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
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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1.33 : 1
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This episode introduces the character of "Coop," a disbarred attorney who relieves the character of Beth Davenport as Rockford's legal counsel. Portrayed by Bo Hopkins, Coop goes on to appear in several episodes. 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 »


Eugene Conigliaro: [Brooklyn accent] Hey, you wanna do the number? Cuz I'm ready! C'mon! C'mon!
Jim Rockford: [sneers] How about that. Harry Misanthrope.
Eugene Conigliaro: [ignorant of Shakespeare] Are you by any chance referrin' to anybody who's present here in the festivity?
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Very "Sopranoesque" David Chase Episode
5 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

David Chase cut his teeth and learned much of his craft as a writer and producer on the Rockford files. No surprise then that "the Jersey Bounce" shows us some early hints of what we can expect in his later series "the Sopranos." The Jersey accents and mannerisms in this episode are the stereotypical New Jersey caricatures we would also later see in the Sopranos. The over-the-top Jerseyness displayed by the two guest actors is great and is an early indication that Mr Chase was busing on Jersey before busting on Jersey was considered cool! The scene where the two Jersey boys are explaining themselves and trying to curry favor with the local Southern California mob boss is pure Sopranos! Greg Antonacci would eventually go on to appear in at least a few Sopranos episode as would other Rockford regulars George Loros and Joe Santos. Those fans of the Sopranos might enjoy this early view of the what the future may bring.

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