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  • 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
  • The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club

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    S 2 : Ep 13 - 12/19/75

    Jim poses as Aaron Keil, Newspaper Publisher, to attend the weekly poker game held at the Bay City Boys Club and does quite well. Meanwhile representatives of the club check his car, but his ID checks out. Afterward Jim is followed, but after a quick switch in which he calls the police, follows his stalker. Continuing the Aaron Kiel rouse, he learns his stalker is Kate Flanders, concerned daughter of one of the poker players. Jim reports to his client Mr Phelps and then returns Aaron’s car to Angel at the newspaper. The next day Angel calls, bringing the Boys Club Representatives Thompkins and Mosher who demand to know who hired him. Jim manages to overpower them and they run off. Jim and Angel then go to see Phelps, only to learn from the gardener that Phelps died 3 months before – Angel runs off in fear. Jim goes to uncooperative Bay City Police and then to the District Attorneys office and sees ‘Mr Phelps’ – who in truth is Deputy District Attorney Bert Kimble. Jim demands an explanation, but Kimble will not reveal anything but does want Jim to continue working for him. Jim refuses, but Kimble threatens to pull his PI licence – Jim is not scared, as the whole affair would come out in the hearing, so leaves. Outside he meets ‘Kate Flanders’, who is in fact Deputy District Attorney Kate Doyle. Angry Jim goes home. Kate visits him later and reveals that Kimble is crooked and she is investigating him. Jim agrees to go with her to see Kimble, but they find him dead in his car in the parking lot. The pair seeks sanctuary at Angel’s and figures out that Kimble must have had information on the Boys Club, which is heavy with syndicate people, so the games must be cheated. They check the power company to find the Club is using three times the electricity now than a year ago, but has had no building work done in the office – so this rules out cheating by peephole in the ceiling, but Jim finds that the place was re-wired. Breaking into the club Jim and Kate find miniature cameras in some phoney fire protection systems. They are discovered and a chase through the Club ensues…moreless
  • The Reincarnation of Angie

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    S 2 : Ep 12 - 12/5/75

    Angela Perris receives a strange telephone call from her brother Tom, so hires Jim and meets him at a bar. There a man who claims to be Federal Agent Bettingen identifies himself, but Jim hits him – why? Because the man used his drivers licence photo on a real Federal ID. How does Jim know that? Because Jim did the same thing for his ‘Federal ID… Jim goes with Angela to Tom’s home and opens the safe, finding thousands of dollars inside. They place it in a safe deposit box. Next morning Jim meets with Federal Agent Dan Shore for breakfast and discuses the death of Agent Bettingen, the impersonator and Ton Perris. Shore is les than co-operative, so Jim poses as an official to get into the office of Tom Perris at the Bundy and Baines Company. Unfortunately Mr Whitlaw rumbles him. Jim decides to place Angela in hiding at a motel, while he investigates further. Unfortunately she is kidnapped and Jim receives a call for ransom but when he attends the exchange the police arrive and find Tom Perris’ body in the trunk of the Firebird. Jim is arrested, but is released if he can make the exchange wearing a Federal tracking device – at the same time Shore discovers a device already planted on the Firebird. Jim goes to the exchange, meets with Whitlaw but refuses to get out of his car, so it is trashed. Jim hits a goon, but is thrown to the floor – this gives Jim the opportunity to take the tracker and he is taken to Angela at a warehouse. Just as they are about to taken away and killed, Angela suddenly trips over…moreless
  • Pastoria Prime Pick

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    S 2 : Ep 11 - 11/29/75

    Jim’s car breaks down on the ‘eight mile grade’ while on his way to Pastoria. Luckily Vern Soper is in his mechanics truck and tows Jim to Pastoria. On arrival, Jim poses as Larry Metcalfe of Great Western Casualty, as part of his skip-trace case. Jim eats at the Dinner and meets former Sheriff Emmett Byrd and then checks in at the motel, where Officer Kolodny misinterprets Jim’s concern when a photograph is taken of him with Rita, the motel helper. Jim also finds a strange suitcase that is not his. Vern Soper checks the Firebird and charges a fortune so Jim checks it and finds the car was tampered with at his last stop, so reports the crime and Kolodny’s behaviour to Sheriff Gladish. That night Jim’s room is burst into by some drug dealers who want their money, and are about to kill Jim when Rita arrives telling him that Kolodny is coming to get him for reporting him to the Sheriff. Jim makes his escape in Rita’s car, is forced to dump it and walk to Emmett Byrd’s house. There, Byrd hears on the radio that Jim is wanted and arrests him; Jim hits Byrd and runs right into the Police. In jail Jim is charged with narcotics smuggling with intent to supply, misrepresentation, grand theft auto, assault and criminal damage. Jim tells Beth he has a witness: Rita – but her mother, the Mayor Karen Saunders does not want her involved and threatens Jim with a charge of Statutory Rape. Prosecutor Gilbert Univaso offers Jim a plea bargain, but Jim refuses for his day in court. Pleading not guilty, Jim is bound over for trail by Judge Russell Cline. Byrd then refuses to press charges on the assault and damage, telling Jim, Beth and Rocky that something that Soper said was false. Jim works out that the Pastoria authorities are all in it together and that they must have been tipped off about his coming Jim calls the last hotel he stayed in and poses as ‘Gerald Creekmore’ – the man who sent him to Pastoria, to learn the telephone number in Pastoria he dials – it is a answer machine. Jim breaks into the Prosecutor’s office, steals his file and tapes an answer machine dialler tone. Kolodny spots him so Jim hits him and escapes. On trying to leave town Beth and Rocky are arrested while Jim breaks away to his only sanctuary; Emmett Byrd. Byrd takes Jim to Judge Cline and explains to him that the Police people with made up crimes, and the Courts have them pay a fine and because the charges vary and most people plea bargain. The next victim will be lead to believe he killed someone and that he will arrive very soon on the eight-mile grade…moreless
  • 2 Into 5.56 Won't Go

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    S 2 : Ep 10 - 11/21/75

    The army tries to learn why one of their own called Jim before he died. They release him, but the colonel's daughter comes looking for answers.

  • Chicken Little is a Little Chicken

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    S 2 : Ep 9 - 11/14/75

    Angel returns Jim’s Pontiac Firebird and asks him to retrieve some gambling winnings from Tom ‘Chicken’ Little. Jim goes to Little who agrees to come to Paradise Cove, provded they pick up his brother. They do so and when they return to the trailer, Angel screams and runs off in Rocky’s truck, with the goons making chase by stealing the Firebird. Jim tries to file a stolen vehicle report with Dennis but Angel stops him, when Dennis takes Angel for questioning about the death of Tom Little. Grabbing Angel outside Jim demands an explaination, but due to a “bad case of the fifth amendment” Angel suffers outside the Police State, he Angel takes Jim to the truck and they drive off. During the journey Angel reveals he was asked by Tom Little to laundered “30 G’s” which he stuffed into the drivers door panel of the Firebird, and the goons who stole the Firebird work for Marty Frishette – another gangster. When they stop they are kidnapped and taken to Chester Sierra, a local gangster who wants a piece of the action, and when Angel refuses, tries to kill them, but they escape. Next day Jim is contacted by Angel to meet at the newspaper where Angel has learned Little was swindling the paper and placed the evidence of the swindle in Angel’s desk drawer. Jim wants out, but Angel needs help, so he agrees, provided Angel dies. That night they slip an article into the newspaper that Angel was murdered. Wanting an explanation Jim says Angel’s death is for his safety and his funeral is an excellent place to work ‘the shell game’ using three brief cases. Jim meets with Marty Fishette, leaving a brief case for the money and an invite to the funeral. He also contacts Chester Sierra. At the funeral, the brief case passing begins…moreless
  • Resurrection in Black & White

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    S 2 : Ep 8 - 11/7/75

    Journalist Susan Alexander hires Jim to help her prove that Dave Kruger is innocent of the murder of his wife Cheryl ten years previously. On the way to the prison Susan reveals she was almost forced off the road by a mysterious car. Jim is set to quit as he does not do bodyguard work and he is unarmed, much to Susan’s surprise. Jim meets Dave and questions him, convinced Dave has hooked Susan and had someone try to kill her to keep her interested, but Dave places Susan’s safety over his own freedom. Jim and Susan meet Sergeant Becker, who finds that the original case file has gone missing – which spells a conspiracy. Susan takes Jim home, but someone shoots at the pair. She shows Jim the transcript of the trial, and they meet with his lawyer Newcomb, who is in a retirement home after suffering a stroke. His memory is puzzled about the case, claiming Cheryl’s mother offered to file an appeal that never happened because she died. They visit her last address and posing as an estate agent and buyer meet her niece Shirley Atwater, who will not sell. Posing as Assistant Coroner’s they meet Patrick Elber, the original Coroner from the case who did the autopsy on Cheryl and her mother (a strange coincidence). Returning to Shirley’s they find she has been killed, and the police reveal she was actually Cheryl Wilson, who was said to have been murdered by Dave years before… Dave’s innocence is now proved, but who killed her? The trail leads to her cousin Roy Piece who is partners with Elber for the insurance money. Going to the boat slip, a high-speed boat chase ensues to catch the real killers…moreless
  • The Real Easy Red Dog

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 10/31/75

    Jim is hired by Jennifer Sandstrom to investigate her sister’s death. Taking some clues she provides, Jim contacts Dennis to learn that the death as classed as suicide. Jim goes to Alice Sandstrom’s home, bumps into a pool cleaner walking out, checks the pool himself and finds the filter is clogged. Jim goes inside and finds Tom Brice of Freidler, Pike & Morris Attorneys checking the property. Posing as Jay Valaro - a County Assessor, Jim cons Brice out of the safe deposit keys he found and leaves, contacting Lieutenant Diehl about his findings, suggesting an autopsy. He goes to Jennifer Sandstrom’s home to find she is not the woman who hired him, and she tells him that Alice was mentally ill. Jim is followed by a mystery car and pulls into a motel to evade them, and then follows them, and finds they park outside a house. Jim goes into the house by a back way to find ‘Jennifer Sandstrom’. Looking through her ID he learns she is Christine ‘Tina’ Dusseau – a fellow Private Investigator. She tells Jim that he was used as a decoy to get the police officers off her back why she completes an insurance payoff case. They meet Diehl at the morgue who tells them an autopsy proved nothing. Jim tells Tina he has evidence that Alice Sandstorm was murdered. They go back to Alice Sandstrom’s house and find a room decorated as a nursery, as well as other clues. On the way home someone tries to shoot them. Meanwhile Lieutenant Diehl finds the body of Tom Brice, and knowing Jim’s connection with the case, has a warrant issued. At Tina’s house the police try to find Jim, but he hides. Jim and Tina obtain samples of Alice Sandstrom’s handwriting to practice her signature so they can access the safe deposit box. They do and learn Alice Sandstrom had a baby who she sold to Pete Finch, who works for Aaron Friedler of Friedler, Pike & Morris Attorneys. They leave and are chased by Finch…moreless
  • The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 10/17/75

    While returning to Los Angeles with some bail money for a client, Jim suffers with car trouble and is forced to stop over at the Great Blue Lake, a small town in development. On the advice of the car mechanic, Jim puts the $10,000 bond money in the safe at the Land and Development Office, ensuring to get a receipt from employee Murray Johnson. Being cautious, Jim follows Johnson home sees him use a hidden key to enter. The next day Jim goes back to the Land office, but because Johnson is not present speaks to owner Walter Hart regarding the $10,000. Hart does not believe Jim, because his receipt bears the name of a man Hart does not employ, so Jim calls Sheriff Mitchell, and discovers the $10,000 is not in the safe. Jim takes Mitchell to Johnson’s home, only to find it occupied by Mildred, a waitress. Although Jim shows her the hidden key, she has never heard of Murray Johnson. Jim is determined to regain the money – not caring how, so calls Rocky and asks him to come and bring along ‘Fast Harry’ De Nova. Harry is reluctant, but owes Jim a favour from prison so goes undercover as a salesman for the Land Office. Rocky poses as a customer and is shown the lake – which is in fact wide piece of desert land, but the salesman Tanner, can see everything that he describes – its just in development. Rocky reports back to Jim, seeing it as a swindle, when Walter Hart visits, returning Jim’s money that was found with his ex-employee Terry Birch – aka Murray Johnson. Before he can leave the county Jim is arrested for Birch’s murder and jailed. Using Rocky to lead the Sheriff into a false sense of security Jim busts out of jail by walking out the front door, and steals the record ledgers from Hart’s office, offering to exchange them at ‘the Lake’…moreless
  • The Deep Blue Sleep

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 10/10/75

    Jim receives a strange telephone call from Margo Adams, but she hangs up. Later Beth Davenport calls him – she received a strange telephone call from her friend Margo Adams and asks Jim to investigate by going to her home. Jim does, using the hidden key, but finds the place ransacked and is knocked unconscious. Next day Jim goes to Clarke Fashions, where Margo worked to talk with Adrienne Clarke but she is not interested. Dennis finds Margo, dead in her car in the river. Jim returns to Clarke fashions, having to force his way in just to give the bad news. He sees Adrienne again and meets Bob Coleman – who Jim learns was having an affair with Adrienne. Jim follows Coleman, but is chased off. While accompanying Beth home Jim finds her apartment ransacked. Jim calls Dennis and has Beth move to her parents in Pasadena. Jim goes to Adrienne to question her, particularly about Coleman and his affair with Margo. Adrienne is not interested, but the next day goes to Jim’s trailer to reveal Coleman is linked to organised crime and has funded her fashion design company for years but now wants to sell it. They go to Coleman’s home, Jim meets Dennis and finds out Coleman was executed. When Jim returns to his car, he finds Adrienne has gone, when gangster George Macklan has in fact kidnapped her. Jim figures out that Coleman kept a record of criminal transactions and calls Macklan claiming Coleman had a safe. Macklan sends Ray Porter to check, and Jim follows Porter back to a warehouse. Seeing he has little time, Jim ‘borrows’ a nearby police squad car….moreless
  • Gearjammers (2)

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 10/3/75

    Part 2 With both Rockford men shaken but safe, but the Firebird completely burned out, Rocky finally comes to realise that someone is trying to kill him, so Jim takes him home and investigates P & W, discovering the trailers of the 6 semi rigs left in a dock park, untouched. A police stake out of the trailers leads to nothing. Back at Paradise Cove, Hammell’s goons chase Rocky into the hills. Jim returns just in time to save Rocky and shoots one goon in the arm. Jim and Rocky continue to work together and work out that 6 rigs of expensive Russian furs are to be transported, but on their way to the docks, they are chased again. They evade their pursuers and arrive at the docks – which are under heavy guard by Police officer led by Dennis Becker. After Rocky explains the Bills of Lathing principle, Jim eventually works out that P & W changed the delivery schedule and that the 6 rig tractors were stolen so as to steal the precious furs! Jim steals a rig and pursues the first tractor that leaves the docks and stops to explain the situation to Dennis. Suddenly Rocky races past in another rig determined to catch the first and a three-semi rig chase ensues…moreless
  • Gearjammers (1)

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 9/26/75

    Part 1 When Rocky tries to find his friend Johnny Lo Salvo to sell him some ‘OOTA’ Ball tickets at the Pacific and Western Trucking Docks at Wilmington, he unknowingly witnesses an illegal transaction involving official papers take place between Lo Salvo and Hammell. Rocky later meets with Lo Salvo, who bought his tickets elsewhere and learns that Rocky unknowingly saw the transaction and that Hammell’s goons are after him, so helps Rocky leave the docks safely Later, two of Hammell’s goons visit Jim asking the whereabouts of Joseph Rockford and they beat him up when he can’t tell them where his father is. Rocky’s home is ransacked, and after seeing LJ fix the bathroom, Jim checks his father’s diary to see the words “the usual” printed each Saturday afternoon. Jim proceeds to look for Rocky, stopping at the ‘Gearjammer’ tavern, the local liquor store. The liquor storeowner tells Jim to go to the home of Mary Ramsey, a nice lady who Rocky sees regularly without Jim’s knowledge. On his way Jim is chased by Hammell’s goons, but manages to get them into a corner and take them at gunpoint, destroying their tyres in the process. Jim meets Mary, who tells him that Rocky cancelled on her, which is unusual. Lo Salvo meanwhile feels guilty about Hammell wanting Rocky dead and tries to convince Hammell to quit the pending job. Jim goes to the docks to see Lo Salvo, but finds him dead, bleeding inside a large wooden crate. Jim returns to Rocky’s house and is hit with a frying pan by Rocky. When Jim regains consciousness the pair goes to the Police Station, where they find out that six P & W semi rigs have been hijacked and the drivers stripped of their uniforms. Jim makes a connection between the hijackings and the death of Johnny Lo Salvo – buts needs to link that and his Dad. Jim and Rocky go to the police station car park when they decide to have a lobster dinner at a restaurant around the corner. As they walk away Jim’s Pontiac Firebird explodes…moreless
  • The Farnsworth Stratagem

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 9/19/75

    Jim goes with Dennis and Peggy Becker to the new hotel they have invested in for the weekend. The hotel manger explains they have no rooms, because the residents live in condominiums, and that the Becker’s in fact own part of the lobby and the car park. Realising he has been swindled by Bradley Investments Limited, Dennis asks Jim for help. Jim is reluctant, but agrees when Audrey Wyatt, a children’s author, visits asking to be a part of the investigation as she invested too. Although she tries to convince Jim there is nothing that can be done, and upon learning Lieutenant Diehl’s wife has also invested Jim has no choice but to help when the bank threaten to foreclose on his mortgage. Beth reads the contract, and Jim requests that all the investors transfer the mineral rights in the lobby and the car park to him. Next day Jim poses as ‘James W. Farnsworth’ and with the help of Audrey, Rocky, Angel and some others constructs a massive oil-drilling rig in the hotel car park. Angel begins breaking the ground with a jackhammer while the residents protest. Two of the residents threaten Jim, but eventually Jim draws Simon Lloyd, the head of Bradley Investments, out into the open. Meanwhile Jim discovers that Audrey is not an author but was in fact the ‘roper of the marks’ for the con – but she has turned, because Jim’s scam is so much better. Jim vows to keep the relationship professional. Dennis visits informing Jim that the residents of the hotel are all members of organised crime. Jim meets with Lloyd who offers to buy him out because Audrey leaked the results of the soil samples. Jim refuses, but Louis Christian, a resident gangster persuades Jim, who confesses the whole thing is a scam – but no one believes him, so Jim sells out. Suddenly the rig strikes – and water begins to pour out…moreless
  • The Aaron Ironwood School of Success

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 9/12/75

    Just before going to meet an old friend at the airport, Jim is taken at gunpoint by two men. Jim runs off and escapes in a ‘Pizza Dan’s’ pizza deliver van. He collects Rocky and they travel to the airport to meet Aaron Ironwood – a successful businessman who ‘dares to win’, who used to live with the Rockford’s as a small boy. They attend a session of the School of Success, where Aaron encourages the students to become more than they are through his motto “dare to win”. Later at a bar Aaron explains to Jim that some gangsters who want to buy his companies for $20 million, when they ten times that amount and they are blackmailing him. Aaron asks Jim to become executer of the companies in his place. Beth Davenport reads over the contracts, which are clean, but Jim will only sign on agreement that if Aaron has not been honest, Jim will sell the companies immediately. They go to meet the gangster buyers, only to discover that it is Vito Genosa, whose goons visited Jim before. Jim immediately sells for $20 million. Aaron is furious because Jim sold out and will not release the cheque, and tries to hit him without success. Figuring out that Aaron must have wanted the companies sold, he meets with Aaron has a small fight and Jim hands over the cheque, but Aaron will not confess. When he returns home FBI Agent Patrick picks Jim up and explains that Aaron is guilty of federal crimes including the selling of companies with false securities. The FBI releases Jim, but next morning Genosa’s goons pick Jim and Aaron up…moreless
  • Roundabout

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    S 1 : Ep 23 - 3/7/75

    Jim works for Edward Moss of an Insurance Company to locate Nancy Wade, whose mother has died and left her a sum of money. Jim has to locate Nancy through her aunt – Liu Eleanor, who gives Jim a letter from Nancy revealing a location in Las Vegas. Jim travels to Vegas with instructions to give Nancy her cashiers cheque, have it notorised and paid into a bank. Jim finds her in a motel giving her the news of the money, She agrees to go to the bank and open an account, so disguises herself in a large coat, hat and glasses. They go to the bank, but Strock the bank teller reveal Nancy has an account open containing thousands of dollars. Nancy sneaks off but is kiddnapped by two men. Jim returns to her motel room but is hit on the head and has his wallet and cheque stolen. Jim drives around Las Vegas and fnds a bilboard on a casino where Nancy sings. Jim watches her lead away by the men and taken to a ranch. Jim sees Tom Robertson and Ken Mamato arguing, and Jim rescues Nancy, who reveals she is srtunk in a singin contract and being used to launder illegally obtained money. Jim meets with Mamoto who has been swindled by Robertson and convines him to meet Robertson again to look at phoney accounts while Jim breaks in and steals the real accounts. Jim proposes an exchange with Robertson at the Boulder Dam – the account ledgers for the cheque and wallet…moreless
  • Just by Accident

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    S 1 : Ep 22 - 2/28/75

    As a favour for his friend Louise Hartman, Jim investigates the death of her son Billy Joe; a stock car driver who died in a car accident. Following a lead from his car magazine subscription Jim goes to Billy Joe’s current address meets Jeannie Szymczyk, who denies knowing Billy Joe. Jim meets with insurance broker Julian Krubm who informs Jim that Louise was awarded the life insurance money, but a second person was named; Jeannie Szymczyk. Jim goes back and learns that Jeannie and Billy Joe were lovers. Jim follows up Billy Joe’s bank details learning about a secret safety deposit box. Opening it Jim and Louise find 4 drivers licences all with Billy Joe’s picture but different names along with an envelope with ‘Springfield –York’ upon it. Jim meets Matt Springfield, who has Duane Bailey put Jim in an accident in the Firebird from which he only just escapes with his life. After leaving hospital Jim goes to the Hall of Records and looks up the death certificates of the 4 licence names and Jeannie Szymczyk – all of them died within a year of birth and are all used as fake identification because birth and death certificates are not linked in any way. Jim is called to meet Springfield at the racetrack, along with Bailey where an impromptu demolition derby takes place…moreless
  • The Four Pound Brick

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    S 1 : Ep 21 - 2/21/75

    Rocky attends the funeral of Rookie Police Officer Dave Banning with his friend – the deceased’s mother Kate Banning. She reveals to Rocky her belief that Dave was murdered and did not die in an accident, so Rocky suggests Jim could help. Jim is unwilling, as Kate cannot afford him, so Rocky agrees to pay the $200 a day. Kate explains mysterious behaviour while Dave’s fiancée Laura mentions the Greek theatre, where Jim finds a light load cartridge. Jim stakes out the Theatre overnight and witnesses Sergeant Andrew Wilson, receive a pay off from two unknown men. Jim takes his suspicions to Lieutenant Diehl, who threatens Jim. Jim turns to Angel to help him plod the beat for information and learn that Wilson is into a lot of illegal activities. Ross and Tenner chase Jim and Angel in the Firebird. After following Wilson from his home to a forest site and following the men he meets with back to the Police Station Jim is kidnapped by Ross and Tenner and taken to Morrie who meets Wilson who buys a ‘four pound brick’ of drugs – but the sting goes wrong and Jim and Wilson become hostages…moreless
  • Charlie Harris at Large

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    S 1 : Ep 20 - 2/14/75

    An old bunkmate from prison – ‘Charming’ Charlie Harris calls Jim for help, three days after he is wanted for the murder of his wife Pauline Harris. Charlie has an alibi - a mystery woman – ‘Cassandra’, but she has not come forward to clear him, so Jim agrees to try and find her. Jim is visited by Sergeant Tom Garvey, who is convinced Jim knows where his friend Charlie is. Charlie spots her a picture of his mystery woman, Linda Bannister, in the paper, Jim poses as a photographer to trick her into seeing Charlie at his hideout. They agree to get Charlie out of the State provided Linda puts up the money. Early next morning Linda goes to Jim’s trailer to confirm arrangements and then Alfred Bannister summons Jim for dinner to discuss why his wife met the PI. Bannister threatens Jim with assassination if he continues to involve Linda in the investigation. Jim goes back to hideout, finds Charlie gone, but is arrested by Sergeant Garvey.…moreless
  • Say Goodbye to Jennifer

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    S 1 : Ep 19 - 2/7/75

    Jim refuses to work for his old war buddy John ‘Mitch’ Mitchelli, a photographer who wants Jim to find one of his models; Jennifer Ryburn, who is currently wanted for the murder of Ricky Pont. Mitch is convinced of her innocence. Later Jennifer is named as the victim of a car accident. She is identified through dental records, confirmed by her dentist Doctor Stuart. Mitch disappears then reappears claiming he has seen Jennifer alive and well in Seattle and wants Jim to go there, but he refuses. Jim is sent for by Carl Birrell, the local godfather, who wants Jennifer found too because she killed Ricky Pont. Jim gives a false client name and decides to go to Seattle, simply to get out of town. Mitch visits Jim with a composite photograph of Jennifer and some money. Before Jim leaves for the airport, he visits Mitch, but finds him dead. Jim then visits Doctor Stuart and discovers he faked the report on Jennifer’s behalf. Jim flies to Seattle and hires investigator Floyd Ross to assist in finding Jennifer. Jim finds her at a local boutique and follows her home to tell her Mitch is dead and asks she return to Los Angeles. She is strangely resistant to leaving to the point of pulling a gun and shooting Jim in the leg…moreless
  • Claire

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    S 1 : Ep 18 - 1/31/75

    Claire Prescott telephones her former lover Jim Rockford, telling him two men (Stone and Willet) are following her and are trying to kill her. Jim meets with Claire who asks Jim to find a Charles Manning, but can’t explain why. Jim calls Dennis Becker to find out what the police know about Claire and Manning. Dennis lies to Jim saying the police have nothing on either name and then informs Captain Highland of the situation. Jim looks for Manning in a local bar, and is then followed by Stone and Willet, who want to know why Jim is asking for Manning. Jim tricks the pair and evades them, going straight to Dennis Becker and Captain Highland. Manning is a vice cop on special assignment and has gone missing. Highland wants to lock Jim up because he is uncooperative when asked about Claire. Jim agrees to try and get her to the police, but has to loose Dennis who is tailing him. Jim finds Claire has left her hotel. Highland informs Jim that Manning is now dead and Claire is chief suspect. Jim meets Claire at a bar and learns from her that Manning forced her into being an informant. Jim agrees to get her out of LA, but things change when Stone and Willet kidnap Rocky. Jim tells Claire to leave town and stealing a manikin from a shop, he goes to the trade off – Rocky for Claire…moreless
  • Counter Gambit

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    S 1 : Ep 17 - 1/24/75

    Jim is asked by Moss Williams, a fellow ex prisoner (who once tried to kill Jim), to recover a priceless necklace. Jim refuses but is given new incentive when Edgar Birch of insurance company offers a substantial fee to recover the necklace too. Jim agrees to work for Birch, and so when Moss gets out of prison, Jim agrees to work for Moss and Harry Crown by tracing Maria Heller whom Moss claims is his former girl who has absconded, changed her name to Valerie Thomas and has taken the necklace. Jim begins to romance her and eventually uses a clever gimmick of a tape recorder in a box inside her safe to work out the combination. Jim is informed by Dennis of the procedure for stolen jewellery in a court case but when he sees Birch, realises Birch is an impostor who works for Moss, who are actually part of big swindle with Moss and Harry Crown to obtain the necklace they are actually stealing, not recovering. Pursued on a charge of burglary, Jim gains Valerie’s trust and enlists the help of Angel Martin to impersonate Manny Tolan, a pearl necklace expert, and infer that the necklace is paste. Angel then sells Jim out to Moss and Harry, who see the real Manny Tolan, who confirms the necklace is paste, so the pair plan and then go to re-steal the necklace…moreless
  • Sleight of Hand

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    S 1 : Ep 16 - 1/17/75

    Jim walks along the beach and arrives at Rocky’s house. He discusses a the recent disappearance of his girlfriend Karen after a boat trip; Jim took his girlfriend Karen and her daughter home after a boat trip to San Francisco, but Karen mysteriously disappeared, and her next-door neighbour was murdered. When Jim reported the disappearance to Dennis Becker and Lieutenant Diehl, Diehl stated the little girl said her mother did not come home with them. Jim followed a trail from a bus stop to a cabstand to a residential hotel and found a woman but she was not Karen, she was Diana Lewis… Rocky tells Jim to consider the words of the daughter and Jim realises the daughters statement was true and Karen did not come home with them, so Jim returns to Diana’s, but finds her dead, with Michael Cordeen close by. Jim confronts Cordeen and makes a connection with her and one of their journey stops – the Buena Vista Inn. Jim follows Cordeen to the Inn where he witnesses Cordeen meeting with Vincent Minette a notorious gangster who is hiding out from the police….moreless
  • Aura Lee, Farewell

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    S 1 : Ep 15 - 1/3/75

    Evan Murdock gives a ride to hitch-hiker Aura Lee Benton. They stay in the Seacrest Motel at Santa Barbara on their way to Los Angeles, but during the journey the Murdock knocks down and a stray walker with his car. Evan Murdock is an important state senator, so drops Aura Lee’s off at a Oscars Restaurant. Weeks later Sara Butler pays Jim in full for her previous case so she can hire him to investigate the death of her store assistant Aura Lee Benton. Jim questions Trask, from her apartment building, who gives him the licence number of Dirk Schaffer. “Lieutenant Rockford” questions Schaffer, but gets no answers. Schaffer then meets Jim at his trailer and explains is minimal involvement. In amongst some paper clippings Jim finds the story of Murdock’s road accident. They go to Oscar’s restaurant, but all Oscar can tell them is that Aura Lee left with a man he identifies by his order – “Lobster Bisk”. Jim attempts to locate the motel record card from the Seacrest Motel in order to prove Murdock was with Aura Lee, but finds it has gone, Jim confronts Senator Murdock, claiming to have the record card, but Murdock apparently commits suicide. Jim breaks into Schaffer’s apartment to finds a photograph of him, but also finds the record card. They go back to Oscar’s and Oscar identifies Schaffer from the photograph as “Lobster Bisk”. Jim works out that Schaffer must have figured out about the road accident involving Murdock and tried to have Aura Lee blackmail him, but killed her when she refused. On their way to the police Schaffer ties to Jim and Sara from a motorcycle so they are forced to run down a cliff to a small area of beach…moreless
  • Profit and Loss (2)

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    S 1 : Ep 14 - 12/27/74

    PART 2 - LOSS While breaking into Bovino’s Print Shop, Jim triggers an alarm and quickly grabs some files and Doris drives the Firebird to evade the Police. Jim has not found any evidence, but works out that Bovino was printing forged stock certificates. Jim visits another securities analyst – Norm Mitchell, who also feels that Fiscal Dynamics is crooked, but is unwilling to help. Jim is followed home, kidnapped, attacked and warned by Kurt - a messenger for Leon Fielder - to stop investigating FDI. With Rocky’s help Jim follows Kurt but losses him at the airport, so follows Fielder from his home to FDI, where Fielder emerges with a briefcase – possibly full of damming evidence, and a chase ensues, ending in a shootout and the discovery of evidence that FDI is fraudulent and responsible for many murders. At the same time, Jim and Rocky solve the mystery of Jim’s broken garbage disposal, due to a missing bullet from Jim’s 38’ revolver…moreless
  • Profit and Loss (1)

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    S 1 : Ep 13 - 12/20/74

    PART 1 - PROFIT When Alec Morris, an employee of Fiscal Dynamics Incorporated, comes to Jim for help, and is subsequently kidnapped from his trailer, Jim is puzzled and informs the police. When Mrs Morris comes to Jim requesting help, Jim takes the new information to the police but is surprised to be arrested and charged when Alec Morris and his wife deny the event ever happened and Jim faces prison for filing a false police report. When news of his charge reaches the media, Doris Parker hires Jim because she believes FDI murdered her husband. Jim meets with securities analyst Arnold Love asking the simple question “what is wrong with FDI?” Hours later Leon Fielder summons Jim for a meeting where he threatens Jim with a ten million-dollar lawsuit. Jim’s last lead is given to him by Doris, who agrees to help Jim break into the shop of Carl Bovinio - a solo printer who worked for FDI and was recently shot dead. Jim enters the print shop, but while rummaging through a cabinet Jim unfortunately triggers an alarm…moreless
  • Caledonia - It's Worth a Fortune!

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    S 1 : Ep 12 - 12/6/74

    While visiting her husband Gerry, in the prison hospital, Jolene Hyland is told to remember “Caledonia” as it is the location of a fortune.
  • The Dexter Crisis

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    S 1 : Ep 11 - 11/15/74

    Jim is hired by a wealthy business tycoon to find his mistress who has disappeared with 'property' belonging to him. Accompanied by the girl's roommate, the trail leads to Las Vegas, but things soon develop into much more than a simple missing person case.moreless
  • In Pursuit of Carol Thorne

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    S 1 : Ep 10 - 11/8/74

    Jim has been hired to find an elderly couple's missing son, and assumes several guises to check out the man's former girlfriend, who has just been released from prison. But it is a complex case where everybody concerned is conning everyone else.

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  • Find Me If You Can

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 11/1/74

    Rockford is hired by a secretive woman who refuses to tell him anything about herself, and gives him an unusual task – to simply find her. Soon, Jim is embroiled in the mysterious woman's life, including the mobster who is after her.

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  • This Case is Closed, Part 2

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    S 1 : Ep 8.2 - 10/18/74

    Rockford is on the verge of giving up his investigation after being harassed by the underworld and federal agents.
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