The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Hawaiian Headache 

Jim is tricked into believing he's won a trip to Hawaii, when it really turns out to be doing a favor for an old army pal in the CIA.


William Wiard


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)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Ken Swofford ... Col. John 'Howling Mad' Smith
W.K. Stratton W.K. Stratton ... Dwight Whipple
James Murtaugh ... Gordon Lyle
Christopher Cary ... Dutch Ingram
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Capt. McEnroe
Luis Delgado Luis Delgado ... Officer Billings
Danny Kamekona ... Sgt. Okemoto (as Daniel Kamekona)
Jimmy Borges ... Marshal Mingus
Esmond Chung Esmond Chung ... Shawn Kimotto
Paul Dennis Martin Paul Dennis Martin ... Doorman
Jake Hoopai Jake Hoopai ... Benny Kimotto


Jim is tricked into believing he's won a trip to Hawaii, when it really turns out to be doing a favor for an old army pal in the CIA.

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Release Date:

23 November 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


W.K. Stratton had played sergeant Frank Dusenberg for a couple of episodes, partnered up with Dennis Becker. In both those episodes, he kept shirking his duty, because his wife, Dory, was expecting. In this episode, he plays (the totally unrelated) agent, Whipple, who's wife's also expecting. See more »


When Jim calls the front desk from hotel room 613, it implies he's on the sixth floor. When he leaps over the balcony railing and runs, it's pretty clear that he is on the second floor. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Ofc. Billings: [beep] Billings, L.A.P.D. You know, Thursday is Chapman's twentieth year, and we're giving a little surprise party at the captain's. I think you should come. By the way, we need five bucks for the present.
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The end of the line
8 April 2006 | by btimmerSee all my reviews

This was the last "Rockford Files" episode to be shot and it was a chance for all the regulars to make one last appearance and get a trip to Hawaii.

Like many episodes, Rockford is convinced to help out an old friend, in this case his former commander in Korea, in a seemingly simple task that will become far more dangerous as it unfolds.

Rocky gets a chance to complain about his son not appreciating him. Angel shows up briefly just to be his usual sleazy self. And Dennis Becker appears and gets to complain about doing a favor for Rockford.

Like many "Rockford" stories, the reasons for just why everything happened just gets tossed in at the end. The episode is really more about the characters and not the storyline.

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