A woman meets a man on a lonely stretch of highway while Rockford is filming the exchange from a hillside. Jim is working for the woman. Her name is Deborah Ryder and she is being blackmailed by Carl Brego. He has information of her sordid past and ties to organized crime that she doesn't want revealed. Jim is confident he can get Brego off her back but things go sour for him when Brego is killed and the police think Jim did it. Written by
Did You Know?
Although Deborah Ryder used to be a countess, and although she is referred to as "The Countess" throughout the episode, there is never actually any reference to what her title used to be, meaning who her first husband, the Earl (the wife of a British Earl is a Countess, not an Earless) is or was, and what his title was, such as the Earl of Arundel, or the Earl of Pembroke, etc. See more
When Becker is talking to Jim on the phone and puts him on hold, none of the buttons light up on his phone. Becker even uses the excuse that one of his other lines is flashing to stall him. See more
We're all scared to death. I guess that's a penalty we pay for living in a world where all the price tags end in 99 cents and they sell mortuary plots on billboards next to the freeway. What you do is... you just keep laughing. Just... keep laughing.