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How Would You Rate This Episode?
10 (Perfect!) 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
9.5 (One of the Best) 8%  8%  [ 6 ]
9.0 (Excellent) 15%  15%  [ 11 ]
8.5 (Very Good) 32%  32%  [ 23 ]
8.0 (Pretty Good) 20%  20%  [ 14 ]
7.5 (Decent) 10%  10%  [ 7 ]
7.0 (Average at Best) 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
6.5 (Not So Good) 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
6.0 (Pretty Bad) 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
5.0 (Just Awful) 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:17 pm 
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This is the official MM thread for Who is Don Luis Higgins, and Why is He Doing These Terrible Things to Me? (6.19). All discussions and reviews for this episode should go here. If you wish to rate the episode, please do so with the poll. The avg. score will be the official 'community rating', which will be used on the episode page (updated monthly).

This thread is also linked in the episode page of the Episode Guide.


Original Air Date: 3/20/1986
Family ties bind Higgins as he tries to juggle the demands of an international chess tournament, a visting dignitary and his flamboyant half brother Don Luis Mongueo.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:00 pm 
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This is a really fun episode, full of noteworthy events. We see another of Higgins' half brothers, again played by John Hillerman. We see a young Albert Stanley Higgins (Higgins father) played by a young Anthony LaPaglia, no less. We see the inside of the real Eve Anderson Estate boathouse, which is used for outdoor shots of the guesthouse in the show. We learn that Magnum and Rick are fans of legendary jazz pianist/composer Dave Brubeck. We see a rare shot of the part of the main house at Robin's Nest that faces the ocean.

And then we have the chess scenes. If you love MPI and chess, like I do, then this is the apex - Magnum and Higgins in the study playing chess. It all goes downhill from there, unfortunately. Higgins apparently loses to Magnum 4 out of 5 games, because of Magnum's "Castle Blitz" (Uncle Lyle's Castle Blitz to be more precise). The "Castle Blitz" is apparently an almost unstoppable opening trap for White, ending with a Black queenside castle checkmate, seven moves out of the opening! Higgins, who supposedly plays at the "expert" level and has the highest ranking on the islands, plays into a mate in 1 and falls for the same opening trap four times!? There's Higgins, with all of his minor pieces undeveloped, playing a4 and right into a mate in 1!? Huh?

If that's not ludicrous enough, Magnum's checkmate (clearly shown on the screen) is not even close to being a checkmate, based on the setup of the pieces on the board! It's so bad, it's actually funny! Killer chess set, though.

Was there not one chess fan in the MPI cast & crew to consult with? Still, the scene is fun and most people wouldn't notice the chess flubs. It's all part of that Magnum Charm. ;)

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James J. Walters wrote:
We see a young Albert Stanley Higgins (Higgins father) played by a young Anthony LaPaglia, no less.


I was shocked to see LaPaglia... his Australian accent was so transparent!

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Kanani Choy appears as the postal clerk. She previously appeared in "The Return Of Luther H. Gillis" as Big Sally who was best remembered for going after Magnum and Luther with a rather large fryin pan.

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As a big fan, in the past, I had recorded all the Magnum episodes in VHS (watching them non-stop, a lot of times) and now I'm deleting them while buying the DVD collection.

But it seems I deleted this one and currently, I haven't got Magnum season 6, so I can't watch this episode again but I remember it very well, of course, and I would like to know if the names of the chess grandmasters quoted by Higgins (using their famous moves) during this episode were true ot not ?
Unfortunately, I can't remember these names (one of them sounds a bit like the name of the famous cellist "Rostropovitch" !)

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Sadly, Higgins doesn't mention any grandmasters in this episode. He mentions one in "Ms. Jones", a 1920s grandmaster by the name of "Roskilanovich" [sp] who is fictional.

This episode does have one of my favorite Higgins war stories, however - The Gunga Din Story

Magnum: If you're Higgins, anytime is the time. The "Gunga Din Story" now!

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That's it !
Thanks a lot. Well, I was mistaken about the episodes, ooops !

I was almost sure it was fictional because some years ago, as a chess amateur, I had searched and downloaded via peer-to-peer many pdf files about the most famous chess moves and nothing about this Grandmaster name ! :wink:


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Rubber Chicken,

What do you think,is this the location of the opening scenes?

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg22 ... ietra4.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg22 ... Pietra.jpg

It is the old Dillingham house but is now La Pietra-Hawaii School For Girls.
The address is:

2933 Poni Moi Rd

The second pic is from Diamond Head.


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Sure looks like it to me. I just qued it up and I think you got it.


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Thanks Apollo...I thought so........Welcome to the forum.


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