The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Real Easy Red Dog 

Christine Dusseau, a female private eye, first blindsides Rockford, then joins him in tracking down the murderer in a case the police have dismissed as a suicide.


Ivan Dixon


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

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Episode complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Stefanie Powers ... Christine Dusseau
Tom Atkins ... Alex Diel
Bruce Kirby ... Aaron Friedler
Sherry Jackson ... Jennifer Sandstrom
Wayne Grace ... Deek
Lawrence Cook Lawrence Cook ... Dave (as Larry Cook)
George Wyner ... Brice
Nick Ferris Nick Ferris ... Pete
Connie Milton Bryant Connie Milton Bryant ... Policewoman (as Connie Bryant Milton)


Christine Dusseau, a female private eye, first blindsides Rockford, then joins him in tracking down the murderer in a case the police have dismissed as a suicide.

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31 October 1975 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The voice of 'Shirley' from the cleaners on the answering machine at the beginning is the voice of Pat Finley, who doesn't appear in the episode, but was featured as Dennis Becker's wife, Peggy, on the series. See more »


Rockford is handed a newspaper cutting with the headline about the suicide but the apart from the initial 2 lines the remaining text is all about some random planning commission issue and the exact same report is duplicated in the right hand column. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Caller: Jim, it's Shirley at the cleaners. You know that brown jacket? The one I said looks so great on you? Your favorite? We lost it.
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Rockford and football
11 January 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

I agree with the other poster about the average performance of Stephanie Powers, who teams up with Jim, mainly after Jim finds out that she conned him regarding a few cops on her trail. Now that's out of the way, I'm a fan of football(used to be), and was a big fan of the Los Angeles Rams in the late 70's, early 80's; when we first see Jim, he's watching a Rams game getting ready to snack, while calling a bookie about a bet on the 2nd half, when Christine knocks on the door. I think this episode may have "borrowed" the football angle and the "drowned in her own pool and made to look like she drowned elsewhere" idea from earlier Columbo episodes. Maybe I'm wrong about that, but perhaps some of the writers admire each other's works. In any event, I did enjoy this segment for the most part. A great quote is when Rockford mentions a "red dog" to Christine, and I wasn't even aware of it. It has to do with the defensive line sacking the unsuspecting quarterback, as she tried to do to him. You got to get up early in the morning to con Jim, a great con man himself. I read that James Garner was a big Oakland Raiders fan, and was allowed to roam the sidelines during games.

I admit that I didn't expect a baby racket being the main motive of the murders, but it ended the episode on a good note. I'm also a fan of Tom Atkins' character Diel, who loathes Rockford and even Christine, who helps Jim solve everything. I sometimes wish Jim didn't have to force a kiss with every actress at the end of many episodes like this one. There really was no reason to kiss her in the last scene.

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