Magnum, P.I.

Season 2 Episode 6

Memories Are Forever (Part II)

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Aired Unknown Nov 05, 1981 on CBS
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Memories Are Forever (Part II)
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Magnum's desperate search for Michelle faces being halted after he's called up for active Navy duty and ordered to testify in Washington, which he suspects that is just a political smokescreen to try and get him off Michelle's trail.

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  • Magnum has to let Michelle go.

    10
    Although Michelle is the easiest person to find in town (she always hides out in a church pew) Magnum needs the Navy's help to locate her. After he catches up with Michelle, he continues his streak of roughly grabbing married women and kissing them… HARD. Outside of that habit and his "mom jeans", Magnum's pretty cool in this episode. He totally lucks out and gets to take Michelle back to his place. His first order of business? To get himself out of these uncomfortable clothes! Magnum hops into a tiny, crappy shower in his guesthouse that looks like it's at the YMCA. It's got a small metal nozzle attached to a pee-yellow plastic wall, with dirty Plexiglas panels fitted in a busted frame that has obvious lumps of mold growing on it. Magnum understands that "No" means "Yes" and against Michelle's objections, he forces himself upon her. After enough forcing, she decides can put her faith aside for the night. Then Magnum and Michelle run around town for a while until Thomas gets shot in a pretty gritty scene. As a reward for saving Michelle, Magnum gets to make out with her in front of her husband, but he gets kinda ripped-off because he's bleeding to death and is barely concious. Afterward, Michelle's lucky husband gets to keep her for himself. In the end, Magnum is alone in the guesthouse with himself and some pretty heavy thoughts. The final scene is just him staring blankly at a T.V. screen. I completely got it. It's one of those glimpses at the antithesis of Magnum's otherwise hokey 80's T.V. reality... and it's excellent.moreless
  • Thomas' desperate search for Michelle seems set to hit a dead end after the Navy try to smoke-screen the situation by calling him up to testify, but eventually the truth about Michelle and their marriage emerges. The conclusion of a great story...moreless

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    The concluding part of 'Memories Are Forever' does not lose any of the impact of Part I.



    Even in Part I, Michelle was memorising, but here we get to see more of her (no pun intended) and Marta DuBois shines in the role even more. I really bought into that she and Magnum had a history, and loved each other very much.



    I also really like Lance LeGault as Col. Greene (we only heard his voice in Part I). LeGault is great at playing the guys you just love to hate, and is perfect here. Buck will make a number of more appearances later in the series.



    When Magnum and Michelle are finally reunited, although a bit slushy, is performed very well. Sadly, you just know that things aren't going to work out for this couple.



    In the scene where Magnum lures Buck to the ship via Higgins, I did find Buck's explanations as to who was who, and who the Tiger really was, a bit confusing (or maybe it was meant to be that way), and had to watch several times to really start to get it.



    The climatic scene, with Magnum's dream (or nightmare) about Michelle coming true, is very gripping, and arguably the best story climax of the second season, maybe even the series overall.



    In many respects, this is the best of the show's feature-length outings (although I do like the third season's 'Did You See the Sunrise?', and have a place for season six's 'Deja Vu', as it was filmed here in the UK).



    Overall, this is probably one of the series' best offerings. As I said in the review from Part I, it is probably best viewed after seeing previous episodes, to fully appreciate the characters and what is happening. But if you want a good feature-length episode of the series, this is a good place to look.moreless
Soon-Teck Oh

Soon-Teck Oh

Nguyen Hue

Guest Star

Brian Fong

Brian Fong

Tan-Soo

Guest Star

Soo Yong

Soo Yong

Old Woman

Guest Star

Marta DuBois

Marta DuBois

Michelle Hue

Recurring Role

Jeff MacKay

Jeff MacKay

Mac MacReynolds

Recurring Role

Lance LeGault

Lance LeGault

Buck Greene

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the final scene, a military transport aircraft is identified as a C-133 Cargo Master, that was actually a C-141 Starlifter.

    • As with part one, the closing credits misspell one of the character's names, as "Col. Ky's Driver" – Ki, as confirmed on the opening credits, is spelt with an "I", not a "Y".

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  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode titles are "Michelles Rückkehr Teil 2" ("Michelle's Return, Part 2") and "Schatten der Vergangenheit Teil 2" ("Shadow of the Past, Part 2"). The French title is "Souvenirs ineffaçables, 2ème partie", meaning "Indelible Memories, Part 2". The Italian title is "I ricordi non muoiono mai (2ª parte)", meaning "Memories Never Die, Part 2".

    • As with Part I, some versions of the two-part version of this story have the opening credits from a much later season in place of the original second season opening.

    • The still behind the closing credits on this part of the story, is of Thomas and Michelle, present day, as they get to spend the night together. The same closing music as on the first part is used.

    • The two part version of this story has the has the Guest Star credits overlayed onto the story at the beginning of Part I. Notable is that they appear bottom center screen, not the usual bottom left.

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