Murder, She Wrote: Season 3, Episode 8

Magnum on Ice (23 Nov. 1986)

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In Part 2 of a crossover story with "Magnum, P.I." (both episodes are shown on the "Murder" DVD, although not consecutively), Magnum has shot it out with a hired gunman at a party, killing ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ramon Bieri ...
Capt. Frank Browning
Amy Salyer
Dorothy Loudon ...
Pamela Bates
Arthur Houston
Jason Bryan
Victor Salyer
Joan Fulton
Kwan Hi Lim ...
Rhonda Aldrich ...
Keahi Farden ...
Harry Endo ...
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In Part 2 of a crossover story with "Magnum, P.I." (both episodes are shown on the "Murder" DVD, although not consecutively), Magnum has shot it out with a hired gunman at a party, killing him. Magnum claims the thug had fired several shots at him, including one just before Magnum returned fire. But the police can't find the gunman's weapon, and furthermore he was shot in the back. An overzealous police captain calls it murder one (huh?) and throws Magnum into the cooler pending trial. Jessica searches the crime scene and finds a shell casing which doesn't match Magnum's gun, fitting Magnum's theory. A horrified Higgins realizes that a gun similar to Magnum's -- and with a silencer, at that -- stolen from Robin Masters' collection could well be the murder weapon. The police captain won't give up, and puts out a fugitive warrant on Magnum when a second murder occurs in the same fashion as the first. Written by Peter Harris

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This is the second of a two-part crossover story arc which began in Magnum, P.I.: Novel Connection (1986). See more »


When Mrs. Fletcher is talking with Arthur Houston, he is using a computer, hitting a key once in a while as if paging though a document. But the computer isn't turned on - nothing on screen and no lights on the front of the PC/XT or PC/AT case. See more »


References Magnum, P.I. (1980) See more »

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13 January 2011 | by (around) – See all my reviews

whereas American TV from the 70s was littered with "cross-overs" and guest appearances from other shows, it was a rare thing to see in the 80s, and was not something the world would see again until the 90s when shows like Friends and, to a lesser reliant extent Seinfeld, picked up on the concept. the reason for this could be the vast scales which both Magnum and Murder, She Wrote reached with this stunning climactic episode; a height which neither show would never, arguably, reach again.

whereas Angela gives a conventional, superb performance, it was in this episode in particular that Selleck really came into his own in embracing the character of Magnum. the performance he delivers was one he would not equal until the infamous prison sequences in An Innocent Man, and several keys to unlocking the later, more complex relationships Magnum had with TC and Higgins are latent within the subtext of this show. if you never really cared for Murder, She Wrote, you are nonetheless encouraged to bear witness to this episode if you wish to fully understand Magnum.

American television really didn't get as good as this particular episode again until the early 90s series of Doogie Howser, MD. this is must-watch viewing for anyone who sees a television set as something more than a background noise in their lives.

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