The Rockford Files: Season 6, Episode 10

The Big Cheese (7 Dec. 1979)

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Rockford gets a phone call telling him to expect a package in the mail. Two hoods then murder the caller and go to Rockford's trailer to await the package's arrival. When the package is a wheel of cheese the mystery only gets deeper.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Sally Packard / IRS Agent Sally Sternhagen
Alan Manson ...
Chuck Ryan
Ben Andrews ...
Stamps
Mark Lonow ...
Coco
James Luisi ...
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George Pentecost ...
George Neff
Mary Jackson ...
Postal Inspector
Hank Brandt ...
Police Sgt. Roy Floyd
Eldon Quick ...
Willis Hoag
Bill McLean ...
Fred Barlow
Jimmy Weldon ...
John Rockfield
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Rockford gets a phone call telling him to expect a package in the mail. Two hoods then murder the caller and go to Rockford's trailer to await the package's arrival. When the package is a wheel of cheese the mystery only gets deeper.

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Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: This is The Baron. Angel Martin tells me you buy information. Okay - meet me at 1:00 AM behind the bus depot, bring $500, and come alone. I'm serious!
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great late episode
24 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the final episodes from the great Rockford Files, and it probably should've been considered to be the last one because there are many reasons this segment is a winner. First off, many of the core characters are heavily involved, especially Dennis Becker and Doug Chapman; I especially enjoy the way the latter detests Jim Rockford and is constantly suspicious of him. This is a pretty good story about an old friend of Jim's who gets killed because of a scathing ledger he wrote to show guilt on a union boss in the meat packing industry. I thought James Garner did a commendable job of being depressed through much of this episode, and it clearly shows. There's even a scene where he almost punches Angel's lights out, because he's angry that Angel took some of his late friend's personal belongings. It turns out that Angel has a good connection in the newspaper industry where the murdered guy worked. There are some scenes with Jim's dad, Rocky(always nice seeing him), several shots of the trailer, the Firebird, and even a shot of Jim at the taco stand munching on his favorite snack, the taco. I liked when Rockford meets the crooked boss in the dark train ready to tune him up. Angry Jim always works for me.

This has the feel of the better earlier episodes of the great series and is easily one of the better of the final 2 seasons, especially the poor final season. It's sad to say that Jim's ship is getting ready to sail in 2 more episodes which I'll write about the final one. It turns out the big package everyone's fighting over is nothing but a large piece of cheese. Talk about the big irony.


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