The Rockford Files

Season 1 Episode 7

The Big Ripoff

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Aired Unknown Oct 25, 1974 on NBC
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The Big Ripoff
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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.

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  • 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. Really nice episode...moreless

    9.5
    I found 'The Big Ripoff' to be a really nice first season episode. It has lots of fun Rockford cons, and interesting guest characters.



    The problem I find with some 'Rockford' episodes is that, while I love that they are much more detailed than many of today's "dumbed down" TV shows, the plots are often TOO complex for their own good, and if you blink you'll lose the thread. Which is maybe why I like 'The Big Ripoff' – it is detailed, but moves along at a slightly easier going pace, not being as hard to follow as a result.



    I love the feel of this whole story, from the amusing opening of Jim parking two hired cars either side of the vehicle of the woman he's been hired to investigate by way of getting to meet her, and onto the main plot, in the small town, complete with obligatory crooked Sheriff, and the mysterious incidents Rockford encounters there.



    I like Jill Clayburgh as Marilyn, the model whom Jim strikes up a friendship with whist on the case. Although I'm not familiar with any of Clayburgh's other work, she is the kind of archetypal 'Rockford Files' character – quirky and interesting, and, while we only meet her over the course of fifty minutes and never see the character again, lets you really by into the character.



    All-in-all, I really enjoyed this episode. I'll give it a high-scoring 9.5 out of 10.moreless
Jill Clayburgh

Jill Clayburgh

Marilyn Polanski

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Norman Burton

Norman Burton

Melvyn Moss

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Fred Beir

Fred Beir

Steve Nelson

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