Magnum, P.I.

Season 5 Episode 11

Kiss of the Sabre

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Aired Unknown Dec 13, 1984 on CBS
8.8
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Kiss of the Sabre
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A writer friend of Robin's stays at the estate and soon involves herself in Magnum's insurance investigation of a hit-and-run, leading to her incorporation of Magnum and the case into her story.

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  • An aspiring novelist is staying in the guest house, much to the chagrin of Magnum, but the woman worms herself into his insurance fraud case, using characters involved as the basis for her novel. Slightly more memorable, but another weak ep of the season.moreless

    7.5
    'Kiss of the Sabre' is one of the dressing up / fantasy stories that the series liked to do occasionally. As such, it is one of the marginally more memorable and noteworthy instalments of the season, but still sadly suffers from the second rate feel that most of the fifth season has when compared to the previous ones.



    This episode has its fans, but there also legions who don’t care for it much. Sadly I'm in the latter camp. While there might be some fun to be had with novelist Betty Windom's imaging Magnum and co. as 1930s debonair characters for her novel, the episode is handled very badly; the case is rather unclear at points, and there is too much sudden darting from fantasy to 'reality' and back again.

    Not to mention, the voices uses on the fantasy versions of the characters are TERRIBLE. I know they are probably meant to be over-the-top caricatures, but even so, they are awful. T.C. (or 'Winston')'s voice in particular is just embarrassing.



    And like other viewers of this episode, I find Cassie Yates very annoying as Betty. Sometimes, MPI does annoying characters well â€" they are characters that are deliberately annoying, and all the more fun for it. But Betty Windom is just annoying through-and-through, and brings an already dodgy episode down another notch in my view.



    As mentioned above, I got a little confused by the case in some points â€" the darting back and forth from reality to fantasy was overused, but even more so, I just didn't care about the plot enough to really pay close attention to it, as much as I tried for the sake of this review.



    There was a good idea in there somewhere, and I'll bet that the concept for this episode looked terrific on paper, but sadly, the episode ultimately falls down, and is another off-target instalment in what has become by now a very disappointing season.moreless
Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Thomas Magnum/Sebastian Sabre

Larry Manetti

Larry Manetti

Rick Wright/Swift

Roger E. Mosley

Roger E. Mosley

Theodore "T.C." Calvin/Winston

John Hillerman

John Hillerman

Jonathan Quayle Higgins/Boris

Cassie Yates

Cassie Yates

Betty Windom/Collette

Guest Star

David Spielberg

David Spielberg

Dan Morgan/Vittorio Romano

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Soon-Teck Oh

Soon-Teck Oh

Dr. Bill Su/Dr. Ling

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