Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)
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Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii 

Magnum's old Navy buddy is dead and the Navy says he was a cocaine smuggler. Magnum sets out to prove his buddy was framed.


Roger Young




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Magnum
John Hillerman ... Jonathan Quayle Higgins III
Roger E. Mosley ... Theodore 'TC' Calvin
Larry Manetti ... Orville 'Rick' Wright
Pamela Susan Shoop ... Alice Cook
W.K. Stratton W.K. Stratton ... Ensign Healy (as W. K. Stratton)
Allen Williams Allen Williams ... Lieutenant Dan Cook, USN
Clyde Kusatsu ... Naval Medical Examiner
Robert Loggia ... Trusseau
Fritz Weaver ... Captain J. Cooly, USN
Dorit Stevens Dorit Stevens ... Inge
Lillian Müller ... Greta (as Yuliis Ruval)
Jeff MacKay ... Ski (as Jeff Mackay)
Judge Reinhold ... Seaman Wolfe
Murray Salem Murray Salem ... Arab


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. Written by Charles Delacroix

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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?
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »


References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii - great crime series about murder and corruption

Since I watched last night an awful reboot about my favorite 80's show Magnum P.I. I decide to review 2 part episodes of a great 80's show that evolves murder and drug smuggling. I love Magnum P.I. I grew up with this show it is part of my childhood. I watch this show from elementary school trough high school. In high school I was fascinating about this show I watch it all the time. The pilot episode and part II conclusion to Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii in Season 1 I love to death.

The first episode is about a murder: when a Naval comrade, Lieutenant Dan Cook, USN (Allen Williams) and Childhood friend of Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) turns up dead and is murdered. Naval Medical Examiner found a burst bag of smuggled cocaine in his stomach. His superior Captain J. Cooly, USN (Fritz Weaver) covers up the whole idea and makes like Dan Cook was a drug smuggler and smuggle drugs from Tokyo to Hawaii on the plane till airport. Magnum doesn't believe this story, his friend was not a drug smuggler and he starts his own investigation with Alice (Pamela Susan Shoop) Dan's sister. He knows that Dan's cases he worked on are leads why Dan was murdered but Captain Cooly and Healy (W. K. Stratton) dose not want to give him a file cases. Magnum will do anything to find out the truth, why his friend was murdered.

Great introduction to Magnum, Higgins T.C, Rick, Zues and Apollo two Doberman dogs. Great acting, charisma and enthusiasm from Tom Selleck. The acting is top notch in this episode everyone did a great job in here. You have a car chase with Ferrari two assassins chases Magnum with a machine gun and the car of the pair men drives over brick off the road and explodes. The episode also focus on Magnum when he was in Vietnam fighting Vietcong, I know these 2 episodes doesn't show the enemy, but Dan Cook was not only Magnum's friend they both serve in the same unit in Vietnam with T.C. and Rick.

The music theme was alright but I prefer the later one that was used for intro from Mike Post and Pete Carpenter. I love the Robin Nest estate locations and where they were filmed in the 80's. I love Magnum's car and I love Magnum swimming in the water in the opening sequence. To hell with Reboot watch this original show. Season 1 to me is the best one in the show that aired in 1980's.

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11 December 1980 (USA) See more »

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Hawaii, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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