- THE BIG RIPOFF
Original Air Date: October 25, 1974
Synopsis. Nancy Frazier hires Rockford to investigate the death of her lover Steve Nelson, who allegedly perished in a plane crash. Nancy believes that Steve’s wife Ginny arranged for the accident, but Rockford suspects that Steve is alive—and that he and Ginny faked the accident as part of a scheme to bilk their insurance company out of $400,000. Jim also believes that Nancy may also be part of the scam, because Nancy skipped town almost immediately after Rockford reported back to her. Rockford persuades the insurance company to hire him to find Steve Nelson and recover the money.
“The Big Ripoff” features another Maverick touch. After the two operatives beat up Rockford and leave him to die along the side of a lonely road, model Marilyn Polanski (Oscar and Emmy nominee Jill Clayburgh) rescues Rockford after following him in his car. Marilyn urges Jim to take it easy, but our hero is determined to press on with the case.
“Is there anything you won’t do for money?” asks Marilyn.
“I won’t kill for it, and I won’t marry for it,” replies Rockford. “Other than that, I’m open to just about anything.”
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