The Rockford Files

Season 2 Episode 21

Foul on the First Play

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Aired Unknown Mar 12, 1976 on NBC
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Two thugs, Greg and Manny, attack Mark Hayes, because he appears to be investigating a major basketball franchise. Mark shows them his Parole officers ID, and claims to be investigating his parolee Terry Snyder, a football player, so they let him go. Next day Mark looks up his ex-parolee Jim Rockford. Jim does not want to see Mark, because he previously violated his parole, but Mark takes Jim to breakfast at the Sandcastle and convinces him to help him help Terry Snyder. Jim has to place an electronic device on a car but Greg and Manny catch him. Claiming to be a smog inspector Jim is taken away and attacked, they do not believe his story because the in runs on his ID… They leave when they see a car, which turns out to be Mark following them, leaving Jim in the dirt. Jim goes to the Parole Office, to learn that Mark quit, changed his name to Mark O’Brien and became a Private Investigator. Jim goes to Mark’s PI office, knocks him around, and takes him for a ride in his limo to find out the true story. Mark claims to be working for Martin Eastman, regarding a pro-basketball franchise with Athletics Commissioner Tremayne is about to award. Jim wants his fee, and because they are being followed Mark agrees to pay Jim if they can loose the tail. Jim is let out for his car and meets Mark at the park, where they pull a stunt and loose Greg and Manny. Mark cannot pay Jim because he is bankruptcy, and take Jim to the bank to prove it, so Jim leaves him. Later Jim attends a meeting with Martin Eastman, who says Mark O’Brien did not hire him, and wants Jim to help him get the franchise. Jim agrees and goes to Commissioner Tremayne’s home to find Mark leaving in a hurry. Reluctant to return, Jim forces Mark into the house here they find Tremayne is dead. Jim forces Mark to tell all, knowing that him being hired by Eastman is false. Mark reveals that Greg and Manny work for Tom Correll, another bidder in the franchise. He also reveals that Tremanye hired him because threats had been made. Jim has Mark call all the players for the franchise, claiming he believes they killed Tremayne and then wait to see which one turns up at the meeting…moreless

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