- NEVER SEND A BOY KING TO DO A MAN’S JOB
Original Air Date: March 3, 1979
Synopsis. Ruthless sports promoter Harold “Jack” Coombs (played by Robert Webber) strongarms Richie Brockelman’s father (Harold Gould) into selling the family printing plant, which he plans to turn into a race track. Coombs not only bought the family business for a fraction of its worth, but soundly humiliated the elder Brockelman in the process—first by buying off the City Council and City Zoning Commission, then by bribing Brockelman’s lawyer, and finally by having the old man brutally beaten. An angry Richie implores Rockford to intercede. Like “There’s One in Every Port,” “Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man’s Job” borrows from the classic Maverick episode “Shady Deal at Sunny Acres” in that Rockford hires several expert grifters as part of an elaborate sting operation designed to upend the unscrupulous Harold Jack Coombs. The expanded two-hour length provides viewers with a glimpse at some of the preparation that goes into running such a con (including a sequence that finds Rockford holding a “casting call” for some of the grifters), which adds a sense of realism to the proceedings.
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