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How Would You Rate This Episode?
10 (Perfect!) 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
9.5 (One of the Best) 9%  9%  [ 6 ]
9.0 (Excellent) 22%  22%  [ 15 ]
8.5 (Very Good) 26%  26%  [ 18 ]
8.0 (Pretty Good) 21%  21%  [ 14 ]
7.5 (Decent) 9%  9%  [ 6 ]
7.0 (Average at Best) 10%  10%  [ 7 ]
6.5 (Not So Good) 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
6.0 (Pretty Bad) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
5.0 (Just Awful) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 3:50 am 
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I think this was one of my favorite Magnum episodes, as I watch it right now. Lots of inside jokes (Jay Rickley Schnieder), a great cast, and Higgins flying down a hill in a wheelchair. Plus TCs private investigator garb straight out of Flashback. Ricks identification of Sorensen simply by hearing he's left handed is also pretty funny.

The most interesting part of the episode is that none of this (save for the orchid growing case) ever would have happened if the Ferraris brakes hadn't failed. Had they not failed, Magnum would never have investigated and never found the link between Enoka and Sorenson.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:20 pm 
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Doc Ibold wrote:
The most interesting part of the episode is that none of this (save for the orchid growing case) ever would have happened if the Ferraris brakes hadn't failed. Had they not failed, Magnum would never have investigated and never found the link between Enoka and Sorenson.


You're right there Doc, but then leads me onto think that the fact the brakes failed means that Hiiggins was right and it WAS Magnum's fault for not getting the car serviced properly that the accident happened.

I'd imagine TM would have had to forego some estate privileges to pay for that gaff, unless in all the commotion Higgins forgot, but knowing JQH I doubt that.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:13 am 
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I liked this one. A good mystery, some nice Magnum/Higgins interaction, and a guest appearance by the great Keye Luke.

There were a ton of red herrings in this episode. Everyone looked guilty.

For those that are confused, I think it boils down to this:

The guard, Sorenson, kills an internee

The killing is witnessed by Goto and Enoka

Enoka blackmails Sorenson for decades to further his business and political interests. Goto knows nothing of this.

Magnum incorrectly assumes (just like with his matchstick/cannon deduction) that Higgins accident is related to Higgins research into sand island.

Once Magnum gets Goto to ID Sorenson, Enoka knows that his political future is likely doomed. He kills Sorenson to prevent that from happening.

He plans to kill Magnum too, and believes that Goto will go along with it due to their lifelong friendship. He is wrong.


So Magnum was completely wrong about absolutely everything in the episode but still managed to come out on top. Higgins' accident, the girl and her father, the kid growing "pot," Goto being out for revenge - they were all just red herrings. Magnum's "little voice" must have taken the week off or something.

"Oh - my - Goooooooood!"


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:27 pm 
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This was a good solid 8 for me. Some interesting Hawiian culture about sand island and an incredibley funny scene with higgins taking a "ride" down the hill in the wheelchair, outstanding!! I see Nancy Nakamura for the first time and I believe she will be back with us in season 5's "Love for Sale Boat". Cute girl!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:16 am 
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I enjoyed this episode but I was torn between giving it a 8.0 and 8.5 - between Pretty Good and Very Good. I went with Pretty Good but now I'm leaning towards Very Good. It's better than "Basket Case" (which I rated Pretty Good) but not quite as good as "The Arrow That is Not Aimed" (which I rated Very Good). So it's somewhere in the middle between those two. Can I give it a 8.3? :wink:

The Japanese/WWII connection is definitely a plus (I love history, like Higgins) and there are some really funny moments between Magnum and Higgins. James Shigeta and Keye Luke are also great to watch in whatever they appear in. Shigeta of course is best remembered by modern audiences as the ill-fated president of Nakatomi Corporation in the action classic DIE HARD. I personally thought he was fantastic as mobster Joe Matsukino (alongside Nehemiah Persoff) in the classic season 1 episode of HAWAII FIVE-O "Deathwatch" back in 1968.

There is one thing I don't understand about the very beginning - when the internees are being led into the camp and the gates close behind them there are 3 Japanese men in suits standing before the internees. These 3 men then tell the newcomers "Welcome to Sand Island, we are your friends" and bow down before them. What was that all about?? Were these Japanese some higher-ups in the camp? Were they some go-betweens between the American guards in charge of the camp and the Japanese internees? Maybe I missed something.

Milton Collins mentions that this is the first he sees the actress playing Nancy Nakamura and that she returns in another episode. The actress (Marilyn Tokuda) actually first appeared earlier this season in "The Eighth Part of the Village".


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:24 am 
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I hate the typical brake failure trope in general, because it makes the driver (Higgins in this case) look like a fool for acting as if the brakes are the only possible method of stopping, or even slowing down the car. Why not remove your foot from the gas pedal for starters? That alone will slow you down quite a bit. Additionally you can downshift, and engine braking will slow you down even more. Higgins, like other victims of this trope, did neither of those things.

On top of that, one failed brake line doesn't result in the complete loss of brakes in any car made since about the mid-1960s, because they have dual-reservoir master cylinders, which places the brakes on two separate hydraulic circuits. The most that you can lose from one brake line failure is the brakes to two of your four wheels. Additionally, the emergency/parking brake is entirely unaffected, because it is cable-operated, not hydraulic. Higgins of course, didn't even try the emergency/parking brake, which, combined with his remaining brakes on two wheels, removing his foot from the accelerator, and progressively downshifting through the gears, would have stopped the car in plenty of time.

Furthermore, aside from impact damage which might happen if you take the car off-roading and a big rock in the ground catches your brake line, about the only think which will cause a brake line which had been working all along to fail out of the blue is rust damage on the steel lines or dry-rot or some other form of rubber deterioration on the flex lines. However, that Ferrari was almost brand new, as the previous one was replaced after exploding at the beginning of the third season, and I doubt Robin Masters would buy a used car. And even if he did buy a used one, it was a GTSi, so the oldest it could have been in 1983 was 3 years old.


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