I actually like this episode. Magnum finally gets to convey his investigatory knowledge to a willing audience. Magnum has always talked about writing a book on How To Be A World Class Private Investigator
, but for some reason never got around to actually putting it onto paper. This combined with the way he narrates most episodes, and explains what he is doing, or how to spot a tail, etc., makes the part-time teaching position a good fit for Magnum. I thought he was very believable in his role as a new adjunct instructor. You can see the eagerness in his face and in his mannerisms (the way in which he wrote his name on the chalk board), and the desperation and disappointment on his face when he thought he might lose the class due to Merle's withdrawal.
I thought the plot was pretty good, although I didn't buy Ted Haslett's reasoning for thinking the Treasury Agent had gone bad simply because no one else in the Agent's office was aware of Ted's tip. I'm sure each Agent has his or her own case files to work, and when they receive new tips, they don't suddenly announce it over the office PA system, like a Ferrari salesman who has just won a sales contest for an all expenses paid vacation for 4 to Waikiki.
There was a great scene at the bar. After Magnum announces that all the drinks are on him, a big guy comes up to the bar and starts pounding beers.
In many episodes we see Rick, TC and even Higgins berate Magnum for never paying them for anything, i.e., bar tab, gas money, bottles of wine, etc. However, at the end of the episode after Ted gives Magnum an envelope full of cash, Rick and TC go up to the front of the class and are discussing the case with the class, and as they are talking, both Rick and TC take money out of the envelope and Magnum is left with what looks like $20.00. So, Rick and TC finally get paid for their services. Actually, TC has done this to Magnum before. In "Don't Say Goodbye,"
TC took all the money paid to Magnum by his client, about $1,500. I think he may have done the same thing in "The Elmo Ziller Story."
The only flub I can remember is when Magnum is in the classroom for the first time and someone asks him how he got his investigation experience, the older gentleman, Albert, says that Magnum was a Lt. Cmdr. in Naval Intelligence. The flub is the fact that Magnum was never a Lt. Cmdr. He resigned as a Lieutenant, and when he was reinstated in "Memories Are Forever"
and again in "Blood And Honor,"
he was Commander.