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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The building complex used as Lori's apartment building was also used as Arnold Bailey's apartment building on "In Hazard", Margo Adams' apartment building on "The Deep Blue Sleep", Dave Delleroux's apartment building on "A Portrait of Elizabeth", and the Bay City Motel on "Exit Prentiss Carr". See more »


Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: [Rockford's Firebird pulls up in front of a dilapidated bungalow somewhere outside of L.A. He and Angel climb out, Angel talking with enthusiasm] Huh? What do you say? Is this what you asked for? Huh?
[He laughs excitedly]
Jim Rockford: Yeah, perfect... I couldn't have done better myself. How much?
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Look at that. You said no neighbors, right? Well, right over here is an empty lot and right on this side is an empty house, huh?
Jim Rockford: All right, Angel, how much?
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Listen, I got all the papers here, and all signed legal......
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First show of 3rd season reveals a shift in the series
17 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Other regular reviewers have done their usual great of annotating this episode, so just a few general comments...

I have been going through the series sequentially after seeing the original airings as a boy. Enjoyed most all the first and second season shows, but in my view the show really takes off in the 3rd season. There is this sort of 'formula', for lack of better words, in seasons 1&2 whereby Jim has thugs around his trailer, and Jim has thugs following him, and Jim has thugs beating him up, and framing him, and so on. And because its Garner, we enjoy it all because he pulls it off so well. But truthfully, if it wasn't someone of Garner's stature in the role the show might not hold interest as well, complex plot lines not withstanding. In the third season however, the show is somehow kicked up a notch, and the producers/writers find a way of freshening the series without altering the basic chemistry. The episodes speak for themselves. This is my favorite season so far.

Something that just now came to my attention is that David Chase had heavy involvement with the series! Hadn't been paying close enough attention to notice his writing and producing credits until now. Chase of course is the man who gave us The Sopranos. No wonder the Rockford files was such a great show and holds up so well!

BTW - Has the interior of Jim's trailer been given a makeover for this season? It looks a bit more organized in their now.

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