Though it may be a stretch to describe the episode on the whole as "well-written", the comedy in "Photo Play" is just that. Higgins has hooked up the estate satellite dish to watch a snooker championship, and Magnum manages to prevent him from seeing any of the critical shots. Also entertaining is when Magnum is being honored by the Cat Lovers and Trainers Society for rescuing "Tybalt".
Acting and plot are just average for this episode, and the guest star, Cassie Yates as Shelly Faraday, is downright insufferable. The conclusion of the story is also quite weak; we are never sure if Shelly pays Magnum for his work, if she pays for the repair of the Ferrari, or if Magnum receives any sort of reward (from the government or the victims of the crime) for apprehending the bad guys. The incidental laughs redeem "Photo Play" from being a real turkey.