The Rockford Files: Season 6, Episode 8

The Hawaiian Headache (23 Nov. 1979)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 40 users  
Reviews: 6 user

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.



(created by), (created by), 1 more credit »
0Check in

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Hawaiian Headache (23 Nov 1979)

The Hawaiian Headache (23 Nov 1979) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Rockford Files.
« Previous Episode | 118 of 122 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode credited cast:
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 ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Blissett ...
Mrs. Ingram
Jimmy Borges ...
Marshal Mingus
Esmond Chung ...
Shawn Kimotto
Elissa Dulce Hoopai ...
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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

23 November 1979 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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: 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 and I think you should come. By the way, we need five dollars for the present...
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why did Rockford live in a trailer? joed1667
Paradise Cove (1979) LesterFester
The Farnsworth Stratagem lmartin-17
prison luluvoodoo
Jim's trailer raypat_99
Discuss The Hawaiian Headache (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: