Magnum, P.I.

Season 6 Episode 7

Going Home

Aired Unknown Oct 31, 1985 on CBS
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Going Home
After thirteen years away, Magnum returns to Tidewater, VA to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Everett, and reopens a long-running family feud when he suspects his stepfather of stealing and selling a missing family heirloom—a letter from Abraham Lincoln.

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  • In this episode Magnum goes to his childhood home, Virgina, after being gone for 13 years to attend his grandfathers funeral. Tensions build betweeen Magnum and his step-father climaxing in an emotional recount of his half brothers life and tragic death.moreless

    A very touching episode that gives you a look at Magnum's maternal family. As you watch you see the love and troubles of the Magnum/Peterson family that makes the story relatable to most people. In a rare occurance, Magnum is humbled by having to admit he maybe wrong. His error came out of love for his mother and brother. The touching and emotional ending is set at the Washington war memorial where Magum visits his brothers memory. Another poignant connection to the Vietnam war for which the show is famous. Definately on my top 20 list of all time Magnum PI favorites.moreless
  • Thomas has returned home to Tidewater, Virginia for the first time in thirteen years to attend the funeral of his grandfather, but a family feud with his stepfather soon opens up over the disappearance of a valuable family heirloom. An acquired taste...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    I am a seasoned 'Magnum, p.i.' viewer of many years now, having seen the episodes many times over, and of them all, I find 'Going Home' probably the hardest of all of the stories to sum up.

    It is the only episode of the entire run where John Hillerman (Higgins) and Larry Manetti (Rick) do not appear, and one of only three where Roger E. Mosley (T.C.) is not present (he also missed the second season's 'Dead Man's Channel', and will not be seen in 'Who Is Don Luis Higgins... ...And Why Is He Doing These Terrible Things To Me?' later this season).

    The story is penned by Chris Abbott-Fish, and to me sums up her influence on the series, as she moved it from the comedy-drama adventures of earlier seasons, very much more into out-and-out dramas at this stage in the show's run. I have to say, on the whole, it was a move that I wasn't completely keen on.

    Magnum's family are a mixed bunch. Frank is a complete jerk (to put it lightly) and even though he turns out not to be behind the missing heirloom in the end, I think that Katherine should have left him â€" he's not a nice man! When I was younger, Don stood out to me, as he is played by Joe Regalbuto, who co-starred in 'Street Hawk' (1985), which was a favourite of mine as a kid, despite it only lasting a few episodes.

    The family will return in the series finale, 'Resolutions', and Magnum's mother Katherine will make a couple more appearances in the meantime.

    The story also makes mention of Magnum's half-brother Joey (I had to watch the episode a couple of times before it became clear); Joey was never mentioned in any episode previously, and â€" if I recall correctly â€" will never be mentioned again after this, and as a result, I found this sudden introduction of a half-brother to be out of the blue.

    This episode is certainly not one for a first-time viewer of the series, as â€" besides not featuring any of the three co-stars and taking place entirely out of Hawaii â€" it features none of the show's trademark humour and action (more action-free stories being another mark of Abbott-Fish), and just not a typical example of the show.

    And even for those that have been watching the series for a while, this one is definitely an acquired taste.

    I really don't know how I feel about this episode. It is not my ideal MPI episode, being far too serious and having absolutely no action; it is also, to be honest, a bit boring in places. However, the episode also has some strong redeeming merits â€" young Billy’s calling "Goodbye, Grandpa, goodbye" near the end of the episode, is almost haunting, and the final scenes, of Magnum visiting the Vietnam war memorial, are very good too.

    So all-in-all... I'm not really sure what to make of this one. Certainly not one of my outstanding favourites... in fact I hadn't watched it for some years until re-watching it to review. Like I say... and acquired taste.moreless
  • Magnum returns to his home in Virginia to attend a funeral. While there, he comes to grips with more than just the death of his grandfather.

    Going Home is probably not a great episode for a viewer who is not already sold on the series. Not a lot of action, and certainly not much comedy. Obviously, Magnum himself is the only member of the regular cast who figures into this episode, as it takes place in Virginia, not Hawaii. A feeble attempt at a mystery is thrown in, as Magnum tries to locate a family heirloom. With those considerations out of the way, Going Home still manages to pull off a good show in the end. What makes this episode so good is watching how Magnum comes to terms with his mother, stepfather, and deceased brother in such a realistic and convincing manner. Going Home will appeal to anyone who has returned home after a long absence, especially if that person has had any friction or unresolved issue with family members in the past. Viewers get to see Magnum's past fleshed out in a manner not seen since season four's Home From the Sea. Magnum's visit to the Vietnam War Memorial (only two years old at the time) symbolizes not only his own emotional struggle to come to terms with Joey's death, but America's reticent desire to heal the wounds of that war. Magnum's visit to the Vietnam Memorial Wall has got to be one of the most moving, yet underrated moments of television drama.moreless

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