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"Operation: Silent Night" is the tenth episode of the fourth season of Magnum, P.I. which originally aired on December 15, 1983.

Plot Edit

It's Christmas time and TC is flying Magnum (dressed as Santa Claus), Rick and Higgins to three different islands. En route, TC is forced to make an emergency landing on an island that the Navy uses for gunnery practice.

Synopsis Edit

While Flying Higgins, Thomas, and Rick to their various functions, Charities, and gatherings on Christmas eve, T.C. experiences a mechanical failure that forces the group to land for a little too long, on a small island used by the Navy for artillery target practice.

Cast Edit

Main Edit

Guest Edit

  • Ed Lauter as Captain Quintin
  • Bruce French as Ensign Jensen

Trivia Edit

  • Larry Manetti and Roger E. Mosley have both stated that this is their favorite Magnum P.I. episode.
  • Higgins was once stranded on an island off the northern coast of Africa, wounded and unconscious, for a week. When he awoke, he rescued himself by turning an airplane fuselage into an outrigger canoe and sailing to safety. (Noted by Stephen Huntley)

Quotes Edit

Higgins: I, of course, have spent many a Christmas away from home and family, more times than I care to remember, in more places than I care to remember; forgotten battlefields, and sometimes even forgotten wars. I think being at war, makes Christmas all the more bittersweet; peace on earth, and goodwill to all men, and all that.

(Rick and Magnum are complaining about T.C.'s flying)
T.C.: You get what you paid for, and none of you paid!
Rick: Where is your holiday spirit?
T.C.: Back home in New Orleans, which is where I'm gonna be as soon as Captain Calvin's Charity Chopper dumps all you freeloaders off!

Rick: What is that?
Higgins: "Ukulele Lady". Written in 1925 by Gus Kahn, Richard Whiting and Irving Berlin. The gentleman who is singing it is obviously intoxicated. Not only has he transposed the verses, but he has discovered a key heretofore unknown to the human ear.
T.C.: Higgins!

T.C.: What'chu talkin' 'bout, Higgins?

Magnum: Merry Christmas, Higgins. You too, Rick. And Happy Kwanzaa to you, T.C.
  Season 4 (1980)
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