The Rockford Files: Season 4, Episode 5

The Dog and Pony Show (21 Oct. 1977)

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Helping a young woman with a history of mental illness leads Jim into crossing paths with the Mob and federal intelligence.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joanne Nail ...
Mary Jo Flynn
Walter Brooke ...
NIA Agent Bill Simonds
George Loros ...
Tommy Lorentz
NIA Agent Mike Krasny
Joseph Bloomberg
Gary Crosby ...
Vic Cassell
Howard Honig ...
Dr. Alan J. Adler
Bill Quinn ...
Judge Raymond Ordonez
Robert Lussier ...


Helping a young woman with a history of mental illness leads Jim into crossing paths with the Mob and federal intelligence.

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The title refers to the dog and pony shows that used to travel the Midwestern United States in the 19th century in small towns that did not attract the big circuses that performed under the big top tents. The term currently means any elaborately staged performance or presentation designed to sway or convince people at a meeting, convention or public event. See more »


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Rockford and Angel show
31 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode highlighted the quirky relationship between the men, and how they really need each other when trying to solve a case. The show begins with a judge sentencing them both to community service, and I don't recall the exact reason they're in court, but they somehow wind up in a group therapy session, and a reluctant Rockford is hired by a woman there to find out who's been following her; she(Joanne Nail)has a history of mental illness and others think she's only paranoid. I thought her performance was perhaps average, and could've added more to the show. George Loros, on the other hand, gives a great performance as the confused mobster Tommy, as the scenes with him and Rockford at the mobster's house is riveting, especially when Tommy smashes a table right in front of Jim before deciding to kill him. Ed Lauter makes a small appearance, but I wished he had more screen time as the delusional Joseph Bloomberg, plus I recognized Al Ruscio playing the part of Vic. There is a cool chase scene with the Firebird running from Tommy's car, and we also get to see Rockford driving Rocky's truck. Rocky and Dennis have important scenes, and I had to chuckle when Jim pinches Dennis' cheek at the station. The real star for me though is the performance of Angel by Stuart Margolin, as he gets the majority of screen time and has several memorable scenes, especially in Rocky's house for dinner, and when he helps Jim distract a security guard. I also really liked how Jim uses Vic's gun to hit a fire alarm in order for the authorities to rush to the factory where Jim and a few agents were being held. This was a terrific episode, and keep an eye on the performance of Angel, who gets the award this time around.

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