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?
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?
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