Continuing his quest to prove his dead Navy buddy, Lt Dan Cook, innocent of cocaine charges, Magnum begins his own investigation of the Hawaiian cocaine trade. With the help of TC, Rick, and Dan's sister, he delves more and more deeply into the seamy underworld of smuggling. Finally he confronts a crime lord who both he and Dan had known from their previous tours of duty in Vietnam. Magnum has to deal with this crime boss if he is to establish Dan's innocence.
Did You Know?
The Da Nang ball caps sometimes worn by Magnum and T.C. bare the designation VMO-2. This is the designation for Marine Corps Observation Squadron 2 which really was based in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam from 1965 to 1971. See more
During the Vietnam flashbacks TC and Rick are shown to be flying in a Bell 206 JetRanger helicopter. Their unit VMO-2 only flew UH-1 Huey and AH-1 HueyCobra helicopters, and OV-10 Bronco fixed-wing airplanes during the Vietnam War, and the JetRanger was only operated by the Army, never the Marines, as the OH-58 Kiowa. See more
Thomas Sullivan Magnum III
[angrily confronting his former superior officer
What's all this crap about Dan Cook smuggling coke?
Famed character actor Branscombe Richmond is credited in this episode as "Moki" yet Moki never appears on screen. He is credited in both part one and part two. He later shows up in three more episodes, but strangely this appearance must have ended up on the cutting room floor. Branscombe Richmond goes on to a stellar career, most notably as Bobby Sixkiller in 110 episodes of the Renegade series. And he has the distinction of being the only man that was knocked out on camera by Arnold Schwarzneger, Jon Claude Von Dam and Duane Johnson the Rock. See more
This pilot was later edited into two parts for syndication. The episode was renamed "Don't Eat The Snow in Hawaii", and deletes the show's opening and closing themes and replaces it with the familar 1981-88 opening credit music. See more