Magnum, P.I.

Season 6 Episode 6

Round and Around

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Aired Unknown Oct 24, 1985 on CBS
8.7
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Round and Around
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Ron Pennington, a friend of T.C. and Magnum's on their basketball team, is shot dead when interrupting an armed grocery store hold-up, and they discover his son is linked to the murder.

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  • A good friend of T.C.'s is shot dead when he walks in on an armed robbery. As T.C. and Magnum try to find those responsible, T.C. attempts to fix a family feud with his deceased friend's son that had emerged before the shooting. A pretty good episode...moreless

    9.0
    This review contains spoilers.



    Although some aren't too keen on it, I personally find 'Round and Around' a step up from the previous couple of episodes. It is by no means a classic, but I personally found the story reasonably engaging and well played out.



    It is another one of those episodes with an 'old friend', never to be mentioned before or since this episode, that bites the dust. Although in this case, instead of just being a friend of Magnum's, Ron is closer to T.C., and this makes a refreshing change from the several 'old friends of Magnum being killed' plot device. I liked the scenes between T.C. and Ron before Ron was killed, and really bought into the pair being good friends.



    Ron is played by Bob Minor (here credited as Robert L. Minor), stunt co-ordinator for the series, and Roger E. Mosley (T.C.)'s stunt double. Minor had previously played a bad guy in the third season's 'Legacy From a Friend'. As some have commented, it is quite amusing that during the climatic fight in the druggies' den, that it is Minor in place of Mosley for most of the fight â€" almost as if Ron had returned to avenge his death!



    Anyway, although not one of my outstanding favourites, the story is one of the slightly better examples of the sixth season. I wasn’t too sure about Ron's son, Ron Jr. (Larry B. Scott) not attending his father’s funeral â€" although it was shown that he was angry that his father never spent much time at home, I never fully bought into the family feud that existed.

    I also found it too convenient that one of the culprits involved in the shooting worked at the same pedicab company as Ron Jr. â€" it just seemed over convenient.



    The episode is virtually comedy-free. Although I like good comedy in an episode, and believe it is one of the hallmarks of the series, I didn’t mind it being absent in this one, as the story didn’t need it.



    This is a very T.C.-based story, and I think for me it ties with the fourth season’s 'A Sense of Debt' as my favourite T.C. story. Rick only gets one scene, and Higgins isn't doing much other than logging books at the Estate â€" although we do get to see the rarely used library set for the first of just a couple of times in the show's run.



    There is also a good twist when it is revealed who really shot Ron â€" I didn’t see it coming, but once it was revealed, it seemed very believable.



    All-in-all, a very reasonable episode. By no means one of my favourites, but I enjoyed watching it enough to give it a very reasonable 9.0 rating.moreless
  • Magnum and T.C. track down the killer of T.C.'s friend, Ron Pennington, while reconciling Ron Jr. with his mother.

    5.0
    Larry B. Scott, guest starring here as Ron Pennington Jr., and Tate Donovan, who appears in the episode Summer School (later this season), would go on the next year to make SpaceCamp, a cult classic about teens accidentally launched aboard the space shuttle. Round and Around seems to exist to showcase and develop a guest star (Scott) as much as Magnum or any member of the regular cast. Like season three's Basket Case, an up-and-coming child star appears on the show, shoving the regular cast members to the back seat. The appearance of semi-famous guest stars on the Magnum set typically spelt doom for the formula that worked so well for the series--namely, the interplay between the main characters. (The Luther Gillis episodes, among others, being a notable exception to this generalization). Somehow their acting and dialogue became forced and uncharacteristic. T.C. plays a bigger role than usual in Round and Around.moreless
Myra English

Myra English

Dora Garns

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Maile Kinimaka

Maile Kinimaka

Maile

Guest Star

Peter Bourne

Peter Bourne

Tourist

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James Grant Benton

James Grant Benton

Kika

Recurring Role

Kwan Hi Lim

Kwan Hi Lim

Yoshi Tanaka

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Magnum: (narration) I'm not really sure which kind of private investigator I am: the Holmesian-type with the constant deductive mind, or one with a Marlowe-type intuitive sense of the darker side of human nature. Hopefully a combination of both. At any rate, it doesn't matter, not when you have a "little voice". I don't know, maybe a gently nagging "little voice" is just another way of adding what you know to what you feel, but right now mine wasn't "gently nagging", it was screaming!

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode titles are "Tödlicher Schuss" ("Deadly Shot") and "Falscher Verdacht" ("False Suspicion"). The French title is "La méprise", meaning "The Misunderstanding". The Italian title is "Un delitto assurdo", meaning "An Absurd Crime".

    • Unusually, the closing credits of this episode use an edit of the theme tune usually reserved for feature-length / two-part adventures (it had previously used on the fifth season's two-part "All For One" and the feature-length "Deja Vu" at the start of this season).

    • This episode has the unusual block credit of 'Produced, written and directed by Reuben Leder'.

    • In addition to acting in this episode, Bob Minor is also Roger E. Mosley's stunt double. It is Minor who is hit over the back with the chair, not Mosley.

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