Magnum, P.I.

Season 5 Episode 12

Little Games

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Aired Unknown Jan 03, 1985 on CBS
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Hoping to make up for crashing the Estate's security system, Magnum has Mac fix it and challenges an insurance security specialist to certify it's acceptable for the Estate to host a jewelry competititon.

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    Jenny Agutter

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  • Magnum falls in love with a beautiful insurance representative, who is testing security on the Estate for an upcoming multi-million dollar jewellery exhibition. But her father is a notorious jewel thief, will she follow suit? Great guest star, weak storymoreless

    8.0
    Many people seem to really like this story, which I am very surprised at, as I didn't find it a particularly outstanding episode personally.



    The episode is written by Deborah Pratt (here credited as Deborah M. Pratt), who had previously played T.C.'s girlfriend Gloria in a couple of episodes, was married to Donald P. Bellisario at the time, and worked in a number of capacities on various Bellisario shows (she played the recurring Marella in the first two seasons of 'Airwolf', for example).

    This is her second script for a TV series, following 'Airwolf's second season episode 'Fallen Angel' (possibly my favourite episode from that series). However, unlike most of her other scripts, which are well-written and clever, 'Little Games' comes off as a take-it-or-leave-it offering at best.



    Jenny Agutter puts in a reasonable performance as security expert Krista Villaroch, but she ain't no J. "Digger" Doyle (see first season episode of the same name). She played the role well, and I have no problem with her in this episode, it's just the plot itself that I never really warmed to.



    The episode sees Magnum playing a Dungeons & Dragons-like computer game on the Estate's computer system (seen for the first time here). It seems very over-convenient that he crashes the system in an episode where it is key to the plot, allowing Krista to break in to test security. But worse than that is the unconvincing computer game that he is playing â€" with very unconvincing graphics for the time, and no computer game of the era would have such advanced (if any) speech, and certainly would not address him as Magnum out loud!



    The only sequence of the episode that I do particularly enjoy is T.C. and Rick attempting a break in to test the computer's security (newly 'repaired' by Mac). This scene is very funny, and it’s a shame more couldn't have been done with it. Which is one thing I really feel about this story â€" it really needs a b-plot of some sort to level it out more.



    Screen legend Cesar Romero plays Krista's jewel thief father, 'Doc'. I mostly remember Romero from playing the Joker in the classic 1960s version of 'Batman'. He was doing the American TV guest circuit around the time of this episode (he also appeared in two episodes of 'Riptide'), but in this story, he is pitifully underused, only receiving a few minutes screen time, which is a real shame.



    Re-watching this episode to review, I admit to liking it slightly more than when I first saw it some years ago, but emphasis on the ‘slightly’. I think it is one of those stories you like more as your tastes mature, but even so, it sums up for me how the series was moving away from adventure tales to more romantic ones. Maybe it would have fared better in one of the show's better seasons, with stronger episodes to bolster it up. As it is, I don't really care for it very much.

    Thankfully, Deborah Pratt would return to writing form with her next offering for the series, the seventh season's classic 'Little Girl Who'.moreless
Jenny Agutter

Jenny Agutter

Krista Villaroch

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Cesar Romero

Cesar Romero

Doc Villaroch

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Jo Pruden

Jo Pruden

Lenore Vandercliff

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Jeff MacKay

Jeff MacKay

Mac Bonnick

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