Magnum PI Season 1 Episode 9 Review: The Ties That Bind

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It was easy to empathize with Amanda's struggle as she tried to match Higgins' extraordinary flexibility on Magnum P.I. Season 1 Episode 9.

If I even attempted to bend back the way Higgins did on that mat, I'd be stuck that way for a long, long time.

Amanda and Higgins - Tall - Magnum P.I. Season 1 Episode 9

But the whole point of the exercise wasn't to teach Amanda the fine art of yoga but to try to get her to open up about what happened during her captivity.

When Magnum has a hunch, he's usually right, and he had a hunch that connecting Higgins with Amanda would do the trick and it did.

Higgins always knows when Magnum is going to call on her for help, and while she tries to give off a vibe of annoyance, she never hesitates to give Magnum whatever he needs.

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I don't think there's ever been a time when she turned Magnum down. 

She doesn't help out because she wants to be close to Magnum, but because she wants to make a difference -- and I suppose to give her life a bit more excitement than just taking care of a huge estate and a couple of adorable dogs.

But Amanda's case gave Higgins an opportunity to learn more about Magnum and his history in the war. 

Magnum on the Hunt - Magnum P.I. Season 1 Episode 9

She always seems taken with his stories about his past as if she never heard or knew about any of it, but I believe that she does know about his past because of Robin Masters.

Higgins is a former spy, and I've said this before, but she knows exactly what he did in the war. There is no way she didn't read up on the guy who was going to be living on the estate.

I can imagine she had an extremely thick dossier keeping her company for several nights before he arrived.

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It's for this reason that I'm starting to find Higgins' googly eyes every time Magnum shares a story a bit annoying.

I'm all for a Higgins and Magnum romance, but at this point, it seems a bit one-sided.

There are times when Magnum gives Higgins certain looks, but she's doing a lot more googling than he is, and I don't really like it anymore.

She can admire him and his experiences all she wants, but she needs to snap out of it when she finds herself entranced by him the way she has been.

Yoga is the Key - Magnum P.I. Season 1 Episode 9

Their banter is still incredible, and we need more of it. 

Her showing him how to get things done that he's supposedly the expert in (like picking locks on rental properties) is always fun, though I sometimes wonder if he purposely pretends he can't get things done just to give her a bigger sense of purpose.

If you think about it, it's kind of a dumb move on Magnum's part if that's something he's actually doing because Higgins doesn't need anyone to give her a sense of purpose.

No matter what though, the fact is that the two of them are a dream team and all of their adventures together make for a fun time.

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I can't imagine what it would be like to face the choice that Amanda's dad did when the kidnappers contacted him. He didn't want to kill the guy, but he also didn't want his wife to die.

Had Magnum not showed up in his stolen security officer outfit, Amanda's dad would have ruined his life, his daughter's life, and his wife would have died anyway.

As it turned out, everything worked out, as it always does in Magnum's world.

There's a formula to his world. He's given a case, he involves Higgins, Rick, and TC, there's a chase scene and usually a shootout, but in the end, there's always a happy reunion of some sort.

Kumu and Magnum - Magnum P.I. Season 1 Episode 9

Some people might have an issue with Magnum's world always having happy endings, but there's nothing wrong with happy endings. 

Happy endings give us hope that the world might not be as bleak as it sometimes appears to be. 

Over to you!

What did you think of "The Ties That Bind"?

Do you enjoy the constant happy endings in Magnum's cases?

Are you tired of Higgins' googly eyes towards Magnum?

Hit the comments and share your thoughts!

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The Ties That Bind Review

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Magnum P.I. Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

If you don't have good balance, you're no good to anyone, especially yourself.


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