Magnum, P.I.: Season 3, Episode 20

...By Its Cover (31 Mar. 1983)

TV Episode  |  Not Rated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 64 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Magnum meets an old Naval Academy buddy and ends up delivering marijuana.


(as Mike Vejar)


(created by), (created by), 3 more credits »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Related Items

Search for "...By Its Cover" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: ...By Its Cover (31 Mar 1983)

...By Its Cover (31 Mar 1983) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Magnum, P.I..
« Previous Episode | 59 of 158 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode cast overview:
Ronald Hunter ...
Ted Gehring ...
Herm Dunbar
Carlene Watkins ...
Ms. Gordon, Parole Officer
Dolphie Crenshaw
Robert Apisa ...
Clay Wai ...
Peter Bourne ...
Ray (as Peter Bourne Jr.)


Magnum meets an old Naval Academy buddy and ends up delivering marijuana.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis




Release Date:

31 March 1983 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The title is from the proverb: "You can't tell a book by it's cover." See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Testing the lengths of friendship...
4 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Magnum's Navy buddy from the Academy and 'Nam, Rod, shows up at the Masters estate, now a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman. Rod needs help delivering boxes of "encyclopedias" to opposite ends of the island, so Magnum offers to help make one of the deliveries using the aerial services of T.C. The encyclopedias turn out to be nine kilos of grass and Magnum and T.C. find themselves in the middle of a drug war.

Rod had done a favor for Magnum while he was MIA, and Magnum is beholden to stick up for his buddy. Rod, it turns out, had done time in Camarillo for dealing and is a bit of a flake. But Rod has a thing for helping out mothers under duress and this time he is being framed. And then there's little "Hot Rod" waiting for him on the mainland (haha).

Rod is played by the great comedic actor Stuart Margolin, who is in top form as a con man with a heart of gold. A solid, funny episode well worth watching. 8/10.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Episode where Magnum wakes up with a hangover? Marbles86
Favorite Episodes harrycallahan18
Was Magnum actually Robin Masters? suprgrover1
Does anyone know what the blue shirt with '44' on it means? Jimmy91
Carol or Maggie? Chicago_Jake
Started watching this on Netflix; confused by Pilot episode. KssTheArtist
Discuss ...By Its Cover (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: