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)
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
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 »


Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: A-a-ah now we're getting the nitty-gritty! Now it's beginning to make sense! Come over to Rocky's for dinner, Angel! Serving my favourite food! First time I've been invited over here for so much as a glass of water!
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: [to Mary Jo] Think I could use a little help in the kitchen with coffee and dessert...
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Forget about the dessert! You don't buy Angel with a coupla drumsticks and red-eye gravy!
Jim Rockford: Angel! Now, she's in trouble; so am I! And you got me into it!
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: I may have had a minor role in getting you ...
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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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