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!
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.