Magnum, P.I.

Season 7 Episode 3

One Picture is Worth

Aired Unknown Oct 08, 1986 on CBS
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One Picture is Worth
A gifted deaf painter is the only eyewitness to a bank robbery in which four people were slaughtered. Carol persuades Magnum to secure the young woman on the Masters Estate and act as her bodyguard when her life is endangered after identifying one of the perpetrators in a police lineup.moreless

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  • Carol asks Magnum to protect a deaf artist who was the only surviving witness of a violent armed bank robbery. But the culprit is determined to see that she never makes it to testify. A pretty decent episode...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    Well, after the shaky feature-length / two-part 'L.A.' at the top of the season, here we are back into the more familiar MPI fare.

    This is the show's obligatory 'deaf' episode – it seemed every popular action / investigation / whatever show in the 1970's and 1980's felt obliged to do at least one episode centring around a deaf or blind character.

    The deaf Linda is well played by Stephanie Dunnam, and thankfully the character is not presented in a patronising or preachy manner (as was sometimes the case in other shows of the era that attempted such a story).

    We also get some nice Higgins scenes, as he communicates in sign language behind Magnum's back, and we even find that he is a keep amateur painter.

    Sadly, after getting off to a promising start, the plot sags slightly in the middle, when Linda disappears, and the gang have to search for her. Here things descend into a more typical, generic hunt, which is a shame, as the story started off really well.

    ...But at least this does lead to one highlight scene where Higgins is forced to pose as Magnum – complete with cap and Hawaiian shirt. This is almost a precursor to the eighth season episode 'Pleasure Principal' – I wonder if this is where they got the idea?

    Anyway, thankfully things pick up again in the final act, and the shootout at Linda's remote hideaway is pretty good.

    All-in-all, not perfect – the sag in the middle is its main flaw, but even so, a very good episode, and a sure sign that the show was picking up again around this point.moreless



Guest Star

Phil Nordell

Phil Nordell


Guest Star

Roy Jenson

Roy Jenson

Jack Wilkins

Guest Star

Kathleen Lloyd

Kathleen Lloyd

Carol Baldwin

Recurring Role

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    • The German episode titles are "Die letzte Kugel" ("The Last Bullet") and "Verständigungs" + "schwierigkeiten" ("Communication Difficulties"). [editor's note: A system limitation prevents words of over 25 characters. The second title is actually one, 29-character word.] The French title is "Sans défense", meaning "Defenseless". The Italian title is "Spari nel silenzio", meaning "Gunshots in Silence".

    • Magnum: (narrating) There's something I've noticed over the years about movie bad guys. They're always bad; the henchman, the hitmen, the big bosses. They all have that "one dimensional evil". We don't like to think about the fact that they might have families, or about what their families have to go through because of them. I could see that Jack Wilkins was just that scary enigma and I was counting on the possibility that he would have the same universal household problems we all have.

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