There were rumors that Garner and Lauren Bacall were romantically linked around the time of this episode's filming in 1979. Garner had separated from his wife, and Bacall guest starred on this episode of The Rockford Files. Garner denied the rumor and said it was the pressures of the show which led to the months-long separation from his longtime spouse. He soon got back together with his wife and remained with her permanently, though he did work with Bacall a year or two later in two movies. Ironically perhaps, in the second of those movies, The Fan (1981) they played ex spouses. See more »
During the last few minutes when Rockford is just about to park at home light stand equipment can be seen reflected in the rear quarter panel of his car. See more »
You said you wanted to see me Dennis?
[Angel waves at Rockford]
Did you call me in because of him? I'm in the middle of a murder investigation.
And I'm right in the middle of my night off. Your friend Mr. Martin here thought you might be able to shed some light on how he happens to be housing eight Shetland ponies in a residential garage.
Jimmy, they got everybody including the Humane Society on my case. It's a three car garage, there's plenty of room, I even left a light on.
I don't have time ...
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The title is introduced in a staggered fashion. As patrons drive up to a restaurant's valet station, the word "Lions" appears when an elderly couple in a Rolls Royce drive up; then "Tigers" when a couple drive up in a Ferrari 308; then "Monkeys" when a wild costumed couple arrive in a modified Duesenberg convertible; and finally, "Dogs" when Rockford and his date appear in his gold Pontiac. See more »
The previous episode #6.2, "part 1", along with this episode, "part 2", exists also as a single 2-hour episode, running 96 minutes without commercials. It omits the "next on" sequence and closing credits at the end of part 1, and the "coming up" preview, opening credits, and "previously on" sequence at the beginning of part 2. See more »
Bacall's back and Rockford has got her! James Garner played detective Phillip Marlowe in "Marlowe" in the 1960's and Lauren Bacall played opposite Hunphrey Bogart who played Marlowe in "The Big Sleep". In addition, apparently Garner and Bacall had been seeing each other around this time (she also co-starred with Garner in Robert Altman's ill-fated "HealtH") so its no wonder they have a good amount of chemistry in this two parter.
Unfortunately, the story is a bit of a mess as Bacall plays Kendall Warren,the friend of a Princess (Dana Wynter from "Sink the Bismark")who appears to have had a attempt on her life. The resolution is pretty good, but in stretching the story out to fill two full episodes, it just kills the pace despite the chemistry between Bacall and Garner and the welcome presence of regulars like Angel, Dennis and Lt. Chapman. If they'd have boiled this down to one show or kept it tighter in a 90 minute episode, this would have been much better.
I'm only sorry Kendall never met Rockford's old lawyer Beth Davenport. The fur would have been flying!
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