The Rockford Files: Season 4, Episode 3

The Battle of Canoga Park (30 Sep. 1977)

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Jim finds himself in an explosive situation when the gun he hides in his cookie jar is used in a murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Nora Marlowe ...
Viola Wenke
Adrienne Marden ...
Lee Ronstadt
Henry Schlager
Gretchen Corbett ...
Leonard Wenke
Ted Gehring ...
Walt Chalco
Pete Semple
Charles Hallahan ...
James R. Parkes ...
Records Clerk (as James Parkes)
Art K. Koustik ...
2nd Officer (as Art Koustik)


Jim finds himself in an explosive situation when the gun he hides in his cookie jar is used in a murder.

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In this episode it's stated Rockford served in the 5th Regimental Combat Team in Korea. It's no accident this particular unit was used as James Garner served in that same unit during the Korean War. See more »


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lighter fare
7 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a difficult episode for me to gauge, as there didn't appear to be a clear motive for the murder of the gas attendant, which Rockford was naturally framed for. It turns out that the victim was part of a silly group of extremists, led by an older woman(uh, OK)who was in charge of gathering weapons and explosives; I suppose they were preparing for their own personal war. I wasn't convinced of this group's motives or did I feel this group of nitwits could carry out such a plan; one of the group accidentally blows himself up with explosives in the back of the truck while driving in a bumpy field with holes. Regarding my summary line, there were some funny moments(including Diel's thin mustache)between Jim and his maid Viola, although I'm not sure why she was needed, but their scenes together were rather funny. She basically rearranges his trailer, and he can't find things where they used to be, so that adds tension between the two. Another funny scene was when both Jim and Dennis go to question the woman, although Jim promises not to interfere, but does so anyway; naturally, this infuriates Dennis as he scolds Jim in the police car. There's not enough of the Firebird, and I find it hard to believe the trailer didn't totally blow up after the grenade was tossed in while Jim was sleeping. As you can tell, this isn't my favorite episode of this fine show, but there are way more hits than misses, so I'll forgive them.

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