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 »


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: [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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Hawaiian Punch
22 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title is misleading, because this episode lacks Hawaiian Punch and any semblance of Rockford's Paradise Cove. I had a negative feeling about this episode before I watched, but I decided to give it a go because this is the last original 1970's Rockford Files episode ever filmed. It's too bad, unless they weren't yet aware that the show was ending, because this episode shouldn't have been the last filmed; this series deserved a much better and proper send off. As the other reviewer said, the appearance of Angel seemed just a convenient way to get him in the finale, although Dennis actually had something to add. The actual last episode the audience got to see is called Deadlock In Parma, but it wasn't the last filmed. Anyway, this plot revolves around Jim running into an old Korean War buddy, who Jim owes a favor to. It has something to do with being a middle man delivering $100,000 in a suitcase to someone else, and naturally things go awry. The conclusion isn't exactly memorable either, rather just slightly convenient.

Edit: After 4 years, I decided to watch this episode once more, especially because it's the last one they filmed, and to see if I could be a little more objective than my original review, which wasn't flattering. Some of the faces include Ken Swofford(Col. Smith),and James Murtaugh. Rocky had many scenes, and this was probably the only episode where Jack Garner(James Garner's brother)had quite a few lines, and screen time, even though he acted differently than usual. I was really annoyed when Angel made an appearance, as it seemed too forced, as he wasn't needed here at all. It's sad that this was the final act of a great series, it deserved much better.

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