Original Air Date:
    January 10, 1980

    Synopsis. Jim vacations in nearby Parma with his friend John Traynor, a member of the city council who is about to vote on an initiative that would legalize gambling in Parma, as well as allow for the development of a natural wilderness area into a vast hotel and casino complex. Traynor, who must cast the deciding vote on the issue, feigns illness, then cons Rockford into acting as his proxy. What Rockford doesn’t realize: Traynor sold himself out to both the land developers (who have gangland ties) and the town mayor (who was bought off by a Las Vegas corporation that wants the measure defeated in order to stifle any competition). The matter becomes even uglier when Rockford discovers Traynor dead in the woods.   “Deadlock in Parma” was not only the last original episode of Rockford to air on NBC, but the last to be filmed.

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