The Rockford Files: Season 6, Episode 8

The Hawaiian Headache (23 Nov. 1979)

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Jim is tricked into believing he's won a trip to Hawaii, when it really turns out to be doing a favor for an old army pal in the CIA.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Col. John 'Howling Mad' Smith
W.K. Stratton ...
Dwight Whipple
Gordon Lyle
Christopher Cary ...
Dutch Ingram
Jack Garner ...
Luis Delgado ...
Danny Kamekona ...
Sgt. Okemoto (as Daniel Kamekona)
Jimmy Borges ...
Marshal Mingus
Esmond Chung ...
Shawn Kimotto
Paul Dennis Martin ...
Jake Hoopai ...
Benny Kimotto


Jim is tricked into believing he's won a trip to Hawaii, when it really turns out to be doing a favor for an old army pal in the CIA.

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23 November 1979 (USA)  »

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In this story it is disclosed for the first time, by Col. John "Howling Mad" Smith, that Jim had a nickname when he was in the military, Sgt. Jim "Hound Dog" Rockford. See more »


When Jim and Dwight (the rookie government agent) arrive at the hotel, they are driving a rented Mercury Monarch. As they get out of the car Dwight asks Jim to put the briefcase in the trunk. As Jim does so the trunk clearly shows "Plymouth" with the lettering centered over the trunk lock. Later, the Mercury is shown again from the rear and the model name "Monarch" appears only on the passenger side of the trunk not centered over the trunk lock. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Ofc. Billings: [beep] Billings, L.A.P.D. You know, Thursday is Chapman's twentieth year, and we're giving a little surprise party at the captain's. I think you should come. By the way, we need five bucks for the present.
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A riot!
13 April 2013 | by (Bossier City,Louisiana) – See all my reviews


I first watched this episode some 30 years ago as a High school senior on late night TV. Never paid attention to this wonderful show during it's run, for what it's worth. This episode turned me into a Rockford fan.

Ken Swofford steals the show, perhaps this is why so many Rockford fans criticize this episode? Watching the interaction between Swofford and Garner is hilarious. Noah Beery is fantastic with his inadvertent bad timing. The episode has a few weaknesses:

1. The plot is concrete enough, but the story gets confusing.

2. A little more Angel would've been better.

The Australian bad guy sums up the story line when he tells Rockford: "Stop trying make sense out this, mate" or some such. Great re-run TV for a rainy night and easily one of my 3 favorite Rockfords.

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