An unexplained break-in at Rocky's new diner has connections with the FBI fifty years ago.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Vince Whitehead
Gretchen Corbett ...
Dick Balduzzi ...
Don Silver
Hunter von Leer ...
Rudy Bond ...
John Morgan Evans ...
Jess Nadelman ...
Bruce Weinstock
Jeannie Fitzsimmons ...
Joy Silver
Joe Tornatore ...
Paul Sorensen ...
Inspector Claybourn
Jerome Guardino ...


An unexplained break-in at Rocky's new diner has connections with the FBI fifty years ago.

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6 January 1978 (USA)  »

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While it may seem like a sick joke showing LaSalle eating out of a can of dog food, this was actually inspired by a national scandal (instigated by a report on 60 Minutes (1968)) that elderly people, because of the effect of high inflation on their retirement incomes, weren't able to afford decent food and were therefore resorting to eating pet food. Congress ended up mandating automatic yearly increases in Social Security (and other Federal programs) to help alleviate this problem. See more »


LaSalle keeps a framed copy of a commendation letter from J. Edgar Hoover, dated February 12, 1931 and on Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) letterhead. However, in 1931 the organization was simply known as the Bureau of Investigation. It would go through several name changes before being finally renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935. See more »


Eddie LaSalle: [Jim has entered the room of a seedy hotel and is searching it when the occupant suddenly returns - carrying a gun] Hang it up! Get on your feet Rockford!
[he searches Jim]
Jim Rockford: Hey, what do you want with me and my father?
Eddie LaSalle: Sit down! One day you pukes are going to realize some of us on the other side don't care about your juice and your connections in Washington!
Jim Rockford: What are you talking about?
Eddie LaSalle: I'm talking about Ted DeAngelo, who after a life of disappointment puts on his three-piece suit and with his ...
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One old Fed
30 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The old guys are center stage in this Rockford Files episode where Noah Beery, Jr. goes into partnership in a diner. Poor Rocky just doesn't want to sit around listening to his arteries harden, so he and senior citizen friend Ken Lynch go into the diner business. It's in a remote location and he's expecting plenty of business, but its not panning out that way.

After that things start really moving. A retired FBI man Victor Jory starts making a nuisance of himself. Jess Nadelman goes on to the roof of James Garner's trailer and falls off. Quick as a wink lawyer Dick Balducci comes by and is representing Nadelman in an accident suit. Balducci is the junior partner of Whiplash Willie Gingrich from The Fortune Cookie. I have no doubt this guy did not go to law school but clerked in Walter Matthau's office. There's a funny Married With Children episode where a burglar caught in the act by Al Bundy sues the Bundy family for his injuries on the job when Al cold cocks him. That's a most apt parallel for what Nadelman was up to.

It all revolves around Rocky's good buddy Ken Lynch. And Victor Jory's pursuit of him. Poor Rocky all he wants to have is a diner where his old truckdriver buddies can stop by for a meal while on the road and he can make a few extra dollars.

Let's hear it for us old guys and the stories we can tell.

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