History Trivia / MagnumPI

26th Apr '16 8:02:04 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** The daughter of T.C.'s friend in "A Sense Of Debt" is [[Series/BeverlyHills90210 Brenda Walsh]].
** Why is [[Characters/DoctorWhoClassicSeriesDoctors the Fifth Doctor]] serving as a (very inept) majordomo at Robin's Keep in England?
*** And when did [[Characters/DoctorWhoMasters the Master]] become a mortuary attendant?
** It seems [[Series/BarneyMiller Mr. Kopechne]] finally went right round the bend in "Death and Taxes".
** [[Literature/TheJoyLuckClub Ying-Ying St. Clair]] is quite reasonably the classy curator of a museum in "Torah, Torah, Torah", which also has [[Film/{{Yentl}} Rabbi Mendel]].
** [[Series/{{Deadwood}} Al Swearengen]] is a movie producer, then a member of Higgins' old army regiment. [[spoiler: Neither episode ends well for him.]]
** Magnum's father in "Home From the Sea" is [[Series/ChiPs Sergeant Getraer]].
** And his stepfather is [[TheBigLebowski the Big Lebowski]] himself.
** [[Series/{{BodyOfProof}} Megan Hunt]] was a Los Angeles attorney before becoming a medical examiner.
** [[Series/{{McCloud}} Sam McCloud]] is a country music singer searching for a set of lost songs supposedly written by his dead friend.
** [[Film/{{Batman}} Commissioner Gordon]] is a career criminal who breaks out of prison to enlist Magnum's help in finding his kidnapped grandson. The kidnapper is later revealed to be [[spoiler: [[Series/{{Cheers}} Cliff Clavin]].]]
** [[Series/{{Batman}} The Joker]] is a veteran jewel thief [[spoiler: and father of the episode's insurance security specialist]] in "Little Games".
** [[Series/{{CagneyAndLacey}} Mary Beth Lacey]] is a journalist friend of the gang's from their Vietnam days.
** [[Series/{{TheAvengers}} John Steed]] is Higgins' friend who thinks he is Sherlock Holmes.
** The [[spoiler: title characters]] in "All Thieves on Deck" include [[Film/{{SupermanII}} Ursa]] and [[Series/{{GilligansIsland}} The Skipper]].
*** And [[Series/{{MurderSheWrote}} Seth Hazlitt]] is the ship's captain!
** [[Series/{{StarTrekTheOriginalSeries}} Scotty]] is one of Higgins' dinner guests in "The Big Blow".
** Luther Gillis' secretary/girlfriend Blanche is [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Babs Kramer]].
** [[Film/AChristmasStory The Old Man]] is an adventure-seeking author who owes a substantial amount of alimony to his ex-wife [[Film/{{Psycho}} Lila Crane]].
** [[Film/TheGodfather Frank Pentangeli]] and his men come to Hawaii to kidnap back his former dog entrusted in Magnum's care.
** [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Major Arnold Toht]] is a party guest of Higgins', suspected of murder. While it turns out he's [[spoiler: innocent, he also turns out to have been the original majordomo of Robin's Nest.]]
** [[Series/{{Matlock}} Michelle Thomas]] is the organizer of a treasure hunt competition [[spoiler: who decides to steal the treasure for herself.]]
** [[Series/TheRockfordFiles Joseph "Rocky" Rockford]] and [[Series/TheRockfordFiles Angel Martin]] both come to Hawaii (in separate episodes), on the lam and involved in shady dealings.
*** [[Series/TheRockfordFiles Beth Davenport]] is a TV reporter [[spoiler: who is secretly out to ruin Rick's club]], then a radio DJ [[spoiler: who's out to kill the fiance who she felt jilted her.]]
*** And [[Series/TheRockfordFiles Dennis Becker]] apparently moved to Oahu and started wearing [[CoolHat Panama hats]].
** [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Janine Melnitz]] is a rookie cop who later becomes a P.I. herself.
** [[Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth Mary-Lou]] is Cleo Mitchell's colleague and best friend.
** Luther Gillis' long-lost daughter is [[Series/TheOfficeUS Jan Levinson]].
** [[Series/TheBobNewhartShow Carol Kester]], in search of her missing fiance, also helps Magnum train for the Ironman triathalon.
** [[Series/WelcomeBackKotter Julie Kotter]] is a nurse friend of Magnum's from 'Nam who's accused of poisoning patients.
** [[Film/ToKillAMockingbird Tom Robinson]] is now the dictator of a militaristic African country.
* HeyItsThatVoice: ''[[TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' fans will recognize the newsreel narrator in "The Legacy of Garwood Huddle" as the late Creator/PhilHartman.
** [[Series/SpongebobSquarepants Mermaid Man]] is an aging pro wrestler who enlists Magnum to find his long-lost son.
6th Mar '16 12:05:24 AM cjqtwm
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** It seems [[BarneyMiller Mr. Kopechne]] finally went right round the bend in "Death and Taxes".

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** It seems [[BarneyMiller [[Series/BarneyMiller Mr. Kopechne]] finally went right round the bend in "Death and Taxes".
3rd Mar '16 9:38:22 PM cjqtwm
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** In "Luther Gillis: File #001", Robin Masters leaves a message on Magnum's machine, telling him the personal access code needed for his next assignment's computer is [[Film/CitizenKane "Rosebud"]].

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** In "Luther Gillis: File #001", [[Creator/OrsonWelles Robin Masters Masters]] leaves a message on Magnum's machine, telling him the personal access code needed for his next assignment's computer is [[Film/CitizenKane "Rosebud"]].



* CreatorCameo: Creator and writer DonaldPBellisario appears as the desk clerk of the Low Surf Hotel in "Faith and Begorrah".

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* CreatorCameo: Creator Creator, writer, and writer producer DonaldPBellisario appears as the desk clerk of the Low Surf Hotel in "Faith and Begorrah".



** Producer Donald P. Bellisario's then-wife Deborah Pratt played T.C.'s girlfriend Gloria in four episodes.

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** Producer Donald P. Bellisario's DonaldPBellisario's then-wife Deborah Pratt played T.C.'s girlfriend Gloria in four episodes.
3rd Mar '16 9:21:45 PM cjqtwm
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* CreatorCameo: Creator and writer Donald P. Bellisario appears as the desk clerk of the Low Surf Hotel in "Faith and Begorrah".

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* CreatorCameo: Creator and writer Donald P. Bellisario DonaldPBellisario appears as the desk clerk of the Low Surf Hotel in "Faith and Begorrah".
3rd Mar '16 8:24:23 PM cjqtwm
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** In "Italian Ice", Magnum is choked pretty badly by the Marchese's bodyguard, played by [[Characters/TheGodfather Lenny Montana]], whose most famous character was [[Film/TheGodfather garroted to death]].


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* FakeNationality: The Italian Marchese in "Italian Ice" is played by French actor Jean Claudio, whose natural accent [[OohMeAccentsSlipping slips through]] in his English dialogue.
** Mexican Mafia king Pasqual Valez in "On the Fly" is played by American Byrne Piven, father of actor Jeremy Piven.
** Many Chinese-American or Chinese-Hawaiian actors play Japanese or Japanese-American characters, and vice versa.
3rd Mar '16 12:24:35 AM cjqtwm
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** In "The Legacy of Garwood Huddle", John Ratzenberger's character has a friend named [[Series/{{Cheers}} Norm]].
3rd Mar '16 12:20:32 AM cjqtwm
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* CreatorCameo: Creator and writer Donald P. Bellisario appears as the desk clerk of the Low Surf Hotel in "Faith and Begorrah".



* DescendedCreator: Bob Minor, stunt coordinator and double for Roger E. Mosley, plays T.C.'s friend Ron Pennington in "Round and Around", [[spoiler: who is soon murdered. Hilariously, Minor later appears in the same episode's climax as Mosley's double, effectively [[FridgeBrilliance avenging his own death]].]]



** The original network broadcast of "Never Again... Never Again" actually had Magnum [[spoiler: [[http://magnum-mania.com/Episodes/Season1/Never_Again_Never_Again.html shoot Lena Greenberg dead (offscreen), with the shot heard over a cutaway of the boat they're on.]] This fact makes the next scene (of Magnum on the beach contemplating the episode's events) make much more sense. Syndication and the season one DVD set removed the gunshot sound, however, leaving the viewer confused as to what happened to Lena. It wouldn't be likely that she surrendered to Magnum on the spot, as by then she had [[OneManArmy single-handedly killed]] at least two men Magnum's size [[NotSoHarmlessVillain with only a scalpel]].]]

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** The original network broadcast of "Never Again... Never Again" actually had Magnum [[spoiler: [[http://magnum-mania.com/Episodes/Season1/Never_Again_Never_Again.html shoot Lena Greenberg dead (offscreen), with the shot heard over a cutaway of the boat they're on.]] This fact makes helps the next scene (of Magnum on the beach contemplating the episode's events) make much more sense. Syndication and the season one DVD set removed the gunshot sound, however, leaving the viewer confused as to what happened to Lena. It wouldn't be likely that she surrendered to Magnum on the spot, as by then she had [[OneManArmy single-handedly killed]] at least two men Magnum's size [[NotSoHarmlessVillain with only a scalpel]].]]
2nd Mar '16 12:32:10 PM cjqtwm
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** The video game seen at the start of "Little Games" is too advanced for the time, and looks hilariously dated now.

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** The video game seen at the start of "Little Games" is too advanced for the time, and but looks hilariously dated now.
2nd Mar '16 12:27:27 PM cjqtwm
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* ScienceMarchesOn: "Wave Goodbye", while otherwise a [[ValuesResonance well-aged]] episode, is incredibly dated in that the police are unable to determine who [[spoiler: raped Kacy before killing her]], as the episode aired in 1981, well before DNA forensic testing became the norm.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Naturally, given the time period.
** The video game seen at the start of "Little Games" is too advanced for the time, and looks hilariously dated now.
21st Feb '16 6:46:52 PM cjqtwm
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** Tom's father Bob Selleck plays Magnum's Grandpa Everett in the home movies seen in the opening of "Going Home".

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** Tom's father Bob Selleck plays Magnum's Grandpa Everett in the home movies seen in the opening of "Going Home".Home", as well as in the baseball flashback scene in "Infinity and Jelly Doughnuts", along with Tom's mother Martha and his son Kevin.
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