The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Man Who Saw the Alligators 

If having the IRS wanting to do an audit isn't bad enough, a gangster Jim helped put in prison is out on parole and wants a pound of his flesh in revenge.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
George Loros ...
Luke Andreas ...
Adrianna Danielli
Richie Gagglio
Joseph Minette
William Bronder ...
Buster Hutchins
Dehl Berti ...
Eddie Whitefeather
Penny Santon ...
Mrs. Gagglio
Joseph V. Perry ...
Murf Guellow (as Joseph Perry)
Howard Honig ...
I.R.S. Auditor Serra
Noel Conlon ...
Congressman Hartschorn


If having the IRS wanting to do an audit isn't bad enough, a gangster Jim helped put in prison is out on parole and wants a pound of his flesh in revenge.

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10 February 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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One of many episodes where there is a mob figure, either in person, or by reference, with a name ending with "ette". In this case, the character is Joseph Minette, a New Jersey mob boss trying to get Anthony Boy, who was just paroled, to return to New Jersey and go back to work for him. There have also been mob characters named Manette, Pinette, Frishette, Binette, Gillette, and a few others. See more »


When Anthony is behind his car and fires his handgun at Rockford in the cabin, the window above Rockford breaks, supposedly from the bullet from Anthony's gun. But when it breaks, you can see a burned mark on the white lace curtain from the explosive charge used to break the window in the scene. See more »


Jim Rockford: [at Rocky's house sifting through shoe boxes full of Jim's payed bills] Look Angel, I've got problems of my own. I've got a tax mess here that's so bad I'm gonna have to spend three days up at Adriana's place at Arrow Head just trying to sort it out... how are you doing for April and May, Dad?
Adrianna Danielli: Jim I hope you don't mind my saying, but I think this is symptomatic of the whole problem! Why are these receipts stored here in the first place?
Jim Rockford: Well do you wanna try living in a house trailer and running...
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References Love at First Bite (1979) See more »

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A Taxing Time for Jim Rockford
7 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

We all dread a tax audit even Jim Rockford who is in a line of work and charges unusual deductions for unusual situations. He's planning a working fishing trip in a cabin with his accountant Sharon Acker. But then Lt. Becker comes by with a warning that George Loros is out of prison and looking for James Garner. Five years ago Garner worked with the police in a sting operation in which Loros got a nasty gunshot wound which gives him a lot of pain. Now why he fixated on Rockford is really not made clear as Garner wasn't even the one who shot him.

Strange are the workings of a criminal mind even one in pain. Loros is determined to gt Rockford and the bosses who as we know don't like unauthorized hits are also trying to stop Loros. Not that they care about James Garner or anyone else nearby if they should be nearby.

So all the parties meet in that cabin where Rockford is stuck with Acker and his old pal Angel. Why is Stuart Margolin there, just playing whatever angles come up. Oh, and all he has is a BB rifle to defend himself.

It's interesting to see how Garner gets out of this one, but this is a nicely paced well written Rockford Files episode.

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