The Rockford Files: Season 5, Episode 4

White on White and Nearly Perfect (20 Oct. 1978)

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Handsome, charmed PI Lance White may speak lines that sound like they're from a 1940s B movie, but everyone is so attracted to him they hang on his every word. That is everyone except Jim.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Jason Evers ...
Brad Davies
Frank Christi ...
Vincent (as Frank R. Christi)
James Luisi ...
Peter Brocco ...
Meyer Ziegler
Armand Teasedale
Eddie Fontaine ...
Augusto DePalma
Raynold Gideon ...
Tuner Watson
Veronica Teasedale
Carolyn Calcote ...
Julienne Wells ...
Bell LaBelle


Handsome, charmed PI Lance White may speak lines that sound like they're from a 1940s B movie, but everyone is so attracted to him they hang on his every word. That is everyone except Jim.

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20 October 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rockford's D.O.B. is 7/14/1929 according to a close up of his Driver's License, which makes him a year younger than James Garner. See more »


Armand Teasdale: [in slight awe] I'm a good judge of people; that is a fine young man with a remarkable character.
Jim Rockford: Oh, no doubt about it. Lance is perfect. It's his only flaw.
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Referenced in Frasier: Door Jam (2003) See more »

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One of the best tongue (firmly)-in-cheek Rockford episodes
28 August 2015 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I can imagine the laugh, the fun had writing the script for this episode.

Lance White is so annoyingly perfect. Everyone knows of, had a 'Lance White' character somewhere in their lives, and this Lance White - the 'real' Lance White - is Jim's.

Watching this episode caused me to laugh out loud so many times, because, as a fan of Rockford's, as well as a fan of good writing, I can just imagine Cannel and Huggins turning red as they threw the book out on Jim, and made Lance, the knight in shining armour, for this episode.

Much credit goes to Tom Selleck's portrayal of e too-goo-to-be-true (and if he is, I wan and kill him!) Lamce White, for embodying Lance, but, no matter how 'perfect,' and how clichéd he, and the story become, he never folds

In other words, when you do a parody - a successful one - you must not 'wink' to the audience. It must be kept serious. That's the same reason why people who try to portray bad actors, set out to make a 'bad' movie, or 'dumb blondes' have such a hard time.

Many people think Marilyn Monroe WAS dumb (sadly), but,m in fact she wasn't, and it's a tribute to her abilities to convince so many she was 'dumb.' A film like Plan 9 From Outer Space could've never succeeded if they were 'in' on the joke.

The same here.

Selleck's ability to keep Lance grounded in reality - no matter how farcical the situation, makes this episode a terrific one.

Credit - as always - must go to James Garner, who had the professionalism and the grace to understand he - the main lead - doesn't need to be the centre of attention, always, and allow the guest stars the ability to come forward, as shown here.

Sigh... it's watching an episode such as this, to see how far TV and film have fallen, because I doubt you'd ever see any writer, or 'actor' allow themselves to be made fun of, or, to allow others to shine - at their expense - as done here.

A truly great Rockford.

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