The Rockford Files

Season 5 Episode 2

Rosendahl and Gilda Stern Are Dead

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Aired Unknown Sep 29, 1978 on NBC
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Rosendahl and Gilda Stern Are Dead
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Jim helps Rita Capkovic prove her innocence when she is accused of murdering a prominent doctor when in fact she witnessed the parties who committed the crime...

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  • Rita returns!

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    After winning an Emmy as Rita Capkovic in Season 4, Rita Moreno returns in this great episode. Not only is Moreno an immensely talented performer, but her chemistry with James Garner makes her appearances on "Rockford" all the more entertaining.



    This time around, Rita (back on the street, as it were) is the cops' prime suspect in the murder of a doctor. Actually, the doc was rubbed out by goons of crime boss Abe Vigoda, for personal reasons. So Jim has to keep Rita alive once the mob finds out she saw Vigoda, and also get to the bottom of the mysterious case before the cops lock Rita up for good.



    Like the best episodes of "Rockford," this episode is deceptive. We think we know why Dr. Rosendahl was killed, but it isn't until later that we get the whole story - and suddenly, it makes us look at the preceeding events in a different light. The ending of this one, in terms of its tone and gravity, reminded me of the ending of "The Hammer of C Block."



    Moreno had one more guest spot on "Rockford" and returned for one of the 1990s TV movies. I hope Season 6 and those movies get to DVD soon. I'd love to see more of Jim and one of his favorite clients.moreless
Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno

Rita Capkovic

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Abe Vigoda

Abe Vigoda

Phil Gabriel

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Robert Loggia

Robert Loggia

Dr. Russell

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James Luisi

James Luisi

Lt. Doug Chapman

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Luis Delgado

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

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