Magnum P.I. Season 4 Episode 8 Review: A Fire in the Ashes

It must be about meter for a holiday hiatus.

That was the word that came through roaring and clear on Magnum P.I. Season 4 Episode 8, as a couple of storylines that needed to reach their outcomes finally did so.

First up was Rick’s crucified debate over what he owed to childhood friend Robbie.

The Aftermath -- Tall - Magnum P.I. Season 4 Episode 8

This storyline had only been going on since Robbie was introduced on Magnum P.I. Season 4 Episode 6. It just seemed a whole lot longer.

The answer to what Rick owed was, existentially , not much.

Injured Rick - Magnum P.I. Season 4 Episode 8

Yes, Robbie formerly did Rick a solid, taking the rap and doing age for a crime they committed together.

But Robbie turned around and used that princely act as a prop for the rest of his prematurely abridged life.

As a offender, he didn’t get the same opportunities as those without a criminal record. So Robbie opted to make the more lucrative options available through crime instead run his channel back to legitimacy through minimum-wage jobs.

But when Robbie murdered an undercover agent, accidentally or not, he decided to cash in on Rick’s age-old obligation, absconding to paradise rather than Mexico or Central America. Because Rick would wallow in guilt and-or nostalgia rather than ask the hard-boiled questions.

Rick Struggling - Magnum P.I. Season 4 Episode 8

Only T.C. and Sloane, the swindler FBI agent, made Rick to think and to realize that he had been harboring at best a assassinate believe and at worst a fugitive.

Even worse, Robbie and Sloane drew a handful of dangerous Albanians to Oahu in their wake. So was anyone surprised when Rick’s car blew up? Rick was just lucky that he wasn’t the one inside it at the time.

And the storyline carried over because the Albanians had to assume that Robbie had spilled what he knew to Rick.

Rick was too wracked with remorse over Robbie’s death that “hes to” take things into his own hands rather than accept the police protection that he should have.

Surfing Therapy - Magnum P.I. Season 4 Episode 8

Now and then, we have to be reminded that Rick has abilities beyond barely extending a bar. He is a super sniper with the ability to take revenge on the Albanians. And it would be hard to claim self-defense from his sniper’s perch.

Fortunately, T.C. knew Rick well and could prophesy where Rick would set up with the Albanians as his targets. T.C. knew the right things to say to been through Rick’s grief.

Of route, Rick’s travails were secondary to the actual storyline: Higgins’ enforced slavery to Mi-6.

It was time for this to be over. Not to defame Magnum, but If he was able to figure out precisely what Juliet was up to during her unexplained absences, how truly effective could she be as a snoop?

Higgins Undercover - Magnum P.I. Season 4 Episode 8

Granted, Magnum knows her better than anyone else in their little social halo so that he would be more aware of her the changing nature of behavior.

But Higgins had been out of the investigate game for a while, and Eve was leaving her extremely uncovered. So a little unwanted backup never hurts.

Just like T.C. wouldn’t respect Rick’s chooses, Thomas was right not to listen to Juliet’s recommends for him to stay out of her business.

She needed him, especially after Eve somehow allowed herself to be captivated. So it was a good thing that Magnum followed his gut.

Worried About Higgins - Magnum P.I. Season 4 Episode 8

Thomas followed slim result after skinny lead to work his space into Cavendish’s nest of spies, then picked off one after the other of his men in his great efforts to set Higgins.

Some small-time part of Juliet had to be that enjoyed manhandling the impenetrable Eve. Despite being watched by Cavendish and his lackeys the whole time, she still managed to tap out a message to Eve to create disputes in the ranks, at least until Eve’s phone disclosed Higgins’ genuine mission.

It’s little wonder that Cavendish still wanted to hire Juliet after shooting Eve. Then, after Magnum’s distraction, she managed to take down Cavendish’s lieutenant Oliver.

Still, Higgins had to finish the mission, in part to protect herself but mainly to protect Mi-6, despite how poorly that constitution had given her at a low-toned top in her life. Compare her reaction to Cavendish’s quest for revenge.

Higgins' Handler - Magnum P.I. Season 4 Episode 8

Thomas’s rapid remembering saved them in the computer room. Why wouldn’t Cavendish’s goons have slapped down Magnum looking for a second weapon while Cavendish was busy gloating?

It was filling when Higgins subdued Cavendish, and HPD marched out all his disgraced negotiators. But where did that hard drive end up anyway?

It was surprising that there was so little fallout for Juliet. A speedy debriefing by a couple of frumpy CIA policemen, then she was home to make a halfhearted regret to her friends for her cheat. But will life as an property manager again now feel dull?

It did seem fitting that she was the one to go out to console the conflicted Rick. She got what he was feeling, a combination of loss battling with being appreciative for having the support of friends that knew fairly not to listen to them when they were being well-meaningly pigheaded. No one else there get that.

Higgins' Mission - Magnum P.I. Season 4 Episode 8

To revisit Higgins’ Mi-6 manipulates, watch Magnum P.I. online.

How long will it make Rick to get past Robbie’s death?

Were T.C. and Magnum right to ignore Rick and Juliet’s wishings?

Can Higgins easy back into her aged life?

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