Magnum, P.I.

Season 5 Episode 5

Under World

Aired Unknown Oct 25, 1984 on CBS
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Under World
After T.C. has a helicopter crash that leaves him comatose, Magnum discovers that it was shot down and sets out to find why someone would target his friend.

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  • T.C. accepts a job delivering a mysterious briefcase to Oahu, but on the way, his chopper is shot down, leaving him in a coma. His brother Gerald joins the rest of the gang as they try to discover who was responsible and why. A slightly better ep...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    Although not one of my outstanding favourites, 'Under World' is one of the shaky fifth season's better offerings in my opinion. It's certainly a notch up from the disappointing 'The Legacy of Garwood Huddle' previously.

    Unfortunately, I had already read about this episode by the first time I saw it (some years ago now), so all along knew that T.C.'s 'brother' Gerald was a fake. Even so, it was still interesting to see it play out – although I can't believe that Magnum or Rick, who know T.C. so well, wouldn't have become suspicious at some point.

    Talking of spoilers, I found it a bit strange that the episode's opening trailer gave away that Higgins is shot and crashes his car during the story. Given that this doesn't happen until about halfway through, it is quite unusual, as the opening trailers are usually very good about not giving too much away.

    The bulk of a plot is fair, and gives each of the main cast (bar T.C., of course), a lot to do. The story is mostly a serious one, but does have it's touches of comedy here and there.

    One moment I really like is Higgins rambling away on one of his old war stories, brining T.C. out of his coma. I found this a really amusing moment (even if there had been a slightly similar set-up on 'Happy Days' some years previously).

    The diving scenes are very well shot, and really bring the story to life. I did think it was foolish of Gerald to give himself away before Magnum had taken the briefcase to the surface, however.

    Then there is the final scene, full of slapstick (and slightly surreal), as a series of accidents occur as Magnum and Rick wheel Higgins and T.C. out of the hospital. In a story that is mostly very serious, it is a nice light-hearted ending.

    All-in-all, this is a pretty good story, although I did feel it was stretched a bit in the middle. I found the explanation of T.C.'s crash, relating to the briefcase carrying plutonium, a bit far fetched, but even so, this stands as one of the more interesting episodes of the fifth season.moreless
  • Pretty good episode, the main cast has lots to do and its mostly in character.

    The mystery of TC's helicopter crash is investigated as he lies in a coma.

    Nice entry in the series, a good sense of mystery and the gang pulling together to solve it. Higgins is well-used and comedic at the hotel on Maui and in telling war stories so boring that TC seems to wake from his coma to ask him to stop. Maybe as a veteren of television, I just spot the real villain pretty quickly, but there are enough camera lingers and odd lines to make it a little too easy for a person to guess. On the practical side, the idea of carryng plutonium in a case that appears at a convention of physicists is a little much.

    The beginning is also well-done, nice to see TC on his normal job and operating his helicopter service. There's a very broad comedic ending that's a little too goofy and slapstick - but that's a matter of personal choice, I suppose.

    Still, most of the best things about the series are here.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Magnum, Higgins, Gerald, and Rick are sitting in the hospital waiting room, a sound boom is visible in the shot as Magnum gets up from his chair.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Magnum: (narrating) I get these feelings... I guess a... I call them my "little voice". I know that sounds dumb, but it's like an early warning system, or a conscience. Or maybe, it's just a way of communicating to myself how I really feel about something deep down. I think we all have something like that. I think we communicate those deep down feelings with others that we care about and it's not just by talking about it. This doesn't make any sense, I'm sorry. I guess what I mean is if there's a real connection with somebody you care about ultimately they hear you and that's why I think T.C.'s gonna hear us.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode titles are "Zwischen Leben und Tod" ("Between Life and Death") and "Absturz über dem Meer" ("Crash over the Sea"). The French title is "Les bas-fonds", meaning "Skid Row". The Italian title is "Mondo sommerso", meaning "Underwater World".

    • The official, on-screen title of this episode is "Under World", even though it is sometimes listed by other sources as "Underworld".