Magnum, P.I.

Season 2 Episode 13

The Jororo Kill

Aired Unknown Jan 07, 1982 on CBS
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The Jororo Kill
A news correspondent, that Magnum, T.C., and Rick met in Vietnam, arrives in Honolulu, asking Magnum's help in tracking down a master-of-disguise international assassin who is targeting a visiting Prime Minister of the small island republic of Jororo. But as they try to locate the killer before the assassination attempt is made, Magnum begins to question the exact motives behind the reporter's extreme determination to get the story.moreless

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  • Guest star

    My favorite guest star:

    Tyne Daly
  • High quality thriller.

    The always watchable Tyne Daly gives it all as a reporter hot on the trail of a single minded killer, who wants a Prime Minister as his next big fish. One of the most sopisticated examples of Magnum P.I. in full edge of the seat swing, everyone gets in on the action, even the hapless Mac, as always bemoaning T.M taking advantage of his good nature. Any hint of slapstick is quickly jettisoned though, as we comphrehend exactly how decisive this assassin really is, leaving Magnum and pals always one step behind with time running out. Daly delivers one of the most sterling guest star performances of the entire series, pushing even Frank Sinatra's appearance 5 years later for top place. Absolutely unmissable.moreless
  • A journalist who is an old friend of Magnum, Rick and T.C., arrives in Hawaii claiming to be working on a routine story, but is actually on the trail of an international assassin, whom she dupes Magnum into looking for. A very good episode...moreless

    As touched upon in previous reviews, the second season suffered a bit of a dip midway through, with a number of substandard stories. Thankfully, here things finally pick up with this terrific episode.

    The episode has a huge number of writing credits; sometimes, this would make for an uneven story, but thankfully it doesn't affect this one. And it has input from series co-creator Donald P. Bellisario, which is always a good thing.

    I've never fully warmed to Tyne Daly, and could never get into 'Cagney and Lacey', but there's no arguing that she is a good actress, and here, as crippled reporter Kate Sullivan, puts in a performance worthy of such a good episode.

    It's a shame that the character never made a return appearance, not even in the fourth season's semi-sequel 'Jororo Farewell'.

    Other great things about this episode include Rick and Mac fishing on the King Kamehameha I, complete with Mac's impression of Magnum (which is quite dead on).

    The villain of the episode, who disguises himself as women, is quite eerie. When Magnum asks him if the ex-MI6 agent resigned due to a sex scandal, Higgins replies "Unfortunately, in British Intelligence, that seems to be the only type we have". It's true, we do seem to have a lot of such scandals!!

    Although we effectively know who the villain is from the beginning, his disguises still make him hard to spot, and it's edge-of-the-seat as to where he'll pop up next.

    I like the final shootout, with Magnum's classic "Nuns don't work on Sundays!".

    All-in-all, this is a top notch episode, and one that will set the standard for most of the rest of the season.moreless
Tyne Daly

Tyne Daly

Kate Sullivan

Guest Star

Burr DeBenning

Burr DeBenning


Guest Star

Edward Fernandez

Edward Fernandez


Guest Star

Jeff MacKay

Jeff MacKay

Mac MacReynolds

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Magnum: Kate had been a wire service reporter working out of Saigon, when she came to do a story on our team. She was an idealist; not naive, but still an idealist. She wanted to write the truth. And if a truth happened to be location in a free-fire zone, or if the truth wasn't exactly what she thought it would be going in, well she'd write it anyway. That's the Kate we all fell for. And when she got wounded, it was a buddy getting hit.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The German episode titles are "Das Attentat" ("Assassination Attempt") and "Ein einfallsreicher Killer" ("Creative Killer"). The French title is "Le terroriste". The Italian title is "Attentato nel Pacifico", meaning "Pacific Assassination Attempt".