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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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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David Chase helped write this episode and he went to on to incorporate some of the same Italo-American character traits, mannerisms, and accents in his later show, The Sopranos. Several of Rockford costars (from this episode and some show regulars) also went on to appear in The Soprano's, including George Loros, Joe Santos, and Greg Antonacci. See more »


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 »


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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Jersey Bounce
12 November 2012 | by (Tampa, USA) – See all my reviews

Yes, it's a shame Bo Hopkins wasn't brought more permanently on the show, as I dig his character and his portrayal much better than Rockford's regular contacts, all of who (except maybe Beth) are there to inhibit him as much as help him.

A few of you mention this episode containing a glimpse of David Chase's work on Sopranos. I agree. But I think we have been seeing that on every episode he wrote since season 3. Maybe even season 2. All of the gangster, hoods and hit men are always very well realized and definitely not the normal TV clichés of those types. There is always a sense with Chase episodes that you could follow these guys home and see Sopranos 1970s style.

I notice David Chase also liked to add an awareness of youth culture in his episodes, many of which tend to incorporate something of youth concerns and climate back then, particularly one episode comes to mind when Jim helped the Hare Krishna girl. That episode was scathing of the "Me Decade," while again also giving the sense of characters who really live in that world. Other writers on the show seem more concerned with the mystery hat trick while Chase liked the subtle observation and comedy of his characters.

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