Tonight on CBS their reboot of the classic series Magnum P.I. airs with an all-new Friday, March 5, 2021, episode and we have your Magnum P.I. recap below. On tonight’s Magnum P.I. season 3 episode 10 “The Long Way Home,” as per the CBS synopsis, “When an Army ranger goes missing after returning from deployment, Magnum learns of the traumatic news he received upon arriving home and must find him before survivor’s guilt consumes him.
Also, Higgins and Ethan solve the case of a missing engagement ring while on a mini-break, and Katsumoto tries spending quality time with his teenage son.”
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In tonight’s Magnum P.I. episode, Higgins is on the beach, Ethan is coming out of the water, she smiles and tells him that she is admiring the view. Higgins gets a call from Magnum, he says he has an emergency, her dogs won’t let him down from a tree. She tells them to go inside and they do. She tells him that all she asked for was two days of peace and quiet. Magnum asks her how her first vacation is going. She says she will see him in two days and not a moment before.
Gordon is borrowing a grill from Rick when a client walks in to see Magnum. Her name is Erin, she found an envelope with $2800.00 on her windshield this morning, no note, no explanation. But, it has her husband, sergeant Liam Bates’ handwriting. She doesn’t know what to make of it. Liam is downrange, he is in Afghanistan, so she doesn’t know how the money got there.
Magnum goes to the station, he brings pizza in exchange for information. He finds out that Liam is on the island. Meanwhile, Ethan and Higgins have the day wide open, she says they can stay in the hotel room. They order room service and try a whole array of food. There is a knock at the door, a guy named Jared comes to the door. He says he was going to get engaged this weekend, but he lost the ring. He thinks the ring is in their room because they stayed in this room before Higgins and Ethan.
Magnum speaks to a woman who was on the plane with Bates when he came to the island, he tells her that he is missing and she may have been the last person to see him. She says that he told her that he got early to leave and he is going home to surprise his family. He kept her talking the whole flight, it was a very bumpy ride. She offered to share a cab with him, he got into his own because he said that he didn’t want to wait another minute to see his family, he never made it home.
Ethan tells Jared that Higgins is the best private detective, let her look for the ring and he can go spend time with his girlfriend Laney, he says thank you and tells them to consider themselves invited to the wedding. Ethan tells Higgins he is excited, he will get to see her in action.
Magnum tells Rick that finding the cab that Bates took is like finding a needle in a haystack. Rick tells him to call Higgins, she could do this in half the time that he could. Magnum says that Higgins is on vacation and deserves a break, and she is screening his calls. Next, we see Gordon, he is getting the meat all ready for the BBQ. He tells his son to try the wings that he already made, he says they are good. Gordon tells him they are going to have a father/son day. His son says he can’t, he has to study for a math test and he was just about to go to a friend’s house to study.
Magnum finds his cab driver, Bates got an important call when he was in the cab, he said to the person on the phone, “how did it happen, thanks for letting me know.” When he arrived at his house, he sat there for five minutes and then gave the cab driver a new address.
Bates looked so devastated that the cab driver didn’t record the next address, he told him he would take him wherever he wanted to go. He gives him the address, he knocks on the door, a woman answers and she says that Liam was there, he dropped by to give them the news that Kao, their son, had died in Afghanistan. The mother says Liam was best friends with Kao and they are worried about him.
Magnum goes to see Liam’s wife, he looks over and sees a photo of Kao and Liam. Kao was supposed to be on leave, they switched. He asks her if Liam has a history of depression. She says there were issues after his first deploy but he got help. She tells him that Liam and Kao did everything together. Magnum tells her that he is worried about him, his having to deal with survivor’s guilt on his own. She then tells him that she will text him any places she can think of where he would go.
Ethan and Higgins are checking vacuum bags to see if the rings were perhaps vacuumed up by a cleaning lady. Higgins got the key card for the honeymoon suite, they look around to see if the ring is maybe there. They hear a noise, somebody is coming into the room. It is Laney, she calls her mom and tells her to call her, it is important, she leaves.
Magnum, Rick, and T.C. are out looking for Liam, but no luck so far. Liam just turned his cell phone on, good news for Magnum.
Gordon gets into an argument with his son, he finds out that he wasn’t studying, he was at a pool party. Gordon goes to get him and tells him to get in the car, his son yells that school is going to be tough for him now that he did that in front of everyone, then he tells him life is tough being a son of a cop, one of the bad guys.
Magnum traces the phone, he finds it in a pawn shop. They look at the security footage, Liam was sold a gun. They find out that he was heading on an eastbound bus.
Higgins thinks that Laney took the ring, she found it and panicked. Higgins pays someone to call Jared to the front desk, then she and Ethan speak to Laney. They talk about marriage, Laney asks how they knew. Ethan says he knew that in years to come he would still be happy to wake up next to her, it is a leap of faith. Laney gets up and says she has something to do.
Magnum, Rick, and T.C. find some empty cans of beer in the woods, Magnum tells them to keep searching while they have daylight. All of a sudden, they find Liam, who is sitting near the water with the gun in his hand.
Magnum speaks to him, tells him a story about when he was in a p.o.w. camp for eighteen months and he got through it. Some of his darkest days were over there. Liam puts down the gun and says he doesn’t know how to go home without Kao. Magnum tells him that he will find a way to go forward and live his life with his family.
Gordon goes to see his son in his room. He says he thought about what he said, when your kid is little you get to be the hero, it is great. But, then they grow up, and he didn’t expect to be the bad guy because of what he does. His son says he is not a bad person, but he feels like he is in the middle. He gets why people are mad, the system is broken. Gordon agrees, he says real change needs to come from the inside and he is still proud to be a cop. Gordon says he only cares what his son thinks, nobody else. His son says he is sorry.
Higgins and Ethan are walking on the beach, it is late. He tells her that he does think about a future with her, he hasn’t felt like this with anyone, for a long time. He likes doing everything with her, or nothing at all. He tells her this is real and she doesn’t have to say anything at all. All of a sudden, Laney and Jared walk up, Laney has an engagement ring on. Ethan says the champagne is on them, they need to celebrate.
Magnum drives Liam home, he tells him he knows how he feels, and if he ever needs anything, even just to grab a beer, he can call him. Liam’s daughter and wife come running out of the house and hug him, he says he missed them.