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 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|
A good conversation: discussion of the episode, analysis of style, call outs for great dialgoue. Good chemsitry between hosts. I like little discussion at the end about how the themes and devices fit with rpgs and other media.
A great delve into the archives.
Two Hundred Dollars a Day is an insightful exploration of The Rockford Files by two sharp as tacks game designers. They not only examine the episodes, but discuss the underlying narrative structures and how you might apply them to your own narrative games or writing.
The Rockford Files is one of those shows that I don't think I appreciated when it first aired because I was too young. Watching it now, I'm realizing how much I missed before so I'm thrilled to have found a podcast focused on the show. The four episodes I've listened to so far have been interesting and insightful. Do yourself a favor and subscribe.