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This date in ROCKFORD FILES history: Jack Kelly stars in “The Becker Connection,” airing Feb. 11, 1977. This was the first of two Rockford episodes featuring James Garner’s former co-star on Maverick

THE BECKER CONNECTION Original Air Date: February 11, 1977 Synopsis. Shortly after receiving a temporary transfer into the narcotics division, Becker finds himself suspended after someone stole heroin from the police property room and planted it in the spare tire … Continue reading

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This date in ROCKFORD FILES history: Hector Elizondo and Pamela Hensley star in “Say Goodbye to Jennifer,” airing Feb. 7, 1975

SAY GOODBYE TO JENNIFER Original Air Date: February 7, 1975 Synopsis. Supermodel Jennifer Ryburn (played by Pamela Hensley) allegedly died in a fiery car accident that occurred shortly after the fatal shooting of her boyfriend Ricky Pont, a murder that the … Continue reading

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This date in ROCKFORD FILES history: Joseph Campanella and Frank Campanella star in “In Hazard,” airing Feb. 6, 1976

IN HAZARD Original Air Date: February 6, 1976 Synopsis. Joseph Campanella stars as Arnold Bailey, a stockbroker accused of tax fraud. After taking on Bailey as a client, Beth finds herself arrested on contempt-of-court charges, learns that her office has … Continue reading

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This date in ROCKFORD FILES history: “South by Southeast” airs on Feb. 3, 1978

SOUTH BY SOUTHEAST Original Air Date: February 3, 1978 Synopsis. Government agents who have mistaken Rockford for an operative named Terence Halsey fly the private investigator to Mexico to prevent heiress Christine Van Deerlin from selling 50,000 shares of her … Continue reading

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This date in ROCKFORD FILES history: Linda Evans stars as “Claire,” airing Jan. 31, 1975

CLAIRE Original Air Date: January 31, 1975 Synopsis. Rockford’s former fiance Claire Prescott (played by Linda Evans) asks him to find Charlie Manning, an undercover police detective who used Claire as an informant as part of an important narcotics investigation. … Continue reading

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This date in ROCKFORD FILES history: Michael Ansara stars as “Joey Blue Eyes,” airing Jan. 30, 1976. James Luisi also appears in this episode, but not as Lieutenant Chapman

JOEY BLUE EYES Original Air Date: January 30, 1976 Synopsis. Michael Ansara stars as Joseph “Joey Blue Eyes” DiMina, a reformed hood who has become a successful restaurateur. Joey finds himself the victim of a conspiracy between his business partner … Continue reading

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This date in ROCKFORD FILES history: John Pleshette and Rick Springfield star in “Dwarf in a Helium Hat,” airing Jan. 27, 1978

DWARF IN A HELIUM HAT Original Air Date: January 27, 1978 Synopsis. After receiving a strange phone call from a man who tells him “your dog is dead” and that “you and that Lansing girl are next,” Rockford determines that … Continue reading

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This date in ROCKFORD FILES history: Mills Watson and Richard Kelton star in “The Deuce,” airing Jan. 26, 1979

THE DEUCE Original Air Date: January 26, 1979 Synopsis. Mills Watson guest stars as George Bassett, a chronic drinker accused of vehicular manslaughter. Though the circumstantial case against Bassett is strong, Rockford is the only juror on Bassett’s trial who … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Patricia Crowley and Ted Shackelford star in “Guilt,” airing Jan. 19, 1979

GUILT Original Air Date: January 19, 1979 Synopsis. Bittersweet memories of a failed love affair and unresolved feelings of guilt come to the surface when Rockford receives a cry for help from Valerie Pointer (played by Patricia Crowley), the woman … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Lara Parker stars in “Sleight of Hand,” a faithful adaptation of the classic Howard Browne whodunnit Thin Air, airing Jan. 17, 1975

SLEIGHT OF HAND Original Air Date: January 17, 1975 Synopsis. Rockford makes an exception to his own rule of never interfering with an open police case when he investigates the disappearance of his girlfriend Karen Mills, who mysteriously vanished in … Continue reading

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