The Rockford Files: Season 4, Episode 21

The House on Willis Avenue (24 Feb. 1978)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Garth McGregor
Al Steever
Philip Sterling ...
County Supervisor Tom Nardoni
B.J. Anderson
John Van Dreelen ...
Joe Tooley
Russell Thorson ...
Arthur Kenner
Hank Brandt ...
Mr. Davis
Irene Tedrow ...
Mrs. Tooley


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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Rocky tows Jim's trailer to the mountains, where they go fishing. Other than the early first season episodes, where the trailer is parked on Ocean Blvd, this is the only time it ever leaves 29 Cove Road. See more »


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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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References The Rockford Files: Gearjammers, Part 1 (1975) See more »

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A(nother) great Rockford, whose very irksome 'Brockleman' is its only down-point
27 August 2015 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

The House On Willis Avenue I think is not only a good episode, but, considering when it was made, it foresaw by approximately 30+ years the kind of invasive practices which our modern lives are constantly under, a very important episode.

The only negative thing I can say, is the appearance of 'Richie Brockleman.' This episode's believed by many, to be a back-door introduction of the character 'Richie Brockleman,' and whenever Mr. Dugan (who plays - annoyingly - Brockleman), is on-camera, where he acts like nails-on-a-blackboard, my concentration is shot. I'm stuck between being highly bothered by his incessant babbling, about utterly unrelated topics, as well as his 'gee- whiz, golly-willickers' put-on naievté, that I can't focus on those nuggets which might be revealed in amongst his bleating. Brockleman gets irritating very fast, and as this episode is twice the length of a standard episode, this means, it gets hard to watch - just due to him - very early on.

Which makes watching an episode which, as I said, has a really interesting, topical plot - years ahead of its time, all the more infuriating.

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