The Rockford Files: Season 2, Episode 2

The Farnsworth Stratagem (19 Sep. 1975)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.6/10 from 105 users  
Reviews: 4 user

Dennis pleads with Jim to untangle him from a timeshare con, without Dennis' boss, Jim's nemesis Lt. Diehl, finding out he's a victim too. Rockford's a lot more interested when a friend of ... See full summary »



(created by), (created by), 1 more credit »
Watch Episode
0Check in

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

« Previous Episode | 25 of 122 Episodes | Next Episode »


1 video »


Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Audrey Wyatt
Gretchen Corbett ...
Paul Jenkins ...
Simon Lloyd
John Crawford ...
Eric Server ...
William MacKenzie
Stephen Parr ...


Dennis pleads with Jim to untangle him from a timeshare con, without Dennis' boss, Jim's nemesis Lt. Diehl, finding out he's a victim too. Rockford's a lot more interested when a friend of Dennis' who's also an unhappy vacation homeowner, proves very helpful, and happens to be a gorgeous single blonde. Jim recruits his father and Angel to out-scam the scammers. Written by David Stevens

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

car chase | See All (1) »





Release Date:

19 September 1975 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

See  »

Did You Know?


Reference is made to the pearl switch on "Counter Gambit". Eric Server, who played the banking representative William McKenzie, appeared on "Counter Gambit" as Moss' attorney Kramer. See more »


When Rockford and Audrey Wyatt (Linda Evans) pull up in the limousine at the beginning of the final act (shortly before the "strike"), as Rockford walks toward the rear of the car where he is confronted by Simon Lloyd (Paul Jenkins), a bank of three bright studio lights and someone (probably the director) sitting next to them is mirrored in the car's shiny finish. See more »


Jim Rockford: [Rockford is asking Angel if he had any trouble at the resort] Nobody tried to interfere?
Angel: No, no, they didn't even believe that it was happening. You know what occurred to me? I mean when you get a crowd like that? It doesn't seem right not to work 'em.
Jim Rockford: [Disapprovingly] Angel...
Angel: No, no, now you were right about the oil rig, that's the thing. But the thing that really gets them excited though is the jackhammer, and the compressor, and the noise, and that racket, boy, it's the roar of the crowd and...
See more »


References The Rockford Files: Counter Gambit (1975) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Becker's embarrassment
6 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode explains much of the reasons why Dennis Becker is constantly doing favors for Jim Rockford, tracing license plates, etc. at the LAPD. Rockford does him a real solid in this episode, saving his life's savings which Joe Santos and wife Pat Finley invested in 2% of a resort hotel. No rooms or perks come with this, Santos gets 2% of lobby privileges.

With the help of another investor, Linda Evans Rockford rounds up the other investors and 'purchases' mineral rights under the ground from the investors and then moves in and starts drilling for oil.

Of course it all eventually works, but not without a few bumps along the way. Evans is working her own agenda. Rockford gets the help of Noah Beery, Jr., Stuart Margolin and of course Gretchen Corbett checking all the legalities.

It could have been a much better episode, but Evans's character is poorly written with poor motivations. James Garner pulled off other and better cons in the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Angel was so... robocop-37224
MeTv censoring for sexual content? mattleighkelly
Lance White/Fred Beamer episode kwb1965
Jim's trailer raypat_99
Sgt Tom Garvey garmonaitis-1
Discuss The Farnsworth Stratagem (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: