Writer: Rogers Turrentine
Director: Ivan Dixon
Producer: Reuben Leder
Exec Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
(Stacy Dayton), Alan Fudge
(Mr. Gaylord), Kim Miyori
(Kiana Dau), Tom Shadyac
(Danny), Hunter von Leer
(Merle), Harry Townes
(Albert Leonard), Keokeokalae Hughes
(Eleana), Moe Keale
(Granville), George O'Hanlon Jr.
(Ted Hazlett), Max Kleven
(Shipley), Carole Kai
(Rental Car Agent)
At the urging of the students in the private investigation class that Magnum is teaching at a local college, he takes on the investigation into the disappearance of a student's fiancee as the class' field work.
All of the classroom scenes were filmed on location at the University of Hawaii at Manoa
, for both inside and outside filming. Hawaii Hall
is seen several times in the episode.
2 Magnum's Private Investigator license
is seen for the first time. His address (11435 18th Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii) is the same as what was seen on his driver's license
in "Memories Are Forever (1)
" (2.5). The two cards are almost identical, except for Magnum's picture.
Larry Manetti was involved in an accident prior to the shooting of this episode, and although his injuries aren't really evident on screen, they limited his activities for a few episodes. If you look closely at the end when Rick gets up from his student desk, you can see him limp for a couple of seconds, favoring his right leg.
This episode features an extended scene filmed at the historic Clarence H. Cooke House
, later known as the Marks Estate, in the Nuuanu Valley. Several new angles of the house and grounds can be seen. Outside of stock footage and closeups of the back entrance, this location is rarely used for filming (see "Billy Joe Bob" (2.1) and "Summer School" (6.13))
5 Tom Shadyac
("surfer dude" Danny
) will go on to have a successful career in Hollywood as a writer, director and producer. He launched Jim Carrey
's film career with the Ace Ventura
Well-known local Hawaiian entertainer, recording artist, TV Host (Hawaii Stars
), and philanthropist Carole Kai makes a brief appearance
as a rental car agent. Her local annual charity bed race will be seen in Season Six's "Blood and Honor
7 Honolulu International Airport
is used as a filming location for an extended (opening) scene.
The "Pipeline Bar" scene was filmed at Buzz's Original Steakhouse
(both interior and exterior) in Lanikai (est. 1962). (ID'd by rubber chicken)
At the 3:31 mark
, a Boeing 747-121 commercial airliner is briefly seen leaving a gate at Honolulu International Airport. It's hard to identify, but the airliner is the Clipper Maid of the Seas
(you can just barely make out the lettering on the front of the plane), which was tragically destroyed in the "Lockerbie Bombing" of Pan Am Flight 103
in southern Scotland on December 21st, 1988. (Noted by Justin Watts)
10 Harry Townes
) is a recognizable character actor of television and film. In a career spanning over 35 years (1952-1988), he has appeared in over 100 different TV series and 29 films. He had a memorable role in one of the most popular The Incredible Hulk
episodes ("The First
", a two-parter), as Dell Frye, a man who also had the ability to transform into a Hulk-like creature.
Both Kim Miyori
) and Alan Fudge
) make their second guest starring appearance on the show. Kim previously appeared in "The Eighth Part of the Village
" (3.4) and Alan appeared in "Ghost Writer
Higgins: Surely a highly sensitive $2,000 recording device merits better use than the logging of non sequitured musings and the indignity of mozzarella droppings.
Higgins: You really expect to fill twenty hours with this course? Arn't you afraid you'll be "overdrawn" with your "idea bank"?
Magnum: Hold on!
T.C.: I've heard that some private investigators don't even do any of that bone-numbing research and that they actually con other people to do it for them.
Rick: Yes, I've heard that also, but surely that can't be true.
Magnum: A person is what they throw away.
When Magnum is in the classroom for the first time, someone asks him how he got his investigation experience. The older gentleman, Albert, says that Magnum was a Lt. Cmdr. in Naval Intelligence. Magnum was never a Lt. Cmdr. He resigned as a Lieutenant, and when he was reinstated in "Memories Are Forever
" (2.5), and again in "Blood and Honor
" (6.10), he was a Commander. (Noted by IslandHopper)
During the first scene with Magnum and Mr. Gaylord (in Mr. Gaylord's office), when Magnum points to the class "prospectus" you can see the shadow of a crew member move on the front of the desk (left part of the screen). (Noted by IslandHopper)
When Stacy goes back to the airport to get the ticket back to her boyfriend, she runs up to the desk to tell them her boyfriend left the ticket in the car, and she asks "do you have someone looking for a ticket?"
. Her lips don't match the audio of the beginning of her question. (Noted by Mark Seaman)
At 26:49, when Magnum and his students are in the van chasing the other car, a hub cap flies off the van. In the next shot, the hub cap is back! (Noted by Tami)
In the bar scene, the number of bottles in front of one of the "workman" changes several times; from the bartenders point of view, the number runs up from nothing to four, then from another point of view we see four empty bottles, then suddenly just one (filled). (Noted by Bernd-Christian Schulze)
At the end, when Magnum is discussing the case to his "students," the student desk rows are seen to be tightly aligned when the camera angle from the back of the room is used. However, when the angle switches to the front of the room (from Magnum's perspective), the space between Rick's and TC's rows is shown to be very
wide. This odd spacing snafu is shown at several different times in the final scene. (Noted by Macho Taco)
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