Magnum, P.I.

Season 2 Episode 19

Double Jeopardy

Aired Unknown Feb 25, 1982 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Double Jeopardy
Magnum returns from a case to find that the Masters Estate is being used by a film team to shoot a new movie based on one of Robin's books, and his being roped into being a stuntman soon turns into a new case when a prop gun fires real bullets, leaving the star hanging on for his life.moreless

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  • Magnum returns from a case to find that the Estate is being used the location for a movie. Soon he finds himself collared into being a stunt double, but then one of the actors is shot dead in a prop gun mix-up. Should be good but just doesn't work...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    This episode should have been a series great, but in my opinion a number of things render it quite weak. I know some probably love this episode, but for me it just didn't work.

    Things start off with some promise, with Magnum being collared into working as a stunt double. This could have been fun, if the episode has been played as a comedy, but instead it tries to be a serious drama, which ends up quite boring in places.

    The stars and director of the film feel very stilted and are unengaging, none more so than Dana Wynter as Olivia Ross. She is unconvincing as the huge star that Ross supposedly is, and is one of the key things wrong with this episode.

    From the start, I guessed that Ross was behind the fatal shooting, but we still have to churn through the motions for Magnum to deduct that she was behind it.

    The episode is also another that desperately could have done with a b-plot, and this is where Rick and T.C. could have been utilised more. Rick is trying to become an actor, much to the distain with T.C., and much more fun could have been had with this.

    Not much more to say on this one, other than to say once again that it could have been a really good episode but sadly didn't come off as such.moreless
Dana Wynter

Dana Wynter

Olivia Ross

Guest Star

Kathleen Nolan

Kathleen Nolan

Myrt Callahan

Guest Star

Larry Pennell

Larry Pennell

Jack Martin

Guest Star

Kwan Hi Lim

Kwan Hi Lim

Yoshi Tanaka

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Magnum: (narrating) Even on the red-eye it's wonderful flying into Honolulu for a vacation in paradise. But, it's not nearly so wonderful when you're a private investigator who's just spent two weeks in Bakersfield on a case and been stiffed by your client. And it's even worse when your ride from the airport didn't show up and the cab driver's listening to the Orange Blossom special.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The script for this episode was origianlly titled "The Show Shouldn't Go On".

    • The German episode titles are "Ein Double für das Opfer" ("A Double for the Victim") and "Der Unschuldsengel" ("Angel of Innocence"). The French title is "Illusion et réalité", meaning "Illusion and Reality". The Italian title is "Lo spettacolo continua", meaning "The Show Goes On".

    • The date seen on the clapper-board during filming of the movie, is 1-6-82. This date isn't all that near the original airdate, something which would be quite consistent in other episodes.

    • 'The Sushi Brothers' – two Oriental martial arts experts who beat stunt-man Magnum up in fight scenes of the movie being made – are prominent in the story, even though they don't have any actual lines of dialogue, but strangely, only one of them is credited.