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?


This episode (now comprised of two parts that originally aired together on December 11, 1980) is the only one where the Ferrari 308 GTS that Magnum drives has a license plate of "56E-478". By the second episode, Magnum, P.I.: China Doll (1980), it had a "Robin 1" vanity plate. 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 »


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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Mind Blowing Special Effects and hilarious comedy
4 May 2001 | by sky7eSee all my reviews

Ok, I watched the Magnum P.I. series religiously, and even I couldn't believe the twists and turns in this laff-a-minit thrill ride. No way Tom Selleck couldn't prove he wasn't the super stud for all time. He shows off his package for minutes at a time, and don't think that Judge Reinhold! isn't looking. You find out the truth about Magnum, including why he's called Magnum, and along the way laugh and love with our hero. Watch the boat explode at the beginning, and the fight with a giant squid and also the girls in bikinis make this the movie of a lifetime. 3 thumbs up.

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Release Date:

11 December 1980 (USA) See more »

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Hawaii, USA See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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