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!
September 26th, 2021 | 1 hr 55 mins
1970s, 70s, 90s, chapman, drop a flag, james garner, jim rockford, movie, old man fight, p.i, rockford files, television, tv
Nathan and Eppy return to 1996 to talk about the fifth TV movie, Friends and Foul Play. Jim's friend Babs ends up dead after asking him to help her find out more about the murder of her son. Before he can even start to investigate, Captain Chapman turns up with a class of criminology majors, messing both with the crime scene and with Jim's efforts - so, of course, he has to join the class himself in order to skirt Chapman's ire and bring Babs killer to justice! It's always a blast seeing all the characters we know so well effortlessly re-inhabited, and this Stephen Cannell script is full of classic Rockfordishness. Though there's a few plot elements that seem to sprawl out of nowhere, we really enjoyed this visit to the movies!
September 12th, 2021 | 1 hr 11 mins
1970s, 70s, james garner, jim rockford, listener q&a, p.i, rockford files, television, tv
Nathan and Eppy answer some listener questions! We talk about the origination of Angel, the relationship between James Garner and his writers, the place of the show in the continuity of detective TV, music from the show, and more. Thanks again for all the great questions, listeners!
August 29th, 2021 | 1 hr 16 mins
1970s, 70s, banjo, buried treasure, james garner, jim rockford, p.i, rockford files, sid haig, stamps, television, tv
Nathan and Eppy spend some time in the Firebird in S1E11 Caledonia - It's Worth a Fortune! Jim is hired by a woman who's imprisoned husband buried a treasure trove, and she wants to find it in order to help get him the medical help he needs. However, he only gave her part of the puzzle. After her old flame appears with the other half, Jim has to both deal himself in and somehow keep them working together to find the fortune. Directed by Stuart Margolin, this is a fun, concentrated romp chock-full of Rockfordishness!
July 25th, 2021 | 1 hr 23 mins
1970s, 70s, bad jokes, james garner, jim rockford, lobster a la kenny bell, maxine, p.i, rockford files, television, tv
Nathan and Eppy go to the comedy club in S4E6 Requiem for a Funny Box. Washed-up comedian Kenny Bell asks Jim for some help after his "funny box" is stolen, but the exchange draws Jim into a mob murder! Untangling the murder requires Jim to suffer through getting the real story from the self-interested Kenny. Content Warning: This episode has quite a reveal (which we talk about in our intro) having to do with virulent homophobia and related off-screen violence. This is a good episode with some serious tonal shifts that make it interesting, but not necessarily one we'd recommend over other episodes.
July 11th, 2021 | 1 hr 20 mins
1970s, 70s, draft, james garner, jim rockford, p.i, retrospective, rockford files, season two, television, tv
Nathan and Eppy have talked about every episode of Season Two, and celebrate with a draft of our favorites! Both a retrospective of the season and a walk down memory lane for our own show, we really had a great time assembling this list of ten great episodes of The Rockford Files.
June 27th, 2021 | 1 hr 30 mins
1970s, 70s, baby racket, james garner, jim rockford, malarky, p.i, rockford files, television, the diel deal, tv
Nathan and Eppy finish out Season 2 of The Rockford Files with s2e7 The Real Easy Red Dog. Jim is hired to look into an apparent suicide, and indeed discovers some evidence of murder - but he was hired under false pretenses in the first place! Tina, also a PI, just needed Jim to throw the cops off from her own case, but now they have to work together to solve a murder before the killer comes after them. It's a tight episode with great plotting and some wonderful visual flairs, we really liked this one!
June 13th, 2021 | 1 hr 26 mins
1970s, 70s, con to con, james garner, james luisi, jim rockford, p.i, rockford files, sweet tooth, television, tv
Nathan and Eppy cover the penultimate episode (for us) of Season 2, Ep17 Joey Blue Eyes. Beth has an ex-con friend who's running into trouble with their straight restaurant business, and despite initial friction, Jim finally agrees to help out. Between loan sharks, Beth, Angel, quick cons and sparkling dialogue, this episode just exudes Rockfordishness. It's also the first appearance of James Luisi on the show, as villain Burt Stryker, and he's just as entertaining as his later recurring role as Lt. Chapman. This is a good one, folks!
May 30th, 2021 | 1 hr 29 mins
1970s, 70s, houston, james garner, jim rockford, oil, p.i, red herrings, rockford files, television, the diehl deal, tv
Nathan and Eppy continue the second season tour with S2E20 Where's Houston? One of Rocky's old buddies comes to Jim for help after receiving a ransom demand for his granddaughter Houston - but it shortly becomes clear that, not only did he not have any money, she wasn't even kidnapped! Unfortunately, he turns up dead, sending Jim on the hunt not only for who killed him, but what the whole fake kidnapping was about, all while handling Houston's building emotions. A great character episode!
May 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 17 mins
1970s, 70s, james garner, jim rockford, jimbo, lou gossett jr, marcus hayes, needed that money, p.i, parole, rockford files, sleaze, television, tv
Nathan and Eppy explore the origin episode of one of our favorite guest characters in S2E21 Foul on the First Play. Lou Gosset Jr. plays Marcus Hayes, a fast talking PI who needs Jim's help to untangle a sticky situation concerning the purchase of a new basketball franchise. Marcus was, at the time, Jim's parole officer and they didn't part on good terms... but once Hayes tricks Jim into taking a beating on his behalf, they need to work together to come out the other side in one piece. A satisfying meal of an episode!
April 30th, 2021 | 1 hr 20 mins
1970s, 70s, beth davenport, french press, green sedan, gretchen corbett, james garner, jim rockford, p.i, robert webber, rockford files, taco stand date, television, tv
Nathan and Eppy start wrapping up Season 2 with S2E5 The Deep Blue Sleep. Beth needs Jim's help to find out what happened to a model friend, and the search leads to a fashion designer, a shady business deal and, of course, the mob. One of the few creative contributions from producer Chas. Floyd Johnson, we enjoyed the twists and character business in this one a whole lot!
April 1st, 2021 | 1 hr 12 mins
1970s, 70s, arachnia, chaotica, holodeck, james garner, jim rockford, p.i, photonic, planet x, rockford files, star trek, television, tv, voyager
Welcome to Twenty Dollars a Day, the podcast where we explore our favorite fictional characters in the Star Trek universe! Nathan and Eppy discuss the adventures of Captain Proton in Voyager S5E12 Bride of Chaotic! Tom Paris and Harry Kim just want to have a nice time playing out the latest chapter of the Captain Proton holonovel, but the ship runs afoul of photonic beings that think the black-and-white pulp is real. Of course, the only way to solve this mess is for Captain Janeway to take on the role of Arachnia in order to bring the vile Dr. Chaotica down before the program causes real destruction to the photonic visitors. Everyone in this one is clearly having a blast, and we really enjoyed 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!