The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Rockford ends up regretting allowing an eccentric hippie woman to use his address temporarily, when her ex-boss sends a pair of thugs to retrieve money he put in her care.


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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 to retrieve money he put in her care.

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When Jim says he has 'a friend who works at the airlines', he's referring to Lori Jenivan (Sharon Gless), from the previous season's episode, The Rockford Files: The Fourth Man (1976). 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 »


Jim Rockford: [Jim joins Sky, who's sitting in a taco restaurant. After being with Sky, for a couple of days, and listening to her, Jim's about had it, with Sky's pretentiosness] You know, I've just about had it with you.
Jane Patten: [Speaking in an innocent voice] What's the matter?
Jim Rockford: I'm tired of your philophisising, and moralising, and whining.
Jane Patten: [Surprised] 'Whining'?
Jim Rockford: [Angrily] Yeah, you want to give me a sermon about the hamburger, and you've got gall enough to eat it.
Jane Patten: [In a serious belief in her own shallowness] Ordinarily, I ...
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The Rockford Files
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Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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Space Cadet
14 May 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm not sure the number of Rockford Files episodes where James Garner just does a simple favor for a friend and winds up in a jackpot. This one has to be one of the best of them.

Valerie Curtin plays a neighbor of Rockford's who asks that her job's last paycheck be delivered to him as she's moving up to some commune. Seems like she missed making a payment that her boss Kip Gilman asked her to make on some Venice pier and the money's gone too. Now two nasty dudes come calling on Rockford asking where their loot is.

This episode truly belongs to Valerie Curtin who has taken up Buddhism in a big way mostly as Garner remarks to avoid responsibility of any kind. She is one true space cadet.

Anyway those thugs and Gilman who is a record producer and attorney tie into an R&B artist played by Dick Anthony Williams who was doing a little blackmail payoff to silence a witness who saw him run down someone deliberately in a parking lot. Later on said witness gets silenced the old fashioned way.

James Luisi as Lieutenant Chapman is his usual hostile self to Garner and Joe Santos is upset that Garner is blowing a potential stakeout on an unrelated incident. All in a day's work for the California coast's number one PI.

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11 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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