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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21 October 1977 (USA)  »

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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 »


[last lines]
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: I'm just glad the Agency didn't find out about my gun running days because of all this. I could have been in big trouble. I can't say anything more.
[Rockford looks on, bewildered]
Dr. Alan J. Adler: Don't give into your fears of other people and stop concocting these phony stories that evade the real issues of your life.
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: I don't have to make up phony stories. Didn't you hear what I said? I said I was glad the Agency closed the books on us. Otherwise they might have found out about the time I was ...
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Can't live with Angel, can't live without him
19 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Poor Jim Rockford gets busted along with Angel for having some stolen property in his vehicle. But the judge orders group counseling for both of them. In which they meet Joanne Nail who is a young who everyone dismisses as paranoid when she says she's being followed. When she was in another mental asylum, a high priced one she met Ed Lauter who is making all kinds of extravagant claims.

Before things are done both the National (Central) Intelligence Agency and a prominent Mafia crime family is involved due to the ravings of Ed Lauter and what kind of things he's spouting. Walter Brooke as the field office head of the NIA and George Loros of the crime family are an interesting pair of adversaries for Rockford. Loros especially, you feel sorry for him. Lauter is his brother-in-law and his father wants him killed, but his sister says spare him. That's why he's in the asylum in the first place.

Once again Stuart Margolin comes through for James Garner even though he has to be dragged kicking and screaming. It's the way it is for Rockford and Angel, can't live with him, can't live without him.

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