Magnum, P.I.

Season 3 Episode 1

Did You See the Sunrise?

1
Aired Unknown Sep 30, 1982 on CBS
9.3
out of 10
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5

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Did You See the Sunrise?
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Nuzo, an old war comrade of T.C. and Magnum's, arrives in Hawaii and warns T.C. that Colonel Ivan, a sadistic Russian agent who once held them captive and tortured them in a Vietnam P.O.W. camp, is after them. Meanwhile, Lt. MacReynolds resigns from the Navy and Magnum lets him stay with him for a few days.moreless

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  • Guest star

    10
    My favorite Guest stars:

    Bo Svenson

    James Whitmore Jr.
  • My problem with the ending...

    7.0
    This was indeed a great episode, but one thing has always bothered me about the ending. Namely, how could Magnum ever have gotten away with murdering a foreign diplomat in cold blood without spending a few years in jail?

    As I see it, there is no way he could have gotten away with it. I'm sure the Russians would have missed their diplomat, and everyone would have known who did it. Rick would also have been arrested as an accessory.

    I don't know if anyone else has comments on this... just something that always bothered me. It pushes the boundaries of believability to murder an official diplomat, and then the next week be back on your surfski again.moreless
  • The best episode, ever!

    10
    This two part episode was and is by far the best episode of Magnum P.I.. This episode reveals the backrounds of Magnum, T.C. & Rick unlike any episode before or after. Ask any Magnum P.I. fan around the world and I\\\\\\\'ll guarantee you 9 out of ten will rate this episode the best!
  • Reveals the nature of Magnum...

    9.5
    I agree that this episode is excellent for bringing to light some of the things that happened to T.C. and Thomas in Viet Nam. This is one of the episodes focused almost exclusively on the post traumatic stress disorder stereotype of Viet Nam vets, which was not really a major theme of the show in general. Lots of flashbacks, which was good to show what the main characters went through while they were in captivity. The quintessential scene for me was the last, when Thomas asked Ivan if he had seen the sunrise. I will never forget the shock I felt when Thomas pulled the trigger, and ended a chapter of all of their lives...Outstanding story telling, and an outstanding episode. Highly recommended!moreless
  • An old war comrade that Magnum and T.C. were once captured and tortured with, arrives in Hawaii to warn T.C. that the Russian agent who captured them is after them to finish the job. Meanwhile, Mac resigns from the Navy. First half of an excellent story..moreless

    9.5
    This review contains spoilers.



    Although the second season's phenomenal 'Memories Are Forever' might be regarded as the best of the show's feature-length / two-parters, 'Did You See the Sunrise' (sometimes billed as 'Reunion', the story's working title) is also a strong contender for that position.



    The opening credits are revamped, with a new font, some new shots, and a re-recorded version of the theme (that would remain, bar the fifth season's 'Mac's Back', until the end of the show). And beyond that, the series is slowly maturing. After many of the 'carefree' stories of the first and second season, Magnum – both as a show and a character – are gradually growing up.

    The third and fourth season are often considered by many fans to be the best seasons of the show's run, and going on the quality of this story, they may well be right.

    With the third season, many details and touches were added that would stay with the series, and things just felt so polished and rounded.



    Anyway, the story itself is a very good one. It has lots of flashbacks to 'Nam, and some very good performances. Ivan is one of the show's best and most memorable villains.



    The plot also serves to kill of Mac. Part of this was actually to free up Jeff MacKay from the series to go and play the character of Corky in another Donald P. Bellisario show, 'Tales of the Golden Monkey' (1982-3). Whatever the reasoning, it comes as a real shock.



    Lance LeGault makes his first of a number of return appearances as Buck Greene after 'Memories Are Forever', and Paul Burke also returns – but while to the casual viewer Burke may seem to be playing the same character, it is actually a different Admiral, Hawkes (in 'Memories Are Forever' he played an Admiral Kitchner). Yes, it's all very confusing!



    I also like the story in that it gives T.C. a lot to do. Although I had grown to like Rick, I always really enjoyed Magnum and T.C.'s rapport, and it really shows up in this episode.



    In some respects, the story – particularly this first half – is very padded. But for the most part, this doesn't really matter; as the show was maturing, we got to see more of Magnum's life, where things weren't always governed by being on an adventure, but stories just slowed down a bit to study the characters more deeply.



    A aforementioned 'Nam flashbacks are very good. One scene in particular features several racist words, which was a real rarity on TV in 1982 and still is somewhat today, and are sometimes edited out on repeat showings (the original recording that I had of this episode indeed edited them out).



    Review continued in Part II.moreless
Bo Svenson

Bo Svenson

Col. Ivan

Guest Star

James Whitmore Jr.

James Whitmore Jr.

Bill Nuzo

Guest Star

Marianne Bunch

Marianne Bunch

Julie Barbara

Guest Star

Jeff MacKay

Jeff MacKay

Mac MacReynolds

Recurring Role

Jean Bruce Scott

Jean Bruce Scott

Maggie Poole

Recurring Role

Lance LeGault

Lance LeGault

Buck Greene

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Mac: Look, why don't we just tell him?
      Col. Greene: He's a civilian, this is a military operation. Besides, I learned a long time ago that if you tell Magnum what's going on, you're liable to end up with egg foo yung on your face ... and you know how I hate Chinese food.

    • Higgins: (to Magnum) There's some tea on the table and some scones. You might try the strawberry jam, too, it's really quite good. An old comrade from the Burma campaign sent it to me—Tanky Moran. Got his name when he single-handedly took on a Japanese tank and knocked it out (Higgins reflects on that for a moment) Now he's selling jam in Devonshire.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The German episode title is "Eine lebende Zeitbombe", meaning "A Living Time Bomb". The French title is "Avez-vous vu le soleil se lever? (1/2)", and the Italian title is "Hai visto l'alba stamattina? (1ª parte)", both exact translations.

    • In the scene where Mac is with Magnum and his date in a kitchy Hawaiian restaurant, one of the patrons, sitting in front of and slightly to the right on screen of Jeff MacKay is played by his Jeff's mom.

    • In 1983, this episode was nominated for an Emmy award for 'Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series'. (It was also nominated for 'Outstanding Drama Series', and Tom Selleck as 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series'. He finally won the award the following year.)

    • Lance LeGault's character, Colonel Buck Greene, has his surname misspelled as "Green" in the on-screen credits of this story. The same mistake occurs on the fifth season episode, "Ms. Jones".

    • The script for this episode was originally titled "Reunion".

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