Wrongly accused of beating a man to death, Jim discovers the best legal advice he can find is from disbarred lawyer John Cooper.



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Episode cast overview:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Dennis Becker (credit only)
Wade G. Ward
Mickey Long (as Eugene Davis)
Luke Andreas ...
Arthur Nodzak
Elta Blake ...
Jim Scott ...
D.A. Cowan
Doney Oatman ...
Dawn Nodzak
George Planco ...
Tony Brande ...
Judge Carmine Rossi
Mac Amodeus
Paul Teschke ...
Carl Gibbons


Wrongly accused of beating a man to death, Jim discovers the best legal advice he can find is from disbarred lawyer John Cooper.

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6 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Jim has a new lawyer in this episode: Wade G. Ward, played by Sorrell Booke. It is mentioned several times that Ward works at the same law firm (Harcourt & Lowe) as Jim's previous lawyer Beth Davenport, and that Beth is not with the firm anymore. Though it was established in a previous episode that Beth was leaving Harcourt & Lowe to establish her own firm, it is never made clear in the context of the series why Jim - a long-time personal friend of Beth's - did not follow Beth to her new firm.

In real life, the reason for the switch was that Gretchen Corbett (who played Beth Davenport) had left the series. See more »


As Rockford and Coop are pulling up to Nodzak's place, they're discussing the situation. Coop's stating "I thought Mac Amodeus lived in a garage" as the car was coming to a stop, but his lips weren't moving. See more »


Jim Rockford: What ever it was that got you disbarred, were you right?
John Cooper: Maybe you noticed the question of right and wrong is not within the preview of the law. Only the question of legal and illegal.
Jim Rockford: Yeah, that seems strange.
John Cooper: Don't it!
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Time to fly the Coop
6 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The most notable aspect for me in this episode is the introduction of Bo Hopkins as John Cooper, who plays Rockford's sidekick and potential attorney. Beth is mentioned a few times as leaving the firm, as Rockford is charged with a murder of someone he supposedly threatened, although he didn't commit, and he seems apprehensive of his appointed attorney, who's played by Sorrell Booke(you'll remember him as Boss Hogg), who has other cases and a monster movie on his mind. The 2 "Joisey" guys annoy both Rockford and Rocky with their noisy(rhymes with Joisey)parties and general annoyances, which include one of the bums tossing a rock at Rocky and bloodying his temple, for which I felt sorry for him as he did nothing but walk inside his house with his groceries. To make a long story short, the 2 guys murdered their party guest in order to impress a local mob boss; I believe this guy was assaulting his girlfriend, and she turns out being the sister of the mob boss. I can't say that's a motive I've ever heard anywhere else, so I give the 2 guys credit for at least trying.

A scene worth mentioning is when Rockford and Coop talk with this clearly abused woman, and as she tells her story about her late boyfriend, she also mentioned that he knew of someone who knew the Eagles(rock band), who were very popular during the run of the Rockford Files; I link this show and the band, because when they disbanded around 1980, this show ended too. Coincidence? I do like Coop and there's a cool scene where he and Jim share a beer at some bar discussing the case; even though he mumbles a bit when he speaks, I think they do share some chemistry. Lastly, when they talk to a girl impregnated by Conigliaro, she says something about when she saw him dancing, she knew he was Italian, which is funny because I'm Italian and I can't dance.

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