#H50 Review: 9.08 Lele pū nā manu like (Birds of a Feather) – Thanksgiving Episode – Written by Chi McBride

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As always, as I was watching this episode, I was formulating how I would go about writing my review.  I have to admit, this one was a challenge.  For while I liked the episode just fine (of course, I always do) this one came up a bit short for me.

This was a split story episode where the two stories had absolutely nothing to do with each other.  Not a favorite format of mine (although much better than those three- or four-story episodes) since I always prefer, if we must have two stories, they be somehow connected.  I went to bed with my head buzzing trying to figure out what to write about this one.

Then, as I sat down to write, I was still having real trouble wrapping my head around the episode.  It wasn’t until I got into a conversation with a couple of H50 buddies that I realized the reason why.  I both liked and didn’t like it at the same time.  I really liked Chi’s story of the Grover family, but the crime of the week left me totally cold.  Oh well, let’s go through it together.

First the fun – The Thanksgiving Family Football game:  What’s Thanksgiving without the family football game?  This scene was golden.  It’s always such fun to see everyone having fun together and I loved that Al Harrington’s Mamo was there.  He played in the game the last time we actually got to see it (back in Season 4) but now, a tad older, he’s graciously given his time to referee.

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I did kind of feel sorry for Tani’s team, though.  It seemed they were at a distinct disadvantage right from the start.  Of the five-man squads, Steve had Nahale, Adam, Noelani and Jerry.

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Tani having Junior, Koa, Kamekona and Flippa, who voiced exactly what I was thinking when I saw the lineups.  “I thought we just stand there and be big”. 🤣🤣 Even still, they almost managed to pull out a win, if Junior had managed to stay inbounds when he caught that final pass.

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It really is too bad that Danny was spending Thanksgiving with his family in Jersey and had to miss the game.  But Tani more than made up for his absence.  Her teasing and trash talk with Steve was perfect.  I loved the moment when Junior asked Koa if she’d always been so competitive.  It’s nice when we have relatives to give us insight into our characters from before we knew them.  The line that she was only competitive until she was eight because after that “no one would play with her” was hysterical.

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As was the look on Mamo’s face when he thought she was calling him old. The only thing funnier was Steve’s face when she said it was actually him, she was calling old! 🤣🤣 Ah…. Ohana!

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The Dysfunctional Family Grover:  If it’s not Thanksgiving without football, then what’s a holiday without some family drama?  The Grover family sure provided that.  But there was also warmth, comedy, sentimentality, acknowledgement, forgiveness and tears.

I really enjoyed Chi’s story.  For a first attempt, I think he did a great job and seeing as it was partially based on his own relationship with an older cousin, it was obviously one he wrote from his heart.

Anytime we get to see Lou and Renee together is a total joy.  I know I’ve probably said this in the past, but the first time I ever saw them on screen I wondered if they were really married in real life.  The chemistry between Chi and Michelle Hurd is off the charts.  As it is whenever Chosen Jacob’s Will is there.  It’s too bad they couldn’t get Samantha home from college for the holiday too.  That would have made it perfect.

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Lou Gossett Jr, Gladys Knight and Clifton Powell as the extended Grover family were perfect.  Especially Gladys as the ferocious mama bear of the family.  She was awesome.  You know, there is an old saying that girls marry men like their Daddy.  Well, true or not, it seems Lou married a lady very much like his mama.  Both Renee and Ella are formidable women of their households.  You ain’t gonna mess with either one of them, if you know what’s good for you.

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This point was perfectly illustrated in Percy Sr’s talk with Will when Will jokes with his Grandfather that he’s scared of his wife the same way Lou is scared of Renee. Percy’s logic is incredibly simple.  If you’re lucky enough to find a woman as good as the women he and Lou were lucky to find, you spend “every waking hour of life trying our best to be worthy of those women”.  So, hell yeah, you’re scared.  Not of her, but of disappointing her.  I loved how he told Will that, if he’s lucky, he’ll find a woman to be scared of too!

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You could see it in Lou’s face later when he and Percy fight in the backyard over the turkeys.  When Renee looked down at Lou with utter disappointment written all over her face, put her arm around her son and ushered him away as if ashamed to allow him to see his father in that moment, Lou’s was crushed.

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I understand what Chi was going for with his story of Lou and Percy’s relationship and it was really good but, perhaps, a bit overdone.  Why were Percy and Lou so incredibly hostile to each other?  After all, Percy had always looked out for Lou when they were kids and, we find out later, has been proud of his accomplishments every step of the way since.  So why all the anger?

And Lou?  Is it because he’s worked his butt off to get where he is all his life and his brother has just coasted along?  Is it because his parents don’t seem to call Percy on it often enough and think every little step forward is wondrous even if it means several steps back a short time later?

There were some wonderfully light moments in this story.  Percy dousing Lou with ice water in the shower and the entire house waking up to Lou’s scream was hysterical.  Gladys was perfect in this scene.  I love how she calls Percy Jr. “Little Percy” and gives him the full “angry mother/little boy” treatment not to mention telling Lou “Boy, ain’t nobody thinkin’ about your little naked behind… I changed your diapers, man” 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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And I loved the looks Renee, Ella and Percy Sr. were wearing as the guys sniped at each other at the breakfast table.

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But it very quickly devolved into hateful rhetoric designed to do nothing but hurt.  I can understand jealousy and even some resentment, but this animosity was painful to watch.

I’ll give Chi credit.  It was a compelling story of family dynamics.  Many families have that one person who brings out the worst in people and it’s usually not one thing that pushes a person over the edge but a build up of years of events that just finally boils over.

But it’s clear the family love is there and that love guides both the Grover households.

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It’s a shame it had to come to a knock down, drag out fight and almost burning the house down for the two knuckleheads to finally realize that.  There were a few too many tears from two grown men for my liking but the resolution was a sweet holiday treat.

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Lou getting Percy a job at Kamekona’s restaurant was an interesting twist.  Makes me wonder just how often we might get to see the restaurant after this episode unless they’re adding Clifton Powell to the cast as a new recurring character.  If they’re not, then we’re either not going to see the restaurant all that much or, on the occasions when the Ohana does meet there, no one will ever mention the excellent pastry again.

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The COTW:  Because the episode was so centered around the Grover family story, it would have been great if it was tempered with a decent crime of the week.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.  I’m sorry to say this but the COTW left a lot to be desired.

So, a thief breaks into a house and attempts to break into a safe.  When he can’t open it, he tries to steal what is obviously an incredibly “gi-normous” safe by pulling it down a flight of stairs on a blanket.  Ooooookay…. no one ever said thieves were particularly intelligent.

After the safe, predictably, falls down the stairs and crushes the idiot, yet another thief breaks into the very same house, on the very same day, to try to get inside the very same safe.  Oooooookay…..

And, when finding poor crushed thief #1, thief #2 doesn’t call for help or even just high tail it out of there.  Nooooo….. he stands there and drills into the safe right there on top of the guy.

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Thief #2, Patrick Hale, was after a vintage 1948 Stan Musial baseball card.  It seems the owner of the card, John Henman had been funding a yearly Thanksgiving dinner for the shelter where Patrick worked as not only a tax dodge but a bit of personal PR.  Write a check and show up for a photo OP and make himself look good.  Patrick was perfectly content with Henman’s antics as long as the money was there to feed the people.  When Henman found a new, better tax dodge and refused to fund Thanksgiving dinner, Patrick decided to steal what he knew was a very valuable baseball card to get the needed cash.

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Modern day Robin Hood or not, it’s very hard to find sympathy for Patrick.  Ok, he did the wrong thing for the right reason but there is no way to rationalize this guy who’s supposed to care so much for the homeless yet doesn’t feel any sympathy for the thief lying under the safe in a puddle of blood.  In fact, nobody showed any interest in him at all, which was weird.

The best scene in this story was pairing up Adam and Jerry at the memorabilia store.  The two of them trying to come up with a semi-believable cover story in order to approach the dealer was hysterical.  It also looks like Adam is a quick learner in the Steve McGarrett method of catching a suspect.

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Anyway, Tani and Junior find Patrick at the shelter serving his ill-gotten Thanksgiving dinner.  Unlike me, they have sympathy for the guy.  I will give him a little credit that he didn’t deny what he did and was ready to take full responsibility for it but that’s as far as I’ll go.  It was sweet of Tani and Junior to put off his arrest until after he finished serving dinner and for chipping in and helping him serve.  But that’s more a testament to how nice Tani and Junior are than any sympathy Patrick deserved.

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Adam:  OK, so without much fuss or bother, Adam is now officially Five-0 with the gun and the badge and chasing down suspects with abandon.  Yeah, we’ve discussed this before.  It doesn’t make a lick of sense, but I don’t really care. I loved seeing Adam working a case and I loved his Steve-like take down of the suspect.  Moving on…..

I was a bit taken back that the guys didn’t remove the pictures of Adam with Kono at the restaurant. Not because they should forget about Kono.  Not by any means but because it was heart wrenching for Adam to see them there.  IF we do see the restaurant again, I would hope they’d change those pictures out for individual pictures of Adam and Kono.  Kono should be represented, of course, but not necessarily as part of a happy couple that no longer exists.

But the writers (did Chi write this part too??) saw fit to not only leave it there but draw attention to it by having Adam regretfully looking at it.  The conversation with Jerry was sweet but I thought it should have been Steve having that conversation with Adam.  After all, when you really think about it, it was Steve who brought Adam on board to run the special sub-task force, the operation that ultimately cost Jesse her life and “changed” Adam.  I’m not saying its Steve’s fault, not by any means, but still it seems more appropriate for Steve to be the one in that conversation with Adam instead of Jerry.  Steve always takes such personal responsibility for all those he considers Ohana you’d think he’d be the one to comfort Adam in that moment.

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And, speaking of conversations that should be happening between Steve and Adam…. has he told Steve about that gun yet?  Has Tani?  It would seem they haven’t because I can’t believe they would have told him and he’s just shrugging it off until a later episode.  They need to get on that and soon because the longer they keep it from Steve the worse it’s going to be when he does find out.  Although we already know that Steve will ultimately be understanding about it all, I hope, initially, he rips them both a new one for keeping him in the dark.

Steve and Danny:  It seems every week I have something to say about these two even when one, or in this case both of them have limited screen time.  Of course, this was an off week for Scott which was to be expected.  Going back over the years, Episode 7 of each season is usually one Scott misses.  Except for Season 5 and, of course, this season when Episode 7 were the monumental #100 and #200.  So, it’s not surprising that Scott would miss this episode.  It’s just a shame it had to be the Thanksgiving episode because I would have just adored seeing him playing in the football game.  To be frank, he wasn’t needed for the COTW.

It was such an uninspired COTW they didn’t even need Steve since it turned out this was also a limited episode for Alex.  With Jerry and Adam at the memorabilia shop, Tani, Junior, Jerry and Adam around the magic table, Tani and Junior tracking down Patrick at the homeless shelter, and the amount of time allocated for the Grover family saga, we didn’t see Steve at all in the second half of the episode.

To be specific, we see Steve with the team around the magic table at approximately the 21min mark in the episode then we don’t see him again until until everyone is gathered at the restaurant for dinner.

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I know this might sound a bit strange, but you know what?  It didn’t bother me as much as I would have thought.  Because Alex deserves some built-in breaks during the season.  He works his ass off both physically and mentally and, after nine years he’s earned some down time.  And, to be perfectly honest, if the writers are going to give him those breaks, I’m kind of happy they did it during a Danny-less episode.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I want as much Steve and Danny as I can get. If it were up to me, they’d be in every single scene of every single episode and always be together.  But we already don’t have them together for five episodes a season because of Scott’s schedule.  If they schedule Alex’s down times during those same five episodes, that means we won’t have to have even more episodes without them together.  As much as I don’t like it when they’re not together, it’s better that it be five episodes a season rather than, let’s say eight or ten.  Does that make sense?

“Steve’s”:   Is it “Steve’s”?  That’s what Kamekona called it when Steve added his signature to the document (already signed by Danny before he left for Jersey) to officially transfer the ownership to him.  My gut tells me, in that moment, Kame was simply using the name Steve has always used.  I’m not convinced he’s keeping “Steve’s” as the official name.  Like I said last week, the symbolism of that name isn’t the same now.  It’s no longer Danny’s restaurant with Steve’s name so they can always be together.  I won’t lie.  I’d be thrilled if Kame chose to keep that name, but I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t.

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Regardless of what the name ends up being, it’s a fantastic place for the Ohana to gather for occasions a bit more formal than the picnic tables at the shrimp truck.  I don’t expect we’ll be seeing a lot of the restaurant after this, although I hope I’m wrong about that, but it was especially touching that everyone ended up there for Thanksgiving dinner, including the Grover clan, since their kitchen ending up toast.  It was a wonderful way to end a bit of a lopsided episode on a heartwarming note.

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That’s it for this week.  Please feel free to bring up anything I left out, that you wish to discuss, in the comments.  I always look forward to everything you all have to add!

Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  See you back here in a couple of weeks!

Aloha.  Malama Pono

Screencaps are mine unless otherwise noted.

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#H50 Review: 9.07 Pua a’e la ka uwahi o ka moe (The Smoke Seen in the Dream Now Rises) – Episode #200

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Two hundred episodes! Not an achievement to be taken lightly by any means.  Hawaii Five-0 has had its critics over the past eight plus years, and it still has its critics among “fans” who find more to criticize than like, but here we are.

Two hundred episodes!  There aren’t a lot of shows that have reached this milestone.  Among those that have are some pretty impressive names.  Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Dallas, Cheers, Frasier, NYPD Blue, M*A*S*H and, of course, the original Hawaii Five-O to name just a few.  There are more modern examples too, of course, but it’s worth noting that the good majority of shows that have reached the 200+ milestone are from an age when there were basically only three networks to choose from when it came to watching TV.

Shows which have reached this milestone in more current times face a much more challenging TV landscape.  People now have hundreds of choices of programming to tempt them, as well as, all manner of ways to watch. Live, DVR, streaming, binge, etc.  For any show in this modern era to be able to capture the hearts of viewers, enough that they tune in week after week for over eight years when there are so many other choices, is a testament to the quality of not only the writing of the show but to the entire cast, and the fantastic crew which puts it on our screens every week.  Hawaii Five-0.  Two hundred episodes and still going strong.  Critics be damned!

I guess I don’t have to tell you that I loved everything about this episode, with one notable exception that I’ll talk about later (even though you probably already know what it is).

Right off the bat, the episode had a wonderful old time feel about it with the 1940’s era inspired rendition of the theme song. Of course, I would never want our weekly theme song changed in any way because the updated version from the original is so awesome, but this was a really nice touch.  Well, the music throughout the entire episode was inspired.  Once again, the music of Brian Tyler and Keith Power took an already wonderful episode and made it a 1000% times better.  It was pure 1940’s.

This week’s crime of the week was, of course, a crime of 80+ years. The last unsolved case of famous HPD Detective Chang Apana. Until I read the synopsis for this episode I’d never heard of Chang Apana.  I knew of Charlie Chan, of course, but never knew he was based on a real person.  It’s a part of H50 that I have always loved. When they incorporate Hawaiian history into their stories in some way.  I love learning more about the islands and her people whenever I can.  It makes H50 unique from any other show.

It also gave us a glimpse into the social atmosphere of the times.  The rich plantation owners who relied on indentured servitude to tend their crops and enrich their coffers.  The scandal when a rich man’s son is found sneaking around with a lowly hula girl.  The disposal of an innocent girl’s dead body to prevent the scandal from tarnishing the rich family name.

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But, like last weeks episode, the crime of the week, although a really good one, isn’t what will make me watch and re-watch this episode as much as I’ve re-watched Episode #100 over the years.

There’s just something about the 1940’s.  What was that line from the old “All in the Family” theme song?  “And you knew who you were then.  Girls were girls and men were men”.  It was such a simpler time when a man could look admiringly at an attractive woman and not be accused of sexually harassing her.

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The entire dream sequence was done brilliantly.  If you didn’t know better, you’d swear you were watching a real 1940’s movie.  The cars, the clothes, the way people acted.  I adored the accents they all used, especially Alex and Scott.  The fedoras, the suspenders, the toothpick, the cigarettes, it was perfect.

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Kudos to every single person on the crew from wardrobe, to lighting, to obtaining the proper cars, and so on and so on who pulled it all together.  Did you catch old Waikiki Beach of 1941?  It was magnificent.

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And the cast… talk about wonderful.  How much fun must it have been for them all to step out of their usual characters and get to play something new.  I loved how pretty much everyone in the cast got to appear in this episode.  They all nailed their new character even if it was only for a few moments.

It was fun to see Dennis Chun, again as an HPD cop, but this time wearing the actual uniform his dad Kam Fong wore when he was on the force.

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Beulah, as Lila’s (the missing girl) brother, complete with a great local Hawaiian accent.

(UPDATE:  Originally this paragraph read “with his real-life New Zealand accent”. However, thanks to a discussion I saw on Twitter between those who know far more than I do about such things, people who actually live in Australia and/or New Zealand, I discovered I was wrong.  I have made this correction accordingly.  Thank you @ibyshire, @missslothy, @racoon_sa, @Andie_Louise_ and @alohaspaceman for setting me straight without even knowing you did it! 😃

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Chi, as Capt. Charles Sumner, the stereotypical hard nose Captain putting his foot down on, who he feels are, his wayward detectives.

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Ian, as Earl Blackstone, a notorious crime boss, with the mustache all such characters seemed to have in the 1940’s.

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Kimee as the, excuse me, I’m a doctor, who treats Steve at the hospital and Taylor got a quick nod as “Biggie” Tupa, appropriately, the proprietor of the night club where (not)Tani is the lounge singer.

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Meaghan was fantastic as Alexa Alana, an old friend of Lila’s.  Remember a couple of years ago, the first time we heard Jerry sing and we were all amazed that Jorge had such a great singing voice?  Well, count me astonished again.  Damn, but Meaghan can sing! Watching her on that stage, gorgeous in that slinky dress, singing her heart out was incredible.  She did such a fantastic job.

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She also played a major part in the case.  Because it was Alexa who gave Steve and Milton their first clue as to who Lila had been seeing and who may have been the last person to see her alive.  It was heartbreaking to see her shot and die in Steve’s arms.  I have to say it kind of gave me the willies.  In 8+ years, we’ve seen members of our team shot numerous times, but we’ve never had one die.  I know this was a dream and it was Alexa and not Tani, but I still didn’t like seeing it.

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And speaking of Jorge… who didn’t love him as Officer Mike Flanagan?  It was a ton of fun watching (not)Jerry being a real cop.  Of course, Flanagan fulfilled pretty much the same purpose in 1941 as Jerry does for the team today, digging in the archives and pulling records for Steve and Milton but it was a blast watching him join Steve and Milton in the field and to see him get to shoot that big gun.

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But the absolute best thing about this episode is the fact that it was, literally, the Steve and Danny/Steve and Milton show. Steve and Danny at the restaurant, Steve and Danny at Casa McG, Steve dreaming that Danny is Milton, Steve and Milton working and solving the case together, Steve and Danny’s ultimate restaurant decision.  They were together the entire episode.  That makes any episode top notch in my book.

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Steve McGarrett is truly a man for all ages and every time I think I can’t love him more, he proves me wrong.  Especially when anything has to do with his family, in particular, with his grandfather.  His admiration and pride in the man whose name he carries has no limits and it only deepens with everything new he learns.

Learning of the old unsolved case from the elder Milton, you could see Steve’s fascination that his grandfather had once wanted to become a cop.  I find the correlation between Steve’s dream and Milton’s words about how December 7, 1941 changed everything intriguing.  Because once Steve starts to delve into the evidence of Lila’s disappearance and falls asleep, his mind takes him to the days in time right before everything changed.  December 5th and December 6th.

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Dreams are full of “what if’s”.  What if Steve Sr. hadn’t joined the Army (or was drafted).  What if he and Milton weren’t just two best friends with a weekend hobby of trying to solve an old case just in case, they ever got to be real cops.  What if they’d both been able to fulfill their dreams of being detectives.  Ahhhhh to sleep….. perchance to dream!

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Milton tells Steve that he and Steve Sr were best friends who hung out together on weekends practicing being cops. So, of course, in Steve’s subconscious, who would he want by his side?  The same way every dream Danny had when he was shot included Steve, in Steve’s dream, only Danny could be his Milton.

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I also liked how they worked the Pearl Harbor attack into Steve’s dream. It was the day, after all, when “everything changed”.  Steve’s subconscious ending his dream with the event which ended his grandfather’s life and his dream.  It was brilliant.  It also reminded me of Danny’s 9/11 episode.  Of course, that wasn’t a dream.  He really did watched it all happen.

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In our dreams, some semblance of reality always manages to come through.  Steve’s Milton has a wonderfully unique Jersey accent.  His Milton also has Danny’s snappy comebacks.  His Milton is still unfailingly loyal and has Steve’s back 100% of the time.  Steve’s Milton still retains everything of what makes Danny, Danny.

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Reality also come through in the way both Steve Sr. and Milton work.  They still butt heads, they still have carguments, they still pick and poke at each other but, more importantly, they are both still there for each other.  When Steve and Milton come under fire, Steve yells “Milton… get down!  the same way our Steve always yells “Danny” before he pushed them both out of the line of fire.

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And as Steve dreams about a car on fire about to explode, it’s Milton who pulls him to safety.  #McDanno or #McMilton.  It all works out the same in the end.

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That’s what this entire episode was all about.  Yeah, the case was great and watching everyone play different parts and wear period costumes was a hell of a lot of fun.  Going back to the 1940’s with the cars and the music was an absolute blast.  Getting more of Steve’s family history is always a huge bonus.

But this episode, in my opinion, was really about one thing.  The reaffirmation of the one thing that makes this show tick.  The relationship between Steve and Danny.  Story lines come and go.  People come and go.  Other relationships come and go.  But through it all, Steve and Danny endure.

The love and admiration these two have for each other is universal.  When Steve waxes poetic over the accomplishments of Chang Apana, of all the injuries he sustained throughout his career and his determination to solve every single case, Danny’s immediate response is “he sounds like you”.  With all his ranting over Steve’s antics, it’s plainly obvious Danny is proud of his partner and what he’s done over the years.

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And what does Danny do?  He goes out and buys a book about Chang Apana in order to learn more about the man his partner looks to as not only a hero but another link to the grandfather he is so proud of and never got to know.

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And nowhere was the bond between these two more evident than in the last two minutes of the episode.

Yes, of course, I’m disappointed.  “Steve’s” is no more! I really….. really…. wanted the dream we saw when Danny was shot to come true.  I enjoyed this storyline, although I do agree with many that it needed to come to some sort of resolution after all this time.

I thought the soft opening, which looked like a great success with everyone having a great time and enjoying the food, meant it was all going to work out.  After all the blood, sweat and arguments, that it would finally all be worth it.

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I think we’ve all pretty much agreed that the original premise was pretty silly.  There really was never a way for the guys to be full-time cops and full-time restaurateurs.  We all pretty much figured someone would have to step in and run the day-to-day operations for them.  Kamekona was the perfect choice.  I was hoping that would be that.  Soft opening a success, Kame running the place with Steve and Danny as the owners who would take over one day when they actually retired.

So, no, I wasn’t expecting it to all be over and so quickly.  After, over a year, for them to decide to give it all up in under two minutes was rather jarring. But having said that, I’m not has heartbroken over it as I thought I would be because, as disappointed as I am, I’m thrilled it was as much of a mutual decision to call it quits as it was to start it in the first place.

The bond between these two men is unbreakable.  They are like magnets.  One moves, the other moves too.  A year and a half ago, Danny was determined he was ready to retire soon and when he proposed the two of them start the restaurant together, Steve was all in, without hesitation.  Touched and thrilled that Danny wanted him to be part of his dream.

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And now, when Steve says he just wants to be a cop and not run a restaurant, Danny’s immediate response is “If you’re out, I’m out”.

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It illustrates clearly that restaurant or no restaurant, there is no way Danny’s ever going to retire until Steve does.  The fact that Kame was already proposing buying out their shares means they can replenish their retirement savings, and everyone can move on.  It was an elegant solution, even if it was a bit abrupt.

The look on Steve’s face when he told Danny of his decision was very telling.  He was bracing himself for the explosion.  But Danny didn’t explode.  There have been so many obstacles along this journey and it seems painfully obvious now that somewhere along the line, they were both questioning whether they’d made the right decision. But each one didn’t want to disappoint the other, so they just soldiered on.  The only way out is through.  But you could see the relief rolling off the both of them when they both realized they were on the same page all along, as usual.

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So, yeah, I’m sad but the restaurant isn’t going away.  From the previews of next week’s Thanksgiving episode, the Ohana is celebrating there.  Hopefully, like the shrimp truck, we’ll get to see them all hang out there every once in a while.

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I do wonder what Kame is going to name the place though.  It would be nice, as a gesture to all the blood, sweat and tears the guys put into the place, that Kame would try to recognize that in the name.  I still love the name “Steve’s” but the symbolism of that name isn’t the same now.  It’s no longer Danny’s restaurant with Steve’s name so they can always be together.  “McDanno’s” doesn’t make sense either since neither Mc nor Danno is associated with it any longer.  I’m curious to see what Kame is going to do.

But it really doesn’t matter because as this episode solidified more certain than ever, Steve and Danny don’t need a restaurant to assure they will be together forever!  #McDanno is forever….. period!

To Peter Lenkov, writers David Wolkove and Matt Wheeler and director Bryan Spicer, thank you for this wonderful episode.  What a fantastic job. It’s always wonderful anytime Steve gets to connect with his family.  The story and the characters were different and fun.  And while the ending was bittersweet, the guys were happy with their decision and that really is all that counts.

To all the producers, writers, the fantastic cast, both past and present, and the incredible crew, thank you a thousand times over for 200 wonderful episodes and 8+ years of wonderful entertainment.  I will never regret staying up on that Monday night so long ago and falling in love with a show that has given me so much.  I will always be grateful for all the wonderful friends I’ve made because of this show.  Friends I hope to keep long after the show crosses the finish line.  Which, I pray, won’t be for a very, very long time.  Mahalo nui loa to each and every one of you!

Aloha.  Malama pono

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Note:  Special prayers for Peter and his family, Jeff Hunt and his family and to all those in the cast and crew (along with everyone who lives in California) who have homes, family and friends in the path of the devastating fires now ravaging California.  As we sit and enjoy our fun and entertaining Friday night and the rest of our weekends, they are evacuating from their homes, mourning the loss of their homes and fleeing the fires.  Here’s hoping everyone is safe with their friends and family and that their homes remain untouched by the fires.

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#H50 Review – 9.06 Aia I Hi’ikua; I Hi’Ialo (Is Borne on the Back; Is Borne in the Arms)

Hi everyone!  Have you all come down from your sugar high from Halloween?  Well, whether you did or not, this week’s H50 didn’t lessen the high one bit.

I thought, perhaps, this week’s episode might be a bit of a filler, between the great Halloween story from last week and next week’s monumental and highly anticipated 200th episode.  Well, that sure as hell didn’t happen.  This episode was wonderful, full of emotion and Ohana.  The theme of friendship was strong in this one on so many levels.  Just to name a couple:

– Steve’s faith in his old friend and the palpable pain etched on his face at his death.

– Danny having a blast watching Steve get arrested and being cuffed to a table.

– The possible budding friendship between Steve and Emma.

– Tani battling with herself over whether to turn Adam in. Her guilt over it because Adam saved Koa’s life.

So, let’s break it down, shall we?

Just how many more people can Steve lose?   Just this season alone, Steve has lost two old and dear friends.  Tom Hennessey in the premiere and Carson Rodes this week.  If you add in the other agents who were “cocooned” and killed, even if they weren’t close personal friends of his, that makes what? Six?

And this one was particularly hard to take because, unlike Hennessey, Steve and Carson had reconnected and renewed their friendship only a few days earlier.  Had gone out for drinks, and spent time together reminiscing over shared experiences and their long-time bond forged of friendship and service.  These two were so close in fact, that at one point, Steve had offered him a place on Five-0.  That speaks volumes!

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I especially loved the scene between them.  We’ve heard Steve talk about old friends plenty of times, even heard him say he’d recently “spoken” to them or something like that, but this time we got to see it.  It was wonderful to actually see the friendship, the connection with our own eyes.  To have his friend killed only days later, and under a huge cloud of suspicion was extremely difficult for Steve to reconcile and because we got to see the friendship first hand, hard for us to reconcile as well.

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And just how awesome was Noelani to realize it so immediately?  How could she not?  Just like Alex the actor, Steve the character displays every possible emotion in his facial expressions.  NCIS investigation or not, Noelani understood Steve’s need to not only see and be with his friend, but to try to understand what the hell happened.

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Written by Rob Hanning and Paul Grellong, with the wonderful Peter Weller in the director’s chair, the case of the week was a wonderfully convoluted story of kidnap and rescue, of mistaken guilt and redemption, of abuse and flight, of joy and reunion.  I was so thrilled it turned out that Steve was 100% right about his friend.  Carson was the good guy all along.  Thank God!  Bad enough Steve had to lose another friend, at least it wasn’t another friend who went to the dark side.

As always, we have to commend Alex for his work in this episode; in his ability to take Steve from shock, to mourning, to anger and determination and even to the lighter moments of bantering with both Danny and Emma.  He was extraordinary but then, when is he not?

It’s easy to laugh when you know there’s no danger:  I loved Danny in this episode but, of course, I love Danny in every episode! I’m especially happy the writers are pairing Steve and Danny together as often as they can this season.  I know I’ve said this before, and I hope I get to say it a lot more this season, but their partnership has such a great Season 1-2 feel about it these days.  It does my heart such good to see them as they always should be.

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Once again, except for when Steve was with Emma, he was working the case with Danny by his side.  The scene in the morgue, Danny stood by as a strong sentry as Steve sat and mourned his friend and he was the one who broached the subject of Carson’s personal affects with Noelani, not Steve.  The same way Noelani knew of Steve’s need to be with his friend, Danny knew Steve would not rest until he found the truth about what happened.

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But what I really enjoyed the most was Danny’s ability to add a bit of levity to the episode.  Danny’s joy over Steve getting arrested was awesome.  The look on his face when Emma entered HQ was priceless and I loved how he counted off as Emma listed all of Steve’s offenses and slapped the cuffs on him.   🤣🤣

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The scene in the “conference room” was even better.  “Can I post this on my Instagram account??” 🤣🤣again!

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Of course, I know there will be those who will grouse and complain that Danny was being annoying and disrespectful and hurtful and every other adjective they can think of but, personally, I loved every moment of it.  I love that the bond between them is so strong that Danny is able to tease his friend, bring a bit of lighthearted levity to the situation.

Because, in that moment, Steve was feeling very low, still grieving, and handcuffed to a table unable to be out there trying to find the truth.

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Danny’s arrival was like the sun coming out from behind a dark cloud.  He wouldn’t be walking into that room in such high spirits if things were so dire.  Of course, Steve already knew his stay there was going to be short lived; knew Danny was headed to the Governor.  But still, you could see the immediate lift in Steve’s demeanor the moment Danny walked in the door.  He couldn’t stop the grin on his face!

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Danny was able to have so much fun with it all because he too already knew, from the moment Emma walked into HQ that it was all totally temporary.  Poor Emma, not knowing about that pesky immunity and means thing!

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We can never have too many friends:  I have to say, I’m intrigued with the new character of Emma Warren.  I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like her at the beginning.  I didn’t like how she immediately jumped to the conclusion that Carson had kidnapped that baby, but I did like that she realized how much his death affected Steve.  Although she asked that he back off and let NCIS handle the investigation, she did say she’d keep him in the loop as much as possible.  She didn’t have to do that.

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Of course, there wasn’t a single person watching who didn’t get a good chuckle out of Steve promising Emma he’d stay away from her investigation.  Unfortunately for Emma, we know him a lot better than she does!

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I totally got her indignation when Steve crossed the crime-scene tape and her anger when he removed a piece of evidence.  As much as I loved that Steve did it, because I love my SEAL, she was 100% right in her reaction.  I honestly don’t know how Steve’s gotten away with half the stuff he’s pulled over the years and it was fun to see someone stand up to him.  Steve in cuffs is something I never thought I’d see.

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I even understood her being so standoffish with Danny when she entered that conference room.  Putting myself in her position I can easily hear myself saying “What the hell is with these guys? One invades my crime scene and the other one invades my office?”

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As the episode went on, I found myself liking Emma more and more.  She could have dug her heels in and been a real hard-ass after Danny showed up with the letter from the Governor but she didn’t.  When Steve proposed that the investigation would progress more effectively if NCIS and Five-0 worked together, she agreed to pool resources.  Again, she didn’t have to do that.

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Once that ice was broken, I really liked how she mellowed out.  I loved her reaction to Steve in the car; complaining about his interruptions.  And I loved that little flirt when she asked what her “other talents” were besides math!

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So yes.  I enjoyed their car banter and I enjoyed the little flirting between them and the fact they’re going out for drinks.  It’s nice they had no hard feelings over his interference in her case nor that she arrested him.  It’s nice they may have an opportunity to be friends.  God knows Steve’s lost so many friends.  Even if we never see her again, it’s nice to think he may gain a new friend here.

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Eventually, there comes a time when enough is enough:  Well, Adam is finally home and in terrible shape.  Adam and Kono are no more.  Yeah, not a huge surprise here, right?  The long-distance marriage made absolutely no sense last season and having it try to continue into this season made even less sense than that.

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I’m ambivalent over the reason for the breakup however.  I don’t know.  Maybe it’s because we didn’t see the disintegration between them first hand that I find it hard to reconcile the two people who moved heaven and earth and endured so much to be together come to the conclusion that they’re now two different people only a year after they could finally be together.  Maybe it would feel more real to me if Kono had been killed in the line of duty or something.  An event which tore them apart rather than a mutual decision to separate.  But…. that would have been so incredibly harsh, and I do love Kono even if I feel she’s being incredibly selfish in this situation.  But then again, isn’t Adam also being selfish?  See… like I said… ambivalent.

Regardless of the reasons, Adam is home and distraught and in a bad way.  I was happy Tani went back to HQ and filled Steve in on Adam’s situation and that Danny went over there to check on him.

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I loved that scene between Adam and Danny.  Danny is such a great friend and, of course, he knows first hand what it’s like for a marriage to break up.  Danny remembers all too well when he was feeling the exact same way as Adam is now and how his brother Matt “pulled him off the ledge”.  I was a bit disappointed Danny didn’t actually bring that up to Adam until I remembered that Danny’s never told anyone about that except Steve all those years ago.

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So now Adam is going to be Five-0.  From a logical standpoint, Adam getting a badge is kind of dumb even though I’ve always loved Adam from the beginning.  It just doesn’t seem fair that Junior is a SEAL and yet he had to go to the Academy in order to qualify for Five-0 but Adam is handed a badge because he’s “helped out” in the past.  Granted, I always felt Junior going to the Academy was less about his qualifications and more a way for Steve to be sure his “combat” experience would translate well to the “street” but still.

Adam is not a cop and he’s an ex-con.  It’s not logical at all.  Also, when you really think about it, just like Abby and Sarah were written off the show when Chin left, so Adam should have been written off when Kono left.

BUT BUT BUT BUT….. I love Ian so much and I’m so totally thrilled he’s still on the show and I’ll get to see him on my screen every week that I’m willing to just go with the illogical and enjoy myself.  Critics be damned!

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“There will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” But, of course, there is still the issue about the gun.  We know it’s the gun that killed Noriko.  We know Tani put the gun back in the kitchen drawer when Adam went into the other room to pass out.

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We also know Tani did not call in the tip to HPD.  After all, Tani told Junior she put the gun back and there’s no reason for her to lie to Junior. He’s the only one she confided to in all this so there’s no reason to lie to him now.  I was a bit surprised that it was Junior’s idea to call in an anonymous tip but I’m glad that Tani didn’t do it.

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I did like how Adam confronted Tani over the gun though.  It was a bit of “turn around is fair play”.  She thought the worst of him…… he thought the worst of her.  They now both know they were wrong, and they and their friendship can move on.

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But then who called in the tip?  It wasn’t Tani.  I don’t believe Junior would do it behind Tani’s back.  Captain Keo?  Or, obviously, Noriko’s real killer. I’m really curious to see how this works out.  Will Adam and Tani now try to investigate this on their own?  I hope to hell not.  It’s bad enough Tani has kept this away from Steve and the team this long.  I would hate for Adam’s first action as a member of Five-0 to be keeping something like this from Steve.  Let’s just hope both Tani and Adam get their heads out of their asses and do the right thing and tell Steve!

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Of course, we can’t forget about Duke:  The most touching scene of the night.  Duke, returning, in uniform, to HPD where he belongs!  I loved that Steve had assembled a crowd to greet him, all excited to see Duke back at work.  I especially loved the mutual admiration, respect and, once again, friendship between the two men as they warmly greet each other then formally salute!  It was absolutely wonderful!

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And let’s also not forget:  I haven’t gone into the actual COTW much here today because, for me at least, this episode was more about the character interactions than the actual crime.  But I do want to say that I really enjoyed the fact that everyone on the team contributed to solving this case.  This was the kind of episode I like.  One major COTW with the entire team involved and (if we must have a secondary story) it’s small and doesn’t take away from the main focus.  This was the perfect mix.

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Lastly, I want to just say a word about Jerry and Lou!  These two are comedy gold.  Their little excursion to find the tail number of Carson’s plane was priceless.  More of this, dear writers!  Please!

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Well, that’s it for this week my friends.  A really enjoyable episode in what has been, so far, a fantastic season.  It looks to only get better moving forward.  Next week is the much anticipated 200th episode and it looks like it’s going to be an awesome story.  Not that I ever have any doubts about that.

So, until next week.  Aloha.  Malama Pono

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#H50 Review – 9.05 A’ohe mea ‘imi a ka maka – Nothing More the Eyes to Search for – Halloween Episode

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No one does Halloween episodes better than H50 and this one was another winner.  I really enjoyed both scary stories showcased in this episode written by Zoe Robyn & Sean O’Reilly.  It made for an episode which was both intense and funny and spooky as hell.  Really a lot of fun.

Goonies never say die – The search for the body in the woods:  This story was so much fun!  Of course, I already love Jerry, Eric and Noelani so having all of them together for this scary little tale was awesome.

It seems Jerry has been a conspiracy junkie since he was a kid.  “Presentation on Roswell at the talent show”! I ask you!!  🤣🤣  But, who among us hasn’t been camping and told scary stories around a camp fire?  Of course, Jerry has been convinced for decades that he really saw an axe murderer in the woods, a murderer who had just buried his latest victim, when he was at camp as a kid.

Well, he was such a story teller, even then, no one, not his friends, camp counselors or the local police believed him.

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But, out of friendship, his friends still go with him on a yearly Halloween pilgrimage to the woods in an attempt to locate the body Jerry is convinced is still buried there.

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I loved how he invited Eric along but didn’t tell him exactly what they were going to be doing out there.  Not only was it great to see Eric again, but considering how easily he gets spooked, his presence was a great addition.  His horrified reaction to discovering there’s no internet access at their location was hysterical. 🤣🤣

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It was also really cool how Eric called in Noelani to help with the search.  It was so adorable how excited she got over the idea of finding a long-ago buried body and that she brought along, at Eric’s request, the GPR (ground penetrating radar) to help search.  I mean, that’s friendship for you.  Not many people would leave a party in the middle of the night to head out into the woods searching for dead bodies!   It’s so cute she wanted to join their crazy Goonie adventure!

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With Max off saving lives in Africa these days, I figured we probably wouldn’t be getting our yearly Halloween costume sighting this year.  Yeah, Jerry is supposed to be keeping up that tradition but, of course, there’s no place for costumes in the woods.  That’s why it was such fun to see Noelani’s Velma outfit.  It’s always nice to have a good old-fashioned dress up in every Halloween episode.  I wonder if she’s going to be our yearly costume wearer from now on?  After all, it is an ME (Medical Examiner) tradition, after all.

I really enjoyed the flashback to Jerry and his friends at camp.  The young actors playing them as kids did a really great job, especially the one playing young Jerry.  He was just perfect.  And having the adult friends sitting around the camp fire in almost the exact same spots was a cool mirror image when the scene transitioned to current day.

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The entire mystery centered around the elusive persona of Bo Bradley.  Jerry believes he’s an axe murderer while his friends think he’s probably just a “regular dude” who likes living in the woods.  Just like when he was a kid, when he’d spent months researching until he found the name of the possible victim, runaway Susanna Tumuro, Jerry used all the resources he has at Five-0 to look into Bo, and all he could find on the guy was an expired license from 26 years ago.  This only convinces him more about Bo and makes him even more determined to find Susanna and bring her justice after all these years.

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What followed was a great homage to stereotypical horror movies with many of the familiar tropes.  Kids (and grown up kids) around a campfire telling scary stories about the alleged axe murderer lurking in the woods.  The arm, shrouded in darkness, moving the branches of a tree to spy on them.  Is this the killer?

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Am I the only one, along with Jerry, who jumped when he caught his own reflection in the glass of the door?

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The kids sneaking up to Bo Bradley’s house in the dead of night to look for clues.  And, yes little Jerry, running screaming into the night is the perfect reaction when you’re caught lurking in the alleged killer’s house!

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The friend who bailed on the weekend showing up and scaring the living crap out of everyone!

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The real hooded axe carrying killer trapping them in the cabin and setting a fire to trap them inside or force them out.  This story had all the elements.

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Jerry was awesome running out of the cabin to confront the killer to try to save his friends! Remember last week when Junior told Jerry there are lots of different kinds of bravery?  That’s our Jerry!

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It was pretty cool that Jerry was able to prove he was right all along about the axe murder and the victim even if Bo Bradley wasn’t the actual murderer.  Bo ended up being the hero by shooting the real killer and saving everyone.

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This is H50, after all.  We have to have a twist.  It has to be someone we never expected.  Or in this case, someone we didn’t even know existed, who ended up being the killer.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  The camp counselor who killed Susanna is the same counselor who discounted Jerry’s story to the local cop way back in 1982.

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It was nice that Bo and Jerry later had the chance to bond over hot chocolate.  Bo had known all along about Jerry’s theory about him; had heard all the stories.  He’d let it go, even enjoyed them since it kept pesky campers off his property.  The look on Jerry’s face when Bo kind of recognized him as the kid he caught lurking in his house all those years ago was priceless.

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Who hasn’t had an imaginary friend:  It’s fairly uncommon when the COTW is the secondary story but that was the case in this episode, as the “body in the woods” story took up the majority of the episode.  But this story was just as spooky in an entirely different way.

I actually liked this story for a couple of reasons.  Reason one is pretty obvious, it was a really creepy story.  When little Katie’s mom realized the crime scene she was seeing on the late-night news looked exactly like a drawing of her daughter’s, she realized there was something rather sinister going on.

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Little Katie has an imaginary friend and it’s “Molly” who drew the picture.  Five-0 needs to figure out how little Katie could possibly know anything about a murder since Steve isn’t about to believe there’s something supernatural going on.

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When Katie’s parents give Steve and Junior all the drawings “Molly” has done, they determine there are actually three murder scenes depicted.

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There were two stars of this storyline.  The first was Tani.  She orders a handwriting analysis of the drawings (which determined that Katie did not draw them, meaning Molly is real).

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She tracked down another potential victim and discovered how Molly was able to know about the killings.

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And a DNA analysis on the crucifix found on the first victim.  That DNA points to Jane Martin who just happened to be little Molly’s mother.  Tani realized that all three drawings Molly has done show a piece of jewelry on the victims, victims who all have red hair and blue eyes, just like Jane Martin.

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Jane’s ex-husband had won custody of Molly in a nasty divorce because of Jane’s addiction issues.  In an attempt to purge himself of the memory of his ex-wife, he takes to murdering women who resemble her and placing on them, a piece of her jewelry when he buried them.

The sick bastard not only brought Molly along as he killed and buried his victims, he uses her as bait to draw the women out, knowing that a small, crying child, sitting all alone, would bring out protective instincts and make it easier to grab the women.

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The second, and biggest, star of this episode was little Jaycee Cryan-Cadiente, as Molly.  I was so excited when I heard Jaycee was going to be in this episode, but I didn’t realize she’d have such a huge part.  She was phenomenal.  From the moment she appeared, Poltergeist style, on the monitor from Katie’s room to the very end when she was united with her mother, she was incredible.

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She played every emotion perfectly.  Being caught on camera.  Fleeing Katie’s room, biting Katie’s mom to get away.  Her terror at the laundromat when her father attempted to grab a lady trying to help her was palpable.

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And when the team breached her father’s house and found her cowering in a closed closet, her facial expressions and body language was totally heartbreaking.  Our little peanut sure has come a long way since she was “born” as Charlie Edwards almost seven years ago.

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Our two stars came together in a truly touching scene at the end of the story.  Molly, waiting in Steve’s office for the reunion with her mother she doesn’t even know is coming, draws a beautiful picture of herself and Tani on the beach.  Tani’s teary reaction at the honor of being in one of Molly’s happy drawings was wonderful.

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The second reason why I liked this story might seem unusual for me.  I liked it because it was so well done it didn’t bother me that much that there wasn’t a lot of Steve in this episode and that Danny was away.  Of course, I never like it when Danny is not there (not going into the reasons because that’s been beaten to death) but everyone filled in so nicely it wasn’t that jarring.

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And, even though Steve was pretty much in every scene involving the team, because this was the secondary story, Alex got a much-deserved break as well. For instance, the last scene with Molly in Steve’s office, Alex had one line and spent the entire scene as a spectator to the interaction between Molly and Tani.

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I don’t know for sure, of course, but I’m assuming part of Alex’s agreement for Season 9 was that he gets to have some breaks.  Unlike Scott who goes home to LA, Alex will always be number one on the call sheet but he probably just asked for a few episodes that were a bit less strenuous on him.  This episode would easily fall into that category.

I like that one of Alex’s lighter episodes was one that’s also one that Scott missed.  It’s bad enough when we don’t have Danny in an episode but if Alex’s light episode was a different one, that would mean two Steve/Danny light episodes.  This way, it’s only one!  Much better solution in my view!

Tani’s worst fear:  A nice little tack-on at the end of the episode was Tani receiving a call from Captain Keo.  He did as Tani requested and ran ballistics on the gun she found in Adam’s house.  Of course, as we all knew it would, it came back as a match to the gun that killed Adam’s sister Noriko.

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I’m not overly excited about this story since I think it’s dumb that Tani hasn’t told Steve about the gun yet and, just as we knew what the outcome of the ballistics test would show, we pretty much all know that Adam did not kill Noriko and is being set up.

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What I am looking forward to is the return of Ian Anthony Dale to my screen next week and seeing how they are going to resolve this “frame-up” so that Adam can become a permanent part of the team.  I know Adam as Five-0 probably doesn’t make a ton of sense, ex-con and all that, but I love Ian so much I’m willing to over look it for the most part.  I just hope they write as well-crafted story to explain it all.

Well, that’s it for this week my friends.  I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week.  See ya next weekend!

Aloha.  Malama Pono

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#H50 Review – 9.04 A’ohe Kio Pohaku Nalo i Ke Alo Pali (On the Slope of the Cliff, Not One Jutting Rock Is Hidden From Sight)

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We all watch Hawaii Five-0 for our own reasons.  Many watch because of the love they have for one particular character or actor.  Others watch for the over the top stunts, the action sequences and the explosions.  Others watch for the police procedural crime of the week, while others enjoy the interplay between the characters and the Ohana moments.  Some of us watch for all of the above.

And all are extremely valid reasons.  But there are times, and this week is one of those times, when the show gives us so much more.  This week’s episode gave us a gruesome yet intriguing crime of the week, with all the twists and turns we’d expect from H50 but it also gave us an education on two topics many of us were completely unaware of.  Add to that a touching, heartfelt, emotional story of honor, duty and self-sacrifice which also gave us insight into two of our Ohana which we’ve never had before.   All in all, it was an extremely well balance episode from start to finish.

Crime of the Week:  Black market sand and Mahu.  Two things I’d never heard of in my life.  Leave it to H50 to find something totally unique as the center piece for a crime of the week and to delve once again into wonderful Hawaiian culture.

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Sand.  At first, like Lou, I thought, seriously?  Who on earth needs to steal sand?

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Well, as a matter of fact, a whole lot of people.  If you have time, check out this article.  It goes into great detail about the $70 billion industry of black market sand and the people who make a living and sometimes die because of it.

The Deadly Global War for Sand

https://www.wired.com/2015/03/illegal-sand-mining/

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But, of course, the sand ends up not really being the center piece after all.  Writers Talia Gonzalez & Bisanne Masoud weaved a wonderful story which, ultimately, turned out to be a routine tale of a man who hires a killer to dispose of his wife so he can run off with another woman.  But the convoluted way they come to that conclusion is pure H50.

Seabed dredgers inadvertently pull up a dead body, sans feet, with the sand.  Steve and Danny, while looking for the feet left behind on the sea floor, find a second set of feet.  After Noelani identifies both victims, everyone is puzzled because both victims have the same name.  Kaimi Alana.

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And here we come to our second educational element of this episode.  One Kaimi is female and the other is male.  But, in actuality, he is not male.  She is Mahu.  Like Lou, my first thought was, “ok, so Kaimi was transgender and this was probably a hate crime”.  I really enjoyed learning how wrong I was about that.

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I was very touched by the explanation Tani supplied about how the Mahu, people who identify as both male and female are honored within Hawaiian culture.  Honestly, I have to tell you.  Every time I learn more about the culture of Hawaii, the more I fall in love with it.  What a beautiful way to view others.  If only the rest of the country could learn to be as beautiful as the Hawaiian people.

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So, in a case of mistaken identity, Kaimi is murdered by mistake by the inept hired killer.  After weighing down her body and dumping her in the ocean, the idiot then manages to kill the correct Kaimi.  We never really see how Steve and Danny finally knew it was Mr. Alana who hired the killer but that’s ok.  I didn’t see the conclusion of the story as being the important element.  It was learning about the Mahu that grabbed my attention.

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I’m not going to even try to go into any detail about the Mahu.  As a haole mainlander I’d probably get it all wrong anyway.  Besides, my friend Wendie Burbridge (@WendieJoy) a true daughter of Hawaii will, undoubtedly, go into more detail in her wonderful weekly Five0Redux blog. Please, do yourself a favor and make sure you check it out.  As a matter of fact, it’s a blog you should be reading every single week because she is awesome!

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In the meantime, my friend Jeffrey Allen on Twitter (@JeffreyAlan1) found this gem on YouTube.  “If you are intrigued by the Mahu story line, a history lesson and a contemporary story:  PBS Hawaii Presents:  A Place in the Middle – The True Meaning of Aloha”.  It is truly a beautiful video!

 

Sgt. Duke Lukela:  I absolutely loved both scenes with Duke and Steve.  It was wonderful to see Laura Mellow as Nalani Lukela again and even better that this time, she actually had lines.

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And Cidni Romias as little Akela is absolutely adorable.

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I will never, ever, get tired of watching kids excitedly running into the arms of their “Uncle Steve”.  I keep thinking back to the guy at the beginning of Season 1 who had no clue how to act around kids.  It didn’t take long for his soft marshmallow middle to come forward and even by the end of Season 1 he was an entirely different guy around kids.  Now, he’s everyone’s honorary uncle.  Oh… my heart! ♥♥

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Dennis Chun was absolutely marvelous in these scenes.  Of course, I simply love the guy so it’s hard for me to ever see him as anything less than marvelous!  I was a bit concerned when Duke said he wasn’t going to go to his reinstatement hearing.  I just can’t imagine Five-0 rolling up to a crime scene and not seeing Duke there in uniform commanding HPD.  He did make a very compelling argument for early retirement though.  Hell, I’m counting the days until I can retire so I’m totally on board with his thinking.  Personally, I wouldn’t give a damn about “going out on my own terms” but I can certainly see why a man like Duke, a man who has given his entire life to the job, would ultimately decide to fight to get his good name back.

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I really liked how it was little Akela who changed his mind.  Taking money from her mother’s wallet to buy a new backpack for a classmate; doing the wrong thing for the right reason, just like her Grandfather had done.  Duke doesn’t want Akela to grow up knowing he was driven off the force.  He wants his legacy to be one of honor.  A legacy she will be proud to live up to.  I’m just thrilled we’ll get Duke back in uniform where he belongs.

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Steve and Danny:  In the last three episodes, I’ve found myself saying over and over how much I’m enjoying the return of the wonderfulness between Steve and Danny. Now, here we are on Episode 4 and I’m going to say it yet again.  I must admit, I was getting a bit worried when 14 minutes of the episode had gone by and we hadn’t seen Danny yet but the rest of the episode more than made up for it.  They were positively golden.  Once again, except for the first 14 minutes, they worked the entire COTW week together.  Honestly, I haven’t enjoyed these two so much since Seasons 1 & 2 when they were exclusively partnered together.

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The give and take between them has also gone back to the wonderfulness of the early years. Yes, they still snipe at each other, but the animosity is completely gone.  They are back to bickering like the loving brothers they are without the sharp-edged knife that cut for a few seasons.  I am loving every moment of the two of them together these days.

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There were so many great scenes with them throughout the entire episode.  Watching the two of them chasing the sand thief on foot was fun as was Danny’s reaction when Steve jumped into the sand after the thief.  “If you die, I got three bodies and no partner”.

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And he was hysterical as Steve began to dig around in the recovered feet for the orthopedic pin needed to identify the victim.  “You’re just gonna dig in there like an animal?  Disgusting.  Just getting all in there, huh?”….. “Winner, winner, chicken dinner. One surgical pin.”….. “Only you could refer to food after doing what you just did.” 🤣 🤣

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But the best part was when Danny decided the best time to continue their earlier conversation about Duke, as well as, the type face (or is it a font? 🤣) for the restaurant menus was while Steve was diving and couldn’t talk back.  Leave it to Danny to choose such a moment and Steve’s underwater reactions were simply priceless.  We’ve always said Alex can act dozens of lines of dialog with only his eyes.  Well, now we can add underwater reactions as well.  You could literally “hear” every word in his movements.

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Danny made a very valid point about not putting one’s self into Duke’s shoes with unsolicited advice.  Duke is a grown man who can, obviously, make his own decisions.  I have always believed if Danny had never brought it up, retirement would have never entered Steve’s mind.  Like… ever!  I think he’s always believed he’d just keep on keeping on until he either physically couldn’t do it any longer or he was “killed in action”.  Perhaps he’s projecting that mindset onto the decision Duke is making.  You don’t just walk away.

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Danny, on the other hand, looks at things entirely differently.  “There’s something to be said for knowing when your time is up and not fighting it anymore”.  That says a lot about Danny’s mindset.  He’s the one who contemplated retirement at his 20 years.  He’s the one who proposed opening a restaurant, so they could have something together when they retire.  Danny doesn’t think Steve should make Duke’s decision about himself but, subconsciously, he’s thinking about when the day comes when he too, will decide enough is enough.

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The Return of a Fallen Hero:  One of the best things about this show is the way they have, from the very beginning, taken great pains to not only accurately portray the military but to honor them.  Alex has trained with SEALs from the moment he was cast in the Pilot because he wanted to be as true to them as he possibly could.  They have military personnel on hand to advise and train whenever needed for an episode.  The show has paid tribute to those who perished at Pearl Harbor and to those who are still serving and/or rehabilitating after tours overseas.  We’ve seen flag draped coffins given the upmost respect upon returning to American soil numerous times.  This episode went one step farther by having Junior, in the company of Jerry, selected to accompany a fallen serviceman home to Hawaii.

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This was, without question, the best part of this episode and Beulah and Jorge were incredible throughout.  Peter Lenkov said we were going to need tissues for this one and he sure was right.  By the time the episode came to an end, I was a sniffling mess.

Junior, accompanied by Jerry, is tasked with bringing Staff Sgt. Christopher Kaliko home to Oahu.  While greatly honored to do this duty, Junior can’t help by ask himself why Kaliko requested him for the honor.  Everything that follows in this story was extremely heartfelt and touching.

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Over the course of their trip from Dover AFB back to Hawaii, Junior and Jerry really open up to each other.  Junior recalls when he needed to name who would accompany his body home should the worse happen. How he’d chosen his cousin, a Marine.

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Jerry told Junior how, after 9/11, he and his friend, Mika had wanted to enlist because they wanted to do their part to help the country.  But Jerry didn’t make the cut, due to anxiety, while Mika went on to serve and die in combat.

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Once they get back home, Junior opens up even further, telling Jerry that he’d really wanted his dad to bring him home but that he’d turned him down.  He never wanted him to serve and actually told Junior that if he died over there, he wouldn’t even attend his funeral.  It was so touching the way Jerry tried to soothe that hurt by telling Junior that sometimes people just say hurtful things and encouraged Junior to try to make things right.  It’s something we’ve seen Junior struggle with for quite some time.  I hope he does reconnect with his dad someday.  It’s something that obvious still weighs on him.

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The best part, or the most heartbreaking part, was when Junior and Jerry pull up to the cemetery and Junior sees the Kukui High School bumper sticker on the car of Kaliko’s parents.

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He suddenly remembers the teenaged Kaliko, in the audience when Junior gave a recruitment speech at the school.  How Kaliko had come up to him afterwards and told him how much he’d enjoyed the speech.  Junior realizes, the same way Jerry convinced Mika to join up, that he’d been the reason Kaliko enlisted, why Kaliko is now dead.

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It’s Jerry who convinces him that he must meet with Kaliko’s parents, to finish the job he was sent to do.  I loved the better insight we get of Jerry in this episode and the view of his huge heart and compassion.  He wanted to accompany Junior because, while he was deemed unsuitable for the military, his friend Mika went overseas and was killed in action.  Jerry has blamed himself all these years for that death since he was the one who convinced Mika to join up with him.  He never even attended the funeral.  He is here with Junior trying to make up for that just a little bit.

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It was amazing to see this friendship form between Junior and Jerry.  Two co-workers who always liked each other have now formed an incredible bond over what turned out to be many shared experiences, not just this dignified transfer.  I really hope the writers continue to show us this new friendship in the future because it’s always wonderful to see the Ohana solidify even more.

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The letter Kaliko left for Junior was both heartbreaking and joyous.  When Junior first opened the folder with Kaliko’s service record, we got to see all the honors he’d received for his service.

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But, that’s not what he wanted to point out to Junior.  He wanted him to know that the day he heard Junior’s speech was the day he “found his life’s purpose” and he wanted to tell him about his proudest moment.  It wasn’t a ribbon, medal or award, but the day he and his unit liberated a village from Taliban control and the look of gratitude on the faces of all those villagers. “Serving my country was the greatest privilege of my life”.

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That did it.  Thank goodness I had those tissues close at hand.  H50 once again did what it has always done so incredibly well.  Honoring those who make the ultimate sacrifice for us all.

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Thank you to writers Talia Gonzalez and Bisanne Masoud and especially to Beulah and Jorge for giving us this incredibly touching story.  It was absolutely wonderful.

Well, that’s it for this week my friends.  I hope you all have a wonderful week.  Aloha.  Malama Pono

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#H50 Review: 9.03 Mimiki ke kai, ahuwale ka papa leho (When the sea draws out in the tsunami, the rocks where the cowries hide are exposed)

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Summer in Philadelphia is brutal.  August especially.  Around 98° with high humidity is mostly the norm.  And, unfortunately, I’m of an age where I remember all too clearly what it was like when no one had air conditioning.  Movie theaters used to have huge neon signs which screamed “WE HAVE AIR CONDITIONING”.  They were packed the entire summer no matter what movie was playing.

Trying to sleep at night was a nightmare.  Laying on top of the bed sheets in the middle of the night feeling yourself slowly melting into a gooey puddle, repeatedly flipping the pillow over desperately trying to find the cool side.  Filling the tub with cold water and going for a 2am dunk just trying to survive the night.  And the days?  Oh my God!  It was exhausting torture for weeks.  Remember back then, cars didn’t have AC either.  I honestly don’t know how we ever survived it.  I guess it can be chalked up to being young or just not knowing any different.

In this episode, a heat wave has hit Hawaii and with the power going out all over the island, everyone is thrown back to the dark ages of oppressive heat.  A heat that makes people cranky, irritable, opportunistic and down right mean.  This episode had a little bit of everything.

Right off the bat, reading the synopsis of this episode I found myself groaning.  Four separate story lines and none of them related except for the common thread of the heat wave.  You know how I feel about episodes with more than one (two at the most) stories going on and this one had four!

But wonder of wonders, I found that I really enjoyed this episode a hell of a lot more than I expected to.  I love it when the writers mix things up a bit.  This episode was a complete departure from the norm, watching everyone deal with the heat in their own way.  The four separate stories were nicely put together and gave everyone a good amount of screen time.  Yes, a filler episode, but a filler episode with a lot going for it and a hell of a lot of fun.

It also helps to remember that while this was Episode 3 of the season, it was the first episode filmed after the summer hiatus when everyone returned to work on a different schedule.  This was a nice relaxing way to get everyone back in the groove of filming after not working together for months and the four smaller stories worked well with everyone’s returning schedules.   I also liked this calmer and, yes, funnier, episode after the two intense episodes which started the season.  I felt like writer Rob Hanning was having a blast thinking up all the weird and funny things that could happen to our team in a heat wave and just went with them all.

Of course, I’m going to have favorite parts and not so favorite parts, even if I did love the entire episode.  So, let’s go in reverse order of favorites.

Lou’s one person PGA:  We all know of Lou’s love of golf.  We’ve seen him on golf courses many times over the years and Lou takes pride in his game.  It’s not out of the realm of imagination that Lou would take advantage of the heat wave and a completely empty hoity-toity golf course to play his favorite game in peace and at his own pace.  But even Dog, who was supposed to play the round with Lou, was intelligent enough to stay ice bound and lemonade supplied at home like a sane human being.  But Lou is not to be deterred and, of course, as fate would have it, plays the best round of golf of his life.

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Of course, Chi can tackle absolutely anything in a script and make it gold and watching him in full-on joyful exhilaration was a hoot to watch.  But, for all the fun of watching Lou have the time of his life, he really does come off as very self-serving in this story.  I can understand the excitement of the best golf game ever, but the cost of that game could have been horrendous.

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Of course, it was played for laughs but dragging the poor caddy around 18 holes of golf in, what really is life threatening heat, just so he can be witness to your golf greatness, is a pretty crappy thing to do.  I mean, seriously Lou?   I know you ended up carrying the clubs yourself, but have you never heard of a golf cart with a sun shade?  Or an umbrella?  Or even a bottle of cold water?

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And after all that time in the blazing sun, a sun which fried the poor caddy into delirium, your skin is none the worse for wear?  Hate to break it to people but, even if not as noticeable, black people can get sunburn too.

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Kamekona totally loses his mind:  Something has happened to our big, lovable lug.  He’s just not being very lovable these days.  Where’s the guy who shut down the shrimp truck and took it to feed firefighters attacking that huge fire in the Season 8 opener?  Or the guy who donated a huge chuck of money to anonymously build a community center for the keiki?  Now, he’s invested in Steve and Danny’s restaurant as a “silent” partner yet expects to name the restaurant after himself.

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Like Lou, Kame doesn’t come off looking too good in this episode.  First, while Steve and Danny are frantically trying to save their food stores in a power outage with coolers full if ice, Kame shows up to take that ice for his shave ice stand.  It’s obvious he views the restaurant as another extension of his businesses.  Shave ice, shrimp truck, chopper tours, Italian restaurant.  Perfectly OK to rob Peter to pay Paul. In a heat wave, that currency is ice with no regard to Steve and Danny’s inventory.

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Now, we all know Kame tends to view life monetarily, so it’s no surprise that he’d look forward to a heat wave for all the extra money he’d make with his shave ice.  And while we’ve seen him repeatedly play loose with his discounts, we’ve never seen him out and out price gouge his customers.  I think I could have, maybe, understood a slight increase.  I mean, all those extra customers probably meant more staff on duty to handle the extra load.  So, maybe an increase from $5.00 to $5.50 or maybe $6.00 could have been understood but triple??? Why didn’t he just listen to Flippa who was adamant it was not a good idea!

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And, for the love of God, Kame, don’t change the price right in front of a hot and irritable mob who have already been waiting in the heat for God knows how long.  Do you have a death wish?

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But he gets his just deserts.  The mob revolts, topples over the truck and pretty much trashes the entire area around it.  You would think the “Oracle of Oahu” would have seen that coming.  Or the fact that one of his competitors is doing the right (and probably much more profitable thing) and having a two-for-one sale.  You know I adore the big guy with the heart of gold.  Let’s hope it was just the unbearable heat that got to Kame’s sense of decency and he sees the error of his ways.  That supply and demand doesn’t mean gouge your customers for all you can while you can.

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Jerry saves the day:  This story was pretty small, but it was very cute.  Jerry did the right thing when he stepped in to stop that guy from stealing the ice from another man who had legally purchased it.  Maybe hitting him over the head with a glass bottle wasn’t the smartest thing (I mean, he could have really hurt the guy) but he did the right thing to step in.

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After being cuffed (and how cool is it that Jerry has cuffs on hand?) the man reveals he needs the ice because his wife has gone into premature labor and the doctor told him to keep her cool.  Of course, the other man feels horrible since all he wanted the ice for is margaritas, but when he offers the ice to the man, it has, predictably in such heat, all melted.

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Jerry uses his head and has the convenience store manager clear out one of his refrigerator sections.  Then Jerry, the store manager, the husband and even the guy he fought over the ice with, band together to bring the man’s wife to the store to let her cool off in the fridge.  It was an ingenious idea and, once again, proves that Jerry can not only think fast on his feet, but has a heart of gold.

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Steve and Danny:  You know, of course, that I am going to love all the Steve and Danny time in this episode.  As the only ones on the team who are actually working a case, they spend the entire episode together.  This is my heaven!

Watching the wet t-shirt contest going on at the restaurant as they try to save their inventory in the power outage was golden.  I couldn’t help but laugh at Steve teasing Danny over the bottle of water Danny was using to “water yourself like a plant” because if you’ve ever seen behind-the-scenes of photos of Alex on set, he lugs around a huge bottle of water all day long.

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And I loved the give and take between them over which order the fish should be stored in the chests full of ice.  But, just like burying money in the back yard, taking fish out of a commercial freezer is not a bright idea.  As in the first case, Danny is 100% correct here as well.

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Everyone knows, when the power goes out in the house, a full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours if the door remains closed.  And that’s just a household freezer.  A huge commercial job is probably even better.  That ice in the chests would melt a lot sooner than 48 hours.  But as usual, there is Danny, ranting and raving aside, doing exactly as Steve says.

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Actually, this could be a reason why Kami wasn’t concerned about taking all the ice.  He knows the food is safe in the freezer for at least 2 days and he probably figured the power would be back by then.  Shave ice was the more immediate need.

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The crime of the week was pretty brutal considering how generally lighthearted the rest of the episode was.  It was pretty jarring to see our perp, Allison Ross, gun down two cops and a guy passing by on a motorcycle in cold blood as well as beating two other men to a pulp in her rampage.

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I do have one question. How on earth did she go from her hands being cuffed behind her back to being cuffed in front in order to take the officer’s service revolver from his hand? I re-watched that sequence numerous times and there was no maneuver to bring her cuffed hands forward.  They were simply just there when she needed them to be.

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The story sure kept Steve and Danny on the run for the whole episode. A story of prison escape, identity theft and half a million in bank theft, it ended pretty anti-climatically when Allison died while trapped in an elevator turned oven when the power goes out as she tries to escape yet again.

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The best thing about this story was, of course, the fact that Steve and Danny worked it entirely on their own.  I especially loved it because, as I said before, this was the first episode filmed after the summer hiatus and Alex and Scott don’t miss a single beat.  They were absolutely perfect throughout.  Their friendship and their partnership is as strong as ever.  Like I said before……. this is my heaven!

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ReyRei ROCKS:  These two were absolutely the best part of this episode, from beginning to end.  Tani on her way to the office stuck in traffic was hysterical.  Oh, Tani, I sympathize with you girl.  Nothing more frustrating than sitting in non-moving traffic with some jerk honking his horn behind you like, what?  You can leap-frog over all the cars in front of you?? And tell me, was I the only one who thought she was about to get out of the car and go all Kono on the guy behind her? 🤣🤣

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Finding Junior using her office to “finish up some paperwork” has to be one of the funniest scenes we’ve had on this show in ages.  I don’t know what was better.  Junior’s face as he had to admit that he was a tad under-dressed or Tani’s reaction to his naked butt in her chair.

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It makes me wonder though.  Does Junior even have an office?  It’s obvious that Tani inherited Kono’s office while Lou probably inherited Chin’s. We went years without ever seeing Lou in an office (actually, have we ever seen him in Chin’s old office??) so I guess Junior is the man without a country now.  The few times we’ve seen him coming out of an office, it’s been Tani’s.

It makes sense that Steve would delegate the helping of HPD to the kids.  They only just recently did their mandatory “uniform day” so why not?  It also afforded them the opportunity to stay cool in the AC in Tani’s car.  It’s funny, as I was watching, I was thinking how funny it was that Junior was driving.  It was funny how, not a moment later, Tani is telling Junior not to get used to driving her car.

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The cargument that ensued was hysterical.  Junior points out how Steve always drives the Camaro and she accuses him of being “McGarrett Jr.”.  It’s very telling that Junior finds being compared to Steve a great compliment, but the best part is Tani’s full-on-perfect impression of Danny.  Please, please please, tell me Tani’s car has a dash cam and Steve and Danny get to see those imitations someday!  I’d pay big money to see that! 🤣🤣

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Between trying to talk down a shotgun toting home owner hell bent to teach a bunch of overheated teenagers trespassing in his pool a lesson and Tani’s stolen car, these two bonded more tightly then ever.  Junior opens up about how his sister died and we can see how affected Tani is by that.  She’s not usually lost for words but the palpable pain in Junior’s voice leaves her speechless.  I think Junior just appreciated finally having someone he can let a little of that pain escape with.

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They really were Steve and Danny Junior in this episode.  Kvetching in the car at each other, being there when one needs to talk and giving each other grief over ice cream choices.  It’s so wonderful watching the slow buildup of their friendship.  When they find Tani’s car with a dead battery they do the only thing left after walking miles and miles in the scorching heat.  They shed their clothes and head for the water.

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Watching them splash around like a couple of goofy kids was a hoot.  Come on….. admit it… you thought they were going to kiss too!  They came sooooooo close.  This is one ship that looks more than inevitable.

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The perfect ending:  Finally, the day comes to an end.  Tani and Junior are frolicking in the surf while Steve, Danny and Lou converge on Kamekona’s wrecked site.  Lou is still brimming over with excitement for his golf game.  I can totally feel Danny’s reaction to Lou’s excitement.  Who wants to hear about your perfect 110° golf game when you’ve been running all over Oahu and climbing several stories of buildings with no elevators and no AC?  I get ornery when I’m overheated too.

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When the skies open and the rains finally begin to fall, it was perfect. Not a soul runs for cover.  Everyone simply stops, looks to the heavens and lets the refreshing relief wash over them.

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Yeah, adding “Singing in the Rain” was a bit corny but personally, as it’s one of my most favorite movies ever, I loved it.  Unless Moses supposes erroneously, of course! 😉.  (Mahalo @drittokaren ♥)

That’s it for this week my friends.  I really loved this episode even with the few things I didn’t care for.  It was really a lot of fun and after the first two heavy episodes and what looks to be some heavy stuff on the way, it was a nice little breather for us to enjoy.  I loved it.

See you next week!  Have a great week.  Aloha.  Malama Pono!

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#H50 Review: 9.02 Ke Kanaka I Ha’ule Mai Ka Lewa Mai (The Man Who Fell From the Sky)

Hi everyone!  Before I get started, I just wanted to add a quick word of apology for this review being so late.  The entire weekend totally got away from me.  It was late Saturday night before I could even watch the episode properly and by the time I went to work Monday morning, I hadn’t been able to write a single word let alone do another full re-watch to do screen grabs!

I’m not sure if you’re all going to be disappointed or wonderfully relived that I didn’t have the time for my usual, long winded review.  Even though I was able to grab a decent number of screen shots,  I only hit the highlights of what I enjoyed about the episode.  I’m counting on you guys to fill in the gaps in the comments section.  One of the things I always hear you say is “I could add more, but you seem to have covered everything!” 🤣🤣 So, I’m counting on all of you to have my six this week! Thanks! ♥♥

The beach at Casa McG:  Let’s just say, there are certain things in life that are inevitable.  Death.  Taxes.  That money buried on a beach will not stay buried for long.  That dogs, even adorable, wonderful, courageous dogs, are going to dig, especially when you wouldn’t let him help you dig the hole in the first place.  That Danny is going to rant when Steve does something totally stupid.  That Junior will try to be a peacemaker and both he and Eddie will “hate it when Mom and Dad argue”. 🤣🤣

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“Don’t just stand there and be handsome, say something!”  Sorry Danny, Steve don’t know how to look no different! 🤣🤣

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But, ultimately, Danny didn’t stay annoyed with Steve for very long.

“Why are you still pouting?”

“Nobody has any idea where Greer is.”

“Look, you did what you thought you had to do with Greer.  It was the right thing at the time.  You let her go, you let her go. Don’t be so hard on yourself”

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I just adored this entire scene. It’s one of the best arguments turned “I’ve got your back” moments that we’ve had in a long time.  I also love the easy way Steve and Danny, or in this case, probably Alex and Scott, have with each other. When Steve reaches out to stop Danny from walking past him, their arms linger, almost entwined for several seconds before they break apart.  It really is amazing how comfortable these guys are in each other’s space.

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Steve and Danny:  As a matter of fact, they were totally on point this entire episode. From working the case together and bouncing ideas off each other as they try to fit the pieces together, it was vintage Steve and Danny teamwork.

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And when Steve sent Danny off into the jungle with Tani and Junior, Danny knew Steve was up to something.  When does Steve ever give up the opportunity to leap out of the skies and traipse through a jungle after bad guys??

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It turned out Steve wanted “the kids” to spend time alone with Danny because Steve knows, as does anyone with a brain, that Danny is a fantastic detective who can teach the kids a lot about doing the job right.  But Danny tends to let the kids defer to Steve in the field, and Steve wants them to learn from Danny as well.  So Steve sent them all off together and basically forced Danny into the teachable moments Steve knew would come.

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I loved the exchange between Steve and Danny when Steve forced Danny to admit that he did, indeed have “a couple of good moments… a few gems that I dropped”. I just love how Steve wants Danny to do more of this kind of thing, “I want you to teach them what you know, about being the good cop that you are”.  I hope that really does happen.  I’ve missed the Danny we saw in this episode. Nothing would make me happier then to have Danny in the lead on an investigation more often.

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But both Tani and Junior did benefit from Danny’s wisdom.  Watching Danny teach “How To Be a Good Detective 101” was fantastic.  I especially got a kick out of Junior asking Danny not to tell McGarrett that Danny had given him, a SEAL, a lesson on how to track a suspect.

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Renee’s car:   Nine years in, should we be surprised that Steve can’t ever let anyone else drive a car?? The Camaro having been sent off with Danny, Tani and Junior to the jungle and Steve’s truck back at Casa McG, Steve takes off with Lou in his car.  Except it isn’t Lou’s car, it’s Renee’s.  Renee’s third baby!  Steve can try to tell Lou not to worry so much about the car but, of course, it was only a matter of time.

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So, it wasn’t a surprise that Steve would total Renee’s poor baby in a spectacular crash.  I loved Danny’s chuckle when the entire bumper fell off the front of the car and his remark about calling an Uber when Steve tried to convince Lou the damage wasn’t all that bad.  Imagining Lou sitting in Steve’s kitchen in his underwear eating Fruit Loops as a consequence of Renee’s wrath was hysterical.

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COTW:  I liked this story.  I liked it because it was vintage H50. When we think we have something figured out, they turn the tables and take us in a completely different direction.  Mild-mannered Jack Teague turns out to be a Chinese spy, the bad guy.  But then he’s not, he’s a CIA double agent actually working against the Chinese so now, he’s a good guy.  The team goes from Danny and the kids hunting down Teague in the jungle to our entire team trying to protect him from the Chinese.  I like it when our stories twist and turn.  It makes following along a lot of fun.

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The best was when Teague leaped off that cliff to get away.  I had to laugh thinking that if Steve had been the one chasing him instead of Danny, Steve would have leaped right over that cliff after him without even hesitating or breaking stride with Danny right behind him screaming at the top of his lungs “no no no no” the entire way! 🤣🤣

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Of course, it was only a matter of time before Greer showed her face again.  I always find it so amusing when Steve confronts one of these traitors in the blue room.  Why do they do it?  Money? Prestige? Or, in many cases, some idealistic vision that they are better than the evil US Government they used to serve.  They rationalize what they see as the “evil” perpetuated by the US for the greater good.  What’s amusing is they all seem to think they’ll be able to convince Steve their vision is right, or noble.  It’s such a laugh.

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But Greer did bring up something quite intriguing.  Something happened right before they had their little fling in Marrakesh.  Something they worked on together and something that may or may not have worked out as planned.  Greer intimated that Steve did something, something under orders, yet something not quite kosher.  I am totally intrigued to find out what she’s talking about.  Someone on Twitter (and I can’t for the life of me remember who it was… if you know, please tell me in the comments) suggested it could have something to do with the infamous “Strawberry Fields”.  Just how cool would it be if the writers reached all the way back to Season 2 and brought that story crumb forward?

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Tani and the Gun:  It took a lot of guts for Tani to go back to her training officer Captain Keo. As we learned in the Season 8 premiere, Tani punched out Keo after she was caught cheating on her final exam and was thrown out of the Academy.  Going to him was a long shot but it was nice to have more background on what happened before we met her.  This one was a bit predictable though.  As soon as Keo turned down her request, I said to myself “Ok, he’ll be back by the end of the episode with a change of heart”.

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It was sweet to hear Tani say that, besides Koa, Five-0 is her family and she can’t bear the thought of losing them.  While I understand the reason to spread this story out a bit,  (having to wait for Ian to get done with Salvation filming) I wish it wasn’t necessary.  Tani thinks Steve won’t forgive her if she accuses Adam of Noriko’s murder and she’s wrong about it.  She doesn’t want to hurt him if she’s right.  Well, she’s mistaken on both counts.

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Steve wouldn’t hold it against her if she took that gun to him and told him where she found it as soon as she did.  He would do exactly what she is doing.  Run the ballistics to see if the slug matches the one that killed Noriko.  There is no way he’d ever hold it against her no matter how those ballistic tests came out.  Tani may consider Five-0 and Steve her family, but it seems she doesn’t really know him as well as she thinks she does.  At least not yet.

Well, that’s all I have time for this week.  I hope you enjoyed the review. I’m not sure next weekend is going to be any better, time wise, so I hope this is ok!  Have a great rest of the week, my friends.

Aloha.  Malama Pono

All screen caps are mine.

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