent for the entire latter segment, considering they were the ones who asked for Rockford's help in the first place. I also thought Rockford and Doris were acting way too cool when the police were chasing them after a building's alarm went off, and I found it odd that Doris kisses Rocky in the jail at the end of the episode, as she didn't even meet him until then. Don't let my negative comments outweigh what was otherwise a very good episode, with solid writing also.

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