The title is a pun of the line "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead," from Act V, Scene 2 of Hamlet. The two characters had been childhood friends of Hamlet, but who later became treacherous agents in league with Hamlet's opponent King Claudius. Hamlet arranges for them to be killed for their treachery, but by the time word comes of their deaths at the end of the play, Hamlet has already died. See more »
This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Hello? You the guy who lost a wallet in the Park Theater? Well I'm kinda, like, into leather, so I'll be returning the money, but I'm going to keep the wallet.
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This episode has a different spin, although Rockford is once again reunited with Rita Capkovic, a sympathetic prostitute, assuming there is such a thing. Guest stars Abe Vigoda, Rita Moreno, and Robert Loggia really add an element to this show about a mob boss(Vigoda)who undergoes an unsuccessful hip operation, and he's mad as hell about it, as he's stuck in a wheelchair; Vigoda is great here as he berates everyone, and has Dr. Rosendahl killed because he's the primary surgeon, even though a non-surgeon who specializes in this particular operation, puts the actual part inside of Phil's body. A great scene is when we get to see the operation inside the police station on tape, and how the doctors botched the surgery; watch for Vigoda's head about to explode when he finds out a salesman performed the operation and incriminates himself by saying he should have all of them killed, right in front of Dennis! Rita enlisted Rockford's help when she was arrested for the murder because she was last seen with the murdered man, and there's another interesting scene when many prostitutes protest her arrest. Garner and Moreno are very professional and have nice chemistry together, as she was also in 2 other episodes as the same character. Look for a quick appearance from Jason Wingreen(All in the Family)as Rita's public defender, and watch for the Firebid, Rocky, and I almost forgot a few scenes with the solid Loggia as one of the doctors in the operating room. The title of the episode is underwhelming, as Gilda Stern is a deceased, unseen figure, but overall is a very good episode with Vigoda the brightest aspect here.
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