- FEEDING FRENZY
Original Air Date: October 15, 1976
Synopsis. Charlie Blaylock, a former oil executive who now runs a bait stand on the pier, embezzled $500,000 from his company three years before. Charlie has never spent the money, but his conscience has never stopped bothering him. Although the statute of limitations on the robbery is about to expire (which means that the police could not arrest him even if he confessed), Charlie hires Rockford to return the money to the company. But when mobsters kidnap Charlie’s daughter Sandy, Rockford uses the money to pay the ransom. However, two factors complicate the matter further: (1) Rockford is arrested after learning that the statute of limitations is still valid, and (2) Sandy is kidnapped again, this time by the police lieutenant who worked with the insurance agent who originally investigated the heist. At the time she filmed this episode, Susan Howard had just completed a two-year stint starring opposite Barry Newman in Petrocelli (NBC, 1974-1976), an unorthodox legal drama produced by Leonard Katzman. In early 1979, Katzman cast Howard as Donna Culver, a character she would play for nine seasons on Dallas (CBS, 1978-1991).
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