Magnum, P.I.

Season 4 Episode 11

Jororo Farewell

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Aired Unknown Jan 05, 1984 on CBS
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Jororo Farewell
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The Crown Prince of Jororo, in Hawaii as part of a youth baseball team, stays at the Robin's Nest to secure him against death threats.

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  • Magnum befriends the 12-year-old Crown Prince of Jororo, who is staying on the Estate while in Hawaii to play a Little Leaguers baseball game. But the Prince is under tight security due to the terrorists out to kill him. Likeable in its own way...moreless

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    'Jororo Farewell' is one of those''Magnum, p.i.' episode that is far from standing out in one of my all-time favourite stories, but is fairly likeable and enjoyable in it's own way.



    The episode is a semi-sequel to the second season episode 'The Jororo Kill'; "semi-sequel" in that it makes several references to the events of that story, and marks the return of Russler (although now played by John Saxon), but doesn't rely on having to have seen that episode to understand this story.



    I can't quite put my finger on what I like about this episode – it's certainly not perfect, but I did find myself warming to it.

    I think a lot of the charm is down to young Wesley Ogata as the Prince, Danny. For a child actor, I found he made the character believable and, for the most part, sympathetic. Strangely, for such a believable child actor, Ogata only has one other credited TV appearance – a very brief role in MPI's second season feature-length / two-part 'Memories Are Forever'.



    Talking of child actors, I also like Marcus Shimomi as Benny, a member of T.C.'s baseball team. Again, Shimomi plays the part well (and this is coming from someone who is often irritated by terrible child actors). I particularly like the scene where T.C. is driving him around to deliver newspapers.



    It is odd that neither Ogata nor Shimomi are listed until the end credits, despite both playing large parts in the story. Presumably the credits department didn't feel that child performers didn't deserve high billing!



    Anyway, the story itself is a reasonable one, with some nice character moments. The only thing I really have issue with is the final act, where the plot rather loses its way and isn't sure where to go. The ending is both very rushed, and strange, and lets the rest of the story down.

    I really wanted to see what happened to Danny – did he agree to go back home? – but after the impressive but shoehorned in scene of Magnum playing chicken with the plane, we learn awkwardly that Danny "jumped out the rear cargo door before they took off", and Magnum deciding he needs a spanking! The story really needed a scene after this to round things off better.



    ...And that is my only gripe with this otherwise reasonable instalment. It isn't one of the best of the season, but it does have it's own charm.moreless
George Liberato

George Liberato

Arcade Manager

Guest Star

Linda Ryan

Linda Ryan

Louise Peardon

Guest Star

Wesley Ogata

Wesley Ogata

Danny Lin

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Thomas and Danny both mention that they're watching the Twins/Tigers game on television, but the shot of the television set at the end of the scene shows the Tigers playing the Blue Jays.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Magnum: (narrating) In my dad's day it was pool halls. Me? I sometimes hung out in pinball arcades. And these days a lot of kids lose themselves in computer explosions of lights and sounds. But whatever your game, you could always count on one thing in places like these; you could, in the space of a couple of hours, temporarily escape the problems of the outside world.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode titles are "Anschlag auf den Prinzen" ("Attack on the Prince") and "Aus Spiel wird ernst" ("A Game Becomes Serious"). The French title is "Le prince de Jororo". The Italian title is "Povero principe", meaning "Poor Prince".

    • This episode makes several references to Magnum's saving Jororo's Prime Minister from an assassination attempt in "The Jororo Kill", and features the return of Ed Russler (although the part has been recast).

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