Magnum, P.I.

Season 3 Episode 12

Heal Thyself

Aired Unknown Dec 16, 1982 on CBS
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Heal Thyself
When a doctor who was a nurse during Magnum's days in Vietnam is accused of poisoning patients, he tries to clear her name, but is puzzled by her and her husband's rebuffing his offer of assistance and irritated by an aggressive reporter.

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  • When a surgeon, who Magnum knew as a young nurse in Vietnam, is accused of deliberately killing three of her patients, Magnum is certain that she is not guilty, and sets about trying to deduce who the real killer is. A rather flat and unengaging story...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    'Heal Thyself' is a mixed episode for me. I wouldn't rank it as bottom of the barrel, but the story is very uneven, and has dull patches.

    The episode is the first of three episodes to be directed by Leo Penn, father of actors Sean and the late Chris. In fact, Chris appears as the soldier who Karen goes to treat before the hospital tent is bombed in the flashback at the start of the story.

    The episode starts off promisingly, with it's great flashback to 'Nam, where Magnum knew the young nurse Karen. It is a great opening, but sadly, the episode rather goes downhill from there.

    Marcia Strassman puts in a fair performance as the traumatised Dr. Karen Harmon, but the story doesn't really do her character justice, and I found Karen hard to really warm to or care about.

    I found the story rather choppy and disjointed, and didn't completely hold my interest. At one point, the writer uses the old "information from Rick" device to move the story on from a dead stop, which seems very lazy.

    The episode does have a good red herring, however – I was convinced that the true culprit was Karen's partner Robert, which is what they wanted you to believe. They made him out to be the villain of the piece, and it turned out he wasn't.

    The reveal as to who the real villain is, however, is very awkward, and the end of the story seems very rushed and clumsy indeed.

    This is an episode that I *want* to like, but sadly, it is told as such a plodding pace, with little of any real interest, that it is hard to really get into.moreless
Marcia Strassman

Marcia Strassman

Dr. Karen Harmon

Guest Star

Kario Salem

Kario Salem


Guest Star

Peter Brown

Peter Brown

Dr. Robert Brighton

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Higgins: Dr. Harmon, any of us who have experienced the horrors of war have them indelibly printed on our minds. But that's the only place they exist. The war is over.
      Dr. Harmon: Maybe it's never over. Maybe we always carry the war around inside of us, like a time bomb, ticking away, waiting to go off.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode titles are "Mörder im weißen Kittel" ("Murderer in White Scrubs") and "Ärztin unter Mordverdacht" ("Doctor under Suspicion of Murder"). The French title is "La coupable", meaning "The Guilty One". The Italian title is "Ama il prossimo tuo", meaning "Love Your Neighbor".

    • Guest Christopher Penn is the son of episode director Leo Penn.