The Rockford Files

Season 2 Episode 17

Joey Blue Eyes

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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
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Crime, 70s, Espionage, for the aarp crowd, secrets and lies