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How Would You Rate This Episode?
10 (Perfect!) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
9.5 (One of the Best) 9%  9%  [ 7 ]
9.0 (Excellent) 13%  13%  [ 10 ]
8.5 (Very Good) 25%  25%  [ 20 ]
8.0 (Pretty Good) 23%  23%  [ 18 ]
7.5 (Decent) 15%  15%  [ 12 ]
7.0 (Average at Best) 9%  9%  [ 7 ]
6.5 (Not So Good) 6%  6%  [ 5 ]
6.0 (Pretty Bad) 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
5.0 (Just Awful) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:46 am 
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Why does everybody hate this episode so much? Granted I've only watched it once, and usually skip over it when watching Season 3. I just don't have a solid opinion on it.

Is MACattack short for Macaw Attack??? :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:44 pm 
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I liked this episode. Made me laugh out loud several times. Plus, it's always fun to see the Robin3 in action too.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:37 am 
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This was a very good episode! I'd put it on par with "Of Sound Mind".

I mean what can one say about the macaw attack that hasn't been said already?? Or Higgins' peregrine falcon call that freaks out the "KGB macaw" :lol:?? Or the macaw getting minced by TC's chopper blades?? That entire sequence alone raises the episode to an above average rating! It HAS to be the single oddest, most "out there", most hilarious scene in the history of the show!! When those odd sounds began to come out of Higgins' mouth I almost fell off my chair!! :lol: I had to rewind and watch that whole scene again. I tell ya that nothing could have prepared me for what I saw!! An absolute "never saw that coming" moment! But that's the beauty of this show - no matter how outrageous you can somehow buy all this. I mean we've had episodes with ghosts and Magnum waking up in the 1930s on this show! Somehow it all works!!

The KGB plot is pretty flimsy and not very well developed but what really makes this episode exciting and not dull is the interaction between Higgins and guest-star Sylvia Sidney! Any scene with the two of them together is a riot!! :lol: We've never seen Higgins so helpless before (except maybe in "Foiled Again" but those were different circumstances) - when was the last time you saw Higgins despising (or even disliking) one of Robin's guests?? Never!! A friend of Robin's is a friend of Higgins' - that's his motto. So you can imagine what it would take for Higgins to so strongly despise a guest of Robin's. It sure was a treat to see Higgins become an ally of Magnum's - he was willing to do ANYTHING to escape that woman from hell! :lol: Lest he go irretrievably, irrevocably mad. :)

Joseph Wiseman as Dr. Tessa was a special treat for me (as a die-hard Bond fan) because he played the very first 007 villain Dr. No in 1962's DR. NO - that was my introduction to the world of 007 back in the summer of 2001 when I rented out these movies from my local library and watched them in order. Ah, great memories! Wiseman was so cold and cool and composed as the title villain - you could tell he was a great theater actor (which he was).

I agree that this episode proves that Higgins is NOT Robin Masters. I haven't seen the later episodes but it just seems to me really dumb to suspect that they would be one and the same. The early season episodes do so much to negate this theory. Especially this episode! If Higgins is Robin then why doesn't he realize that "Elizabeth" is not his teacher??? He just decides to go along with this charade?! Yeah right!!

Funny thing about Jacqueline Selleck (Tom's ex-wife) is that in the season 1 episode "J. Digger Doyle" (when she was still married to Tom) she was credited as Jacqueline Ray. In this episode (after they got divorced) she is credited as Jacqueline Selleck. Weird, huh? :? By the way, I thought she was pretty hot and I really liked her performance here and that whole subplot which T.C. and Rick also got involved in. When she blew a giant hole in the Ferrari's windshield I thought Higgins would hit the roof. Nope, not a word of protest. That's when you knew the poor old chap was on the verge of losing his sanity. What's a hole in a windshield compared to the old bat occupying his study (with an assassin macaw)?? :D

If there wasn't already plenty of humor we get another hilarious scene at the Honolulu Zoo with Fritz Feld playing the absent-minded zookeeper Lars!! Great stuff there complete with the "mouth pop". I love Magnum breaking the 4th wall after Lars tells him that the old guy living in the Haiku Valley (Dr. Tessa) is a weird guy. :magnum:

I have to point out that the Byodo-In Temple was not featured anywhere in this episode, despite being listed as #5 in the Notes section on this episode's main page. Byodo-In was featured in "The Arrow That is Not Aimed" two episodes earlier. I think J.J. should correct this.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 6:22 pm 
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IvanTheTerrible wrote:
This was a very good episode! I'd put it on par with "Of Sound Mind".

I mean what can one say about the macaw attack that hasn't been said already?? Or Higgins' peregrine falcon call that freaks out the "KGB macaw" :lol:?? Or the macaw getting minced by TC's chopper blades?? That entire sequence alone raises the episode to an above average rating! It HAS to be the single oddest, most "out there", most hilarious scene in the history of the show!! When those odd sounds began to come out of Higgins' mouth I almost fell off my chair!! :lol: I had to rewind and watch that whole scene again. I tell ya that nothing could have prepared me for what I saw!! An absolute "never saw that coming" moment! But that's the beauty of this show - no matter how outrageous you can somehow buy all this. I mean we've had episodes with ghosts and Magnum waking up in the 1930s on this show! Somehow it all works!!

I agree that this episode proves that Higgins is NOT Robin Masters. I haven't seen the later episodes but it just seems to me really dumb to suspect that they would be one and the same. The early season episodes do so much to negate this theory. Especially this episode! If Higgins is Robin then why doesn't he realize that "Elizabeth" is not his teacher??? He just decides to go along with this charade?! Yeah right!!

Funny thing about Jacqueline Selleck (Tom's ex-wife) is that in the season 1 episode "J. Digger Doyle" (when she was still married to Tom) she was credited as Jacqueline Ray. In this episode (after they got divorced) she is credited as Jacqueline Selleck. Weird, huh? :? By the way, I thought she was pretty hot and I really liked her performance here and that whole subplot which T.C. and Rick also got involved in. When she blew a giant hole in the Ferrari's windshield I thought Higgins would hit the roof. Nope, not a word of protest. That's when you knew the poor old chap was on the verge of losing his sanity. What's a hole in a windshield compared to the old bat occupying his study (with an assassin macaw)?? :D

If there wasn't already plenty of humor we get another hilarious scene at the Honolulu Zoo with Fritz Feld playing the absent-minded zookeeper Lars!! Great stuff there complete with the "mouth pop". I love Magnum breaking the 4th wall after Lars tells him that the old guy living in the Haiku Valley (Dr. Tessa) is a weird guy. :magnum:



Great points Ivan!

-Totally the funniest scene ever when the bird gets chopped due to Higgins insane bird call lol. I totally love this episode for it's humor, just hilarious.

-It's funny to me as the more I watch Magnum, the more I HATE the whole Higgins is Robin thing. It just bugs me more and more as it arose in the later seasons as episodes such as this one CLEARLY disprove it. Just took away from the reality of the show for me and I liked the Robin and Higgins characters as seperate entitites.

- And Jaqueline Selleck/Ray is absolutely stunning!! Wonder what happened there with Tom Selleck, guess we'll never know. I read he was awesome to her son and maintained contact after the divorce which just shows what a cool guy Selleck really is!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:52 pm 
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Even after reading the synopsis and some forum postings all I really remember about this episode was a windshield getting shot out and bird getting chopped up. Not exactly memorable for me. Just another episode of MPI

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:59 pm 
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I'm up to 3.16 on my current run through the series, and I find that I really liked this episode.

Great comment, KingKC.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:28 am 
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eagle wrote:
I'm up to 3.16 on my current run through the series, and I find that I really liked this episode.

Great comment, KingKC.


I think it's a good one, too.


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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 6:22 pm 
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Probably the best part for me in this episode was Higgins' run of bad luck, capped with having to deal with Elizabeth. :lol: It's downright criminal how that level of irritation for him mostly happened this one time in the series.

I can only wonder just what was going through T.C.'s head when he saw those feathers cascade past his chopper. :shock:


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Love love LOVE this episode! Higgins being tortured by the fake Ms. Barrett was hilarious! When he tied Merlin the Macaw down and she started screaming yelling at him and he told her he had taken enough of her abuse and she raised her fist to him and said "You're right, it's time things get physical!" I was crying laughing.

On the flipside I thought it was also funny how well her and Magnum seemed to get along, other than the ending of course. It displays one of the fun themes of the show, some guest characters brought the best or worst out in both Higgins and Magnum. And many times just like Ms. Barrett, Magnum and Higgins varied greatly on what type of people they got along. That aspect made the show fun for me, that the two main characters had similarities like the military but were polar opposites in personalities and most other things.

And almost in the entire series NOTHING is funnier to me than Higgins bird call I just loved both times it was used lol. And poor Merlin biting the dust at TC's chopper blades and the exchange from Elizabeth and Higgins "I hate you!" with his reply of "The feeling madam, is mutual!"

Ahh, such a classic fun and silly Magnum episode!


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