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

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

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


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

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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.

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