Christine Dusseau, a female private eye, first blindsides Rockford, then joins him in tracking down the murderer in a case the police have dismissed as a suicide.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Dennis Becker
Christine Dusseau
Alex Diel
Aaron Friedler
Jennifer Sandstrom
Lawrence Cook ...
Dave (as Larry Cook)
Nick Ferris ...
Connie Milton Bryant ...
Policewoman (as Connie Bryant Milton)


Christine Dusseau, a female private eye, first blindsides Rockford, then joins him in tracking down the murderer in a case the police have dismissed as a suicide.

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31 October 1975 (USA)  »

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The title of the episode; The Real Easy Red Dog, comes from a term used in (American) football; 'red-dog' or 'dogging, which means 'to rush the quarterback', and it can be heard right after Christine Dusseau (Stefanie Powers) has opened the door to Jim's trailer, coming from the announcer on Jim's TV. See more »


When Rockford "persuades" Christine Dusseau (Stephanie Powers) to accompany him in his car about halfway through the episode, she reaches to unlock her door to try to get away, only to have Rockford show her that he's removed the lock button. In subsequent shots as they drive, however, the button is visible on her side of the car even though she has had no opportunity to replace it during their drive, nor does Rockford give her the button back. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Jim, it's Shirley at the cleaners. You know that brown jacket? The one I said looks so great on you? Your favorite? We lost it.
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Rockford and football
11 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with the other poster about the average performance of Stephanie Powers, who teams up with Jim, mainly after Jim finds out that she conned him regarding a few cops on her trail. Now that's out of the way, I'm a fan of football(used to be), and was a big fan of the Los Angeles Rams in the late 70's, early 80's; when we first see Jim, he's watching a Rams game getting ready to snack, while calling a bookie about a bet on the 2nd half, when Christine knocks on the door. I think this episode may have "borrowed" the football angle and the "drowned in her own pool and made to look like she drowned elsewhere" idea from earlier Columbo episodes. Maybe I'm wrong about that, but perhaps some of the writers admire each other's works. In any event, I did enjoy this segment for the most part. A great quote is when Rockford mentions a "red dog" to Christine, and I wasn't even aware of it. It has to do with the defensive line sacking the unsuspecting quarterback, as she tried to do to him. You got to get up early in the morning to con Jim, a great con man himself. I read that James Garner was a big Oakland Raiders fan, and was allowed to roam the sidelines during games.

I admit that I didn't expect a baby racket being the main motive of the murders, but it ended the episode on a good note. I'm also a fan of Tom Atkins' character Diel, who loathes Rockford and even Christine, who helps Jim solve everything. I sometimes wish Jim didn't have to force a kiss with every actress at the end of many episodes like this one. There really was no reason to kiss her in the last scene.

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