Magnum, P.I.: Season 4, Episode 10

Operation: Silent Night (15 Dec. 1983)

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It's Christmas time and TC is flying Magnum (dressed as Santa Claus), Rick and Higgins to three different islands. En route, TC is forced to make an emergency landing on an island that the Navy uses for gunnery practice.


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While Flying Higgins, Thomas, and Rick to their various functions, Charities, and gatherings on Christmas eve, T.C. experiences a mechanical failure that forces the group to land for a little too long, on a small island used by the Navy for artillery target practice. Written by Magnumfan

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15 December 1983 (USA)  »

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The name of the show was most likely derived from the movie "Operation Petticoat" which must be where the DD568 USS Wren footage was taken from. Operation Petticoat was filmed around 1958 or 1959. See more »


Higgins is supposed to be British, yet when he finds the wrecked plane, he pronounces aluminum the American way as alu-minum. The British spell it aluminium and pronounce it alu-mini-um. See more »


Thomas Sullivan Magnum III: What out for that centipede!
Orville 'Rick' Wright: [yelling] What centipede?
Theodore 'TC' Calvin: The one next to the lizard.
Orville 'Rick' Wright: [yelling] What lizard?
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References King Solomon's Mines (1950) See more »


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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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Christmas Eve on Frenchman's Island
4 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a Christmas-themed episode distinctive for being set mostly on a deserted island, where the guys are stranded after TC experiences mechanical problems. This sets up a deserted island survival story involving TM, TC, Rick and Higgins.

Frenchman's Island is used for Naval target practice, and, unbeknownst to the guys, a sadistic Navy Captain plans to shell the island on Christmas Eve. Frenchman's Island is a fictitious island based on the actual island of Kahoolawe, which was historically used for Naval target practice but is now protected.

The guys make the best of the situation and reflect deep thoughts about Christmas while sitting around the campfire, just as the first rounds start to fall. Miraculously, the chopper starts up and they zoom off into the silent night.

A simple, linear storyline with no real mystery or body count, it is a welcome change of pace for fans of the series and a decent holiday story. 8/10.

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