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Magnum, P.I.

Season 4 Episode 7

Squeeze Play

Aired Unknown Nov 17, 1983 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Squeeze Play
Robin bets use of the Robin's Nest for a year against a magazine publisher on the outcome of a softball game between the magazine's team and the King Kamehameha team. Meanwhile, Magnum tries to track down the ex-husband of a team member who's owed her alimony.

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  • After Robin Masters wagers the Estate over the outcome of a softball game between the King Kamehameha Club team and that of a sleazy, unscrupulous magazine publisher, both Higgins and Magnum find that they may soon be out of a home. A so-so sports episodemoreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    I have very mixed views over this episode (working title: 'Going Going Gone'). It is marginally better than some of the show's other sports-based episodes (the second season's 'One More Summer' was take it or leave it, and the less said about season three's 'Mixed Doubles' the better!), but as I have said in other reviews, I'm not really a sports fan, so that marks it down a notch from the start for me.

    It felt strange that Robin would so callously wager the Estate. Admittedly we don't see (or rather, hear) enough of him in the series to really get to know his personality all that well, but even so, I had trouble accepting that he would have done this – especially considering the times that Magnum has helped him out and saved his life (the first season's 'J. Digger Doyle' and the third season's 'The Big Blow' to name but two occasions).

    The episode is mostly light-hearted, and does have it's humorous moments (such as Rick getting hit by a ball in a place where a man really doesn't want to be hit!), but it is also very silly. I found Buzz and his nephew to be overly annoying at times, and the story dragged a bit towards the end.

    There are no real villains to this story. The nearest we come is the hostile construction workers when Magnum is searching for Jerome, the ex-husband of one of the players on his team. It did seem to be a bit coincidental that Jerome turned out to be an ex-softball pro who could help the team out, but I was willing to forgive that.

    However, the conclusion of the story, with Magnum just happening to find that Buzz's card deck is marked, thus making the bet bogus to begin with, was just too contrived and coincidental.

    This isn't an abysmal episode, but it is one of those that I only watch very occasionally, and the whole thing just feels rather out of character to me.moreless
Dick Shawn

Dick Shawn

Buzz Benoit

Guest Star

Peter Isacksen

Peter Isacksen

Jerome Kappelwitz

Guest Star

Debbie Zipp

Debbie Zipp

Lola Stenhauser

Guest Star

Patrick Bishop

Patrick Bishop


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Rick: Come on, T.C., a lizard could have caught that. I've seen better hands on my mother!
      T.C.: Well, maybe you oughta bring your momma out here. At least she is a girl; you just pitch like one!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The script for this episode was originally titled "Going Going Gone".

    • The German episode titles are "Foulspiel" ("Foul Play") and "Die Wette gilt" ("You're On!"). The French title is "Quitte ou double", meaning "Double or Nothing". The Italian title is "La scommessa", meaning "The Wager".

    • Listen carefully in the scene where Jerome is practicing batting, and you can hear the sound of distant glass breaking. This stock sound effect was actually part of the effect used to make up the sound of Airwolf's turbos engaging. This sound effect can also be heard in its original form in that series too, in the third season episode "The Girl Who Fell From The Sky"; the effect is used again in Magnum, P.I. in the sixth season episode "Way of the Stalking Horse".