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Magnum, P.I.

Season 4 Episode 14

Rembrandt's Girl

Aired Unknown Feb 02, 1984 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Rembrandt's Girl
Magnum agrees to take a case investigating a recently paroled counterfeiter whose daughter suspects he's returned to his old ways.

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  • Guest star

    My favorite guest star:

    Carol Burnett, of course ;-)
  • A woman hires Magnum to prove that her father, a famous forger recently released from prison, is back in business. Thomas refuses the case, but soon after, the woman locks herself and him into a bank vault, trapping them both inside. Love it or loathe itmoreless

    This review contains minor spoilers.

    'Rembrandt's Girl' (working title: 'For Love or Money') is an episode that seems to split the vote with fans – some love it, some loathe it. Personally, I have to confess that it is one of my lesser favourite episodes.

    Being a Brit, I don't really know who Carol Burnett is; I wonder if my opinion of this episode may be different if I was more familiar with her? Anyway, I must admit that, while she has the odd amusing moment, I find her a bit annoying for much of this story.

    The plot of being stuck in a bank vault, with the air supply running out, could have potentially been quite good, but I didn't think it is was sharp as it could and should have been. Also, I felt it was a bit too soon after the classic 'Home From The Sea' at the start of the season, to do another "time running out" plot.

    Also in this episode, Deborah Pratt makes her first of a few appearances in the series as T.C.'s sometime girlfriend, Gloria. Pratt was married to series co-creator Donald P. Bellisario at this point, and would go on the pen the fifth season episode 'Little Games' and season seven's 'Little Girl Who'. She was also involved in several other Bellisario productions (she played the recurring Marella in the first two seasons of 'Airwolf', and would go on to serve in several capacities on 'Quantum Leap').

    Not only that, but playing party guest Sherry is Jillie Mack, who Tom Selleck would go on to marry in 1987. Mack is uncredited for this role – maybe she was embarrassed about her truly terrible English (if that's what you can call it!) accent. She would go on to play a bigger role in the fifth season's 'Professor Jonathan Higgins'.

    Anyway, back to the plot itself... part of me wants to like it, but for the most part I find the story tedious. The scene where 'Bill' becomes stuck in the vault with Magnum and Susan, with the two of them laughing insanely, plays like it should be really hilarious, but personally I found it very grating – and a bit embarrassing.

    The b-plot, of Rick and T.C. holding a party in the guest house, upsetting Higgins' spiritual readings weekend, could have been amusing, but comes off as little more than filler material.

    It was about this point, with episodes such as this and 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' before it, that the series started to lose some of it's freshness in my view. It still offered up some good episodes, but the sharpness and quality that had gone before started to tarnish a little around this point, and would even more so in the fifth and sixth seasons. (Thankfully, things would pick up a bit before the end of the show's run).

    All-in-all, while I can think of far worse, this is not one of my favourite episodes. It just feels as if it should have been much sharper than it actually is.moreless
Deborah Pratt

Deborah Pratt


Guest Star

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett

Susan Johnson

Guest Star

John McMartin

John McMartin

Bill Campbell

Guest Star

Gillian Dobb

Gillian Dobb

Agatha Chumley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • The script for this episode was originally titled "For Love or Money".

    • The German episode titles are "Rembrandts Tochter" ("Rembrandt's Daughter") and "Blütenzauber" ("Flower Power"). The French title is "Rembrandt fait du camping", meaning "Rembrandt Goes Camping". The Italian title is "La figlia di Rembrandt", an exact translation.

    • Deborah Pratt, who played Gloria, also wrote the episodes "Little Games" and "Little Girl Who". She was once married to Donald P. Bellisario, and is the mother of his son Michael and his daughter Troian.

    • Jillie Mack, who played Sherry (the girl at the party with the terrible English accent), married Tom Selleck in 1987 and is the mother of his daughter Hannah.