Magnum, P.I.

Season 8 Episode 7

A Girl Named Sue

Aired Unknown Jan 13, 1988 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A Girl Named Sue
Magnum and Susan Johnson—whom he was once locked in a bank vault with—discover they're working the same case, but each hired by a different sibling who accuses the other of having their father killed.

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  • Guest star

    My favorite guest star:

    Carol Burnett
  • Magnum is hired by a woman to find the missing will of her late father, recently killed in a boating accident. But he finds himself working against Susan Johnson, now a P.I. herself, who has been hired by the girl's brother, in a family feud. Annoying...moreless

    As soon as I saw the opening trailer for this episode, I instantly knew I wasn't going to enjoy it. And how right I was!

    The episode opens vaguely amusingly with Magnum trying to avoid a subpoena over an incident he has witnessed. However, this potentially enjoyable idea (it could have at least rounded out the final story as a b-plot) is soon forgotten as the main story gets underway.

    Carol Burnett returns as Susan Johnson, first seen in the fourth season episode 'Rembrandt's Girl'. We find that since that appearance, Susan has become a trainee Private Investigator. As I said with my review of 'Rembrandt's Girl', not being American, I wasn't really sure who Carol Burnett is (until I read up on her), but I found her rather annoying in 'Rembrandt', and here, I find her downright terrible!

    I'm sure Burnett can be funny with the right material (I've never seen any of her other work, so I can't compare), but in this episode all she seems to do is talk loudly and wave her arms a lot and pull silly faces.

    Even beyond Burnett, I find the whole plot of this episode uninteresting. Although there are some good episodes in the eighth, final season, often when watching them I can't help but wish that they would stop going for so many half-hearted plots and give Magnum a case that both he, and us the viewers, can really get our teeth into.

    Not much more to say on this one. I find it very annoying (mostly due to Carol Burnett, I'm afraid), and as such, it is one of my least watched episodes – I hadn't seen it in YEARS until I came to review it – and it hasn't got any better with age! I'd say this is the weakest episode of the final season.moreless
Shelley Smith

Shelley Smith

Melissa Wainwright

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John Calvin

John Calvin

Arthur Wainwright

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Rosalee Mayeux

Rosalee Mayeux

Julie Marsh

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Magnum and Susan are trapped in the warehouse, when Magnum becomes frustrated and tries to force down the door, watch carefully to see the door move very slightly.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Susan: (narrating) I know what you're thinking, and you're right. I felt bad about ending up in a competition with a stand-up guy like Thomas. I'd always liked his style. Hmph, in fact, he had a lot to do with my deciding to join the flat-foot fraternity. But the first thing I learned at "Lucky Steele's Detective School" was that a savy P.I. doesn't think much about the human condition. We always suspect everyone. And that's why we are so rarely disappointed. I wasn't ready to panic, but the palm on my shifting hand was starting to itch. And since my heap had the horses, I decided to use them. I had to hope the gumshoe gods were watching over me.

    • Magnum: (narrating) I know what you're thinking, and you're right. There are few things more dangerous than getting in the middle of a family quarrel, especially a family quarrel over a large fortune. Ask any cop and he'll tell you; more policeman are injured answering family disturbance calls than any other kind. It's like that old love song says, "you always hurt the one you love", and anyone else who happens to be in the line of fire. Well, I wasn't planning to make the 10 o'clock news the hard way.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The German episode titles are "Das verschwundene Testament" ("The Vanishing Will") and "Ein Mädchen namens Sue" (an exact translation). The French title is "Les enfants terribles". The Italian title is "Scuole serali", meaning "Evening School".


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