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 »


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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See ya in 1996, Beth
25 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although this is Gretchen Corbett's final episode as Beth, she doesn't really play a major role, as she's basically in the beginning and the end representing Rockford. The chemistry between the both of them is still quite impressive, maybe not as much here, but the show will miss her going forward. Regarding the plot of this terrific episode, we find out that Rocky has opened his own truck stop diner, but the place is slow to draw in truckers, and his cook Vince(Ken Lynch), ends up being an old gangster involved with stolen car parts, which are sent across the country. Adding to the intrigue, although probably not totally needed, is Eddie LaSalle(Victor Jory), an old agent who mumbles a lot, eats dog food(what?), and remembers Vince from the old days; it turns out that he's been hunting Vince for many years as he believes Vince was behind the murders of many of LaSalle's partners. LaSalle was slightly annoying, but got better in the latter half, when he works with Rockford to eventually crack the case and finally get Vince arrested. The reason Rockford got into this mess, other than Vince being Rocky's cook, is that a man hired by LaSalle uses a telescope on top of Rockford's trailer, which was put there by Vince's hood I believe; anyway, the man falls off the trailer and pretends he's seriously injured, hence Beth representing Jim. The writing is great, considering the show comes in under just an hour, and I would highly recommend this episode. The scenery is great, the characters are quirky, and we get to see the final appearance of Beth, who shows up in a few 1996 Rockford Files' movies. Let me mention a very clever ending in which all of the older men involved are mentoring younger men in the same profession; Eddie is talking to younger agents, Vince is in jail talking to younger inmates, and Rocky is talking to younger truckers. As Rocky's discussing trucks, Jim pulls up in the Firebird and says "Dad, let's go!" a few times, while Rocky says, "I'm comin' sonny, I'm comin!"; while Rocky basically ignores his son, and keeps talking to the men, the camera shows us Rockford smiling to himself as the episode ends. This is one of my favorites, and has everything except Angel and Dennis, but it doesn't detract at all from an entertaining episode.

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