Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 13, 1974
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
Genre
Trivia Facts | Top Quotes | Goofs/Mistakes
  • Goof (factual errors): Throughout the series, the Los Angeles Police Department responds to calls at Rockford's trailer in Malibu although it is not part of their jurisdiction. The Los Angeles County Sheriff would be the proper agency.
  • Goof (continuity error): Even though Jim Rockford always drives a current model Firebird, many episodes feature stock footage shot with older models, especially in the 1975-77 seasons.
  • Goof (plot holes): Throughout the series, Rockford's trailer, parked in a parking lot, has electricity and running water, yet there is no evidence of a power line or plumbing attached to the unit.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): There are no bullet impacts in the sand during most of the strafing runs in the desert, but in a couple of the shots there is, so there should be impacts seen from most of the runs.
  • Goof (continuity error): The 1974 4 door hardtop Lincoln Continental Jim Rockford is driving while being held at gun point by Mike Ryder becomes a 1965 Lincoln Continental 4 door hardtop with suicide doors when it goes over the cliff and crashes.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): When Becker is talking to Jim on the phone and puts him on hold, none of the buttons light up on his phone. Becker even uses the excuse that one of his other lines is flashing to stall him.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): The POV shown through Rockford's video camera doesn't match his actual location. When he's filming the Countess on the road he is located high up on the side of a hill. But the view shown through his camera lens is at approximately eye level.
  • Goof (factual errors): When Rockford is coming to in the hospital, the doctor hears Rockford moaning and tells the nurse, "500 cc of adrenaline, stat!" This is roughly 1 US pint and not at all an appropriate dose of such a drug.
  • Goof (continuity error): In the syndicated version of this episode, Jim Rockford's 74 Firebird Esprit with 2 headlights changes/morphs to a 77 Firebird with 4 headlights repeatedly back and forth from the 5th through the 12 minute of the teleplay. This is due to the addition of stock footage when the episode was converted into a two-parter for syndication. Of course these were the days before VCR replays.
  • Goof (continuity error): On the way to Jameson's country house, Rockford drives around the same corner twice.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): An American flag can be seen in the background of the F.B.I office. (38Min 50sec into part 2), It is oddly colored with dark red in place of the blue field and rust color for the red stripes, possibly a prop flag from the black and white days when odd colors were substituted to make the grey-scale image look more natural.
  • Goof (factual errors): When Susan and Louise are fleeing in the Camaro the 2 closeup shots of the speedometer show a Mopar instrument cluster and steering wheel.
  • Goof (continuity error): In all the Casino scenes, the same names are paged over and over.
  • Goof (continuity error): After Jim drives up the car hauler his pursuers drive right by & turn left but, when Jim drives off the car carrier to awaiting police. The bad guys he just eluded have their 1967 Chrysler parked right behind the same trailer just past the driveway.
  • Goof (continuity error): When Jim drives past the car hauler pursued by the bad guys in the Chrysler, the way is blocked by a car being unloaded, a Cadillac. When the bad guys pass the hauler immediately after, the car in the street is a Chevy Vega.
  • Goof (continuity error): Rockford's picture is taken outside the courthouse, but when it appears in the paper he is standing in front of a black background.
  • Goof (factual errors): Silencers don't work on revolvers.
  • Goof (continuity error): About 12 minutes in, we see Rockford at home wearing a brown shirt and putting on a white sweater as he tells Rocky he's going out. In the very next scene he's wearing a blue shirt and a hounds-tooth jacket.
  • Goof (continuity error): Near the end, when Jim and Sara are being pursued by Dirk, the weather changes from shot to shot, alternating between shots of bright sunny weather and shots of dense dark fog.
  • Goof (continuity error): In the initial car chase the chasers lose a driver side front hubcap in an early turn. When they park at the apartment building to conclude the chase the hubcap is back in place. Later, when Willett and Stone follow Jim away from the bar the hubcap is missing again.
  • Goof (factual errors): In the black-and-white film at the end, Jim and John Micelli are shown drinking from what appear to be aluminum cans, but the first aluminum beer can didn't appear until the late 1950s and the film was made during the Korean War.
  • Goof (continuity error): The 747 Jim "flies" to Seattle is shown in the air to be painted only with Boeing insignia, not the markings of a commercial airline. The plane shown landing had different striping on its nose.
  • Goof (boom mic visible): (at around 11 mins) The mic enters from the bottom of the screen, reaching as far as Jim's knee, where it continues to wobble about for 12 seconds.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At the very end the Louise Hartman character says goodbye to police Sgt. Tom Garvey, who has that rank in the two shows he was in, but she calls him lieutenant.
  • Goof (plot holes): When Rockford calls Mr. Moss to report the $10,000 check has been stolen, Moss rebukes him by saying,"You were hired to find Miss Wade and give her the check. You've lost her and the check." Rockford had only told him about the missing check; Moss had no way of knowing that she was also missing.
  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): 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.
  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): When Rockford and Linda Evans leave Jim's trailer the parking we usually see outside is not there instead is what looks like the inside of a stage with lights visible.
  • Goof (continuity error): The 73 light green Monte Carlo is missing the left front wheel cover. Later it is the left rear wheel cover is missing. Even later the two men working for Hammel, actor Scott Brady, pursue Rockford in a squealing car chase about halfway through, they quite noticeably lose their left front hubcap when executing a reverse, sending it bouncing down the street, so at this point both left wheel covers are missing. But when the chase comes to a halt in the parking garage and Rockford cuts the valve from that same tire, the left front hubcap is still there.
  • Goof (boom mic visible): When Rockford and Dennis Becker (Joe Santos) are walking through the warehouse, the camera tracks them as they walk. As they walk in front of a large packing crate, though, the shadow of the boom microphone becomes visible and also follows them.
  • Goof (continuity error): The 1975 Pontiac Firebird in gold is used by Jim Rockford throughout the first 48 minutes of part 1. When Jim Rockford and Rocky plan to use the car to go to dinner it is still the same vehicle if one notices the rear full width tail lights. When they change their mind and decide to eat a restaurant around the corner, the 1975 vehicle is suddenly replaced by a 1970 1/2 Pontiac Fireboard in gold which has much smaller 7" wide tail lights. This 1970 1/2 is the vehicle blown up at the very end.

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