The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Farnsworth Stratagem 

When Dennis is conned into investing in a hotel for mobsters, Jim impersonates a Texas oil man to get his friend's money back.


Lawrence Doheny


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




Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Linda Evans ... Audrey Wyatt
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
H.M. Wynant ... Danzi
Paul Jenkins ... Simon Lloyd
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Pat Finley ... Peggy Becker
John Crawford ... Christian
Eric Server ... William MacKenzie
Gerald McRaney ... Manager
Al Hansen ... Guardell
Stephen Parr Stephen Parr ... Stuart


Dennis pleads with Jim to untangle him from a timeshare con, without Dennis' boss, Jim's nemesis Lt. Diehl, finding out he's a victim too. Rockford's a lot more interested when a friend of Dennis' who's also an unhappy vacation homeowner, proves very helpful, and happens to be a gorgeous single blonde. Jim recruits his father and Angel to out-scam the scammers. Written by David Stevens

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Reference is made by Becker to the pearl switch, in the episode, The Rockford Files: Counter Gambit (1975). Eric Server, who played the banking representative William McKenzie, appeared on that episode, as Moss' attorney, Kramer. See more »


When Rockford and Audrey Wyatt (Linda Evans) pull up in the limousine at the beginning of the final act (shortly before the "strike"), as Rockford walks toward the rear of the car where he is confronted by Simon Lloyd (Paul Jenkins), a bank of three bright studio lights and someone (probably the director) sitting next to them is mirrored in the car's shiny finish. See more »


Jim Rockford: [Rockford is asking Angel if he had any trouble at the resort] Nobody tried to interfere?
Angel: No, no, they didn't even believe that it was happening. You know what occurred to me? I mean when you get a crowd like that? It doesn't seem right not to work 'em.
Jim Rockford: [Disapprovingly] Angel...
Angel: No, no, now you were right about the oil rig, that's the thing. But the thing that really gets them excited though is the jackhammer, and the compressor, and the noise, and that racket, boy, it's the roar of the crowd and I ...
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References The Rockford Files: Counter Gambit (1975) See more »


The Rockford Files
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Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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Becker's embarrassment
6 March 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode explains much of the reasons why Dennis Becker is constantly doing favors for Jim Rockford, tracing license plates, etc. at the LAPD. Rockford does him a real solid in this episode, saving his life's savings which Joe Santos and wife Pat Finley invested in 2% of a resort hotel. No rooms or perks come with this, Santos gets 2% of lobby privileges.

With the help of another investor, Linda Evans Rockford rounds up the other investors and 'purchases' mineral rights under the ground from the investors and then moves in and starts drilling for oil.

Of course it all eventually works, but not without a few bumps along the way. Evans is working her own agenda. Rockford gets the help of Noah Beery, Jr., Stuart Margolin and of course Gretchen Corbett checking all the legalities.

It could have been a much better episode, but Evans's character is poorly written with poor motivations. James Garner pulled off other and better cons in the series.

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