The Rockford Files: Season 5, Episode 8

The Empty Frame (17 Nov. 1978)

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A swanky party, attended by high society and Police Dept. VIPs, is robbed while Lt. Doug Chapman is in charge of security. Desperate to get back into good graces with his superiors, Chapman swallows his pride and asks Rockford to help him.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
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Richard Seff ...
Johnny St. Clair
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Jeff Levane
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Yossi Hendel
James Luisi ...
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David Jones
Milt Kogan ...
Aaron Kiel
Troas Hayes ...
Carolyn Corkill
Marianne Bunch ...
Cynthia Daskin
Dennis Robertson ...
John Jeffries
Eddie Ryder ...
'Cat Eye' Wilson
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Capt. Salducci
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A swanky party, attended by high society and Police Dept. VIPs, is robbed while Lt. Doug Chapman is in charge of security. Desperate to get back into good graces with his superiors, Chapman swallows his pride and asks Rockford to help him.

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Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: What I am tryin' to demonstrate to you is what true influence is worth. I'm not talkin' small time, I'm talkin' the big bag job in the sky!
[Jim rolls his eyes]
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Anytime Chapman starts to bother you or any of your friends, you call Angel Martin. I'll have him crated and shipped to the apple orchard indefinitely, for which I'll pick up a little money or favor from...
[he nods at Jim]
Jim Rockford: Well that could be dangerous, Angel. That's what's called influence peddling!
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Peddling? I ain't a peddler. A peddler...
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Rockford and Mr. Benz
1 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This highly entertaining episode has Rockford attending a party of a gay couple who's passion is collecting expensive paintings, and somehow Angel, playing the role of an important relative, gets his pal Jim invited to something that isn't normally his cup of tea. Soon after the festivities begin, a boat filled with 3 people use guns and rob the place and steal $2 million worth of paintings. The men have enough money to lure Rockford to take on the case, and eventually he tells Johnny that his partner Paul is behind the theft, and a few moments later, Paul winds up dead as Jim and Johnny find his body in an unexpected twist and effective scene. Let me also point out that James Luisi's Chapman has many solid scenes, and even has to beg Rockford for a few tips, mostly because Chapman was demoted for a reason I can't remember; I don't think he's all that excited about enlisting Rockford and his checkered coat, but their scenes together are very good. Dennis makes an appearance near the end, and although I'm a fan of his, he probably wasn't really needed for this episode, as Chapman was doing just fine. Let me add that the scenery is beautiful, both by land and by sea, and we get to see the Firebid a few times, and a few nice shots of the trailer. If there's one drawback to this otherwise fine episode, it's the constant spewing of revolutionary type talk from David, the leader of the thieves, as it wasn't that convincing in a 1978 episode and it got irritating hearing it a few times.


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