Jim's old girlfriend, Claire Prescott, phones, and asks him to help give her protection from 2 hoods chasing her. He soon discovers there's a missing undercover cop, which puts him up against an arrogant Cpt. Highland, as well.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Jim Rockford
... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
... Claire Prescott
... Dennis Becker
Lance LeGault ... Stone (as W.L. LeGault)
... Capt. Highland
... Willett
M.P. Murphy ... Carl
... Ted (as Douglas V. Fowley)


Jim receives a call from Claire, a former flame. After being burnt by her, several times, he's reluctant to get involved with her, again But, she's being hounded by 2 vicious hoods, and she seems truly frightened, so he takes the case. Rockford presses Dennis Becker to fill out Claire's meager story, but he's unable, as a pit-bull captain, named Highland's breathing down his neck - hard, by making sure his subordinates can't help Jim. Claire's ensnared in something big, so both she, and Highland intend to keep Jim clueless. Written by David Stevens

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31 January 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This is the first episode where Rockford does not mention his rate- "200.00 a day, plus expenses." See more »


In the initial car chase the chasers lose a driver side front hubcap in an early turn. When they park at the apartment building to conclude the chase the hubcap is back in place. Later, when Willett and Stone follow Jim away from the bar the hubcap is missing again. See more »


Capt. Highland: [Jim's been called in to tell Capt. highland what he knows about Charlie Manning. He's in the Capt.'s office with Becker, and Rockford refuses to tell the captain what he knows, unless the captain's more forthcoming with info as well.Captain Highland tells Jim Manning is an undercover cop, on a job, and hes supposed to check in with Manning every hour, but, he's two hours overdue] If he turns up dead, and I can find anything to prove that you knew something that could have saved him, you're ...
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Better than average
22 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

This episode of the Rockford Files had everything I normally like for this show, including many scenes with Rocky, the trailer, the Firebird, and folks out to get Jim, which include the hoods and the cops. The angry cop this time is effectively played by diminutive Jackie Cooper, who screams at Rockford any chance he gets and tries to muscle him, even though Jim is well traveled enough to call his bluff. The scenes between Cooper and James Garner really standout to this reviewer, not so much the scenes with Linda Evans and Rockford. She really downplayed her role, and didn't show much emotion at all. That may have been called for her role, but I wasn't terribly impressed. She dumped old flame Jim 3 years ago, but I don't believe she even paid him for his services this time. I don't think I would've been so forgiving as Jim was, but that's what makes him who he is and why he's very likable. The better moments for me are the scenes with Jim and Rocky, and Dennis also. There are some very cool car chases, which I'm not always a big fan of, but in this episode are not overdone to the extent of boredom. Check out the scene when one car chasing the Firebird loses a hubcap, and the scene continues. I enjoyed the atmosphere of this episode throughout, and it's probably one of the better ones from the first season, and Rockford himself is in fine form. Don't forget the Firebird too, as it is always great seeing Rockford in that fine car.

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