The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Waterbury Will Bury You 

When several of Jim's fellow P.I.'s lose their licenses under circumstances that are suspiciously similar, he begins to suspect that someone is targeting independent investigators and systematically putting them out of business.

Director:

Jerry London

Writers:

Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Simon Oakland ... Vern St. Cloud
Cleavon Little ... Billy Merrihew
Val Bisoglio ... Marvin A. Potemkin
Anthony Costello ... Ted Clair
Robert Riesel ... Wass
James Karen ... John LaPointe
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Bartender
Jim Storm ... Officer
Katharine Charles Katharine Charles ... Susan Hanrahan
George Pentecost George Pentecost ... Carl Colavito
Linda Dano ... Gwen Molinaro
Fritzi Burr ... Receptionist
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Storyline

When several of Jim's fellow P.I.'s lose their licenses under circumstances that are suspiciously similar, he begins to suspect that someone is targeting independent investigators and systematically putting them out of business.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The shot of Rocky's truck riding up the hill toward the Mobil station is stock footage from The Rockford Files: Profit and Loss, Part 1: Profit (1974) from season one. It is also used at the beginning of The Rockford Files: Beamer's Last Case (1977) from season four. See more »

Goofs

The meeting with the four men in the back of the shoe store breaks up. As Jim walks out of the back room the front store windows are completely dark yet when Jim and Billy walk onto the street it is bright sun. See more »

Quotes

Vern St. Cloud: In a coupla weeks we are gonna be competing with each other all over again - dog eat dog.
Billy Merrihew: Ah, so what, man? Let's bury the hatchet.
Vern St. Cloud: "Bury the hatchet" - that's a catchy phrase - very original.
Jim Rockford: Hey, c'mon, Vern - we went through a lot together - let's be friends.
Vern St. Cloud: Well, see you guys around... hey... fellas... don't take any wooden nickels.
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Sticks and Stones and Rockford
7 July 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

This clever episode has many familiar faces you should notice, like Simon Oakland, Cleavon Little, James Karen, and Val Bisoglio and it revolves around a plot causing the private detectives to lose their licenses, and we later find out that a large company named Waterbury is behind the scheme. Rockford is hired, and after some hard work, uncovers the unusual plot to discredit these poor guys trying to earn a living; one of them works in a shoe store, and another is collecting unemployment and has fallen on hard times. Oakland is his usual funny and boisterous self, although Little was more subdued for much of the latter half of the episode, which was curious; Bisoglio shows up about halfway and unfortunately gets beaten to death, which visibly upsets Rockford. I thought the diversion the 3 men create is a great scene to get inside Waterbury to steal a file which eventually gets the company in serious trouble. In what may be the best moment of the series, watch as Rockford's Firebird smokes a Corvette as it does the famous 180 which leaves the other car with the thugs in the dust. This is a very solid episode and the show is running more smoothly than the earlier seasons.


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