This is one of my favorite episodes of season 8. I thought Janis Ward was great. She has a great line when she learns that Magnum is going to let her tag along on his case; "This is so great. Do you supply a gun, or should I bring my own."
I love it. For some reason it reminds me of "leave the gun and take the cannoli."
TC's helicopter (N4943T)
is seen again (The People vs. Orville Wright
), instead of N1095A.
I thought this episode offered some genuine authenticity by showing the "Safeway"
grocery store. I liked the fact that they didn't have to come up with some fictional name like Day-n-Dark
Although I really like this episode, I thought it ended rather abruptly. We see Magnum and Rita running from the bad guys and being shot at. Then we see them jump into the garbage truck, and then we see Higgins and Joe in the final scene at Robin's nest.
The second is Higgins' reaction at the end, when Joe callously begins talking about Higgins' role at the estate. It appears to be a rare instance of Higgins letting his guard down, and briefly suggesting (to the viewer) that he is in fact Robin Masters. (I could be misinterpreting the scene, although it seems logical in a season where the theory was repeatedly touched upon.)
I had a different take Shermy. My take on this final scene was that Joe thought that Magnum owned the estate and Higgins let Joe believe that, and that Higgins merely worked for Magnum. Joe says to Higgins: "You know Higgins, Magnum's got one sweet layout here. You must enjoy working for him."
Higgins replies, "It's an experience. As you can see Mr. Magnum takes inordinate pride in the his dedication to the horticultural arts."
That final scene reminded me of the scene in "Compulsion"
(season 5) when Magnum, Rick and TC helped Higgins fool his Sandhurst mates into believing that Higgins owned Robin's Nest.