The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Foul on the First Play 

After learning that the parole officer who hired him is actually a private detective, Rockford works to even the score in this case about a basketball franchise and the would-be owner who refuses to play by the rules.


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Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (credit only)
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Marcus Aurelius Hayes / O'Brien (as Lou Gossett)
Richard Davalos ... Manny Stickells (as Dick Davalos)
David White ... Martin Eastman
Pepper Martin ... Greg Smith
James Ingersoll James Ingersoll ... Steve Sorenson
Al Ruscio ... Tom Corell
John Mahon ... Todd Morris
Chuck Bowman ... Commissioner Tremayne
Vincent Cobb Vincent Cobb ... Ray Fairchild
Pamela Serpe Pamela Serpe ... Receptionist
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Sherm Addison
Al Checco ... Leasing Agent


Jim's shackled to his former parole officer, Marcus Hayes (Louis Gossett Jr.), who's now a PI himself, when competition for a new NBA franchise ensnares both men. Jim can't figure which jock/sucker, the motor mouth Marc is working for, but whoever it is, they're causing Jim a lot of pain - the physical kind. Written by David Stevens

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The first appearance of Louis Gossett Jr. as private eye/con man Marcus Hays. James Garner liked to work with actors he had previously work with, and Mr. Gossett was no exception; the 2 had co-starred in Skin Game (1971), in which they played a pair of late 19th century con men. See more »


Throughout the series Rockford is out of prison because he was pardoned but in this one Hayes is his parole officer who sent Rockford back up for breaking parole. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Jim, it's Eddie. You were right about Sweet Talk in the seventh. She breezed in, paid $72.50. But I didn't get your bet down.
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No foul episode
31 January 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

This is another sports-themed episode(there was another segment earlier in season 2 with Rob Reiner as a QB)in this great series which had many aspects which I enjoy, mainly Rockford as both serious AND funny. I enjoyed the chemistry between he and Marcus Hayes(Lou Gossett, Jr.), as the latter is very shady and tries a few times to fool/con Jim, and the grounded Jim actually falls for it a few times. A great moment to this reviewer is we get to see the famous J-Turn in a dark alley, as he and Hayes are eluding a former prisoner and parolee, who's attempting to exact revenge on his former parole office(Hayes); naturally, the Firebird gets them out of trouble here, and also another time in a local park, as more thugs chase them. Another reason I like this show is how Rockford can beat up someone who wrongs him, then almost as quickly befriends that person if they're in need. He's obviously frustrated with Hayes(turns out he screwed Jim a few years back), but eventually Jim lends his services and agrees to help him out of a mess regarding potential owners of a new basketball franchise. I highly recommend this Rockford Files episode, as it has both serious and funny moments and great chemistry between 2 great con men.

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12 March 1976 (USA) See more »

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