The Rockford Files

Season 4 Episode 1

Beamer's Last Case

Aired Unknown Sep 16, 1977 on NBC
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Beamer's Last Case
After taking a vacation Jim returns home to find his trailer lived in, his car smashed, his clothes worn, and money spent on his charge cards. What is worse; someone is going around town posing as 'Jim Rockford' and taking dangerous cases which need solving!

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  • review

    Poor old jim-in the end he gets beaten up because that moronic thugs think he is Beamer. Since there is no reselbelence between Jim and Beamer the thugs Probably need glasses! I think it would have been a little bit more better if it had been ANGEL MARTIN who inpersonates Rockford!
  • A case of identity...

    Rockford kicks off his fourth season with a great comedy/mystery about Freddie Beamer, a sad sack mechanic who has stolen Rockford's identity while he was on vacation. Beamer, as played by James Whitmore, is a Drew Carey lookalike with broken glasses who does his best imitation of a Sam Spade private eye. Naturally, he's stunned when he learns that Rockford is a guy who makes it a habit to avoid trouble. "That's how I still have a full set of teeth!" Jim and Freddie have good chemistry, even when Jim is threatening to beat him up, and I look forward to seeing Beamer return in the future.

    Robert Loggia turns up again as the villain (he was very well suited to this type of character!), and Bibi Besch provides the eye candy as a client of Beamer's who gets mixed up in the mess when Rockford gets home.moreless
James Garner

James Garner

Jim Rockford

Noah Beery Jr.

Noah Beery Jr.

Joseph "Rocky" Rockford

Joe Santos

Joe Santos

Sergeant Dennis Becker

James Whitmore Jr.

James Whitmore Jr.

Freddie Beamer

Guest Star

Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly

Ralph Steel

Guest Star

Bibi Besch

Bibi Besch

Monica Steel

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Although the answer phone messages are not usually regarded as being important to the episode, there is an inconsistency between the answer phone message and the dialogue in this episode; at first Jim thinks Angel broke into and lived in the trailer whist he was on holiday but then remembers that Angel is serving time on an Honour Farm and does not get out for two more days, yet the answer phone message is Angel talking about a party at his new apartment!

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Ramirez: My banking representatives will be by at five to cancel out the debt; have the money.
      Jim: Representatives? Plural?
      Ramirez: That's right
      Jim: I guess they travel in pairs 'cause that way they have twenty fingers and twenty toes.

    • Answering machine: (loud traffic noise in background) Jimmy, this is Angel. Listen, I've got this new pad right over by the Hollywood Freeway and some friends are coming. Borrow you record player?

    • Jim: Detective Digest, 'strange cases from my file', it's a weekly feature. Hear harrowing legal experiences by America's premiere defence attorney, He reads this stuff Dennis, he is one hundred percent chucklehead!

    • Ralph Steel: I'm getting my gun. Both of you guys are dead.
      Freddie Beamer: Yeah? Well, go ahead! I'm not the kind of guy you can blow away with a threat!
      Jim: Yeah, well I am!

  • NOTES (2)

    • The end credits change from a still of Jim and Rocky to still pictures featuring from the episode. (There are some early episodes which vary from this, but it becomes the norm through to the end of the series.)

    • From this episode on, Angel, Beth, Rocky and Dennis all appear in the opening picture credits. The pictures include (in order) Jim and Angel from Drought at the Indianhead River, Jim and Beth from A Portrait of Elizabeth, Jim and Rocky from Gearjammers part 2 and Jim and Dennis from A Bad Deal in the Valley, and Piece Work.