Magnum, P.I.: Season 4, Episode 1

Home from the Sea (29 Sep. 1983)

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It is July 4th and Magnum is off the coast on his surf ski when a speed boat shoots past him throwing TM into the water and the surf ski drifts away.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Susan Blanchard ...
Katherine Magnum - Magnum's Mother
Sandy - Rick's Companion
R.J. Williams ...
Young Thomas Magnum (as R. J. Williams)
Lieutenant Thomas Sullivan Magnum III, USN
Gillian Dobb ...
Geoff Heise ...
Goffrey Bonner (as Geoffrey Heise)
Patrick Tendo ...
Norman Tang ...
Chinese Chef
Dejohn Williams ...
Bud Ralston ...
Naval Officer


It is July 4th and Magnum is off the coast on his surf ski when a speed boat shoots past him throwing TM into the water and the surf ski drifts away.

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29 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Beginning with this episode, and until the end of the series Magnum wears a Rolex GMT Master wristwatch. According to the back story introduced in this episode, he inherited the watch from his father. Previously he wore a Chronosport Diver. See more »


The Rolex GMT Master that Magnum inherited from his father wasn't introduced by Rolex until 1954, after his father was shot down during the Korean War. See more »


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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles and Royal Lovell
Performed by Tom Selleck
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A harrowing sea tale
4 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is unique for taking place mostly on the open ocean, where Magnum is stranded on the 4th of July after being knocked from his surfski by a "turkey" driving a powerboat. From here it becomes a simple tale of survival, with Magnum treading water for hours and tapping into memory and psyche in order to keep from drowning.

Glimpses of Magnum's backstory are revealed through flashbacks to childhood scenes with his father and mother. We are also shown flashbacks of the fateful relationship with his late wife.

Magnum battles against the elements and fatigue, and then of course a shark shows up. Judging by the size of the fin, this shark was easily twice the "8 feet" length estimated by Magnum. The special effects here bordered on comical: a rigid gray fin dragged into impossibly tight circles around a floating Magnum. Magnum is unarmed and completely helpless against the shark, and at this point can only utter prayers to his father for divine intervention. It is quite a powerful scene. The helplessness of his situation is palpable as the camera zooms out, revealing the vastness of the ocean around him.

But Rick is cruising around in the Kamehameha II not far away and he, T.C. and Higgins all somehow sense something is amiss and converge upon Magnum just in the nick of time.

This is an atypical but especially moving episode in the Magnum P.I. series and I highly recommend it. 8.5/10.

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