The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Jersey Bounce 

Wrongly accused of beating a man to death, Jim discovers the best legal advice he can find is from disbarred lawyer John Cooper.


William Wiard


Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (credit only)
Sorrell Booke ... Wade G. Ward
Greg Antonacci ... Eugene Conigliaro
Gene Davis ... Mickey Long (as Eugene Davis)
Luke Andreas Luke Andreas ... Arthur Nodzak
Bo Hopkins ... John Cooper
Elta Blake Elta Blake ... Celeste
Jim Scott Jim Scott ... D.A. Cowan
Doney Oatman Doney Oatman ... Dawn Nodzak
George Planco George Planco ... Cop
Tony Brande Tony Brande ... Judge Carmine Rossi
Walter Olkewicz ... Mac Amodeus
Paul Teschke Paul Teschke ... Carl Gibbons


Wrongly accused of beating a man to death, Jim discovers the best legal advice he can find is from disbarred lawyer John Cooper.

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Release Date:

6 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Chase helped write this episode and he went to on to incorporate some of the same Italo-American character traits, mannerisms, and accents in his later show, The Sopranos. Several of Rockford co-stars (from this episode and some show regulars), also went on to appear in The Soprano's, including George Loros, Joe Santos, and Greg Antonacci. See more »


As Rockford and Coop are pulling up to Nodzak's place, they're discussing the situation. Coop's stating "I thought Mac Amodeus lived in a garage" as the car was coming to a stop, but his lips weren't moving. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: [hurried voice] Jimmy? Angel. Here's a tip but his hand writing's bad. Third Son in the fifth race at Belle Meadows. Wait a minute, could be Fifth Son in the third. Wait... this... might... be... next weeks race.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Time to fly the Coop
6 April 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

The most notable aspect for me in this episode is the introduction of Bo Hopkins as John Cooper, who plays Rockford's sidekick and potential attorney. Beth is mentioned a few times as leaving the firm, as Rockford is charged with a murder of someone he supposedly threatened, although he didn't commit, and he seems apprehensive of his appointed attorney, who's played by Sorrell Booke(you'll remember him as Boss Hogg), who has other cases and a monster movie on his mind. The 2 "Joisey" guys annoy both Rockford and Rocky with their noisy(rhymes with Joisey)parties and general annoyances, which include one of the bums tossing a rock at Rocky and bloodying his temple, for which I felt sorry for him as he did nothing but walk inside his house with his groceries. To make a long story short, the 2 guys murdered their party guest in order to impress a local mob boss; I believe this guy was assaulting his girlfriend, and she turns out being the sister of the mob boss. I can't say that's a motive I've ever heard anywhere else, so I give the 2 guys credit for at least trying.

A scene worth mentioning is when Rockford and Coop talk with this clearly abused woman, and as she tells her story about her late boyfriend, she also mentioned that he knew of someone who knew the Eagles(rock band), who were very popular during the run of the Rockford Files; I link this show and the band, because when they disbanded around 1980, this show ended too. Coincidence? I do like Coop and there's a cool scene where he and Jim share a beer at some bar discussing the case; even though he mumbles a bit when he speaks, I think they do share some chemistry. Lastly, when they talk to a girl impregnated by Conigliaro, she says something about when she saw him dancing, she knew he was Italian, which is funny because I'm Italian and I can't dance.

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