Magnum, P.I.

Season 6 Episode 15

All Thieves on Deck

Aired Unknown Jan 30, 1986 on CBS
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All Thieves on Deck
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.moreless

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  • guests

    My favorite guest stars:

    William Windom

    Thaao Penghlis

    Carole Cook

    Paul Sand

    Alan Hale

    Sarah Douglas
  • Apollo is shot when thieves try to steal a valuable Hawaiian artefact belonging to Robin Masters. With the statue to be put on display on a cruise ship on way to a museum, Magnum, T.C. and Rick must guard it, believing the thieves will try again. Boring!moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    Reading various reviews of this episode, I am surprised that so many people seem to like it, as personally I would probably rank it as one of my least favourite of the show's run.

    Coming to re-watch the episode to review, I only vaguely remembered one of the dogs getting shot; I had totally forgotten the plot of the rest of the episode – a sign of how little the episode appeals to me.

    For the bulk of the episode, I found the story to be rather dull and drawn out, and it didn't really pull me in much at all.

    On board the ship, there is the usual array of suspects, though in this instance I didn't really find them much of interest. And moments such as Rick talking to the statuette, which were supposed to be funny, I'm afraid I found pretty embarrassing.

    The filmed onboard the SS Constitution makes for a couple of fair scenes visual-wise, but sadly, much of the episode takes place on what is quite clearly sound stage sets.

    Don't get me wrong, there are a couple of nice touches thrown in – I like the amusing climax, where everybody is aiming guns at everybody else, but on the whole, I consider this one to be a bit a damp squib.

    Maybe if done in one of the early seasons, this one would have come off feeling quite classy, but located where it is in the show's run, it feels little more than filler material.

    Also, people seem to celebrate the final scene, where Magnum (whom we assume is talking to Higgins) is actually talking to Apollo – but personally, I saw the 'surprise reveal' a mile off!

    All-in-all... I don't know… this one just didn't do it for me, I'm afraid.moreless
  • T.C., Rick, and Magnum set sail on a luxury cruise to safeguard Robin Masters' latest acquisition--a wooden Amakua statue. The Amakua attracts many admirers--but some of the cruise passengers plan on doing more than just admiring the statue.moreless

    This episode is perhaps the only to make mention of author James A. Michener, whom I believe to be the real-life prototype for Robin Masters. While Michener certainly was not as wealthy or pretentious as Robin, they were both prolific authors of romanticized historical fiction, albeit Masters' books (from what we know) are infinitely more pulpy.

    "All Thieves on Deck" is really just an average Magnum episode. It features primarily Magnum, T.C., and RIck, but none of them really deliver stellar performances. The plot is sound but a little sluggish, the acting from both regular and guest cast members average, and the mystery is actually less predictable than usual. Not bad, but definitely not a classic.moreless
William Windom

William Windom

Captain James T. Lyle

Guest Star

Shelley Smith

Shelley Smith

Peggy Armbruster

Guest Star

Thaao Penghlis

Thaao Penghlis

Phillipe Fabre Dumout

Guest Star

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