Magnum, P.I.

Season 3 Episode 2

Did You See the Sunrise? (Part II)

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Aired Unknown Sep 30, 1982 on CBS
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Did You See the Sunrise? (Part II)
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Magnum must stop the brainwashed T.C. from completing his assassination mission against a Japanese prince.

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  • Ivan, a Russian who held TC and Magnum as POWs in \'Nam, is in Hawaii and is up to no good.

    10
    TV Guide once had a list of the 100 greatest televsion episodes ever. This episode was on it for one reason only: The last minute.



    I recently saw this episode for the first time in about fourteen years and could not wait to see this ending again. It honestly had me a little teary eyed just at how amazing it is. And it\'s not just amazing because of the shock of what Magnum does. It\'s great directing and editing as well. The look on Magnum\'s face as Ivan walks by. Magnum asking \"Did you See the Sunrise?\", the closeup on Magnum\'s eyes as the background noise goes quiet. And of course the greatest ending freeze ever with the echoing of the gunshot as we see the muzzle blast.moreless
  • This was television that we no longer see in politically correct America. The American war veterans (Magnum, TC, Rick) and the military (Admiral Hawkes, Colonel Greene) are the good guys. The KGB assassin Colonel Ivan and his helper are the bad guys.moreless

    10
    This would have been a decent but regular Magnum storyline if not for the incredible and shocking (but satisfying) ending. With the State Department resolved to let Ivan go despite his attempts to brainwash T.C. and kill a Japanese prince, Magnum tells the viewers "That wasn't good enough." But you almost believe Ivan when he says that Magnum is too honorable to shoot him in cold blood. The amazing final sequence of Ivan walking away and Magnum asking him whether he saw the sunrise before turning and firing still gives me goose bumps 25 years later.moreless
  • Magnum, T.C. and Nuzo set about finding Ivan before he kills them first, but there is an unseen twist that neither Magnum nor T.C. see coming. Conclusion of this excellent story...moreless

    10
    This review contains spoilers.



    The story continues with the second half of this excellent story.



    There are some great action shots, such as the undercover Naval officer posing as a workman getting shot and hanging off the phone poll, with Magnum trying to get to him before the sniped finishes him off; and some great helicopter work.



    We see Jean Bruce Scott as Lt. Maggie Scott for the first time. Scott would go on to play Caitlin in the second and third seasons of Bellisario's 'Airwolf' a couple of years after this story was produced.



    T.C. being so far under Nuzo's drugs that he can be duped into believing he is carrying out a mission in 'Nam, may be stretching believability very slightly, but thankfully it is pulled off credibly.



    And then there is the ending. One of the most unexpected and shocking endings of the entire series, and one that anyone who has ever seen the episode remembers.



    All-in-all, although Part I is a bit padded, this ultimately winds up as one of the best MPI entries, and sets the high standard for the great third season.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

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Via Maggie, we learn Thomas' and T.C.'s ranks in Vietnam, with "Lieutenant Thomas Magnum" and "Warrant Officer Theodore Calvin". Also, while T.C.'s full name had been mentioned in some of the show's literature, it is the first time it is confirmed on-screen.

    • There is an inconsistency regarding the warfare insignia worn by Col. Greene in this two-part episode and at least one other episode in this series. In this episode, he is wearing the Navy/Marine gold parachutist insignia. In the episode "Ms. Jones", Buck is wearing the wings of a Marine Aviator.

    • In the helicopter scene, near the end of the episode, the film is flipped in some spots, evidenced by some shots with Buck and Magnum on the left hand side of the screen, but in others they are on the right side. Buck's ribbons are seen over different pockets, and the microphone on T.C.'s helmet jumps from being on the left-hand side to the right.

    • As T.C.'s van stops and the car that he suspects is following them is seen to drive past, watch where the shot looking from the side of the van is slightly abridged after the van stops – as it pulls to a halt, there is dust from the ground, but as the car drives past, it has suddenly died down.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Magnum: Did T.C. show up?
      Higgins: No, but Rick called. I do wish you'd get an answering sevice.
      Magnum: I have one.
      Higgins: My point, exactly.

  • NOTES (1)

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

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