Magnum, P.I.

Season 3 Episode 10

Mixed Doubles

Aired Unknown Dec 02, 1982 on CBS
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Mixed Doubles
Practicing to take part in an upcoming pro-am tennis tournament, Magnum is assigned by Robin Masters to protect a spoiled young champ who is receiving death threats. Thomas finds his patience tested by the girl's bratty behavior, but is pleased that the tournament sees him reunited with an old flame—who is the girl's main competitor, and thus the prime suspect.moreless

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  • Game, Set and eh... Nevermind.

    Well, here it is, the notorious "Mixed Doubles". Anyone who may have concerns about ahem, "Spoilers" should be grateful to me, as I'm going to spare you from having to watch this debacle... Some spoilt broad gets Magnum as a bodyguard prior to a Pro-Am Tennis tournament, ah, what's the point with the "plot", this is garbage beyond the comprehension of words, Rick is at his most idiotic, falling in love with some stereotypical Slavic Pro (Cue "Babooska", etc...)Henry Gibson has never looked more pyschotic, perhaps knowing that his reputation was floating down the john... T.M laughs like an idiot at Higgins's supposedly "unintentionally" funny anecdotes, and so on. A few bad storylines would pop up now and then, but nothing matches this s***fest for sheer rock bottomness. Avoid like it like a contagious disease, for that it what it is.moreless
  • Magnum is practicing for an upcoming pro-am tennis tournament, when Robin Masters asks him to protect a bratty young champ who is being terrorised – and an old flame of Magnum's becomes the prime suspect. This boring ep is the weakest of the season...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    Oh dear. After such a likable episode as 'Mr. White Death', and following on from a strong run of episodes in general, comes this terrible story, which takes the title of worst episode of the third season in my book.

    It must be something about the "assigned to protect bratty young whatever champs" that I don't like – in the second season's 'The Sixth Position', Magnum had to look after a snobby ballerina, and I didn't care for that episode very much. Here, he has to contend with a tennis champ, and I like this episode even less.

    Kim Richards (Carrie) is pretty, and can do the whole bratty thing well enough I suppose, but in such a bad episode to begin with that's not saying much.

    The idea that Carrie is a 'brand' was quite interesting and in many ways ahead of it's time – think how many "branded" sports and entertainment stars we have nowadays – but the whole thing was handled badly and doesn't really go anywhere.

    Henry Gibson is a strange casting choice as Ronald Mills; Gibson would have been perfect in one of the series' more comedy-based stories, but cast here just felt somewhat bizarre to me.

    Magnum's history with old flame Ginger is reasonably fleshed out, but didn't extend much beyond the standard "love interest of the week" for me.

    Then there is the embarrassing scene where Rick falls for his Russian doubles partner; thankfully this wasn't played on much, which is only a good thing!

    Saying that, the episode really feels like it could do with a b-plot to even things up. T.C. and Higgins have a wager on whose team will win, and this leads to an amusing penultimate scene (which is probably the best sequence of the episode), but more could have been done with it to even out the dull main plot.

    The twist that the terror campaign against Carrie is all part of a marketing ploy, and Carrie herself is in on it, comes as somewhat as a surprise, but sadly it was too late in this dull episode for me to really care. And to this day I can't really work out how Magnum suddenly deducted that Ronald was also up to no good and wanted to kill Ginger.

    All-in-all, this is a very weak episode in my opinion. In fact, I don't think I've watched it since the day I recorded it, until I came to re-watch it to review. Not only the weakest in the season, but one of the weakest episodes overall.moreless
Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

Ronald Mills

Guest Star

Elaine Giftos

Elaine Giftos

Ginger Leah Grant

Guest Star

Philip English

Philip English

Dave Duncan

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, we learn that Magnum's middle name is Sullivan. When Magnum meets Ginger in the tennis court, she calls him by his old rank in Annapolis (midshipmen) and his full name, Thomas Sullivan Magnum.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode titles are "Gemischtes Doppel" (an exact translation) and "Ein Champion gibt nicht auf" ("A Champion Doesn't Quit"). The French title is "Double mixte", and the Italian title is "Doppio misto", both exact translations.

    • In 1984, Kim Richards was nominated for a Young Artist Award as 'Best Young Actress, Guest in a Television Series', for her performance as tennis ace Carrie Reardon in this episode.


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