This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Linda Evans and H.M. Wynant star in “The Farnsworth Stratagem,” airing Sept. 19, 1975

  1. THE FARNSWORTH STRATAGEM
    Original Air Date:
    September 19, 1975
    Synopsis. Dennis and Peggy Becker purchase 2½-percent ownership of a posh hotel resort in a deal brokered by Simon Lloyd, a flim-flam artist who doesn’t tell the Beckers that the “hotel” actually houses condominiums, all of which are fully owned. To their embarrassment, the Beckers discover that they not only spent $7,500 (on a lobby!!), they’re also indentured into paying a $700,000 trust deed. Dennis hires Jim to win back their money. Drawing on his vast grifting skills, Rockford concocts an elaborate scheme designed to beat Lloyd at his own game.

    In this episode, we learn that Becker’s rank is Investigator, 2nd Grade. Later in the series, he’ll be promoted to Investigator, 3rd Level (in the third-year episode “Piece Work”) and finally to Lieutenant (in the fifth season’s “Kill the Messenger”).

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