Magnum, P.I.

Season 2 Episode 16

Italian Ice

Aired Unknown Feb 04, 1982 on CBS
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Italian Ice
After Magnum daringly rescues a beautiful young woman—the daughter of a friend of Robin's—from a mobster's villa in Sicily, the girl comes to stay on the Masters Estate, but it soon appears her kidnappers have followed in pursuit to Hawaii to reclaim her.

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  • Robin asks Thomas to rescue a girl (one of his friend's daughter) that was apparently held prisoner by a Sicilian mobster. But this is just the beginning of Magnum's trobles... (The review contains some spoliers)moreless

    A good episode, with action, humour and some surprises too.

    First of all, a little note: as the episode title may suggest, the plot involves Italian mafia, with a little bit of stereotypes and a geographical mistake. In deed, during the episode, it's often said that the mobster's villa is in Sicily, near Como...but, gosh!, Como is in Lombardy, absolutely not in Sicily!

    Well, a little mistake, but it made me laugh, especially given that Bellisario's dad was Italian...seemed to me quite funny.

    As I said, I think it was really a brilliant episode, both exciting (for example during the firts minutes, when Thomas rescues the girl) and entertaining, with the final unexpected surprise. Yep, I was kinda shocked when Katrina marched out and shot poor Higgins!

    All in all, one of the best eps of the second season.moreless
  • Robin has asked Magnum to rescue a beautiful young woman from mobsters in Sicily. But back home after the rescue, a series of incidents being occurring. Magnum thinks it is the mobsters out for revenge, but the trouble actually lies elsewhere. Enjoyable..moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    'Italian Ice' is a very good later second season episode of the series. The story unfolds as intriguing and well played.

    Thankfully, like 'Computer Date' a couple of episodes previously, the episode's opening trailer does not spoil the plot, instead leading the viewer to believe that it really is the mobsters behind all the trouble that Magnum experiences during the story.

    On first viewing, you really do wonder who is behind all of Magnum's problems. At first it seems to starts off as a series of misunderstandings and coincidences, but as the plot develops, it becomes apparent that someone has it in for Magnum.

    Ann Dusenberry gives a good performance as Katrina, who turns out to be behind Magnum's problems. She plays the part sweetly innocent, but who is capable of turning very nasty when she doesnvt get her way.

    This episode is also quite uncommon in that Magnum has a steady girlfriend – Margo, played by Mimi Rogers. Even though they seem quite close in this story, we never see or hear of her again after this episode, naturally.

    One moment I really like is when T.C. is (unawares) flying the mobsters around the islands and over the Estate. When Katrina asks Higgins about it, Higgins is answer that T.C. is probably trying to show Magnum doing his "Burt Reynolds impression for the tourists" – more than once, Tom Selleck has been referred to as "TV's Burt Reynolds", due to similarities, both in look and character.

    It comes as a real shock later on in the story when Katrina actually shoots Higgins; watching it for the first time, I didn't think she had it in her, and it comes as a real surprise. Thankfully, Higgins isn't fatally wounded.

    The only thing I don't like that is that in the final scene, there is no mention of Katrina and what had happened to her; one would hope that she is getting the help she needs. Even so, the final scene, with Magnum answering Higgins' crossword question, is a good one.

    This episode is written by series co-creator Donald P. Bellisario, which is always a sign of quality. A couple of years after this episode, Bellisario reworked the idea into a very similar second episode of 'Airwolf' called 'The Truth about Holly'.

    All-in-all, this is a very good episode, and one of my favourites from this end of the season.moreless
Ann Dusenberry

Ann Dusenberry

Katrina Tremaine

Guest Star

Jean Claudio

Jean Claudio

Marchese de Como

Guest Star

Lenny Montana

Lenny Montana

Marchese's Bodyguard

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • After returning to Hawaii, Magnum and Katrina speak in front of the estate before he pulls out in the Ferrari down the driveway wearing his usual Tigers cap. In the next shot, the car is shown rounding a curve and the driver is not Magnum, there is no ball cap, and in fact the driver looks like a woman. In the following shot, the car pulls up to the curb and there is Magnum and ball cap intact.

    • Near the start of the episode, when Magnum reaches into the Rolls Royce to remove the keys, it is pitch dark. Yet in the interior close-up shot of him removing the keys, the lighting appears to be daylight, but whatever the cause, it is much too light to match the surrounding shots.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Margo: (seeing T.C.'s helicopter fly past the Estate) Who's that?
      Magnum: Oh, "that" is a buddy of mine, and he sometimes flies tourists over the Estate to see what famous person might be sunbathing naked on the beach.
      Margo: Well, I'm not famous or naked.
      Magnum: You will be. (pauses, before adding) Famous.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode titles are "Italienisches Eis" (an exact translation) and "Wenn aus Liebe Hass wird" ("When Love Becomes Hate"). The French title is "La prisonnière de la tour", meaning "The Tower Prisoner". The Italian title is "Ghiaccio italiano", an exact translation.

    • This episode marks a first, and a rarity: it contains both Magnum and T.C. looking directly into the camera at different points during the course of this story (Occasionally, one of the characters will do so; two within the same episode is quite rare)

    • Tom Selleck and Mimi Rogers starred opposite each other in the TV movie Divorce Wars: A Love Story later the same year and were also known to be dating for a while.

    • The plot of this episode was later re-worked for an episode of one of Donald P. Bellisario's other hits, Airwolf, in the second season episode, "The Truth About Holly". While being tweaked for the premise of that series, the overall plot is virtually the same as it is in this episode.


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