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