The Rockford Files

Season 1 Episode 17

Counter Gambit

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Aired Unknown Jan 24, 1975 on NBC
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Counter Gambit
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Jim is asked by Moss Williams, a fellow ex prisoner (who once tried to kill Jim), to recover a priceless necklace. Jim refuses but is given new incentive when Edgar Birch of insurance company offers a substantial fee to recover the necklace too. Jim agrees to work for Birch, and so when Moss gets out of prison, Jim agrees to work for Moss and Harry Crown by tracing Maria Heller whom Moss claims is his former girl who has absconded, changed her name to Valerie Thomas and has taken the necklace. Jim begins to romance her and eventually uses a clever gimmick of a tape recorder in a box inside her safe to work out the combination. Jim is informed by Dennis of the procedure for stolen jewellery in a court case but when he sees Birch, realises Birch is an impostor who works for Moss, who are actually part of big swindle with Moss and Harry Crown to obtain the necklace they are actually stealing, not recovering. Pursued on a charge of burglary, Jim gains Valerie’s trust and enlists the help of Angel Martin to impersonate Manny Tolan, a pearl necklace expert, and infer that the necklace is paste. Angel then sells Jim out to Moss and Harry, who see the real Manny Tolan, who confirms the necklace is paste, so the pair plan and then go to re-steal the necklace…moreless

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Mary Frann

Mary Frann

Valerie Thomas

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Eddie Fontaine

Eddie Fontaine

Moss Williams

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Burr DeBenning

Burr DeBenning

Harry Crown

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Joe Santos

Joe Santos

Sergeant Dennis Becker

Recurring Role

Stuart Margolin

Stuart Margolin

Angel Martin

Recurring Role

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