Magnum PI tonight was not your ordinary episode. After all, it followed the AFC Championship Game and did its part in order to sell the show to many viewers who have potentially never seen it before.
So what did we get from start to finish here? Think in terms of a wonderfully intense episode that also brought you some memorable guest stars.
First and perhaps foremost here, you had the return of Ken Jeong in his role of Luther, the fellow private investigator who ended up joining forces with Magnum after the two were both attached to a high-value case, and then suffered a series of rather unlucky circumstances. First, Luther’s protegee (played by The Orville actress Halston Sage) ended up trapping Magnum and him in a storage locker. Then, their only means of transit for a little while was a Vespa, a makeshift mode of getting around for Thomas after he wasn’t able to keep his signature red Ferrari. (Hey, he needs some cash — hence his desperation to solve the case in the first place.)
The initial objective here was to find and bring in a man named Skip, but this is where the big twist comes into play: The main reason why the clients wanted him brought in was so that he could take him out himself. This completely changed the objective for the case; it wasn’t just about cash; instead, it was about justice.
Magnum was able to eventually get back the Ferrari, which is good news given the fact that he needed it for an elaborate chase scene at the end of the episode. We’re as surprised as anyone that he made it through this without damaging it. Magnum and Higgins, with the help of Rick, TC, and even Luther’s protegee ended up all playing a role in taking out the bad guys. Nobody was really able to collect a fortune in the end.
Magnum’s personal revelation
At the end of the episode, we learned precisely what happened to Magnum’s mother and how he was never able to give her the goodbye that he wanted. This was a major driving force for him and that sadness helped to inform greatly some of the decisions that he made now. There’s a reason why he wasn’t so interested in the money, and for him, it really was about trying to do the right thing and honor those who deserved it — those who have fallen and don’t get the opportunity to defend themselves.
This episode was the perfect one to air after the AFC Championship Game — notable guest stars, fun moments, but also a lot of action and some emotional moments at the very end. This encapsulated what Magnum PI is as a series, and we do have to hope that it leads to some more viewers checking it out down the line.
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