The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Jersey Bounce 

Wrongly accused of beating a man to death, Jim discovers the best legal advice he can find is from disbarred lawyer John Cooper.

Director:

William Wiard

Writers:

Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (credit only)
Sorrell Booke ... Wade G. Ward
Greg Antonacci ... Eugene Conigliaro
Gene Davis ... Mickey Long (as Eugene Davis)
Luke Andreas Luke Andreas ... Arthur Nodzak
Bo Hopkins ... John Cooper
Elta Blake Elta Blake ... Celeste
Jim Scott Jim Scott ... D.A. Cowan
Doney Oatman Doney Oatman ... Dawn Nodzak
George Planco George Planco ... Cop
Tony Brande Tony Brande ... Judge Carmine Rossi
Walter Olkewicz ... Mac Amodeus
Paul Teschke Paul Teschke ... Carl Gibbons
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Wrongly accused of beating a man to death, Jim discovers the best legal advice he can find is from disbarred lawyer John Cooper.

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This episode introduces the character of "Coop," a disbarred attorney who relieves the character of Beth Davenport as Rockford's legal counsel. Portrayed by Bo Hopkins, Coop goes on to appear in several episodes. See more »

Goofs

As Rockford and Coop are pulling up to Nodzak's place, they're discussing the situation. Coop's stating "I thought Mac Amodeus lived in a garage" as the car was coming to a stop, but his lips weren't moving. See more »

Quotes

Jim Rockford: [looks at the hostile young punks around him] You wanta have a go, huh, so that all of you can jump me? Is that whatcha want? Nah, I gotta better idea. We will dance... one at a time.
Eugene Conigliaro: You threatenin' is?
Jim Rockford: Am I ever...
Eugene Conigliaro: You don't frighten me.
Jim Rockford: Oh yes I do... you keep listening to that little voice way down inside you, Eugene. The one that keeps screaming 'bounce back to Jersey'.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Jersey Bounce
12 November 2012 | by bpvalentineSee all my reviews

Yes, it's a shame Bo Hopkins wasn't brought more permanently on the show, as I dig his character and his portrayal much better than Rockford's regular contacts, all of who (except maybe Beth) are there to inhibit him as much as help him.

A few of you mention this episode containing a glimpse of David Chase's work on Sopranos. I agree. But I think we have been seeing that on every episode he wrote since season 3. Maybe even season 2. All of the gangster, hoods and hit men are always very well realized and definitely not the normal TV clichés of those types. There is always a sense with Chase episodes that you could follow these guys home and see Sopranos 1970s style.

I notice David Chase also liked to add an awareness of youth culture in his episodes, many of which tend to incorporate something of youth concerns and climate back then, particularly one episode comes to mind when Jim helped the Hare Krishna girl. That episode was scathing of the "Me Decade," while again also giving the sense of characters who really live in that world. Other writers on the show seem more concerned with the mystery hat trick while Chase liked the subtle observation and comedy of his characters.


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