Magnum, P.I.

Season 5 Episode 2

Echoes of the Mind (Part II)

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Aired Unknown Oct 04, 1984 on CBS
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Echoes of the Mind (Part II)
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Magnum deals with the arrival of Diane's twin, Diedre, with both of them claiming the other is no good. Meanwhile, Higgins must extricate himself from his two engagements.

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  • Guest stars

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    Sharon Stone

    Carolyn Seymour
  • As Higgins wonders how to tell Agatha that it's not her that he intends to marry, Thomas meets Diane's sister Deidre, who tells him some startling home truths about Diane. But the sisters share a dark secret. Conclusion of this so-so two-parter...moreless

    8.5
    This review contains spoilers.



    I don't have that much different to say about this instalment that I didn't say on Part I. It is a perfectly watchable story, and well acted, but the tone of the series was definitely shifting around this time.



    I like Higgins' throwaway line to Agatha about a Lt. Freebairn-Smith, who apparently was eaten by a tiger – a seeming name reference to Ian Freebairn-Smith, who composed the show's original theme tune that was heard on the very early episodes.

    In fact, Higgins very much makes this episode, a welcome contrast to the more series proceedings regarding Thomas / Diane / Deidre.



    By this point, the series was becoming more character and drama driven, than the more adventure-set episodes of the earlier seasons. While in one way this was good, as I like watching the four main characters and how they react, I did start to miss the more adventurous stories, a feeling that would continue through much of this season.



    Saying that, I like the scene where Rick and T.C. are hanging out as T.C. works on his helicopter – spilling oil down the back of Rick's $300 cashmere sweater. By this point, the main characters were so well rounded that it was just fun to watch them interact with each other.



    Sharon Stone puts in a good performance in this story, and even though it is explained that they are one and the same at the end, really makes Diane and Deidre feel like two separate characters.



    The comedy highlight of the story – and one of the best of the whole season – comes as Father Paddy (from the third season's 'Faith and Begorrah') pays a visit to put Lady Ashley off of marrying Higgins. All along we think it is Higgins putting on an act – until the real Higgins arrives in a dodgy disguise and even dodgier Irish accent, impersonating Paddy. …Okay, so you need to see it to fully get what I mean, but it is one of the most laugh out loud moments of the 1984-85 season.



    I did pretty much work out the twist about Diane and Deidre being the same person before it was revealed, but even so, it plays out very well. The final scene, of Diane committing suicide in front of Thomas, is very shocking, and ranks up there with the end of the third season's 'Did You See The Sunrise?' in my opinion.



    Overall, I have very mixed feelings about this story. It is well acted, and coming from Donald P. Bellisario, you can always be assured of the quality. At the same time, it is a long way from one of the series' classics, and just sums up for me the different direction (and not for the better) that the show would generally take in the fifth and sixth season.



    The story continues in the next episode, 'Mac's Back'.moreless
Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Thomas Magnum

Larry Manetti

Larry Manetti

Rick Wright

Roger E. Mosley

Roger E. Mosley

Theodore "T.C." Calvin

John Hillerman

John Hillerman

Jonathan Quayle Higgins; Fr. Paddy McGuiness

Carolyn Seymour

Carolyn Seymour

Lady Elizabeth Ashley

Guest Star

George Innes

George Innes

David Billingsworth

Guest Star

Deborah Pratt

Deborah Pratt

Gloria

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Gillian Dobb

Gillian Dobb

Agatha Chumley

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode we learn that Higgins was expelled from Sandhurst in his third year and that he and Agatha met in 1975.

    • After T.C. fails to persuade Gloria to give him a copy of the passenger list, it doesn't make any sense as to why Rick doesn't ask Sarah for the information.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode titles are "Schwarzer Spiegel, Teil 2" ("Black Mirror, Part 2") and "Eine tödliche Falle, Teil 2" ("Deadly Trap, Part 2"). The French title is "Prémonition (2)". The Italian title is "Gli echi della mente (2ª parte)", an exact translation.

    • The name of Higgins' comrade who's eaten by a tiger (Lt. Freebairn-Smith) is a sly homage to Ian Freebairn-Smith, the composer of the show's original theme.

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