The BEST episodes written by Robert Hamilton

I'll Be Seeing You
4 votes

#1 - I'll Be Seeing You

Jake and the Fatman - Season 1 - Episode 18

A small time crook comes to McCabe offering to testify against the crime boss O'Rourke, after laying low for ten years. McCabe is suspicious, but is more than willing to go along with anything that can get O'Rourke behind bars.

You Turned the Tables on Me
3 votes

#2 - You Turned the Tables on Me

Jake and the Fatman - Season 3 - Episode 13

After several failed raids on mafia boss Everett Ashford, it appears the PA's office has a leak. Evidence starts to point to Leigh Perry, a rising star in the PA's office and the head of the organized crime division.

The Case of the Red Faced Thespian
136 votes

#3 - The Case of the Red Faced Thespian

Magnum, P.I. - Season 4 - Episode 12

Higgins sustains a concussion hours before the guests are to arrive for a charity gala at the estate, and begins to lapse in and out of believing he is famed Shakespearean actor Sir Fearing Pangborn; Thomas enlists Rick and T.C. to cover security for the event while he takes up the slack left by Higgins's injury, and has his hands full when all the guests, dressed as famous characters of the 1920s in keeping with the gala's "Great Gatsby" theme, begin to arrive hours ahead of the appointed time; a crime wave breaks out when someone dressed in the same Charlie Chaplin costume as Rick is seen fleeing from a guest's room moments before thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry are reported missing and an addled Higgins is the prime suspect in the murder of one of the guests; as he begins to realize that people and events are not what they seem, Thomas takes his inspiration from the six-hour First Annual KHKU Agatha Christie Film Festival he viewed the previous night to solve the crimes a

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The Man I Love
8 votes

#4 - The Man I Love

Jake and the Fatman - Season 1 - Episode 9

Glen Latimer pushes his newly married rich wife Nancy of their boat, but she survives and is brought to a hospital. She is unsure if it was just an accident, so Jake goes befriends Glen posing as Nancy's brother.

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The Elmo Ziller Story
197 votes

#5 - The Elmo Ziller Story

Magnum, P.I. - Season 2 - Episode 21

Thomas is certain that Higgins is pulling some kind of prank when he supposedly meets Higgins' illegitimate half-brother Elmo Ziller, a guitar-plucking, 10-gallon-hat wearing Texan rodeo owner. Elmo was rumoured to have been killed in Texas recently, but with him seemingly still alive, his daughter hires Magnum to protect what is supposedly Elmo from the killers while his rodeo show is in Honolulu. Even though he is persuaded to take the case, Thomas is still certain that Higgins and Elmo are one and the same...

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Blues in the Night
3 votes

#6 - Blues in the Night

Jake and the Fatman - Season 1 - Episode 20

Jennifer Wilding gets a surprise when her identical twin sister turns up wanting to resume their previous partnership - one steals jewelry and the other provides an alibi.

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Original Sin
16 votes

#7 - Original Sin

Spenser: For Hire - Season 1 - Episode 5

Spenser investigates the apparent suicide of a young nun, and stumbles onto a corrupt landlord.

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Children of a Tempest Storm
17 votes

#8 - Children of a Tempest Storm

Spenser: For Hire - Season 1 - Episode 4

Spenser kills a would-be thief in the course of thwarting a robbery. He and Susan take in the man's two children while investigating his past. Susan discovers she's pregnant.

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Legacy from a Friend
166 votes

#9 - Legacy from a Friend

Magnum, P.I. - Season 3 - Episode 19

When his friend Marcus is found dead on the beach the day after he's seen sporting an expensive new car he can't afford, Thomas suspects foul play in the demise of the former lifeguard and volleyball player. A young woman with an ambition to rise in the ranks of the police department joins Thomas in his investigation, and they uncover the married woman, the blackmail, and the fencing operation in the center of Marcus's secret life which led to his death.

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Insanity Epidemic
14 votes

#10 - Insanity Epidemic

Emergency! - Season 6 - Episode 14

Captain Stanley is dismayed when he learns one of his former commanding captains is now his Battalion Chief, causing the others to worry about his increased paranoia. Two men's carelessness starts a fire at a gas station. A new hospital administrator causes problems. A woman accidentally shoots her husband with a nail gun. Two clowns start a fight at an ice rink. A car leaves an overpass and crashes into a transfer truck filled with pesticides.

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The Nuisance
20 votes

#11 - The Nuisance

Emergency! - Season 5 - Episode 22

A woman passed out in a bar is suffering from more than drunkenness. Johnny becomes the victim of a hit and run accident and is a terrible patient. Worse, his replacement Brice annoys everyone at the station. The paramedics help a heart patient and fight a fire in an abandoned building where Roy, Brice, and Marko are trapped.

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Mad Buck Gibson
205 votes

#12 - Mad Buck Gibson

Magnum, P.I. - Season 2 - Episode 9

The former wife of infamous adventure author and thrill-seeker "Mad Buck" Gibson, hires Magnum to protect her ex-husband, who, despite being in later life, continues to live his life to the full as a hell-raiser. With Buck to stay as a guest of Robin Master's on the Estate, she wants Thomas to keep him out of danger until she has collected the back alimony money he owes, but he may not be around to pay it if he keeps on with his dangerous antics - something which is proven when Buck makes his entrance onto the scene in a dare-devil parachute stunt - injuring Higgins in the process! Thomas has his work cut out for him trying to ensure that the ageing adventure-seeker, determined not to let age get the better of him, doesn't come to any harm with his wild adventures, but as he does so, he discovers that the man is harbouring a worrying secret, and is seemingly set on a course of self destruction...

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Let the Punishment Fit the Crime
162 votes

#13 - Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

Magnum, P.I. - Season 4 - Episode 17

While Higgins is preparing to direct a selection of pieces from Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Mikado' to be staged at the Estate, Thomas is hired by an attractive young woman to find her missing brother, who she claims has disappeared after joining a religious cult. The girl has musical experience and agrees to help out with rehearsals of Higgins' production while Thomas seeks out her missing brother, but Thomas uncovers more than he expects and finds himself dealing with a radical political group and an assassination attempt revolving around a visiting cast member of Higgins' production...

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Texas Lightning
266 votes

#14 - Texas Lightning

Magnum, P.I. - Season 2 - Episode 18

It is Thomas’ birthday, and he is hired by expert card player Jeanie Lowry, nick-named ’Texas Lightning’ to act as her body-guard at a high stakes poker game on-board a luxurious yacht the coming night. Thomas is at first reluctant to take a body-guard job, but the large cash fee offered soon persuades him. But during the card game, Jeanie slips away and breaks into shady yacht owner Thompsons’ safe. The break in is discovered and Thompson is ready to kill both Thomas and her, but they manage to escape and wind up stranded on a small island. Magnum and Jeanie are presumed dead, but Higgins, T.C. and Rick refuse to believe it and set out to search for them – but Thompson looks set to find them first. Worse still, all along, Jeanie is far from being what she claims to be...

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But Not for Me
4 votes

#15 - But Not for Me

Jake and the Fatman - Season 1 - Episode 15

A known mob man is killed in the home of star reporter Candace Morgan. She says he was shot through the window while she was interviewing him, but McCabe gets suspicious when there is one too many bullets.

Rhapsody in Blue
5 votes

#16 - Rhapsody in Blue

Jake and the Fatman - Season 1 - Episode 23

Ned Covington and his wife plan to kill his boss, Phil Duncan, when he is passed over for promotion, but they kill another employee by mistake. Realizing this they try to frame Duncan for the murder.

The Tycoons
14 votes

#17 - The Tycoons

Emergency! - Season 5 - Episode 21

Johnny's got another of his brilliant ideas - he wants Station 51 to buy a nearby hot dog stand. Roy, as usual, is the wet blanket - but this time his caution pays off. The paramedics help a man injured while mowing his lawn and rescue the victims of a fire at a chemical factory.

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The Girl on the Balance Beam
10 votes

#18 - The Girl on the Balance Beam

Emergency! - Season 5 - Episode 16

Fourteen year old Nancy Benedict's father pushes her hard, wanting her to achieve Olympic fame - but a bad fall from the balance beam might crush those hopes. Paramedics rescue a girl suspended by wires and free a drunk driver trapped in a car. A train fire involving explosive ammonium nitrate endangers the firefighters.

Tropical Madness
305 votes

#19 - Tropical Madness

Magnum, P.I. - Season 2 - Episode 7

Magnum is surprised when a beautiful English woman spurns his advances - much to the amusement of T.C. and Rick - instead preferring Higgins. Thomas is certain that the woman is feigning interest in Higgins only to somehow use him, and plans to uncover the truth, but Higgins sees his doubts as sheer jealousy, and the ever volatile relationship between the two is pushed towards breaking point. Matters aren't helped when Magnum is attacked by a sumo wrestler and a dwarf and, understandably, no-one believes him...

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21 votes

#20 - Equipment

Emergency! - Season 5 - Episode 4

It's bad news for the station as both Roy and Chet are injured - Chet by an explosion and Roy in a warehouse fire. The paramedics treat a boy who fell out of a tree, and Rampart General treats a tree surgeon. Johnny catches some overtime with Squad 8, where the lack of equipment proves fatal to a heart attack victim.

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Beauty Knows No Pain
279 votes

#21 - Beauty Knows No Pain

Magnum, P.I. - Season 1 - Episode 18

Thomas is hired by Barbara Terranova, a financially broke woman who can only afford his services for one day, to find her missing fiancé Roger. But the case has several tangles in store when Magnum finds there are others searching for Roger too; And matters are complicated even further when T.C., desperate for some much-needed publicity for Island Hoppers, collars him into competing in the upcoming swim-run-bike Ironman triathlon. Fitness trainer Barbara trains him for the event in exchange for his extended help in locating her fiancé...

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Letter to a Duchess
144 votes

#22 - Letter to a Duchess

Magnum, P.I. - Season 4 - Episode 6

Magnum is preparing for this year's big surf-ski race, while in a chance meeting, Higgins meets Lady Wilkerson, an English Duchess whom he has been smitten with after two brief encounters years before (which she does not identify him from). She is in the islands incognito, and must sell some valuable family jewels after being strapped financially, but Higgins ends up saving her from two men who accost her in an alleyway. As smitten with the woman as ever, Higgins offers her a job on the Estate, and plans to reveal his feelings towards her via a letter, but due to a mix-up and misunderstanding, she assumes the letter to be from Thomas instead, whom it becomes apparent she has eyes for, blind to Higgins' desires. But these confused matters of the heart seem trivial when the Duchess is kidnapped by the two men who had made a grab for her previously...

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Murder by Night
96 votes

#23 - Murder by Night

Magnum, P.I. - Season 7 - Episode 14

1940s San Francisco: Private Investigator Thomas S. Magnum investigates the murder of newspaper tycoon William Maxfield. The case involves characters that strangely bear a strong resemblance to (modern day) Magnum, T.C., Higgins and Rick...

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293 votes

#24 - Adelaide

Magnum, P.I. - Season 1 - Episode 14

A perky woman hires Magnum to protect 'Norman', who is facing kidnap unless she pays a ransom; but the case has some unexpected turns when Thomas finds that her uncle is an old Vietnam comrade who is against him being hired, and that Norman is none other than a prized race-horse...

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The Black Orchid
280 votes

#25 - The Black Orchid

Magnum, P.I. - Season 1 - Episode 16

Magnum has been hired by a woman to act out some of her rich, bored sister's fantasy dramas, concocted from 1930s Dashiell Hammett films. Although growing to enjoy the world of fantasy, Magnum has a hard time keeping up with the eccentric woman, and when he finds out that her husband is a wealthy, infamously jealous and bad-tempered business man, he decides to cut his loses and finish the arrangement. But he is just informing the girl that he is calling a halt to his participation, when they are attacked by real thugs, and soon after the girl is poisoned. With the woman still caught up in her world of fantasy, Magnum must thrust himself back into reality to find out just what is really going on...

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Simple Adjustment
17 votes

#26 - Simple Adjustment

Emergency! - Season 5 - Episode 10

Johnny's got another of his "brilliant" ideas: this time he's sure he knows a better way to log the squad's calls than the mountains of paperwork presently required. A diet pill overdose causes a personality change, and the daughter of a man who has suffered a stroke demands a specific hospital - one farther away than Rampart. Firefighters battle an oil fire on a cargo ship.

Wave Goodbye
20 votes

#27 - Wave Goodbye

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman - Season 6 - Episode 5

Dr.Mike becomes alarmed when a Russian Princess is a guest of Preston's hotel & claims she has a gift to speak with the dead.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
35 votes

#28 - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Jake and the Fatman - Season 1 - Episode 12

One of the deputy DAs finally gets her first murder case when a man she was investigating for skipping alimony payments turns up dead.

Farewell Appearance
24 votes

#29 - Farewell Appearance

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman - Season 5 - Episode 15

Dr. Mike's Uncle Theodore, a concert pianist, sees in Brian not only a talented musician, but his own dead son.

0 votes

#30 - Fire!

McCloud - Season 6 - Episode 3

Chris Coughlin's high-rise apartment building is torched by an arsonist for hire.

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