I finally got around to viewing this episode recently on the Season Six DVD. What an episode! Simply one of the best MPI
episodes of all-time. This watershed episode continues the "Michelle/Magnum" storyline and has a little bit of everything - great plot, good pacing, heavyweight recurring characters (Michelle, Buck, Maggie, etc.), apt narration, classic on-location settings (Valley of the Temples, Parke Chapel, Little Saigon) and a near perfect climax/ending! What an emotional ending, with Lily and Michelle walking away, across the bridge, at the Byodo-In Temple. The tears were flowing big time, let me tell you!
A couple of nice touches in this episode: Towards the end, when Magnum is leaning over Michelle, there is nice shot with the camera looking up at Magnum (from Michelle's point of view on the ground) and the sun is peaking out from behind TM's head. This exact same shot was seen in Memories Are Forever
, only with the roles reversed (Michelle was looking down at Magnum). Then at the very end, as Magnum and Michelle are saying their goodbyes, there is a very effective long pause and then Michelle begins to walk away. After what seems like minutes, Magnum then finally asks the question we've waiting for him to ask the whole episode - Is Lily my daughter? Great stuff!
And I loved that bright yellow Eddie Robinson t-shirt T.C. was wearing. T.C played Tight End at Grambling. Nice touch!
Higgins said something that confused me, however. Maybe you guys can clarify it for me. Higgins said of Lily, "Yes, you can certainly see her mothers oriental heritage"
. Her mothers oriental heritage? Michelle is French is she not?!