We find Rockford in the midst of a job when the episode opens, undercover as a player in the poker game at the Bay City Boys' Club...a game his client believes is fixed. Of course, it's not that simple, and it turns out Rockford is working for the local DA. When he winds up murdered, Rockford and a determined assistant DA team up to break up the crooked game.
Like other Season 2 episodes, this one finds Rockford being played rather than playing. He is twice scammed, first by Phelps the DA, and then by Kate Doyle. But ultimately, Rockford comes out ahead. This is a rare episode where Jim does not take a beating...he and Angel actually get the drop on a pair of armed thugs who arrive at Jim's trailer. Rockford turns the tables on the other players and figures out how the Boys Club is running the scheme.
Any time Angel shows up is a good time, and he does not disappoint here. It's another testament to the quality of this show - to create so many distinct characters that you care about despite their varying backgrounds and moral fibers.
Kate Doyle makes for a good leading lady, the mystery moves along at a good pace and Garner does his usual bit with aplomb. Not surprisingly, since he also directed this episode.