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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 ]
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 Post subject: Re: The Hotel Dick (6.5)
PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:13 am 
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Episodes where the MPI main cast is sent abroad (whether it's U.S. mainland, Britain, France, Cambodia or just the other side of O'ahu) must always have been hard to create, of course, they are lacking of that "home advantage" and have to convince at another point. In this case it's not only an "away game" but also another step away from the characterization we're used to. I can't describe the real reason, but I think they did it perfectly well in here. Reading the other comments I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling this way, which makes it less unusual to me. :)

This one gets one score point more for my most favorite Magnum narration quote. "... but the reason clichés are clichés is because they ultimately either are true, or they work. That's why you never hear sayings you've never heard before. Those are the ones that haven't worked." He's just a philosopher disguised as a Private Investigator. Q.e.d. :lol:

By the way, I'm not sure withe the episodes, but it was not the first time Magnum wore reading glasses. I think he already had them in the first two seasons, if I'm not wrong ... :?:


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:47 pm 
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Re-watched this recently, and while I can see how some might find the premise a tad stifling, I didn't find it terrible or unbearable to watch. Granted, Clyde Daltrey is on par with Judge Doom in terms of hilariously obvious villains, but the payoff at the end is pretty well-earned. Plus T.C. leaping on top of the pile of people in the jewelry convention commotion is downright hilarious.

And that end shot! :D


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 Post subject: Re: The Hotel Dick (6.5)
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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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 Post subject: Re: The Hotel Dick (6.5)
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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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That's a good point about TM still going through the crisis we saw in "Mac's Back." "Maybe normal wasn't normal," as he says toward the end of this ep. He is seeing middle age coming up fast, and he needs to deal with that.


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 Post subject: Re: The Hotel Dick (6.5)
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:52 pm 
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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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 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.

KingKC


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.

Luther's nephew Dobie


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)
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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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Carol the Dabbler wrote:
For one thing, since when was Magnum ever all that worried about his finances? Sure, he'd like to have more cash, and sure it'd be nice to get Rick, TC, and Higgins off his back -- but those have never seemed to be major priorities. It's not like he has to pay rent or anything. Now, all of a sudden, he's willing to give up his flexible lifestyle for the foreseeable future, just to have a more reliable income. Huh?

Rockford, on the other hand, does have to make trailer payments and pay utility bills every month. He's chronically under threat of having his phone service cut off for nonpayment. Taking a "real" job at least long enough to get his back bills paid would be a believable move for him.

I agree with all this and really disliked this dull episode, but just as an aside, I don't think utilities were included in the free living at the guest house. Remember the episode where it's believed that Magnum has not paid his phone bill, and it becomes a running gag throughout the episode? Can't recall which one, S1 or S2 I think. Turns out the lads chewed up the wires. But, if he pays a phone bill, I bet he has to pay electricity and water too. The guest house must have its own utilities.

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Hi K.Hale... I think it was season 1.. Don't Say Goodbye..Higgins was mad because a call was placed to the estate for Magnum... Agatha Kimball


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The blind lady, yep. That actress was fantastic.

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