Original Air Date:
    November 3, 1978

    Synopsis. Despite a security force led by Lieutenant Chapman, political activists crash a party honoring the appointment of Aaron Kiel to the Los Angeles Police Commission and steal a set of paintings worth two million dollars. After landing in the doghouse with the chief of police over the embarrassing incident, Chapman swallows his pride and asks Rockford for help.

    Mostly known for playing hard-ass cops or steely-eyed killers, James Luisi got a rare opportunity to showcase his comic skills in “The Empty Frame.” Not surprisingly, the episode remained the actor’s personal favorite for many years.

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