Magnum, P.I.

Season 7 Episode 6

Death and Taxes

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Aired Unknown Oct 29, 1986 on CBS
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Death and Taxes
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Magnum is taunted by phone calls from a killer who doles out nursery rhyme clues to his upcoming murders.

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Kenneth Tigar

Kenneth Tigar

Milton Collins

Guest Star

Gary Frank

Gary Frank

Jeff Spangler

Guest Star

Dick Jensen

Dick Jensen

Det. Kinohe

Guest Star

Joe Santos

Joe Santos

Nolan Page

Recurring Role

Jean Bruce Scott

Jean Bruce Scott

Maggie Poole

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The Ripper has newspaper cuttings of some of Magnum's previous exploits. These include: 'Thomas Magnum Honored by Cat Fans' – harking back to the sixth season's "Photo Play", where Magnum received a pet lover's award after saving a cat from the tidal pool 'Clever Canine Leads Private Eye to Casebreaking Clue', which wasn't an actual episode, though we do see a shot of Magnum following the supposedly smart dog 'Local P.I. Nabs Suspect After High Speed Chase' – again not from an actual episode, but footage of a supposed previous adventure of Magnum's that we see several times in this episode 'Magnum and Kobata Lead King Kamehameha Club To Senior Swim Finals' – an event that we hear more about in this episode 'Local Investigator Solves Psychic's Murder Riddle' – the fourth season episode "Fragments". After the Ripper taunts him about leaving Philippe for dead in Vietnam, Magnum experiences flashbacks to his confrontation with the character, otherwise known as "La Bull", in the Pilot.

    • Maggie appears with her hair down when she comes to the guest house to help Magnum with his taxes. It is only one of a few episodes in which we see Maggie out of uniform.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Magnum: (narrating) I once had a paper route in Tidewater, the Daily Sentinel. It was my first major job. I made $12 dollars a week and a penny for every delivered paper, and I never got nervous at income tax time, because I knew the IRS always gave me my money back, reluctantly. Sending in your 1040 form has always been as much a part of the American way of life as hot dogs at the ballpark on the Fourth of July, only now I've found myself having to file a lot more than a 1040. I wasn't getting my money back anymore, and I hadn't been to the ballpark since, well... before the paper route. I told myself not to feel persecuted. I told myself that people who get audited are choosen at random. I told myself it was nothing personal.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode titles are "The Ripper" and "Spur eines Killers" ("Tracking a Killer"). The French title is "Comptes et comptines", meaning "Accounting and Nursery Rhymes". The Italian title is "Filastrocca mortale", meaning "Deadly Nursery Rhyme".

    • This episode features clips from the pilot, "Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii".

    • The original version of the song "Mama", by Phil Collins, is featured prominently throughout this episode. On the closing credits, an instrumental variation of the track is used instead of the usual theme.

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