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: How could you spend three hundred thousand dollars?
Rita Capkovic: Boy, you never give up! You know that? You think I know where the money went? I know where the money went.
Jim Rockford: Where?
Rita Capkovic: All right!
[she starts counting off her fingers]
Rita Capkovic: The new apartment. The furniture. The microwave. I told you about my friend Monica's teeth? I mean somebody had to do something about her teeth!
Jim Rockford: Whatcha do? Have them gold-plated and set with her birth stone?
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Return of Rita
22 August 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Rita Moreno makes her second appearance on the series as Rita Capkovic, the hooker with the heart of gold. This time Rita is doing business when her "client" is taken out by mobsters. Rita sees who does it, and they know she's seen them. So naturally Rita turns to Jim for help and protection. Not a big fan of the Rita Capkovic character (I liked Ms. Moreno much better as her "Hey, you guys!" character on "The Electric Company") but this is a pretty good episode, enlivened by the appearance of "Godfather"/"Barney Miller" veteran Abe Vigoda, who puts in a fine performance as a mob boss, kind of a flip side to Rocky's lovable character.

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