Magnum, P.I.

Season 3 Episode 13

Of Sound Mind

Aired Unknown Jan 06, 1983 on CBS
out of 10
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Of Sound Mind
Magnum is stunned when Wilson MacLeish, an eccentric millionaire whom he worked for, is killed in a plane explosion and leaves him nearly his entire fortune—which includes a videotape suggesting he expected to be murdered by a relative looking to get his money.

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  • Guest star

    My favorite guest stars:

    Roscoe Lee Brown

    Elaine Joyce
  • When a millionaire practical joker is killed when his bi-plane explodes, his will names Magnum – who had previously worked for him – as his heir, and also gives him the mission of finding which of the millionaire's relatives killed him. Strange but fun...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    This is a very strange, off-beat 'Magnum, p.i.' episode. For the most part, it is a lot of fun, but it just has such an odd feel to it.

    Star turn of the episode is Roscoe Lee Browne as manservant Carlton. He plays the role straight faced in what is essentially a comedy story, and has great presence.

    For fans of Magnum's little quirks, this is the first of a few episodes where we see him with his saxophone, which he has just bought from a pawn shop – even though he owes Higgins money for a telescope which got melted (!) on his previous case.

    It comes as quite a turn when Magnum suddenly finds himself heir to dead millionaire MacLeash's fortune. The only thing I would say, is that I would have liked to have seen MacLeash's relations explored a little more – other than cousin Marina (Elaine Joyce), who tries to come on to Magnum, we never see all that much of them after the reading of the will.

    The highlight of the episode is the characters in their various fancy dress costumes – Magnum clanking around as a knight in armor, T.C. as a French King with Rick as his Queen (read into that what you will!), and Higgins as Henry VIII.

    The episode is also one that isn't scared to make Magnum look like a buffoon – I love the sequence where, dressed as aforementioned knight, he is chasing the mysterious party guest dressed up as the Grim Reaper, and goes charging at the closed wooden door like a madman. ...Okay, you need to see it to get what I mean!

    I expected MacLeash not to really be dead, both because he was set up as a practical joker, and also because I had already seen the second season 'Airwolf' episode 'Santini's Millions', which follows a similar plot. But either way, it is still a nice plot twist, and rounds off the story well, and the final scene sees MacLeash getting his just deserts.

    I'm not sure how to sum up this story. It is funny in places, and I like it, but at the same time it doesn't stand out as one of my all-time favourites. I give it a fair 8.5.moreless
Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes

Wilson Arthur MacLeish

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Elaine Joyce

Elaine Joyce

Marina Pepesco

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James Murtaugh

James Murtaugh

Simon MacLeish

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