Two Hundred a Day is a podcast by Nathan D. Paoletta and Epidiah Ravachol. We are exploring the intensely weird and interesting world of the 70s TV detective show The Rockford Files. Both celebration and analysis, we break down episodes of the show and go deep into how they work as well-constructed narratives.
In each episode of Two Hundred a Day, we watch an episode, recap and review it as fans of the show, and tease out specific elements that hold lessons for writers, gamers and anyone else interested in making better stories.
May 15th, 2022 | 1 hr 54 mins
1970s, 70s, flapjacks, green corn tamales, james garner, jim rockford, lauren bacall, p.i, rockford files, royalty, television, tv
Nathan and Eppy take on a stand-out double-length episode in S2E6 Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs. Lauren Bacall guest stars as a Kendall, a woman mysteriously marked for death. After a chance encounter at a restaurant, her friend and patron Princess Irene Rachevsky hires Jim to find out who's trying to kill Kendall. The investigation leads from yacht parties to hotel rooftops to organized crime and back, all while we get to enjoy Garner and Bacall's on-screen chemistry. One of the more memorable late-season episodes, this one gave us a lot to enjoy and discuss!
April 24th, 2022 | 1 hr 29 mins
1970s, 70s, beamer, electronic olive, james garner, jim rockford, p.i, rockford files, square jacks, television, tv, valentino
Nathan and Eppy return to Paradise Cove in S4E1 Beamer's Last Case. Jim returns from a shortened vacation to find that someone has stolen his identity - and not only that, but wrecked his car and gotten him into trouble with some serious people! Once Jim tracks down the culprit, a mechanic named Freddie Beamer, the rest of the episode is a quick-thinking quest to keep both Beamer and Jim from getting shot as a result of Beamer's mistakes. Plus, it features Jim's sometimes-cat Valentino! We found this a delightful romp to kick off the fourth season of the show.
April 1st, 2022 | 1 hr 9 mins
1970s, 70s, beeswax, data, holodeck, james garner, jim rockford, p.i, rockford files, television, the ancient west, tng, tv, worf
Welcome to Twenty Dollars a Day, the podcast where we explore our favorite holodeck adventures in the Star Trek universe! Nathan and Eppy go back to the Ancient West in TNG S6E8: A Fistful of Datas. The Enterprise has some well-deserved down-time, and Worf can't invent enough work to keep him from spending quality time with his son Alexander in the Ancient West town of Deadwood. Elsewhere, a test of Data's interface with the ship crosses some wires, and suddenly the villains of the Western adventure... are all Data. Sure, it's a silly episode, but it's also charming in its enthusiastic homage to Western films, and we had a really fun time talking about it.
Happy April, everyone! This is our fourth look at a Star Trek holodeck episode that follows on the themes of our first love, The Rockford FIles. Hope you enjoy it!
March 27th, 2022 | 1 hr 4 mins
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It's our 100th episode of Two Hundred a Day! To celebrate this milestone, we draft our picks for recommended episodes of our own show. If you've joined us recently, these are some of our most fun, interesting and memorable episodes. Thanks so much for listening!
March 13th, 2022 | 1 hr 30 mins
1970s, 70s, freefall to ecstacy, hatted assassin, james garner, jim rockford, oxnard, p.i, rockford files, television, tv
Nathan and Eppy meet an old friend of Jims in S4E15 The Gang at Don's Drive-In. Jack Skowron, former best-selling writer and current alcoholic, is in LA chasing down stories for a new book with Jim's help. When he gets beat up, Jim starts to suspect there's more to his agenda, and has to uncover the sordid story behind a decades-old high school party gone wrong. A fun watch overall, with a sometimes-muddled story elevated by screen chemistry and some truly all-timer Rocky and Dennis appearances!
February 27th, 2022 | 1 hr 34 mins
1970s, 70s, james garner, jesse welles, jim rockford, p.i, rockford files, surgery, television, tv, your time is my time
Nathan and Eppy take a look at the final episode guest starring Jesse Welles, S5E20 A Different Drummer. Jim witnesses a bizarre surgical procedure while in the hospital, and obsessively tracks down the surgeon to find out what's going on. Starting out a mystery, and transitioning to a character study of a horror-movie-inflected villain, this was an interesting episode to end the fifth season on. Unfortunately, it has the least Jesse Welles of her three appearances, but her airheaded "anti-Rockford" is a memorable character to round out her time on the show.
February 13th, 2022 | 56 mins 55 secs
1970s, 70s, james garner, jim rockford, mcgoohan, p.i, plus expenses, rockford files, television, theme songs, tv
We're starting off our 2022 with a public Plus Expenses episode. We record one of these before every episode of Two Hundred a Day, and it goes out to our supporters on Patreon. If you dig getting this kind of chat along with your main Rockford Files discussion, consider subscribing to the Patreon for as little as $1/episode. Thanks for listening!
December 26th, 2021 | 1 hr 33 mins
1970s, 70s, geronimo, james garner, jim rockford, p.i, rockford files, sad clown, television, tv, vegas
Nathan and Eppy return to Las Vegas in S1E22 Roundabout. Jim is hired for a straightforward gig to find an insurance beneficiary - Nancy, the beneficiary, isn't making much money as a Vegas lounge singer, but it seems simple enough to give her a check. But when she runs, then is grabbed by goons, Jim has to act fast to save his paycheck. The final episode of Season One takes us to the Vegas lounge, a clown selling hot dogs and the Hoover Dam. It's a fun one!
December 12th, 2021 | 1 hr 26 mins
1970s, 70s, ashtray, broken hand, james garner, jim rockford, p.i, rockford files, roulette, television, tv, vegas
Nathan and Eppy go to Vegas in S1E10 The Dexter Crisis. Jim is hired to find Susan, a woman who suddenly took off, and quickly ends up partnered with her roommate Louise as they head to the only lead they have: Las Vegas. They find Susan quickly enough, but then a sudden attack, a rival PI and a mysterious suitcase complicate the story. Jim needs to find out what's going on to get paid, and the chase takes us down a number of scenic Nevada byways. A fun episode that features some foundational Rockfordishness, we enjoyed it despite a few little dangling plot threads.
November 28th, 2021 | 1 hr 25 mins
1970s, 70s, becker, cops, james garner, jim rockford, p.i, rockford files, salami, television, tv, two lemons and a watermelon
Nathan and Eppy get to see Jim helping out a friend in S3E16: The Becker Connection. Becker's been moonlighting with the Narco squad, and suddenly some stolen heroin shows up in his car tire! Suspended while under investigation by internal affairs, Dennis turns to Jim for any help he can provide - which involves Angel, a washed-up Vegas comedian, and turning the tables on a crooked cop. We get to see a lot of good character beats woven into a fun plot, and found this one a great episode that really delivers what we tune into the show for!
October 31st, 2021 | 1 hr 19 mins
1970s, 70s, hollywood murders, james garner, jim rockford, occam's razor, p.i, rockford files, spoilers, television, tv, watteau
Nathan and Eppy dive into one of the most oddball episodes, S4E8 Irving the Explainer. It's an intentionally obtuse episode that really benefits from seeing it cold - if you haven't, be warned that we might spoil the fun with our discussion! Written by David Chase, this episode seems to be a pretty polarizing one, and we talk about the various lenses through which you can view it to find the fun. Content warning: the episode isn't really about Naziism, but it contains references to Nazis and Nazi sympathizers, and includes newsroom footage of Hitler in the opening credits.
October 17th, 2021 | 1 hr 22 mins
1970s, 70s, james garner, jim rockford, mistaken identity, no superiors, north by northwest, p.i, rockford files, television, tv
Nathan and Eppy join Jim in an unexpected trip across the border in S4E18 South by Southeast. Due to a mistaken postal address, Jim is taken for a CIA operative and whisked away for a high-stakes meeting with a rich socialite, who he quickly discovers is in trouble herself. Despite a serious class divide, we watch romance blossom while Jim does his best to keep her from danger. This fun character study of an episode uses the North by Northwest homage framing to get things going, so if seeing Jim get out of his element is something you enjoy, this is one to check out for sure!