The Rockford Files: Season 4, Episode 2

Trouble in Chapter 17 (23 Sep. 1977)

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Jim is reluctantly drawn into being bodyguard for a famous author, who believes her popular book on the perfect wife is the cause of death threats against her.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Edgar 'Bud' Clement
Jack Avery
Ann Louise Clement
Donna Baccala ...
Janet Avery (as Donna Bacalla)
Marty Bach (as Tasha Martell)
Al Checco ...
Bob Navarro ...
3rd Reporter
Toni Berrell ...
Candace Howerton ...
Mario Machado ...
1st Reporter
Scott Ellsworth ...
Mike Steele ...
Lyle Van Houghton (as Michael M. Steele)


Jim is reluctantly drawn into being bodyguard for a famous author, who believes her popular book on the perfect wife is the cause of death threats against her.

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20 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to disagree with the previous reviewer about the casting of the book author; she wasn't meant to have any chemistry with Jim! I thought she was great as the superstar anti-feminist author who really is a bit of a hypocrite. One thing that consistently impresses me about this show is that it avoided being preachy about the issues of the day. The only token argument we get is Rocky having his say about women and Jim responding with his more progressive opinion. (LOVE YA JIMBO!) Then any "argument" is completely dropped in favor of showing the characters (the author and her husband) as human - she's preaching the "total womanhood" lifestyle while not doing her own cooking and cleaning, and he's genuinely distressed about their relationship while also cheating on her. No right or wrong, just Jim Rockford ambling through the mess they're all making. Unfortunately as far as the mystery goes, I solved it as soon as the brother came on screen. No suspense there.

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