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Magnum Reloaded: Season finale of ‘Magnum P.I.’ delivers a painful truth

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    Magnum’s ex, Hannah (guest star Jordana Brewster), the fugitive responsible for Magnum (Jay Hernandez), Rick (Zachary Knighton), and TC (Stephen Hill) being POWs for years, shows up at his home with a gunshot wound, wanting his help to find her missing CIA father whose life is in danger.

Usually, a season finale ends in a cliffhanger — the heroes are put into a sticky situation and often left in dire straits. This leaves fans eager for the show to return in the fall so they can finally know what happens to their favorite characters. Thankfully, “Magnum P.I.” expertly wrapped up their season with a satisfying ending to one of their major storylines without leaving us dangling.

This week’s episode, “The Day It All Came Together,” was written by executive producers Peter M. Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim. Co-executive producer Bryan Spicer expertly directed the action-heavy episode, which has Magnum (Jay Hernandez), and his friends Rick (Zachary Knighton), TC (Stephen Hill) and Higgins (Perdita Weeks) finding themselves involved in a dangerous game with Magnum’s ex-lover Hannah (Jordana Brewster).

LIKE A BAD PENNY

Hannah has returned to get Magnum’s help, and he agrees, but only if she comes clean about why she left Magnum and his team in a POW camp in Afghanistan. If anyone has been a true villain this season for Magnum, it has to be Hannah. She not only left Magnum and his team to die in Afghanistan but also because she broke Magnum’s heart. When she appears in the guest house, I’m pretty sure fans were screaming at Magnum to just shoot her and get it over with.

She asks Magnum to help her trade an expert counterfeiter, Pak Jung Soo (Jo Sung) for her father, a CIA operative who is being held captive by a dirty group of ex-CIA spooks. Rick, TC and Higgins reluctantly agree to back Magnum, find Pak and make the trade for Hannah’s father. They are not doing it for Hannah, but because as TC says, Magnum needs someone to “watch his six.”

But Magnum tells Rick and TC the real reason he is helping her. “I just want to know if she’s been telling the truth about everything,” he says. Because if she is lying then what she did to them was just plain evil, and Magnum does not want to believe that the woman he was going to marry, and who he was very much in love with, is filled with that much malice.

TRUTH OR TREACHERY

The first time Hannah appeared she wanted Magnum to help her get the Iraqi gold that got Nuzo, their fourth team member, killed in the pilot. It was the same gold that she needed to pay her father’s ransom. It was for the gold that she gave up Magnum’s location to the Taliban. She tells him she was going to get him and his team out once she got the gold and saved her father. Rick finds this touching but says it doesn’t change how he feels about her. Magnum agrees with him — but he still wants to play this out to find the truth.

While Magnum and Higgins go off to look for Pak, both Kumu and Rick keep watch on Hannah. Kumu is ready to feed her to the lads, and Rick tells her how long he has waited to tell her how much she betrayed them all. It is a scene that stresses how Hannah’s treachery ruined their lives — no matter how honorable her reasons were for selling them out.

TEAMWORK FOR THE WIN

One of the best scenes of the episode is when TC flies Magnum and Higgins to catch Pak and bring him down. Pak is making his escape from Oahu via helicopter and TC chases him exclaiming, “He might be faster than me, but he ain’t better than me.” Stunt or not, Hill was certainly in his element in this scene. The game of “chicken” TC plays with Pak’s pilot (Jeremy Gilbert) was an epic showdown of speed and guts.

One thing that really stands out with this season finale, is how much the team members rally around Magnum, even when they don’t agree with his desire to help Hannah. Higgins uses all of her MI6 contacts to utilize satellites to find Pak and to make sure no snipers are after them. TC flies like someone’s life depends on it. Rick tells Hannah the raw truth of what she did to Magnum. Even Katsumoto (Tim Kang) comes through, in the end, to help them wrap up the case.

ALOHA OE — UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

Before Magnum and the team trade Pak for Hannah’s father (Hawaii actor Michael De Ycaza), Higgins tells Magnum she knows that what he is doing runs much deeper than just wanting answers. She says, “If what Hannah told you was true, then it means she really did love you. And she only betrayed you because she had no other option.”

When they make the switch for Hannah’s father, his captors change the deal and Hannah arrives just in time for the shootout. The head captor (Michael Bisping) tries to shoot Magnum but is distracted by Hannah and she is shot in the crossfire. She tells Magnum she is sorry before she dies. They bring her father and her body back to Hawaii, and after the team settles up with a disgruntled Katsumoto, Magnum thanks them for their help. TC says to him, “We’re family. That’s what we do for each other,” which is the truth, especially after everything they have gone through together.


Wendie Burbridge writes the “Five-0 Redux” and “Magnum Reloaded” blogs for staradvertiser.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


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