The Rockford Files

The Kirkoff Case

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 9/13/74
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  • Episode Description
  • Rockford has been hired by the wealthy Larry Kirkoff to prove that he didn't murder his parents. Jim loses his main lead, but meets a young woman who turns out to be embroiled in the whole situation - and promptly drugs him!

  • Cast & Crew
  • Noah Beery Jr.

    Joseph "Rocky" Rockford

  • James Garner

    Jim Rockford

  • Stephen J. Cannell

  • Roy Huggins

  • Lou Antonio

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Rockford has been hired by the wealthy Larry Kirkoff to prove that he didn't murder his parents. Jim loses his main lead, but meets a young woman who turns out to be embroiled in the whole situation. A good start to the regular series...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Jan 31, 2011

  • "Didn't you see I was wearing glasses?"

    By jamoon2006, Jan 30, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Muzzy Vinette: (to Jim after he is beaten) And now just so you don't feel so bad about the beating I'm going to leave you with 200 dollars. Jim: You don't need to do that!

    • Jim: I'm investigating the Kirkoff killings and I heard you were having an affair with Mrs. Kirkoff before she was killed. Travis Buckman: Private cop, huh? Jim: Look, you aren't gonna shoot anybody, we both know it, so why don't you put that thing away before you have an accident. Travis Buckman: Who're you working for? Jim: Well, that's confidential. (Buckman cocks his gun) Jim: Larry Kirkoff.

    • Larry Kirkoff: How about it, Mr. Rockford? Twenty thousand dollars can buy a lot of groceries.

    • Jim: Can I have my pants back, please?

    Notes (5)

    • This is the first episode in which Noah Beery Jr. stars as Joseph "Rocky" Rockford. In the pilot episode, Robert Donley played this role.

    • In the Season One DVD featurette, James Garner remembers this as one of his favorite episodes.

    • When some thugs are roughing up Jim Rockford, he asks one of them "Does your mother know what you do for a living?". James Garner used this same line in a similar situation in the movie Marlowe.

    • James Garner and guest star James Woods later appeared together in the TV movies My Name is Bill W. and Promise. Garner recalled he always enjoyed working with Woods, a relationship that began on this episode of Rockford.

    • This episode features a character named Tawnia Baker. Writer Stephen J. Cannell later used this name for a replacement character in 'The A-Team' (Marla Heasley, later 2nd season). Tawnia is also the name of one of his daughters.

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