I also like this episode, although I think it took to long to get to the mystery part of the episode. I would have rather seen more of Magnum’s deductive reasoning at work and Higgins playing Shakespeare than Barrymore vs. Fairbanks Duel #'s 3 and 4. By the time they got to the murder part of the episode it seems that there was only about 1/4 of it left. Anyway, it was an interesting episode.
I particularly enjoyed Inez Stuart’s explanation of her grudge against Higgins because Higgins refused to help her trick Robin into letting her play the “tempestuous dancer” in Babes From Babylon
. She continues to whine and says: “That movie would have meant my triumphant comeback.” Triumphant comeback? How far must one fall only to have a triumphant comeback from a movie called Babes from Babylon
The episode flub is:
1. While trying to blow up the mongooses ‘base station’ with two explosives tied together, Higgins tries to ease Magnum’s mind by saying, “and may I remind you that I am something of a demolitions expert. Did I ever tell you about the time in India when Corky Bostwick brought two untouchables to headquarters.” The statement that Higgins was in India with Corky Bostwick is a flub
because in “Mr. White Death” when Higgins first meets Earl Sipicus/Gianelli, Earl mentions that he wrestled with Corky Bostwick, and Higgins says, “I always wondered what became of Corky. He took a terrible hit at Anzio. We seemed to have lost touch with him. We heard rumors though.”
Anzio refers to the Allied Invasion (WWII) of the Italian coastline at Anzio on January 22, 1944. The Anzio campaign officially ended on May 24, 1944. So, Corky must have been wounded between January 22, 1944 and May 24, 1944. Higgins acknowledged in “Mr. White Death” that he never saw Corky again after he got hit at Anzio. We also know from “Higgins’ History” that Higgins was in India in 1948, four years after he was at Anzio. Thus, if Higgins never saw Corky Bostwick after Anizo-1944, then he could not have been in India with him in 1948.
James, we might have some information to update on Higgins' History. I didn't see the Anzio information on "Higgins' History" (January 22, 1944 through May 24, 1944). We know that Higgins was on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, but it appears that he was at Anzio most likely from January 22, 1944 through May 24, 1944, just in time to get ready for Operation "Overloard" (D-Day) on June 6, 1944.