The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Quickie Nirvana 

Rockford ends up regretting allowing an eccentric hippie woman to use his address temporarily, when her ex-boss sends a pair of thugs after her to retrieve some money he put in her care.


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

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Episode cast overview:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Valerie Curtin ... Jane Patten / Sky Aquarian / Gopi / Hester
Kip Gilman ... Alan Bayliss (as Kenneth Gilman)
Quinn K. Redeker ... Gordon Borchers (as Quinn Redeker)
Dick Anthony Williams ... Maceo Prentiss
Lawrence Cook Lawrence Cook ... Dijan (as Larry Cook)
James Luisi ... Lt. Doug Chapman
Patricia Pearcy ... Pavarthi
Carl W. Crudup ... Eddie McBrair (as Carl Crudup)
Elta Blake Elta Blake ... Ann
Aesop Aquarian Aesop Aquarian ... Cook
Michael Grandcolas Michael Grandcolas ... Panhandler
Dan Magiera Dan Magiera ... Conga Drummer


Rockford ends up regretting allowing an eccentric hippie woman to use his address temporarily, when her ex-boss sends a pair of thugs after her to retrieve some money he put in her care.

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Release Date:

11 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Unknown to many viewers today (especially those not from the Los Angeles area) was the Source Family, who were a cult in the Los Angeles area - initially known for their vegetarian restaurant (all members' names end with'Aquarius', such as the actor in this episode, Aesop Aquarian). Much of the material of this episode is partially based on them. Additionally, Mr Aquarian, himself has stated he was also a member of the Family (aka the Manson cult. Many young people at this time and esp. In this area where looking for 'meaning in life', i.e., 'peace and love', and though he was associated with these 2 groups, Mr Aquarian did not take part in any of the heinous crimes the latter was known for). See more »


When Rockford is trying to find Sky at the ashram, Pavarthi tells him that they had gone to Sunfire Institute for "...the Spring Solstice...". Any New Ager worth her crystals should know that the Solstices are the summer and winter events with the extremes of daylight (summer) and darkness (winter) while the spring and summer events are the Equinoxes (or Equinoctes), when day and night are of equal length. This may have been intended by the writers to emphasize Pavarthi's actual lack of conviction. See more »


Jane Patten: [Sky's with Jim, back at the trailer, hoping her last pay-check was sent to his address. It hasn't. All of the sudden, a car pulls up, with 2 of the men who've been after the money. Turns out the envelope with the money was switched, and they received an envelope of cut-up newspaper, and are very mad] Hey, um; let's just be very mellow, and, um non-violent, and remember that we're all human beings, and part of the god-head, okay?
Dijan: [VERY angry] Shut up, and go inside, hmm?
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very good episode
5 January 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

This particular episode has many aspects of what I enjoy about the Rockford Files, namely several shots of Jim's trailer(both outside and in)and many great outdoor scenes filmed in sunny California, even though I'm in wintry Pennsylvania at the time of this review. I also enjoy seeing Jim's cool Firebird traveling along and near the beach, especially when others pursue him. This turn has Jim helping, though not exactly enjoying it, a hippie named Sky, who also has other aliases. Somehow she's involved with a missing $30,000, and she's either too dumb to realize why she's in trouble, or simply blacks it out in her karmic state of mind, for which Rockford argues with her about. It turns out that she's devoted to some false hippie guru for which his name escapes me at the moment, and he turns out to be involved in the stolen money. Add a crooked lawyer of an angry musician who's searching for the stolen cash, and another hippie cook who's real last name is Aquarian, and what we have is a quality episode. Just about the only negative comment I have is that Sky's hippie/karma antics get somewhat annoying, as I bet it got on James Garner's nerves as well, as he's clearly perturbed.

I'll disagree with the other reviewer about the final scene between Jim and Sky, who's once again changed her name because of a new devotion to Jesus instead of her fallen guru. It appears that Rockford felt sorry for this woman and offered to buy her coffee, and is clearly disappointed she turns him down. Jim gives us some solid human emotion during this scene, even if the scene appears slightly forced.

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