The Rockford Files

Season 4 Episode 5

The Dog and Pony Show

Aired Unknown Oct 21, 1977 on NBC
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The Dog and Pony Show
Jim helps Mary Jo Flynn, a former fmental patient, who believes a top government spy is being held in a hospital against his will...

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  • Classic Rockford set-up...what seems deceptively easy usually isn't and leads to bigger problems.

    Rockford and Angel wind up in group therapy (funny enough in itself), but an attractive female patient enlists Jim's help in a case that leads them to the mob and the National Intelligence Agency.

    I've read somewhere that there really aren't bad episodes of "The Rockford Files," just episodes that aren't as good as others. Well, "The Dog and Pony Show" sets the bar for the series. It's everything you expect in a "Rockford:" a damsel in distress, Jim pulling some cons, Angel, Rocky, action, laughs. It doesn't get pigeonholed into a "comedy" or "drama" fold and stays fresh with its characters and stories. As a result, this episode that starts out one way before taking a massive left turn keeps the audience on its toes.

    A few episodes in Season 4 deal with the mob trying to hide away an "odd" family member. In this case, it's Joey B in the asylum. (In "Requiem for a Funny Box," it's the extracurricular activities of a mobster's son.) I loved the scenes of the intelligence agents in their briefing to determine what course of action to take with Rockford. The inanity of it all, the self-aggrandizing and the disregard to reason were funny but kind of scary. I can see some parallels with how the intelligence community seems to be analyzing intelligence today!moreless
Joanne Nail

Joanne Nail

Mary Jo Flynn

Guest Star

Ed Lauter

Ed Lauter

Joseph Bloomberg

Guest Star

Walter Brooke

Walter Brooke

NIA Agent Simonds

Guest Star

Stuart Margolin

Stuart Margolin


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Answering Machine: Jimmy. Lou. You owe me five bucks. Madarazo's average in the '68 Series was .310 not .350. Oh and, ha, ha, Fran and I are getting divorced.

    • Jim: But I will need a diversion so I can get back to Bloomberg's room and try to talk to him.
      Angel: Oh! Now we're getting to the nitty-gritty. Now it's beginning to make sense. "Come on over to Rocky's, Angel." Serve my favorite food. First time I been invited over here for so much as a glass of water!
      Rocky: (to Mary Jo) I could use a little help in the kitchen with the coffee and dessert.
      Angel: Forget about the dessert! You don't buy Angel Martin with a couple of drumsticks and some red eye gravy.

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