Magnum, P.I.

Season 5 Episode 1

Echoes of the Mind

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Aired Unknown Sep 27, 1984 on CBS
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Magnum is hired by Diane Dupres, who was kidnapped as a child with her twin sister and who now believes that someone is trying to kill her. Meanwhile, Higgins finds himself with two women believing they're to be married to him.

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  • Guest star

    10
    My favorite guest stars

    Sharon Stone

    Carolyn Seymour

    And, for me, one of the best episodes of Magnum (along with Part 2)
  • Magnum dog chow! Wow! That was intense and quite different!

    8.5
    Magnum is getting strange vibes in this first episode of the fifth season of the show. He feels like a woman is coming and he seems to feel that it's his ex-wife Michelle but Sharon Stone takes her place instead. A wacked out Sharon Stone who thinks she has a twin sister. I'm sure I can see where this is going! More on that in the second installment because yes this is a two-parter. This girl hires Magnum and even Rick of all people sees the danger in the midst. Wow, if Rick of all people can tell she's bad news Magnum should have ran all the way to the big island or even the mainland to get away from this girl. Of course Rick is right because no sooner than he starts this case (which I'm a little foggy about for some reason, has something about protection I guess and reading a diary) he gets mauled by a pair of rottreillers. Wow, Zeus and Apollo have been on this show all this time and they've NEVER done that to Magnum! That made them look like a pair of puppies. Who wanted all this gore to happen on the show?! Never seen Magnum in that much gory mess since well I don't know when. That should have told him it's over. Well, no because he thinks he's in love or is it really lust over the psycho girl. Of course, later she thinks she's killed somebody in her house but can't even remember what he looks like or how she got a gun. Of course everyone else thinks she must have just made it up! Another warning sign Magnum! GET OUT! Not to mention Higgins' side story of wanting to get married to Lady Stuck Up but having the problem that Agatha thinks he wants to marry her instead! Marry Agatha, Higgins she is a whole lot nicer at least! Of course Part 1 ends with psycho girl kissing Magnum in the shower. Sexy scene and of course Magnum falls for it! In the words of Higgins: "Come on Magnum surely you are smarter than this! Oh yes I almost forgot you fell for your first client. I must admit Magnum you are the most dismal of detectives I do believe!" Well that's what the old Higgins from past season would have said not this happy go lucky one of this episode.moreless
  • Magnum is hired by attractive socialite Diane Dupres, once kidnapped as a child with her twin sister and who now is experiencing a series of strange occurrences. Magnum and Diane quickly get very close. The tone of the series changes somewhat from here onmoreless

    8.5
    This review contains spoilers.



    The fifth season opens with this two-part story (working title: 'Sister, Sister'). Although previous feature-length stories also exist in two-part format for syndication and various overseas packages, etc., this is the show's first story to originally be shown in two instalments.



    And with the arrival of the fifth season, there is a notable change in tone for the show. In the first four seasons, the plots were typically more investigation and adventure led, albeit with many character moments thrown in. But by the fifth season, things were changing – things generally started to become very much more character led, with less emphasis on action and adventure.



    The story is written by Donald P. Bellisario, and while I don't dislike it, it lacks the classy feel and clever moments of some of his previous works on the series. The only touches I do like, is of Magnum 'expecting someone' to come into his life (even mistaking Diane for his once-wife Michelle for a moment).



    Sharon Stone, then on the verge of making the big-time, puts in a fair role as Diane / Deidre. From the off, I kind of guessed what her 'secret' was, but it still plays out very well.



    The more light-hearted moments of the plot comes as Higgins plans to marry Lady Ashley (here appearing rather unexplainedly different from her appearance at the end of the second season episode 'Computer Date', where she was played by a different actress), but, due to a misunderstanding, leaves Agatha thinking that he intends to marry her instead!



    Even knowing what the twist and outcome of the story regarding Diane / Deidre is, the story is still a reasonable watch, if a little stretched to become a two-parter. But it for me just sums up how the series was starting to take a different direction, and leaves the fifth and sixth seasons as my least favourite of the show's run. These two seasons, and this two-parter in particular, just don't feel like the show that MPI once was in my opinion. (Thankfully, things would pick up again in the last couple of seasons).moreless
Carolyn Seymour

Carolyn Seymour

Lady Elizabeth Ashley

Guest Star

George Innes

George Innes

David Billingsworth

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Deborah Pratt

Deborah Pratt

Gloria

Guest Star

Gillian Dobb

Gillian Dobb

Agatha Chumley

Recurring Role

Glenn Cannon

Glenn Cannon

Dr. Ibold

Recurring Role

Elissa Dulce Hoopai

Elissa Dulce Hoopai

Rosine

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