The Rockford Files: Season 3, Episode 1

The Fourth Man (24 Sep. 1976)

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Jim helps a friend who is being pursued by a hit man.



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Episode cast overview:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Timson Farrell
Lori Jenivan
Richard Stehler
Gretchen Corbett ...
Jack Garner ...
Dianne Harper ...
Candace Howerton ...
Airline Clerk
Barbara Collentine ...


Jim helps a friend who is being pursued by a hit man.

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Rockford's fishing buddy
23 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The summary title mentioned above is what Rockford says to Beth, after she asks him who the woman is who he's helping, and that turns out to be Sharon Gless, who plays Lori, and had decent chemistry with James Garner, as she also starred in an earlier episode as well. This time around, she plays an airport employee who says hi to the wrong man, who's named Timson Farrell, played underwhelmingly by John McMartin; by the way, who names their child Timson? To make a long story short, he attempts to kill Lori because he thinks that she could identify him on certain flights if questioned. He's already murdered 3 others for which reason I can't recall, so he has no qualms about killing her. It strikes me odd as to why Farrell wouldn't just hire someone to kill, considering he's very slick, according to Rockford. Apparently, Jim and Lori are friends, and he agrees to help her out of this mess, and we all know that having him around to help is a great remedy. A funny scene worth mentioning has Rockford playing Jim Taggart, who visits Farrell's place of business, a collector coins store, to look for a certain coin for his nephew Ralph. There's another great scene when Rockford and a reluctant Angel stake out a bogus place that Jim pretends to reside in so he can draw Farrell there, who predictably breaks in the house carrying a gun; as soon as Angel sees the man's shoes enter through the window, he starts screaming and yelling for Jim to shoot him. My explanation doesn't do the scene justice, so it was one of the funnier moments of the series, in my opinion. Rocky and Dennis both have good scenes, and Rocky's reaction to his son pulling the gun out of the cookie jar is also very funny. I'm usually surprised how great the writing is, considering the show comes in just under an hour. Let me also mention that the Firebird and trailer make appearances, and that's always a plus on this great show.

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