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The Rockford Files: Foul on the First Play

Jim Rockford’s old parole officer shows up at the trailer. It seems he has another parolee who’s in trouble. Strong arm men want the young athlete to shave points, an offense that will land him back in prison. Jim doesn’t like the man but eventually agrees to look into it. Then he discovers this case is like an artichoke: he has to peel off layers of falsehood before he reaches the truth at the heart of it – starting with his client...

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x21
Production Number: 42635
Airdate: Friday March 12th, 1976

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Guest Stars
Louis Gossett, Jr.
As Marcus Hayes / Mark O'Brien (as Lou Gossett)
Pepper Martin
As Greg Smith
David White (1)
As Martin Eastman
Dick Davalos
As Manny Stickells

Co-Guest Stars
Al Checco
As Leasing Agent
Al Ruscio
As Tom Corell
John Mahon
As Todd Morris
Chuck Bowman
As Commissioner Tremayne
James Ingersoll
As Steven Sorenson
Janet Winter
As Secretary
Jayne Kennedy
As Janice
Ji-Tu Cumbuka
As Sherm Addison
Pamela Serpe
As Receptionist
Vincent Cobb
As Ray Fairchild


In a dark alley two men have another pinned to the ground. One “massages” the victim’s hand painfully while the other asks questions. They want to know who the man works for. One of them has a habit of laughing; when his laughter collapses into wheezing he pulls an inhaler from his pocket to calm his lungs. At first Mark spins a story but soon enough gives them the truth. He is parole officer Mark O’Brien and one of his parolees is Terry Schider. Unknown men approached Schider, a potential star for a new basketball franchise, and demanded he shave points for them. As a parolee Schider faces serious trouble if he does this. When they find O’Brien ’s identification in his shoe the men are convinced and leave him in a heap on the ground...

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Episode Quotes
Jim: So? Just violate him and send him back to the joint! That’s your style, isn’t it?

Martin Eastman: No comment, eh?
Jim: For the moment I think I’ll just listen

Jim: Commissioner Tremayne – this is his house you’re running out of! Why don’t you introduce me?
Mark O’Brien: Don’t have the time right now?!?
Jim: Make time!

Jim: You’ve got some kind of flaky motive. And when the cops figure out what it is they’re gonna wrap you up in foil and stuff you in the cooler!

Warning: The Rockford Files season 2 episode 21 guide may contain spoilers
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