The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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When the life of Gandy Fitch's (Isaac Hayes) girlfriend is in danger, he turns to Rockfish for help.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim Rockford
... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
... Dennis Becker
... Gandolph Fitch
... Mr. Shapiro
... Joe Moran
... Theda Moran / Theda Best
... Angel Martin
... Lanark
Frank Christi ... Brill
Richard Seff ... Arnold Rose
... Pawn Shop Proprietor
Jack Garner ... Bartender
Milt Oberman ... Farnum
Janet Dey ... Secretary


When the life of Gandy Fitch's (Isaac Hayes) girlfriend is in danger, he turns to Rockfish for help.

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14 October 1977 (USA)  »

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Since Angel had served time along with Rockford, it's odd that Angel and Gandy don't know one another; even odder that Angel had never heard of him. See more »


Dennis Becker: It's against the law to show a civilian someone's rap sheet.
Jim Rockford: Well then don't show it to me, Dennis. Just tell me what's in it.
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We'll Burn Our Bridges Behind Us
Written by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Dionne Warwick
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The return of Gandolf Fitch
16 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Isaac Hayes made his third and final appearance as Gandolf Fitch in a Rockford Files episode. In his first appearance Jim Rockford does him a solid, in the second he gets a gig with another private detective Lou Gossett, Jr., in what was a failed pilot for another television series.

In this series the detective gig didn't work out for Gandy, but he's got himself a new girlfriend in a lounge singer played by Dionne Warwick. But she gets grabbed by her ex-husband and then the ex-husband Tony Burton is killed by whom he works for.

It seems as though back when they were married Burton hid a very valuable Hitchcockian McGuffin inside a stereo that Warwick pawned. Now the connected owner of the dry cleaning establishment that Burton works for and who engineered his parole wants that item. Can't tell you what it is. but it's a valuable thing to have.

Speaking of the connected man Malachi Throne has quite the racket himself and apparently a hook in with the parole board. He gets a lot of people paroled, it's his way of building an organization and ensuring loyalty from his crew.

Stuart Margolin is in this one and all Rockford Files stories are that much richer when he's around. Angel is doing what he does best, but it's not something you do with Gandolf Fitch.

I wish Isaac Hayes had some more appearances with this character. But the Rockford Files could always come up with more memorable characters than any other show I know.

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