The Rockford Files

Season 2 Episode 2

The Farnsworth Stratagem

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