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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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Police Officer Arthur Bingham
Annazette Chase ...
Debbie Bingham
Jack Somack ...
Oliver Prey
Eunice Charles Bingham
Charles 'Pebbles' Runkin
Bill Walker ...
Receptionist (as Sandy deBruin)
Hank Stohl ...


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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9 January 1976 (USA)  »

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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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Written and Sung by Isaac Hayes
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Not a client you refuse
2 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most bittersweet episodes of The Rockford Files ever done. Some elements of Farewell My Lovely are involved in this plot. But if you think you know the ending because of that you would be dead wrong.

I don't think there was ever a show that introduced more interesting semi-regular characters than The Rockford Files. This one introduces Mr. Gandolf Fitch who is played by Isaac Hayes. James Garner owes him $1500.00 in a prison crap game debt, but for his services Hayes will forget the debt. This is not a client you refuse.

Back in the day he was a collector for the mob headed by Allan Rich and he got few refusals then as well. But Hayes swears he did not kill the woman he was sent up for. She was a prostitute whom he loved and tried to take out of that life. But she was found dead and he looked far better for it than anyone else.

The show centers around James Garner's hunt for a missing fellow worker in the deceased's trade. When she's found in the end she provides all the answers, but they're not ones that Hayes really wants to hear. Let's say that Hayes was given a chance to reassess his whole life.

Isaac Hayes was impressive as Gandolf Fitch and you knew he'd be back.

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