This marked the introduction of Richie Brockleman, who viewers first met in the TV Movie, Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours (1976), which was an unsuccessful pilot launch. This installment acted as a spin off for Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (1978). Unfortunately, it only lasted 5 episodes. However, Richie would return to Rockford in the fifth season's Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job: Parts 1 and 2 (1979).
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After the car chase (when Jim lets Richie drive the Firebird), they hide-out in a motel. Behind Jim's head on the wall is a painting, signed 'V. Hoople.' That's Van Hoople, who was born in Chicago, Il. in 1934, and hired by Paramount Studios, where he apprenticed for Cecil B. DeMille as scenic art director, P T Blackburn. He's noted for his so-called 'Tiki' style paintings. See more
Jim convinces Richie to keep the police radio on in his car and at the very end of the scene the hand of a person in the back seat becomes visible even though there are only two people in the car. See more
[Jim and Richie are sitting in Richie's car - Richie bemoaning how now that Tooley's either dead or missing, he has no one older to discuss cases with, bounce ideas off of, and, perhaps get advice
I just think sometimes it's good to sit down and talk things out, like you and I have been doing.
[Jim shifts uncomfortably in his seat
Yeah, well, I, uh... run some of this stuff by Rocky. He has his own ideas on most of it.
Yeah? Like what?
Oh, you know
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