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How Would You Rate This Episode?
10 (Perfect!) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
9.5 (One of the Best) 6%  6%  [ 4 ]
9.0 (Excellent) 6%  6%  [ 4 ]
8.5 (Very Good) 19%  19%  [ 12 ]
8.0 (Pretty Good) 39%  39%  [ 25 ]
7.5 (Decent) 17%  17%  [ 11 ]
7.0 (Average at Best) 5%  5%  [ 3 ]
6.5 (Not So Good) 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
6.0 (Pretty Bad) 5%  5%  [ 3 ]
5.0 (Just Awful) 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 64
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 Post subject: Re: The Hotel Dick (6.5)
PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:25 pm 
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KingKC wrote:
I think this episode was decent to pretty good and kind of fun to watch. This is one of the few episodes where I see hidden meaning to MPI. TM tries a "real job" because he senses the private investigator gig is not working out, especially financially. It is that slow realization, starting with Mac's Back, that all is not well in TM's life, he is doubting himself, and changes are needed. TM quickly reverts back to the easier life of a PI but I think he knows things will have to change permanently at some time.

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Excellent observation, fits in with the larger view I take of the show about a vet readjusting to life post war.

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Hi Guys,
I am not aware of anyone on the Magnum Boards finding the below in joke before, so maybe I can get it into the "Notes" section of the Episode Guide for "Hotel Dick".
Around the 29/ 30 minute mark Magnum explains to Clyde the hotel manager that he wasn't talking to anyone in his room, rather

"I had the tv on. You know one of those silly family sitcoms with these cute little kids and the father, see, he's a doctor".

At the time this episode aired, October 17, 1985,The Cosby Show, about a Doctor and his family, was running on NBC opposite Magnum PI.

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That's cool, I like when they drop little things like that in . . .

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 Post subject: Re: The Hotel Dick (6.5)
PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:49 pm 
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ConchRepublican wrote:
KingKC wrote:

Luther's nephew Dobie wrote:
Hi Guys,
I am not aware of anyone on the Magnum Boards finding the below in joke before, so maybe I can get it into the "Notes" section of the Episode Guide for "Hotel Dick".
Around the 29/ 30 minute mark Magnum explains to Clyde the hotel manager that he wasn't talking to anyone in his room, rather:
"I had the tv on. You know one of those silly family sitcoms with these cute little kids and the father, see, he's a doctor".
At the time this episode aired, October 17, 1985,The Cosby Show, about a Doctor and his family, was running on NBC opposite Magnum PI.
Luther's nephew Dobie

That's cool, I like when they drop little things like that in . . .


Hi Conch,
One might be surprised how many times tv writers slip in in jokes. On the Honeymooners, when they show the Raccoon Lodge, a chalkboard lists members in arrears for dues and the names are the main writers for the series.
I believe I have found the mother of all in jokes, an amazing one considering who is involved, and I figure people who like Tom Selleck westerns will like the following:


Wagon Train - Season 4 E09 The Colter Craven Story - YouTube

Check out the 42:30 mark at the above link for the Wagon Train episode,
"The Colter Craven Story" directed by John Ford.
In the scene where Adams(Ward Bond) meets General Grant at Shiloh,
General Sherman rides up and says, "Sam, Buells up. Means we can resume fighting in the morning."
But it is without a doubt Duke Wayne's voice and knowing that, you can easily discern it's Wayne in the darkly lit scene.
The credits(can't see them on Youtube, I again saw them on tv the other day) say Michael Morris played Sherman.
As you know Wayne's real name is Marion Michael Morrison.
Wayne previously portrayed Sherman in How the West Was Won where he is seen talking with Grant at Shiloh in a scene staged so like this episode there can be doubt the Wagon Train version is an in joke as both were directed by Ford.
Other members(Ken Curtis, Hank Worden,) of the John Ford stock company also appear in this episode with Ford favorite Ward Bond.
Ford also includes in this episode, as he did in many of his films such as The Searchers, a lingering shot of Ward Bond from behind to highlight his enormous rear end, just to again tick Bond off.
I have books on Wayne and Ford, saw many documentaries on their work but no one mentions the above, at least that I have seen. I did send it in to that IMBD or whatever its called movie site, they had it up for awhile, uncredited, then it disappeared.
By the way, just a few years ago some movie mavens determined that given total sales of his movies, how often they are shown world wide on various platforms, public interest/books/blogs/articles about them, that John Wayne is still the biggest movie star in the world, sorry Harrison Ford. Amazing, given he died in 1979.


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 Post subject: Re: The Hotel Dick (6.5)
PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 10:59 pm 
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I'm back around to this episode again, and it occurs to me that early on in the episode, the chase shows a good example of early parkour.


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