Magnum, P.I.

Season 1 Episode 17

J. "Digger" Doyle

Aired Unknown Apr 09, 1981 on CBS
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J. "Digger" Doyle
Magnum tries to impress a beautiful fan of Robin's that he befriends by showing her the Masters Estate, only to learn that she is actually a top security expert hired by Robin to test the estate's security after receiving a threat on his life.

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  • Guest star

    My favorite guest star:

    Erin Gray
  • A very enjoyable episode from the first season.

    There have been some very good and a couple of not so good episodes in Magnum P.I.'s 18 episode first season. The show was finding it's feet after the opening few episodes.

    I've found that the episodes in the first season were fine most of the way through but were a bit cliched and disappointing. "J Digger Doyle" was one of the episodes which didn't fall into that group. I really enjoyed this story and it was helped somewhat by Erin Gray as "Digger". I thought she was mesmirising and memorable. It's a pity she didn't appear again in the series (she only guest-starred in one Magnum P.I. episode and that was this one).

    This episode had everything, great action sequences, use of Hawaiian scenery, humour, acting and writing (apart from a couple of plot holes), a memorable love interest for Magnum and some good twists. Plus you had Orson Welles in the episode as well (just his voice).moreless
  • A fine example of the series especially the parts with Higgins

    A most amusing episode from this fine series, quite snazzy to watch along with the rest of them.

    It was also a cool thing having mr. Orson Welles on the show as the Robin Masters stand in (everyone with a brain knows Higgins is really Robin XD).

    Anyways to the meat and potatoes of the episode itself, we have 'Robin Masters' in France (if memory serves me correctly) and he's working on a new novel when an assassination attempt occurrs and 'Robin' decides to add better security.

    Naturally this is in the form of J 'Digger' Doyle a lady who keeps poor Magnum guessing till the very end of the episode.

    And whats not to love about Higgins being all doped up and saying all sorts of oddball things lol.moreless
  • Erin Gray in all of her gorgeous, overacting glory!

    Wow. Erin is amazing! The hair, the face, and the body! Outstanding! It's too bad she's such a terrible actress. She's so obviously "acting" all of the time. "Look at me everyone!! I'm ACT - TING!" It's a little uncomfortable checking out that amazing body, knowing it's like 70 years old now (Crap. I just spilled coffee on myself.). I'm no Higgins fan, but he takes the role seriously and is convincing. Between Higgins, Magnum, and a fairly interesting plot twist, this is a pretty decent episode. Rick is also delightfully characteristically stiff. He's obviously reading a cue card when he recites a list of berries in his drink, and later he stares blankly as he flatly recites his best line in monotone, "Woah, wait a minute, lady, leave the weapons to me. Ok?" There's a creepy scene where Magnum and Erin make-out while wearing the same style and color Hawaiian shirt. I'm not sure why that bothered me so much. Then Magnum and Erin infiltrate the most poorly guarded bad guy hideout ever. There are only 5 security cameras that are monitored by 2 guards. They DON'T notice that Magnum throws a towel over the camera trained on Higgins in his cell, but much later, they DO notice Erin sneezing on camera by the back door so they hit the intruder alarm. Later, Magnum demonstrates some weak brain power, accusing her of deliberately using the sneeze to get them caught. She proves to be the dumber of the two for not saying, "Oh yeah? I just sneezed on camera. Long before that, you threw a TOWEL at it!" A hot blonde chases Magnum through the woods with a shotgun who is apparently Selleck's first wife (I think they divorced after this lame season. I blame him. She probably thought she could do better.) Then Rick (the weapons "expert") gets into a gun fight with her and pumps her legs full of bullets using an Uzi or something. After foiling the bad guys, Erin puts on a hot little sun dress and climbs on top of Magnum back in the guest house to thank him for his hard work. Unfortunately, he doesn't realize she's the best he'll ever have… even if her stupid nickname is "Digger".moreless
  • The delectable Ms. Doyle comes to Oahu...

    An episode with everything (pardon the cliche...) Erin Gray gives one of her most rewarding performances as the enigmatic title character supposedly hired by Robin behind everyone elses' backs in a repeat of the original ruse of how Magnum earned his dough, except this time, the egg is in his face. That's until Higgy baby gets abducted by a rough looking bunch, and the double/triple cross shenanigans really take off... A worthy contender for best ever episode, led by imaginative directing, great charismatic acting (John Hillerman at his most gloriously pompous) not overlooking great use of the surrounding landscapes (a Magnum speciality). One to sit back and savour.moreless
Erin Gray

Erin Gray

Joy "Digger" Doyle

Guest Star

Stewart Moss

Stewart Moss

David Clark

Guest Star

Jacqueline Ray

Jacqueline Ray


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • There are a couple very noticeable continuity mistakes in the scene when Rick talks about fruit juice. When Magnum reaches for the glass saying "That one glass" you can see the recipient being full, but in the following shot the level of liquid has dropped, only to become again completely full when Magnum is about to take his sip. It keeps switching for the rest of the scene, which ends with Rick reaching twice for it in two separate shots.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (6)

    • The German episode titles are "Vor Brünetten wird gewarnt" ("Be Wary of Brunettes") and "Robin Masters in Gefahr" ("Robin Masters in Danger"). The French title is "La fouineuse", meaning "The Nosey One". The Italian title is "J. "Digger" Doyle".

    • The aircraft used by Robin Masters is a Lockheed 1329-25 JETSTAR II, which was first produced in the late 1950s by the famed Lockheed Skunk Works under the direction of Kelly Johnson. It's become one of the most popular private commercial aircraft in history for trans-oceanic transportation. The registry number N5527L no longer belongs to that aircraft -- it was changed to N777AY.

    • This is the most notable of several episodes that contradicts the theory that Robin Masters may be none other than Higgins himself.

    • Jacqueline Ray, who played Lisa, was married to Tom Selleck from 1970 to 1982, and is the mother of his son Kevin.

    • This is the only episode in which Orson Welles takes an onscreen credit for providing the voice of Robin Masters.

    • This episode was a back-door pilot for an undeveloped series starring Erin Gray as J. "Digger" Doyle.


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