The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Second Chance 

When the life of Gandy Fitch's (Isaac Hayes) girlfriend is in danger, he turns to Rockfish for help.


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery) (credit only)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Isaac Hayes ... Gandolph Fitch
Malachi Throne ... Mr. Shapiro
Tony Burton ... Joe Moran
Dionne Warwick ... Theda Moran / Theda Best
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Sean Garrison ... Lanark
Frank Christi Frank Christi ... Brill
Richard Seff Richard Seff ... Arnold Rose
Vivi Janiss ... Pawn Shop Proprietor
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Bartender
Milt Oberman Milt Oberman ... Farnum
Janet Dey Janet Dey ... Secretary


When the life of Gandy Fitch's (Isaac Hayes) girlfriend is in danger, he turns to Rockfish for help.

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14 October 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dionne Warwick (while in character as Thea Moran) is clearly wearing a necklace with the initials 'DW' in the scene outside the pawn shop. See more »


Since Angel served time along with Rockford, it's odd that Angel and Gandy don't know one another; even odder is Angel had never heard of him. See more »


Jim Rockford: Gandy is carrying around a 12 dollar grudge in a 3 dollar hat and he's not going to be gentle about collecting it.
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We'll Burn Our Bridges Behind Us
Written by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Dionne Warwick
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Rockford or Rockfish?
8 March 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

This is a very entertaining episode with several faces you should recognize, including Issac Hayes, Dionne Warwick, and Tony Burton(Rocky, The Shining), and there are some popular musical acts also mentioned, such as Donnie & Marie and Frampton. This deals with the music industry(as if you couldn't tell)and Theta(Warwick)is kidnapped for some reason regarding an old stereo set, and a very angry Gandy(Hayes), who's in love with her, hires Jim to help him locate her. They make a decent team together, although I don't think Hayes was a great actor, and they're mostly at odds on how to handle things. There are some cool moments, especially how Gandy calls Jim "Rockfish" several times; when he says "Rockford" later in the show, Jim's surprised face is enlightening. Another great moment is at the end when Angel disguises as a record executive, to Gandy no less, and Jim catches him in the con; this is a great scene. Lastly, Jim does his famous J-turn with the Firebird, which is always a plus to this reviewer.

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