Magnum, P.I.

Season 5 Episode 17

The Love-For-Sale Boat

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Aired Unknown Feb 14, 1985 on CBS
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The Love-For-Sale Boat
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Rick finds himself in deep trouble when he borrows money from Ice Pick to buy a yacht from Mac that wasn't his to sell.

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  • Mac (mk. II) has landed in trouble with the Japanese Yakuza, and to get the money he needs, he tricks Rick into buying a stolen sailboat, complete with three geishas â€" landing Rick in trouble with both the Yakuza, and Ice Pick. Very silly, but watchablemoreless

    8.5
    This review contains mild spoilers.



    I know that a lot of people don't like this episode. But, while it is far from being a favourite of mine, I personally can bear it â€" it is a very silly story, and doesn't take itself at all seriously.



    The episode is penned by J. Miyoko Hensley and Steven Hensley, their second of only two works on the show â€" the other being the third season episode 'The Arrow that is Not Aimed'. The pair obviously have a love from all things Japanese, as both that episode and this one feature Japanese elements. (And yes, Miyoko does sound a Japanese name, which probably does have something to do with it).



    It is good to see Mac, mark II, otherwise known as Jim Bonnick (amongst other names) to get a lot of screen time in this one. I love how the original Mac was always being conned himself, but this second incarnation of Mac instead spends his time conning everyone else!



    One element I really like is Magnum, travelling from airport to airport trying to track down Mac â€" each airport is clearly the same set, just with a different poster on the wall, changing with each city visited. It is tongue-in-cheek things like this that made the series so fun. I haven't a clue what all the lemons were about though!



    The story is a fun one (although it doesn’t seem to completely make sense in places), and the climatic scene, with the brawl on the stolen sailboat, complete with Magnum lobbing lemons at a brute brandishing a meat cleaver, sums up how delightfully daft this instalment is.



    In a way, this episode falls into the "so-bad-its-good" category, but as I say, I personally find it quite bearable. Although it is a long way from being one of the shows finest hours, I can personally think of far worse in the MPI barrel.moreless
Marilyn Tokuda

Marilyn Tokuda

Sakiko

Guest Star

George Kee Cheung

George Kee Cheung

Nagosho

Guest Star

Carolyn Seymour

Carolyn Seymour

Leanne

Guest Star

Jeff MacKay

Jeff MacKay

Mac Bonnick

Recurring Role

Elisha Cook Jr.

Elisha Cook Jr.

Ice Pick Hofstetler

Recurring Role

Bob Fimiani

Bob Fimiani

Homer Knowlton

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Thomas: (narrating) A few vital statistics that explain why paradise is called paradise: there are 326 days of sunshine each year, an annual average temperature of 86°, billions and billions of gallons of blue Pacific, and one Orville 'Rick' Wright, who will bet on anything.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode titles are "Das Alptraumschiff" ("The Nightmare Boat") and "Käpt'n Rick" ("Capt'n Rick"). The French title is "Bateau à vendre", meaning "Boat for Sale". The Italian title is "Tre ragazze e una barca", meaning "Three Girls and a Boat".

    • As Magnum tries to catch up with Mac, we see him at car rental booths at various airports, all which look the same except for a poster of the locale on the wall, and all of which offer free lemons for some reason. This sight gag on the similar look of these booths can also be taken as a tongue-in-cheek nod to the same set's being used to represent different locations with barely any alteration.

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