Magnum, P.I.

Season 4 Episode 15

Paradise Blues

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Aired Unknown Feb 09, 1984 on CBS
6.9
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Paradise Blues
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T.C. drags a reluctant Magnum along to the newly-opened club of an old flame—a beautiful jazz singer who he fell in love with in Vietnam—who has just moved to the islands, but has a penchant for for having trouble follow her.

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    Leslie Uggams
  • T.C. drags Magnum to see Alexis Carter, a jazz singer whom T.C. fell in love with in Vietnam. Magnum is not keen, insisting that Alexis always leads to trouble – and sure enough, she is mixed up with some Detroit drug dealers. One of the dullest episodesmoreless

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    This review contains spoilers.



    I am surprised that some fans seem to hold this episode in high regard, as personally, I find it to be one of the dullest and weakest of the entire series; certainly one of the weakest from the first four seasons.



    I know I've said this for several episodes around this point, but I really didn't remember this one until I came to watch it to review recently. Although I've had recordings of all of the episodes for some years now, it has to be one of my least watched episodes of the show's run.



    T.C. is a good character, and I generally like stories based around him, but even he can't save this one. The story is drawn out and long-winded, and I'm afraid I cared very little about Alexis and what happened to her.



    The story is lacking any remote touches of humour that is one of the series' trademarks, and also is low on action, two more points that mark this episode down in my view.



    This episode also marks the first of several appearances of James Grant Benton as Kika, a local pedicab driver who Magnum goes to for information. He would make three appearances in total, and not become as recognised as some of the show's other recurring characters.



    The ending, with Alexis and the bad guys plummeting over the cliff in the car, is tragic and unexpected, but sadly, the story beforehand led me to care very little about Alexis, leaving the ending rather lacking the emotional punch that it should have. All-in-all, one of my least favourite episodes of the entire eight seasons.moreless
Leslie Uggams

Leslie Uggams

Alexis Carter

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Chuck Mangione

Chuck Mangione

Jimmy Nolan

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Tony King

Tony King

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James Grant Benton

James Grant Benton

Kika

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Patrick Bishop

Patrick Bishop

Keoki

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Magnum: (narrating) Ms. Wagner, my 11th grade English teacher, created a scandal in my hometown when she put All the King's Men on our mandatory reading list. She said she wanted us to understand the fatal attraction some men have for the very thing that will destroy them. Her love for the book got her fired, and I never quite understood the attraction she was talking about, until the first day I saw Alex Carter and the way T.C. was looking at her.

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    • The German episode titles are "Flucht vor dem Tod" ("Escape from Death") and "T.C.'s große Liebe" ("T.C.'s Big Love"). The French title is "La voix du paradis", meaning "The Voice of Paradise". The Italian title is "Requiem per un amore", meaning "Requiem for a Love".

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