To celebrate our 50th episode, Nathan and Eppy discuss the third 90s Rockford Files TV movie: If The Frame Fits... This feels like the first true reunion movie, as it features not only Angel and Dennis, but Chapman, Diehl and, triumphantly, a returning Beth Davenport! Jim has been framed for the murder of another PI, and this movie hums right along just like the best of the 70s shows as he figures out what's going on while on the run from the law. Our favorite so far!
While the story and script are snappy and have all the hallmarks we love from the 70s era, the real joy of this movie is that the character work and chemistry on screen is as strong as ever. It even winds in an in-character tribute to the passing of Noah Beery, deftly serving the story as well as us as audience members by integrating the fact that Rocky is gone into Jim's emotional journey.
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