Magnum, P.I.

Season 3 Episode 23

Faith and Begorrah

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Aired Unknown Apr 28, 1983 on CBS
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Faith and Begorrah
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While on a case on behalf of a boxer, Magnum runs into Higgins' Irish half-brother, Friar Paddy McGuiness, who's in Hawaii looking to reclaim a relic stolen from his church.

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  • Great episode - humorous, with several twists.

    9.0
    This episode has a pretty intense surprise ending, but there are some humorous scenes too. John Hillerman shows his superb acting talent in his portrayal as Higgins’ half-brother, Father Paddy McGuiness. Additionally, the way that both Magnum and T.C. act/react to Clarence the boxer is hilarious. Both are initially afraid of what the pugilist will do to them when they have to deliver him any bad news relating to his wife’s infidelity. Clarence grunts or utters monosyllabic words when he responds to the info. Later however, when Magnum stands up to him, Clarence’s answer sounds as if he is an English professor from Yale. Great episode!moreless
  • Hired to investigate whether the wife of a boxer is having an affair, Magnum meets another of Higgins' half-brothers, Irish priest Father Paddy McGuiness, who is in Hawaii looking for a sacred relic stolen from his parish. A classic ending to the season..moreless

    10
    This review contains spoilers.



    Well, the third season was certainly a rollercoaster ride. Although there were the lows (*ahem* 'Mixed Doubles' *ahem*), for the most part, the quality was high, and this classic episode rounds off the season perfectly.



    In many respects, this is possibly the best of the "Higgins' half-brothers" episodes (although I do like the season season's 'The Elmo Ziller Story'). John Hillerman (who, rather amusingly, receives 'Special appearance by' billing on the closing credits), puts in a star turn as Father Paddy McGuiness, complete with many quirks – such as smoking the butts of people's discarded cigarettes!

    It is almost easy to forget that it is Hillerman, who we all know playing the stern Higgins, playing Father Paddy, and is a great example of Hillerman's dexterity as an actor.



    Richard Johnson makes a return appearance as Brigadier Allistair Ffolkes, first seen in the early first season episode 'No Need To Know'. It is a great touch of continuity to the series, and he makes reference to Magnum helping him out previously.

    Also to look out for is series co-creator and episode writer Donald P. Bellisario, playing the owner of the seedy hotel where Father Paddy is staying.



    One of the great running touches that I like, is Higgins' explanations of how he came to have each illegitimate half-brother, refusing the believe the obvious truth that his father "played the field".



    And beyond Father Paddy, the episode also has some great scenes with Clarence, the silent boxer, whom Magnum is scared to tell that his wife seems to be having an affair. These scenes are truly amusing, and had me laughing out loud at several points. As with many episodes of the third season onwards, things are just as much (maybe more) character-driven than plot-driven, and there is little real action in this episode, but (rather like 'The Big Blow' before it), it really works, and is just so much fun to watch.



    I particularly like how Father Paddy and the Brigadier, spurred on by Magnum, solve the case of the stolen religious relic from halfway around the world.



    In the penultimate scene, with Father Paddy leaving at the airport, he mentions a reunion with Elmo (from 'The Elmo Ziller Story'), suggesting that Elmo is still alive after all, after it was left rather ambiguously in that story. He also mentions ANOTHER half-brother, Su Ling – who we never get to meet in the series!



    One last thing that has to be mentioned – the strange, bizarre and slightly shocking ending, with Clarence's wife being thrown over a cliff by the man she is seeing. It is a odd and unexpected end to the story, and the season.



    Overall, this is a classic episode, with a great performance(s) by John Hillerman, and a perfect end to the third season.



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    Third season overview



    The third and fourth seasons are often considered the show's "golden era" by many fans, and I'll agree that the third season is one of the very best (although I personally really like the first season). The story quality was mostly very high, and most episodes had a really polished feel to them.

    The season gets off to a flying start with the excellent feature-length / two-part 'Did You See The Sunrise?', followed by a run of great episodes – 'Past Tense' (although some don't like it), 'Black on White' and 'Flashback' to name but a few.

    The season also saw a new recurring character, Gillian Dobb as spinster Agatha Chumley, there to sympathise with Higgins when Magnum was getting to him.

    The season also began the trend for having more 'offbeat' episodes, such as 'Of Sound Mind' and 'Basket Case', which were quite watchable, but had a rather odd feel to them.

    As with all seasons, there were the lows – 'Mixed Doubles' is probably one of my least favourite episodes of the entire series, and others such as the well-intentioned-but-flawed 'Heal Thyself', don't quite work.

    But overall, this is a top-notch season, and a strong contended for best season of the show's run.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 Higgins; Fr. Paddy McGuiness

Donald P. Bellisario

Donald P. Bellisario

Desk Clerk

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Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Alistair Ffolkes

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Lee Canalito

Lee Canalito

Clarence

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Gillian Dobb

Gillian Dobb

Agatha Chumley

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