Jim travels to Newark, and draws the attention of organized crime and the FBI. The FBI is protecting Jim's target because he is a former federal witness. The target is found dead, and Jim's client has some explaining to do.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Warner Jameson
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Susan Jameson
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Jim travels to Newark, and draws the attention of organized crime and the FBI. The FBI is protecting Jim's target because he is a former federal witness. The target is found dead, and Jim's client has some explaining to do.

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Luis Delgado is seen in two uncredited roles in this episode, first, the driver of the red convertible that Jim taps on the bumper at the parking lot, and second, as Louie at the Taco Stand. See more »

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As Rockford leaves the airport he is followed. In an attempt to lose the tail he pulls into a parking lot. When the tail fails to find him in the lot he tries to leave but Rockford drives toward him and forces him to back up, making him run over driveway spikes and giving him 2-4 flat tires. Moments later the tail drives out of the lot with no damaged tires. See more »

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford: Did you know that there's only 3 Rockfords in the phonebook? There's you and there's me, and there's that guy from Detroit who got beat up because they thought he was you.
Jim Rockford: The little guy with the broken glasses?
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford: Uh-huh.
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tediously overlong
9 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen every episode of "The Rockford Files", but it was a consistently high-quality program, with Jim investigating all types of crimes, not just the implausible murders that make most other crime shows generally unbelievable.

Of course, every series has poor episodes, and this one (along with its second part) is a, if not the, series' low point.

The problem isn't the story, which has the Feds trying to keep Jim from learning the truth about a man Joseph Cotton (yes, that Joseph Cotten) doesn't want his daughter to marry. There's only one logical reason why, but Stephen J Cannell's smart dialog effectively distracts the viewer.

A lot of distraction is needed, as this is a five-pound story packed in a ten-pound sack. (Yes, you read that right.) It's spread over two episodes, with plane flights, long car rides, and Jim being repeatedly kidnapped. One suspects this was done for budgetary and/or scheduling problems (not unlike Star Trek's "The Cage").

It's a tedious bore, and the brisk, tight ending suggests that the rest of the original screenplay must have been a lot tighter.

Of course, any "Rockford Files" episode is better than the best episodes from just about any other crime series. But this one is far from the series' best.


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