The Rockford Files

Season 4 Episode 16

The Paper Palace

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Aired Unknown Jan 20, 1978 on NBC
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Jim meets Rita Capkovic and helps her when she believes she is being stalked by two French men who want to kill her...

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  • Lovely Rita...

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    Give Jim Rockford a beautiful client to bail out of trouble and James Garner a great guest actress to play off of and you've got the formula for a great "Rockford Files" episode. Here, we have the lovely and talented Rita Moreno making her first appearance as Rita Capkovic, a hooker with a heart of gold and a torch for Jimbo. Like most "Rockford" episodes, this one is all about shady dealings and misdirection, but it's a great one because of the chemistry between Moreno and Garner. Rita may be a cliched character type, but there's nothing stale about her. She's unapologetic about her profession but she's not trashy. She's a snitch for the cops but longs to be friends with Dennis and his wife, and her idea of making herself happy is giving gifts to her friends. Moreno won an Emmy for this episode and it's easy to see why in her performance. Both Ritas are feisty, funny and sweet. It's also easy to see why Jim goes to bat for her.



    70s TV mainstay Bruce Kirby shows up in this one as a "friend" of the Beckers who first embarasses Rita at dinner only to turn up later in the unlikeliest of closets.moreless
Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno

Rita Capkovic

Guest Star

Bruce Kirby

Bruce Kirby

Sid Loft

Guest Star

David Lewis

David Lewis

Burton Woodruff

Guest Star

Pat Finley

Pat Finley

Peggy Becker

Recurring Role

James Luisi

James Luisi

Lt. Chapman

Recurring Role

Luis Delgado

Luis Delgado

Officer Billings

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Answering Machine: This is Mrs. Owens of the Organization for a Better Malibu. Thanks for your contribution. We've made great strides. It would help, dear, if you'd move your trailer.

    • Rita Capkovic: (at the Becker dinner table) You know the one animal I can't stand? Monkeys. I had one once. I only kept him for a couple of weeks. They make the place so smelly. Now you take cats. All you need is a litter box and that's it. Now that monkey, he made all over my new couch. He made all over my floor. You'd come through my door and find yourself up to your buns in ...
      Peggy Becker: Broccoli?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Rita Moreno won the 1978 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series for this episode.

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