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"Missing in Action" is the ninth episode of the first season of Magnum, P.I. which originally aired on February 5, 1981.


Magnum is hired by a new singer at the King Kamehameha Club to find her fiancé who is listed as MIA during the Vietnam War.


A new singer at the King Kamehameha Club who claims to have E.S.P. hires Magnum to find her childhood friend-come-fiancée Eric, a Marine who has been listed as Missing In Action since 1972, whom now she has started getting psychic visions of. As he investigates, Magnum discovers that Eric was a member of the top-secret 'Delta Section', and is refusing to come in from the cold until he exposes the division's activities to the press but is being pursued by a Delta operative who is determined to bring Eric in and keep him quiet, at any cost.




  • Jeff MacKay as Lieutenant McReynolds (credited as Jeff MacKay)


  • Lance LeGault as Agent John W. Newton
  • Rebecca Holden as Laura Frasier
  • Francisco Lagueruela as Eric Tobin
  • Remi Abellira as Moki
  • Patrick Bishop as Attendant


  • The term in the title "Missing In Action" is a status assigned to a member of the armed services who is reported missing following combat whether he or she has been killed, wounded, captured by the enemy, or may have deserted.
  • Jeff MacKay appears for the first time in this episode as the much re-occurring Lieutenant "Mac" MacReynolds, a US Naval Officer that Magnum always manages to con information out of. (MacKay had previously been seen in the Pilot, as a different though somewhat similar character, Lieutenant Ski).
    • It was never really confirmed whether "Mac" was really MacReynolds' first name, or just a nick-name deriving from his surname.


Magnum: July 15th 1967, a lot of people said goodbye there.

Magnum: Newton, I'm gonna ask you one more time and then I'm gonna blow your brains out the window.
John W. Newton: Where's the letter to the Post?
Magnum: I got it.
John W. Newton: You give me the letter, I'll give you Laura.
Magnum: No. You give me Laura and then I give you the letter. That's the way it works this time, because I've got the warrant.
(Magnum points Colt .45 at Newton)
  Season 1 (1980)
Don't Eat the Snow in HawaiiChina DollThank Heaven for Little Girls and Big Ones TooNo Need to KnowSkin DeepNever Again... Never AgainThe Ugliest Dog in HawaiiMissing in ActionLest We ForgetThe Curse of the King Kamehameha ClubThicker Than BloodAll Roads Lead to FloydAdelaideDon't Say GoodbyeThe Black OrchidJ. "Digger" DoyleBeauty Knows No Pain