The Rockford Files: Season 3, Episode 14

The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers: Part 1 (21 Jan. 1977)

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Jim helps a friend of Rocky's who's being forced off his property.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Thomas Tyler 'T.T.' Flowers
Karen Machon ...
Cathy Royle
Scott Brady ...
Jack Muellard
Richard Venture ...
Dr. Benjamin Crist
Gretchen Corbett ...
Sherman Royle
Steve Fisher
Fred Stuthman ...
Homer Hodgson
Jack Stauffer ...
Hank Gidley
Linda Ryan ...


Jim helps a friend of Rocky's who's being forced off his property.

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Dr. Crist's car (the one with the blaring horn that can't be stopped) is a Ferrari Dino 246. See more »


At the police station, Dennis mentions T.T. Flowers' "Freedom" property is 3 acres. However, earlier in a conversation with Rocky we learned it is ten acres.This is incorrectly regarded as a goof. T.T. Flowers originally bought ten acres, which was referred to by Rocky, but Flowers had sold acreage at different times to Muellard until there were only three acres remaining at the time the episode takes place. Hence the discussion of the bulldozing of his former orange grove that became the apartments next door. It was how Flowers paid his taxes, but he decided to not sell any more to Muellard and how the property was set for liquidation at auction. See more »


Jim Rockford: Well what do you want for proof Dennis, my body?
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Where Have All the T.T. Flowers Gone?
21 December 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

With all the westerns James Garner did, I find it kind of amazing to discover this was the only time he worked with veteran character actor Strother Martin.

Martin plays a cranky old friend of Rocky's named T.T. Flowers who has a 10 acre spread he calls "Freedom". Jack Mullerd (Scott Brady, who was last seen as a corrupt union boss in "Gearjammers") is a land developer who's ready to do anything to get control of Freedom and works with T.T.'s son in law Sherm (Alex Rocco) to have him drugged up and pronounced incompetent.

The entire show is told as a flashback as Rocky delivers the eulogy at T.T.'s funeral. Other than a few amusing moments as Jim tries to sneak into the sanitarium where T.T. is being held (the car horn bit is priceless)this is an episode that mostly takes itself pretty seriously.

Strother Martin shines as the cranky old T.T. but the script lets us down just a little there as it fails to give us a scene or a moment that makes us feel like he and Rocky are really friends. They're friends because the script tells us so--it fails to really show us.

Scott Brady is probably my favorite Rockford bad guy outside of Robert Webber and James Woods. He's powerful, devious and quite believable in every one of his appearances on the show (though again the script lets us down a little--he tries to kill Jim by leaving a bottle of nitrous oxide in the Firebird so Jim will crash--something that will surely show up in the wreck).

Gretchen Corbett makes an ever so brief appearance as Beth Davenport in this first half of the two parter as Jim goes to her apartment to hide out (we should all be so lucky to have such a hideout!) and "Mchale's Navy" star Bob Hastings (the weaselly Lt. Carpenter) makes another appearance, this time as a construction foreman.

All in all, a good episode thanks to good casting, but not as much comedy as in some of the best "Rockfords".

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