Magnum, P.I.

Season 5 Episode 10

Luther Gillis: File #001

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Aired Unknown Dec 06, 1984 on CBS
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Luther Gillis: File #001
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Robin and Higgins simultaneously ask Magnum to do some investigative work, so he calls on Luther Gillis to nail the man who's blackmailing Higgins, while he goes undercover to investigate embezzlement in a bank owned by Robin's friend.

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  • Guest Star

    10
    My favorite guest star:

    Eugene Roche (once again as Luther H. Gillis)
  • Robin asks Thomas to work on an embezzlement case. But when Higgins wants to hire him at the same time, he hands the case over to p.i. 'friend' Luther Gillis, and the pair investigates the blackmail of Higgins' old flame. Another middling fifth season ep.moreless

    8.5
    When Luther Gillis first appeared, in the fourth season episode 'Luther Gillis: File #521', I couldn't really decide whether I liked him or not. But by his third appearance here, Eugene Roche's portrayal of him had softened into a well-meaning but bumbling oaf, and I started to warm to him more.



    This is a 'Magnum-lite' episode – he takes a backseat working on an embezzlement case for Robin Masters, while Higgins and Luther take the spotlight for the bulk of the story. It is a fun pairing, and John Hillerman and Eugene Roche work well together.



    Talking of Robin, this is the final time in the series that the legendary Orson Welles provides the voice for the unseen author (Robin's voice was provided by a different actor in the sixth season's feature-length / two-part 'Deja Vu').



    I find the title of this episode to be a little strange – 'File #001' suggests that it is Luther's first case. Maybe it is implying that it is his first case in Hawaii (where he has relocated to in this story); still, it is a little odd.



    As I say above, Hillerman and Roche work well together; the highlight of the episode is probably when Higgins and Luther visit the cowboy bar for a lead, with Higgins adopting the Texan drawl of his half-brother Elmo (from the second season's 'The Elmo Ziller Story'). It is always amusing to see Hillerman break out of Higgins' upper-class English accent into another voice, and it is easy to forget that Hillerman – despite the perfect English accent – is actually a Texas native himself.



    The plot on the whole is reasonable, but sadly it suffers from the trend of fifth season stories which are watchable, but lack the polish of earlier episodes, and don't have as much re-watchable value. It is one of the marginally better episodes of the season, but as with most other episodes of the season, doesn't really stand out from the series overall.moreless
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Gary Grubbs

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Don Knight

Don Knight

Dan Davies

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Gary Pagett

Gary Pagett

Artie

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Eugene Roche

Eugene Roche

Luther H. Gillis

Recurring Role

Kwan Hi Lim

Kwan Hi Lim

Yoshi Tanaka

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Luther: So much for sweet dreams in paradise. I guess I'm either used to freezing St. Louie winters, or summer nights that steam the starch out of your shorts.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode titles are "Luther Gillis schlägt wieder zu" ("Luther Gillis Strikes Again") and "Der Ersatz-Detektiv". The French title is "Luther Gillis". The Italian title is "L'onore è salvo", meaning "Honor Is Safe".

    • John Hillerman comes by his Texas twang in this episode honestly -- he was born and raised in Denison, TX.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The code given by Robin Masters' voice (played by Orson Welles) and used by Magnum in his case is "Rosebud", which was also used by Orson Welles in his 1941 movie, Citizen Kane.

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