- TO PROTECT AND SERVE (Part 1)
Original Air Date: March 11, 1977
Synopsis. New York attorney Michael Kelly hires Rockford to locate his fiance Patsy Fossler, who apparently fled to Los Angeles after she abruptly canceled their wedding a few days earlier. After two thugs from the East Coast who are also looking for Patsy break into Rockford’s trailer and beat him up, Jim tries to quit the case. Kelly, however, not only refuses to let Rockford quit, but threatens to kill him if he can’t find Patsy within twenty-four hours. The matter becomes clearer to Rockford once he tracks down Patsy. Kelly represents New York crime lord Joseph Manett, who was recently acquitted of jury tampering charges. Because Kelly told Patsy about many of the Manett family dealings, Manett wants her silenced for his own protection. Rockford must therefore protect Patsy from both his client and Manett’s goons. Complicating the situation: Lianne Sweeney, a meddlesome “police buff” whose efforts to assist the investigation nearly get Rockford and Patsy killed. This episode marks George Loros’ first appearance as East Coast mobster “Anthony Boy” Gagglio, the character that David Chase has since said was a prototype for New Jersey mobster Tony Sopranos in The Sopranos (HBO, 1999-2007). Loros, who had a recurring role as Raymond Curto on The Sopranos, reprised Anthony Boy in the fifth-season episode “The Man Who Saw the Alligators.” Loros also played another tightly-wound bad guy in “The Dog and Pony Show,” as well as a good guy in “Only Rock ’n’ Roll Will Never Die.”
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