Magnum P.I. (2018) s05e12 Episode Script

Three Bridges

HIGGINS: Can you kindly
step on it, Thomas?
According to the security
footage that I just hacked,
Gary Perez has left early
for his morning jog,
which gives us only 30 minutes
to infiltrate his place,
do the repo, and get out.
Relax. We have plenty of time.
I can hotwire a Stingray in my sleep.
It's going to be a cakewalk.
You didn't see
the client e-mail, did you?
I can't believe he meant
stingray, the fish.
Well, had you read
the client's e-mail properly,
that would have been abundantly clear.
Come on.
- Damn it.
- Don't try to catch it.
Get to where it's going
and intercept it.
Yeah, keep trying to micromanage.
That's going to make it go faster.
You know, I can't believe
we're trying to repo a fish.
I don't know. Nemo seems
a bit below our pay grade.
Need I remind you
that you once recovered
a stolen tuna fish?
Yeah, worth $350,000.
Yeah. Okay, so maybe this one
isn't quite in that range,
but it is extremely rare.
It retails for over $100,000,
and we get 10% commission of that, so
[SIGHS] Okay.
Come on.
Ooh. Okay. Okay. Okay, get the bag.
Yeah. Yeah. Got it. Careful.
Careful. Careful with it.
Get him in the bag!
- Oh, my gosh. Thomas
- I got it.
[BEEP] AUTOMATED VOICE: Front door open.
Yeah, I gotta have it,
yeah, I'll get it by any cost ♪
Like I said, cakewalk.
You got this, man. Keep going.
My legs ain't really doing this.
It's my arms.
I know it's frustrating.
Yeah, it is. It's been
two weeks since my toe twitched,
and we barely saw any progress.
This ain't never gon' work.
Patience is the hardest part,
but it's the most important thing
when it comes to rehabilitation.
- We should stop for now.
- No, I can do it again.
It's a marathon, not a sprint.
It's Charles.
Perfect timing.
Your friend Thomas is here.
Should I have them send him up?
Yeah, I will tell him.
I'm sorry, Mr. Magnum,
but Mr. Calvin is unavailable.
Alright. Um, can you please
tell him I came by?
RICK: It's kind of tight in there now.
- How long is he going to stay?
- Not long.
The owner said he's coming
to pick him up tomorrow, so
Okay. Well, you want some breakfast
- while you're waiting for Thomas?
- Yeah, that'd be lovely.
Just the usual, please.
You got it.
- Hey.
- Hey.
- Hi.
- Hey.
Hey, Rick. How you doing?
Hi, Piper. I'm good. I'm great.
Uh, can I get my order?
Yeah. Sorry.
- Here you go.
- Thank you.
See you soon.
- Yeah.
- Hope so.
- Yeah, me, too.
- Bye.
Think somebody has a crush.
What? No, I do not.
I-I meant her.
Oh, well, yeah,
she did kind of ask me out.
And you said?
I didn't really answer.
Rick, for future reference,
that is generally taken as a no.
I know, I know.
But she left it kind of open.
And besides, I really shouldn't
be dating right now anyway.
Wait, hang on. Hang on a second.
If memory serves,
Suzy was pretty clear about the fact
that you guys don't have
a romantic future.
So if that is what's
holding you back, then
No, no, that's That's not it.
No, Piper works in the marina,
and I live on a boat
in the marina.
You know that old saying
"don't where you eat?"
Right, yes, but as you know,
I'm living proof that it can,
in fact, work out.
- That's true.
- Mm.
Speak of the devil.
- Hey, buddy.
- Hey.
- Hey.
- So, how's TC doing?
Unavailable. Again.
You know, you'd think they'd
come up with a different excuse
to hide the fact that he's avoiding us.
- I'm worried about him.
- Yeah, we all are.
Apparently, we're not the only ones.
I guess he's ghosting his mother, too.
Really? How'd you hear about that?
Well, she called the bar,
and I said TC was still
at the rehab facility,
and that was news to her.
She didn't know he was there?
She didn't even know he'd been shot.
Alright, I-I really think
we need to stage an intervention
or something.
I don't know. Part of me feels like
we just got to give him
a little bit of space and time
and let him work through it
at his own pace, you know?
- Teuila.
- KUMU: Hi.
What are you doing here?
Well, you haven't been
to mahjong night in weeks,
and it's not like you to miss
an opportunity to kick my butt.
I just wanted to check on you.
Well, c-come on in.
what have you been up to?
Um, you know, work.
Nothing interesting.
Tell me what's new with you,
Ying, you can talk to me.
I'm fine. Really.
How's Michelle?
She should be off
to college soon, right?
Tell me what's going on.
YING: It started about two years ago.
I got a message on WhatsUpp
from a man named Han.
He was asking why I didn't
show up for our date.
He had the wrong number,
but they struck up
a conversation anyway.
And turns out he lives in Tongli,
where Ying was born.
Han's never been out of China,
so he was eager to hear
about life in the US.
We hit it off.
Became close friends.
Or I thought we did.
A few months later, Han shared
that his mom was ill.
He needed money.
So he asked you for a loan?
No. He just confided
that he was investing
with a friend of his cousin.
He was worried, I'm sure,
how it would turn out.
But a month later,
he doubled his investment.
Ying has been a single mom
since her daughter was 8.
She's worked very hard to afford
to send her daughter to college.
I saved enough for tuition,
but the extras
books, dorm, meal plan
- Doesn't come cheap.
- Exactly.
So I asked Han if I could invest
with his cousin's friend.
He was very reluctant,
said nothing is a sure thing
that he didn't want anything
to happen to my money.
But I wouldn't let it go.
This is not your fault.
So when did you start investing?
About a year ago.
Returns were so great.
I just kept putting in more.
And at what point did you
think something might be wrong?
Two weeks ago, I messaged Han
and didn't hear back.
That was unusual.
When a few days went by,
I started to worry,
and that's when I checked the account.
The balance was zero.
How much money did you lose?
[CRYING] All of my savings
and my daughter's college tuition.
She went to HPD, but they said
there wasn't much they could do.
Yeah, I mean, these operations
are often international
and very sophisticated.
It can be very difficult
for local authorities
to actually find the scammers.
And nearly impossible
to retrieve the funds.
We know it's a long shot.
But Teuila said if anyone
could help me, it would be you.
We'll do everything we can.
- Yeah.
Sorry to bother you, Mr. Calvin,
but there's someone here
who wants to see you.
I told you I don't want to see anyone.
I know, but she said
she didn't come all the way
from North Carolina
to sit in the waiting room.
I can't believe you flew all this way.
Of course I did,
once I found out what happened.
Now that I'm here, what can I do?
Nothing. I'm fine.
I don't understand why you came.
Because my son is hurt,
and I want to help.
I'm at a VA rehab. I got plenty of help.
Mm-hmm. Are you kicking me out?
Because I've been traveling
over 16 hours to get here.
You can stay.
But I got to rest.
Right, so I think the most efficient way
to go through the two years
of WhatsUpp exchanges
between Ying and Han
is to separate them
into different time sections.
- Yep, and on different devices.
- Right.
I didn't know you had a laptop, Kumu.
It's 2023, Thomas.
Pretty sure
you're the only one who doesn't.
That's what I have Higgy for.
Right, so we should all be
logged into Ying's account.
How are we going to be able to do this?
Ying and Han communicated in Chinese.
Did you translate it?
Uh, no. Thankfully,
there's software for that,
especially given that there
are about 36,000 lines of text.
Would have taken me a month.
36,000? You can't be serious.
Yeah, I mean, it's an estimate,
but from what I can glean,
they texted nearly every single
day the last two years.
- That's a lot to get through.
- It is.
But it's all we have to go on.
Welp, we should probably get started.
So give me one time,
come put it heavy on me ♪
Now give me two time,
so put your lovin' on me ♪
Now give me three time,
come put it heavy on me ♪
And we keep doin' it,
doin' it, doin' it ♪
Doin' it, doin', I'm saying ♪
RICK: Hey.
Oh, this is new.
- What?
- You just walked right up to me.
Last couple weeks, I was pretty
sure you were avoiding me.
No. No. Why would you think that?
I don't know.
Maybe 'cause I asked you out,
and it made you uncomfortable?
No. No, no, no, no, no, no. No.
Ooh, say no one more time. It's
really working for you, Rick.
No, I'm not uncomfortable. I just
You know, I don't want
to start something
unless I'm ready to see it through.
- Okay?
- Yeah.
So, what, the offer just expired?
Yeah, it did.
Wait. Seriously?
I mean, if you want to go out,
this time, you got to ask me.
Okay. I deserve that.
- Yeah.
- How about tonight?
Let me check my schedule.
Just sent you my address.
Pick you up at 7:00.
Okay. I've gone through
seven months of these,
and I still have nothing.
What about you guys?
No, nothing, although I do now
better understand
why Ying fell for this.
I mean, it feels like
they had a genuine connection.
He certainly put in the work.
Yeah, that's why these long cons
can reap such big rewards.
Wait a minute. I found a photo
that Han sent Ying four weeks ago.
Oh. I mean, unfortunately,
WhatsUpp software strips
the metadata from any photos,
so we can't trace its origin.
Who needs metadata? Look.
It might be Han, but we still
don't know where it is.
Oh, we certainly do.
And it's not China.
- Huh?
- See that?
The bird? It's not just any bird.
It's an O'ahu 'Amakihi.
It exists only on this island.
Okay, so if that is Han, he was here.
Or at least he was
when he took the photo.
Kumu, what is What is that?
Can you zoom in on the reflection?
Oh, looks like a painting.
- May I?
- Yeah.
If I can identify the artwork,
it might help me narrow down
Han's location in the photo.
Right. Yes, the painting
is called "A Girl At Peace"
by artist Ken Mahalona.
And according to his website,
the print was mass produced
for guest rooms
at the Oceanside Hotel and Spa.
I think it's in Waianae.
If he was at that hotel,
somebody had to have seen him.
MAGNUM: Looks like it's closed.
I wonder how long for.
Well, since 2020. It looks
like it shut down for COVID
and never reopened.
When was Han here?
Looks like Han has some scammer friends.
Uh, yeah, I'd say about 90 of them.
- He said
- Yeah, I think I got it.
Okay. I'm going to need you
to translate this time.
Seems they're going to keep us in here
until their boss returns
so that he can interrogate us.
Okay, so we have that
to look forward to.
Hey, Mr. Calvin. Sorry to interrupt.
Got your lunch here.
- Thank you.
- You're welcome.
Ma'am, would you like some, too?
- What's that?
- Um
Turkey and mashed potatoes.
Oh. No, thank you, dear.
Okay. Enjoy.
Thank you.
That looks nasty.
It's what I got.
Well, I think you'll find
these more appetizing.
Are you serious?
What? You used to love these.
When I was 6.
Okay. You don't want them, then?
I didn't say that.
By the way, it looks like
somebody named Mahina
is trying to get in touch with you.
You looked at my phone?
It kept buzzing.
I thought it was just me,
but looks like you're trying
to push everybody away.
Look, you don't get to do this.
If I wanted you here,
I would have called.
Well, I'm not so sure about that.
I'm not leaving, Theo.
Okay. Well, I am.
I guess the boss is back.
Don't worry about me.
Just take care of him.
What's your name?
Austin. Austin Powers.
Okay, Mr. Magnum.
What are you investigating?
Well, I heard the, uh,
hot stone massage at the spa
was something special,
but I had to see for myself.
What are you trying to find?
Okay. Look.
I'm looking for the
the perfect staycation spot, you know,
somewhere where
you could just lose yourself,
go to the bar, and dance
like no one's watching.
I tried to do this the easy way.
Okay, so now I guess
we're doing it the hard way.
I'm Teng. I speak English.
Hello, Teng.
How did you get here?
I'm from Anhui.
When COVID hit, job went away.
Everything shut down.
On Internet,
I found
An advertisement.
Yes, for housekeeping job
in US hotel.
Good money, benefit.
But when I come, they took passport.
And made me
Con people into investing.
A-And all the people upstairs
in that big room,
have they all been trafficked, as well?
How long have you been here, Teng?
2 years, 10 months.
They beat me when I tried to escape.
We can make it stop, Mr. Magnum.
Ah, you don't have to be so formal.
- Just answer the questions.
- What are you doing here?
Who else knows where you are?
Then go get his friend.
I'm sure you miss home.
Better poor and free than a slave.
I promise you, Teng, I'm going to help
everyone who is trapped here.
How? You're trapped, too.
For now.
Teng, get something to tie him up.
WOMAN: 911.
Keep me updated. Yeah.
- Hi.
- Hey.
What took you so long?
I was about to ask you the same thing.
He's not going to talk.
None of them will.
What about the victims?
Will they be returned home?
Well, only if they want to be.
Those who want to stay
can get a "T" visa.
How'd you two end up here?
Our client was scammed
by someone working here.
The guy said his name was Han.
Have you identified him
among the trafficking victims?
- No, not yet.
- Do you know what he looks like?
Exactly like that guy, right?
Yeah, that's the guy from the
selfie that was sent to Ying.
But you said he was a victim.
That's one of the traffickers.
Well, maybe they used
the same photograph
to send to multiple marks.
Well, it's smarter than using
a photo of someone who's
on a missing persons database.
Well, chances are it's a fake name.
Han probably doesn't even exist.
JUN: Han is real.
He's my cousin, here because of me.
I told Han that we should come.
And then they threatened our families
to make us ruin people's lives.
We didn't want to.
We know. None of this was your fault.
Uh, is Han still here?
Then what happened to him?
One lady he scammed,
the bosses made him take everything.
When it was all gone,
they they told him
to get her to borrow
from family and friends.
Han refused.
Couldn't bear to hurt her anymore.
That must be why he stopped responding
to Ying all of a sudden.
What did they do to him?
They beat him.
Then two days ago, they took him away.
So you didn't find my money?
Not yet.
But what about Han?
If you find him,
you can track it, right?
Mm, it's not that simple.
Wha I don't understand.
Well, the money didn't go with Han,
so finding him won't necessarily
bring it back.
He has to go away for what he did.
Normally, I would agree
with you, but, uh
What are you saying?
He duped me and ruined my life.
Yes, but, Ying, he didn't want to.
He was also a victim of
something called pig butchering.
That phrase originated in China.
It means fattening a hog
before slaughter.
Yes, but in recent years,
it's actually come to mean
something else, as well.
It's when criminal syndicates
use human trafficking victims
to scam people out of money.
Are you saying Han was trafficked?
He and his cousin came here for work
after his mother got sick.
That was true?
You know, most of what he said was true.
So the connection, the friendship
All of that was real.
He never wanted to hurt you.
And in fact, his refusal
to cause you any more pain
is what caused him to be
punished by the traffickers.
I realize you took the case
to find my money,
but if Han is in trouble,
please, can you help him?
Any leads on Han?
Not yet, but we might be close.
Lu Chan
Yeah, that's the guy
I had the spa day with.
Yeah, we thought he was the big fish.
Turns out he's the medium fish.
- So who's he working for?
- Don't know. Chan was careful.
He had about six different
security measures on his phone.
None of the guards
we arrested will talk.
- What about the hotel owner?
- Yeah, I mean, even
if he wasn't directly involved,
he had to have known what was going on.
Which is why I brought the owner in.
Name's Jonathan Wang.
Okay, Jonathan, time
to try to help yourself.
Not talking is definitely an option.
It's also your right.
But your hotel was being used
for human trafficking,
making you complicit in a class 2 felony
punishable by up to 20 years
for each offense.
You do get that you're looking
at life behind bars, right?
I'm just curious.
What kind of scumbag
buys and sells his own people?
All I wanted was to run a hotel.
That's it.
Was three years in the making.
But I built a great place.
Nice, affordable for families.
Started in 2018, was a huge success.
- And then COVID happened.
- Yeah.
And you know what? It didn't just hit
the small business guys.
It hit the big ones, too.
When the hotel had to shut down,
you needed money.
I didn't do anything to anyone.
I just took a loan.
Guessing it wasn't from a bank.
And when the hotel stayed closed,
he couldn't pay back the loan.
Weeks turned into months.
Turned into a year.
Soon you were so far in debt,
you didn't have a way out.
I'd never done anything illegal
in my life
- Until you did.
- I didn't know what they were doing.
Who is they?
I'll go to jail.
For the rest of my life.
But I won't talk.
It's triads, right?
I just need a name.
They'll kill me.
My family.
The men we arrested
when we raided your hotel,
they're all out in the hallway
waiting to be processed.
I told you, I had nothing
to do with this.
I heard you. If that's true,
you won't care
when I parade you past them,
let you go.
A free man.
- You can't.
- I might even shake your hand.
show them what
a cooperative witness you are.
That would put a target on my back.
If you talk, we can protect you.
And your family.
MAN: Go.
Ready. Go.
HPD! Hands up!
Charles Fok, you have the right
to remain silent.
Get him out of here.
Anything you say
can and will be used against you
in a court of law.
You have the right to an attorney.
If you cannot afford it
Thanks, Gordie. I can stall CSI
for maybe 15 minutes, so if you
want to find Han, work fast.
It's through there. Laptops upstairs.
Copy that.
Okay, uh
I'm going to start with two
days ago when Han disappeared.
Right, here we go. There's an e-mail
from one of Fok's men
saying that an advert was posted
on the dark web. There's an attachment.
That's Han. "Chinese man on Oahu.
45 years old. Healthy. Strong.
Suited for manual labor
or administrative tasks.
Can type and speak English. $10,000."
They didn't just beat Han up.
They're planning on selling him.
Any buyers?
Yeah, looks like for Han
and two other men.
The deal is going down in
Port of Honolulu in 30 minutes.
- Then we got to move.
- Yeah.
MAN: HPD! Hands up now!
- Magnum.
Come on.
MAN: Cease fire! Cease fire!
Are you alright?
Are you hurt?
MAGNUM: It's okay, Han.
You're free now.
How do you know me?
We've got someone who wants to meet you.
I'm so sorry, Ying.
You don't have to apologize.
Big win today. It's got to earn us
at least a couple favors, right?
Just might.
Because you searched for Han,
HPD was able to take down not one,
but two trafficking operations.
- That's a hell of a thing.
- What about Ying's money?
Is there any chance she'll get it back?
A good one, actually.
Forensic accounting
is all over Fok's laptop right now.
How much have they recovered?
So far, $97 million.
I got to I got to sit down.
So, you like it?
Hell yeah.
Thanks. I-I wasn't really sure
what shirt to wear.
Actually, I'm not really sure
about doing this at all.
Wait, are you nervous?
No. No, it's not that. I
It has been a while, but
no, that's not it.
I also hoped
you'd work it out with Suzy.
But since that's not in the cards,
I'm just glad you're getting
back in the saddle, so to speak.
Could you do me a favor and, uh
Not use that phrase with you again?
You're still here.
I'm not making the same mistake again.
For 36 years, I wasn't there.
And now's my second chance
to be your mom,
so I'm not going anywhere.
What is it?
Why are you pushing
all your friends away?
You don't want them
to feel sorry for you?
Of course not.
I ain't playing the victim.
Leaning on people
doesn't make you a victim.
I'm not so sure of that.
So let me get this straight.
You think all the people
that lean on you,
you think that they're weak?
What do you know about any of this?
I know everything about this.
Where do you think
you get your pride from?
maybe if I had leaned on your father,
maybe we would have stayed
a family all those years.
I'm sorry I was harsh with you.
But you were kind of invading my space.
You invaded my space for nine months.
I was there the first time
you learned to walk.
You were loud and fussy then, too.
I'm looking forward to seeing it again.
I'm going to go get some rest.
Hey, Ma.
Thanks for coming.
- Hey, man.
- TC: Yo, bro.
Good to hear your voice.
Yeah, I know I been MIA.
Yeah, kind of. But, uh
you know, we get it.
Hey, maybe you might want
to come by tomorrow?
Absolutely. Yeah.
I-I'd love nothing more.
- Hi.
- Hey.
[WHISPERING] I just got Joy down.
Oh, I-I'm not here for her.
Although, of course, I always
want to see Joy, but, uh
actually, I'm
I'm here to talk to you.
You see, I-I was on my way
to go on a date tonight.
She's funny. Uh, she's nice.
She's smart. She's pretty.
Thing is, she's not you.
When you said before you don't
want to keep seeing me,
I totally heard you.
And I respected that. I still do.
But even thinking about going
on a date with somebody else,
it it just doesn't feel right.
So I'm just going to bring it up
one last time.
And if you still feel the same way,
I promise I will never mention it again.
So should I go out on this date tonight?
Do not go on a date with her.
Or anyone else.
MAGNUM: Rick is not going to be happy.
Where are all the fish?
Maybe they're hiding.
KUMU: Yeah, I don't think so.
But, I mean, stingrays generally
only eat crustaceans
and other invertebrates.
Well, tell that to the pufferfish.
I don't get it. Wouldn't your client
have mentioned that something
like this could happen?
Because there's too many
fish in the sea ♪
Too many fish in the sea ♪
Looks like somebody
didn't read the e-mail.
- Hmm?
Who's going to tell Rick?
'Cause it sure as hell
isn't going to be me.
My mother once told me something ♪
You know, if if we replace the fish,
Rick never has to know, right?
I mean, there's got to be
a pet store open somewhere.
- I'm driving.
- Don't worry about him ♪
Let him go, do without him ♪
Because there's too many fish
in the sea ♪
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