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What to Know About Gordon Katsumoto Before Magnum P.I. Season 5

What will happen to Katsumoto in Season 5? Watch Magnum P.I. on NBC to find out. 

By Jackie Manno
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The action-packed Magnum P.I. has no shortage of badass characters who we can’t wait to see solving some hard cases in Season 5. However, it's no secret that these characters face some hardships, as well. In fact, we see Magnum’s close friend, Gordon Katsumoto, face a massive challenge in the Season 4 finale. But what exactly happened to him? Keep reading to find out.

Who is Gordon Katsumoto?

Gordon Katsumoto (played by Tim Kang) is a detective in the Honolulu Police Department who Magnum often helps on cases. Katsumoto is determined, resilient, and has strong morals. He has an ex-wife named Beth and a teenage son, Dennis, who he tries to connect with throughout the series. He also had a sister named Kim, who tragically passed away of a drug overdose. Katsumoto was so broken up after her unexpected passing that he took a temporary leave of absence from the HPD.

What happened to Gordon Katsumoto when we left off?

In Season 4, Episode 20, Katsumoto and his ex-wife, Beth, are both kidnapped separately. Katsumoto is then forced to watch a video of Beth tied up in a char. The men threatened to kill Beth unless Katsumoto follows their orders. The task? Katsumoto was demanded to kill his former cop partner, Shane Whelan. However, Whelan was incarcerated and in protective custody, making him difficult to reach. Because of Katsumoto’s status as a police offer, he is able to access Whelan and bring him out for questioning.

When Katsumoto is released, he calls Magnum and Higgins and informs them of the situation. The private investigators attempt to track down Beth’s whereabouts and rescue her so Matsumoto doesn’t have to go through with the task. They figure out the details of the kidnapping–that Beth had gone jogging and was forced into a car by two men. Magnum, Higgins, and Katsumoto then track the car down, and follow it to a bakery where they recognize the setting from the video.

However, the kidnappers had caught on to the fact that they were being traced, and moved Beth to a different unknown location. They, then shot Beth in the arm while on a video call with Katsumoto, but she survived. Magnum, Higgins, and Katsumoto then figured out an alternative plan: to break Whelan out of prison to buy some time.

Magnum disguised himself as guard and went undercover at the prison while Higgins figured out how to deactivate the security cameras. They successfully broke Whelan out of prison, and then contacted the kidnappers. One of the men was named Ray Nascano, who explained why he wanted Whelan dead. When Katsumoto and Whelan were investigating Nascano, Whelan found some serious evidence against him. However, he declined to inform Katsumoto of this because he decided to blackmail Nascano. In retaliation, Nascano chose not to murder a cop directly but rather killed Katsumoto’s sister, Kim, by lacing heroin with a lethal dose of fentanyl. Whelan found out that Nascano covered this up by bribing the medical examiner, and told Katsumoto after they were reunited.

Then, it was time for Katsumoto, Whelan, Magnum, and Higgins to confront Nascano in person. They killed Nascano’s men, and even though Katsumoto wanted to kill Nascano as well, Magnum and Higgins talked him out of it. While Nascano was going to be sent to prison, Katsumoto was suspended without pay.

How to Watch

Watch Magnum P.I. on NBC and Peacock.    

But what will happen to Katsumoto next season? Will he recover from this major setback? To find out, watch Magnum P.I. on NBC Sundays starting February 19 at 9/8c and next day on Peacock.  

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