When Jim reads the newspaper article from Brianne Lambert, the article mostly has gibberish that repeats several times, but it mentions him taking over the load of his good friend Gandolf Fitch. The friend who he's taking the caseload from is actually Booker Hutch. Gandolf Fitch was a recurring character in the series played by Isaac Hayes. Later, when he reads the article to Dennis, he says Mr. Hutch instead of Gandolf Fitch.
This movie marks the first appearance of Gretchen Corbett (as Beth Davenport) since the Season 4 episode, "The Attractive Nusiance."
When the Firebird is delivered by Gus at the start of the film, it is missing all four tyres. When the Emmenthaler's arrive the Firebird was acquired both rear wheels.
If you look closely when Rockford is at the store, you'll see studio lights on the ceiling and the shadow of a camera man.
Mr Lumbar: "2 Peter Chapter 12 Verse 12"
Its Actually 2 Peter 2:12 (New American Standard Bible)
But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,
Jim wants Dennis to run the license plate, Hawaiian registered AEO 457, fitted to a black 4 door limousine.
Jim & Rocky are staying at the Royal Surf Hotel.
Dennis and Peg are staying at the
Hawaiian Garden Hotel.
Jim took Dennis and Peg Becker to the airport last Wednesday to supposedly catch the 4.30 flight to Vancouver.
This episode is a direct result of the Robert Altman movie H.E.A.L.T.H. Garner and Bacall appearted in this film together and enjoyed it so much that Bacall asked to appear on his TV show. The two would appear together again in 1981 in the film The Fan.
This is one of the few episodes in which Jim raises his rate from $200 to $250 a day plus expenses.
A photograph of Khedra Aziz and Sean Innes shown near the beginning of the episode was actually taken from the last scene of the episode.
Dennis Becker is promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant at the end of the episode.
In an episode of the popular comedy series 'Frasier' entitled 'Door Jam' the characters Martin Crane (the father) and Daphne Moon (housekeeper / psychical therapist) watch two episodes of 'The Rockford Files' (which Martin simply refers to as "Rockford"). The first episode they watch is the Pilot (described as "the first ever episode"). As they watch the Pilot Daphne comments that Martin looks like Rocky (John Mahoney who plays Martin Crane does bare a similar resemblance to Noah Beery Jr but not to Robert Donley who actually played Rocky in the Pilot).
When mentioning the second episode they watch Daphne says; "Tom Selleck guest stars". However, the Frasier episode also refers to the fact that The Rockford Files was filmed in Malibu (Martin Crane gives separate trivia on the fact that comedy series 'M*A*S*H' was filmed in the Malibu hills area). However we do not see exterior shots of Jim's trailer at Paradise Cove in White on White (nor incidentally in the Pilot because the Trailer was not situated in Malibu at that time). There is one quick flash of an aerial shot of the trailer at the Cove in the sixth season episode 'Nice Guys Finish Dead', but it is not obvious that it is in Malibu.
In an strange coincidence to the above, this episode is also referred to in an episode of 'Magnum PI', entitled 'Tigers Fan', where two guest characters are talking about "Last nights Rockford Files which featured this Lance White character". We know of course that Tom Selleck was Lance White and that he went on to became Thomas Magnum!
The opening scene where Rocky is driving the semi-rig and is forced off the road is later reused in an episode of Quincy ME entitled Dead Stop (seventh season, 1981).
Country and Western singer Willie Nelson provides the music of Charlie Strayhorn in this episode. 'Heartaches of a Fool' was written by Willie Nelson, while 'Good Hearted Woman' was written by both Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings (who sang the theme and was the balladeer in 'The Dukes of Hazzard'.)
When Jim and Richie are running from the guard at the gate at the end of the episode, you see a small explosion in the dirt, like from a gunshot. However, immediately after that, the guard is just getting his rifle aimed to take shots at them.
This the first of only two occasions when Jim has his trailer moved from its usual location, here he moves it to a forest.
When going into the Computer Credit Center the first time, Richie tells Jim that he's a living legend, and mentions the Financial Dynamics case he was involved in a year ago. This was in the first season 2-part episode "Profit and Loss", although in that episode, the characters all originally said "Financial Dynamics", but they were redubbed to say "Fiscal Dynamics".
GOOF: The aircraft which Jim boards and which we see taxying for take-off is completely different to the aircraft which we see take-off. The original aircraft is however, back for in-flight camera shots and landing.