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Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

Episode Screen Caps Episode Number: 80
Season Number: 4.17
Air Date: 2/23/1984
Writer: Robert Hamilton
Director: Bernard L. Kowalski
Producer: Reuben Leder
Exec Producer: Donald P. Bellisario

Recurring Characters
Gillian Dobb (Agatha Chumley)
Guest Stars
Kay Lenz (Sally DeForrest), Christopher Mitchum (Eric DeForrest), Hermione Baddeley (Bernice), Terence Knapp (Sir Cedric Brooke), Olga Marr (Sylvia)
Episode Brief
While Higgins is preparing to direct a selection of pieces from Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera The Mikado, to be staged at the Estate, Magnum is hired by an attractive young woman to find her missing brother, whom she claims has disappeared after joining a religious cult. The girl has musical experience and agrees to help out with rehearsals of Higgins' production while Magnum seeks out her missing brother.
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1 The name of this episode is taken from Gilbert and Sullivan's "A More Humane Mikado", Act II of The Mikado, which we see Higgins directing a performance of in this episode. Also from The Mikado, the song "Three Little Maids From School" is seen and heard.

2 Because of Agatha's increased screen time in this episode, Gillian Dobb is billed as a guest star in the opening credits. Typically, she is not billed until the closing credits. When learn that Agatha is a strong Bridge player, and she keeps a large stock of chickens, pheasants and ducks in her yard at her house.

3 The rarely seen wine cellar at the estate is seen at the beginning of the episode.

4 This episode features an awesome one-on-one fight between Magnum and Eric DeForrest (Christopher Mitchum). The fight lasts for a good two minutes and ends with Magnum, hurt and dazed, taking out Eric with his backup gun (his seldom seen or used Detonics Pocket 9). (Handgun ID'd by Jeff Schroeder)

5 During an address check, Magnum pulls up to a building where a sign reads "Jan Kona Real Estate". Jan Kona was a character played by Jill St.John in Season Two's "Three Minus Two" (2.22). The camera pauses briefly on the sign and Magnum appears to recognize the name. (Noted by N1095A)

6 The location where Sir Cedric Brooke is having his meeting is none other than Omega Station, the building that was "Lazeronics" in "J. "Digger" Doyle" (1.17), the site where Magnum and Digger daringly rescued Higgins. (Noted by N1095A)

7 Magnum is again seen picking a lock without a tension wrench. It is impossible to pick most locks without a tension wrench, and for others it is very difficult and time consuming. (Noted by N1095A)

8 Higgins is a self-taught pianist and plays at the rehearsal level.

9 Magnum mentions having an Uncle named "George".

10 Terence Knapp (Sir Cedric Brooke) previously guest starred in "Letter to a Duchess" (4.6).

11 At the very end, Rick amusingly sings a few lines of "I am a Pirate King!" from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.

12 When Higgins was a student at Eton College in the early 1930s, he directed a directed a production of The Mikado.
Higgins: Since 1885, when Gilbert and Sullivan's immortal Mikado was first presented, the Three Little Maids have performed this song exactly as how I have taught it to you. In your hands ladies is a tradition stretching back to the glorious days of the empire. You too will uphold it, yes, even cherish it!

Magnum: Once, when I was a kid, three older guys decided to beat me up for no apparent reason. I teld my own until a fourth showed up. And from that day on, I vowed that three was my limit, particularly when I didn't know what I was fighting about. (Narration)

Rick: I am the Pirate King! It is, it is, a glorious thing to be the Pirate King! It is, it is, is!
1 At around the 16 minute mark, Rick eats one of the sandwiches he got from Agatha. However, a split second later the sandwich is seen to be only half eaten. (Noted by Bernd-Christian Schulze)

2 After killing Eric, Magnum is trying to find a ride back to the estate to stop Sally from killing Sir Cedric. Why does he need to hitch a ride when he followed Eric to the location in the Ferrari? (Noted by N1095A)

3 In the climactic scene, Sir Cedric begins to "get down!" after Magnum warns him, and he covers up using an unextended orange folding fan. In the closeup shot of the bullet hitting the folding fan, the fan is black and fully extended. In the next instant, however, the camera is back out and shows Sir Cedric still crouching with the orange fan unextended. Also, in the closeup shot, there is a plain grey background that does not match the trees and ocean behind Sir Cedric, and the arm holding the fan has a dragon tattoo and is hairless (unlike Sir Cedric's), and is without the Mikado wardobe. (Noted by John M.)

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