Magnum, P.I.

Season 5 Episode 19

Ms. Jones

Aired Unknown Mar 07, 1985 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A reluctant Magnum is hired by Ms. Jones—the clerk at the Hall of Records who often aggravates him with excessive red tape—to help her find her husband, Ray, an expert computer programmer who has disappeared after completing work on a valuable new artificial intelligence formula.

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  • Ms. Jones, the Hall of Records clerk who infuriates Magnum with red tape, asks him to find her missing husband Ray, who has been working on an artificial intelligence formula that could be dangerous in the wrong hands. A slightly better fifth season ep...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    Although not outstanding, and not one of the most memorable (I’d very much forgotten the plot until I came to re-watch it to review), 'Ms. Jones' stands as one of the dodgy fifth season's slightly better episodes in my opinion.

    Ms. Jones, played by Margie Impert, had been seen on and off over several season, first appearing in the third season's 'Mr. White Death' and then earlier this season in 'Blind Justice', as well as several off-screen mentions. Here, she finally gets her own story, and we finally get to meet Ray â€" her on/off partner with whom she always seems to break up with over the phone when Magnum pays her a visit at the Hall of Records.

    The actual plot isn't exactly outstanding, but thankfully it has an important MPI ingredient, humour, that has noticeably been absent from a lot of the offerings in the fifth season. There are a lot of nice touches, and as a result, the story is a lot more bearable than some of the other from the 1984-85 season of the show.

    The episode takes a while to really get going â€" as amusing as it is, the whole opening sequence with Magnum tracking down the supposedly kidnapped 'Little Alice', who turns out to be a fully-grown man eater, is nothing but story padding.

    And although the plot isn't quite one of the best, there are still several good twists, such as the murdered Ray turning out not to be the real Ray, and Buck Greene appearing from around every corner.

    And that's all I have to say on this episode pretty much. It's never going to appear on my 'Top 10 favourites' list, but it is perfectly watchable and enjoyable.moreless
Ray Austin

Ray Austin

Nigel Hucksby

Guest Star

Margaret Impert

Margaret Impert

Maddie Jones

Guest Star

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Ray Jones

Guest Star

Lance LeGault

Lance LeGault

Buck Greene

Recurring Role

Kwan Hi Lim

Kwan Hi Lim

Yoshi Tanaka

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The spelling of the last name of Lance LeGault's character in the onscreen credits ("Green") differs from the spelling on his name badge ("Greene").

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Magnum: (narrating) Here in paradise, there are at least three different ways of looking at time: there's the traditional mainland kind of time—people say "let's meet at eight o'clock", and that's more or less what they mean; then there's Hawaiian time, which is a lot more... flexible—eight o'clock may mean seven… or nine... or not at all... depending on an infinite variety of factors; however, even in paradise, there's also a time-frame which seems to operate on a mysterious circadian rhythm all its own—bureaucratic time. Roughly, that translates into "stand in line until we're ready for you, and then do it our way, or not at all."

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode titles are "Mein Mann ist verschwunden!" ("My Husband Disappeared!") and "Künstliche Intelligenz" ("Artificial Intelligence"). The French title is "Mme Jones", an exact translation. The Italian title is "Ipnosi", meaning "Hypnosis".

    • Episode director Ray Austin has a small role in this story. He can also be seen in the first season episode "The Black Orchid", which he also directed.