Magnum, P.I.

Season 3 Episode 16

Birdman of Budapest

Aired Unknown Feb 10, 1983 on CBS
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Birdman of Budapest
Magnum helps a woman looking to interview a reclusive bird expert, unaware she's actually an assassin out to kill the man for his involvement in the 1956 Hungarian revolt. Meanwhile, he has troubles collecting his fee from a man whose beautiful employee is tough enough to shoot out the Ferrari's windshield to keep Thomas at a distance from her boss.moreless

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  • Guest stars

    My favorite guest stars

    Sylvia Sidney

    Joseph Wiseman
  • Robin Master's eccentric old teacher and mentor comes to stay at the Estate. Soon, she is driving Higgins mad with her behaviour, and he pleads with Magnum to help her find a man for a book she is supposedly writing. Not classic but better than I expectedmoreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    I've had every episode of 'Magnum, p.i.' for some years now, even before the series was released on DVD. But for some reason, this episode rather slipped me by. I recorded it, and I obviously watched it at some point, but for whatever reason, it was one that I never really took in first time around. Which wasn't all bad, as it offered something new to me when I came to review it (unlike most other episodes, which I've watched over numerous times).

    I've heard some fans say that they don't like this episode much. Granted, it is far from a MPI classic, but personally I thought it had some good moments, and generally wasn't a bad episode at all.

    From the off, we know there is going to be some development or revelation with Robin's supposed old teacher, Elizabeth Barrett. Sylvia Sidney plays the part well, and is really good at winding Higgins up, giving us some great Higgins moments.

    As with other episodes, the opening trailer doesn't give away too many spoilers about the plot, but sadly most of the episode synopsises give away Elizabeth's plan to murder Dr. Tessa.

    Highlight of the episode is Higgins' Peregrine Falcon call, and the hilarious effect it has at the climax – sending Elizabeth's beloved parrot flying into the blades of T.C.'s chopper. Okay, there are arguments that a bird couldn't fly through the strong downdraft of the chopper's blades, but it's a moment that's not to be taken too seriously, and just enjoyed for what it is.

    This is far from a MPI classic, and certainly doesn't match up to some of the other greats of the excellent third season, but on it's own, I don't find this a bad episode at all; there are certainly worse episodes, both in seasons five and six, and in the third season too (need I mention 'Mixed Doubles'?)moreless
Sylvia Sidney

Sylvia Sidney

Elizabeth Barrett

Guest Star

Joseph Wiseman

Joseph Wiseman

Dr. Albert Tessa

Guest Star

Jacqueline Ray

Jacqueline Ray

Ms. Roebuck

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Higgins: I've taken all the verbal insults I intend to from you.
      Elizabeth: You're right. It's time I got physical.
      Magnum: Wait a minute. Let's not get carried away here.
      Elizabeth: I won't, but he will.

    • Higgins: Why are you here scrambling eggs...
      Magnum: They're not scrambled, they're over easy.
      Higgins: ...instead of out looking for Tessa.
      Magnum: I found him.
      Higgins: You found him?
      Magnum: Yes, I found him.
      Higgins: You must take Elizabeth there at once.
      Magnum: Higgins, he threatened to kill me.
      Higgins: To make an omelet, one must crack a few eggs.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode titles are "Mordanschlag im Paradies" ("Assassination Attempt in Paradise") and "Die perfekte Täuschung" ("The Perfect Disguise"). The French title is "L'ornithologue", meaning "The Ornithologist". The Italian title is "L'eremita", meaning "The Hermit".

    • Jacqueline Ray, who played Ms. Roebuck, was married to Tom Selleck from 1970 to 1982 and is the mother of his son Kevin.