The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

Local Man Eaten by Newspaper (8 Dec. 1978)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Local Man Eaten by Newspaper (1978) Poster

Jim could use some saintly guidance when he goes undercover on a scandal rag that is getting confidential medical information on a doctor's famous, and infamous, patients.



  • The Rockford Files (1974)
  • The Rockford Files (1974)
  • The Rockford Files (1974)
  • The Rockford Files (1974)
  • The Rockford Files (1974)
  • The Rockford Files (1974)

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13 July 2012 | stones78
Coop needs some love
After reading both reviews for this episode, I feel that John Cooper, who's Rockford's attorney since Beth left town, does indeed have some chemistry with his client. For those wondering, Coop(Bo Hopkins)is only in the latter half, and doesn't have many scenes, so quit complaining; how could anyone not like Rockford and Coop sharing a beer at a local establishment? Back to the story, Rockford goes undercover for a trashy magazine that likes to gossip, as he was hired by a doctor with famous patients; someone has broken into his office and either stolen or misplaced files, as I can't recall exactly. I would have to say that the best performance was by Scott Marlowe, a hood who works for boss Johnny(Gianni Russo), but is conspiring against him to take over his territory; the magazine had some dirt on Johnny, and this interests both Rockford and the hood(Marlowe), as he was one of the 2 hoods, along with Leo, who shot Johnny, although I'm not quite sure if he was killed or just hospitalized; also, watch for an odd performance by Rose Gregorio(Natalie), who seems a bit mentally challenged and spews strange phrases throughout the episode. Dennis has a few scenes, and Rocky had only one, I think, and Scott Brady has a few solid moments as Harold Witback, who ran the magazine. An odd phrase uttered by Rockford, thanks to the language bar, was "Klaatu barada nikto" to an employee who threw him out of the building; I looked the phrase up, and it revolves around the film "The Day the Earth Stood Still", but wasn't needed in this episode, as I think the writers tried to outsmart themselves. Lastly, I didn't find it believable that Natalie started the fire in the building which housed the magazine, as she spews nonsense to her husband and the cops at the end, as the 2 hoods were arrested. As I said earlier, this isn't really a John Cooper episode, but I felt he added to this episode, as I like when he and Rockford work together.

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