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The Rockford Files: A Bad Deal in the Valley

An old flame who burned Jim years ago comes back into his life. What starts out as a simple favor turns into jail time for Jim and a complicated web of betrayal, counterfeiting, burglary and perhaps even murder. Jim has to figure out who’s pulling the strings in this puppet show before it ends with him dead!

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x22
Production Number: 42618
Airdate: Friday March 19th, 1976

Guest Stars
Susan StrasbergSusan Strasberg
As Karen Stiles
Jack ColvinJack Colvin
As The Preacher

Co-Guest Stars
Fritzi BurrFritzi Burr
As Maid
Gordon JumpGordon Jump
As Mr. Appleby
John LuptonJohn Lupton
As Tony Lederer
Laurence HaddonLaurence Haddon
As Braverman
Veronica HamelVeronica Hamel
As Sandy Lederer
David SabinDavid Sabin
As Murray Slausin
Rod CameronRod Cameron
As Jack Chilson
Russ McGinnRuss McGinn
As Fred Sutherland


Karen Styles, a long ago girlfriend, looks Jim up and they go to a restaurant for a nice dinner. When Jim was in prison he met Karen’s father, Sam Styles, who encouraged Jim to look up his daughter when he got out. He did, and they had a fiery romance that left them both a little singed. She seems recovered but he isn’t. And he’s a little unclear why she contacted him. She comes on strong, saying she even looked in the phone book to see if he was listed as “Mr. and Mrs.” before she came down. She asks to move closer to the fire and continues: she’s in real estate now, well established. She made a quarter million dollars in profits. It’s fun and enjoyable work for her and now that she’s better situated she decided to look Jim up. She offers him one of her two tickets to a tennis match the next day and tells Jim to pick her up around noon. Then she remembers an appointment in Pasadena at 10:30 that will keep her from making it. But she could make it if Jim kept the appointment for her. All he has to do is drop off a case containing escrow papers...

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Episode Quotes
Jim: I haven’t done anything illegal!
Dennis Becker: That depends on how you look at it... the money’s not straight.

Dennis Becker: Don’t get sore at me, Jim! I didn’t pass the funny money!

Jim: If these two guys sell real estate, it comes in six foot plots!

Jim: Old times only buys you one ticket and you cashed that yesterday.

(About Karen Stiles)
Rocky: Besides... Him and me both warned you against that one...
Jim: I coulda gone the rest of my life without you saying that and never missed it.

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