The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Aaron Ironwood School of Success 

Aaron Ironwood, a childhood friend of Jim's, comes to town with a business deal that is just too good to be true. He finally agrees to the deal as he thinks Aaron might be in some kind of trouble. He's is - with both the FBI and the mob.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Aaron Ironwood
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FBI Agent Patrick
Gretchen Corbett ...
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Nino (as Jonathan Lippe)
Jerome Guardino ...
Vito
Robert Broyles ...
Hauss
John Petlock ...
Dave
Gammy Burdett ...
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Don Furneaux ...
Russo
Luis Delgado ...
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Aaron Ironwood, a childhood friend of Jim's, comes to town with a business deal that is just too good to be true. He finally agrees to the deal as he thinks Aaron might be in some kind of trouble. He's is - with both the FBI and the mob.

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First episode featuring a newly arranged version of the classic Pete Carpenter and Mike Post Rockford Files theme. 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.
Caller: Hi, Jim, we couldn't reach you so we went ahead with the job and I know you're really gonna dig it! But if you don't I suppose we could always tear it out.
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Pizza Jim
19 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode was a decent start to the second season, and the formula for the show's success is getting better as the series progresses, even though I won't hide the fact that I'm not a huge fan of the early seasons. James Hampton(The Longest Yard)plays a major role of importance as an old pal of Rockford's, who happens to be a very wealthy franchise owner, or so it seems; it's funny to hear Rocky gush over Aaron(Hampton)and compare his son's questionable tastes to his more accomplished friend. When they go to meet Aaron at the airport, and much to Rocky's chagrin, Jim is forced to drive a VW bug which reads "Pizza Dan" on the roof, because he had to escape some goons, and the Firebird wasn't close enough to leave the scene. It turns out that Aaron hired Jim because the mob(I'm guessing from NJ)wants a piece of the action for various reasons, but he hides some facts from Jim, who agreed to buy the company from Aaron, a scenario which I didn't totally buy, no pun intended. Ken Swofford makes one of his many appearances, and there's a few, but separate filler scenes including Beth and Dennis, who didn't add that much here; Luis Delgado plays one of the goons, as he's usually one of Becker's cops in many other episodes. Look for a very pronounced limp by Rockford, as he says he got hurt either falling off a fishing pier, or falling off a skateboard; it's common knowledge that James Garner tore his knees up during the run of this show, and it's very noticeable for the entire episode. Regarding the conclusion, in a rather silly scene which would probably never happen in real life, Aaron fakes having a seizure, and one of the goons falls for it and leans over Aaron who kicks both feet into the guy's stomach, allowing him and Rockford to escape, then shortly after, the police arrive to save the day. This was a decent episode with some entertaining moments, save for a few, but I wouldn't have a problem recommending this anyway.


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