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"Magnum, P.I." Little Games (1985)

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How to steal $170 million ***SPOILERS***

9/10
Author: Jon-nel from United States
5 January 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This episode is a nod to romantic capers of the Sixties like How To Steal A Million, To Catch A Thief, and The Thomas Crown Affair. Beautiful British actress Jenny Agutter plays Krista Villaroch, a security expert hired by the insurance company in preparation for a $170-million jewelry competition hosted by Robin Masters.

While playing "Dungeon Master" on Robin's $100,000 Dracos III security computer, Magnum causes the system to crash. Coincidentally this allows Krista Villaroch to breach security and declare the estate an unacceptable location. To make amends, Magnum challenges Krista to test the system again, this time after fixes by Mac.

The circa-1985 computer graphics are time capsule material. It's an interesting time period in that home computer systems were not yet common except in the most tech-savvy households. The shape of things to come.

Meanwhile Magnum pursues Krista in their own cat-and-mouse game, and discovers her dark secret: her father was a master jewel thief and he taught her everything. In my book they could not have cast a better actress than Jenny Agutter for this role. She is beautiful, intelligent, sophisticated. There is a great scene at a party involving her, a glass of champagne, and a rude woman. Magnum and Krista ride horseback on the beach together and eventually they kiss.

Krista of course has her own game to play. Enter Doc Villeroch, her father, the master jewel thief, played by the great Cesar Romero. Like father, like daughter. The jewelry design competition may be too tempting a target, and Magnum seems to know this.

I especially liked the final scene... "I'll have an 18-ounce New York, charred rare, with baked potato skins and some extra parsley. And I think I'll have a scotch this time."

I really enjoyed this rom-com caper featuring Jenny Agutter. It is one of my favorites of the series. 9/10.

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