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Chasing cats leads to lesson in survival on ‘Magnum P.I.’

Chasing cats leads to lesson in survival on ‘Magnum P.I.’

It has typically been stated in present enterprise that it’s greatest by no means to work with youngsters and cats. The unwritten rule comes from the assumption that each will steal the present as a result of they’re most of the time, candy and lovable. Truly, the phrase is “never work with children and animals” — however in this week’s “Magnum P.I.” it appears Magnum (Jay Hernandez) has a tender spot for the felines. So when little Cecilia (Stella Edwards) asks Magnum to discover her pet cat Mittens, providing to pay him out of her cat-shaped coin purse, we all know he’s going to take the case.

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    Magnum (Jay Hernandez) takes the case of slightly woman’s lacking cat and, in the method, stumbles upon one other cat’s murdered proprietor — who occurs to be an FBI agent.

It has typically been stated in present enterprise that it’s greatest by no means to work with youngsters and cats. The unwritten rule comes from the assumption that each will steal the present as a result of they’re most of the time, candy and lovable. Truly, the phrase is “never work with children and animals” — however in this week’s “Magnum P.I.” it appears Magnum (Jay Hernandez) has a delicate spot for the felines. So when little Cecilia (Stella Edwards) asks Magnum to discover her pet cat Mittens, providing to pay him out of her cat-shaped coin purse, we all know he’s going to take the case.

Whereas there are numerous parts about “Magnum P.I.” which appear to actually work, it’s particularly good when Magnum interacts with youngsters and animals. He undoubtedly has a young coronary heart for weak and harmless creatures. And regardless that there are two lads, truly Dobermans, who appear to dislike the mere scent of him, we all know Magnum would by no means harm them regardless of how a lot Higgins’ (Perdita Weeks) private bodyguards, Zeus and Apollo, would really like to rip him aside.

This week’s episode, “The Cat Who Cried Wolf,” written by Neil Tolkin and directed by Eagle Egilsson, began off as a candy case of discover the lacking kitty and become the case of discover the lacking physique. Whereas Magnum is diligently making an attempt to monitor down Cecilia’s cat, he stumbles upon a lifeless FBI agent. And as they are saying in all good mysteries — it’s right here that the plot thickens.

JUST A MAN HIRED TO FIND A CAT

In voice-over, Magnum states that the lifetime of a personal investigator “is either feast or famine, and lately, it’s been a little too much famine,” which explains why he takes Cecilia’s case. When he will get to the woman’s residence she provides Magnum an entire bodily description, explains Mittens’ habits, and palms him a current image of her lacking liked one. Her mom, Isabelle (Navi Rawat), appears on amused whereas Magnum takes her info and agrees to take her case. It’s darling how he treats her as a critical shopper, and solely expenses her 25 cents a day.

Magnum has no concept how to discover a cat and asks the all-knowing Kumu (Amy Hill) for her recommendation. Kumu is all the time one to give her opinion and share her huge information on all issues Hawaiian, in addition to sensible, and she or he shares a narrative about her cousin Halia’s cat “who has wanderlust and only three legs.” Halia’s trick is to set out a big bowl of sardines combined with rice outdoors her home and the cat all the time returns. Magnum takes her recommendation and places out a bowl in entrance of Cecilia’s home and units up to a stakeout full with night-vision binoculars to see if Mittens takes the bait.

WHAT KUMU KNOWS

What I really like about Kumu is she is that aunty in your loved ones who is aware of all, sees all, and is understood by all. She’s the aunty who is aware of everybody on the island, and her worldly expertise is huge. She will inform you how to do something or discover somebody who can. She doesn’t brag or attempt to be niele, nosy or in your corporation, she simply is aware of greater than you do about the whole lot. Hill performs her completely — she’s useful and type, and by no means annoying. Her huge assortment of matching Hawaiian jewellery and wonderful muumuu provides to the flavour of her character.

Whereas some might imagine she is enjoying a stereotype — Hill doesn’t overplay her character and makes her appear extra part of the material of Robin Masters’ property — Pahonu — than a caricature of a Hawaii native. I really like how her sarcastic remarks mirror the tone and response of a kamaaina and provides us the sensation of simply how utterly loyal she is to Magnum and Higgins. Whereas her identify, Teuila Tuileta, isn’t Hawaiian (the Hawaiian language doesn’t have a T in its alphabet), her mannerisms and inflections give us the impression that she is at the least part-Hawaiian, and clearly born and raised in Hawaii. Hill’s Hawaiian language is ideal and I respect all the sprinklings of phrases and phrases she makes use of in her dialogue.

THE CAT WHO CRIED WOLF

Whereas Kumu helps Magnum seize each animal on the block — Mittens doesn’t come house through the stakeout. Yet one more cat, who appears lots like Mittens, however lacks freckles on his stomach, does arrive with blood throughout its paws. With the assistance of Higgins and a number of other antihistamines, they take substitute Mittens again to Cecilia’s neighborhood and use a cat-tracking collar to discover the place the thriller cat lives. As soon as they get to its home, they discover the cat’s proprietor lengthy lifeless. However it appears the intruder who might have killed him continues to be there. Magnum and Higgins chase him parkour-style over fences and thru backyards and are stopped when Magnum is hit by a automotive after he chases the suspect out into the road.

In fact, Katsumoto (Tim Kang) arrives as Magnum is being bandaged up with three damaged ribs, and has little sympathy or perception in their story. His belief in Magnum and Higgins slips even additional once they arrive on the lifeless man’s house to discover the home sanitized and the physique is gone.

I’m on the fence about Katsumoto — I simply want him to really feel somewhat extra. His deadpan supply simply doesn’t work. Particularly since he wants to interaction with Magnum and Higgins. I don’t thoughts him being by the ebook, and a “just the facts ma’am” sort of detective, however a bit of emotion and inflection wouldn’t kill the character. Most Hawaii detectives are native boys — born and raised in Hawaii and grew up working the streets earlier than they even turned cops. It might be good if we received that vibe from Katsumoto.

MAGNUM TO THE MAX

After Katsumoto takes them again to the crime scene and tells them he’ll look into it — and threatens to arrest Magnum if he goes again into the home — Magnum clearly has to defy his orders and look deeper into the case. He sends Rick (Zachary Knighton) and T.C. (Stephen Hill) after the cat. Whereas the 2 battle over the truth that T.C. is consuming a poke bowl and never sharing — they discover the cat — not named Mittens, however Max. Or Devil in the event you ask T.C.

In the meantime, Higgins digs into wanting on the home the place they discovered the now-missing physique. After Kumu provides Higgins an area historical past lesson about “The Company” or the Hawaiian Syndicate, Higgins finds out the home was as soon as owned by the mob, after which was seized by the feds and made right into a protected home. Magnum thinks the lifeless man was “an informant or witness in a case. And the fact that the house was sanitized less than two hours after the murder means they are dealing with something very high-stakes.”

With Rick and T.C.’s details about Max’s proprietor, Magnum and Higgins search his home and discover out he’s Colin Francis (Andy McDermott), an FBI agent. He was killed by a unclean agent, Carl Nadella (Carlos Sanz) who needed to discover Colin’s informant, Robert Fraser (Austin Foundation). Fraser was a CPA who “uncovered a large money-laundering and tax-evasion scheme by the Vasiliev Clan, a Los Angeles-based crime syndicate.” Francis was his handler who was killed making an attempt to shield him.

Magnum is picked up by Nadella and compelled to drive a ship out to sea. Appears as if Nadella goes to dump each Francis and Magnum and allow them to swim with the fishes. Magnum overpowers him and sadly causes the boat to explode — however is in a position to save himself and Nadella from drowning. They hang around in an inflatable raft as T.C. flies Higgins and Rick over the ocean looking for their pal. As T.C.’s chopper is low on gasoline once they discover Magnum, they alert Katsumoto and the Coast Guard that he’s alive.

The scene is fairly intense as Rick wonders if they’re going to discover their pal. All are very involved, and even the often flippant Higgins appears overly anxious and frightened. As soon as she spots the yellow raft, their aid is clear. It’s fascinating how the 4 have turn out to be a group — with Magnum at their core.

MAGNUM’S NEW LOOK

General the episode was a very good one. Whereas Magnum maybe by no means thought in search of a cat would flip right into a lesson in survival, it did make for an fascinating flip of occasions. With out his pals, he most probably wouldn’t have been in a position to make it by way of the case in one piece.

Nonetheless, one of the best half had to have been when Higgins gifted him with a brand-new shirt on the finish. She does this as a result of she is a lady of her phrase, and had promised to exchange the shirt Zeus and Apollo used for his or her obedience coaching. The shirt seems to be awfully acquainted to followers of the basic “Magnum P.I.” — however in contrast to the unique, this look comes from a brand new good friend.


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


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