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
Angel Martin voiced by Stuart Margolin
Beth Davenport played by Gretchen Corbett
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 Tara Buckman
Party Guest played by Gloria Dixon
Security Guard played by Dick Gjonola
Receptionist played by Nancy Conrad
Christine Van Deerlin played by Dorrie Kavanaugh
Jane Patten played by Valerie Curtin
Hester played by Valerie Curtin
Gopi played by Valerie Curtin
Fred Beamer played by James Whitmore Jr.
Sky Aquarian played by Valerie Curtin
Viola Wenke played by Nora Marlowe
Kenny Bell played by Chuck McCann
Dr. Herbert Brinkman played by Stephen Elliott
Mary Jo Flynn played by Joanne Nail

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Season 4 Videos

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Season 4 Quotes

04x11 - Forced Retirement Season 4 / Episode 11: - Forced Retirement

Susan Kenniston: [Beth, Susan, Lessing, and Harcourt are arguing over whether to continue the underwater project] I don't, because I think I know what's causing this obstructionism: the idea of *me* bringing you business, the idea that *I* have something of my own to bring. As that old saying goes,"It's not enough that I succeed; all of my old friends must fail."
Beth Davenport: I resent that very much, Susan.
Sumner Harcourt: Ladies, ladies, let's not have a cat fight.
Beth Davenport: [Outraged] A cat fight!
Sumner Harcourt: Oh, she's going to get semantic.
04x14 - The Attractive Nuisance Season 4 / Episode 14: - The Attractive Nuisance

Eddie LaSalle: [Jim has entered the room of a seedy hotel and is searching it when the occupant suddenly returns - carrying a gun] Hang it up! Get on your feet Rockford!

Jim Rockford: Hey, what do you want with me and my father?
Eddie LaSalle: Sit down! One day you pukes are going to realize some of us on the other side don't care about your juice and your connections in Washington!
Jim Rockford: What are you talking about?
Eddie LaSalle: I'm talking about Ted DeAngelo, who after a life of disappointment puts on his three-piece suit and with his badge in his hand, jumps out a ten-storey window in 'Frisco cause he just can't stand it no more. I'm talking about guys like Nessie, who paid for the funeral and died broke.
Jim Rockford: Nessie?
Eddie LaSalle: Elliot and me put maybe fifty, maybe more, of you smartheads in our fruit jar, but you just kept coming back.
Jim Rockford: Elliot Ness? Are we talking about the Elliot Ness. 'Cause if it's any consolation to you mister, Elliot Ness was one of my childhood idols!
Eddie LaSalle: So you pay him back by hooking up with Coppobianco, huh?
Jim Rockford: Coppo-who?
Eddie LaSalle: Coppo-who! Coppo-who! That's priceless! Come on! We're going downtown!
Jim Rockford: I'm not going anywhere with you, mister.
Eddie LaSalle: You know what Eddie said when we dropped the net on him and Coppo and them others?
Jim Rockford: Don't shoot?
Eddie LaSalle: He said me and Coppo's going to sink this case in court. And he did too. That was back when we was busting distills and running them through barns with a special truck Nessie paid for out of his own pocket, with a plow on the front!
Jim Rockford: Hey I hate to appear short-tempered, mister, but what the hell does this have to do with anything? You sit up here, you're eating dog food, you're planting bugs on innocent citizens, and all because some guy call Ted DeAngelo jumped out a window ten years ago? Am I missing something? That doesn't make sense!
Eddie LaSalle: I'm the guy who has the list and who, just 'cause he got pensioned off, isn't going for no state handouts. I'm going to get Coppobianco...
Jim Rockford: Who?
Eddie LaSalle: Your father's partner, Vincenti Coppobianco. Coppobianco means Whitehead. That explain it your you, mister?
Jim Rockford: Sure explains the garlic!
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Season 4 Trivia

  • Episode 14 - While it may seem like a sick joke showing LaSalle eating out of a can of dog food, this was actually inspired by a national scandal (instigated by a report on 60 Minutes) that elderly people, because of the effect of high inflation on their retirement incomes, weren't able to affo
  • Episode 21 - SPOILER: It is widely - and incorrectly - believed the Richie Brockelman character (played by Dennis Dugan) was introduced here, and would be spun off into the short-lived 'Richie Brockelman, Private Eye'. In fact, the character had already been introduced in a pilot movie,
  • Episode 09 - This episode contains several references to the State of Michigan. The four businessmen who hire Rockford are from the fictional town of Deer Lick Falls, Michigan. Richard Sanders plays a character named "Samuel Romney." George Romney (father to 2012 presidential candid
  • Episode 18 - None of the regular supporting characters appear in the episode although Jim Rockford makes an allusion to his father at the end.
  • Episode 03 - Goof (continuity error): When the police and Jim are waiting for the bomb squad to detonate the found explosives, the number of police cars in the background switches in consecutive shots. It goes from one police car to three police cars to just the bomb squad van.

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