Two Hundred A Day
By Nathan Paoletta
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Two Hundred a Day is a podcast by Nathan D. Paoletta and Epidiah Ravachol. We are exploring the intensely weird and interesting world of the 70s TV detective show The Rockford Files. Half celebration and half analysis, we break down episodes of the show and then analyze how and why they work as great pieces of narrative and character-building. In each episode of Two Hundred a Day, we watch an episode, recap and review it as fans of the show, and then tease out specific elements from that episode that hold lessons for writers, gamers and anyone else interested in making better narratives.
||CleanEpisode 40: A Blessing In Disguise||To celebrate our 40th episode, Nathan and Eppy take a look at the second Rockford Files TV movie, 1995's A Blessing In Disguise. The premise is that Angel has become a televangelist preacher, so it's worth watching for that alone! Though padded out in s||10/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39: Dirty Money, Black Light||Nathan and Eppy discuss S3E22 Dirty Money, Black Light. Rocky finally gets a break and wins a vacation in Hawaii - but once he's gone, starts receiving thousands of dollars in cash in the mail. Jim, worried that he's been tricked into a scam, has to hus||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38: The Big Ripoff||Nathan and Eppy discuss S1E7 The Big Ripoff. Jim goes on a European jaunt to track down the truth about a widow who received a big insurance payout, but his client doesn't buy his conclusion that the husband is still alive. Trying to figure out a way to||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37: The Attractive Nuisance||Nathan and Eppy discuss S4E14 The Attractive Nuisance. Rocky has started a road-side restaurant, but a mysterious figure keeps prowling around the place. Simultaneously, Jim is being threatened by a lawsuit from a guy who climbed onto his trailer to loo||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36: The Mayor's Committee from Deer Lick Falls||Nathan and Eppy discuss S4E9 The Mayor's Committee from Deer Lick Falls. A group of stand-up citizens from Deer Lick Falls, Michigan employ Jim to find them a firetruck, but of course that's just a cover for their real intent: hiring a hit man! Once Jim||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35: The Empty Frame||Nathan and Eppy discuss S5E8: The Empty Frame. We finally meet Angel's brother-in-law Aaron as he's being feted as the new Police Commissioner - but a cadre of socialist revolutionaries breaks up the party and steals the art of the hosts, John & Jeff, r||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34: Nice Guys Finish Dead||Nathan and Eppy finally venture into Season 6 to discuss E7 Nice Guys Finish Dead. Featuring a returning Tom Selleck as Lance White alongside the also-returning James Whitmore Jr as Freddie Beamer, this comedic episode is all about watching these strong||5/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: The Competitive Edge||Nathan and Eppy discuss S4E19 The Competitive Edge. Hired to track down the disappearance of a bank executive by his wife, Jim stumbles upon the secret of an exclusive "health club" The Alphian Way, leading to his own abduction to a rural mental health||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: So Help Me God||Nathan and Eppy are joined by special guest Jess Banks to discuss one of the most memorable, and perhaps influential, episodes of The Rockford Files: S3E7 So Help Me God. Jim is called before a grand jury to testify about a case he knows nothing about,||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: In Hazard||Nathan and Eppy discuss S2E18 In Hazard. Beth has been poisoned! While she recovers, Jim has to find out who did it and why before something more terrible happens. In the process, he runs afoul of an embezzlement scheme gone south, bringing an unhappy m||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: The Big Goodbye||Welcome to Twenty Dollars a Day, the podcast where we explore our favorite fictional characters in the Star Trek: TNG universe! Nathan and Eppy discuss the character of Dixon Hill as introduced in S1E11 The Big Goodbye. When Captain Picard decides to de||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: The Queen of Peru||Nathan and Eppy discuss S4E12 The Queen of Peru. Rockford is trying to handle an insurance company client recover a stolen diamond, but things go pear-shaped as the crooks try to pull a fast one and the diamond ends up in... the RV of a family from Indi||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: Local Man Eaten by Newspaper||Nathan and Eppy discuss S5E12 Local Man Eaten by Newspaper. Jim goes undercover at a scandal rag to figure out why his client, a doctor to the famous, has been burgled; meanwhile, a local mob boss is facing pressure from inside the family due to rumors||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: Feeding Frenzy||Nathan and Eppy discuss S3E4 Feeding Frenzy. Jim's ex-girlfriend's father has been sitting on a literal pile of money that he accidentally stole, and now he wants Jim's help giving it back without repercussions. However, he's not alone in knowing about||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: The Dark and Bloody Ground||Nathan and Eppy are joined by special guest Emily Care Boss to talk about S1E2 The Dark and Bloody Ground. Featuring the debut of Beth Davenport and excellent action sequences from director Michael Schultz, we have a lot to gush about beyond the slightl||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: I Still Love L.A.||Nathan and Eppy celebrate a year of the podcast by discussing the first 90s Rockford Files TV movie, I Still Love L.A. Fifteen years after the end of the original show, we catch back up with our friend Jim Rockford as he tries to (gasp) sell his trailer||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: White on White and Nearly Perfect||Nathan and Eppy discuss S5E4, White on White and Nearly Perfect. Tom Selleck guest stars as Lance White, a squeaky clean alternative vision of what a P.I. can be. Working together to investigate the kidnapping of a wealthy industrial magnates daughter,||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: The Aaron Ironwood School of Success||Nathan and Eppy discuss S2E1, The Aaron Ironwood School of Success. When Jim's former foster brother turns up in L.A., it's not just to promote his business empire; he has a problem and he needs help. It turns out that Jim may trust Aaron just a little||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: The Four Pound Brick||Nathan and Eppy discuss S1E20 The Four Pound Brick. An old friend of Rocky's is convinced that her cop son's death was no accident, and Rocky hires Jim to look into it! A straight-forward detective mystery written by pulp author and screenwriter Leigh B||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Hotel of Fear||Nathan and Eppy discuss S4E10 Hotel of Fear. Angel gets into serious trouble when he witnesses a murder, and Jim needs to look sharp to keep him out of the literal line of fire! This episode deftly handles multiple mysteries while showcasing all of the||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Quickie Nirvana||Nathan and Eppy discuss S4E7 Quickie Nirvana. Rockford's hippie acquaintance Sky Aquarian draws him into a serious problem with a former employer, a blackmail scheme and a bunch of money. A wonderful David Chase script gives us all of juicy characters,||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: The No-Cut Contract||Nathan and Eppy discuss S2E15 The No-Cut Contact. Rob Reiner guest-stars as a "second rate quarterback on a third-rate team" who nevertheless drags Jim into trouble, caught between the Mob and the Feds. Can Jim figure out what's going on before "King" S||10/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Just By Accident||Nathan and Eppy discuss S1E21 Just By Accident. This episode keeps the action moving along as Rockford investigates the death of a friends son, a Demolition Derby driver, in a mysterious accident - unfortunately, the writing overall and the treatment of||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: There's One in Every Port||Nathan and Eppy discuss S3E12 There's One in Every Port. Rockford thought he was helping out a friend, but it turns out he was conned! Now he has to assemble a crew, turn the mark and con his "old friend" Eddy in order to pay back the mob - before time||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit||Nathan and Eppy discuss S3E2 The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit. A self-proclaimed psychic is assisting the police with a missing persons case, and takes a keen interest in what Jim has to do with it. A wonderful performance from Robert Webber as "psychic"||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: 2 Into 5.56 Won't Go||Nathan and Eppy discuss S2E10 2 Into 5.56 Won't Go. Jim's old commander from the Korean war has been killed - but not before leaving a mysterious message on Jim's answering machine that leads the Colonel's daughter to Jim's door. This episode leans a li||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Pastoria Prime Pick||Nathan and Eppy discuss S2E11 Pastoria Prime Pick. Jim's car break down in New Pastoria, and a series of coincidences quickly turn into a plot to charge him with a serious array of crimes - and the whole town is in on it! This episode features great pac||7/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Our Second Discussion Special||To celebrate going to a two-episode-a-month format, Nathan and Eppy take on some listener questions and comments about the show so far! We consider questions about some of our favorite episodes, including The Farnsworth Strategem and Chicken Little is a||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club||Nathan and Eppy discuss S2E13 The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club. Jim goes to Bay City to investigate a crooked poker game, but quickly gets caught up with a rogue DA, his idealistic assistant Kate, and the mob. The only episode directed by James Garner||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: A Portrait of Elizabeth||Nathan and Eppy discuss S2E16 A Portrait of Elizabeth. Beth brings a new client (and her new boyfriend) to Jim to get some help, but it turns out that Dave has a nefarious scheme of his own. This episode effortlessly weaves together the emotional connec||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Chicken Little Is A Little Chicken||Nathan and Eppy discuss S2E9 Chicken Little Is A Little Chicken. Angel asks Jim Rockford for a little help collecting some money - but before he knows it, Jim is orchestrating a way-too-complicated shell game to keep two rival mob bosses from planting b||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Gearjammers (Part 2)||Nathan and Eppy discuss S2E4 Gearjammers, Part 2. Jim's car has exploded, Rocky is still being targeted for death and just why were those trucks hijacked anyway? It's a race against time for Jim and Dennis to figure out the mystery that started last epi||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Gearjammers (Part 1)||Nathan and Eppy discuss S2E3 Gearjammers, Part 1. Jim's dad Rocky sees something he shouldn't and makes himself a target of assassination - can Rockford track him down before the killers do? In addition to the mystery, the joy of this episode is the rev||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Our First Discussion Special||We hit our first goal on Patreon! Thank you backers! To celebrate, Nathan and Eppy discuss their experience doing the podcast so far, and how training our critical Rockford eye just keeps revealing more to enjoy. Plus, Eppy shares the benefits of what w||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Just Another Polish Wedding||Nathan and Eppy discuss S3E17, Just Another Polish Wedding. Gandalf Finch (Isaac Hayes) and Marcus Hayes (Louis Gossett Jr.) team up to race against Jim in an effort to be the first to find the heir to a buried fortune - but of course nothing is quite||3/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Charlie Harris at Large||Nathan and Eppy discuss S1E19, Charlie Harris at Large. Rockford's old prison buddy "Charming" Charlie Harris is in some deep trouble, and comes to Jim to help him find the mystery woman that can save his bacon. This episode features some great characte||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: The Farnsworth Strategem||Nathan and Eppy discuss S2E2, The Farnsworth Strategem. This episode features Rockford running a confidence game on behalf of his friend Becker, and contains a number of recurring characters as well as an in-depth look at how he uses his okie oilman cha||1/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Sleight Of Hand||Nathan and Eppy discuss S1E15, Sleight of Hand. This episode stands out for being more personal to Jim Rockford and less of an "investigation of the week," and we talk about how this kind of departure-from-formula makes for a memorable episode.||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The Countess||Nathan and Eppy discuss S1E3: The Countess. Recommended for a first-time Rockford watcher!||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Tall Woman In Red Wagon||Nathan and Epidiah introduce the podcast, talk about why they love The Rockford Files so much, and discuss S1E5 "Tall Woman In Red Wagon."||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Nate & Eppy do an affectionate and extremely knowledgeable podcast -- great interaction, great information and such onviouse love for the best private eye show of all time. If you love Rockford, you'll love this!
Really liking this
I’ve been watching Rockford Files all my life, but until now I would never have been able to articulate why I like it so much.
I’m loving the conversation. I’m still catching up to the podcast (I’m on episode 10), but I really hope someone tells Eppy that the show does not star James Gard-ner!
[Edit: finally acknowledged in episode 14]
A Study in Media
This is a fantastic podcast! Not only is it an exploration of a classic quality tv show, it is a reflection on the nature of television itself, asking questions about storytelling, fiction, and drama.
Anyone interested in the art of acting, film, or how narrative functions should check out this show.
It is also a meditation on The Rockford Files, episode by episode. Maybe some of the listeners will be too young to remember this show. Don't miss out because of this! Get the DVDs or watch it on Streaming from Netflix or Hulu, or elsewhere.
I saw this show as a 1st grader, kindergarten kid (and younger), but missed out on many of the nuances. i just liked the fancy car, James Garner's voice, and the detective/mystery aspect. As an adult, I see much more in the show, and this podcast is an excellent vehicle for opening up to this deeper understanding.
It's a fun TV Show and a terrific Podcast!