Murder, She Wrote

Season 3 Episode 8

Magnum On Ice

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 23, 1986 on CBS
5.8
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Magnum On Ice
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Jessica offers to help Thomas Magnum, who has been accused of killing a hitman with an unknown target and continues in his corner when another murder occurs.

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  • Thomas Magnum has been arrested for supposedly killing a hitman in cold blood. Jessica looks into the case and tries to identify who really shot the hitman, and find who the true target is. A confusing and bland conclusion to this crossover story...moreless

    5.5
    I am hardly a fan of 'Murder, She Wrote', and sat through this episode after watching the first part, 'Magnum, p.i.'s 'Novel Connection', feeling obliged to watch this conclusion just to be completist! I'm a glutton for punishment.



    As I said in my review for 'Novel Connection', I find Jessica Fletcher irritating. Also making me dislike the show further is the fact that, here in the UK, my local ITV region ran the episodes over and OVER again when most of the surrounding regions had stuff I love, such as 'The A-Team' and 'Knight Rider'.



    Anyway... I found it hard to keep up with all of the twists of this story – although, I confess, maybe I just didn't really care enough.

    In fairness, the mystery element works better than in 'Novel Connection', but the whole overall story just comes across as uninteresting, and if they insisted on doing such a crossover, I just can't help but feel that the whole thing could have been done so much better.



    Although not one of my favourites, I supposed MSW can occasionally dish up a reasonable mystery (I seem to recall that a 1992 episode, 'Murder on Madison Avenue', featuring John 'Higgins' Hillermanas board games manufacturer, wasn't too bad), but this is hardly an example of both MPI and MSW at their finest hour. They shouldn't have bothered.

    To quote myself on my review for 'Novel Connection', "it feels like two different shows awkwardly welded together, and does not work at all".moreless
Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Thomas Magnum

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John Hillerman

John Hillerman

Jonathan Higgins

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Dorothy Loudon

Dorothy Loudon

Pamela Bates

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