The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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To Protect and Serve: Part 1 

Rockford is hired to find a missing woman, only to discover that she is also being sought by a New York crime family.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Lt. Doug Chapman
Patsy Fossler
Michael Kelly
George Loros ...
'Anthony Boy' Gagglio
Luke Andreas ...
James Coleman ...
Officer Haydu
Luis Delgado ...
Officer Billings
Charles Parks ...
Officer Drum
Jason Ledger ...
Sgt. Salcedo
Bob Peterson ...


Rockford is hired to find a missing woman, only to discover that she is also being sought by a New York crime family.

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11 March 1977 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The Becker's son Scotty (who would appear in the "Godfather Knows Best" Rockford reunion movie, is running for president of the 6th grade in this episode. See more »


When Lianne visits Jim's trailer after he's been jumped by Anthony Boy and Syl, we see that the phone has been knocked off of the hook. While Jim and Lianne talk, the phone rings and Jim answers it without having hung up the extension. See more »


Lianne Sweeny: Jim Rockford, Jim Rockford...Newton Street Division, 1968, Watts Riots!
Jim Rockford: No...
Lianne Sweeny: No, don't tell me, don't tell me! Metro!
Dennis Becker: Jim Rockford's a private investigator, Lianne.
Lianne Sweeny: [looking as though she smells something bad] Oh...
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References Dark Victory (1939) See more »

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Mob pillow talk
7 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Jon Cypher an attorney from New York hires Jim Rockford to locate his missing fiancé Leslie Charleson who has got a bad case of jitters and has run away. Charleson has every right to have jitters, she's heard way too much about family business from this consigliere and now she has to be dealt with.

Sad to say that when James Garner finds out what he's really been hired for he's in it up to his neck. Out of concern, but also necessity he's got to rescue Charleson and put her on ice until he can figure a move.

It all might go a lot more smoothly if police buff/groupie Joyce Van Patten doesn't stop interfering. She's attached herself to Joe Santos and that has the Becker family in an uproar.

Van Patten really is a wonder, she's one interesting head case as a woman with no life who lives vicariously. Think she's bad here, wait till you see here at work in Part 2.

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