Magnum, P.I.

Season 8 Episode 1

Infinity and Jelly Doughnuts

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Aired Unknown Oct 07, 1987 on CBS
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Infinity and Jelly Doughnuts
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As Magnum's friends and family attempt to pull him out of the limbo in which he is trapped, he has an out-of-body experience in which he sees himself in heaven, guided by Mac.

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  • Magnum's mother arrives to be at her son's side as he lays comatose. But at the point of death, Magnum makes a miraculous recovery – but while recovering from the trauma, finds there is an old score to settle. Thank goodness they brought him back!...moreless

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    After the outcry from fans about Magnum being killed off in 'Limbo' at the end of season seven, and feeling that there was mileage for a few more stories, the producers of MPI thankfully renewed the show for an eighth, final season.



    The trouble is, with killing off Magnum when they expected it to be the end of the show, the producers and writers had somewhat painted themselves into a corner. They did get inkling that the show might be renewed halfway through filming 'Limbo', and re-edited some scenes accordingly, but even so, if they had known that Magnum would be back earlier, they would probably have woven more threads that would be tied up with his return.

    I'm not complaining about the story – it holds up perfectly well, but it just feels like the best they could do with awkward situation.



    Whereas most MPI episodes can be watched 'stand alone', this story pretty much depends on seeing 'Limbo' before it (which in turn is greatly helped if the viewer has seen the previous Michelle-connected episodes).



    The story is passable, and the writing and acting are certainly there (although I did feel that Larry Manetti overacted at a couple of points), but as I say, I just think they were making the best of an awkward premise. The bulk of the plot is passable, but there are also definite points where it dips (particularly in the middle), and feels a bit contrived.



    But there are still some nice touches – one of my favourites a small but good moment is Higgins when, after seeing that Magnum has awoken from his come, runs excitedly down the hospital corridor to tell the others, beaming from ear to ear, before regaining his composure and entering the room in his typical reserved manner.



    The seeds are also beginning to be sown for the wrap-up of the series – for example, T.C. speaks on the phone to ex-wife Tina, reminding viewers that T.C. has children from his failed marriage, which will be bought into play more as the season progresses.



    'Infinity and Jelly Doughnuts' isn't really one of my favourite episodes, but I think they made the best of a tricky situation, and it could have been pulled off far worse. Either way, I'm just glad that they brought Magnum back!moreless
John D'Aquino

John D'Aquino

Nick Patrelli

Guest Star

Richard Narita

Richard Narita

Fr. Timothy

Guest Star

Barry Sattels

Barry Sattels

Ron Templeton

Guest Star

Jean Bruce Scott

Jean Bruce Scott

Maggie Poole

Recurring Role

Jeff MacKay

Jeff MacKay

Mac MacReynolds / Mac Bonnick

Recurring Role

Kwan Hi Lim

Kwan Hi Lim

Yoshi Tanaka

Recurring Role

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    • The German episode titles are "Der vierte Mann" ("The Fourth Man") and "Stimmen aus dem Jenseits" ("Voices from the Afterlife"). The French title is "Coma". The Italian title is "Krapfen caldi", meaning "Warm Donut".

    • This final season updates the opening credits used for Seasons 6-7 with different shots.

    • Gwen Verdon was nominated for a 1988 Emmy Award for her portrayal of Katherine Peterson in this episode.

    • Tom Selleck's mother, Martha Selleck, and his son, Kevin Selleck, appear in this episode as the grandmother and grandson.

    • After the producers made when they thought would be the series finale, with Magnum being shot and seemingly going to heaven, the series was renewed for one more season, much to the delight of fans, who were somewhat outraged to think that their beloved hero would be disposed of in such a way.

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