Magnum, P.I.: Season 1, Episode 17

J."Digger" Doyle (9 Apr. 1981)

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Thieves are attempting to steal tapes of Robin Masters' new book. Magnum joins forces with security expert J. "Digger" Doyle to prevent the theft.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Moss ...
David Clark
Jacqueline Ray ...
Lisa (as Jacquelyn Ray)
Robin Masters (voice)
Ric Marlow ...
Dean Wein ...
Ticket Agent
Philip Bancel ...
Patrick Bishop ...
Pat, King Kamehameha Club Attendant
Diane Crowley ...
Mrs. Blaisdell
J. David Jones ...
Robin Masters' Pilot (as J.D. Jones)
Bruce Atkinson ...


Thieves are attempting to steal tapes of Robin Masters' new book. Magnum joins forces with security expert J. "Digger" Doyle to prevent the theft.

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9 April 1981 (USA)  »

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This episode served as a pilot for a spin-off series starring 'Erin Gray (I)', but a series was not ordered. See more »


As Magnum and Digger climb up the mountain after rescuing Higgins, it's very obvious in the longer shots that "Higgins" is only a dummy. Digger also appears to be a stunt person wearing a long black wig. See more »

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Introducing the lovely J. "Digger" Doyle...
4 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The beautiful, Honolulu-born Erin Gray plays security expert J. Digger Doyle, who is hired to test the security of the Masters estate after Robin receives a death threat. Once again Magnum allows the security of Robin's Nest to be breached by a manipulating woman. Digger takes her job very seriously, even at the expense of poor Higgins.

This episode was at one time considered as a possible pilot for Erin Gray into her own spin off series; however it never materialized. Early scenes have her running on the beach and in various swimsuits, showing that she is indeed in fine physical form. She is as lovely to look at here as ever and the Hawaii setting allowed her to shine.

Throughout we are afforded very brief glimpses of Robin from aside or afar, accompanied by the deep baritones of Orson Welles, as he dictates his latest novel from Rolls Royce or Learjet.

At one point Magnum and Digger don tiger-camouflage jungle fatigues and climb the breathtaking "Stairway to Heaven," the Haiku Ladder hike in windward Oahu, in order to retrieve a kidnapped Higgins.

There is a shootout with some determined security experts for Laseronics, who want to stop Robin from publishing his latest novel. Rick is ready with his MAC-10 a-blazing, automatic gunfire is exchanged, TC's chopper is once again hit, and law enforcement in the state of Hawaii ceases to exist momentarily. It's not clear if anyone was hit but somehow everything is resolved because we find Magnum and Digger together horizontal on the living room couch. So all's well that ends well.

As the series goes I found this to be a well-paced, enjoyable, above-average episode featuring Erin Gray, who is very easy on the eyes. 8/10.

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