Magnum, P.I.

Season 4 Episode 8

A Sense of Debt

Aired Unknown Dec 01, 1983 on CBS
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A Sense of Debt
Magnum piggybacks collecting a debt due to T.C. with a trip to see a Tigers homestand. Meanwhile, T.C. steps into the ring to take the place of a boxer he hit with Magnum's Ferrari.

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  • While Magnum is away in Detroit, T.C. is driving the Ferrari when he has an accident that injures a professional boxer. Finding that the man was part of a unit that once saved him in Nam, T.C. takes his place in a series of bare-knuckle bouts. Middling epmoreless

    'A Sense of Debt' (original working title: 'King of the Mountain', and sometimes billed as 'A Sense of Justice'), is the second Magnum-lite episode of the season, after the Rick-based 'Smaller Than Life'. Of the two episodes, 'A Sense of Debt' is the better, although not perfect.

    It is great to see a story revolving around T.C., who is a great character. Roger E. Mosley pulls it off easily, and the episode works much better than stories based around Rick.

    Cast as boxer Leon's daughter Ima is a young Shannon Doherty. Doherty had a number of guest roles around this time (she can also be seen in the early first season 'Airwolf' episode 'Bite of the Jackal'), before making it to the big time when she was older.

    Anyway, the story is reasonable, and on the whole I like it, but it never feels to completely find its pacing in my view. It is fun to see T.C. being put through his paces in the boxing ring, and continually finding out that there is more to the arrangement than he first thought.

    The Magnum-in-Detroit sections of the episode aren't really much to write home about, and add little to the story. They really feel like they were put in just so Magnum featured in the storyline, but the episode could well have done without them.

    All-in-all, this is a reasonable and watchable episode of the series. It is nice to see T.C. get a story to himself for once, but at the same time, it isn't really an outstanding story either.moreless

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Magnum: When you spend your every working day basking in the balmy breezes of paradise, when you play year round on the beautiful sunny beaches of the Pacific, where do you dream of going on a vacation? The answer is obvious: Detroit. Reason one: Detroit's a fun city. Reason two: there's a superior group of athletes there known as the Tigers.

    • Higgins: (to T.C.) You ran through a pen, striking Mr. Platt, who was chasing a pig. It's so... Magnum-esque. The body has departed, but the spirit has remained behind to haunt me. Why?

  • NOTES (3)

    • The script for this episode was originally titled "King of the Mountain".

    • The German episode titles are "Der Catcher" and "König der Fäuste" ("King of the Fists"). The French title is "La dette", meaning "The Debt". The Italian title is "Il re della montagna", meaning "King of the Mountain".

    • The official onscreen title of this episode is "A Sense Of Debt", even though it is occasionally listed as "A Sense Of Justice" elsewhere.


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