Magnum, P.I.

Season 8 Episode 2

Pleasure Principle

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Aired Unknown Oct 14, 1987 on CBS
8.4
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Pleasure Principle
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Still healing from his near-death ordeal, Magnum is surprised when Higgins hands over his estate duties to be able to take some time off and starts living the fast and loose life, becoming much more like Magnum in the process and leaving Magnum to determine what's caused this shift in personality.moreless

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  • It's a case of role reversal, as Magnum begins dressing smartly and acting reserved, while Higgins starts wearing loud Hawaiian shirts and staying out late. But Magnum is convinced the woman Higgins is secretly seeing is up to no good. I like this one...moreless

    9.5
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    After Magnum was brought back to life in 'Infinity and Jelly Doughnuts', this episode serves to start putting things back to normal. Well, by the end at least – it takes a wayward route to get there. After the seriousness of 'Infinity...' and much of 'Limbo' before it, 'Pleasure Principal' calms things down by being a gentle comedy, and personally I think it works.



    I am surprised that this episode isn't held in higher regard – although not unpopular, it often seems overlooked, but I personally think it is really good.



    Magnum and Higgins effectively swapping places is a novel – and overdue – plot device, and I think it works well. Yes it could be argued that more could have been done with the premise, but even so I think it is pulled off quite well, and works for its subtlety.

    It is amusing to see Magnum dressed smartly and acting reserved, while Higgins effectively becomes all of the things he dislikes about Magnum.



    There is a 'main plot' in there, about the woman that Higgins is secretly meeting at dance clubs supposedly being up to no good and planning to rip him off, but for much of the episode, that main thread is very much incidental, as we instead get a number of scenes showcasing Magnum and Higgins' role reversal.



    I particularly like the afternoon tea scene between Magnum and Agatha – a near replica of many Higgins / Agatha scenes from previous episodes, just with Magnum in Higgins' place. Magnum even has Higgins-like dialogue and speaks with a faint British accent – it is explained at the end of the episode that after such a trauma as Magnum's (near) death, people involved sometimes subconsciously start imitating those close to them; but beyond that, I think the director was just having fun and not taking it too seriously.



    Only in the final ten minutes or so do the 'main' plot, regarding Higgins' mysterious woman friend, kick in, and it turns out to be a series of explainable incidents and misunderstandings. Although I love a good action-adventure ep of MPI, at the same time I like that not every episode has to end in an explosive shootout, and like this episode all the more for not going that route.



    I remembered this episode – which, like most season eight episodes, I haven't seen for quite a while until coming to review them – as being a solid 10. I'll admit, it isn't quite that, and it does have its sillier moments (I wasn't sure about the exploding Mac!). But personally I like this one enough to give it a very decent 9.5.moreless
Julia Migenes

Julia Migenes

Dr. Rosita Esteverdes

Guest Star

Gregory Sierra

Gregory Sierra

Miguel Torres

Guest Star

Dennis Robertson

Dennis Robertson

 

Guest Star

Jeff MacKay

Jeff MacKay

Mac MacReynolds

Recurring Role

Gillian Dobb

Gillian Dobb

Agatha Chumley

Recurring Role

Kwan Hi Lim

Kwan Hi Lim

Yoshi Tanaka

Recurring Role

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    • Magnum: There's a funny thing about paradise—every day is pretty much the same as every other day. One slides into another; weeks become months. And before you know it, you could lose several years without really noticing where you were going. That's why, there are hurricanes. To shake everything up; to give you chance to take stock of what you have left, after the winds have died down.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The German episode titles are "Higgins flippt aus" ("Higgins Flips Out") and "Irrungen und Wirrungen der Psyche" ("Errors and Confusions of the Mind"). The French title is "Métamorphoses". The Italian title is "Prima il piacere", meaning "Pleasure First".

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