The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Just Another Polish Wedding 

Jim gets Gandy (Isaac Hayes) a job with his P.I. buddy Marcus Hayes (Louis Gossett Jr.) who promptly then tries to steal the case.


William Wiard


Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (credit only)
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Marcus Aurelius 'Gabby' Hayes
Pepper Martin ... Melvin
Isaac Hayes ... Gandolph Fitch
Walter Brooke ... Mr. Gertmanian
Dennis Burkley ... Bartender
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Dancer
Barney McFadden Barney McFadden ... Fred Koska
Jack Collins ... Frank Martin / Finn O'Herlihy
George Skaff George Skaff ... Maitre d'
Melendy Britt ... Musician's Union Secretary
Sidney Clute ... Mr. Dinsdale Funeral Administrator
Raymond Singer ... Johnny Goodbie


Jim gets Gandy (Isaac Hayes) a job with his P.I. buddy Marcus Hayes (Louis Gossett Jr.) who promptly then tries to steal the case.

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18 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pre-Roots (1977), and not yet as well-known, Louis Gossett Jr. does not include the 'Jr.' in his screen credit. See more »


The money owing to the missing heir is $600,000. Marcus Hayes draws up a contract to get 40% of that, which would be $240,000, for himself for notifying the heir. But afterward he mentions $400,000 several times as the expected take. See more »


Marcus 'Gabby' Hayes: [Marcus knocks on Jim's trailer - looking for Jim, to see if he can glean any information out of him. Jim's not there - having gone to San Diego, but, Rocky's there, and not knowing Marcus isn't a parole officer, anymore, nor that she's being 'pumped', gladly tells Marcus everything] You 'keep on truckin'!
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: Oh, I quit. I'm retired.
Marcus 'Gabby' Hayes: [Marcus smiles, and chuckles] No, Mr. Rockford, that's an expression, you know, like, uh; 'hang in there'.
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: Oh
[Rocky chuckles]
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: Well... I-I do that! I think.
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Poaching a case
5 January 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Two of the characters that the Rockford Files introduced previously come back for this episode and look to form a partnership. Isaac Hayes as Gandolf Fitch and Lou Gossett, Jr. as Marcus Aurelius Hayes may both be black, but this is a case where the similarities are truly skin deep.

Gossett was Jim Rockford's former parole officer and Hayes was the Hammer of Cell Block C back in the joint. Isaac decides he might want in on the PI racket and James Garner takes him over to Hayes who has a better line of con than Garner ever could muster.

Garner has a missing heir case from the county and it's quite a tidy sum, $600.000.00 to be precise. It's also not ethical to poach a case from another PI, but Gossett has always had a loose sense of ethics.

Sadly this was a pilot not picked up by television for a series. That's a pity because Hayes and Gossett have a nice chemistry between them.

As for the heir, he's got great reason not to want to be found. Must be if he'll ignore 600 grand.

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