The Rockford Files: Season 5, Episode 17

The Man Who Saw the Alligators (10 Feb. 1979)

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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 ...
Sharon Acker ...
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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At the beginning Rockford has just had dental surgery which concludes a running gag about his dental troubles. On several earlier shows, the recorded telephone messages concern his failures to keep his dental appointments which eventually results in his dental surgery. 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 The Howdy Doody Show (1947) See more »

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Too much melodrama
14 January 2012 | by (Rural Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

Sub-par for a Rockford Files episode. It was too long, and the long drawn-out scene at the cabin was something that would have fit in better in the 1966 Adam West Batman (balpeen hammer anyone?) than in the street smart Rockford Files. Weighed down by badly done armchair psycho-drama. Garner's acting, and the acting of the crime boss and the Italian mother make the best of an over the top script.

I saw the 78 minute long DVD version. By Season Five, they seem to be running out of new types of car chases, so we have more of the mind game stuff. Sometimes it works (the episode "Guilt" is an example of that). Also, because Rockford is a PI who has to be in mortal danger regularly, mafia types show up a lot by Season 5. Often it works, this time it didn't. Still worth watching.

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