The Rockford Files: Season 2, Episode 14

The Hammer of C Block (9 Jan. 1976)

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A friend from Jim's time in prison after getting out, needs help clearing himself from the crime he was put into prison for.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
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Police Officer Arthur Bingham
Annazette Chase ...
Debbie Bingham
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Eunice Charles Bingham
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A friend from Jim's time in prison after getting out, needs help clearing himself from the crime he was put into prison for.

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Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: It's Jack. The check is in the mail. Sorry it's two years late. Sorry I misfigured my checking account and I'm overdrawn. Sorry I stopped payment on it, so when it comes tear it up. Sorry.
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Could've been better
1 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As you read ahead in this review, don't think it's a totally negative one, because there were some touching scenes, but I was left wanting more. The most noticeable aspect is the addition of Issac Hayes' character, Gandy, and how he's just been released from prison after serving 19 years on a murder rap he says he never committed. From what I gather, he and Rockford were cell mates, although Jim was fearful of him then and now, but Gandy enlists Rockford to help him find out who killed his old girlfriend or wife, for which I can't recall; apparently, Jim owed the imposing Gandy serious cash, and Rockford is practically forced to work for him to pay his debt to Gandy, although he's a bit reluctant of the man's story at first. I wish Hayes would've had an acting or speech coach, because it's hard to understand many of the things he says, or he rushes words. Look for strong performances by Allan Rich and Lynn Hamilton, who I feel is normally miscast as Fred Sanford's nurse/girlfriend, but does a much better job here in a serious role; also watch for a familiar face in James A. Watson, Jr., who is a dead ringer for Lionel Richie. I agree what another reviewer said about not liking when Rockford plays a secondary character, and he does here for the most part. Back to Hayes, this was the first of three appearances he made as the same character on this show, so maybe his performances improved, although his scene at the end when he finds out his girl killed herself was touching, as he saved his best lines for that special scene, and I did feel pity for him. As I said above, I felt something was missing in this episode, and I didn't feel that Gandy and Rockford had much chemistry going, as I also felt this was more of a soap opera. This certainly isn't a bad episode by any means, but I wanted more than what I was given.


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