For fans of any television show, choosing a favorite episode out of a completed season is often a daunting task. When fans of the rebooted version of the classic 80s show, “Magnum P.I.” were asked to weigh in on season one, three episodes seem to have captured their hearts — “Death is only Temporary,” “The Ties that Bind,” and “A Kiss Before Dying.”
The common thread between the episodes chosen was often based on the relationships Magnum (Jay Hernandez) has with his friends Rick (Zachary Knighton) and TC (Stephen Hill), as well as with Higgins (Perdita Weeks), and Katsumoto (Tim Kang). Fans also liked the occasional nod to the original series, as well as the good mix of drama and humor. They also liked the introduction of fellow Veterans and the way the show honors our active duty and retired service members.
Again, it is the relationships building between the main characters and the recurring or guest actors that fans seem to love. If nothing else, these three episodes certainly give us an idea of what we can expect for season two and beyond.
DEATH IS ONLY TEMPORARY
Original Airdate: Oct. 29, 2018
One of the earlier episodes of the season had Magnum searching for the long, lost love of Henry Barr, played by special guest star Ben Vereen. Magnum does find out that Henry’s love had been murdered 30 years before after giving birth to Henry’s daughter. The case has a bittersweet ending when Henry meets his daughter, a woman he never knew existed, while he had been searching for a woman who had long been dead.
Fans also loved the episode because of the introduction of Shammy (Christopher Thornton), a paralyzed Veteran who needs friends, like Rick and TC, who understand that his physical damage is only one part of his disability after fighting in Iraq. When they reach out to Shammy and take him surfing, the storyline was “awesome, powerful, emotional and inspiring,” said Truus Welgraven from Spain.
Erika Bar-David of Philadelphia said she enjoyed the episode, “especially when they brought in [Shammy] and how it brought them together.” Susan Morell of Mesa, Arizona said that the episode had a “great plot. The new character, Shammy, in TC and Rick’s storyline is a great addition to the show.”
Suzanne Stockman, of Richmond, Virginia, said the episode is one of her “favorites [because] it’s the first time we really learn anything about Higgins when we learn about her mom.” Higgins mother has dementia, which Henry also suffers from, and she shares this personal detail about her life with Magnum. It is another moment when Magnum and Higgins continue to forge their friendship.
THE TIES THAT BIND
Original Airdate: Nov. 19, 2018
Magnum is hired to find out who kidnapped a young girl, Amanda (Lyrica Okano), who bravely escaped her captors and is struggling to deal with the aftermath of being held against her will. While the kidnapping is only part of a much bigger plot to use Amanda as leverage to force her father to kill the U.S. attorney for Hawaii. The episode also focuses on Magnum helping Amanda as he is able to relate to her as a former POW.
Many fans enjoyed the episode because of Magnum and Katsumoto work together to find out who kidnapped Amanda. “You had this dramatic situation [that] puts people on edge, and the police, specifically Katsumoto and Magnum, are working together to help this girl and her family,” said Erika Bar-David.
Debbie Boyersmith, of Michigan, said she liked the episode because Magnum “connected” with Amanda as he had once been a prisoner as well. For the most part, fans liked the episode, not because of the case of the week, but because of how open Magnum is about himself, and how it showed Katsumoto beginning to thaw toward Magnum.
A KISS BEFORE DYING
Original Airdate: March 11, 2019
By far one of the most referenced episodes of this season, this fan favorite really helped to solidify Magnum and Katsumoto’s friendship. Magnum helps Katsumoto find out who killed his mentor and former partner, HPD detective Stanley Tak, and solve one of Tak’s last cases. Erika Bar-David said, “I specifically liked that the two teamed up and the seriousness behind [the case] — yet there was [still] a good mix of humor.”
Susan Morrell enjoyed Tim Kang’s acting as Katsumoto is one of her favorite characters. “[Kang] does dry, dour humor so well but gets to expand more in ‘Magnum,’ so I love that this episode focuses on Katsumoto and his backstory and that he and Magnum bond working together.”
She also liked Rick and TC’s storyline which has Roger E. Mosley, who played TC in the original version of “Magnum P.I.”, return to the series. Many fans loved Mosley as fellow Vet John Booky, an old school barber who not only cuts Rick, TC, and Magnum’s hair, but also offers them words of wisdom while he clips.
Truus Welgraven called Mosley’s return as “the amazing double TC” as the first time we meet Booky, he is trimming TC’s beard and they are facing a Vietnam era picture of Booky, which is really a picture of Mosley as TC from the original series. It is another element fans love about the new show — its quiet nod to what came before.