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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While playing chess with Agatha, Higgins uses Magnum's line "I know what you're thinking." 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 »


Anchors Aweigh
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles and Royal Lovell
Performed by Tom Selleck
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Painting in shades of character
22 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Home from the Sea' is high in the running for my favorite episode of "Magnum P.I." and it's as low key as they come. Magnum is stranded at sea, treading water to stay alive, while no one knows where he is (turns out July 4th is a holiday he likes to spend in solitary). But he's the star of the show, so we know he's not actually going to drown. But while his friends start to worry, we're treated to flashbacks: Vietnam, his wedding to Michelle, childhood time spent with his father. Blanks are starting to be filled in even as the situation grows dire and fatigue is setting in.

What I really liked is how everyone - TC, Rick, Higgins - collectively feel a sense of dread, a cosmic connection between friends that spurred them on the hunt. A big part of this show is Magnum's support network and . . . I dunno, it's kind of a comforting knowing a supernatural alarm goes off in your friends when you're in danger.

Above all, this is a character study, and Magnum's earlier life and motivations become clearer. It also turns out to be very sad (just try not to get misty when you hear "Taps" being played at the end.

What a way to kick off a new season!

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