The Rockford Files: Season 4, Episode 14

The Attractive Nuisance (6 Jan. 1978)

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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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Little Beaver: [Rocky is on the CB radio at the new diner he and his friend Vince Whitehead have just opened] Breaker, breaker, this is Little Beaver. Come on!
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: That's a big ten-four Little Beaver. What's your twenty coming to Rocky's Summit? Say, have you put on the feedbag yet? We're slinging hash and pumping gas, come back!
Little Beaver: That's negatory, good buddy! I had me some steak on the grill five miles north. So I've got the pedal to the metal trying to pick up time. Maybe next trip! This is Little Beaver with a ...
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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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