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The Rockford Files

Season 1 Episode 15

Aura Lee, Farewell

Aired Unknown Jan 03, 1975 on NBC
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Aura Lee, Farewell
Evan Murdock gives a ride to hitch-hiker Aura Lee Benton. They stay in the Seacrest Motel at Santa Barbara on their way to Los Angeles, but during the journey the Murdock knocks down and a stray walker with his car. Evan Murdock is an important state senator, so drops Aura Lee’s off at a Oscars Restaurant. Weeks later Sara Butler pays Jim in full for her previous case so she can hire him to investigate the death of her store assistant Aura Lee Benton. Jim questions Trask, from her apartment building, who gives him the licence number of Dirk Schaffer. “Lieutenant Rockford” questions Schaffer, but gets no answers. Schaffer then meets Jim at his trailer and explains is minimal involvement. In amongst some paper clippings Jim finds the story of Murdock’s road accident. They go to Oscar’s restaurant, but all Oscar can tell them is that Aura Lee left with a man he identifies by his order – “Lobster Bisk”. Jim attempts to locate the motel record card from the Seacrest Motel in order to prove Murdock was with Aura Lee, but finds it has gone, Jim confronts Senator Murdock, claiming to have the record card, but Murdock apparently commits suicide. Jim breaks into Schaffer’s apartment to finds a photograph of him, but also finds the record card. They go back to Oscar’s and Oscar identifies Schaffer from the photograph as “Lobster Bisk”. Jim works out that Schaffer must have figured out about the road accident involving Murdock and tried to have Aura Lee blackmail him, but killed her when she refused. On their way to the police Schaffer ties to Jim and Sara from a motorcycle so they are forced to run down a cliff to a small area of beach…moreless

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  • Sara Butler re-hires Jim, this time to deal with the suspicious death of a former colleague.

    Lindsay Wagner makes her second appearance in the show, in another strong episode which features dodgy politics and a hood on a motorbike who gets his deserved commupance from a furious Jimbo on the beach. While it may not be *THE* most riveting episode of the series, the confident acting draws the viewer closer in to the proceedings, Garner gives his usual 101% dedication to the storyline, and Lindsay Wagner proves to be one of the strongest "bit part" characters, even if Sarah Butler never did appear again. An enjoyable episode which will keep all newbie interest in the show completely focused.moreless
Lindsay Wagner

Lindsay Wagner

Sara Butler

Guest Star

Robert Webber

Robert Webber

Senator Evan Murdock

Guest Star

Greg Mullavey

Greg Mullavey

Dick Shaefer

Guest Star

Joe Santos

Joe Santos

Sergeant Dennis Becker

Recurring Role

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