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Magnum, P.I.

Season 7 Episode 12

Death of the Flowers

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Aired Unknown Dec 10, 1986 on CBS
7.9
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Death of the Flowers
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A judge who's been Carol's mentor turns up dead after she and Magnum suspect him of taking bribes, and their investigation turns up a link to Ice Pick.

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  • Carol asks Thomas to investigate her mentor, a judge, after he has began acting very strangely and secretive. But the case implicates Rick's friend Ice Pick, and both Carol and Rick begin to question the integrity of their respective mentors. Awkward ep..moreless

    6.5
    This review contains spoilers.



    This episode is yet another one that some love, whereas others rank pretty lowly. I'm afraid to say, I fall into the latter camp – I'm not very keen on this one.

    The opening trailer for the episode isn't very inspiring, and sadly it is true of the episode, which is nothing to write home about.



    The story is penned by jobbing writers Maryanne Kasica and Michael Scheff. They had written the odd episode of the likes of 'Hart to Hart' and 'Murder, She Wrote', but this is their only 'Magnum, p.i.' contribution. Maybe this is one of the reasons that the episode does not work in my eyes – they just don't seem to have the 'feel' for the series.



    But I can't be completely down on this episode – it does have some good moments. As always, the rapport between Tom Selleck and Kathleen Lloyd is very good (I particularly like the scene(s) when they are following the judge, complete with game of twenty questions!). And for some reason, I also like the scene of Higgins at the garden centre, picking out flowers (which are a motif of this story).



    I do like what they were going for here; I think it is good that the series tried something different occasionally. It is just unfortunately that the final result feels rather awkward.



    The story starts off with a little potential (emphasis on the little), but sadly by the second half it has become pretty boring for the most part. Saying that, the episode is notable for the last few minutes having barely any dialogue at all – again, fair play to them for trying something a little different.



    So all-in-all, I'm not over enamoured with this one. As I say, I like that they were trying something different, and it is not my least favourite of the season thus far (that goes to the terrible 'Murder, She Wrote' crossover 'Novel Connection'), but this one definitely comes off as one of my lesser favourites of the season.moreless
Michael Constantine

Michael Constantine

Judge Hannibal Kearns

Guest Star

Pat Li

Pat Li

Grace Chang

Guest Star

William Watson

William Watson

Donald Hayes

Guest Star

Elisha Cook Jr.

Elisha Cook Jr.

Ice Pick Hofstetler

Recurring Role

Kwan Hi Lim

Kwan Hi Lim

Yoshi Tanaka

Recurring Role

Kathleen Lloyd

Kathleen Lloyd

Carol Baldwin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Rick is an orphan. At the beginning of this story, there is a recount of the day of his parents' funeral, and of how Ice Pick came to look over him from a young age. Rick's younger sister Wendy, then eight years old, is briefly seen as well (but the role is uncredited and the actress has no dialogue).

    • When Magnum and Carol are sitting in the Ferrari, as they wait to tail Judge Kearns from his house, in the overhead shot from behind the Ferrari, Magnum is seen be running his hand through his hair, and Carol with her hands by her side. Yet on the following shot, side on, Magnum has both hands holding the newspaper, while Carol has one hand holding onto the hat she is wearing.

    • In the scene where Rick and Magnum tell Ice Pick of their concerns about Grace, in close-ups, Ice Pick leans forward onto his desk; yet in the long shots, he is sitting back.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Rick: (narrating) It was January 23rd, 1958. I was twelve years old and my kid sister Wendy was five. My mom and dad had just been killed in an automobile accident. My aunts and uncles were arguing about who would have to take care of Wendy and me. Well, any other kid probably would have been scared, but I wasn't. I knew mom and dad would have been happy wherever they were, as long as they were together. I knew Wendy and I would be okay wherever we were, as long as we were together. But the one thing I couldn't stop thinking about is how if I was somebody I could have afforded to get some flowers for the funeral. Boy, I wanted to get them some flowers.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The German episode titles are "Blumen des Todes" ("Flowers of Death") and "Bittere Wahrheit" ("Bitter Truth"). The French title is "Mentor". The Italian title is "Giustizia è fatta", meaning "Justice Is Done".

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The title of this episode is taken from a poem by William Cullen Bryant, The Death of the Flowers. It is quoted by Higgins while he is speaking with Grace Chang.

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