The Rockford Files: Season 5, Episode 2

Rosendahl and Gilda Stern Are Dead (29 Sep. 1978)

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A doctor's murder has direct connections to the Mob, and Jim comes to the assistance of hooker friend Rita Capcovik when she finds herself entangled in it.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Phil 'The Dancer' Gabriel
Sharon Acker ...
Edie Nevitt
Robin Gammell ...
Donald Pilmer
Dr. Russell Nevitt
Freddie (as Ron Gilbertt)
Jo Anne Meredith ...
Ceil (as JoAnne Meredith)
William Joyce ...
Dr. Neil Rosendahl
Jason Wingreen ...
Earl Stagen
George Planco ...
Sergeant Curcio
Rick Goldman ...


A doctor's murder has direct connections to the Mob, and Jim comes to the assistance of hooker friend Rita Capcovik when she finds herself entangled in it.

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29 September 1978 (USA)  »

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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 Hamlett 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 »


Jim Rockford: Speaking of money, Rita you never really did explain what happened to the money Maggie left you.
Rita Capkovic: Oh yeah, well I'm not going to say that I should've known better, right? You're not going to give me the static? And I'm not going to hear about it from you for the rest of my life... it was this guy...
Jim Rockford: Rita...
Rita Capkovic: Yeah, but Jim I had such a good time spending it!
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13 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Rita Moreno makes her second Rockford Files appearance in this story where she witnesses a murder personally ordered by a Mafia boss right there at the scene. Then the cops arrest her for the deed.

Given her background as a working girl the police just figure it's an easy closing. But when you got a friend like Jim Rockford her arrest ain't the last word on the subject.

I do so love the way all the working girls demonstrate at the police station and manage to raise Moreno's bail. It was not a good day at Dennis Becker's precinct.

The Mafia Godfather is Abe Vigoda who certainly has the acting credentials for that role having been Don Tessio in The Godfather. The victim was an orthopedic surgeon and there's another surgeon played by Robert Loggia and a medical supply salesman played by Robin Gammell who also are in fear with good reason.

All I can say is that if these people had wronged an ordinary citizen we would seek recourse one way. But with Abe Vigoda's crowd they have their own recourse.

And Rita Moreno as the bubbly and bouncy and never more so when she's fearful Rita Capkovic this episode is special.

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