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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Marvin A. Potemkin
Anthony Costello ...
Ted Clair
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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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Simon Oakland's character, the irascible Maalox-guzzling gumshoe, Vern St. Cloud, makes his first appearance in this episode. See more »

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Jim says he counted 16 floors on the building, but if it had 16 floors and they skipped the 13th floor in the elevator, then the top floor in the elevator would be floor 17. He should have counted 15. See more »

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Jim Rockford: Okay Vern, what's your problem? Rabies?
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Waterbury Watergate
5 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

An episode written by David "Sopranos" Chase one element of this story is a witty and quite subtle light parody of Watergate. Jim becomes aware that several local PIs have had their licences revoked and sets out to prove that a large corporate investigative agency is trying to ruin the opposition. One of the ironies is that the case can be solved by breaking into the Waterbury (Watergate - get it) building. Becker even asks Jim who his "secret source" (Deep Throat!) is. At Waterbury a John Dean-esquire character asks his boss who casually resembles Nixon "Do you want him killed?" "I never said that" says the boss! The Watergate spoof adds an element of realism to a story which otherwise wouldn't seem very plausible. After all nobody guessed at the truth behind the Watergate break-in when it first broke. Excellent.


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