Magnum, P.I.

Season 3 Episode 11

Almost Home

Aired Unknown Dec 09, 1982 on CBS
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Almost Home
When a plucky 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.moreless

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  • Thomas is hired by a waitress who has been denied permission to scatter her late father's ashes at the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, due to the man being charged with being AWOL on the night before the Pearl Harbor Attack. Another strong episode...moreless

    After the truly terrible 'Mixed Doubles', the third season returns to form with this well executed episode.

    Bridget Archer, the cocktail waitress who never knows when to keep her mouth shut, is brought to life well by Kathleen Lloyd. Bridget is one of those quirky, always-ending-up-in-trouble characters that the series does so well.

    Lloyd, of course, would take over the much recurring role of District Attorney Carol Baldwin from the fourth season onwards. The character had previously been played by another character this season in 'Foiled Again', and I wonder if they recast based on Lloyd's great performance in this episode.

    Maggie (Jean Bruce Scott) also somewhat takes over the late Mac's role in this episode, of the Naval officer who Magnum always 'persuades' to give him information. Although she would be used in this position a couple of times, it never became as regular as it did with Mac.

    I really like the story, finding it very involving and well acted. One thing that I did feel, though, that it was highly convenient that Magnum should just happen to meet Admiral Wheeler, the very man he needs to see, at the gathering on the Estate. This felt just a little TOO convenient for me.

    My only other niggle is that the whole Ferrari-being-stolen plot, good as it is, does rather detract from the main plot, and seems very much to be stuck in to fill the story up, and maybe does knock my rating of the overall story down very slightly.

    But other than that, this is a very good story, which is very engaging, and just the right mixture of drama, comedy and action. 'Mixed Doubles' take note!moreless
Charles Faust

Charles Faust


Guest Star

Gabriel Aio

Gabriel Aio


Guest Star

Kathleen Lloyd

Kathleen Lloyd

Bridget Archer

Guest Star

Gillian Dobb

Gillian Dobb

Agatha Chumley

Recurring Role

Jean Bruce Scott

Jean Bruce Scott

Maggie Poole

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Magnum: You had breakfast?
      Bridget: Are you kidding? I haven't eaten anything decent since Cleveland. Except maybe a moldy bear claw.
      Magnum: I think I can do better than that.
      Higgins: Don't bet on it.

    • (After meeting Bridget and being dazzled by her betting odds skills)
      Rick: I think I'm in love.
      T.C.: (checks watch) Ten minutes to ten, I wondered how long it'd take you to fall in love today.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode titles are "Schwarzer Markt" ("Black Market") and "Das Seemannsgrab" ("The Watery Grave"). The French title is "Les ultimes honneurs", meaning "The Ultimate Honor". The Italian title is "Pearl Harbour".

    • Guest Kathleen Lloyd would go on to play the recurring role of D.A. Carol Baldwin (a character first seen three episodes previously, in "Foiled Again", played by a different actress), starting in the fourth season episode "Distant Relative".