The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers: Part 2 

Jim helps a friend of Rocky's who's being forced off his property.

Director:

Jerry London

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Strother Martin ... Thomas Tyler 'T.T.' Flowers
Karen Machon ... Cathy Royle
Scott Brady ... Jack Muellard
Roy Jenson ... Winchell
Robert DoQui ... SWAT Commander Willis
Gretchen Corbett ... Beth Davenport
Alex Rocco ... Sherman Royle
Tom Rosqui Tom Rosqui ... Tom Brockmeyer
Fred Stuthman ... Homer Hodgson
Jack Stauffer ... Brubaker
Dave Shelley Dave Shelley ... Division Commander
Linda Ryan Linda Ryan ... Maid
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Jim helps a friend of Rocky's who's being forced off his property.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ric Carrott, who plays the young, mustachioed ambulance driver (he comes down the stairs, and says they need the respirator) played 'Chuck Cunningham' on Love, American Style: Love and the Happy Days/Love and the Television Set (1972), which was the pilot for Happy Days (1974). The character of Chuck Cunningham was rarely seen in the first season of the series (portrayed by another actor), and then disappeared. See more »

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During the standoff, Mr. Rockford is standing in front of a police car with its lights on in one scene, off in the next, and on again. See more »

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Jack Muellard: [the stand-off between T.T., and the SWAT team has ended, peacefully. Jim and Beth tell Cathy she should stay win a friend tonight, as she's angered both her husband, Sherm, and Mr. Muellard. Muellard gets into his limo, and Sherm tries to defuse the situation. Muellard thinks otherwise] you're now, after something I can't abide in - a man who doesn't control his woman.
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Rockford meets Moe Greene
16 August 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

This episode is one of many 2 part segments that appeared frequently in this great series, and it's probably one of the better ones at that, as it revolves around a friend of Rocky's(Strother Martin)who's basically kicked off his land and ends up in a mysterious mental hospital and declared senile and crazy. The Rockford foil, played superbly by actor Scott Brady, is behind this scheme in a real estate scam to acquire the man's property, for which exact reason I can't quite recall. Alex Rocco, who played Moe Greene from the Godfather, also has a few scenes as another crooked figure out to get T.T. Flowers' land, as he helps Muellard(Brady)work around the man's daughter and his own wife, played by Karen Machon, who's led to believe that her father belongs in the hospital, but it's obvious she's wrestling with the decision, and her emotions are conflicting; she gets herself beat up by thugs because she won't let the plan take place without objections. I found Martin's character slightly annoying, and Brady's that much better and more interesting than the bumbling Flowers; that being said, I was more impressed with him during the latter half. James Garner was typically solid as usual, and he always adds his talents, Rocky has many nice scenes too, and a few by Beth and Dennis, plus the Firebird, which explodes in fire in a crash.

Since no episode is perfect, one thing that sometimes bugs me is when Rockford throws one goon into another to escape impending danger, and it happens here too. I guess it could happen in real life, but not sure it's realistic. I still highly recommend this episode, as the writing is terrific in what may be considered Rockford's best season.


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