Magnum, P.I.

Season 3 Episode 4

The Eighth Part of the Village

Aired Unknown Oct 14, 1982 on CBS
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The Eighth Part of the Village
After narrowly avoiding being shot during a case, a fortune cookie convinces Thomas that it's time to repay his friends and associates, leading him to collect a crate of books from the docks for Higgins, only to find that it contains the daughter of a war comrade of Higgins who's searching for her American fiancé and seeking to escape her cruel father.moreless

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  • A fortune cookie motto has convinced Magnum to start paying back some debts to his friends. But when he goes to collect a crate of books for Higgins, he finds it contains a Japanese stowaway supposedly fleeing from her power-mad father. A great episode...moreless

    'The Eighth Part of the Village' is a great episode of 'Magnum, p.i.', that for me sums up the high quality and well roundedness of the third season. Like all good MPI entries, it has the perfect mix of comedy, drama and action.

    ...And comedy is one of the key ingredients that makes this story so likable. From the first moment we see Magnum, dressed as a Chinaman, trying to mow the Estate lawn, we are in for a number of great moments. Maybe more could have been made of his debt repayment to T.C., of being his chauffer for a day, but the story was so packed that it didn't really need this.

    The story is well shot, with some lovely locations (the zoo, for example, and the rare shot on the Estate on the balcony). One of the things I like about the series is the sheer feel of it – the relaxed, easy-going feel, with some great scenery, but still a good story to hold things together.

    We are given more about Higgins' past, and I really liked the depth given to his wartime encounter with Sato Osawa, played by Danny Kamekona, who has such presence. The whole thing is pulled of with such feel and dignity, and is the sort of thing that raised the series above the average detective / adventure offerings of the era.

    Without giving anything away, the climatic revelation comes as a real twist, and I was really surprised the first time I watched this episode. Again, it is pulled off so well.

    All-in-all, this is a terrific episode. Very close to a perfect 10 for me.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Magnum: Make me a list of the favors I owe you, and I'll take care of them.
      Higgins: I already have a list. What I don't have is a reason to believe you.

    • Magnum: Fate has a nasty way of popping up and waving its long, bony finger under your nose. Sometimes it's a squeaker at 70 miles an hour; sometimes it's a plane you missed that never makes it back from the Bermuda Triangle. But whatever it is, you always get the message: it's time to stop taking your good luck for granted.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The script for this episode was originally titled "Honor Thy Father".

    • The German episode titles are "Auch Perlen haben Schatten" ("Even Pearls Have a Shadow") and "Die Doppelgängerin" ("The Doppelgänger"). The French title is "Copie conforme", meaning "Copy". The Italian title is "Onora il padre", meaning "Honor Thy Father".