Magnum, P.I.

Season 6 Episode 3

Old Acquaintance

Aired Unknown Oct 03, 1985 on CBS
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Old Acquaintance
An old friend from his high school days needs Magnum's help to track down a stolen dolphin.

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  • Magnum meets up with an old high-school friend, an animal rights activist who promptly hires him to find a highly-trained dolphin that has been stolen from a local zoo. But the case has a far more sinister twist than first predicted. Silly but likable...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    It has a somewhat daft plot, involving a stolen dolphin loaded with explosives, but I for one find 'Old Acquaintance' to be a pretty enjoyable episode. It is certainly miles better than many of the offerings from the previous season, and has more of that vintage 'Magnum, p.i.' feel to it.

    Some fans have comment that Magnum's old high-school friend, Goldie Morris, is very annoying. Well, yes she is â€" but in that deliberate, well-written MPI way; the kind of character that you like to be annoyed by. Lee Purcell plays the part well, and at least Goldie has some character to her.

    Another good character is Rodney Radcliff (Lee De Broux, who plays several bit parts throughout the series), who was behind the paint job on T.C.'s helicopter and van. Again as other fans have commented, he's a pretty interesting character, and it is a shame that we never see him again in the course of the show's run.

    There is also some good action â€" yet ANOTHER thing that was absent from so many fifth season stories. I like the shot as T.C.'s chopper flips a gunman down from the top of a rise; the climax of the episode, as Magnum and co. race to stop the dolphin blowing up the foreign delegate's boat, is exciting too.

    This isn't a perfect MPI episode â€" for one thing, it takes a long time to get to the point in places, but even so, bar the previous feature-length / two-part 'Deja Vu', I haven’t enjoyed an MPI episode so much in ages. And I care about that dolphin a lot more than I did for many fifth season characters â€" are you getting the feeling that I didn't think much of the fifth season?!moreless
  • Magnum meets again a high-school friend, and decides to help her to find a dolphin that has been "kidnapped" by the local Acquarius.

    Not one of my favourite episodes at all!

    The plot is weak, when not ridiculous (a dolphin that is gonna be used as a bomb??), the rhythm really low -they talk and talk and talk and do nothing- and the character of Goldie, Magnum's old acquintance, a little banal (a young ingenuous, candid woman with strong code of ethics but whose actions have often disastrous consequences...nothing new).

    Really an useless and often boring episode: while "enjoing" it, I often caught myself looking at the clock, almost hoping it was over.

    Watched it anyway -it's Magnum PI after all- but it definitely doesn't match up with the firt seasons episodes. OK, last seasons were of course sometimes weaker than the first ones, but this ep...only the shadow of what Magnum used to be.moreless

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    • The German episode titles are "Der Tag des Delphins" ("Day of the Dolphin") and "Die schwimmende Bombe" ("The Swimming Bomb"). The French title is "Opération liberté". The Italian title is "Compagni di scuola", meaning "Schoolmates".

    • Look out for a real-life high-school photograph of Tom Selleck, seen in Magnum's high-school book near the beginning of the episode. T.C. and Rick have much amusement at his then-hair cut. This same photo is also seen a few episodes later, in "Going Home".