James J. Walters wrote:
Also, people seem to celebrate the final scene, where Magnum (whom we assume is talking to Higgins) is actually talking to Apollo – but personally, I saw the ‘surprise reveal’ a mile off!
For me, it's not the twist that makes it such a great scene, although the twist is
a fun one. It's just one of those iconic, memorable denouements where nothing much happens, yet it somehow says so much about the show and its characters - Magnum, sneaking around in the study, Brandy and cigar in hand, reflecting on the most recent case and the life lessons that were learned. The scene also demonstrates what a long way his relationship with "The Lads" has come. At this point, instead of loathing them, he loves them! It's little things like this that make the show so great.
I'll happily agree that it's one of the show's nice amusing ends to an episode - maybe I concentrated too heavily that I found it obvious who TM was talking to. I agree ending where little happens yet a lot is said is good.
Anyway, I just watched 'The Island Isn't Big Enough...' ...now THAT's a bad episode! Review tomorrow.