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How Would You Rate This Episode?
10 (Perfect!) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
9.5 (One of the Best) 7%  7%  [ 5 ]
9.0 (Excellent) 12%  12%  [ 8 ]
8.5 (Very Good) 25%  25%  [ 17 ]
8.0 (Pretty Good) 29%  29%  [ 20 ]
7.5 (Decent) 17%  17%  [ 12 ]
7.0 (Average at Best) 6%  6%  [ 4 ]
6.5 (Not So Good) 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
6.0 (Pretty Bad) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
5.0 (Just Awful) 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:28 am 
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I liked the beginning of the episode but the last act was too rushed and over the top.

I do like the idea of Higgins returning to MI6 though. I think a more subdued "cloak and dagger" style episode would have fit the character better.Higgins is a lot more John le Carré’than Ian Fleming.

The last scene was very cute. It seems like the lads haven't had nearly as much screen time the last couple of seasons.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:58 am 
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I thought that it was kind of a silly premise, but it was a well acted episode. Magnum's inability to drop the subject of Higgins being fired was very typical which made it surprising that Higgins seemed surprised that the cover story hadn't stopped him from tracking him. I thought that the battle scene towards the end was more of a spoof on shows like The A-Team than anything. Why would MI6 recall a man in his 60s that was out of shape and had been out of a military setting for so many years to infiltrate and stop an entire rebel army? Then that man and three people whom had been out of the military for a good 7-10 years were able to stop that army within minutes without any aid? That's pretty A-Team, but the bulk of the acting was top notch so it was easier to take a nod to other shows for something like that.


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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 3:35 pm 
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Oh dear, I think I'm going to be swimming against the tide as I found the last 10 minutes of this quite a struggle to watch and thought that MPI's excursion into A team territory wasn't too successful, IMHO.

The shame of it was the first 35-40 minutes were very good, excellent character interplay and the clever cross episode references, as mentioned above, e.g. Mackerras from Deja Vu being mentioned.

Higgins apparently being dismissed for embezzlement was a good start and TM not believing it showed how much he couldn't believe what he was told by Robin.


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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 3:24 pm 
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I did find this episode kind of far-fetched but I did enjoy the set up of Higgy being dismissed by Robin Masters.
I also didn't see it coming that the woman taking over for Higgins was an agent.
Not one of my favorite episodes but hey, it's Magnum---they'd have had to screw up pretty bad for me to totally not like an episode.


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 3:57 pm 
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Very entertaining episode, although the notion of Higgins backing a band of insurgents training in Hawaii to take over some fictional islands is totally implausible. The opening with Higgins have being terminated from his position at Robins Nest was the best part and it may have made a better story if someone had done this to discredit Higgins. Instead it was a ruse by Higgins and Robin so Higgins could infiltrate the insurgents. 9.5


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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 5:53 pm 
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New user to this site, love it! I'm going through and rating the episodes as I watch them at random (I pick and choose between favorites and ones that I haven't seen in awhile). This was one I hadn't seen in awhile. I rated it a 7.5, somewhat wacky interesting episode. The Higgins flag completely cracked me up and I loved Magnum's interactions with the lads lol!!!


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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 10:19 am 
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I think there are a lot of things in this episode that are great.
Great acting.
The surprise opening and Magnum and TCs investigation at the estate.
It was also fun that the lads had a bigger part again.

But that rushed end almost kills the whole episode for me. This reminded me why i never was a fan of A-team. Soldiers running into the bullets?! It´s just too silly. Dozens of people dead, and not a single drop of blood.

It should have included a twist at the end where we would find out that the whole thing was a dream of Higgins.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:22 pm 
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This episode contains what may be the only instance of a plausible "hotwiring" procedure in TV/movie history. Notice that there were two separate steps, first a permanent electrical connection was made, which he did in the engine compartment, and then a temporary electrical connection was made, which he did under the dash. This is how it has to be done in real life, because that's what happens when you start a car with a key. When you turn the key the ignition lock switch is put in the "run" position, which gives juice to the ignition system. This is the permanent electrical connection. As you continue to turn the key, it goes to the "start" position which cranks the starter. As soon as the engine starts you let go of the key and it springs back to the "run" position. That is the temporary electrical connection.

In order to hotwire a car, you have to create those two connections via direct wiring, bypassing the ignition lock switch.

The scene wasn't without its problems though, the biggest problem being that hotwiring in and of itself is useless on cars made since ~1970, because they have a steering wheel lock which is [de]activated by the ignition lock switch. Hotwiring will start the engine, but since you bypassed the ignition lock switch, the steering wheel remains locked, so you can only drive in a straight line. In the case of an automatic, you can't even do that, because you won't be able to shift it out of park. Of course, Magnum's car is a standard, so he could have at least driven in a straight line.

Another issue: it was a nice touch showing him make the permanent connection in the engine compartment, because, unlike what you normally see on TV/movies, that's the easiest place to do it. However, the temporary connection which actually starts the car is also far easier to make in the engine compartment (all you need to do is jump the starter solenoid or relay with a jackknife, screwdriver, or whatever, i.e., no messing with wires at all), while it is next to impossible to make from under the dash like Magnum did, without help ("help" could be in the form of schematics, prior memorized knowledge, or a time consuming process of tracing out the connections manually). Even if you know exactly which wires to use under the dash, it is still a lot easier (and non-destructive to boot) to jump the solenoid.

Also, the gum wrapper was not only unnecessary, but counterproductive as well. After you twist-splice wires together, you want to wrap the splice with insulating material (such as electrical tape), not something conductive like foil. Wrapping it with foil just makes it more susceptible to shorting out on something while driving, more susceptible than if he'd wrapped it with nothing at all. On the other hand, encasing the splice with the chewed gum itself would have been a good idea (gum is made out butadiene-based synthetic rubber, which is an excellent electrical insulator). I suspect that whoever orchestrated that scene got their wires crossed with regard to the role of gum in that situation, thinking it was the foil wrapper rather than the gum itself which was to be used on the splice.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:51 am 
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What makes this episode for me, is the ending scene! When the lads jump on the bed with Higgins, his expression and contentment is wonderful!

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