Writers: Reuben Leder
, Babs Greyhosky
Story: Reuben Leder
, Babs Greyhosky
, William Taub
Director: Robert Totten
Producers: Rick Weaver
, Andrew Schneider
Exec Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
Kwan Hi Lim
(Olivia Ross), Larry Pennell
(Jack Martin), Kathleen Nolan
(Myrt Callahan), Barry Nelson
(William B. Knox), Frank Atienza
(Tim), James McInerny
(Carl), Cynthia Ream
(Nurse), Ron Wood
is used as the location for a film starring Olivia Ross and her husband Jack Martin. Magnum is less-than-enthusiastic about being hired as Jack's stunt double and takes the job only because of his admiration for Olivia. But, when Jack is critically injured during a key scene in which Olivia shoots Jack with a prop gun - and the gun turns out to be loaded with real bullets - Magnum investigates the mysterious circumstances.
The original script for this episode was titled "This Show Shouldn't Go On".
The opening trailer music is a different edit from standard one, and plays on into a different piece. (Noted by Jay-Firestorm)
3 Dana Wynter
), once called Hollywood's "oasis of elegance", will make another guest star appearance in Season Three's "Foiled Again
4 Barry Nelson
(William B. Knox
) was the first actor (and the only American) to play James Bond on screen, in a 1954 adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel Casino Royale
on the TV anthology series Climax!
(preceding Sean Connery's interpretation in Dr. No
by some eight years).
5 Larry Pennell
(Jack Martin) will play bad guy Norm Vogel in Season Seven's "Kapu
This episode provides a unique opportunity to see the Panavision cameras, lighting systems, and crew used to film the series. This episode was apparently filmed using a Panaflex camera. Of note, the camera wheel track system can be seen as well as the variety of lighting and sound recording systems. (Noted by J.G.)
The estate's partial address is given as "Kalakaua Kalakua Road"
. In "Italian Ice
" (2.16), the street name was given as just "Kalakua Drive"
. We also get a good look of the estate's front gate (and gatehouse) from the main road.
Veteran television actress Kathleen Nolan
) was President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) from 1975 to 1979. She was the first woman ever elected as President of SAG. She previously appeared on Magnum P.I.
in Season One's "The Ugliest Dog in Hawaii".
At the 39:53 mark, a good closeup shot of Magnum's Team Ring (with the Cross of Lorraine
) can be seen.
The date seen on the clapperboard during the filming of the movie is 1-6-82, which is fairly close to the actual air date of the episode (2-25-82).
Only one of the "Sushi Brothers" is credited; stunt man Jon Sakata
Tanaka's office is seen for the first time. And Tanaka mentions Detroit Tigers outfielder Steve Kemp
again. Kemp was traded for Chicago White Sox outfielder Chet Lemon
For many years, the IMDB
(and other sources) incorrectly credited Rolling Stones
guitarist Ron Wood
as appearing in this episode (as Reporter #2), as well as three other Magnum P.I.
episodes. The correct Ron Wood
was added to the IMDB in 2007.
Magnum: Even on the redeye it's wonderful flying into Honolulu for a vacation in paradise. But, it's not nearly so wonderful when you're a Private Investigator who's just spent two weeks in Bakersfield (CA) on a case and been stiffed by your client. And it's even worse when your ride from the airport didn't show up, and the cab driver's listening to the "Orange Blossom Special".
Higgins: Mr. Knox, I guarantee these dogs
(Zeus & Apollo) will perform under any circumstances. They are like finely-tuned machines, designed to response their master's command.
Mr. Knox: I don't want "machines". I want a couple of dogs that can act. They are going to have to go up against The Boys
(the Sushi Brothers). I want vicious!
Higgins: I assure you, they have multiple levels of ferocity, whatever the situation shall require.
(Magnum walks in, Zeus & Apollo growl)
Higgins: A case in point.
Magnum: Illusion and reality finally came together. And like I always knew, deep down inside, illusion never really had a chance.
(Roll end credits)
At the beginning of the episode, Magnum says he just got into Oahu at 7:00AM after taking a "midnight" redeye from Los Angeles. The times don't work. It's about a six hour flight. Leaving at midnight means he lands at 6:00AM L.A. time, or 3:00AM Hawaii time, NOT 7:00AM! (Noted by MPS)
Higgins demonstrates Zeus and Apollo's attack-on-command abilities to Billy Knox (Barry Nelson) in an early scene. When Higgins says "Whatever the situation requires"
and Zeus and Apollo approach Magnum and Myrt Callahan (Kathleen Nolan), a dining table is visible with a large flower centerpiece. At the end of the same scene, and as Billy Knox turns to say "Welcome aboard"
, the camera pans right to Magnum and the dining room table. The flower centerpiece has mysteriously disappeared and been replaced with a small bowl. (Noted by J.G.)
Just before Magnum's stunt double beach fight scene, T.C. and Magnum discuss whether the Sushi Brothers will "pull their kicks"
. T.C. is wearing a dark green Island Hoppers T-shirt with a yellow emblem. Moments later, while filming the beach fight scene from his helicopter, T.C. is wearing a black T shirt with a gray or white emblem. (Noted by J.G.)
When Magnum is by the tidal pool and Olivia Ross walks up to him, Magnum says to her, "thought you'd be asleep"
. Olivia replies, "No, warm bath, fresh change, works wonders"
. When she says "works wonders", they show her face but her mouth/lips are not moving at all. (Noted by Mark S.)
Towards the end (at the estate), when Higgins comes to announce that Jack Martin has regained consciousness, a boom mic is visible just above Higgins' head
. (Noted by Giuseppe Raudino)
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