The Rockford Files

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  • Season 1
    • Jim Rockford works for Sara Butler by investigating the death of her father, a drunken wino who was murdered at the beach. The case leads Jim to the strange Mrs Elias, her boyfriend Jerry and a ground to air shootout in the Las Vegas desert…
    • 3/27/74
      8.0
      Rockford (James Garner) is approached by a young woman who wants him to determine if her father's death was a suicide or a murder. Guest stars: Lindsay Wagner, Bill Mumy. Part 2 of 2.
    • The Kirkoff Case
      Episode 2
      9/13/74
      8.7
      Rockford has been hired by the wealthy Larry Kirkoff to prove that he didn't murder his parents. Jim loses his main lead, but meets a young woman who turns out to be embroiled in the whole situation - and promptly drugs him!
    • The Kirkoff Case
      The Kirkoff Case
      Episode 3
      9/12/74
      7.3
      The heir to a family fortune hires Rockford (James Garner) to find his parents' killers. Guest stars: Abe Vigoda, James Woods.
    • 9/20/74
      8.3
      Jim's attorney friend Beth persuades him to look into the case (for free!) of a woman who is in prison convinced for the murder of her lover. But when someone tries to run Jim off of the road, it seems that there may indeed be a case to investigate after all...moreless
    • The Dark and Bloody Ground
      9/19/74
      3.0
      Rockford's attorney pressures him into investigating the murder of a screenwriter.
    • The Countess
      Episode 4
      9/27/74
      8.9
      Jim has been hired to stop a man who is blackmailing a rich socialite over information from her past. But when the blackmailer is shot dead by a sniper, Jim finds himself accused of murder...
    • The Countess
      The Countess
      Episode 5
      9/26/74
      0.0
      A wealthy Texan's wife hires Rockford (James Garner) to deal with a blackmail problem.
    • 10/4/74
      7.8
      Rockford has been hired by Janet Carr to locate her missing husband Prentiss. Jim finds him dead in a motel room, but the Police log it as a suicide, and with a different crime scene report to how Jim found it. Is Janet, corrupt officers, or someone else the culprit?
    • Exit Prentiss Carr
      10/3/74
      0.0
      When Rockford is hired to check on a philandering husband, he finds the man dead under mysterious circumstances.
    • 10/11/74
      8.6
      Late one night, Jim is shot and hospitalised whilst digging up a grave to see what lies inside a casket. As he lays in a coma, he recalls the case that led up to this event, where he was hired by a journalist to find her friend, who has disappeared.
    • Tall Woman in Red Wagon
      10/10/74
      0.0
      Rockford disguises himself as a coffin salesman, a psychiatrist and an IRS agent to find a missing newspaperwoman.
    • This Case Is Closed
      10/18/74
      8.2
      Jim has been hired to investigate a wealthy man's future son-in-law, but finds himself threatened and kidnapped, and pulled between both a powerful mobster, and the FBI – neither of whom are willing to let him know what is going on...
    • 10/17/74
      0.0
      Rockford is hired to check out a tycoon's prospective son-in-law.
    • The Big Ripoff
      Episode 8
      10/25/74
      8.6
      Jim has been hired by a dead man's lover to determine whether the wife was behind the suspicious death of her husband. But Jim becomes convinced that the man is not dead at all, and uncovers a huge insurance swindle in a small town.
    • This Case is Closed, Part 2
      10/17/74
      0.0
      Rockford is on the verge of giving up his investigation after being harassed by the underworld and federal agents.
    • 10/18/74
      0.0
      Rockford is on the verge of giving up his investigation after being harassed by the underworld and federal agents.
    • 11/1/74
      8.7
      Rockford is hired by a secretive woman who refuses to tell him anything about herself, and gives him an unusual task – to simply find her. Soon, Jim is embroiled in the mysterious woman's life, including the mobster who is after her.
    • The Big Ripoff
      The Big Ripoff
      Episode 10
      10/24/74
      5.0
      Rockford (James Garner) is hired by a man's lover to find out whether he died accidentally or was done in by his wife. Guest stars: Suzanne Somers, Jill Clayburgh.
    • 11/8/74
      8.4
      Jim has been hired to find an elderly couple's missing son, and assumes several guises to check out the man's former girlfriend, who has just been released from prison. But it is a complex case where everybody concerned is conning everyone else.
    • Find Me If You Can
      Find Me If You Can
      Episode 11
      10/31/74
      5.0
      Rockford (James Garner) sets out to learn the identity of a girl who is involved with the kingpin of Denver's underworld. Guest stars: Joan Van Ark, Paul Michael Glaser.
    • The Dexter Crisis
      Episode 11
      11/15/74
      8.0
      Jim is hired by a wealthy business tycoon to find his mistress who has disappeared with 'property' belonging to him. Accompanied by the girl's roommate, the trail leads to Las Vegas, but things soon develop into much more than a simple missing person case.
    • In Pursuit of Carol Thorne
      11/7/74
      0.0
      Rockford (James Garner) trails a young woman in the hopes that she will lead to the recovery of $1 million.
    • Caledonia - It's Worth a Fortune!
      12/6/74
      8.6
      While visiting her husband Gerry, in the prison hospital, Jolene Hyland is told to remember “Caledonia” as it is the location of a fortune.
    • The Dexter Crisis
      The Dexter Crisis
      Episode 13
      11/14/74
      0.0
      Rockford (James Garner) finds a wealthy businessman's missing girlfriend and is then assigned to keep a close watch on her.
    • Profit and Loss (1)
      12/20/74
      8.7
      PART 1 - PROFIT When Alec Morris, an employee of Fiscal Dynamics Incorporated, comes to Jim for help, and is subsequently kidnapped from his trailer, Jim is puzzled and informs the police. When Mrs Morris comes to Jim requesting help, Jim takes the new information to the police but is surprised to be arrested and charged when Alec Morris and his wife deny the event ever happened and Jim faces prison for filing a false police report. When news of his charge reaches the media, Doris Parker hires Jim because she believes FDI murdered her husband. Jim meets with securities analyst Arnold Love asking the simple question “what is wrong with FDI?” Hours later Leon Fielder summons Jim for a meeting where he threatens Jim with a ten million-dollar lawsuit. Jim’s last lead is given to him by Doris, who agrees to help Jim break into the shop of Carl Bovinio - a solo printer who worked for FDI and was recently shot dead. Jim enters the print shop, but while rummaging through a cabinet Jim unfortunately triggers an alarm…moreless
    • 12/5/74
      0.0
      Rockford (James Garner) is hired by a convict's wife to find a fortune that is stashed on a ranch. Guest star: Shelley Fabares.
    • Profit and Loss (2)
      12/27/74
      8.6
      PART 2 - LOSS While breaking into Bovino’s Print Shop, Jim triggers an alarm and quickly grabs some files and Doris drives the Firebird to evade the Police. Jim has not found any evidence, but works out that Bovino was printing forged stock certificates. Jim visits another securities analyst – Norm Mitchell, who also feels that Fiscal Dynamics is crooked, but is unwilling to help. Jim is followed home, kidnapped, attacked and warned by Kurt - a messenger for Leon Fielder - to stop investigating FDI. With Rocky’s help Jim follows Kurt but losses him at the airport, so follows Fielder from his home to FDI, where Fielder emerges with a briefcase – possibly full of damming evidence, and a chase ensues, ending in a shootout and the discovery of evidence that FDI is fraudulent and responsible for many murders. At the same time, Jim and Rocky solve the mystery of Jim’s broken garbage disposal, due to a missing bullet from Jim’s 38’ revolver…moreless
    • 12/19/74
      0.0
      A kidnapper knocks Rockford (James Garner) out while abducting a client from his trailer. Guest stars: Ned Beatty and Michael Lerner. Part 1 of 2.
    • Aura Lee, Farewell
      Episode 15
      1/3/75
      8.3
      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
    • 12/26/74
      0.0
      Rockford (James Garner) burglarizes a print shop while searching for clues that will lead to stock-market fixing. Guest stars: Ned Beatty and Michael Lerner. Part 2 of 2.
    • Sleight of Hand
      Episode 16
      1/17/75
      8.8
      Jim walks along the beach and arrives at Rocky’s house. He discusses a the recent disappearance of his girlfriend Karen after a boat trip; Jim took his girlfriend Karen and her daughter home after a boat trip to San Francisco, but Karen mysteriously disappeared, and her next-door neighbour was murdered. When Jim reported the disappearance to Dennis Becker and Lieutenant Diehl, Diehl stated the little girl said her mother did not come home with them. Jim followed a trail from a bus stop to a cabstand to a residential hotel and found a woman but she was not Karen, she was Diana Lewis… Rocky tells Jim to consider the words of the daughter and Jim realises the daughters statement was true and Karen did not come home with them, so Jim returns to Diana’s, but finds her dead, with Michael Cordeen close by. Jim confronts Cordeen and makes a connection with her and one of their journey stops – the Buena Vista Inn. Jim follows Cordeen to the Inn where he witnesses Cordeen meeting with Vincent Minette a notorious gangster who is hiding out from the police….moreless
    • Aura Lee, Farewell
      Aura Lee, Farewell
      Episode 17
      1/2/75
      0.0
      A woman hires Rockford (James Garner) to solve a homicide involving a state senator and a con man. Guest star: Lindsay Wagner.
    • Counter Gambit
      Episode 17
      1/24/75
      9.6
      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
    • Sleight of Hand
      Sleight of Hand
      Episode 18
      1/16/75
      0.0
      Rockford's search for his girlfriend leads to a fugitive syndicate chief.
    • Claire
      Episode 18
      1/31/75
      8.7
      Claire Prescott telephones her former lover Jim Rockford, telling him two men (Stone and Willet) are following her and are trying to kill her. Jim meets with Claire who asks Jim to find a Charles Manning, but can’t explain why. Jim calls Dennis Becker to find out what the police know about Claire and Manning. Dennis lies to Jim saying the police have nothing on either name and then informs Captain Highland of the situation. Jim looks for Manning in a local bar, and is then followed by Stone and Willet, who want to know why Jim is asking for Manning. Jim tricks the pair and evades them, going straight to Dennis Becker and Captain Highland. Manning is a vice cop on special assignment and has gone missing. Highland wants to lock Jim up because he is uncooperative when asked about Claire. Jim agrees to try and get her to the police, but has to loose Dennis who is tailing him. Jim finds Claire has left her hotel. Highland informs Jim that Manning is now dead and Claire is chief suspect. Jim meets Claire at a bar and learns from her that Manning forced her into being an informant. Jim agrees to get her out of LA, but things change when Stone and Willet kidnap Rocky. Jim tells Claire to leave town and stealing a manikin from a shop, he goes to the trade off – Rocky for Claire…moreless
    • Counter Gambit
      Counter Gambit
      Episode 19
      1/23/75
      0.0
      Rockford (James Garner) and a released convict battle for pearls and a woman. Guest star: Mary Frann.
    • 2/7/75
      8.7
      Jim refuses to work for his old war buddy John ‘Mitch’ Mitchelli, a photographer who wants Jim to find one of his models; Jennifer Ryburn, who is currently wanted for the murder of Ricky Pont. Mitch is convinced of her innocence. Later Jennifer is named as the victim of a car accident. She is identified through dental records, confirmed by her dentist Doctor Stuart. Mitch disappears then reappears claiming he has seen Jennifer alive and well in Seattle and wants Jim to go there, but he refuses. Jim is sent for by Carl Birrell, the local godfather, who wants Jennifer found too because she killed Ricky Pont. Jim gives a false client name and decides to go to Seattle, simply to get out of town. Mitch visits Jim with a composite photograph of Jennifer and some money. Before Jim leaves for the airport, he visits Mitch, but finds him dead. Jim then visits Doctor Stuart and discovers he faked the report on Jennifer’s behalf. Jim flies to Seattle and hires investigator Floyd Ross to assist in finding Jennifer. Jim finds her at a local boutique and follows her home to tell her Mitch is dead and asks she return to Los Angeles. She is strangely resistant to leaving to the point of pulling a gun and shooting Jim in the leg…moreless
    • Claire
      Claire
      Episode 20
      1/30/75
      0.0
      When Rockford (James Garner) does a favor for his former fiancee, he is promptly plunged into a tug of war between the police and the underworld. Guest stars: Linda Evans, Jackie Cooper.
    • 2/14/75
      8.2
      An old bunkmate from prison – ‘Charming’ Charlie Harris calls Jim for help, three days after he is wanted for the murder of his wife Pauline Harris. Charlie has an alibi - a mystery woman – ‘Cassandra’, but she has not come forward to clear him, so Jim agrees to try and find her. Jim is visited by Sergeant Tom Garvey, who is convinced Jim knows where his friend Charlie is. Charlie spots her a picture of his mystery woman, Linda Bannister, in the paper, Jim poses as a photographer to trick her into seeing Charlie at his hideout. They agree to get Charlie out of the State provided Linda puts up the money. Early next morning Linda goes to Jim’s trailer to confirm arrangements and then Alfred Bannister summons Jim for dinner to discuss why his wife met the PI. Bannister threatens Jim with assassination if he continues to involve Linda in the investigation. Jim goes back to hideout, finds Charlie gone, but is arrested by Sergeant Garvey.…moreless
    • Say Goodbye to Jennifer
      2/6/75
      0.0
      Rockford's (James Garner) uncanny knowledge of fashion models' quirks leads to the solution of a homicide. Guest star: Hector Elizondo.
    • 2/21/75
      8.4
      Rocky attends the funeral of Rookie Police Officer Dave Banning with his friend – the deceased’s mother Kate Banning. She reveals to Rocky her belief that Dave was murdered and did not die in an accident, so Rocky suggests Jim could help. Jim is unwilling, as Kate cannot afford him, so Rocky agrees to pay the $200 a day. Kate explains mysterious behaviour while Dave’s fiancée Laura mentions the Greek theatre, where Jim finds a light load cartridge. Jim stakes out the Theatre overnight and witnesses Sergeant Andrew Wilson, receive a pay off from two unknown men. Jim takes his suspicions to Lieutenant Diehl, who threatens Jim. Jim turns to Angel to help him plod the beat for information and learn that Wilson is into a lot of illegal activities. Ross and Tenner chase Jim and Angel in the Firebird. After following Wilson from his home to a forest site and following the men he meets with back to the Police Station Jim is kidnapped by Ross and Tenner and taken to Morrie who meets Wilson who buys a ‘four pound brick’ of drugs – but the sting goes wrong and Jim and Wilson become hostages…moreless
    • Charlie Harris at Large
      2/13/75
      0.0
      A playboy suspected in the death of his wealthy wife turns to his former prison cellmate, Rockford (James Garner), to prove his innocence. Guest star: Diana Muldaur.
    • Just by Accident
      Episode 22
      2/28/75
      9.3
      As a favour for his friend Louise Hartman, Jim investigates the death of her son Billy Joe; a stock car driver who died in a car accident. Following a lead from his car magazine subscription Jim goes to Billy Joe’s current address meets Jeannie Szymczyk, who denies knowing Billy Joe. Jim meets with insurance broker Julian Krubm who informs Jim that Louise was awarded the life insurance money, but a second person was named; Jeannie Szymczyk. Jim goes back and learns that Jeannie and Billy Joe were lovers. Jim follows up Billy Joe’s bank details learning about a secret safety deposit box. Opening it Jim and Louise find 4 drivers licences all with Billy Joe’s picture but different names along with an envelope with ‘Springfield –York’ upon it. Jim meets Matt Springfield, who has Duane Bailey put Jim in an accident in the Firebird from which he only just escapes with his life. After leaving hospital Jim goes to the Hall of Records and looks up the death certificates of the 4 licence names and Jeannie Szymczyk – all of them died within a year of birth and are all used as fake identification because birth and death certificates are not linked in any way. Jim is called to meet Springfield at the racetrack, along with Bailey where an impromptu demolition derby takes place…moreless
    • The Four Pound Brick
      2/20/75
      0.0

      An old friend of Rocky's son dies in an accident. The son is a rookie cop. The mother doesn't believe that it was an accident and Rocky volunteers Jim to investigate the son's death for free. Jim agrees to take on the case and soon finds himself in hot water with the L.A. police and a local crime boss.

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    • Roundabout
      Episode 23
      3/7/75
      8.4
      Jim works for Edward Moss of an Insurance Company to locate Nancy Wade, whose mother has died and left her a sum of money. Jim has to locate Nancy through her aunt – Liu Eleanor, who gives Jim a letter from Nancy revealing a location in Las Vegas. Jim travels to Vegas with instructions to give Nancy her cashiers cheque, have it notorised and paid into a bank. Jim finds her in a motel giving her the news of the money, She agrees to go to the bank and open an account, so disguises herself in a large coat, hat and glasses. They go to the bank, but Strock the bank teller reveal Nancy has an account open containing thousands of dollars. Nancy sneaks off but is kiddnapped by two men. Jim returns to her motel room but is hit on the head and has his wallet and cheque stolen. Jim drives around Las Vegas and fnds a bilboard on a casino where Nancy sings. Jim watches her lead away by the men and taken to a ranch. Jim sees Tom Robertson and Ken Mamato arguing, and Jim rescues Nancy, who reveals she is srtunk in a singin contract and being used to launder illegally obtained money. Jim meets with Mamoto who has been swindled by Robertson and convines him to meet Robertson again to look at phoney accounts while Jim breaks in and steals the real accounts. Jim proposes an exchange with Robertson at the Boulder Dam – the account ledgers for the cheque and wallet…moreless
    • Just By Accident
      Just By Accident
      Episode 24
      2/27/75
      0.0
      A stock car driver's wealthy mother hires Rockford to investigate her son's "accidental" death.
    • Roundabout
      Roundabout
      Episode 25
      3/6/75
      0.0
      Jim (James Garner) delivers a check to a singer in Las Vegas and finds she is a prisoner.
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