Magnum, P.I.

Season 6 Episode 5

The Hotel Dick

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Aired Unknown Oct 17, 1985 on CBS
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Magnum decides to get a 'real job' and takes on the challenge of being the house detective for a hotel, but finds his boss all too Higgins-like and is tasked with apprehending an elusive thief before an upcoming jewelry convention to be held at the hotel.

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  • Magnum has given up being a P.I. to take a "real" job as an in-house detective at a large, plush hotel, where he is on the trail of a cat burglar targeting guests, but winds up helping a hooker whose life seems to be in danger. A tired feeling episode...moreless

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    When I think of later episodes of 'Magnum, p.i.', this one often springs to mind. And not in a good way. After the exciting, vibrant earlier seasons, this one just sums up to me how the series went through a patch of feeling really tired and worn out.



    In fairness, part of the theme itself is about aging. Magnum has given up his luxurious lifestyle working as a private investigator from Robin's Nest, to take a 'steady' job working as an in-house hotel detective. At the beginning, chasing the cat burglar, he doesn't dare to make a large jump from one building to another, and comments that not so long ago, he would have taken the risk. Not only that, but now he has to wear glasses for reading â€" another sign that he is aging.

    But beyond that, the series itself at this point feels rather aged and worn out.



    The set of Magnum's room in the hotel is intended to be small and dingy, but even so, I found it a very boring and dull set. Considering that a large percentage of the story takes place there, surely they could have done something more with it.



    And talking of settings, the hotel itself is never really used to it's full extent, in my opinion. They could have done so much more, introducing many more areas of the hotel, but the whole thing just comes off feeling limited and stuffy to me.



    Leslie, the prostitute that Magnum winds up helping, played by Candy Clark, would go on to appear in a few more episodes, as would her friend Cleo (Phyllis Mitchell) â€" in fact, Cleo possibly marries Rick in the series finale! However, for recurring characters, I found these two to be nothing special, and played by run-of-the-mill guest actresses.



    Probably the only good thing about the episode is the closing sequence, with Magnum once again in pursuit of the cat burglar â€" and this time, he dares to take the massive leap. Does he make it? Who knows, as the episode finishes there!



    A plot involving Magnum working in a plush Hawaiian hotel possibly could have been interesting, if more of the local 'colour' had been used, but to me this episode comes off as one of my far lesser favourite episodes.



    Thankfully, the series would recover from it's tired feeling for much of seasons seven and eight, but at this point, the show felt as if it was at a real low. Which is a real shame, considering the greatness it could achieve at other times.moreless
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Jo Ralston

Jo Ralston

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Phyllis Davis

Phyllis Davis

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