The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Waterbury Will Bury You 

When several of Jim's fellow P.I.'s lose their licenses under circumstances that are suspiciously similar, he begins to suspect that someone is targeting independent investigators and systematically putting them out of business.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Billy Merrihew
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Marvin A. Potemkin
Anthony Costello ...
Ted Clair
Robert Riesel ...
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John LaPointe
Jack Garner ...
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Katharine Charles ...
Susan Hanrahan
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Carl Colavito
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When several of Jim's fellow P.I.'s lose their licenses under circumstances that are suspiciously similar, he begins to suspect that someone is targeting independent investigators and systematically putting them out of business.

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The shot of Rocky's truck riding up the hill toward the Mobil station is stock footage from "Profit and Loss" from season one. It is also used at the beginning of "Beamer's Last Case," from season four. See more »

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Vern St. Cloud: You must be outta your gourd. Twenty-three years in the crummy business and I never heard anything so nuts.
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Who is disgracing the PIs of LA?
24 March 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode starts out with fellow private investigator Cleavon Little asking Jim Rockford to check out a former client who put him into a jackpot and Little lost his license. What's really interesting here is that during the course of the investigation James Garner runs into both Simon Oakland and Val Bisoglio also colleagues in the Private Investigator profession have also gotten themselves in jackpots and have lost their licenses. There's a woman who has the same description that seems to be at the bottom of all of these and is a common denominator.

Usually that's what it takes, find the common denominator. She works for this posh investigation agency that only the rich and famous can afford. But they are a paranoid bunch who want to eliminate all the competition even these guys who charge $200.00 a day plus expenses.

It gets serious when one of Rockford's colleagues turns up dead. But Garner and the other two work out a beautiful scheme to break into their posh building that the posh investigation agency owns. You have to see what they pull off.

Nicely put together with villains you love to hate.


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