The Rockford Files (1977) – Crack Back & Dirty Money, Black Light

  Season 3 of The Rockford Files comes to a close with these two episodes. First up is Crack Back, written by Juanita Bartlett, and aired, originally on 25 March, 1977. Knowing Bartlett had written this one, told me that it would be very character driven, and it did not disappoint. The phone gag this…

The Rockford Files (1977) – To Protect and Serve Parts 1 & 2

  A cop groupie causes all manner of trouble in the two-parter I look at this week. David Chase wrote this episode, which originally aired 11 March, 1977 with the second part following a week later on 18 March. The phone gag for the first episode featured a female friend of Rocky’s (Noah Beery Jr.)…

The Rockford Files (1976) – Return to the 38th Parallel & Piece Work

  Ned Beatty and Veronica Hamel make return appearances in this week’s installment of The Rockford Files, and Jim (James Garner) has his hands full. First up is Return to the 38th Parallel, which originally aired 10 December, 1976. It was written by Walter Dallenbach, and its phone gag features an insurance company calling to…

The Rockford Files (1976) – The Family Hour & Feeding Frenzy

  This week private investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner)gets mixed up in some serious trouble, and it’s up to his quick wits, and friends to keep him out of jail… First up is The Family Hour, which aired October 8, 1976, and was written by Gordon T. Dawson. The phone gag is from a friend…

The Rockford Files (1976) – The Italian Bird Fiasco & Where’s Houston?

  Private investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner) tackles a couple of interesting cases in this week’s installment of The Rockford Files. First up we have The Italian Bird Fiasco, which originally aired 13, February 1976, and was directed by film legend Jackie Cooper. It was written by Edward J. Lasko. The phone gag this time…

The Rockford Files (1976) – The No-Cut Contract & A Portrait of Elizabeth

This week private investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner) is in trouble again. The first episode, written by Cannell, himself is a lot of fun. It originally aired 16 January, 1976, and features Wayne Tippit, back as Agent Shore, Becker (Joe Santos), Angel (Stuart Margolin) and Beth (Gretchen Corbett). The phone gag is all in Spanish,…