The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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A Different Drummer 

While in hospital after a car accident, Jim stumbles across a black market for vital organs.


Reza Badiyi (as Reza S. Badiyi)


Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
John Considine ... Dr. Lee Yost
Jesse Welles ... Sorel Henderson
Carmen Argenziano ... Dumas
Walter Brooke ... Dr. Bosca
David S. Cass Sr. David S. Cass Sr. ... Casey (as Dave Cass)
Reni Santoni ... Perry
Harlan Warde ... Evan Grange
Fritzi Burr ... Tax Assistant
Patrick Culliton ... Patrolman
Sandy Freeman Sandy Freeman ... Dr. Addison
Anne Bellamy Anne Bellamy ... Nurse
Ray Stricklyn ... Dr. Stark


While in hospital after a car accident, Jim stumbles across a black market for vital organs.

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Release Date:

13 April 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jim's filling the papers out at the hospital, he signs his name as 'James S. Rockford, and lists his telephone number as '555-8180', and his driver's license as MZ1047319.' See more »


When Jim is in the hospital he is confronted by the two guys from the truck that hit him. Both men are handcuffed to each other as if they are both being arrested. While the driver would have been detained for driving while drunk, the passenger would not have, since he had done nothing illegal. The police would have no legal cause to hold the passenger. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Female Caller: Jim, this is Andrea Todd's Food Mart. Listen, there's a guy down here by the name of Angel Martin who's charged one hundred and ten dollars worth of groceries to your account. Is that okay with you?
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Bang this drum
3 August 2012 | by stones78See all my reviews

This is a terrific episode which ends season 5, as Rockford is sent to the hospital after he was involved in an accident(he was in Rocky's truck)with 2 weirdos, and you'll most likely think that this will be the top story, but it isn't, and that's due to some fine writing. While in the hospital, Rockford witnesses an odd surgery by a very slick "doctor", played smoothly by John Considine(Lee Yost), as the supposed dead patient he's operating on moves his fingers, much to Rockford's surprise. Rocky and Dennis have some nice scenes, and look for familiar faces in Fritzi Burr(Sanford & Son), Reni Santoni(Poppy from Seinfeld), and Jesse Welles(Sorel Henderson), who makes the final of her 3 appearances of this show, and plays a very ditzy woman who works for Yost's firm, which specializes in the black market for human organs. There's a rare scene where we see Jim sleeping in his bed, with a book on his chest and glasses on, when he's awakened by the 2 fools who caused his earlier accident, as they warn him not to take them to court and fire a gun at the trailer; this other plot wasn't brought up again after this scene. Getting back to the real story, Jim figures out that Yost is stealing organs, and as he's attempting to murder Sorel, Jim comes and saves the day with a right cross which knocks out Yost cold, thwarting the evil plan. The weather for the most part was unusually cloudy, which is rare for this show, although the scene where Rockford and Yost share a lunch near the beach is quite nice. This was a fine episode to end the season, as there's one more season to go before Jim says farewell to us all.

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