With this episode, which is – typically – polished, entertaining, and slightly inconsequential – Magnum P.I. finishes its second season. Returning villain Icepick (Corbin Bernsen), a father figure to Rick, is terminally ill, but nonetheless intent on one last score. Rick finds out and talks him out of it, but Icepick goes ahead with the job anyway, taking a bullet in the guts from his partner Reese for his trouble. Reese also shoots and kills a security guard, which means that both Icepick and Rick are in some trouble: no hospital for Ice, and no cops for either of them.
Magnum, meantime, is coming to terms with the possibility of life without Higgins, whose visa is about to expire. But he’s reached out to the Five-0, and Adam – of course – has a, uh, connected attorney who might be able to help: “He’s hooked up a few Yakuza with legit papers”, says Adam of his guy, which should be in no way reassuring. A gang lawyer, Magnum? Are you sure about this?
But then the episode kicks into gear, with Magnum and Higgins tracking Reese down, leading to a properly thrilling rooftop chase and a punch-up between Magnum and Reese on top of a speeding truck. It’s the kind of thing that Steve and Danny just aren’t up to any more, frankly, so this might be the right time for the passing of the Hawaiian crime-fighting torch from the alpha males of the Five-0 to Magnum, Higgy, and Magnum’s “boys”. Although, and not for the first time, it’s Kumu (Amy Hill) who has one of the best scenes: her contempt for Icepick, who has dragged her friends into serious bother, is delicious.
Magnum’s already confirmed as coming back for a third season. I’m looking forward to it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we continue to see Five-0 alumni from time to time. But the writers might need to make their mind up about something: after teasing us a few episodes ago with a glimpse or two of #Miggins action, the show has backed away from that a little. I have no idea why, unless they want to keep us waiting for longer.