The Rockford Files

Season 4 Episode 17

Dwarf in a Helium Hat

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Aired Unknown Jan 27, 1978 on NBC
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Dwarf in a Helium Hat
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Jim meets a strange socialite character and is involved in another case of kidnapping and attempted murder when a gangster dials his telephone number by mistake...

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  • So-so in a mid season kind of way.

    7.0
    Dwarf In A Helium Hat, now I wonder exactly how long it took to come up with that one... Even the characters names seem to fit in with some kind of a pre-determined trope, i.e. rock star, "oh let's call him Keith Stewart, that sounds like a classic British rock star kind of name!" Hmm... Between 1974 and 1980 one has to wonder how many of these scripts Garner was tempted to say no to, and to be frank, this one isn't particularly bad, it's just the kind of adequately directed, not very good/not very bad kind of story that filled some space in the middle of a season. It's no disgrace, nor is it a masterpeice.moreless
  • Aside from a Rockford-Chapman fight, there's nothing special here.

    6.0
    "Dwarf in a Helium Hat" was the first Season 4 episode I've seen that felt underwhelming. Maybe it's because there are so many great installments in this season, or maybe I wasn't won over by John Pleshette as the weasley social climber in peril, but this one didn't do it for me.



    It's not all bad - in fact the exchanges between Rockford and Chapman are great, and James Garner's reaction shots to the lifestyle of the people he's meeting are priceless. But the episode suffers where so many others are strong - namely, the connection between Jimbo and his client. Jay Rockfelt never gives Rockford a reason to help him, and is never appreciative of the help he receives. The guy is like Angel Martin, but without the all-important good qualities. Rockford should have gone back to sleep after the first wrong number.



    And another thing - I understand the idea of a wrong number being used to set the plot in motion, but these mobsters misdial EVERYTIME they try to make a threatening phone call?moreless
John Pleshette

John Pleshette

Julius "Jay" Rockfelt

Guest Star

Rebecca Balding

Rebecca Balding

Carol Lansing

Guest Star

Gianni Russo

Gianni Russo

Gianni Tedesco

Guest Star

Luis Delgado

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

Recurring Role

James Luisi

James Luisi

Lt. Chapman

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