The Rockford Files/The Big Ripoff

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The Big Ripoff
Season 1, Episode 8
Airdate October 25, 1974
Teleplay by Robert Hamner
Story by John Thomas James
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Produced by Stephen J. Cannell
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The Big Ripoff is the eighth episode of the first season of The Rockford Files.

Starring: James Garner (Jim Rockford)

Also Starring: Noah Beery (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford)

Guest Stars: Jill Clayburgh (Marilyn Polonski), Normann Burton (Melvyn Moss)

Also Starring: Fred Beir (Steve Nelson / Dennis Rains)

Co-Starring: Bruce Kirby (Carl Lemay), Nedra Deen (Nancy Frazer), Warren Vanders (Earl Pitt)

and Kelly Thordsen (Sheriff Neal)

with Suzanne Somers (Ginny Nelson), Jack Garner (Man in Airport), Christine Dixon (Stewardess), Jenny Maybrook (Ticket Clerk)


Plot Overview

Hired by a woman to prove that her lover's wife killed him, Rockford discovers that the dead man is alive and pulling off an insurance scam, so he tails his client to the small artist colony of Almeria to find them. He has unpleasant dealings with an overbearing Sheriff and a couple of goons, but finds an ally in a kooky model he picked up while she was hitchhiking.


Arc Advancement





The Show

On Rockford's answering machine: a stewardess who's in town and wants to hook up.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Marilyn Polonski: Is there anything you won't do for money?
Rockford: Well, I won't kill for it, and I won't marry for it. Other than that, I'm open to just about anything.