Sep. 13, 1974
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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The Rockford Files

Jim Rockford is a private investigator who lives and works out of his trailer in Malibu, Los Angeles. Convicted of a crime he didn't commit, Jim spent five years in San Quentin before being pardoned and released. Jim is helped by friends and allies, including father Rocky, pal police lieutenant Dennis Becker, his ex-cellmate Evelyn "Angel" Martin, and his defense attorney Beth Davenport.

The Rockford Files Season 4 (1977-1978)

4x01 4 4x01 Beamer's Last Case
Jim returns home from vacation ten days early and owing $600 to a Caribbean casino. When he gets there he finds his car destroyed and a lot of angry clients he never agreed to work ...
Sep. 16, 1977
4x02 4 4x02 Trouble in Chapter 17
Ann Clement has made herself wealthy writing books that purport to teach women how to make their marriages work. But in the age of feminism, there are those who don't want to hear what ...
Sep. 23, 1977
4x03 4 4x03 The Battle of Canoga Park
On the way to the ball game, Jim's day goes real bad when two squad cars full of policemen arrive at his trailer, to arrest him. And he has no idea what he's supposed to have done. ...
Sep. 30, 1977
4x04 4 4x04 Second Chance
Gandolph Fitch rolls back into Rockford's life. He's found true love, a woman named Theda he met purchasing some used stereo equipment. She has a fine singing voice and Gandy invites ...
Oct. 14, 1977
4x05 4 4x05 The Dog and Pony Show
Angel gets Jim in trouble again – this time, Angel hides some stolen silverware in Jim's trunk, and the pair of them wind up with mandated psychiatric counseling. There Jim meets ...
Oct. 21, 1977
4x06 4 4x06 Requiem for a Funny Box
A slimy comic hires Jim to retrieve a tape from his former partner but doing so gets him involved once again with mobsters.
Nov. 04, 1977
4x07 4 4x07 Quickie Nirvana
Jim lets acquaintance “Sky Aquarian” use his telephone and his mailing address as a favor. That might be a bad idea, because a couple of thugs come looking for her. Jim tracks Sky ...
Nov. 11, 1977
4x08 4 4x08 Irving the Explainer
The legacy of a famous director haunts Rockford as he digs into the man's past and discovers Nazi sympathies and a missing painting worth millions.
Nov. 18, 1977
4x09 4 4x09 The Mayor's Committee From Deer Lick Falls
A group of small-town citizens are hiding a much bigger crime when they hire Rockford first to find their fire truck—and then to find and dispose of one of their former residents ...
Nov. 25, 1977
4x10 4 4x10 Hotel of Fear
Slimy Angel Martin is the prosecution's key witness against a hit man and he's milking it for all it's worth but when things go awry and the defendant is acquitted, it's once again ...
Dec. 02, 1977
4x11 4 4x11 Forced Retirement
Corporate corruption comes bubbling to the surface when Rockford investigates a company creating an offshore drilling device and then has his cover blown when he meets up with Angel ...
Dec. 09, 1977
4x12 4 4x12 The Queen of Peru
A dangerous beachside transaction between Rockford and some jewel thieves has a change of fortune when a family barbecuing nearby happens upon the priceless gems.
Dec. 16, 1977
4x13 4 4x13 A Deadly Maze
The pressure is on when a bizarre scientist asks Rockford to look into the disappearance of his wife in order to study Rockford's reaction to frustration.
Dec. 23, 1977
4x14 4 4x14 The Attractive Nuisance
The past refuses to stay buried when a retired FBI agent comes to the truck-stop café seeking revenge against Rocky's old partner in crime.
Jan. 06, 1978
4x15 4 4x15 The Gang at Don's Drive-In
A beleaguered author asks Rockford to look into the cold case of a murdered high school girl and the suspects who want the case permanently put on ice.
Jan. 13, 1978
4x16 4 4x16 The Paper Palace
Rockford reluctantly agrees to help a prostitute find the people who have been sending her death threats and discovers that—if she survives—she could be in for a rags-to-riches ...
Jan. 20, 1978
4x17 4 4x17 Dwarf in a Helium Hat
A wrong-number phone call has Rockford rushing to find and protect its intended recipient, Jay Rockfelt, from imminent kidnapping and death.
Jan. 27, 1978
4x18 4 4x18 South by Southeast
There's trouble south of the border when Rockford is mistakenly abducted by federal agents and then asked to help them protect an international playgirl. .
Feb. 03, 1978
4x19 4 4x19 The Competitive Edge
Crazy is as crazy does, and Rockford's heading for the mental ward when a health club doctor unmasks his top-secret cover and attributes his weird behavior to psychological problem ...
Feb. 10, 1978
4x20 4 4x20 The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall
Hazing rituals at a local fraternity get fatally out of control when Rockford's young friend and an Arab student are murdered.
Feb. 17, 1978
4x21 4 4x21 The House on Willis Avenue (1)
Part 1 When his mentor is found dead in a road accident, Jim teams up with young PI Ritchie Brockleman following up leads on a murder and find a lot more than they bargained for... ...
Feb. 24, 1978
4x22 4 4x22 The House on Willis Avenue (2)
Part 2 Jim and Ritchie continue to investigate their mentor's death and follow leads to a massive computer data storage company who have a plot in a desert canyon...
Feb. 24, 1978
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Season 4 Characters

Jim Rockford played by James Garner
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford played by Noah Beery Jr.
Dennis Becker played by Joe Santos
Officer Billings played by Luis Delgado
Lt. Doug Chapman played by James Luisi
Beth Davenport played by Gretchen Corbett
Angel played by Stuart Margolin
Skip Speece played by Hunter von Leer
Waiter played by Thomas A. Geas
Restaurant Manager played by Doug Hale
Newscaster played by Joel Lawrence
Girl played by Harriet Mathey
Receptionist played by Nancy Conrad
Party Guest played by Maxine Stewart
Security Guard played by Nick Dimitri
Kathryn Cooper played by Barbara Babcock
Richard Lessing played by Larry Hagman
Jane Patten played by Valerie Curtin
Stephen Kalifer played by George Wyner
Christine Van Deerlin played by Dorrie Kavanaugh
Julius 'Jay' Rockfelt played by John Pleshette
Dr. Eric Albach played by Larry Linville
Kenny Bell played by Chuck McCann
Viola Wenke played by Nora Marlowe
D.A. John Pleasance played by Gerald McRaney

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Season 4 Videos

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Season 4 Quotes

04x05 - The Dog and Pony Show Season 4 / Episode 5: - The Dog and Pony Show

Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: A-a-ah now we're getting the nitty-gritty! Now it's beginning to make sense! Come over to Rocky's for dinner, Angel! Serving my favourite food! First time I've been invited over here for so much as a glass of water!
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2: [to Mary Jo] Think I could use a little help in the kitchen with coffee and dessert...
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: Forget about the dessert! You don't buy Angel with a coupla drumsticks and red-eye gravy!
Jim Rockford: Angel! Now, she's in trouble; so am I! And you got me into it!
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: I may have had a minor role in getting you into that therapy group, but I didn't tell you to get all messed up with that national-international intelligence agency, and I'm not going to!
Jim Rockford: All you have to do is stand around and keep an attendent busy! It's a snap! We will need your car. When it's over you just drive off!
Evelyn 'Angel' Martin: I've spent half my adult life getting that Caddy with them naugahyde seats. Not a chance!
Jim Rockford: Yeah, and who loaned you the two hundred bucks to buy that car? You remember? I'll tell you who did! The same guy who's going to take the pink slip if you don't come through for him!
04x13 - A Deadly Maze Season 4 / Episode 13: - A Deadly Maze

Dr. Eric Albach: [Dr. Albach barges into Jim's trailer while Jim, Rocky, and Dennis are eating dinner] Sorry to intrude. This won't take long at all. [He sits down in Rocky's chair]
Jim Rockford: [Annoyed] Doctor... we're trying to have a nice quiet little dinner.
Dr. Eric Albach: [Ignoring him] It occurred to me there's no reason the experiment should be a total loss. We'll salvage what we can, the cards we'll get to in a moment. First, just a few questions.
Jim Rockford: No!
Dr. Eric Albach: It's really very simple, just answer true or false: I often feel I have nothing important to say.
Jim Rockford: Let me ask you a question, just answer true or false: [menacingly] I like my front teeth.
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Season 4 Trivia

  • Episode 12 - Goof (crew or equipment visible): During the final car chase along the highway, right after the second shotgun blast fired by Ginger (Christopher Cary), a shot of the crooks' car shows the shadow of the cameraman atop the vehicle from which the crooks' car was being filmed.
  • Episode 17 - Goof (continuity error): While looking in the phone book Rockford calls out a list of names, but when a close-up of the page is shown, the listed names don't match what he called out.
  • Episode 07 - During the scene where Rockford and Jane are eating hamburgers and arguing about spirituality, Jane says she is 32 but Rockford corrects her saying he's seen her driver's license and that she is 40 and that there is nothing she can do about it despite her claims that she is "youthing" herself. In
  • Episode 10 - The episode title, "Hotel of Fear" is also the title of the book Angel "the Cobra" Martin is writing in this episode.
  • Episode 11 - At the end of the episode, Beth quits her job at Harcourt and Lowe after six years to start her own firm, setting up her eventual replacement as Jim's attorney in season five.

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