Magnum, P.I.

Season 6 Episode 10

Blood and Honor

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Aired Unknown Nov 21, 1985 on CBS
9.0
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Blood and Honor
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Magnum is called back to service by Admiral Hawkes, who has reason to suspect that there is a security leak at his base that is leaking coded information, and Magnum's prime suspect is the fiancée of the Admiral's son.

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  • Magnum is conscripted by Admiral Hawkes to ferret out an intelligence leak that may hit the Admiral closer to home than he might wish.

    9.5
    For being a detective series, it is rather astonishing to consider how many of the "mysteries" in Magnum PI are very predictable plots. That being said, Magnum was always more about its characters than the situations they found themselves in. Such is the case with Blood and Honor. Magnum and Higgins' dynamic is true to form as Magnum chooses to temporarily "re-enlist" in the Navy rather than perform some simple manual labor at Higgins' request. Also apparent in this episode are Magnum's devotion to service and country--ideals he maintains despite what could arguably be called a voluntary withdrawal from both. Finally, Paul Burkes as Admiral Hawkes delivers a good performance as we contrast his interactions with Magnum and his own son. No surprise twist in this plot, but that doesn't mean it isn't good. Additionally, Blood and Honor is a great episode for its character development, writing, and (surprisingly) action scenes.moreless
  • Magnum is recalled to active Naval duty by Admiral Hawkes, who wants him to investigate a security leak. The prime suspect seems to be Hawkes' daughter-in-law-to-be, but the true culprit lies even closer to home. I really enjoyed this episode...moreless

    9.5
    My interest must have been waning slightly when I first saw the sixth season, as this seems to have been a(nother) episode that I overlooked first time around. I don't know why, as it is a very good story, possibly one of the best of the season.



    It is good to see Magnum back in the Navy – an element of the series that could maybe have been played upon a bit more. It makes a welcome change from the standard 'investigation-of-the-week' setting.



    Paul Burke puts in a good guest performance as Admiral Hawkes, returning from the third season's feature-length / two-parter 'Did You See the Sunrise?' (he also played another Admiral in season two's 'Memories Are Forever' which could easily be mistaken for one and the same character by the more casual viewer).



    I like the 'bed race', organised by Higgins, that Magnum manages to get out of. It is only featured at the beginning and end of the episode, but it is the little touches like this that make the series so good, even after all these years. It is also these sorts of little touches that I felt were missing from the fifth season.



    The episode is maybe a bit more talky that I would ordinarily like, but it doesn't really matter here, as the story is well-written and plays out well. And it does at least have a few good action sequences (the fight in the men's room, before Magnum leaps onto a passing truck to make his escape) – yet another element that was missing from many fifth season episodes.



    Without giving it away here, I guessed who the real culprit of the security leak was pretty early on, but it didn't really matter, as it was just interesting to see how the story unfolded.



    All-in-all, I found this to be a very decent episode. To my surprise re-watching it, I'd probably rank it as one of the best of the sixth season.moreless
Jeff Yagher

Jeff Yagher

Andy Hawkes

Guest Star

Simone Griffeth

Simone Griffeth

Alex McPort

Guest Star

Chris Mulkey

Chris Mulkey

Tony

Guest Star

Paul Burke

Paul Burke

Admiral Hawkes

Recurring Role

Elissa Dulce Hoopai

Elissa Dulce Hoopai

Rosine

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At the end of the episode, Hawkes is lifted into the back of the ambulance after speaking to Andy. In the next shot, as Thomas is speaking to Carns, Hawkes is once again being lifted into the ambulance behind them.

    • After the fight scene between Lt. Jameson and Thomas, when Thomas breaks the window with the mop, the shot of the window shows three rows of two panes of glass from the inside of the room, and three single panes of glass from the outside of the room.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • The German episode titles are "Blut und Ehre" (an exact translation) and "Verrat in Pearl Harbor" ("Treason in Pearl Harbor"). The French title is "La taupe", meaning "The Mole". The Italian title is "Tradimento", meaning "Treason".

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