Simon & Simon

Season 2 Episode 1

Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend (2)

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Aired Unknown Oct 05, 1982 on CBS
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Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend (2)
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This episode picks up where the MAGNUM P.I. episode Ki's Don't lie ended with Higgins following Catherine Hailey, the woman who stole from a charity that's suppose to benefit an orphanage, to Los Angeles with the Simons following him. But upon arriving they discover that she paid someone to go on the plane in her place. They would learn from Magnum that Catherine is in South America in a country that has no extradition with the U.S. So Rick and A.J. offer to go get her with Higgins. They decide to pull a con her with A.J. pretending to be buying an emerald mine.

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  • Following on from 'Magnum, p.i.'s 'Ki'i's Don't Lie', Rick and A.J., accompanied by Higgins, follow con artist Alex Houston, who tricked Higgins out of $350.000, to South America, where they plain their own con to catch her. A reasonable story...moreless

    8.5
    I am reviewing this episode after seeing it on the 'Magnum, p.i.' first season DVD bonus disk (only included on the Region 1 version). Although I think 'Simon & Simon' was shown here in the U.K., I don't think it got a very extensive run, at least not in my ITV region.



    This crossover was designed in a bid to save 'Simon & Simon', which was sagging in the ratings after it's first season. The show was moved directly after 'Magnum, p.i.' on Thursday nights, and this crossover story was devised to try and pull in MPI viewers.



    But for my first S&S episode, I liked it. Rick and A.J. come over as much more likable than they did in MPI's 'Ki'i's Don't Lie' (where they felt almost like the villains). Here, Jameson Parker and Gerald McRaney come across as easy going and engaging.



    Tom Selleck has two brief cameo appearances as Magnum himself, but the main 'crossover' of the story is the inclusion of John Hillerman as Higgins. I've always liked the Higgins character, and it was nice to see him in this episode, but I did feel that he was wasted – all he really got to do was a few scenes in a hotel room as the Simon brothers planned their con to lure in Alex Huston.



    The story itself is a fair one, and as a first time viewer of the series, I found it easy to get into. There are a couple of plot conveniences (the jailed Simons just happen to be locked up with Henry, and old friend of Rick's, who is able to get them out and help them on their mission), but for the most part, it is a fun plot.



    I find it a bit hard to rate this episode, as I don't have any other eps from the series to compare it to (as yet). But I like it enough to give it a reasonable 8.5.



    Once I have completed my MPI review project, I think I'll have to invest in the 'Simon & Simon' DVDs, as it seems like a fun series, and just the sort of thing that I like.moreless
Gerald McRaney

Gerald McRaney

Richard 'Rick' Simon

Mary Carver

Mary Carver

Cecelia Simon

Jameson Parker

Jameson Parker

Andrew Jackson 'A.J.' Simon

Eddie Barth

Eddie Barth

Myron Fowler

Jeannie Wilson

Jeannie Wilson

Janet Fowler

Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Thomas Magnum

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John Hillerman

John Hillerman

Jonathan Higgins

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Morgan Fairchild

Morgan Fairchild

Catherine Hailey/Alex Houston

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