The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Deuce 

Having Jim doing jury duty leads to a mistrial and his being hired to investigate the case of pedestrian hit by a drunk-driver that brought the accused to court.


Bernard McEveety


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (credit only)
Mills Watson ... George Bassett
Margaret Blye ... Bonnie Pruitt
Sharon Spelman ... Karen Hathaway
Richard Kelton ... Norman Wheeler
Patricia Hindy Patricia Hindy ... Fran Bassett
Robert Sampson ... Arthur Horvath
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh ... Van Sickle
Joe Maross ... Al Corbett
James Karen ... Martin Horvath
Michael O'Dwyer Michael O'Dwyer ... Pete Johnson
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... Bartender
Nancy Bond Nancy Bond ... Juror


Having Jim doing jury duty leads to a mistrial and his being hired to investigate the case of pedestrian hit by a drunk-driver that brought the accused to court.

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Release Date:

25 January 1979 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor ®)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


George Bassett mentions several real-life baseball players, including Luke Easter whom he correctly identifies as having played for San Diego in 1949. (At the time, San Diego was the minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.) Easter was murdered two months after this episode aired. See more »


When Bonnie Pruitt (Margaret Blye) goes to the Ramp Bar with George Bassett (Mills Watson, as part of the plan of getting Bassett drunk, so she and her cohorts can (finally) kill him, she gets a phone call, and says; 'he wont drink the coffee, he wants another bourbon'.

George had just been seen, mere seconds ago, drinking coffee. In fact, he WON'T drink hard liquor, in spite of her desperately trying to get him to do so. Bonnie (or perhaps the actress playing her) seems to have gotten things entirely backwards.

However Bonnie is making the claim about George's alcohol consumption only so that the bartender will overhear it. This way, the bartender (who is nowhere near George) will get the idea that George is drunk again, and that George therefore later must have left the bar intoxicated when he drove away. The resulting 'accident' arranged by Bonnie and company will then be blamed solely on George's drunkenness. . See more »


Jim Rockford: [to thug who had just denied a woman Rockford was looking for was in his car] Either she was in this car, or you both wear the same perfume, Mary.
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Hanging a jury with reasonable doubts
25 September 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The usual high quality of a Rockford Files episode is spoiled here as the premise of this has juror James Rockford hanging a jury with reasonable doubts. It's a case of drunk driving and the defendant is Mills Watson. A young woman was allegedly run down by Watson, later Watson and his sister hire Rockford to get to the truth.

First thing there's no way that a private eye would get to serve on a criminal journey. My job with NYS Crime Victims Board got me turned down time and again for criminal cases, imagine what District Attorney would pass on James Garner for a criminal case. I imagine even in a civil suit one of the parties would object.

Of course Rockford's PI instincts are correct would you have a story if they weren't. But the bad guys aren't dumb either, it was a pretty fool proof scheme and they delay Rockford with a plant in pretty Margaret Blye. What she does you have to see the story for.

But this is an incredibly flawed premise.

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