Magnum, P.I.

Season 5 Episode 21

Torah, Torah, Torah

Aired Unknown Mar 28, 1985 on CBS
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Torah, Torah, Torah
When Magnum picks up a rabbi friend of Higgins' at the airport they're ambushed, a valuable Torah is stolen, and the investigation of the theft leads Magnum to a gang of smugglers.

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  • guest star

    My favorite guest star:

    Nehemia Persoff
  • Higgins asks Magnum to collect an old friend, Rabbi Solomon, from the airport, but on the drive back, they are ambushed, and the Rabbi's sacred Torah is snatched. The pair team up to find the priceless artefact. Weak story saved by a good guest character.moreless

    Well, we're nearing the end of the fifth season now, and 'Torah, Torah, Torah' sadly doesn't break the season's mould of being mostly quite sub par and disappointing, especially when compared to the quality of the first four seasons.

    The only decent thing about this episode is the weekly 'guest character', Rabbi Asher Solomon, well played by Nehemiah Persoff. The Rabbi is a likable character, and is the only saving grace about this otherwise routine and uninspiring outing. Rabbi Solomon's moments â€" particularly when he tells Magnum of how he first met Higgins â€" are the only little touches that save this one from totally plummeting.

    Other than the interest of the Torah being grabbed, the plot plods on through the paces, having little of real interest and having an almost generic feel to it. This is a real shame â€" in earlier seasons, 'Magnum, p.i.' had its own real identity and character, but with episodes like these... they could just have easily come from any standard detective series of the day.

    As I have said for a number of fifth season episodes, many of the stories might have made decent 'filler' episodes to other seasons, but so many of them in a row at once really saw the show's quality dip, which is a real shame, because I still really love the show overall.moreless
Chirs Duque

Chirs Duque

Dick Ling

Guest Star

Tovik Liberman

Tovik Liberman

Young Solomon

Guest Star

James Calabrese

James Calabrese


Guest Star

Kwan Hi Lim

Kwan Hi Lim

Yoshi Tanaka

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Plot nit-pick: Rabbi Solomon gets out of the Audi, telling Magnum that it is nearly the Sabbath, which dictates that he may not ride in a car. When Miss Chou asks them to accompany her, he does it under protest, again saying that he can't travel in a car on Sabbath. Yet later, we see him in the back of T.C.'s van, and he seems quite content there!

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Rick: (tracing a vehicle for Magnum) You know, do me a favor – next time when you give me the details, at least give me a little bit more than "the big van was painted the same color as the boy's locker room in junior high," will ya?!

    • (T.C. is brewing chili in Magnum's kitchen.)
      Higgins: My God, what is that odor?
      T.C.: Higgie-baby, you're talking about my Aunt Rola's original, Creole flaming, bayou blasting chili. Wanna try a little taste?
      Higgins: (dryly) Not without a paramedic in attendance.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The German episode titles are "Thora" ("Torah") and "Alte Freunde" ("Old Friends"). The French title is "Torah, Torah, Torah". The Italian title is "Furto su commissione", meaning "Theft for a Price".