When a fellow P.I. is killed on the Ventura freeway, Jim and Richie Brockelman team up to find out if it really was an accident.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Garth McGregor
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Al Steever
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County Supervisor Tom Nardoni
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B.J. Anderson
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Gunderson
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Joe Tooley
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Arthur Kenner
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Mrs. Tooley
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This marked the introduction of Richie Brockleman, who viewers first met in the TV Movie, Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours (1976), which was an unsuccessful pilot launch. This installment acted as a spin off for Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (1978). Unfortunately, it only lasted 6 episodes. However, Richie would return for Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job: Parts 1 and 2 (1979). Written by DBF

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Perennial character actress Irene Tedrow who portrays Mrs. Tooley here, had worked with James Garner previously on Maverick, in two episodes; Gun Shy (s02e16), and Cruise of The Cynthia B. (S03e17). See more »

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Near the end of episode #2, as the duo are escaping the compound they are running down an open road, once the guard fires a shot, now they're next to a building. See more »

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Jim Rockford: Boy, I hate going to these things!
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford: Well, the older you get the more of 'em you're gonna go to. You know, it seemed to me that here a while back I was going to the funeral of a good friend once a week. Then a couple of years ago it sort of started to steady out. You know the way I've got it figured, sonny?
Jim Rockford: Rocky, have you seen my wallet?
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford: Now take automobiles. Supposing Detroit was to build a hundred thousand red Fords. Well, at the end of five years you're gonna lose half of them red Fords: ...
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Joe Tooley had loyal friends
21 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I don't think any television series introduced so many wonderful characters to the viewing public as did The Rockford Files. Even in a brief appearance Paul Fix who mentored James Garner in the private eye business gets himself killed when he gets to deep into something he does not understand, he's got both Jim Rockford and Richie Brockelman to back him up. As Sam Spade said quite eloquently, when your partner is killed you're supposed to do something about it. How much more true for a mentor.

It's quite a caper that Garner and Dennis Dugan jump into. An LA county supervisor is under the thumb of a conglomerate planning to build a giant computer complex for storage of information for nefarious purposes. Jackie Cooper is putting the thing together, but Philip Sterling the supervisor stands in the way until he's blackmailed. Another supervisor Howard Hesseman is fighting a rear guard action.

Pernell Roberts plays Cooper's muscle, but in a really memorable role is Simon Oakland who is yet another private eye trying to muscle in on the action to wherever it leads. He has a memorable confrontation with Garner and Dugan.

This together with the usual Rockford Files regulars makes up for a memorable episode.


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