Little Girl Who
Writer: Deborah Pratt
Director: Ray Austin
Producer: Rick Weaver
Exec Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
(Michelle Hue), Lance LeGault
(Col. Buck Greene), Jean Bruce Scott
(Lt. Cmdr. Maggie Poole), Soon-Tek Oh
(Gen. Nguyen Hue), Gillian Dobb
(Agatha Chumley), Kristen Carreira
(Lily Catherine), Faye Cameron
(Sister Mary Rose), Andrew Dupree
(Buck Greene's Aide)
(Gen. Minh), Roland Nip
(Luang), Emme Tomimbang
(Newscaster), Rick Quan
(Young Vietnamese Man)
Magnum's ex-wife Michelle leaves her five-year-old daughter Lily to be safeguarded by Thomas, as she escapes Vietnamese assassins out to kill her and her husband, General Hue. As Thomas watches over the child, he begins to wonder why Michelle has suddenly left Lily with him and if Lily is his own daughter, and once again sets about trying to track down his elusive former wife.
This watershed episode continues the "Michelle/Magnum" storyline that began in "Memories Are Forever
" (2.5 & 2.6) some five years earlier. The storyline will continue on in "Limbo
" (7.22) and Season Eight's "Unfinished Business
" (8.8). Several flashback shots from "Memories Are Forever" are used in this episode, as well. The ending here is a real tearjerker.
Episode screenwriter Deborah Pratt
was married to series co-creator/writer/director/producer Donald P. Bellisario
. She also wrote Season Five's "Little Games
" (5.12) and played the minor recurring role of Gloria, T.C.'s girlfriend. Deborah appeared in several Airwolf
(another Bellisario show) episodes as well, and wrote one of the more memorable episodes, "Fallen Angel" (1984).
Six-year-old Kristen Carreira
begins her role as Lily Catherine Hue
. She returns again in "Limbo
" (7.22) and "Resolutions
" (8.12 & 8.13). These Magnum P.I.
episodes are Kristen Carreira's only credited screen appearances, for any TV show or movie.
Maggie Poole has been promoted from Lieutenant to Lieutenant Commander.
T.C. and Rick only appear in one scene in this story.
When Magnum goes to see Maggie Poole for help, she says "Thanks for cancelling our dinner."
This is a reference to the previous episode, "Death and Taxes", where Magnum promised to take her out for dinner in exchange for her helping him with his tax audit. Apparently he never took her out. (Noted by Timmer33)
List of notable filming locations:
Higgins mentions that Michelle has an "oriental heritage"
, which would make her a Eurasian
T.C. is seen wearing a bright yellow Eddie Robinson
(legendary Grambling State
football coach) t-shirt. T.C. played Tight End at Grambling back in the late 60's.
Higgins stages a reenactment of the famous Renaissance painting "the Primavera
" by Sandro Botticelli
. The painting is also seen up close briefly.
The 1950's silver Ponton model Mercedes-Benz
driven by Michelle in "Ho Chi Minh City" (a W121
) is the same car that was seen in the opening scene of "All Thieves on Deck
" (6.15), and at the King Kamehameha Club in "Summer School
Higgins speaks French, but Magnum apparently does not. In Season One's "China Doll
" (1.3), Magnum is semi-fluent in French.
Towards the end, after the car crash, when Magnum is leaning over Michelle, there is nice shot with the camera looking up at Magnum (from Michelle's point of view on the ground) and the sun is peaking out from behind his head. This exact same shot was seen in "Memories Are Forever (2)
" (2.6), only with the roles reversed (Michelle was looking down at Magnum).
A slightly different version of "Michelle's Theme
", first heard in "Memories Are Forever (2)
" (2.6), is played over the closing credits.
15 Rick Quan
(Young Vietnamese Man) was a well-known sportscaster for KITV in Hawaii in the 1980s.
* The temple was previously seen in "Tropical Madness" (2.7), "Did You See the Sunrise? (2)" (3.2) & "The Arrow That is Not Aimed" (3.14).
** The cathedral was previously seen in Season Three's "I Do?" (3.17).
Magnum: Saigon. April 30, 1975. No matter how hard I tried, I could never put that day completely out of my mind. A chaotic ending to a chaotic time. A war that kept changing, even in retrospect. And every time I thought I'd put it behind me, it crept up, and tapped me on the shoulder.
Magnum: Unanswered questions. I used to think that it was in Vietnam where I first came across the problem of living with "unanswered questions", but later I realized that I'd known about that for years, probably since I was five years old. Questions like, "Why isn't dad coming home?", or "Where is he?". Michelle had said she couldn't give me the answers to the questions she knew I must have, and now there were even greater questions - Where was Michelle? And what kind of trouble was she in? There was only one person I could think of who could definitely give me some answers.
(cut to NIA headquarters and Lt. Cmdr. Maggie Poole)
Michelle: Goodbye, Thomas.
Magnum: ...Is Lily my daughter?
Michelle: If I say, "yes, she is your daughter", Thomas, would you let her go?... I promise she will never forget you. I will see to that... And will you promise me something?
(shakes head yes)
Michelle: When the world is a different place.
(Michelle & Lily walk away)
(Lily runs back to hug Magnum and returns to Michelle)
(roll closing credits)
Col. Buck Greene's last name is incorrectly shown as 'Green' in the opening credits.
When Magnum first enters the church to look for Michelle and the Nun (Sister Mary Rose) is praying and then turns to him, in the close-up shot of her talking to Magnum, she is wearing a gold cross. Then, when she turns to go get Lily, the cross is gone! (Noted by Dustin)
When Magnum shoots General Minh, there does not appear to be any gunshot wound visible on any part of his body. (Noted by Tim)
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