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You Got A Macho Lei?
Tim-31125 October 2009
Warning: Spoilers
Magnum's 1st Christmas episode has him involved in an art con, getting beat up by goons and rescuing 5 schoolgirls. Another day in paradise.

Magnum gets a call from a potential client that he needs to find a missing person. What he does not know is that the missing person is a young school teacher named Linda and that his clients are 5 young girls on school vacation from Vermont (not New Hampshire as the plot summary says – nitpicking but hey in for a dime, in for a dollar). Thus he begins his search based off of some clues they provide. While he is out and about gathering clues he convinces Higgins to let the girls stay as they have been left alone.

We quickly see that the girls are drawn to Robin Master's (RM) newest acquisition, a valuable painting by Gauguin, touching it, much to Higgins's dismay. We see that this is the real motive for their stay at the house. After a series of dead-ends, including one the almost gets Magnum & TC both beat–up and TC grabbed, Magnum finds Linda and figures out that the whole thing is a set-up to get the painting. But wait, there's a reason they are stealing the painting. It turns out that Linda's sister is really good at art and can go to the Sorbonne IF she had the money. Linda is a good art authenticator (& I guess forger) so she strikes a deal with the fellow who "sold" his painting to Robin Masters to send a fake that Linda has made from the original. In the end Linda can't go through with it and is now trying to put back the original in place of RM's fake. Original is now returned and Higgins decides to let Linda & the girls go - hey it's Christmas.

Ah if it were so simple. When they return to the hotel room the swindling art collector turns into a kidnapper and grabs the girls in return for the painting. Of course they double cross the collector, and figure out a way to save the girls.

This is an OK episode. They continue along the theme that 1) fun is to be had at Higgins's expense and that 2) TC and Rick are invaluable to solving cases. There is a good sub-plot that forms from the girls bad leads. We do see Magnum think on his feet and talk his way out of a situation instead of using fisticuffs.

Cute quote from one of the little girls – "She shouldn't be punished for her passion!"

Episode Body Count: Women kissed = 0, Bad guys shot & killed by Magnum = 0

Running Body Count: Episodes = 4, Women kissed = 2, Bad guys shot & killed by Magnum = 2
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Better than you might expect
Jon-nel5 January 2014
Warning: Spoilers
This is the first Christmas-themed episode of the series, involving a Gauguin painting and a precocious group of Vermont schoolgirls who hire Magnum to find their missing teacher. I was afraid this might be too cutesy and tedious an episode, but no worries. These young actresses were up to the task and surprisingly good.

Higgins has tightened security at the Masters estate since the arrival of a Gauguin painting worth $2 million. Of course Magnum breaches security almost immediately by taking in five stranded schoolgirls. Even Higgins finally relents and lets the girls stay over night, in the spirit of Christmas. Of course these girls are more clever than they let on.

The girls send Magnum chasing after a red herring with a story of how their teacher had hooked up with a Hawaiian guy in a dive bar the night before. Magnum and T.C. visit the infamously sketchy Hotel Street in downtown Honolulu and naturally get into a tussle. Their inquiries set off a series of coincidences that lead to future misunderstandings.

Magnum eventually rejoins the teacher with the girls and their complicated plot to swap a forgery for the real Gauguin unravels. But Higgins once again is feeling generous and lets the teacher off: no harm, no foul.

Then the girls are kidnapped by real art thieves. Higgins generosity is once again tested when he must decide whether the lives of the girls are worth trading for the real Gauguin.

There are some notable location shots throughout this episode: the statue of Father Damien in front of the State Capitol building, where Magnum first meets the girls; Diamond Head; the War Memorial natatorium at Waikiki.

There is no body count and no love interest between Magnum and Miss Booten. I only mention this because I thought the title implied romance of some sort. The title comes from the movie "Gigi," which is French. Gauguin was also French. Gauguin did his best work on islands. Magnum lives on an island. So it all fits. I found this episode to be cute without being too cute, funny, and definitely worth seeing. 6.5/10.
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