The Rockford Files: Season 3, Episode 9

Return to the 38th Parallel (10 Dec. 1976)

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Jim gets used by an old Army buddy in an insurance recovery case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Al Brennan
Marcy Brownell
Paul Stevens ...
John Stabila
Norman Burton ...
Markell (as Normann Burton)
Robert Karnes ...
Capt. Hulette
James Congdon ...
Alvin Thomas
Jeff David ...
Funeral Director Martin
Michael Ebert ...
Lee Nejman
Lt. Hayes
Bart Burns ...
Fire Chief
Charles Winters ...
Kevin Lindsay (as Chuck Winters)
Tom Stewart ...


Jim gets used by an old Army buddy in an insurance recovery case.

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Per the title, the 38th parallel north was used as the pre-Korean War boundary between North Korea and South Korea. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Tompkins: [Beeep] Tompkins at Guaranteed Insurance. About your burglary claim? Major loss alright. Funny you remembered to file... you didn't remember to pay your premium.
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Rockford, Al, and the vase
13 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This installment of the Rockford Files guest stars Ned Beatty as Rockford's old military buddy, who just happens to be in town looking for detective work, and he wants to be partners with his old pal Jim. Veronica Hamel also has a few scenes as she enlists the help of Jim to help find her missing sister, and this occurs as Al(Beatty)is with Jim, and Al takes an interest in the case, even though Jim's gut tells him they should stay away from this potential case. In a surprise occurrence and some clever writing, both Al and the woman were a team all along, and the missing sister angle was entirely made up. They all get involved in an insurance case regarding a very expensive and rare vase which has a nice reward if found. Paul Stevens(Gunsmoke)is very convincing as John Stabila, who plays an art dealer who's somehow involved in the missing vase. After Jim finds out that his old pal basically stole his contacts and resources to better his chances at stealing the expensive vase, he catches up with Al on a train where the artifact supposedly is. After the 2 beat up the bad guys, Al tosses the crate(vase inside)off the train hoping to find it later on. The final scene has Jim without his suit jacket on(he was wearing it on the train, did it mysteriously disappear?)and Al both walking miles looking for the vase, which they never find. Rocky and Dennis have a few scenes also, as Rocky keeps pestering his son about the planned fishing trip, which Jim never seems able to get to.

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