The Rockford Files

Season 1 Episode 9

Find Me If You Can

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Aired Unknown Nov 01, 1974 on NBC
8.7
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Find Me If You Can
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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.

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  • 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. A top notch story...moreless

    10
    I found 'Find Me If You Can' to be an excellent first season episode. It is about this point that the full ability of the series really felt to be kicking in, and this one works really well, with a really engrossing plot that kept me glued to the screen throughout.



    "Florence" (or Barbara, as she really is), is played aptly by Joan Van Ark. Although I am not really familiar with much of Van Ark's other work (beyond the occasional guest star role), having probably been a few years too young to get into 'Dallas' / 'Knots Landing' (I only got into 'The Rockford Files' through reruns long after it had finished production), I really warmed to her here, and she puts in a aptly mysterious performance as the woman at the centre of the whole unusual case.



    The other guest star of note is Paul Michael Glaser, who here took the role of businessman-come-small time mobster Ralph Correll just a few months before landing his most famous role, on the right side of the law, as Detective Dave Starsky, one half of that other 1970s classic, 'Starsky & Hutch'.

    Often when you see such a recognisable face in another TV show, you'll find yourself sitting there for the entire story distracted by the whole "hey, that's X from X" thing, but here, I found Glaser to put in a very credible performance. Far from the easygoing, almost childlike Starsky, here he plays a character with much darker undertones. Oh, and he didn't have the crazy curly hair here, going for a more subdued hairdo, which kinda helped me stop drawing so many comparisons!



    I found the plot to be really interesting, and, as with 'The Big Ripoff' before it, I enjoyed it because it was detailed without falling into the trap that some 'Rockford' episodes do, of being too over-complex for their own good.



    Although still a very reasonable rating, I'm surprised to see that, at time of writing (March 2011), the episode only holds an 8.8 rating here on TV.com, as I would expect it to sit in the upper 9s. I'm also very surprised to read that the only other review for the episode to date ranks it an amazingly low 3.5. Personally I find it to be one of the best 'Rockford' episodes thus far, so am intrigued that some others think so little of it.



    I enjoyed watching this absorbing episode so much, that it is the first 'Rockford Files' episode thus far, that I have awarded a perfect 10 to. It is personally probably one of my favourite of the hotchpotch of various episodes (various re-runs, and watching in sequence on DVD) I have seen to date.moreless
  • Barbara Kelbaker wants Rockford to test if she is easy to find. It turns out she is wanted by Ralph Correll because she stole some money from him. She is also the witness to a murder.moreless

    3.5
    The set-up is original: Florence Baker asks Jim Rockford to find a certain person, namely her. Rockford has no problems finding out where she lives and also that her real name is Barbara Kelbaker. He has the usual run-ins with some thugs and learns some more about Barbara before rescuing her at the end. This is not my favourite Rockford story. There is some overacting done by the guest-starring lady and by one of the thugs. Rockford is also waving too many firearms in the episode for me to feel comfortable with the character. (He usually does not carry a gun.) By the way, the fake identity "Florence Baker" is perhaps inspired by Lady Florence Baker, the Romanian-British explorer of Africa in the 19th century.moreless
Joan Van Ark

Joan Van Ark

Barbara Kelbaker

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Paul Michael Glaser

Paul Michael Glaser

Ralph Correll

Guest Star

Richard Drout Miller

Richard Drout Miller

Sergeant Doane

Guest Star

Joe Santos

Joe Santos

Sergeant Dennis Becker

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Jim: What's wrong?
      Rocky: I am THROUGH talking to you! Look at you, an inch or two to the right and you'd be missing that eye!
      Jim: Yeah, but look at it this way, an inch or two to the left and he'd have missed me completely.

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    • The alias "Florence Baker" that the character Barbara Kelbaker uses, happens to be the name of Lady Baker who lived 1841-1916 and travelled a lot in Africa with her husband Samuel Baker, one of Great Britain's greatest explorers. Another coincidence is that one of Lady Baker's middle names is "Barbara", the same first name as the character.

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