Magnum, P.I.

Season 4 Episode 18

Holmes Is Where the Heart Is

Aired Unknown Mar 08, 1984 on CBS
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Holmes Is Where the Heart Is
As he continues his memoirs, Higgins recalls the spring of 1976 when a friend from Sandhurst, David Worth, arrives in Honolulu to attend the funeral of a mutual friend. Insisting that his name is Stanley Sigerson, Sherlock Holmes' most frequently used alias, and that Higgins is Watson, Holmes's faithful friend, David firmly believes that their friend was murdered by none other than Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes' arch-nemesis.moreless

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  • Guest star

    My favorite guest star:

    Patrick Macnee
  • Higgins recalls an event in 1976, when at the funeral of a comrade, an old friend, David Worth, suddenly reappeared. David seemed to be suffering shell-shock, beliving that he was Sherlock Holmes, and that Moriarty was close at hand. A wonderful episode..moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    This is the third of three 'Magnum-lite' episodes of the season (the other two being 'Smaller Than Life' and 'A Sense of Debt'), and it is by far the best of the three of them (the final episode of the season, 'I Witness', also features less Magnum than usual).

    The opening trailer is quite funny, in that is shows virtually all of the Magnum moments from the story, almost like "Magnum's still in it, keep watching, folks!".

    It's strange, in 'Smaller Than Life' and 'A Sense of Debt', part of me was irked wondering where Magnum was, but with 'Holmes Is Where the Heart Is', it didn't occur to me once, thanks to Higgins being such a strong character, and such a great guest star...

    ...Which leads me on to Patrick Macnee. I am a big fan of the classic British series 'The Avengers' (especially as I'm a Brit myself), and it is great to see him in this episode. Surprisingly, he doesn't get Special Guest Star billing, being credited as just a regular Guest Star. Either way, he really brings the role of the troubled David Worth to life, and I found myself really caring about what became of him.

    One thing I really like is the nice changes to the study and guest house décor in the 1976 setting. We also get to see that before the Audi, Robin 2 was a Jaguar (which I personally prefer). Oh yes, and we see Gillian Dobb as Agatha in a terrible wig trying to make her look eight years younger, but the less said about that the better.

    The story is a charming one, and John Hillerman and Macnee work really well together. It also shows what a caring character Higgins is, as he really worries about his troubled friend. The scenes in-between Higgins' recollections, of Magnum desperately trying to find out what Higgins is so tied up with, aren't really necessary – but this is his show, I suppose, so he has to be in the episode somewhere!

    The ending, when it is revealed that David has recently died, is very bittersweet, and perfectly played by Hillerman.

    All-in-all, this is one of my favourite episodes from the seasons, and probably my all-time favourite Magnum-lite story.moreless
  • Charm factor of 11.

    Being constantly disturbed by a more hyperactive than usual Magnum, Higgins locks himself into his private quarters to resume his memoirs about an old military pal David Worth (Patrick McNee) whom Higgins encountered for the final time in 1976. The story moves back and forth from the mid 70s to "present", playing upon Worth's fading mental health, but simultaniously the rip roaring adventures he and Higgins get up to their hairlines in, as Worth, convinced he is Sherlock Holmes, gains great satisfaction from solving a murder. McNee showed up far to often on U.S. tv in the early to mid 80s as a Brit on demand type, here however, he excels himself, giving one of his most entertaining performances. The episode finishes back in 1984 with a heavy hearted Higgins revealing to Magnum that Worth had passed away a few weeks previously. Intellegently crafted and satisfying viewing.moreless
  • this is one of the best episodes of the series

    this is one of the best episodes of the series

    this was a great episode because it was all about higgins. i loved how the had the flashback and real time all at once in the episode. this time it was higgins doing the work and magnum was a secondary charactor. i thought it was nice of higgins to write a book about his friend after his death.
Patrick Macnee

Patrick Macnee

David Worth

Guest Star

Maurice Roëves

Maurice Roëves


Guest Star

Michael Billington

Michael Billington


Guest Star

Gillian Dobb

Gillian Dobb

Agatha Chumley

Recurring Role

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