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
Bill Quinn ...
Armand Teasdale
Eddie Fontaine ...
Augusto DePalma
Raynold Gideon ...
Tuner Watson
Veronica Teasdale
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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Bob Hastings does the answering machine gag at the beginning of the show. See more »


Belle Labelle: [in awe] Are you the Lance White who saved Mr. Hillman's life a long, long time ago when the Mob was moving in at the club and threatening his wife and four grandchildren?
[a bored Jim is looking at a UCLA diploma on Lance's wall; the name is blotted out]
Lance White: [modestly] Let's just say it's closer than I like to come.
Jim Rockford: [unimpressed] Isn't it about time for an intermission? I'm outta popcorn!
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Selleck should bottle it
17 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Again The Rockford Files creates an indelible character for one of their episodes that they bring back again. Tom Selleck plays the immaculately dressed and named Lance White, engaged to the daughter of an industrial captain, would be private detective, and the kind of fellow not seen except in literature where people like Frank Merriwell predominate.

Whatever Selleck has it should be bottled because he's got the charm to put it over on everyone. Best in this episode is James Luisi who is constantly on Joe Santos's case for doing Rockford favors. But Lieutenant Chapman can't do enough for Lance White.

It gets serious though when Karen Austin who is Selleck's fiancé is kidnapped and the kidnappers have a most unusual request. I can't say but it really does involve a question of national security.

When Tom Selleck both got his own TV series and got creative control of it I don't think it was an accident that Thomas Magnum bore more than a slight resemblance to Jim Rockford.

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