Writer: Chris Abbott
Director: Russ Mayberry
Producer: Reuben Leder
Exec Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
(Carol), Kwan Hi Lim
(Lt. Tanaka), Margie Impert
(Ann Carrington), George DiCenzo
(M. Barry Aldridge), Danny Kamekona
(Judge), Dick Jensen
(Willie K.), Natalie Gregory
(Elizabeth Bowman), Marian Green
(Debbie Carrington Bowman), Gary Epper
(Gregory Xavier Bowman), Tina Machado
(Lady in Corvette - uncredited
Magnum wrestles with his conscience when he discovers evidence proving both that a man on trial for murdering his wife is innocent, but that he's also gotten away with a different murder. Meanwhile, Higgins, tired of Magnum's slackness around the Estate, takes use of the Ferrari away from him.
This is the second "Carol-centric" episode of the series, following "No More Mr. Nice Guy
" (4.13). Kathleen Lloyd
again receives 'Special Guest Star' billing.
This episode opens with a dark, disturbing domestic violence scene where a little girl views the violent death of her mother while hiding in a closet.
3 Barbara Rush
) will later appear in "The Aunt Who Came to Dinner
" (7.20) as Magnum's Aunt Phoebe.
This episode was included in the 2011 The Best of the 80s: Magnum P.I.
2-disc DVD set from Universal, along with six other classic Magnum P.I.
episodes (Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii", "Memories Are Forever", "Home From the Sea", "The Kona Winds", "Limbo" and "Resolutions").
The red Jaguar that Magnum drives throughout this episode is a E-Type Series 1 Roadster
Rick and T.C. only appear in one scene each in this episode.
For the first time in 91 syndicated episodes, Magnum and T.C. wear their "Da Nang" caps at the same time. (Noted by Mike Barnes)
The significant piano music that we can hear several times in this episode (at marks 2:28, 10:22 and 32:05) is the beginning of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's famous Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major
. This piece will be used again in Season Seven's "Forty
" (7.17). (Noted by Bernd-Christian Schulze)
Well-known local Hawaiian singer/entertainer Dick Jensen
) makes his second of five appearances on the show.
10 The beautiful lady who pulls up next to Magnum at a stoplight in a corvette
is played by Tina Machado
who was Miss Hawaii 1985 (she was stripped of her title after a few weeks because she was technically over the age of 25 at the time of the pageant). Tina appeared in at least seven episodes as an extra on the show, including "Under World" (as a nurse) and "Laura" (as a lady driving a jeep and being filmed by Rick).
The historic Ali'iolani Hale
building in downtown Honolulu is used as a filming location for a couple of scenes (both indoors and outdoors). The scene in the foyer of the courthouse (when Magnum tells Carol the charges against him have been dropped) was filmed inside the building, and the denouement (with Carol and Magnum) was filmed outside of it, directly in front. The building opened in 1874, and was the seat of government of the Kingdom of Hawaii and the Republic of Hawaii. Today, it is the home of the Hawaii State Supreme Court. The courtroom scene in this episode was not
filmed inside Ali'iolani Hale, however. (Noted by Tim)
Carol drives a green VW Golf Cabriolet, license plate # "BXD 131". When she's upset, she drives recklessly, including barreling through red lights!
13 Ms. Jones
, the "Hall of Records" clerk, makes another appearance. And again, her boyfriend breaks up with her over the phone in the presence of a patient Magnum (and Carol). She'll be featured in her own episode later in Season Five (in "Ms. Jones
Kengi, the Robin's Nest
workman, speaks for the first and only time. We also see a good close-up shot of Kengi
Higgins: This morning I came to a startling and horrifying realization. Since your arrival at Robin's Nest, you have insidiously eroded away my sense of diligence. Security has fallen completely apart. The grounds are in a terrible state of negelect. This guesthouse should be condemned!
Magnum: It doesn't look so bad.
Higgins: The estate is completely overrun with your good-for-nothing friends, sleazy clients and unexpected guests.
Magnum: That is not true!
(Carol enters the guesthouse)
Carol: Hi, Thomas! The gate was open, so I just came on in.
(Magnum hangs head)
Magnum: I know what you're thinking... and you're wrong.
Higgins: We are going back to a strict regimen around here. A military regimen! Good day!
Magnum: Well, would a murder be worth more than a burglery, for instance? I mean, I'd hate to waste my time not investigaing the penny ante stuff.
At the beginning of the episode, when the little girl is hiding in the closet watching her parents fight, when the father yells at the mother "you humiliate me one more time and I'll kill you!"
his lips do not match the audio.
At 5:59, when Higgins walks over to the cabinet to call the locksmith, a rather large rectangular shadow is mysteriously cast along the wall. (Noted by Tami)
Another audio sync flub can be found during the scene where Carol picks up Magnum (after his car brakes down), just before they go through the red light, Magnum says, "I'm sure it's nothing serious. T.C. can take a look at it."
Magnum's lips are not moving when he says these words. (Noted by Mark S.)
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