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Magnum, P.I.

Season 1 Episode 14


Aired Unknown Mar 19, 1981 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A perky woman hires Magnum to protect Norman, who is facing kidnap unless she pays a ransom. The case has some unexpected turns when Magnum finds that her uncle is an old Vietnam comrade who is against him being hired and that Norman is actually a prized racehorse.moreless

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  • Guest star

    My favorite guest star:

    Cameron Mitchell
  • Magnum gets tricked into being a bodyguard for a horse named "Norman". Yes, this episode is every bit as lame as you'd expect.

    Adelaide is the most disturbing client from the first season. She's a little bit hot, but who can get past her creepy serial killer personality, faux-timid eye blinking, hideous name, and her mammoth sized glasses? Magnum does some charity work and gives the 40 yr old virgin some pity action, but he and I both know she's got a soft,doughy body and is going to be a dead fish in the sack so what's the point. The episode starts with Magnum playing beach volleyball in the King Kamehameha Club championship, but the court looks completely ghetto, with busted up concrete walls, rust stains, and garden hoses hanging around. Later, Magnum is on a farm and is attacked by cowboys on horseback, shooting their guns in the air, wearing black hats and black bandanas on their faces, shouting "Yee haw!" Even Magnum notices this is ridiculous. The horse gets stolen, Magnum gets it back, yeah, yeah. This episode sucks. What's on next?moreless
  • Magnum is hired by a country girl to protect 'Norman' from kidnap threads, but things take a turn when the girl's uncle doesn't want Magnum hired, and 'Norman' turns out to be a prized show horse. Not bottom of the barrel, but a so-so episode...moreless

    Following on from the average but fun 'All Roads Lead to Floyd', 'Adelaide' is another average story, but lacks the fun of 'All Roads'. Although it's not a filler episode as such, it does feel like one of the more half-hearted efforts of the season.

    I've heard this episode occasionally mentioned when discussing worst episodes of the series; I would disagree with this, as there is far worse to come in some later seasons (as always, I cite seasons five and six), but even so, it's not one of my favourites either.

    One of the big problems with the episode is the character of Adelaide. I really like what they were going for – a not simple, but naive and inexperienced country girl. But the character doesn't really come off as such – I'm not sure if it was bad writing, or if the part was miscast (maybe a little of both), but the character comes off as hard to warm to, and at points slightly creepy. (And maybe it's just me, but her speech about the "exploding strawberry preserve" put some dodgy images into my mind!!)

    But the episode isn't all bad. For one, it has some great T.C. & Rick sequences – by this point, Roger E. Mosley and Larry Manetti were starting to really gel onscreen, and the result is a couple of laugh-out-loud moments.

    The story also has its moments, though I can't help but feel that more could have been done with it, and it does sag slightly at a couple of points.

    And as for the final scene, with Adelaide plucking up the courage to ask Magnum to kiss her… No doubt some will love it, but personally I found it excruciating.

    I still consider 'Thank Heaven for Little Girls and Big Ones Too' as the weakest of the first season, but at the same time, 'Adelaide' is hardly one of the series greats.moreless
Christine Belford

Christine Belford

Adelaide Malone

Guest Star

Cameron Mitchell

Cameron Mitchell

Charles Cathcart

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Don Lamond

Don Lamond

William McDonald #1

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