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The Rockford Files/Foul on the First Play

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Foul on the First Play
Season 2, Episode 21
Airdate March 12, 1976
Teleplay by Stephen J. Cannell
Story by Chas. Floyd Johnson &
Dorothy J. Bailey
Directed by Lou Antonio
Produced by Chas. Floyd Johnson
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Foul on the First Play is the twenty-first episode of the second season of The Rockford Files, and the forty-fourth episode overall.

Starring: James Garner (Jim Rockford)

Also Starring: Noah Beery (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford) (credit only), Joe Santos (Sgt. Dennis Becker) (credit only)

Guest Stars: Lou Gossett (Marcus Hayes/O'Brien), Dick Davalos (Manny Stickells), David White (Martin Eastman), Pepper Martin (Greg Smith)

Co-Starring: James Ingersoll (Steve Sorenson), Al Ruscio (Tom Corell), John Mahon (Todd Morris), Chuck Bowman (Commissioner Tremayne)

with Vincent Cobb (Ray Fairchild), Pamela Serpe (Receptionist), Ji-Tu Cumbuka (Sherm Addison), Al Checco (Leasing Agent), Janet Winter (Secretary), Jayne Kennedy (Janice)


Plot Overview

Rockford's slick former parole officer involves him in a vicious competition between bidders for a new Santa Monica NBA franchise.


Arc Advancement





The Show

On Rockford's answering machine: "Hey, Jim, it's Eddie. You were right about Sweet Talk in the seventh. He breezed right in...and I won $72.50...but I didn't get your bet down!".

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments