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How Would You Rate This Episode?
10 (Perfect!) 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
9.5 (One of the Best) 7%  7%  [ 4 ]
9.0 (Excellent) 14%  14%  [ 8 ]
8.5 (Very Good) 28%  28%  [ 16 ]
8.0 (Pretty Good) 17%  17%  [ 10 ]
7.5 (Decent) 19%  19%  [ 11 ]
7.0 (Average at Best) 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
6.5 (Not So Good) 7%  7%  [ 4 ]
6.0 (Pretty Bad) 5%  5%  [ 3 ]
5.0 (Just Awful) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 58
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IH wrote: 5. (This is one of the best flubs ever-because it is so stupid) As Magnum and Rick are wheeling Higgins and TC through the hospital, they are wheeling them down a corridor/hallway, and as they pass a maintenance man on a ladder the maintenance man is electricuted and falls down (as Magnum and Rick continue to wheel Higgins and TC). Two nurses and a doctor rush to the aid of the fallen maintenance man and you can hear (must listen carefully as Magnum is still talking) one of the nurses say "call an ambulance." They are already in a hospital, why do you need to call an ambulance?

I don't think this is a flub. It was obviously done on purpose with a tongue-in-cheek style. I admit it was an odd ending but flubs are not intentional.

I bet the actors held their noses as they did the last scenes. Talk about the maximum cheese...


I thought about this when I first saw/heard the flub, but I don't think it was intentional considering the actress that said it was merely an extra and probably not a professional actress. She was probably nervous and forgot where she was and blurted it out. The director and editor probably never caught it because it is barely audible.

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This episode is my new FAVORITE episode!

First of all, I LOVE the play on words that is the title...applying both to the under water world where TC's chopper has ended up and to the underworld characters that our guys have to deal with.

I, too, love the plots where the guys all pull together to figure out what's going on and when we see how loyal they are to each other. I was also taken in by that slimy Gerald. Now that I KNOW he's a slimy Gerald. I always like to go back and watch again to see the clues that I missed. For example, when I watch this episode now, I want to slap that nasty Gerald every time he says "my brother"...and he says it A LOT! I "shoulda" got suspicious.

Love the sequence just before Thomas dives the first time!

R: Thomas, I don't like this. It's six in the morning and you haven't been to sleep.

T: Neither have you.

R: Yeah. But I'm not the one who's diving 50 phantoms deep into the ocean.

T: It's fathoms and it's only fifteen.

Phantoms? C'mon, Rick! Although I know he's not into diving. In Dead Man's Channel, Thomas asked if he wanted to dive and he was very emphatic..."No!, no!, no!"

And then at the end. The...Most...Wonderful "Oh...My...God" in the whole series! In my opinion...

Makes me laugh every time I hear it!

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We MUST have an audio file of the painter's "Whoa-oh-ohhh" in the last scene. Low humor, but I laugh myself silly at it! :P


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Mark, with or without the "call an ambulance" at the end? ;)

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LOL! :P


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This isn’t an outstanding favourite of mine, but is better than a lot of the fifth season’s offerings.

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T.C. accepts a job delivering a mysterious briefcase to Oahu, but on the way, his chopper is shot down, leaving him in a coma. His brother Gerald joins the rest of the gang as they try to discover who was responsible and why. One of the season’s slightly better eps…

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This review contains spoilers.

Although not one of my outstanding favourites, ‘Under World’ is one of the shaky fifth season’s better offerings in my opinion. It’s certainly a notch up from the disappointing ‘The Legacy of Garwood Huddle’ previously.

Unfortunately, I had already read about this episode by the first time I saw it (some years ago now), so all along knew that T.C.’s ‘brother’ Gerald was a fake. Even so, it was still interesting to see it play out – although I can’t believe that Magnum or Rick, who know T.C. so well, wouldn’t have become suspicious at some point.

Talking of spoilers, I found it a bit strange that the episode’s opening trailer gave away that Higgins is shot and crashes his car during the story. Given that this doesn’t happen until about halfway through, it is quite unusual, as the opening trailers are usually very good about not giving too much away.

The bulk of a plot is fair, and gives each of the main cast (bar T.C., of course), a lot to do. The story is mostly a serious one, but does have it’s touches of comedy here and there.
One moment I really like is Higgins rambling away on one of his old war stories, brining T.C. out of his coma. I found this a really amusing moment (even if there had been a slightly similar set-up on ‘Happy Days’ some years previously).

The diving scenes are very well shot, and really bring the story to life. I did think it was foolish of Gerald to give himself away before Magnum had taken the briefcase to the surface, however.

Then there is the final scene, full of slapstick (and slightly surreal), as a series of accidents occur as Magnum and Rick wheel Higgins and T.C. out of the hospital. In a story that is mostly very serious, it is a nice light-hearted ending.

All-in-all, this is a pretty good story, although I did feel it was stretched a bit in the middle. I found the explanation of T.C.’s crash, relating to the briefcase carrying plutonium, a bit far fetched, but even so, this stands as one of the more interesting episodes of the fifth season.

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Other notes, bloopers and misc.:

* The opening trailer of this episode contains a very unusual edit of the regular theme, effectively starting near the end, and then cutting into another piece of music.

* As already mentioned on the main page, T.C. sings again at the start of this story (after doing so in the third season’s ‘Did You See The Sunrise?’ and season four’s ‘Operation: Silent Night’). I sometimes wonder if Roger E. Mosley was trying for a recording contract, all the singing he did on the show!

* Surprisingly, when Five broadcast this episode in 2002, they did not edit out any of the shots of Gerald chasing Magnum with the knife underwater (normally they heavily edited knife use). If they had done so here, it would have left a hole in the story – but that didn’t stop them on a couple of other occasions!

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I just watched this episode for the first time last night and I'm surprised to read the positive comments here. I found it to be one of the most far fetched episodes so far!

First, the plot doesn't make sense. Why is TC being used to smuggle plutonium between Maui and Oahu? How did the stuff get there? Where was it going? I just didn't buy the fact that a physicist happened to bring a suitcase full of PLUTONIUM to a conference in Maui. Then these other guys immediately knew all about it and were able to shoot TC's chopper down and the guy impersonating his brother was quickly able to assume that identity and fool his best friends. Not to mention the fact that he looks a lot like TC. Maybe they could have worked in a Soviet angle to at least give the plutonium angle some purpose.

Also, in addition to there being some really drawn out and boring scenes (Magnum and Gerald in the hospital waiting room, anyone??), there are some strange sequences in the episode. When Gerald is chasing Magnum underwater, all he has to do is inflate his BCD and fly to the surface (it wasn't that deep). Once he was up there, Rick could have helped him out. Even more, when Gerald comes to the surface and Rick is helping him into the boat with the stab wound, Mangnum appears unwounded, but Rick lets Gerald fall back into the Ocean to die -- he still thinks Gerald is TC's brother at this point!

Finally, when the bad guys are threatening to kill Magnum and Rick if he doesn't hand over the suitcase Magnum refuses despite the fact that he knows that it's only TC's camera inside. Would he really risk getting the two of them killed for a camera?

Sorry to be such a downer on this episode, but these elements annoyed the hell out of me!

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Did anyone else notice the vertically challenged man in the hospital waiting room when the guys go for coffee? He is standing in front of the drink machine. Is this the same guy that worked with the sumo wrestler in the tropical Madness episode? They looked similar.

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lutherhgillis wrote:
Did anyone else notice the vertically challenged man in the hospital waiting room when the guys go for coffee? He is standing in front of the drink machine. Is this the same guy that worked with the sumo wrestler in the tropical Madness episode? They looked similar.


That IS Bruce Johnson.


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Are all the diving scenes in MPI filmed off Rabbit Island?
Does Higgins break the fourth wall in this one?

I think the "call an ambulance" line is brilliant. It's so stupid it must have been deliberate!

Plutonium. Uh huh.

The ker-azy, whacky ending. Uh huh.
Oh well. Select Menu and go to the next episode!

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