The Rockford Files

I Still Love L.A.

Season 7, Ep 1, Aired 11/27/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Jim is preparing to sell his beachside Trailer and leave Los Angeles, when Gus returns his battered Pontiac Firebird (a day early) and leaves it in the middle of the Paradise Cove Parking Lot. At the same moment Angel appears in his car and when asked to move his car (despite his problems with reverse) puts another dent in the Firebird. Angel refuses to leave when Jim’s buyers; Mr and Mrs Emmenthaler, arrive to announce they changed their minds due to the LA riots. Angel leaves in disgust to not know Jim was moving and Jim watches the riots on TV to see Angel on TV looting a store. Meanwhile Lila Lansing returns home to have to open her gates herself and is shot. Her children Josh and Dorie tell the family attorney Halley ‘Kit’ Kittridge that the crime was a car-jacking and murder by men in masks and want to hire a PI. Next morning Jim has breakfast with Kit, his ex-wife and agrees to take the case, but Jim is unimpressed with the children’s attitude and conduct and whilst leaving their home spots a camera on the opposite property. Jim visits Angel at one of his holding areas, meets his employee Paco but is unimpressed that Angel is selling stolen goods. Jim meets Dennis at the station, but Dennis is distracted by Lieutenant Deke McCool being given the coveted corner office with a window over him and takes his anger out on a stapler. Jim tells Dennis about the camera and later while Jim meets Kit, Josh and Dorie at a Chapel Dennis arrives to take them to the station as evidence shows the children committed the murder; the camera shows Josh driving the car away and records show a phone call from the ‘stolen’ car by Josh. Jim has a another prospective buyer from Mattie, his real estate agent, who warns him the buyer may be late due to the Augora Forest Fire. Kit meets Josh in prison where she learns that Dorie made a suicide attempt and contacts Jim, who attends the hospital to learn from Kit and Doctor Ezo that Dorie has uncovered a repressed memory that she and Josh were abused by their step father – baseball player Mickey Ryer, who is also alleged as a Satanist. Jim does not believe any of the allegations but leaves in a hurry when Doctor Ezo reveals the Augora Fire is burning all the way to the ocean… Jim returns home, amidst a blaze of flame to find three guys in a boat stealing his TV set. Later Angel arrives to inform Jim that Paco stole his entire inventory of goods, but rather than tell him ‘I told you so’ Jim asks Angel to help to search cult stores. After the search leads no where Jim visits Mickey Ryder in his Brentwood home and reveals the allegations. Mickey shows Jim his basement den of memorabilia and breaks down. Jim agrees to help him, and visits Kit to try and get her to stop making the allegations, but both are shocked when Mickey’s attorney Sidney Kornblum admits the alleged offences at TV press conference. Kit visits Jim at home, where Jim receives a call from Mickey wanting to set the record straight and recant his confession. Jim (with Kit in tow) goes to the Brentwood home only to find Mickey hanging from the basement ceiling… Jim is convinced it is murder and after finding Angel in his car at home, goes to a Bar Mitzvah party given by Kornblum to discuss the case. Later Kit visits Jim, and the pair is kidnapped by Kornblum’s henchmen Saunders and Warshe. Fortunately Dennis Becker is on hand watching everything and follows to catch the crooks before they kill Jim. Next day they meet Kornblum who states that Mickey pleaded guilty to satanic acts to prevent having his basement searched and incriminating evidence found, linking Kornblum to former mobster ‘Big Al’ Minette. Suddenly the FBI steps in the takes the evidence and that ends the case. Kit refuses to work for Josh and Dorie as both lied to her, and goes to Jim to spend the night on his couch. Both are forced to evacuate the trailer after an earthquake, in which splits the entire trailer in half. Next morning Jim confesses to Kit that he has changed his mind about the move, because he does not want to miss all the excitement he gets in LA…moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Garner

    Jim Rockford

  • James Whitmore Jr.

  • David L. Beanes

  • Stephen J. Cannell

  • Chas. Floyd Johnson

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  • Notes (5)

    • The press attention given to Mickey Ryder and the loss of his character due to the serious allegations would be addressed again and be the centre subject in the eighth film IF IT BLEEDS… IT LEADS.

    • The title; I STILL LOVE LA is explained indirectly in the final scene; Jim wants to move, because LA has lost its quality of life. Despite all that happened to him over the two years that this story takes us, at the end, he changes his mind; hence, he still loves LA.

    • The director of this film, James Whitmore Jr is a familiar name to the Rockford Files, he played Freddie Beamer twice in the series (in 'Beamer's Last Case' and 'Nice Guys finish Dead') Joe Campenella appeared in the series episode 'In Hazzard', and guest starred in a number of Universal Productions in the 1970's and 1980's. Daniel Benzali is known for appearing in "Murder One" Joanna Cassidy has appeared in a number of shows and films, most recently "Diagnosis Murder" and "Boston Legal"

    • We learn in this story that Dennis has missed the chance on the corner office (with a window – he painted it himself) at the Station. The corner office becomes a run on joke throughout all the films.

    • "This picture is dedicated to the memory of Noah Beery Jr. We love you and miss you Pidge." As one gathers from this dedication, Noah Beery sadly passed away and therefore unable to appear in this story as Rocky. Noah Beery died on November 1, 1994 (the same month as this film was broadcast) due to comlication arising from surgery to the brain. The producers were able to include the character of Rocky in the film via a one-way phone call to Jim, making sure he was alright during the riots.

    Trivia (1)

    • When the Firebird is delivered by Gus at the start of the film, it is missing all four tyres. When the Emmenthaler's arrive the Firebird was acquired both rear wheels.

    Allusions (1)

    • The movie's title is a reference to the Randy Neuman hit song "I Love L.A." - which was the original working title of this TV movie.

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