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Magnum, P.I.

Season 6 Episode 1

Deja Vu

Aired Unknown Sep 26, 1985 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Deja Vu
While Magnum and Higgins are in London setting up Robin Masters' new estate, Magnum looks into a war buddy's death, and Higgins wonders if he should visit his father.

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  • Guests

    My favorite guest stars:

    Francesca Annis

    Peter Davison

    Julian Glover
  • Magnum and Higgins travel to London, England to organise Robin Masters' latest home, but on the way Magnum has a prophetic dream â€" one that comes true when he finds that an old friend has been killed in suspicious circumstances. A story very special tomoreless

    After the disappointing fifth season, the show's sixth year splutters into life with this reasonable feature-length / two-parter. And it stands as a very special story to me, as it is set in England, where I live, and a lot of it takes place in London â€" only a few miles from me (though I seldom venture into the City).

    The story features a number of faces familiar to Brits â€" including fifth 'Doctor Who' Peter Davison as Ian Mackerras, the owner of Robin’s new estate, and Arthur English, a stalwart of many British comedies, such as 'Are You Being Served'.

    Although the story is special to me for obvious reasons, the plot itself is a mixed bag; it has its interesting elements, but at the same time it is a bit slow and indecisive in places. It continues the fifth season feel for going very much for more straight drama, with little of the action of earlier seasons.

    And personally, I actually find the b-plot of Higgins and Mackerras trying to organise the new estate ("Robin's Keep") more interesting than the main plot involving Magnum's strange visions and his friend killed in suspicious circumstances.

    I also wasn't sure of Francesca Annis playing Penelope â€" I found her acting a bit hammy in places, especially when Magnum tells her that husband Geoffrey has been killed.

    Magnum's strange dreams are interesting, but I can’t help but feel, set in England, that a plot involving MI5 or MI6 would have been just as good.

    But there are a number of things that save this story. The location work around London, and some good scripting elsewhere in the story.

    Review continued in Part II.moreless
Marc Boyle

Marc Boyle

Scorpio 6 Agent

Guest Star

Daniel Chapman

Daniel Chapman

Boy in Sailor Suit

Guest Star

Darren Bakal

Darren Bakal

Higgins at 6

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Later, at Geoffrey's funeral, the final shot of the scene, where Magnum goes over to Penelope and leads her away, is also reversed back-to-front, evident by the buttons and collar on his over-coat.

    • In the scene where Magnum arrives to see Geoffrey, only for Penelope to tell him that Geoffrey has been killed, several shots of him are evidentially reversed back-to-front – if you look carefully, the button-holes on his jacket have jumped sides.

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  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode titles are "London Trip" and "England sehen und sterben" ("To See and Die in England"). The French title is "Déjà vu (1/2)". The Italian title is "Dejà vu (1ª parte)".

    • This episode is shot mostly on location in London, England.

    • With the arrival of the sixth season, many of the shots on the opening credits are updated, replacing many previous ones with shots from fourth and fifth season episodes (including new shots used with the credits for John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley and Larry Manetti; Tom Selleck's remains the same). One further shot would be updated on these new opening credits from "The Kona Winds" three episodes later.