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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Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith and Captain "Howling Mad" Murdock were characters on The A-Team television series (1983-1987) created by Stephen J. Cannell, one of the creators and producers of The Rockford Files. Combine those names in the character of Colonel John "Howling Mad" Smith in this episode. See more »


At the beginning of this story, when Jim and Rocky arrive in Hawaii on a trip they think is a prize that Jim won in a drawing of some kind, which turns out to be a scam. Rocky says that he has never been in Hawaii before. However, Rocky had visited Hawaii in a third season episode, Dirty Money, Black Light (#3.22), where Rocky also won a trip to Hawaii (but he went alone), which also turned out to be a scam, although a different kind of scam. See more »


Jim Rockford: [on the telephone] Guess where I am now.
Det. Dennis Becker: At the bar?
Jim Rockford: Close - they got a lot of bars in here. You wanna try again?
Det. Dennis Becker: In jail?
Jim Rockford: Yeah, that's right!
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Jim Rockford just can't say no
24 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

As the Rockford Files was winding down things just seems to remain the same for Jim Rockford. No matter where he is or what he does, some how he will get involved in some kind of trouble. There will always be someone coming from out of his past to involve him in some kind of jackpot.

In this case it's the CIA as personified by Ken Swofford, bluff, hale, and hearty as always who was his commanding officer in Korea and who saved his life. Poor Rockford thinks he won some kind of all expense paid Hawaiian vacation for two for which he's taking along his ever loving and patient father Rocky. But as he gets off the plane there's Swofford who asks him to be a courier at some money drop and Rockford just can never say no, just like he can never say no to Stuart Margolin in many episodes.

Before it's over James Garner is involved in all kinds of intrigue including a pair of murders. And wouldn't you know it, Stuart Margolin also shows up figuring to horn in on the all expense paid vacation that his good buddy from the big house is allegedly enjoying.

The episode is a bit forced, I'm not sure why Swofford even needed Rockford for this mission to go through all this charade. But any opportunity to see Stuart Margolin as my favorite conman Angel makes it always a special Rockford Files story.

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