The Rockford Files: Season 3, Episode 16

The Becker Connection (11 Feb. 1977)

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Rockford's newest case is to clear his friend Dennis Becker, who is suspected of selling drugs to deal with his financial problems.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Marty Golden
James Luisi ...
Bert Kramer ...
Police Capt. O'Reilly
William Jordan ...
Police Officer Andrew Dolan
Alex Kasajian
John Hicklin
Lal Baum ...
Joey Holbrook
Rita George ...
Officer Hasty
Luis Delgado ...
Helen Schustack ...
Meter Maid


Rockford's newest case is to clear his friend Dennis Becker, who is suspected of selling drugs to deal with his financial problems.

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This is the second appearance of Becker's wife, Peggy (Pat Finley). Her first appearance was in "The Farnsworth Stratagem". See more »


Jim says, "Rafael Sabatini has been dead for a coupla hundred years." Novelist Rafael Sabatini died on 13 February 1950, fourteen years (less two days) before this episode aired. See more »


Jim Rockford: Well the name I came up with is Rafael Sabatini.
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Well let me finish my story, huh? Sabatini. That's the name I got from four or five guys. Sabatini.
Jim Rockford: Angel, Rafael Sabatini has been dead for a coupla hundred years...
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Dennis and Jimbo
18 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode has Dennis in trouble because someone planted drugs in the spare tire which is in the trunk of his car, and he gets suspended because he doesn't have any answers. Soon after, he enlists his buddy Rockford for help and to see who's behind the frame. Chapman is angry at both Dennis and Jim, and his anger always adds to the show, as he loathes the latter and insists Becker stay inside his house while the investigation is pending; Bert Kramer was also very solid in a minor role as a fellow detective. Rockord gets his "pal" Angel to help matters, even though he has to practically bribe him, since Angel does no favors without a fast buck. There's a decent funny scene at a local comedy club, where Angel heckles Marty, played convincingly by Jack Carter, who gets minimal laughs. It turns out that Marty was involved in Becker's drug bust, as a favor to a local mob boss, to get the cop out of the way for which exact reason I can't recall; also, an old buddy of Becker's at the force named Dolan is also involved with the mob boss to frame Dennis. In a touching scene towards the end, Becker shoots Dolan, and is reading him his rights as he's laying injured on the ground, while holding his head in his hand.

The only scene I didn't totally buy was when Rockford gets caught spying on the boss's office, and as he's being held by gunpoint, he does the unrealistic act of throwing one hood into another, and barely escaping without getting shot. This is what we call a facepalm moment which would probably never happen in real life. That being said, the scene didn't detract from the rest of the solid episode from the very solid 3rd season.

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