The Rockford Files: Season 5, Episode 3

The Jersey Bounce (6 Oct. 1978)

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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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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Dennis Becker (credit only)
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Wade G. Ward
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Mickey Long (as Eugene Davis)
Luke Andreas ...
Arthur Nodzak
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Celeste
Jim Scott ...
D.A. Cowan
Doney Oatman ...
Dawn Nodzak
George Planco ...
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Tony Brande ...
Judge Carmine Rossi
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Mac Amodeus
Paul Teschke ...
Carl Gibbons
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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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This episode introduces the character of "Coop," a disbarred attorney who relieves the character of Beth Davenport as Rockford's legal counsel. Coop, lagged by Bo Hopkins, goes on to appear in several episodes. See more »

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

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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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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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