So, what can we expect when McGarrett and Danno encounter Magnum and Higgins? Prepare yourself for an intense two hours of television.
National security is at stake when someone steals a list of undercover CIA agents
Things kick off with an episode of Hawaii Five-0. Someone has stolen a list of undercover CIA agents. With the names of the agents at risk of being exposed — jeopardizing national security in the process — Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) turns to Magnum (Jay Hernandez), Higgins (Perdita Weeks), Rick (Zachary Knighton), and TC (Stephen Hill) to recover the list.
A Five-0 member is kidnapped, and the CIA gets involved
In the crossover’s second hour, the stakes get higher for the Five-0 crew when Junior (Beulah Koale) is kidnapped by those who want to use him as leverage to recover the list of agents. The CIA doesn’t want the rest of Five-0 to interfere, so they round up the other officers. Tani (Meaghan Rath) and Quinn (Katrina Law) turn to Magnum and Higgins for help.
Turning crossover dreams into reality
The idea of a crossover between the two Hawaii-set CBS shows has been brewing since Magnum P.I.’s first season in 2018. The show’s producers were especially looking forward to a meeting between Magnum and McGarrett.
“The plan is to ultimately introduce those two characters, have them in a crossover episode, and at least have them know of each other,” showrunner Peter M. Lenkov explained during a panel at Comic-Con in 2018. “That’s the fun of the fact they are both ex-Navy Seals.”
It took a while for all the pieces for the crossover to fall into place, Lenkov told TVLine. But the final result should be worth the wait for fans.
“It’s a big-stakes story that really feels like a two-hour movie,” he said.
A future romance?
Could the crossover even give birth to a new relationship? Apparently, there’s some tension between Quinn and Rick. And Lenkov told TVLine that the actors said they’d be up for a romance.
“They have a bit of chemistry,” he said. “After filming, they both said, ‘Hey, is this going to go anywhere…?’ Because it was a lot of fun.”
While this is the first official crossover between Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I., a few characters from the former, including Duke (Dennis Chun) and Noelani (Kimee Balmilero), have made appearances on Magnum. Five-0 and MacGyver (which also airs on CBS on Friday nights) crossed over in 2017.
Hawaii Five-0 airs Friday, Jan. 3 at 8/7c on CBS, followed by Magnum P.I. at 9/8c.
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