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 ...
Wass
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John LaPointe
Jack Garner ...
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Katharine Charles ...
Susan Hanrahan
George Pentecost ...
Carl Colavito
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Gwen Molinaro
Fritzi Burr ...
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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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14 January 1977 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Character actress Fritzi Burr makes her annual appearance in this episode. She plays the clerk at the vet clinic, to whom Jim chats with, trying to track down the ephemeral 'phantom-lady Odette Sorrell'. Ms. Burr appears in one episode-per-season, usually playing a tart-tongued employee, with a terrific 'poker-face', but, here she's (comparatively speaking) ebullient. In her last appearance in the series, she plays the wife of Vern St. Cloud, who 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: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Army Official: [Beeep] This is Department of the Army. Our records show you are the Rockford, James who failed to turn in his service automatic in May 1953. Contact us at once!
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Sticks and Stones and Rockford
7 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This clever episode has many familiar faces you should notice, like Simon Oakland, Cleavon Little, James Karen, and Val Bisoglio and it revolves around a plot causing the private detectives to lose their licenses, and we later find out that a large company named Waterbury is behind the scheme. Rockford is hired, and after some hard work, uncovers the unusual plot to discredit these poor guys trying to earn a living; one of them works in a shoe store, and another is collecting unemployment and has fallen on hard times. Oakland is his usual funny and boisterous self, although Little was more subdued for much of the latter half of the episode, which was curious; Bisoglio shows up about halfway and unfortunately gets beaten to death, which visibly upsets Rockford. I thought the diversion the 3 men create is a great scene to get inside Waterbury to steal a file which eventually gets the company in serious trouble. In what may be the best moment of the series, watch as Rockford's Firebird smokes a Corvette as it does the famous 180 which leaves the other car with the thugs in the dust. This is a very solid episode and the show is running more smoothly than the earlier seasons.


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