This was a fantastic episode. Possibly Stuart Margolin is even better behind the camera.
Previously comments were submitted in the Crazy Credits section (these should now have been deleted) which erroneously indicated:
'Actress Diana Ewing is identified prominently in the opening credits (without a reference to a character, as was customary for most opening credits in "The Rockford Files") but does not appear in the episode.'
Diana Ewing, the beauty from the 1969 Star Trek season 3 episode 21 "The Cloud Minders" who played the Utopian city dweller, Droxine, Spock's (rare) love interest, does in fact appear between the 31st and 34th minutes of the total 49 minutes and 41 seconds of program time (not taking into account commercial and station break times).
She in her role as a phony Miss Johnson, has 48 seconds of voice time (telephone conversation with the watchdog receptionist Miss Grayson of Carson and Caroll, Inc.) followed by actually 11 seconds of screen time, but worth reviewing as during those 11 seconds she is bathing!
One possible explanation for this oversight could be that with only those 11 seconds most people would assume that the girl in the tub was Beth Davenport.
Personally at first, her country belle/Texan accent and the unique short look at her originally led me to believe it was a previous to "Dallas" (1978 the following year) uncredited role by Linda Gray's Sue Ellen Ewing style of character! It even occurred to me that Diana may have been dubbed?
With regard to this specific episode, I felt that there were probably additional scenes shot, possibly Rocky's meeting Lina McCarthy on the plane trip to Hawaii or Rocky and Lina in Hawaii, Rockford preparing the phony carpet cleaning service con with the phony Miss Johnson, etc., but were deleted in final editing. The entire episode moves right along, however, despite a remarkable television cast of 22+ (10 of them threatening) and enough plots and subplots to make Larry David or Quentin Tarantino envious. This would have been even more enjoyable in a 90 minute format which would have allowed more character development and storytelling.
Everything comes together favorably in the end, all in all a highly recommended entry in the series.
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