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
[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?
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?
Well do you wanna try living in a house trailer and running...