Did You See the Sunrise? (1)
Writer: Donald P. Bellisario
Director: Ray Austin
Producer: Douglas Green
Exec Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
(Lt. MacReynolds), Lance LeGault
(Col. Buck Greene), Paul Burke
James Whitmore Jr.
("Nuzo"), Bo Svenson
(Col. Ivan), Marianne Bunch
(Julie Barbara), Kevin Bash
(Cookie), Jimmy Borges
(Happy Ho), Laurie Foi
The past comes back to haunt T.C. when an old war buddy arrives claiming that the brutal Colonel who held them captive in a Vietnamese P.O.W. camp is after them once again. Initially, T.C. doesn't take the warning seriously, but he and Magnum soon find themselves in a heart-pounding race against the clock to find their would-be killer before he finds them.
The original script for this episode was titled "Reunion".
This originally aired as a two-hour movie, but is broken up into two parts for syndication airings. A truly classic episode in the series and a perennial fan favorite.
Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series
. The nominees were James F. Rogers
, T.A. Moore Jr.
, Earl Madery
& B. Tennyson Sebastian
The Region 1 DVD does not contain an opening trailer for this episode.
Higgins builds his River Kwai Bridge model (out of wooden matchsticks). It will be seen in the study (behind and to the right of Higgins' desk) in almost all of the future episodes.
We see T.C.'s house for the first time. T.C. says that it is located in the northwestern part of Oahu near the Kolekole Pass
, between the Schofield Barracks
and the west coast town of Waianae
7 James Whitmore Jr.
") makes his second and final appearance on the show. He previously appeared in Season Two's "Billy Joe Bob
" (2.1). James guest starred with Tom Selleck in two TV movies - The Gypsy Warriors
(1978) and The Chinese Typewriter
Magnum mentions that he's been "racing surfski's for three years"
. This would mean he started racing around the same time the show started (1980). Magnum says he entered the "Molokai to Oahu Race" one time, "27 miles through one of the roughest water channels in the world"
. "Mac" later says he finished 87th, just behind a 12 year-old girl.
While flying the chopper, T.C. sings several lines from "Got A Date With An Angel", a 1930s jazz song which was revived in the 1950s by Billy Williams
. This is the first time we hear him sing in the series. He will belt out more songs in several future episodes.
List of notable filming locations (for Part 1):
11 Jeff MacKay
's real mom makes a brief cameo. In the scene where Mac is with Magnum and his date at the kitchy Hawaiian restaurant, she is one of the patrons sitting in front, and slightly to the right, of Jeff MacKay.
Magnum is seen watching the classic 1953 movie Stalag 17
on videotape several times. He says that it is his "favorite movie"
. From that movie, William Holden
is referenced by Magnum and plays a pivotal role in the plot of the episode.
It's hard to notice, but a Fiat X1-9 is used in place of the Ferrari when it is blown up
In the Vietnam POW flashback sequence, Col. Ivan utters the "N-Word" several times, which is directed at T.C.. Even in the 80s, this was rarely heard on a television show.
During several different conversations we learn that T.C. is in the Reserves. He's been in the reserves since the day he left active duty.
Buck Greene served with Magnum in 'Nam and he "mothered" his former wife (Michelle) as an agent.
One of Higgins' comrades in the Burma Campaign of WWII was a lad named "Tanker" Moran. He got the name when he single-handedly took on a Japanese tank and took it out. Now, he's selling jam in Devonshire
Magnum: There are very few people I'll stay up past midnight to see. William Holden is one of them. As a kid,
Stalag 17 had been one of my favorite films. I guess because it had everything - heroes, humor, action - all the stuff a boy of ten craves. I hadn't seen it since then, and almost didn't buy the tape in fear that it had lost some of its appeal. It hadn't, even though I had lived my own version of
Stalag 17 since then.
(T.C. has just landed the chopper on the estate lawn)
T.C.: Hi, Higgie Baby!
Higgins: Don't "Hi, Higgie Baby" me!!
Magnum: Higgins, that Tanker Moran strawberry jam is just terrific!
(after Mac was killed in a car bomb)
Magnum: Now you listen Colonel and you listen good. Somehow you're involved in this. I knew it when you walked in the door! Now, I want to know why.
Buck: You're in shock Magnum and you're hurt. Don't make me defend my...
Buck: You tell me. It was your car....That's it, isn't it? You wanna lay it on me, because you're afraid Mac took your packet. Hell, I wouldn't blame ya, but you're wrong.
(Buck leaves the room)
Magnum: I'm sorry Mac....I'm sorry.
(to Magnum & T.C.)
Ivan: Three months at Doc Wei and you still crack jokes!?
During the beginning of the episode, as T.C. is landing the chopper on the lawn at Robin's Nest
, he's clearly seen to be in the BACK SEAT of the chopper! There's a cyclic in his hand as if he were flying, but he's definately the back seat (you can tell by the window behind him). The reason he is in the back seat is because the scene was filmed inside the real chopper (not the mock-up chopper on the sound stage). You can easily tell this is the case because the main house of the estate, as well as the surrounding area, can be seen in the background outside of the window. Also, in the same scene, you can briefly see a cameraman strapped to the side of the chopper
, filming directly into the chopper! (Noted by Mike Brown & Timmer33)
It's barely visible, but reflections of some crew member's can be seen in the windshield of T.C.'s helicopter as he and Magnum get in it to take off near the beginning of the story.
Also during the chopper landing scene, you can hear the engine and rotor blades turning and slowing down, BUT if you look at the reflection in the top of the windscreen above T.C.'s head you can see the blades were bascially stopped and moving ever so slighty from the wind off the ocean. (Noted by Gerald)
A boom mic can be seen at the very top of the screen at the 22:09 mark, about a quarter of the way from the left. (Noted by Tami Young)
Immediately after the Ferrari explosion, Julie's hair is noticeably longer than it was just before the explosion. (Noted by Mark Seaman)
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