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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Magnum
John Hillerman ... Higgins
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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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


There is no way the soldiers in Vietnam would be fighting in berets. They would be wearing helmets. 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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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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