List of Magnum, P.I. episodes

Magnum, P.I. is an American action drama television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator in Hawaii. The series ran on CBS, which broadcast 162 first-run episodes over eight seasons, from December 11, 1980, to May 1, 1988.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
118December 11, 1980 (1980-12-11)April 16, 1981 (1981-04-16)1421.0
222October 8, 1981 (1981-10-08)April 1, 1982 (1982-04-01)1720.9
323September 30, 1982 (1982-09-30)April 28, 1983 (1983-04-28)322.6[lower-alpha 1]
421September 29, 1983 (1983-09-29)May 3, 1984 (1984-05-03)622.4
522September 27, 1984 (1984-09-27)April 4, 1985 (1985-04-04)1519.1
621September 26, 1985 (1985-09-26)April 10, 1986 (1986-04-10)N/AN/A
722October 1, 1986 (1986-10-01)April 15, 1987 (1987-04-15)N/AN/A
813October 7, 1987 (1987-10-07)May 1, 1988 (1988-05-01)N/AN/A
  1. Tied with M*A*S*H


Season 1 (1980–81)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii"Roger YoungDonald P. Bellisario & Glen A. LarsonDecember 11, 1980 (1980-12-11)

In the pilot episode, Magnum accidentally uncovers a drug operation in the islands when picking up an old Navy friend of his at the airport and helps his friend's sister uncover the truth about a conspiracy involving the NIA and Southeast-Asian drug dealers. Magnum makes a casual reference to predecessor series Hawaii Five-O after his pursuers drive over a cliffside. When his friend winds up dead, Magnum must find his killers and uncover a smuggling ring that leads him to people from his past during the Vietnam War. Robert Loggia appears as 'La Bulle' (uncredited).

  • Originally shown as a Two-hour Pilot Movie, but in syndication is shown as 2 separate episodes.
33"China Doll"Donald P. BellisarioDonald P. BellisarioDecember 18, 1980 (1980-12-18)
Magnum is hired by a Chinese woman to protect her very valuable vase and finds himself chased by a special martial-arts practicing hitman.
44"Thank Heaven for Little Girls and Big Ones Too"Bruce Seth GreenBabs GreyhoskyDecember 25, 1980 (1980-12-25)
When Magnum is hired by a group of young girls to find their teacher, he runs into a plot involving kidnapping and art theft.
55"No Need to Know"Lawrence DohenyFrank LupoJanuary 8, 1981 (1981-01-08)
Higgins plays host to a British military General and Magnum is asked by the government to protect the man from the IRA.
66"Skin Deep"Lawrence DohenyDonald P. BellisarioJanuary 15, 1981 (1981-01-15)
An actress's suicide leads Magnum to investigate and he uncovers foul play.
77"Never Again...Never Again"Robert LoggiaTeleplay by: Babs Greyhosky
Story by: Jim Carlson & Terrence McDonnell
January 22, 1981 (1981-01-22)
When a Jewish friend of Magnum's disappears, Magnum helps his wife to locate the man and uncovers a Nazi plot.
88"The Ugliest Dog in Hawaii"Lawrence DohenyAllan Cole & Chris Bunch & Frank LupoJanuary 29, 1981 (1981-01-29)

Magnum helps protect a dog from being kidnapped by gangsters. Guest Star: Michael V. Gazzo

Note: First episode to feature the Mike Post and Pete Carpenter "Magnum P.I." theme music. It can be heard throughout the episode and over the closing credits from this episode onwards but it is not used yet over the opening credits until the episode number 12, Thicker Than Blood, which was its immediate answer.
99"Missing in Action"Robert LoggiaTeleplay by: Craig Buck & Ken Pettus
Story by: Craig Buck
February 5, 1981 (1981-02-05)
A singer at the club has premonitions of her long lost boyfriend eight years ago and Magnum helps to track him down, only to find that he's involved in a secret naval military special forces outfit, Delta Force.
1010"Lest We Forget"Lawrence DohenyDonald P. BellisarioFebruary 12, 1981 (1981-02-12)

A Supreme Court judge hires Magnum to locate his ex-prostitute wife who has been missing since the Pearl Harbor Attacks forty years earlier. Guest Stars: Miguel Ferrer, José Ferrer, Anne Lockhart and June Lockhart

Note: Miguel Ferrer and Anne Lockart act as the 1941 alter egos of the characters, which are played by their father/ mother.
1111"The Curse of the King Kamehameha Club"Winrich KolbeBabs GreyhoskyFebruary 19, 1981 (1981-02-19)
Magnum investigates when a kahuna places a curse on the King Kamehameha Club.
1212"Thicker Than Blood"Lawrence DohenyDonald P. BellisarioFebruary 26, 1981 (1981-02-26)

When T.C. is arrested by the United States Coast Guard for smuggling a man into the islands, Magnum and Rick must uncover T.C.'s real motives and discover a plot made by drug smugglers. This episode was the immediate answer to the episode number 8, The Ugliest Dog in Hawaii.

Note: First episode to open with the Mike Post and Pete Carpenter theme music.
1313"All Roads Lead to Floyd"Ron SatlofTeleplay by: Rogers Turrentine & Babs Greyhosky
Story by: Rogers Turrentine
March 12, 1981 (1981-03-12)
With just a ten year old postcard as a clue, Magnum is hired by a Midwest woman to find her missing father who's a small-time con man on the run.
1414"Adelaide"Lawrence DohenyRobert HamiltonMarch 19, 1981 (1981-03-19)
Magnum is hired by a jockey and her uncle to protect their prize-winning racing horse.
1515"Don't Say Goodbye"Winrich KolbeTeleplay by: T.J. Miles & Babs Greyhosky
Story by: T.J. Miles
March 26, 1981 (1981-03-26)

Magnum is hired by a blind friend to negotiate with a blackmailer and discovers a plot to murder his friend.

Notes: Mercedes McCambridge previously starred with Tom Selleck as "Ma Sackett" in the television movie The Sacketts. Ted Danson also later appeared with Selleck in the films Three Men and a Baby and Three Men and a Little Lady.
1616"The Black Orchid"Ray AustinRobert HamiltonApril 2, 1981 (1981-04-02)
Magnum is hired to participate in a rich woman's theatrical fantasy game, as long as Rick and TC, but things become complicated when her disapproving husband gets involved and the game turns deadly.
1717"J. "Digger" Doyle"Winrich KolbeDonald P. BellisarioApril 9, 1981 (1981-04-09)

Because of a threat to his life Robin hires a girl to check the security at the estate. She meets Magnum, and, pretending to be a big fan of Robin's, manages to penetrate the estate. The security agency locks down Robin's Nest and enlists the help of Magnum, Rick and TC to prevent a hit on Robin. Higgins is kidnapped in the process, but Magnum and Joy 'Digger' Doyle manage to save him. Magnum later discovers that the plot to kill Robin emanates from within the security agency. Guest Stars: Erin Gray and the voice of Orson Welles

Note: This was the pilot episode for an unmade spin-off series.
1818"Beauty Knows No Pain"Ray AustinRobert HamiltonApril 16, 1981 (1981-04-16)
In the middle of a criminal case, Magnum enters the Hawaiian Iron Man Triathlon with the help of his friends and a trainer.

Season 2 (1981–82)

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191"Billy Joe Bob"Ray AustinJeff WilhelmOctober 8, 1981 (1981-10-08)
Billy Joe Bob (James Whitmore Jr.), a hotheaded Texan, engages Magnum's services when his sister, Carol Ann, goes missing. Magnum has his hands full trying to keep Billy Joe from beating up every local who gets in his way and trying to find Carol Ann, who has gotten in over her head with the wrong crowd.
202"Dead Man's Channel"Ray AustinDiane FrolovOctober 15, 1981 (1981-10-15)

After her archaeologist father's boat is found deserted at sea in the Nihoa Channel, a marine biology student hires Magnum to find out what happened to him. The local natives warn Magnum to stay away from the "cursed" channel, but he's determined to find out what happened to the missing man.

Note: Roger E. Mosley as T.C. does not appear in this episode.
213"The Woman on the Beach"Donald P. BellisarioAndrew SchneiderOctober 22, 1981 (1981-10-22)
Rick falls in love with a beautiful woman he met on the beach. The woman, however, turns out to have been murdered forty years prior. Magnum must investigate the case and prove that Rick isn't seeing a ghost, while tracking down the woman's killer.
224"From Moscow to Maui"Mike VejarAndrew SchneiderOctober 29, 1981 (1981-10-29)

A year after escaping from Moscow in a MiG 23 fighter jet, a Soviet defector hires Magnum to help his girlfriend defect from an Olympic track team visiting Hawaii. She is under close watch of undercover KGB agents, and Magnum, T.C. and Rick, with assistance from Higgins, must carry out their plan with military precision to free her.

Notes: The "MIG" is actually a F-4 with a red star painting. The plot connects to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. The plot of episode 19 of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is almost identical.
"Memories Are Forever"Ray AustinDonald P. BellisarioNovember 5, 1981 (1981-11-05)
While working on a routine case, Magnum believes he has spotted Michelle, the woman he married while he was serving in the Vietnam War and who he thought had been killed in a bombing raid. T.C. and Rick are suspicious of the sighting but Magnum begins a thorough search of the area to find her. However, his search for Michelle places him in uncomfortable political territory. Magnum's desperate search for Michelle faces being forced to a halt after he has been called up for active Navy duty and ordered to testify in Washington. Magnum suspects that it's just a political smokescreen to try to get him off Michelle's trail. Magnum is briefly reunited with Michelle, who is married to Vietnamese General Hue, who is involved in delicate negotiations regarding returning remains of M.I.A.s and P.O.W.s from Vietnam. But Michelle is suspected of being a traitor agent and is in great danger.
257"Tropical Madness"Lawrence DohenyRobert HamiltonNovember 12, 1981 (1981-11-12)
Magnum is surprised when a beautiful woman from England spurns his advances - much to the amusement of T.C. and Rick - preferring Higgins. Magnum is certain the woman is feigning interest in Higgins to somehow use him for an ulterior motive and plans to uncover the truth. Higgins sees his doubts as jealousy and the relationship between the two men is pushed towards the breaking point.
268"Wave Goodbye"Sidney HayersReuben LederNovember 19, 1981 (1981-11-19)
An ex-surfing champion and friend of Magnum's turns up dead on the beach and Magnum investigates. The prime suspects are a local drug pusher and a Vietnam vet, but Magnum believes someone else may be involved.
279"Mad Buck Gibson"Winrich KolbeRobert HamiltonNovember 26, 1981 (1981-11-26)
Magnum is asked by the ex-wife of the adventure-seeking author Mad Buck Gibson to keep him out of harm's way until she collects the alimony he owes her. But, this task proves to be difficult as Magnum learns that Mad Buck is harboring a secret that could be the reason for his self-destructive behavior. Guest star: Darren McGavin.
2810"The Taking of Dick McWilliams"Winrich KolbeDiane FrolovDecember 3, 1981 (1981-12-03)
The Japanese wife of an old Navy buddy comes to Magnum for help when her husband is kidnapped and held for ransom. She asks Magnum to handle the ransom drop without telling her father, who never approved of the marriage in the first place. However, the deeper Magnum gets into the case, the more suspicious he becomes of the circumstances.
2911"The Sixth Position"Sidney HayersBabs GreyhoskyDecember 17, 1981 (1981-12-17)
As a favor to Robin Masters, Magnum finds himself acting as bodyguard to a famous ballerina after she's had several attempts made on her life, and T.C.'s previously undeclared love of ballet comes in handy, with him more than willing to help Magnum out on a case for once. Meanwhile, Rick accepts a job on Magnum's behalf to investigate a woman's husband, but Magnum becomes suspicious that the timing of the job is rather too coincidental and comes to suspect that he's been hired for another reason.
3012"Ghost Writer"Ray AustinCaroline EliasDecember 24, 1981 (1981-12-24)
Magnum is hired by an attractive "ghost writer" who is writing a biography of eccentric millionaire Harold Farber - whom she has never met in person, communicating only via phone - when all her notes on Farber are stolen, in an attempt to stop the book ever being written. Meanwhile, T.C. has landed himself a highly lucrative, but shady, piloting job delivering chemicals to a high-rise, but the building he is making the deliveries to turns out to be at the center of the mystery.
3113"The Jororo Kill"Alan J. LeviDonald P. Bellisario, Andrew Schneider and Reuben LederJanuary 7, 1982 (1982-01-07)
When Kate Sullivan, a journalist, and an old friend of Thomas, Rick, and T.C. from the Vietnam days, arrives in Hawaii and asks for Magnum's help in tracking down an international assassin, Magnum learns that the target is a Prime Minister visiting from a small island republic. However, Magnum becomes suspicious of Kate's determination to get the story up close and personal. Guest Star:Tyne Daly.
3214"Computer Date"Robert C. ThompsonBabs GreyhoskyJanuary 14, 1982 (1982-01-14)
While Magnum works on a case of computer espionage, the president of the company asks him to also investigate his wife, who he believes is having an affair. After Magnum begins his investigation, his loyalties are tested when he sees that she is indeed having an affair... with Rick!
3315"Try to Remember"Mike VejarAndrew Schneider and Reuben LederJanuary 28, 1982 (1982-01-28)
After waking up from a car crash while on a case, Magnum suffers from amnesia, having not been able to account for several missing hours. When the person his client hired him to find winds up dead, Magnum becomes a suspect and must prove his innocence and find the real killer.
3416"Italian Ice"Gilbert M. ShiltonDonald P. BellisarioFebruary 4, 1982 (1982-02-04)
Robin asks Magnum to fly to Sicily to rescue a beautiful young woman who is in the clutches of dangerous mobsters. The woman develops an immediate crush of Magnum, which puts his new relationship in jeopardy. Later, when the mobsters turn up on the island, trouble kicks into high gear. Guest Star:Mimi Rogers, Lenny Montana.
3517"One More Summer"Rod DanielReuben LederFebruary 11, 1982 (1982-02-11)
When an old Naval Academy friend and teammate, Dorsey Bramlett, now a professional quarterback, is nearly murdered, he asks Magnum to go undercover at his football team's training camp to protect him. Magnum's job is made all the more difficult by the strenuous workouts he must endure in training camp! Guest star: Pat Morita.
3618"Texas Lightning"Mike VejarRobert HamiltonFebruary 18, 1982 (1982-02-18)
Card shark Jeannie Lowry (a.k.a. "Texas Lightning") hires Magnum as her bodyguard at a high-stakes poker game aboard a luxurious yacht. But Magnum learns the poker game is just a facade and Jeannie is hiding something about her true intentions. Magnum and Jeannie are forced to make a hasty escape from the yacht and become stranded on a deserted island, later presumed dead.
3719"Double Jeopardy"Robert TottenReuben Leder and Babs GreyhoskyFebruary 25, 1982 (1982-02-25)
Robin's Nest is used as the location for a film starring Olivia Ross and her husband Jack Martin. Magnum is less-than-enthusiastic about being hired as Jack's stunt double and takes the job only because of his admiration for Olivia. But, when Jack is critically injured during a key scene in which Olivia shoots her husband with a prop gun - and the gun turns out to be loaded with real bullets - then Magnum investigates the mysterious circumstances. Guest star: Larry Pennell.
3820"The Last Page"Alan J. LeviAndrew SchneiderMarch 4, 1982 (1982-03-04)
A Vietnam veteran, whom Magnum distantly knows from a mission they both served on during the war, hires him to supposedly find his missing girlfriend. Unbeknownst to Magnum, the man actually has an ulterior motive and is using him to track down an old adversary with whom he has an old score to settle.
3921"The Elmo Ziller Story"Mike VejarRobert HamiltonMarch 25, 1982 (1982-03-25)
Magnum meets Higgins' illegitimate half-brother, a swaggering Texan named Elmo Ziller (also played by John Hillerman in a dual role), who was supposedly murdered. Now, Ziller's daughter asks Magnum to protect her father from ruthless killers, while Ziller asks Magnum to prove that his wife is trying to murder him. Meanwhile, Magnum can't help thinking that Higgins and Elmo are one and the same.
4022"Three Minus Two"Sidney HayersRobert Van ScoykApril 1, 1982 (1982-04-01)
A beautiful leading fashion designer hires Magnum to protect her when one of her two partners in their designer clothing company is murdered, and she suspects that the other partner may have been behind it. But the assignment proves tricky as several people had a strong enough motive for the murder, and someone is planning a revenge killing. Guest star Jill St. John

Season 3 (1982–83)

"Did You See the Sunrise?", "The Eighth Part of the Village", "Past Tense", "Black on White", "Flashback", "Heal Thyself" and "Faith and Begorrah" were the highest rated episodes in the show's history, and were all respectively the highest rated television events at all during their initial broadcasts.[1]

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"Did You See the Sunrise?"Ray AustinDonald P. BellisarioSeptember 30, 1982 (1982-09-30)

Magnum, T.C., and an ex-army buddy named Nuzo (played by James Whitmore, Jr.) try to track down Ivan (played by Bo Svenson), a Russian who held them captive during the Vietnam War and won't stop until he kills them all. Lieutenant "Mac" MacReynolds, claiming that he has been fired from the Navy, starts hanging around Magnum. In reality, Mac wasn't fired but is working under Buck Green's orders to find Ivan and prevent Magnum from killing him. After a night out at a bar, Mac is killed by a car bomb when he gets into Magnum's Ferrari ahead of Magnum. Magnum vows revenge. Magnum discovers that Nuzo, who is actually Ivan's operative, has hypnotized T.C. and convinced him to kill a visiting Japanese dignitary. Magnum stops T.C. in time, but due to diplomatic immunity Ivan is set free, his next target perhaps being the president. With Rick's help, Magnum captures Ivan, who taunts Magnum and tells him that he can't do anything to stop him. At the end of the episode, Magnum asks Ivan, "Did you see the sunrise?", echoing a wish Mac had expressed with his last words. Ivan replies "yes", and Magnum turns towards Ivan, raises his gun, and fires.

In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode #88 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[2]
433"Ki'i's Don't Lie"Lawrence DohenyPhilip DeGuere and Bob ShayneOctober 7, 1982 (1982-10-07)
In a crossover with Simon & Simon, Magnum is assisted by the Simon brothers in finding a stolen Hawaiian artifact that's supposedly cursed. This episode was broadcast immediately before the Simon & Simon concluding second part. In the original broadcast version, Higgins joins Simon & Simon in pursuing the woman who tricked him, with Magnum himself only appearing at the beginning and end. But a second conclusion was also shot for repeat and syndication purposes (the fleeing villain is caught), allowing the Magnum P.I. episode to be wrapped up so that it may be later rerun as a "stand alone" episode. Guest stars Jameson Parker, Gerald McRaney and Morgan Fairchild
444"The Eighth Part of the Village"James FrawleyGeorge GeigerOctober 14, 1982 (1982-10-14)
After narrowly avoiding being shot during a case, a fortune cookie convinces Magnum that it's time to repay his friends and associates, leading him to collect a crate of books from the docks for Higgins, only to find that it contains the daughter of a war comrade of Higgins who's searching for her American fiancee and seeking to escape her cruel father.
455"Past Tense"Michael O'HerlihyReuben LederOctober 21, 1982 (1982-10-21)
There's terror in the sky when two bad guys posing as tourists hijack T.C.'s helicopter and force him to fly to a nearby prison where a breakout is taking place.
466"Black on White"Alan J. LeviDonald P. BellisarioOctober 28, 1982 (1982-10-28)
Magnum manufactures a fake quarantine in effort to keep an eye on and protect Higgins from Kenyans taking revenge for a 1950s massacre by killing members of Higgins' old army regiment.
477"Flashback"Ivan DixonLance Madrid IIINovember 4, 1982 (1982-11-04)

Magnum dreams he's in 1936 - populated with versions of his friends - where he's working for a young woman whose father, a union leader, has been accused of the murder of a construction magnate.

Note: Lance Madrid III is a pseudonym for Robert Hamilton.
488"Foiled Again"Mike VejarTom GreeneNovember 11, 1982 (1982-11-11)
Magnum struggles to prove Higgins' innocence after he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of his old boarding school nemesis, William Troubshaw.
499"Mr. White Death"Jeff HadenReuben LederNovember 18, 1982 (1982-11-18)
An aging, former professional wrestling champion asks Magnum to find his long-lost son, but the elements of his story don't ring true. Guest star:Ernest Borgnine.
5010"Mixed Doubles"Burt KennedyReuben Leder and Rob GilmerDecember 2, 1982 (1982-12-02)
Practicing to take part in an upcoming pro-am tennis tournament, Magnum is assigned by Robin Masters to protect a spoiled young tennis star who is receiving death threats. Thomas finds his patience tested by the girl's bratty behavior, but is pleased that the tournament sees him reunited with an old flame - who it turned out to be the girl's main competitor and thus the prime suspect. Guest star: Kim Richards.
5111"Almost Home"Ivan DixonAlan Cassidy and Rob GilmerDecember 9, 1982 (1982-12-09)
When a feisty cocktail waitress is denied permission to scatter her late father's ashes at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor due to a court martial ruling that he was AWOL, she turns to Magnum to prove her father was indeed present during the infamous Japanese raid. (note - the names of the characters in this episode - Brigid Archer and her dead father Miles Archer - are taken from the Dashiell Hammett novel The Maltese Falcon).
5212"Heal Thyself"Leo PennRob GilmerDecember 16, 1982 (1982-12-16)
When a doctor who was a nurse during Magnum's days in Vietnam is accused of poisoning patients, he tries to clear her name, but is puzzled by her and her husband's rebuffing his offer of assistance and irritated by an aggressive reporter. Guest Star Marcia Strassman and Edward Winter
5313"Of Sound Mind"Mike VejarAndrew SchneiderJanuary 6, 1983 (1983-01-06)
Magnum is stunned when Wilson MacLeish, an eccentric millionaire whom he worked for, is killed in a plane explosion and leaves him nearly his entire fortune - which includes a videotape suggesting he expected to be murdered by a relative looking to get his money. Guest star Elaine Joyce
5414"The Arrow That Is Not Aimed"James FrawleySteven Hensley and J. Miyoko HensleyJanuary 27, 1983 (1983-01-27)
Higgins sends Magnum to collect a valuable Kenzan porcelain plate, newly purchased by Robin Masters, from the airport, but the artifact, which was entrusted to the care of a samurai warrior named Tozan while in transport from Japan, has been stolen by a ninja. Magnum teams with the samurai, but they must work fast, as the samurai code of honor dictates Tozan must commit Seppuku if the precious plate isn't retrieved.
5515"Basket Case"Ivan DixonJulie FriedgenFebruary 3, 1983 (1983-02-03)
T.C. and Magnum train their respective junior basketball teams for an upcoming game. T.C.'s team seems to have the advantage until Magnum meets a spunky young teenager with a great game and persuades her to join his team. Magnum and Higgins take a shine to the girl, but discover that her foster parents are criminals who are using her as a pawn in running their con games.
5616"Birdman of Budapest"Mike VejarLouis F. VippermanFebruary 10, 1983 (1983-02-10)
Magnum helps a woman looking to interview a reclusive bird expert, unaware she's actually a KGB assassin out to kill the man for his involvement in the 1956 Hungarian revolt. Meanwhile, he has troubles collecting his fee from a man whose beautiful employee is tough enough to shoot out the Ferrari's windshield to keep Thomas at a distance from her boss. Jacqueline Ray Selleck, Tom Selleck's (former) wife appeared as Ms. Roebuck.
5717"I Do?"Ivan DixonRob GilmerFebruary 17, 1983 (1983-02-17)
To smoke out the thief in a large family-owned business, Magnum feigns marriage to the CEO's niece, who drives a mean limousine and can't quite make up her mind how she feels about men, marriage and Magnum himself.
5818"Forty Years from Sand Island"Mike VejarRogers Turrentine, Rob Gilmer and Reuben LederFebruary 24, 1983 (1983-02-24)
As part of the research for an upcoming Robin Masters novel, Higgins contacts a witness in the 1942 murder of a WWII Japanese internment camp inmate by a civilian guard and soon after is badly injured in an accident when the Ferrari's brakes fail. When the mechanic confirms that someone has tampered with the car, Magnum sets out to find who wants to stop Higgins's research and uncovers blackmail and shady politics at the center of the case.
5919"Legacy from a Friend"Stuart MargolinRobert HamiltonMarch 10, 1983 (1983-03-10)
When his lifeguard friend Marcus Phillips is found dead on the beach the day after he's seen sporting an expensive new car he can't afford, Magnum suspects foul play. A young woman with an ambition to rise in the ranks of the police department joins him in the investigation, and they uncover secrets at the center of Marcus' life which led to his death.
6020"Two Birds of a Feather"Virgil W. VogelDonald P. BellisarioMarch 17, 1983 (1983-03-17)
Magnum investigates the crash of a small plane in the Estate's tidal pool and discovers it wasn't an accident and that the pilot he vaguely recognizes helped save him in the Vietnam War.
6121"...By Its Cover"Mike VejarRogers Turrentine, Donald P. Bellisario and Rob GilmerMarch 31, 1983 (1983-03-31)
A friend of Magnum's from his Navy days, "Hot" Rod Crysler (played by Stuart Margolin ), is being blackmailed by a corrupt narcotics officer into delivering marijuana, and when Magnum stumbles onto this, he seeks to clear his friend's name.
6222"The Big Blow"Alan J. LeviReuben LederApril 7, 1983 (1983-04-07)
A hurricane battering the islands isn't enough to stop Robin Masters' spring equinox party, a lavish event attended by a close circle of friends, but the arrival of a pregnant young woman with identical twin boys and two ex-cons intent on grand larceny does. Further complicating matters is Robin's assertion that one of his guests is plotting to kill him that evening. Guest stars James Doohan and Barry Van Dyke.
6323"Faith and Begorrah"Virgil W. VogelDonald P. BellisarioApril 28, 1983 (1983-04-28)
Magnum needs some luck o' the Irish when he's hired to determine if a man's wife is cheating, and during the investigation meets Higgins's half-brother, Fr. Paddy McGuinness (also played by John Hillerman in a dual role), an Irish priest who believes that a relic (containing the ashes of burnt croziers) was stolen during a search for I.R.A. weapons.

Season 4 (1983–84)

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641"Home from the Sea"Harvey S. LaidmanDonald P. BellisarioSeptember 29, 1983 (1983-09-29)
Magnum's tradition of spending the Fourth of July alone at sea turns to a life-and-death battle when his surf ski capsizes due to a reckless boater and a strong current takes him further and further from land. Forced to tread water for hours in shark-infested waters, Thomas uses his memories of his mom and dad to keep himself alive while Higgins, T.C., and Rick begin a frantic search for him.
652"Luther Gillis: File #521"Virgil W. VogelReuben LederOctober 6, 1983 (1983-10-06)
When Magnum and old school private eye Luther H. Gillis encounter each other in a seedy hotel room with a dead drug dealer as they separately investigate the whereabouts of Nancy Perkins, a St. Louis runaway, they decide to team up to find the missing girl after the police burst into the room and arrest them on suspicion of murder.
663"Smaller Than Life"Alan J. LeviJ. Rickley DummOctober 13, 1983 (1983-10-13)
Trouble comes in all shapes and sizes when childhood friend Waldo Norris asks Rick to help him investigate an insurance claim for a priceless figurine. Rick then discovers that his friend isn't quite all he seems, but the truth of Waldo's identity may put an even higher price on finding the missing piece.
674"Distant Relative"Virgil W. VogelNick ThielOctober 20, 1983 (1983-10-20)
Magnum reluctantly agrees to chaperone Rick's prim and proper 22-year-old sister and then finds himself trying to keep up with a wild hellion. The girl goes missing after dragging Magnum to a low-life nightclub, but things take an even more bizarre twist when the police find her murdered in an alley.
685"Limited Engagement"Harvey S. LaidmanRichard Yalem and Jay HuguelyNovember 3, 1983 (1983-11-03)
A strange series of convenience store robberies introduces Magnum to the LaSalle sisters, two elderly women who are about to be evicted from their run-down boarding house. While still pursuing the perpetrator of the robberies, Magnum and Higgins take it upon themselves to organize a charity bingo game for the little old ladies.
696"Letter to a Duchess"Bernard L. KowalskiRobert HamiltonNovember 10, 1983 (1983-11-10)
While Magnum prepares for an annual surf-ski race, Higgins has his hands full hiding the beautiful Lady Wilkerson from two shady pursuers. Smitten by the maiden in distress, Higgins sends her a letter expressing his feelings, but she mistakenly thinks the amorous words are from Magnum. It quickly becomes a case of romance on the run when the duchess is kidnapped and the two "Romeos" must spring into action to save her.
707"Squeeze Play"Harry FalkReuben LederNovember 17, 1983 (1983-11-17)
A not-so-friendly bet between Robin Masters and ruthless magazine publisher Buzz Benoit could leave Magnum and Higgins on the street unless they can beat Benoit's team in a high-stakes softball game. Magnum thinks their chances of beating Benoit's beautiful magazine models is pretty high, until he learns that Buzz has brought in professionals to play.
718"A Sense of Debt"Ivan DixonJay HuguelyDecember 1, 1983 (1983-12-01)
After he runs into - literally - Vietnam veteran and professional boxer Leon Platt, T.C. steps into the ring in order to win a boxing prize that will save the man and his daughter from destitution. Higgins summons Magnum back from a job in Detroit to help before T.C.'s sense of guilt knocks him out for good. Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker appear as themselves. Guest star Shannen Doherty
729"The Look"Harry FalkLouis F. VippermanDecember 8, 1983 (1983-12-08)
A familiar voice on the radio leads Magnum to Holly Hudson, a popular Saigon disc jockey. Magnum discovers that Holly's been the recent victim of some very vocal death threats, but she's more concerned about the whereabouts of her missing fiance.
7310"Operation: Silent Night"Mike VejarChris Abbott and Reuben LederDecember 15, 1983 (1983-12-15)
Christmas Eve holds some unusual surprises when Magnum, T.C., Rick and Higgins find themselves stranded on a deserted island that the Navy uses for gunnery practice. As a Navy ship looking to do a little artillery work looms on the horizon, will the night end with peace and happiness for all?
7411"Jororo Farewell"Ivan DixonReuben LederJanuary 5, 1984 (1984-01-05)
The Little League International Goodwill Tournament becomes a site of terror for the young Crown Prince of Jororo, who plays center field for the visiting team. Magnum befriends the young boy and puts his own life on the line when he finds out there is a royal assassination plot in play.
7512"The Case of the Red-Faced Thespian"Ivan DixonRobert HamiltonJanuary 19, 1984 (1984-01-19)
It's murder most foul when Higgins is struck on the head with a stray croquet ball right before a lavish Great Gatsby-themed costume ball is scheduled to be held at Robin's Nest. As Magnum rushes to keep things under control, some priceless jewels go missing, and an addled Higgins finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of one of the guests.
7613"No More Mr. Nice Guy"Mike VejarNick ThielJanuary 26, 1984 (1984-01-26)
Magnum is forced to forgo his much-anticipated trip to the Army-Navy football game and a reunion with his 1967 championship teammates when Rick, T.C. and Higgins guilt him into remaining in Hawaii and helping Carol save her career by nabbing one of the largest drug distributors in the islands.
7714"Rembrandt's Girl"James FrawleyChris AbbottFebruary 2, 1984 (1984-02-02)
A woman (Carol Burnett) whose father was just released from prison asks Magnum for help in ensuring he doesn't commit further crimes.
7815"Paradise Blues"Bernard L. KowalskiChris AbbottFebruary 9, 1984 (1984-02-09)
Love is truly blind when T.C. drags Magnum to a meeting with a gorgeous jazz singer, Alexis Carter, whom T.C. fell in love with years ago in Vietnam. Magnum warns that trouble follows Alexis wherever she goes, and sure enough, she reveals she's on the run from dangerous Detroit drug dealers.
7916"The Return of Luther Gillis"John Llewellyn MoxeyReuben LederFebruary 16, 1984 (1984-02-16)

St. Louis gumshoe Luther H. Gillis returns to Hawaii, accompanied by his secretary Blanche, to attend the annual Private Investigators convention, where Luther has been informed he will receive an award. But while Luther and Magnum attend the convention, Higgins and Blanche are kidnapped from the Estate, and the two P.I.'s find themselves having to join forces once again.

Note: This was a pilot for a Luther Gillis spinoff; the series didn't sell, but this wasn't the last episode he appeared in.
8017"Let the Punishment Fit the Crime"Bernard L. KowalskiRobert HamiltonFebruary 23, 1984 (1984-02-23)
While Higgins is preparing to direct a selection of pieces from Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera The Mikado, to be staged at the Estate, Magnum is hired by an attractive young woman to find her missing brother, whom she claims has disappeared after joining a religious cult. The girl has musical experience and agrees to help out with rehearsals of Higgins' production while Magnum looks for her missing brother.
8118"Holmes Is Where the Heart Is"John Llewellyn MoxeyJudy Burns and Jay HuguelyMarch 8, 1984 (1984-03-08)
As he continues his memoirs, Higgins recalls the spring of 1976 when a friend from Sandhurst, David Worth, arrives in Oahu to attend the funeral of a mutual friend. Insisting that his name is Sherlock Holmes, and that Higgins is Watson, David firmly believes that their friend was murdered by none other than Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes' arch-nemesis.
8219"On Face Value"Harry S. LaidmanNick ThielMarch 15, 1984 (1984-03-15)
A high-speed car chase between Magnum and some black-market operatives spins wildly out of control when a young woman gets caught in the crossfire. But when he continues to have run-ins with the devious thugs, he begins to wonder if this "innocent victim" might be more than she seems.
8320"Dream a Little Dream"Roger E. MosleyReuben LederMarch 29, 1984 (1984-03-29)
It's a case of deja vu when Magnum is reunited with an attractive woman who was his first client five years earlier. She calls for his help once more with concerns that she and her young daughter are being threatened by some surfer punks right before a North Shore surfing competition.
8421"I Witness"John Llewellyn MoxeyReuben Leder and Chris AbbottMay 3, 1984 (1984-05-03)
When the King Kamehameha Club is robbed by thieves wearing animal masks, the three principal eyewitnesses have different stories about what happened and how their heroic skills saved the day from complete disaster. Now Magnum must go by instinct to figure out what is fact and what is fiction before the armed thugs strike again.

Season 5 (1984–85)

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851"Echoes of the Mind: Part 1"Georg Stanford BrownDonald P. BellisarioSeptember 27, 1984 (1984-09-27)
A young woman named Diane Dupres (Sharon Stone) claims she is being stalked by her twin sister, Deirdre, and hires Magnum to investigate. Magnum breaks his number one rule and becomes romantically involved with a female client. Diane begins to show signs of paranoid delusions when she calls Thomas in a panic claiming to have shot a man at her residence although Magnum and Higgins can find no obvious signs of an attack. Magnum stays at her residence out of concern for her well being, and the episode ends with Magnum taking a shower and Diane (or is it Deirdre?) stepping in to join him. The episode features, in the prologue, the music of the end credits of the movie Blade Runner, composed by Vangelis.
862"Echoes of the Mind: Part 2"Georg Stanford BrownDonald P. BellisarioOctober 4, 1984 (1984-10-04)
The morning after Thomas's sleepover it becomes apparent that Diane has multiple personalities when "Deirdre" emerges and disparages Diane as weak and naive, while describing herself as strong and sexy. In the end, Diane becomes too distraught to live and commits suicide.
873"Mac's Back"Alan J. LeviDonald P. BellisarioOctober 11, 1984 (1984-10-11)
Following the death of Diane, Magnum becomes depressed thinking about those in his life who have died or been taken from him, including his father, his wife, and his friend Lieutenant "Mac" MacReynolds (who was killed in "Did You See the Sunrise?: Part 1"). After a period of mourning, Magnum drives to Honolulu, where he sees a uniformed sailor bearing a strong resemblance to "Mac". Magnum rushes back to Robin's nest to tell his friends, and they think Magnum has gone off the deep end. Magnum combs Honolulu and Pearl Harbor before he finds that "Mac" is another Naval officer trying to get some Marine Corps pilots off the hook for illegal gambling. The "new Mac" makes an appearance at Robin's nest to prove he isn't a figment of Magnum's imagination.
884"The Legacy of Garwood Huddle"Vincent McEveetyRichard YalemOctober 18, 1984 (1984-10-18)
Garwood Huddle (Pat Hingle), an old friend of Higgins, turns up at the estate after escaping from prison. Garwood was a notorious bank robber in the 1940s recruited by Higgins during World War II to steal Nazi intelligence from a bank in Mexico City. He has escaped from prison to rescue his kidnapped grandson. Magnum agrees to help recover the child, and a report on a local TV station showing discrepancies between statements by the toddler's mother and stepfather gives Magnum the clue he needs to solve the crime and find Garwood III.
895"Under World"Ivan DixonReuben LederOctober 25, 1984 (1984-10-25)
T.C. finds himself in troubled waters when he agrees to make some curious inter-island deliveries, but before he can make the drop-off, his helicopter plunges into the sea.
906"Fragments"David HemmingsStory by: Nick Thiel and David Chomsky
Teleplay by: Nick Thiel and Donald P. Bellisario
November 1, 1984 (1984-11-01)

A psychic hires Magnum to save her from the future she's seen for herself - being murdered! Meanwhile, Magnum also finds danger in trying to get paid by a client, and Higgins organizes a benefit variety show.

Note: This is the last episode to be written or co-written by Donald P. Bellisario, although he shares story credit on the season six premiere "Deja Vu".
917"Blind Justice"Russ MayberryChris AbbottNovember 8, 1984 (1984-11-08)
Magnum wrestles with his conscience when he discovers evidence proving both that a man on trial for murdering his wife is innocent, but that got away with a different murder and contributed to his wife's death. Meanwhile, Higgins, tired of Magnum's slackness around the Estate, takes use of the Ferrari away from him.
928"Murder 101"Ivan DixonRogers TurrentineNovember 15, 1984 (1984-11-15)
At the urging of the students in the private investigation class that Magnum is teaching at a local college, he takes on the investigation into the disappearance of a student's fiancee as the class' field work.
939"Tran Quoc Jones"Russ MayberryChris AbbottNovember 29, 1984 (1984-11-29)
Magnum finds himself surprisingly attached to his young client, a small Vietnamese boy who lost his mother and whose only hope in the world is to find his missing G.I. father.
9410"Luther Gillis: File #001"Ivan DixonReuben LederDecember 6, 1984 (1984-12-06)
Robin and Higgins simultaneously ask Magnum to do some investigative work, so Thomas calls on St. Louis-based gumshoe Luther Gillis (Eugene Roche) to nail the man who's blackmailing Higgins, while Thomas goes undercover to investigate embezzlement in a bank owned by Robin's friend.
9511"Kiss of the Sabre"John PattersonJay HuguelyDecember 13, 1984 (1984-12-13)
Betty Windom (Cassie Yates), a writer friend of Robin stays at the Estate and soon involves herself in Magnum's insurance investigation of a hit-and-run, leading to her incorporation of Magnum and the case into her story.
9612"Little Games"Reuben LederDeborah PrattJanuary 3, 1985 (1985-01-03)
Hoping to make up for crashing the Estate's security system, Magnum has Mac fix it and challenges Ms. Krista Villaroch (Jenny Agutter), a beautiful insurance security specialist, to certify it's acceptable for the Estate to host a jewelry competition.
9713"Professor Jonathan Higgins"Peter MedakJay HuguelyJanuary 10, 1985 (1985-01-10)
After Agatha and her friends are swindled out of $10,000 by a shady investment company, she hires Magnum to track down the crooks and retrieve their money. Meanwhile, Higgins's distant cousin arrives from England to marry the heir of a local socialite and turns out to be a punk rocker in need of a drastic makeover before she can be accepted into society.
9814"Compulsion"David HemmingsChris AbbottJanuary 24, 1985 (1985-01-24)
Appearances can be deceiving when Magnum tries to convince Carol that she's not seeing signs pointing to the next case as being her last, and Higgins finds himself in a rough spot when his former Sandhurst comrades believe he's the owner of Robin's estate!
9915"All for One: Part 1"Mike VejarReuben LederJanuary 31, 1985 (1985-01-31)
Tyler McKinney, an old commando acquaintance, asks Magnum, Rick, and T.C. to help him rescue a buddy who is held prisoner after being captured in Chong Ker, Cambodia by Vietnamese soldiers.
10016"All for One: Part 2"Mike VejarReuben LederFebruary 7, 1985 (1985-02-07)
Magnum, Tyler and Higgins are held prisoner by the Vietnamese major that has a reign of terror over Chong Ker. As Rick recovers from his wounds, T.C. works with a local he's befriended trying to repair an old helicopter for their escape, but it becomes apparent that Tyler has been deceitful about the true nature of the mission.
10117"The Love-for-Sale Boat"Ray AustinJ. Miyoko Hensley and Steven HensleyFebruary 14, 1985 (1985-02-14)
Jim "Mac" Bonnick is back, and he takes Rick for a ride by "selling" him a luxury boat and three beautiful geishas. But some angry yakuza businessmen and the boat's actual owners aren't exactly pleased with the deal.
10218"Let Me Hear the Music"David HemmingsJay HuguelyFebruary 21, 1985 (1985-02-21)
Magnum is hired by country musician Lacy Fletcher (Dennis Weaver) to unearth five songs written over 25 years ago by legendary country singer George Lee Jessup shortly before his death, and it seems that Lacy is not the only person searching for the songs.
10319"Ms Jones"Ray AustinPhil CombestMarch 7, 1985 (1985-03-07)
A reluctant Magnum is hired by Madeline Jones (Margie Impert), as referred as the "Hall of Records" clerk who often aggravates him with excessive red tape, to help her find her husband, Ray (Sam Anderson), an expert computer programmer who has disappeared after completing work on a valuable new artificial intelligence formula.
10420"The Man from Marseilles"John Llewellyn MoxeyReuben LederMarch 14, 1985 (1985-03-14)
A famous, internationally-known French detective (Paul Verdier) - the real-life model for a series of best-selling novels by Robin Masters - who is staying at the Estate, asks Magnum's help in locating a missing heir he's trying to track down.
10521"Torah, Torah, Torah"Leo PennMartin Sage and Sybil AldermanMarch 28, 1985 (1985-03-28)
When Magnum picks up a rabbi friend of Higgins' at the airport they're ambushed, a valuable Torah is stolen, and the investigation of the theft leads Magnum to a gang of smugglers.
10622"A Pretty Good Dancing Chicken"Bernard L. KowalskiJay Huguely and Joe GoresApril 4, 1985 (1985-04-04)
Magnum's behind bars when he goes undercover as a convict in order to seek clues about the disappearance of Carol's 17-year-old niece.

Season 6 (1985–86)

"Deja Vu" (the two-part season opener), "Who Is Don Luis Higgins", "I Never Wanted to Go To France, Anyway", "Going Home", "Round and Around" and "Rapture" were the highest rated episodes of Season 6, garnering the most viewers during their initial broadcasts, with "Rapture" and "Deja Vu" getting the highest ratings during rebroadcasts.

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"Déjà Vu"Russ MayberryStory by: Donald P. Bellisario and Chris Abbott-Fish
Teleplay by: Chris Abbott-Fish
September 26, 1985 (1985-09-26)
While Magnum and Higgins are in London setting up Robin Masters' new estate, Magnum looks into a war buddy's death, and Higgins wonders if he should visit his father. Magnum helps Penelope (Francesca Annis) to continue to investigate Geoffrey's death and learns of Higgins' reluctance to visit his father (also played by John Hillerman in a dual role). Guest star Peter Davison.
1093"Old Acquaintance"Ivan DixonJill DonnerOctober 3, 1985 (1985-10-03)
An old friend from his high school days needs Magnum's help to track down a stolen dolphin.
1104"The Kona Winds"Jerry JamesonChris Abbott-FishOctober 10, 1985 (1985-10-10)
As a Kona storm front bears down on Hawaii, Magnum rescues a woman who fears for her life after witnessing her husband murder his partner. Meanwhile, Higgins tries to defend the Robin's Nest against nature's wrath.
1115"The Hotel Dick"Douglas HeyesReuben LederOctober 17, 1985 (1985-10-17)
An eavesdropping prostitute (Candy Clark) and a cat burglar make trouble for hotel-detective Magnum decides to get a 'real job' and takes on the challenge of being as the house detective for a hotel, but finds his boss all too Higgins-like and is tasked with apprehending an elusive thief before an upcoming jewelry convention to be held at the hotel.
1126"Round and Around"Reuben LederReuben LederOctober 24, 1985 (1985-10-24)
Ron Pennington, a friend of T.C. and Magnum, is shot dead when interrupting an armed grocery store hold-up, and they discover his son is linked to the murder.
1137"Going Home"Harry HarrisChris Abbott-Fish and Gene DonaldsOctober 31, 1985 (1985-10-31)

After thirteen years away, Magnum returns to Tidewater, Virginia to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Everett, and reopens a long-running family feud when he suspects his stepfather of stealing and selling a missing family heirloom — a letter from Abraham Lincoln.

Note: John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley and Larry Manetti do not appear in this episode.
1148"Paniolo"Russ MayberryJay HuguelyNovember 7, 1985 (1985-11-07)
A supposed wealthy teenage ranch owner hires Magnum to stop a dangerous group of cattle rustlers on Hawaii's big island, but Magnum finds that his employer isn't quite all he seems and that the neighboring ranch owner implicated of being behind the cattle theft is a business partner of Robin Masters.
1159"The Treasure of Kalaniopu'u"Ivan DixonReuben LederNovember 14, 1985 (1985-11-14)
Magnum and a group of his treasure hunting friends are held at gunpoint on a cliff top with the one million dollar prize that was the hidden object of a treasure hunt competition, organized to help promote Robin Masters' new novel by using clues from it.
11610"Blood and Honor"Mike VejarPhil CombestDecember 5, 1985 (1985-12-05)
Magnum is called back to service by Admiral Hawkes, who has reason to suspect that there is a security leak at his base that is leaking coded information, and Magnum's prime suspect is the fiancée of Hawkes' son.
11711"Rapture"Russ MayberryBruce CerviDecember 12, 1985 (1985-12-12)
As he and T.C. deep sea scuba dive, Magnum sees a young boy who appears out of nowhere with no breathing apparatus and signals him to follow. Determined to prove that the boy was real, he learns that his vision matches the description of a young boy killed five years earlier in an explosion at sea.
11812"I Never Wanted to Go to France, Anyway"Arthur Allan SeidelmanReuben LederJanuary 2, 1986 (1986-01-02)
An old comrade of Higgins' brings his traveling carnival to Hawaii. But when one of the performers is fatally stabbed, Higgins asks Magnum to investigate. Working undercover as a carnival 'roustabout', aided by Rick, Magnum learns that even before the killing, the carnival had been experiencing a string of 'accidents', and must pin-point exactly who is trying to force the show out of business.
11913"Summer School"Russ MayberryBruce CerviJanuary 9, 1986 (1986-01-09)
After being expelled from a number of expensive schools, R.J., Robin's rich, careless, teenage nephew, arrives at the estate to be reformed and educated by Higgins. R.J., however, has other ideas and decides to impersonate Magnum after being impressed by his adventures.
12014"Mad Dogs and Englishmen"Virgil W. VogelJay HuguelyJanuary 23, 1986 (1986-01-23)
Magnum investigates why Higgins has left the estate in disgrace, refusing to believe he's embezzled from Robin Masters, and is more than a little taken aback by his replacement, a rather dizzy actress.
12115"All Thieves on Deck"Jerry JamesonReuben LederJanuary 30, 1986 (1986-01-30)
With an attempt already having been made to steal it from the estate, Magnum is to spend a week aboard a luxury cruise ship guarding an Amakua, a valuable wooden Hawaiian statuette recently purchased by Robin Masters, to be displayed on the liner while en route to the Hilo Museum.
12216"This Island Isn't Big Enough"Leo PennReuben Leder and Chris AbbottFebruary 13, 1986 (1986-02-13)
When Rick's boat returns from a cruise deserted, Magnum searches for the answers to what has happened to his friend and the passengers on board, all now presumed dead.
12317"Way of the Stalking Horse"John Llewellyn MoxeyBruce CerviFebruary 20, 1986 (1986-02-20)
Magnum unwittingly leads a hitman — who hired him under the pretense of looking for his father — to his victim.
12418"Find Me a Rainbow"Rick WeaverJill DonnerMarch 13, 1986 (1986-03-13)
Lydia McCarthy, a wealthy young woman, hires Magnum to find her family's former chauffeur, claiming that he stole some jewelry from her, but she's really after her son. Much to Higgins' dismay, a group of underprivileged boys on a camp program stays at the Robin's Nest.
12519"Who Is Don Luis Higgins?..., ...and Why Is He Doing These Terrible Things to Me?"John Llewellyn MoxeyJay HuguelyMarch 20, 1986 (1986-03-20)

Another of Higgins' half-brothers arrives (also played by John Hillerman in a dual role), this one the last in the royal line of Costa Del Rosa and who ends up suspect in the plot to assassinate the country's president at chess tournament.

Note: Roger E. Mosley as T.C. does not appear in this episode.
12620"A Little Bit of Luck, A Little Bit of Grief"Ray AustinReuben LederApril 3, 1986 (1986-04-03)
Magnum and T.C. end up in jail after trying to save T.C.'s underprivileged kids' club from a greedy land developer. Rick returns from a trip to the mainland with one million dollars in lottery winnings and a new fiancée.
12721"Photo Play"Burt BrinckerhoffBruce CerviApril 10, 1986 (1986-04-10)
Photographer Sally Faraday (Cassie Yates), looking to hire Magnum, meets him in undesirable circumstances. During a car chase, Miss. Faraday's pursuers, two men in a brown sedan, smash into the front of the Ferrari leaving Agatha Chumley with a broken ankle.

Season 7 (1986–87)

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"L.A."Alan J. LeviChris AbbottOctober 1, 1986 (1986-10-01)
Magnum heads to the "City of Angels" to deliver lawsuit papers to a small film company on behalf of Robin Masters, and during the trip befriends a stand-up comedian. But when he finds her murdered in his hotel room, he investigates to find who is behind the killing. When he goes to deliver the subpoena to the film company, he strikes up a relationship with the attractive young attorney Cynthia Farrell (Dana Delany), and the pair work together to find the murderers. Meanwhile, back in Hawaii, one of the players on T.C.'s baseball team is mixed up with some small-time car thieves, and witnesses his friends being shot dead after stealing a car. Magnum and Cynthia became ever closer to each other as they investigate Marti's murder. Their search leads them to a drug trafficker, but their snooping around sees them almost killed. Back in Hawaii, T.C., with help from Rick and Higgins, continues to search for the missing Kenny (Alfonso Ribeiro), and get him out of the trouble he is in.
1303"One Picture Is Worth"Ray AustinJames L. NovakOctober 8, 1986 (1986-10-08)
A gifted deaf painter is the only eyewitness to a bank robbery in which four people were killed. Carol persuades Magnum to secure the young woman at Robin's Nest and act as her bodyguard when her life is endangered after identifying one of the perpetrators in a police lineup.
1314"Straight and Narrow"Harry HarrisReuben LederOctober 15, 1986 (1986-10-15)
Magnum's luck takes a tumble when he injures his ankle while training for an upcoming charity sports event, and if his foot doesn't heal in time, his place will be taken for the race. But his luck looks set to fall even more when he finds that prostitute Leslie Emery (Candy Clark), who he met when he was working as a hotel detective, has now given up working as a call girl and has recently taken a job as a waitress at the King Kamehameha Club, and wants to hire him to help her find her missing sister. Although she is well-meaning, Leslie has proven to cause nothing but problems for Magnum, and sure enough, in next to no time they are up to their necks in chaos, as they uncover that Leslie's missing sister is involved with powerful political figures.
1325"A.A.P.I."Russ MayberryReuben LederOctober 22, 1986 (1986-10-22)
At the 14th Annual Convention of Private Investigators, Magnum is to receive the 'Local P.I. of the Year' award, but the event is brought to a halt when Jean Claude Fornier, the famous French detective, suddenly drops dead while giving a speech, after being poisoned. Magnum is "helped" by several fellow crime-busting acquaintances as he seeks the murderer, and becomes entangled with a gang of drug smugglers.
1336"Death and Taxes"Alan J. LeviBruce CerviOctober 29, 1986 (1986-10-29)
While the others are away, Magnum begins the hated task of filling out his tax forms for an audit but is interrupted by a phone call from a serial killer with a nursery rhyme for him. The man then hints that he knew about Philippe (from "Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii"). When a prostitute and former client of Magnum's is found dead, Magnum ties together the murder with the nursery rhyme. After several more phone calls and another murder, Magnum confronts and kills the murderer, who turns out to be Milton Collins (Kenneth Tigar), a former client. Magnum concludes that Collins "died with all the secrets", as Magnum never found out how Collins knew about Philippe. The episode features, for the first time in the series, a song from popular culture: "Mama", by Genesis.
1347"Little Girl Who"Ray AustinDeborah PrattNovember 5, 1986 (1986-11-05)
Magnum's ex-wife Michelle (Marta DuBois) (from "Memories Are Forever"). leaves her five-year-old daughter Lily to be safeguarded by Thomas, as she escapes Vietnamese assassins out to kill her and her husband, General Hue. As Thomas watches over the child, he begins to wonder why Michelle has suddenly left Lily with him and if Lily is his own daughter, and once again sets about trying to track down his elusive former wife.
1358"Paper War"Tony WharmbyJay HuguelyNovember 12, 1986 (1986-11-12)
When Higgins unwittingly causes Magnum to wipe an expensive computer game loaned from T.C., and Thomas accidentally erases a chunk of Higgins' memoirs stored on the computer, a feud breaks out between the pair. Magnum is trying to break a major, crooked gambling ring that is operating on the islands, but it is none too easy while in the middle of the falling out with Higgins, which starts out with each trying to out-do the other with "eye for an eye" practical jokes, and quickly develops into a particularly bitter battle of wills. The episode ends by Magnum accusing Higgins of being Mr. Robin Masters.
1369"Novel Connection"Harry HarrisJay HuguelyNovember 19, 1986 (1986-11-19)
In a crossover with Murder, She Wrote, Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), on vacation in Hawaii, offers to help Magnum, who has been accused of killing a hitman with an unknown target, and continues in his corner when another murder occurs. Jessica Walter and Dorothy Loudon guest star.
Continued in the Murder, She Wrote episode "Magnum on Ice."
13710"Kapu"Ivan DixonDeborah Dean DavisNovember 26, 1986 (1986-11-26)
When Magnum is on a case, he saves a Hawaiian native girl after she witnesses a murder. When he is shot himself, Magnum is taken to a forbidden native island and must solve the loose ends and get back to civilization.
13811"Missing Melody"Harvey S. LaidmanRoger E. Mosley and Cal WilsonDecember 3, 1986 (1986-12-03)
T.C.'s children, Melody (Martina Stringer) and Bryant (Shavar Ross), come to visit him in Hawaii, but at the airport Melody goes missing. It transpires that the young girl has been kidnapped and is being held for $300,000 ransom. Magnum, Rick, and Higgins help in the rush to either raise the ransom money in time or deduce and find whoever snatched Melody. The kidnapping puts a strain on T.C.'s relationship with his son Bryant, as well as his ex-wife Tina (Fay Hauser), who quickly comes to Hawaii with her new boyfriend (Albert Popwell) as soon as she hears of the kidnapping of her daughter.
13912"Death of the Flowers"Jerry JamesonMaryann Kasica and Michael ScheffDecember 10, 1986 (1986-12-10)
While Rick is planning a surprise birthday bash at the King Kamehameha Club for Icepick (Elisha Cook), Carol asks Magnum to observe a court case she is presenting before Judge Kearns, who drops the case on a simple technicality. She considers the Judge to be her mentor, but is concerned that of late he has been acting uncharacteristically and suspects him of taking bribes to dismiss cases. She asks Thomas to help her hopefully disprove her worries. But the investigation turns up evidence that implicates Icepick, who in turn faces having to implicate the woman he was in love with decades earlier. Carol, Rick, and Icepick must all face up to the weaknesses and mortality of their mentors.
14013"Autumn Warrior"Tony WharmbyJay HuguelyDecember 17, 1986 (1986-12-17)
Higgins goes on a survivalist trip on an island with a small group of young offenders as part of a program aimed at improving their self-esteem. But he has to call upon his survival skills much more than expected when a planned escape by the boys doesn't go as intended and sees the leader of the trip shot dead, leaving Higgins being hunted down on the island by the three young convicts. Back on the Estate, Magnum, with Rick and T.C., plans to take advantage of Higgins' absence by holding a big party, but the get-together seems ill-fated from the start.
14114"Murder by Night"Russ MayberryRobert HamiltonJanuary 14, 1987 (1987-01-14)
1940s San Francisco: Private Investigator Thomas S. Magnum investigates the murder of newspaper tycoon William T. Maxfield. The case involves characters who also bear strong resemblances to the "modern day" T.C., Higgins, and Rick.
14215"On the Fly"Bernard L. KowalskiJay HuguelyJanuary 21, 1987 (1987-01-21)
T.C. is giving Thomas helicopter flying lessons when he is shot. With T.C. hospitalized, Mac appears on the scene, "volunteering" his services in running Island Hoppers. But it seems that the assailants were actually gunning for Magnum after somebody impersonated him a week previously when trying to blackmail a Mexican Mafia King. With Magnum marked as a dead man as a result of the mistaken identity, confusion and chaos reigns, and, as per usual, Mac just happens to be in the middle of it all.
14316"Solo Flight"John C. Flinn IIIJay HuguelyFebruary 4, 1987 (1987-02-04)
During a hike in the mountains to clear his head, Magnum becomes trapped under the wreckage of an old airplane and must stay alive until help arrives.
14417"Forty"Russ MayberryBruce CerviFebruary 11, 1987 (1987-02-11)
Magnum's 40th birthday begins with the loss of his lucky two-dollar bill during a night on the town on Hotel Street. He then finds himself in love with a beautiful TV news reporter Linda Lee Ellison (Patrice Martinez), who turns out to be involved with a case Magnum is working on.
14518"Laura"Alan J. LeviChris AbbottFebruary 25, 1987 (1987-02-25)
Magnum is hired by a retired NYPD Det. Sgt. named Michael Doheny (Frank Sinatra in his last credited screen performance) to find the killers in an unsolved Bronx homicide, who are now living in Honolulu. It turns out that the little girl that was raped and murdered by the men Doheny was after, was in fact Doheny's granddaughter, Laura. Magnum helps the detective find the killers and bring them to justice, with the help of Rick and Lt. Paige. The episode featured the Genesis song, "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" during the famous Hotel Street scene.
14619"Out of Sync"Joan DarlingJay HuguelyMarch 11, 1987 (1987-03-11)
Cynthia Farrell (Dana Delany) comes to Hawaii to see Magnum, and to see if the two can recapture the magic of their relationship in L.A., but when Magnum is hired by an adult film star, he spends more time looking after his case than he does Cynthia.
14720"The Aunt Who Came to Dinner"Russ MayberryChris AbbottMarch 18, 1987 (1987-03-18)
Magnum's beloved aunt, New York playwright Phoebe Sullivan (Barbara Rush), visits with the intent of producing a play in Hawaii. When he finds that someone is trying to kill her, Magnum must do everything in his power to protect his aunt.
14821"The People vs. Orville Wright"Burt BrinckerhoffBruce CerviApril 1, 1987 (1987-04-01)
Rick insists that Magnum search for Icepick when he suddenly vanishes, seemingly pulling a disappearing act to avoid some information that could land him in very hot water. But when Rick is arrested for allegedly killing a hitman that was contracted to murder Icepick, Thomas finds himself in the midst of an even more tangled investigation, especially when Rick doesn't deny any of the charges and gives a full confession.
14922"Limbo"Jackie CooperStory by: Tom Selleck and Chas. Floyd Johnson
Teleplay by: Jay Huguely, Bruce Cervi and Chris Abbott-Fish
April 15, 1987 (1987-04-15)
In what was originally meant to be the final episode of the series, Magnum is critically wounded in a dockside warehouse firefight and ends up in a coma. He "wakes up" in Limbo with Mac but refuses to believe that he is dead, insisting that he is only dreaming, even though no one but Mac can hear or see him. Magnum finally accepts that he is dead, and says his goodbyes. Throughout the episode, John Denver's song "Looking for Space" plays in its entirety and ends as Magnum walks off into the clouds (the song is replaced by another song in subsequent syndicated broadcasts and video releases, a'la other CBS productions Wiseguy and Birds of Prey).

Season 8 (1987–88)

The episodes "Tiger's Fan" and "A Girl Named Sue" were the two most-watched episodes of this season, garnering the highest ratings both during their initial broadcasts and during their subsequent reruns.

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1501"Infinity and Jelly Doughnuts"John C. Flinn IIIChris AbbottOctober 7, 1987 (1987-10-07)
Magnum wakes up from his coma after suffering his near death experience, but is troubled by loose ends and the possibility that one of his shooters is still at large and could possibly kill Michelle and his daughter Lily.
1512"Pleasure Principle"Corey AllenJay HuguelyOctober 14, 1987 (1987-10-14)
Still healing from his near-death ordeal and experiencing Mac's ghost, Magnum is surprised when Higgins hands over his Estate duties to be able to take some time off. In a bizarre twist, Higgins starts living the fast and loose life, wears loud Hawaiian shirts and becomes irresponsible, while Thomas assumes Higgins' stuffy personality and ways, going so far as to wear a suit. Curious about Higgins's sudden change in personality, Thomas investigates and discovers that Higgins is seeing a woman on the sly, and becomes concerned that she is taking Higgins for a ride. This episode features a Miami Sound Machine song, "Conga"
1523"Innocence... A Broad"Harry HarrisSteven A. MillerOctober 28, 1987 (1987-10-28)

Robin Masters is sued by a man who tripped at a recent party on the Estate. As Magnum begins to investigate the man, a loud-mouthed businessman who seems to be a professional at making false claims, he unexpectedly pays him to take his perky fiancee along on the case with him.

Note: This episode is dedicated to the memory of music composer Pete Carpenter, who died the day after "Pleasure Principle" premiered.
1534"Tigers Fan"Harry HarrisBruce CerviNovember 4, 1987 (1987-11-04)
When Lt. Tanaka is murdered while participating in a drug deal, it is up to Magnum to find his killer and prove his friend's innocence in the process.
1545"Forever in Time"Jackie CooperKimmer RingwaldNovember 11, 1987 (1987-11-11)
Magnum is running an errand to a local museum for Higgins' upcoming pageant for the Anglo-Hawaiian Historical Society, when he catches sight of a woman attending a funeral who, he soon learns, resembles a beautiful Hawaiian princess who tragically died in a fire in 1910. Magnum becomes enamoured with the elusive beauty, and experiences visions of himself, in 1900s naval uniform, with the woman. The mystery grows even more when he receives a package in the mail containing such a naval uniform, and a locket holding photographs of what looks like himself and the princess.
1556"The Love That Lies"Ray DantonJeri TaylorNovember 18, 1987 (1987-11-18)
Magnum is trying to protect Carol, who is in the middle of a particularly controversial court case, when he is hired by a woman from the mainland to help locate the birth certificate for the child she gave up for adoption 30 years ago. In doing so he becomes embroiled in Carol's personal life, as he discovers a powerful secret about her parents and her true birthright that could shatter her.
1567"A Girl Named Sue"Russ MayberrySteven A. MillerJanuary 13, 1988 (1988-01-13)
Magnum is hired by an attractive woman to find the missing will of her late father, who was recently killed in a suspicious boating accident, which she suspects her brother of being behind, in order to steal the will. Working on the case, Thomas finds that former client Susan Johnson (Carol Burnett) - whom he was once locked in a bank vault with - is now a fellow private investigator, and is working on the same case - for the brother, who suspects his sister as responsible for their father's death. The two P.I.'s are soon locked in a battle of wills as they both race to solve the investigation first, but the pair are forced to put their rather love-hate relationship to one side and team up to solve the case of sibling rivalry.
1578"Unfinished Business"Russ MayberryChris Abbott and Jeri TaylorJanuary 20, 1988 (1988-01-20)
When Quang Ki (Richard Narita), the man responsible for attempting to kill him and Michelle, is set free under a loophole, Magnum tries to gain information about the whereabouts of Michelle and Lily from Buck, who refuses to help. When Magnum receives a videotape of the murder of Michelle and Lily, he vows revenge and arms himself with a sniper rifle and commando gear. But when he learns that Ki will be exchanged for an American P.O.W. released from Vietnam after more than twenty years in captivity, Magnum reluctantly forgoes killing Ki for the sake of preserving good relations between the U.S. and Vietnam in order to free more P.O.W.s. Like "Death and Taxes" and "Laura", this episode features a Genesis song, "The Brazilian".
1589"The Great Hawaiian Adventure Company"Ray DantonJeri TaylorJanuary 27, 1988 (1988-01-27)
Magnum is trying to get Rick, T.C. and Higgins interested in joining him in a potentially lucrative new tourist business venture. But his friends all have other things on their minds, especially T.C., who puts thoughts of the deal on the back burner when his son Bryant (Shavar Ross) lands in trouble with the police after becoming mixed up with a juvenile biker gang.
15910"Legend of the Lost Art"Burt BrinckerhoffJay HuguelyFebruary 10, 1988 (1988-02-10)
Higgins wants Magnum to find the "Lost Art of the Ancients", a priceless ancient scroll from a fallen civilization, that could spell disaster if it should ever fall into the wrong hands. But the search for the long lost artifact is laced with abduction, danger and deceit, as an old flame of Magnum's, a foreign double agent, and a ruthless rival of Higgins' are all out to find the scroll as well, and the dangerous path to unearthing it could ultimately lead to death.
16011"Transitions"Harry HarrisChris AbbottFebruary 17, 1988 (1988-02-17)
When Higgins asks his help in finding Robin's latest manuscript after it is stolen, Magnum gets some unexpected help in the case when St. Louis gumshoe Luther H. Gillis (Eugene Roche) arrives unannounced on vacation. They set about trying to work out who is so desperate to get hold of the manuscript that they are willing to resort to attempting to kill Higgins and drugging Zeus and Apollo to get it, in scenes reminiscent of those portrayed in the stolen book.
"Resolutions"Burt BrinckerhoffStephen A. Miller and Chris AbbottMay 1, 1988 (1988-05-01)

Magnum ponders his future while paying a visit to his family in Tidewater, Virginia, where he unexpectedly meets his grandfather and considers an offer to be reinstated to the Navy. Thomas returns to Hawaii to ascertain whether former girlfriend Linda Lee Ellison (Patrice Martinez) is being stalked, while Rick prepares for his wedding to Cleo (Phyllis Davis). As Thomas and Linda renew their relationship as he searches for her stalker, he becomes increasingly certain that his daughter Lily may still be alive. As Rick's wedding looms ever closer, Magnum continues his surveillance on Linda to try and catch the psychopathic killer who is stalking her. T.C. faces a reconciliation with his estranged wife. Magnum gets some surprising news about his theory that Higgins is really Robin Masters, when Higgins admits, finally, that he is indeed Robin. However, Higgins later recants that admission at Rick's wedding. Magnum discovers that his daughter, Lily is alive and her fate is in his hands. Magnum decides to return to active duty in the Navy, at the rank of Commander, in order to give Lily a more stable home. The series ends with Magnum, in his Navy dress whites, and Lily walking down the beach together hand in hand.

After the end credits and producer's sounder, the scene cuts to Magnum seated, dressed in his attire and viewing a TV in Masters' mansion. Magnum turns, looks at the camera and clicks the remote control after saying "Good night." The screen then goes black.


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