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Did You See the Sunrise? (2)

Episode Screen Caps Episode Number: 42
Season Number: 3.2
Air Date: 9/30/1982
Writer: Donald P. Bellisario
Director: Ray Austin
Producer: Douglas Green
Exec Producer: Donald P. Bellisario

Recurring Characters
Lance LeGault (Col. Buck Greene), Jean Bruce Scott (Lt. Maggie Poole), Paul Burke (Admiral Hawkes)
Guest Stars
James Whitmore Jr. ("Nuzo"), Bo Svenson (Col. Ivan), Marianne Bunch (Julie Barbara), Robert F. Hoy (Repairman)
Episode Brief
As Magnum, T.C. and Nuzo plan to get to Ivan before he kills them, the Navy - in particular, Colonel Greene and Admiral Hawkes - have their own concerns and questions regarding Mac's death. But things are not as previously thought about Nuzo, and not only is T.C.'s life in great danger, but many other people's too, namely a Japanese prince.
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1 This episode has the most shocking, unexpected and controversial ending of the entire series, with Magnum killing Ivan in cold blood! In most airings in the UK, the gunshot is omitted.

2 Jean Bruce Scott appears for the first time as Lt. Maggie Poole. Maggie will appear in 10 episodes.

3 We hear T.C.'s full name, Theodore Calvin, on-screen for the first time. (Noted by Jay-Firestorm)

4 Bo Svenson (Col. Ivan) served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959-1965 and was the U.S. Armed Forces Far East Heavyweight Judo Champion in 1961. He is a high-ranking black belt in judo and other martial arts and was elected to the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame in 2009. Bo is most well-known for his portrayal of Buford Pusser in the Walking Tall movies (Parts II & III), and his appearance in the original Inglorious Bastards movie (1978).

5 A stock cover version of the classic Rolling Stones song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is prominently featured during the scene at T.C.'s house with "Nuzo" and Magnum. The song plays for a good 2 minutes in the background.

6 Rick joined Magnum and T.C.'s team in Vietnam just after the flashback events that take place in this episode. T.C.'s door gunner "Cookie" was killed by Col. Ivan in the POW camp. Rick replaced him.

7 List of notable filming locations (for Part 2): 8 T.C. talks of escaping from a gang of kids wanting their bubble gum in a "beat up Cobra" in 'Nam. T.C. previously mentioned flying a AH-1 Cobra in 'Nam in "Thicker than Blood" (1.12).

9 It's implied that Col. Ivan was responsible for the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. This will be contradicted in Season Six's "Deja Vu" (6.1) where it will be stated that Magnum's pal Geoffrey St.Clair, the expert behind-enemy-lines sniper, is behind the assassination plot (in conjunction with the Scorpio 6 organization).

10 Maggie gives check of Thomas and T.C.'s ranks in Vietnam, with "Lieutenant Thomas Magnum" and "Warrant Officer Theodore Calvin". T.C.'s full name had been mentioned in some of the show's literature, it is the first time it has been confirmed on screen.

11 The American television series Psych name-checked "Did You See the Sunrise?" in their 2010 episode "Thrill Seekers and Hell Raisers". It's the favorite Magnum P.I. episode of Burton "Gus" Guster's new girlfriend. When asked what her second favorite episode is she says, "Did You See the Sunrise? Part 2... No, actually reverse those two!" (Noted by rasgards)

12 The American animated television series Archer paid homage to the famous ending of this episode in the 2011 episode "Placebo Effect". A villian is killed in cold blood, prefaced with the question, "Did you see Regis this morning?". (Noted by Steve)

* The Temple was previously seen in "Tropical Madness" (2.7) and will be used in several more episodes to come.
(Higgins is working on a wooden matchstick model of a bridge)
Magnum: Don't tell me, the Bridge on the River Kwai!
Higgins: Quite .... I was there you know.
Magnum: I was afraid you were.
Higgins: Nothing like the film. The bridge was bombed, not blown up by some American sailor.
Magnum: Not "some American sailor", William Holden.
Higgins: What are you talking about? He was an actor? Oh, I see...the film. I was glad I escaped before it was destroyed. It had to be done, of course, but I put too much bloody sweat into it to watch it go up.

Admiral Hawkes: You served with Magnum in 'Nam?
Col. Buck Greene: Yes, sir.
Admiral Hawkes: And you mothered his former wife as an agent?
Col. Buck Greene: Michelle. Yes, sir. She's still in Vietnam. She's married to one of their generals.
Admiral Hawkes: Magnum must really hate you.
Col. Buck Greene: Yes, sir. I believe he does... Probably always will.
Admiral Hawkes: Don't be too sure. Even the most hated enemies have ways of becoming friends... in time.
(smiles, salutes)

Col. Buck Greene: I'm not buying it, Magnum.
Magnum: I'm not sellin' it... Buck!

Ivan: Perhaps I should have killed you at Duc Hue.
Magnum: Why didn't you?
Ivan: Captain Mihael, Nuzo as you know him, and I decided we needed to control T.C.. Without you, he'd never have tried to escape. He would have tried to kill me instead.
Magnum: And you tried to kill me here.
Ivan: Yes, so you would not try to interfere, which you obviously did. My contratulations, Lieutenant.
Magnum: It was all planned, back at Duc Hue?
Ivan: Not specifics, not even target. Just... trigger.
Magnum: How many others are out there like T.C.?
Ivan: You are still schoolboy, Thomas, using schoolboy tricks.
Magnum: No tricks. Whose next on you hitlist? Begin? Thatcher? Reagan?
Ivan: I have plane to catch. If you are going to shoot me, do it now... You won't. You can't. I know you, Thomas. I had you for three months at Duc Hue. I know you better than your mother. Your sense of honor and fair play. Oh, you could shoot me, if I was armed and coming after you. But like this, Thomas, never... Goodbye, Thomas
Magnum: Ivan...
Ivan: Yes?
Magnum: Did you see the sunrise this morning?
Ivan: Yes, why?
(Bam! Magnum kills him with his Colt Government Model .45 ACP Series 70 handgun at close range!)
1 T.C. is addressed by two different ranks in this episode. Lt. Maggie Poole identifies him as a "Warrant Officer". When T.C. and Nuzo were driving Rick's Mercedes to commandeer the Marine helicopter, the Marine sentry who stopped the car referred to T.C. as "Lieutenant Calvin". Assuming that T.C.'s active duty rank was Warrant Officer (which it probably was), and his Marine Reservist rank is 2nd Lieutenant (which it probably is), Maggie addressing T.C. as a Warrant Officer is a flub. We know this because if Maggie knew T.C. was a Warrant Officer, she must have looked at his DD214 file. And if she had looked at the DD214, she would have seen his Reservist history, which would have his current rank of Lieutenant. (Noted by IslandHopper)

2 Maggie says that "2,150,000 Marines, Soldiers, Sailers and Airmen" participated in the Vietnam War between March of 1965 and January of 1973. Her number is off by several hundred thousand. Almost 3 million U.S. military personnel served in the war.

3 There are several reverse image flubs in this episode:
  • As T.C. is flying the Loach toward the Valley of the Temples, you can see in at least one shot that the word "MARINES" on the tail section is reversed, as if the negative were reversed. (Noted by IslandHopper)
  • Many shots of T.C. in the helicopter are noticeably reversed back-to-front, as the microphone on his helmet changes sides. (Noted by Jay-Firestorm)
  • The shots of Magnum and Rick in the back of the Naval chopper are back-to-front - notice that the lettering on Magnum's Da Nang hat is reversed. Towards the end of the sequence, at the Valley of the Temples, they suddenly swap sides. (Noted by Jay-Firestorm)
  • There is also a brief shot of Buck and the chopper pilot back-to-front as well! (Noted by Jay-Firestorm)

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