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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Release Date:

11 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both W. K. Stratton, playing Ensign Healy and Jeff MacKay, playing Ski go on to be part of the ensemble cast of JAG. They play Cmdr. Ted Lindsey and Big Bud Roberts respectively. See more »


When Ensign Healy is mentioning a Japanese A6M fighter that was supposedly shot down during the attack on Pearl Harbor, he says that it was shot down 30 years prior, in spite of the attack on Pearl Harbor happening nearly 40 years prior. See more »


[Higgins answers Robin Masters's private phone]
Jonathan Quayle Higgins III: Yes sir, Mr. Masters?
Theodore 'T.C.' Calvin: [over the phone] Yeah, baby, let me talk to Thomas Magnum.
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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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Strong pilot episode; a perfect blend of action, drama and comedy
22 September 2018 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

"Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii" manages to squeeze a lot into its 90 minutes, introducing all the main characters of the series and revolving around a relatively strong plot.

Tom Selleck hits the ground running with his portrayal of retired naval lieutenant turned private eye, Thomas Magnum. He's simply brilliant in this part.

"Magnum P.I." is a wonderful cocktail of action, drama and comedy. It's pretty gritty in places but there's a reassuring sense of safety with Magnum on the case, his internal stream of consciousness keeping the viewer abreast of his thoughts and feelings. John Hillerman is the perfect comic foil as Higgins.

This episode contains an early Judge Reinhold appearance; short but memorable.

Wonderful escapism. All that's missing is the "Magnum P.I." theme tune but this will follow later in the season.

8 out of 10.

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