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
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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Stuart Margolin (Angel) does not appear in the episode, but leaves a memorable message on Jim's answering machine during the show's opening titles. 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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Trees, Bees, Flowers, Jeez!
7 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not often that "Rockford" falls on its face but this appalling two- parter is one such occasion. The script is a preposterous mishmash of sentimental melodrama right from the start and the second half is worse than the first. In the story's one ironic touch, Rockford's police buddy Dennis Becker recaps for him early on just how idiotic the plot is. It seems every hand is turned against geezer Strother Martin in an attempt to further urban sprawl and convert his small suburban holding into apartments. The evil mastermind, a real estate developer, is built up into such a monster he'd give Simon LeGree a run for his money, and he's given a lot of help by a chorus line of corrupt doctors, bankers, lawyers, pharmacists, police and sundry other parties. Then there's some maudlin interplay between Martin and Garner and Noah Beery and an attempted suicide, and a dragged out eulogy, and on and on. Rockford fans can skip this fiasco with a clear conscience.

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