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  • Just a Coupla Guys

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    S 6 : Ep 11 - 12/14/79

    Jim travels to New Jersey to help a reformed mob boss, who two punks are trying to get into the mob through.
  • Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (2)

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    S 6 : Ep 3 - 10/12/79

    With there still being a risk for Kendall, Jim finds out the venue Soderling’s funeral, and attends seeing a row of flowers paying tribute to the deceased. After a visit to the florist with Kendall, they learn that Tommy Minette, a local gangster, sent flowers to the funeral. Minette finds out that Jim is investigating him so telephones Jim and they meet at his factory. Jim takes Charlie Martell as his bodyguard but Charlie is knocked unconscious and Jim has his sleeves sewn together. Jim reports this, and with Kendall follows Minette home, where they witness his death by poisoning. Once again they appears at Lieutenant Chapman’s office, so Jim takes Kendall to Rocky’s, where another murder attempt is made, by August Fairfield. In custody he claims the Princess ordered him to do it, because she was suing him for libel. The Princess denies this, but later convinces her partner Freddie Danzig to kill Kendall, and lures her to their old college at Semi Valley. Jim stops Freddie just in time, and it is apparent that the Princess has serious problems. Later, Rocky wants Jim to continue to see Kendall, referring to her as part of the family…moreless
  • The House on Willis Avenue (2)

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    S 4 : Ep 22 - 2/24/78

    Jim and Richie continue to investigate their mentor's death and follow leads to a massive computer data storage company that has a plot in a desert canyon...

  • The House on Willis Avenue (1)

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    S 4 : Ep 21 - 2/24/78

    When his mentor is found dead in a road accident, Jim teams up with young PI Richie Brockelman following up leads on a murder and find a lot more than they bargained for...

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  • Second Chance

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 10/14/77

    JIm helps his old friend Gandolph Fitch when the singer he is 'managing' is kidnapped by her ex-husband...
  • Dirty Money, Black Light

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    S 3 : Ep 22 - 4/1/77

    Something is delivering thousands of dollars in the mail to Rocky and someone is desperate to get it back. Jim investigates after his father is arrested and uses money borrowed from a loan shark to buy some time...moreless
  • Crack Back

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    S 3 : Ep 21 - 3/25/77

    Although she is being harrased by a mystery stalker, Beth represents a football player charged with murder, Jim tries to find a missing alibi witness, who is shot dead before she can testify...moreless
  • New Life, Old Dragons

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    S 3 : Ep 18 - 2/25/77

    Jim tries to help a female Vietnamese refugee find her missing brother, but the case is not as simple as it seems...
  • Just Another Polish Wedding

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    S 3 : Ep 17 - 2/18/77

    After he posts bail for him, Jim agrees to help find his friend Gandolph Fitch a new line of work. Gandy accompanies Jim to a meeting with the county probate office, and is told about the death of Tom Evans whose ID came out as Patrick O’Herlihy. Jim is hired to find his brother so as to pass on the inheritance of $10,000. Jim then takes Gandy to meet Marcus Hayes, a fellow PI, who after leaving Jim with a restaurant bill, agrees to give Gandy work. Mark quizzes Gandy about Jim’s recent case and sees it as an opportunity for a 40% finder’s fee. Jim finds out that Finn O’Herlihy has an alias like this brother, now known as Frank Martin, and is trying to trace him through the gravesite of his mother, and then through the florist who laid flowers. The search takes Jim to San Diego. Meanwhile Gandy and Mark – know nicknamed Gabby for his mouth – go to Pat O’ Herlihy’s demolished home and find a link to his last place of work. They go there to find themselves as the only two black men in an all Nazi Club. Mark claims to be from the Liquor board, but a fight ensues, and when Gandy manages to win, Mark claims to be from the musicians union in order to get a line on Frank Martin. Mark then goes to Jim’s trailer and meets Rocky. Claiming still to be a parole officer Mark learns from Rocky where Jim has gone – so he and Gandy travel to San Diego. Jim goes to the local Florist, posing as a grave memorial agent and meets Mr Gertmanian, who shows Jim the Frank Martin order. Gandy and mark go to the Musicians union and learn that Frank Martin is playing at a Polish Wedding. Jim learns from Mrs Martin that Frank is playing at the Fred Koska Wedding (a Polish Wedding) and attends the reception at the hotel, posing as hotel security. Mark arrives, trying to pass himself off as the groom’s old absent minded professor, but can’t get in so changes to a waiter. Jim finds Frank Martin just as he is about to play his music for the wedding, when Mark also appears – Jim uses his real name Finn O’Herlihy, which for some reason sends him into a panic…moreless
  • The Becker Connection

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    S 3 : Ep 16 - 2/11/77

    Jim investigates after Dennis is framed and then suspended on suspicion of supplying drugs from the Police Narcotics Squad...
  • Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, but Waterbury Will Bury You

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    S 3 : Ep 13 - 1/14/77

    Jim investigates when three PI colleagues loose thier licences after being set up by a mystery woman and a rival detective agency...
  • There's One in Every Port

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    S 3 : Ep 12 - 1/7/77

    Jim realises he was conned when he helps a dying friend by entering a poker game which is busted by some thugs, and finds he must perform his own con on his friend to even the score...moreless
  • The Trouble With Warren

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    S 3 : Ep 11 - 12/24/76

    Jim notches up a number of felony charges while trying to prove Beth's cousin Warren did not murder his boss who is also his mistress' husband...
  • Piece Work

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    S 3 : Ep 10 - 12/17/76

    While investigating an accident at a health club Jim is mistaken for a Police Officer by a Federal Operative working undercover to purchase weapons....
  • Rattlers' Class of '63

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    S 3 : Ep 8 - 11/26/76

    Angel marries into a family with a garbage empire after he tries to swindle them out of thousands of dollars, howevfer Jim must invesitgate when one of the brothers is murdered and a TV car salesman is desperate to ensure a secret remains buried....moreless
  • So Help Me God

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    S 3 : Ep 7 - 11/19/76

    When Jim is called before the grand jury and cannot answer the questions about the kidnapping of a union boss put by the prosecutor, Jim is thrown in jail repeatedly and must avoid murder attempts in order to uncover the reason why people are convinced he has the answers to everyone's questions...

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  • Coulter City Wildcat

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    S 3 : Ep 6 - 11/12/76

    Jim and Rocky investigate when some thugs force Rocky to sign over the rights to a seemingly worthless piece of land....
  • Drought at Indianhead River

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    S 3 : Ep 5 - 11/5/76

    When Jim hears Angel's life maybe in danger, Jim learns that Angel is now the head of a large corporation which is backed by organised crime...
  • Feeding Frenzy

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 10/15/76

    Jim helps Charlie and Sandy Baylock, when Charlie wants to return some stolen money to a company he used to work for, but things become complicated when he is forced to use the money as ransom for Sandy's kidnappers....moreless
  • The Family Hour

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 10/8/76

    Jim and Rocky help a young girl whose father leaves her outside Jim's trailer to avoid some dirty narcotics agents...
  • The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 10/1/76

    Jim is in for a rough time when a Clairvoyant claims Jim knows more about the disappearance and murder of a young couple than he originally claims...
  • The Fourth Man

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 9/24/76

    Jim helps Lori, a Stewardess, when she claims Timpson Farrell, an Antique Coin Collector, tried to kill her...
  • A Bad Deal in the Valley

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    S 2 : Ep 22 - 3/19/76

    After having dinner with Karen Stiles, an old flame, Jim is convinced to take some escrow papers to a Chilson Realtors. He does, but is arrested for transporting counterfeit money. Karen does not support Jim, so he charged with a federal offence. Jim finds Karen at her tennis club, she explains she and Tony Lederer planned to make a big real estate deal but their backing money fell through so she was forced to use her father’s money, which he printed himself years ago. Jim takes her outside the club but she is kidnapped. Jim reports this to Dennis and gets information on Tony Lederer – whose wife had her priceless jewellery burglarised. Later Jim impersonates an insurance investigator and meets Mrs Sandy Lederer, and learns from her maid that she hired a Private Detective named Murray Slauson. Continuing the impersonation Jim meets Slauson who rumbles Jim. Jim is followed and caught by a mystery car containing Karen’s kidnappers Fred and Jerry who take Jim to Karen. She come clean again, Tony Lederer has disappeared with the jewels she and Tony stole. Jim visits Preacher to find out who could fence the “hot ice”, and is sent to Appleby, who says he saw the ice, but it was paste. Jim finds Tony and takes Karen to him. Tony confesses he sold the jewels years ago and only stole the fakes so as not to be discovered. Karen then realises she must kill Tony and Jim…moreless
  • Foul on the First Play

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    S 2 : Ep 21 - 3/12/76

    Two thugs, Greg and Manny, attack Mark Hayes, because he appears to be investigating a major basketball franchise. Mark shows them his Parole officers ID, and claims to be investigating his parolee Terry Snyder, a football player, so they let him go. Next day Mark looks up his ex-parolee Jim Rockford. Jim does not want to see Mark, because he previously violated his parole, but Mark takes Jim to breakfast at the Sandcastle and convinces him to help him help Terry Snyder. Jim has to place an electronic device on a car but Greg and Manny catch him. Claiming to be a smog inspector Jim is taken away and attacked, they do not believe his story because the in runs on his ID… They leave when they see a car, which turns out to be Mark following them, leaving Jim in the dirt. Jim goes to the Parole Office, to learn that Mark quit, changed his name to Mark O’Brien and became a Private Investigator. Jim goes to Mark’s PI office, knocks him around, and takes him for a ride in his limo to find out the true story. Mark claims to be working for Martin Eastman, regarding a pro-basketball franchise with Athletics Commissioner Tremayne is about to award. Jim wants his fee, and because they are being followed Mark agrees to pay Jim if they can loose the tail. Jim is let out for his car and meets Mark at the park, where they pull a stunt and loose Greg and Manny. Mark cannot pay Jim because he is bankruptcy, and take Jim to the bank to prove it, so Jim leaves him. Later Jim attends a meeting with Martin Eastman, who says Mark O’Brien did not hire him, and wants Jim to help him get the franchise. Jim agrees and goes to Commissioner Tremayne’s home to find Mark leaving in a hurry. Reluctant to return, Jim forces Mark into the house here they find Tremayne is dead. Jim forces Mark to tell all, knowing that him being hired by Eastman is false. Mark reveals that Greg and Manny work for Tom Correll, another bidder in the franchise. He also reveals that Tremanye hired him because threats had been made. Jim has Mark call all the players for the franchise, claiming he believes they killed Tremayne and then wait to see which one turns up at the meeting…moreless
  • Where's Houston?

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    S 2 : Ep 20 - 2/20/76

    Rocky’s old friend Peter Preli comes to Jim requesting help because his granddaughter Houston has been kidnapped. Not wanting to involve the police, Pete is prepared to pay the ransom. He goes home and Jim proceeds to Houston Preli’s home but is stopped by some goons warning him to stay out of it. Jim finds Houston’s house has been knocked around, with evidence of a fight. Jim goes to Peter’s but finds him dead. Lieutenant Diehl tells Jim that Pete appeared to have no money, so why was he hit for ransom. Rocky says Pete always gave the illusion of wealth. Jim takes Diehl and Dennis to Houston’s home only to find everything has been fixed. Jim is arrested. Next day Beth has him released, so Jim goes with Rocky to Houston’s home to finds her there, having just returned from Texas for a business trip. They offer to take her to the police but her friend Jerry arrives and takes her instead. Jim investigates further and learns the entire estate where pete lived had been bought for development by Jerry, and Pete’s home was the essential piece. Jim goes to Jerry but finds him dead so has the Preli property transferred into his and Houston’s names as security and hides her away for safety. Jim then goes to Blackhorn, a wealthy builder who owns the properties around and sets out a price. Blackhorn reluctantly agrees so forces Jim to take them to Houston …moreless
  • In Hazard

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    S 2 : Ep 18 - 2/6/76

    Although supposed to be on his way to Oxnard with Rocky to look at a Semi for sale, Jim visits Beth, who is in jailed for 3 days for contempt of court. He aggresses to go to her office to retrieve some papers for a tax case she is working on, but Jim is attacked and the safe emptied. Jim reports the crime to Dennis and the pair goes to the prison to learn Beth was taken to the Hospital after being poisoned. Jim and Dennis talk to Beth who is convinced the poison was meant for Arnold Bailey, her client. Jim meets Bailey, who is more concerned about his tax felony case than Beth’s well being, so Jim is not impressed. Over a taco breakfast Dennis refuses to share police information with Jim to help investigate, so Jim asks Beth for a list of what was in her safe, and becomes interested in “a letter” left by Fred Metcalfe, a union official. Jim visits Metcalfe’s home and finds him dead in his garage. Beth is discharged from hospital and Jim proceeds to take her home, but they are followed. A chase ensues but Jim manages to stop them at a scrap yard, and everyone is arrested. Jim takes Beth to Rocky’s, and then visits Solly Marshall, the bail bondsman for Bailey, to get an address from him. Jim finds Bailey at “two twenty seven sixteen”, and chases him into the pool. Bailey confesses he and Metcalfe were skimming from the union pension fund and that Metcalfe kept a record of al the illegal transaction as protection. The gangster Marty Jordan takes both at gunpoint, forcing them into his car…moreless
  • Joey Blue Eyes

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    S 2 : Ep 17 - 1/30/76

    Beth tries to convince Jim to work for her friend Joseph ‘Joey Blue Eyes’ DiMinna and take him to dinner at Joey’s restaurant. Joey explains his case, but Jim is reluctant, which makes Joey angry. He later storms out the restaurant in a hurry. Beth learns that Joey’s daughter Paulette has been beaten up and then finds out that Joey attacked the perpetrators and has ended up in jail. Jim learns that Joey’s restaurant is mortgaged by Burt Striker, but the payments are so big Joey cannot afford them, and the place is in debt so he took out a loan from a shark; Sweet Tooth London, who wanted repaying so beat up Paulette. After some persuasion Jim agrees to help if Joey does it his way. Joey and Jim meet Sweet Tooth London. Posing as Jim Taggart, Jim tries to get Sweet Tooth to loan them more money, but he refuses so convinces Sweet Tooth to lay off them. Jim then has Angel impersonate Sweet Tooth London and go and meet Bert Striker, and attempts to get some money off Striker for ‘Sweet Tooth’ to give to Joey, to give back to Striker. Striker refuses and tries to have Angel killed, but Jim saves him after a small chase. Left with few options, Jim uses Paulette as sole name of the business to run a scam. Joey meets a construction friend to obtain some plans while Jim poses as Taggart and meets with Striker at the golf course. Claiming to have kidnapped Paulette, Jim proposes a ransom, which Striker must pay if he wants Paulette to sign the handover papers to own the restaurant. He refuses, but sends Gannon to watch him. Gannon witnesses Joey shoot and kill Jim, so then Striker is forced to deal with Angel, who sets up the exchange. Striker and Gannon watch as Barrow places the money in a bin in a park and wait in ambush for someone to collect it…moreless
  • A Portrait of Elizabeth

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    S 2 : Ep 16 - 1/23/76

    Jim agrees to work for Beth’s latest gentleman friend Dave Delaraux, by investigating the possible disappearance of some checks in the Comptrollers office. Jim finds them present and reports to Dave, whose attitude continues to annoy Jim. Jim then has to take Beth to a concert, which is boring. Dave has dinner with Karen Silver, but it is interrupted by her ex-husband Mickey. After Dave beats Mickey in a fight Mickey wants revenge. He follows Dave to Jim’s trailer, where Dave uses the hidden key to break in and finds Jim’s gun. When Mickey has his bodyguard Rod Fitzpatrick storm in Dave shoots them both. Jim returns from the concert and finds the dead men and reports it to the police. Lieutenant Diehl is desperate to charge Jim with the murder, but cannot make a connection between them. Just as it looks like Jim is to go free, Federal Agent Shore arrests Jim for federal banking crimes and murder and takes Jim to a quite place to question him. Jim learns that Rod Fitzpatrick was actually Arnold Adams and that he and Dave Delaroux have ripped off a large corporation for two million dollars. Jim takes a lie-detector test to clear himself, because Beth was engaged as Dave’s attorney and cannot testify against him. Beth is upset about Dave’s deception, hen Jim and Beth find a note from Dave claiming to have stolen Beth’s car to go to the airport. Seeing it as a rouse Jim has Beth take him to his other girlfriend who tells them where Dave’s art studio is. They find Dave, who fights with Jim and takes Beth, but Jim smears his car windscreen forcing him to crash. With Dave in custody, Beth is upset there was not portrait done of her. Jim puts the remaining clues together and they go to find the missing money…moreless
  • The No-Cut Contract

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    S 2 : Ep 15 - 1/16/76

    Angel is visiting Jim when two men storm into the trailer demanding the tapes that King Sterdivan gave Jim. Jim is puzzled as they ransack the place and eventually take some ‘Count Bassey’ cassettes. Jim and Angel are on their way to the police, when Jim spots he is being followed a chase ensues but they are caught at the cinema and arrested by the Federal Agents. Agent Dan Shore questions Jim about the tapes, but Jim has no idea what they are so Shore tells him about Larry Sterdivan, a football player for the Southern Illinois Warriors. Jim goes to a TV studio to meet Sterdivan, who causally runs offs, so Jim catches him at a player’s party and saves Larry from an ambush laid out by a pretty girl for Norman and Bill, the goons from before. Larry explains he picked Jim’s name from the Yellow Pages to get these hoods and the Feds off his back. Jim is unimpressed, but Larry takes him to see his manager, claiming he can sort it out. They find the manager dead, so Larry takes Jim at gunpoint and accuses him of the murder. Dennis arrests Jim while Beth meets Larry, who makes a pass at her. Beth is unimpressed. Next day Jim is released without charge, and learns that Larry owns the ‘King’s Castle’ nightclub in Illinois, which was burned down overnight, and now Los Angeles has filed up full of gangsters from Illinois. Jim is determined to find Larry and goes to Angel for some information. Jim learns Larry’s address, and also that every gangster in town is after him. Jim goes to the address and finds Larry forcing him to reveal that the club was frequented by gangsters so he bugged the tables in the club, has lots of information on syndicate business dealing and prominent murders. Larry takes Jim to the tapes that he kept hidden at Lisa’s house. At the party Larry meets ex-ball player Dick Butkus, and then shows Jim the tapes hidden in amongst Lisa’s music collection, when the goons begin to arrive….moreless
  • The Hammer of C Block

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    S 2 : Ep 14 - 1/9/76

    Jim returns from Long Pine to find Gandolph Fitch waiting for him – recently released from San Quentin for murder after 20 years, and wants to collect a prison debt; in services. Gandy asks Jim to investigate his girlfriend Lila’s murder – the crime he was imprisoned for. They try to find his old lawyer, but instead Gandy directs them to Rosie, an old man, who is asked to put it about that Gandy is looking for the killer. Jim is mad, as now the killer knows who they are but they don’t know the killer. They see Gandy’s lawyer Oliver Prey, who after some persuasion gives them a copy of the trial transcript. They then visit Pasadena to see Pebbles Runkin, Gandy’s former employer, for a lead on Eunice Charles Lila’s best friend. Runkin tells them Eunice is dead, so Jim leaves Gandy to find work. Jim continues to investigate, following up some information he got from Runkin alone and finds Eunice, who is now Mrs Bingham – married to a prominent doctor. A girl overhears the conversation Jim has with Eunice where he learns that Gandy used to hit Lila and that Lila disappeared on two occasions for 5 months and 7 months. Jim speaks to Dennis, who hears that Gandy was arrested in Pasadena. Jim posts bail and the pair sees the officer who arrested Gandy. They go and play pool and after a long talk Jim finally believes Gandy is innocent and continue to trail the beat. In a bar Gandy gets a call from Debbie, the girl from Mrs Bingham’s house, who takes Gandy to the park where she and her brother Arthur - the police officer - ambush him to get revenge for the death of their mother Lila. Jim has followed them and stops them – and suddenly works out the whole case…moreless
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