The Rockford Files

Season 2 Episode 16

A Portrait of Elizabeth

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Aired Unknown Jan 23, 1976 on NBC

Episode Recap

Jim agrees to work for Beth's latest gentleman friend Dave Delaraux, by investigating the possible disappearance of some checks in the Comptrollers office. Jim finds them present and reports to Dave, whose attitude continues to annoy Jim. Jim then has to take Beth to a concert, which is boring. Dave has dinner with Karen Silver, but it is interrupted by her ex-husband Mickey. After Dave beats Mickey in a fight Mickey wants revenge. He follows Dave to Jim's trailer, where Dave uses the hidden key to break in and finds Jim's gun. When Mickey has his bodyguard Rod Fitzpatrick storm in Dave shoots them both. Jim returns from the concert and finds the dead men and reports it to the police. Lieutenant Diehl is desperate to charge Jim with the murder, but cannot make a connection between them. Just as it looks like Jim is to go free, Federal Agent Shore arrests Jim for federal banking crimes and murder and takes Jim to a quite place to question him. Jim learns that Rod Fitzpatrick was actually Arnold Adams and that he and Dave Delaroux have ripped off a large corporation for two million dollars. Jim takes a lie-detector test to clear himself, because Beth was engaged as Dave's attorney and cannot testify against him. Beth is upset about Dave's deception, hen Jim and Beth find a note from Dave claiming to have stolen Beth's car to go to the airport. Seeing it as a rouse Jim has Beth take him to his other girlfriend who tells them where Dave's art studio is. They find Dave, who fights with Jim and takes Beth, but Jim smears his car windscreen forcing him to crash. With Dave in custody, Beth is upset there was not portrait done of her. Jim puts the remaining clues together and they go to find the missing money…
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