Welcome to Oahu where The Karate Kid meets Rocky meets the Iron Chef meets Oceans 11.
Needless to say I loved this episode from start to finish. The crime of the week was full of twists and turns (vintage Five-0) and I really liked that, for once, there really was no victim in this story. Well, no dead victim, anyway. Bryan Wallace, the dad from Grand Rapids was most assuredly a victim but I was very happy when he didn’t die in the end. I had a real soft spot for Bryan and his family. When my husband and I went to Oahu in 2013 we didn’t know that waiting for us when we got home was news that he was being laid off from his job. Like Mrs. Wallace, if we had known that beforehand we wouldn’t have gone on the trip. But, also like the Wallace’s it all worked out in the end. Well, hubby got a new job not 1.5 million but c’est la vie.
The crime of the week was an extremely well thought out maze of misdirection. It was a stolen goods plant which turned into an attempted murder which turned into an art sale which turned into an art heist and hostage situation which turned into a bounty hunter recovery of the art and a good deed back to the attempted murder victim. There are episodes of this show which give me whiplash but I can never say I’ve ever been bored.
I have to start with my most favorite part of this episode, Kamekona and Chef Morimoto. It was just pure fun from start to finish and I honestly cannot remember when I laughed out loud so much during a Five-0 episode. It was really wonderful to see Taylor Wily on screen for a significant amount of time for a change. We haven’t really seen too much of him lately and that is a waste in my book. I love Jerry and I can deal with limited amounts of Pua but Kamekona is one of my original favorites all the way back to the Pilot episode. I love all the time I can get of him on my screen.
And Morimoto was an absolute hoot. From the moment when he realized Kame’s opponent was Sam Choy (obviously Chef never got over Sam snatching his prime restaurant location from under his nose) and quickly deciding he would indeed help “Daniel-sun” to the look on his face after Sam walked away from their table at Shrimpapaloosa and his “We must crush him” I was laughing so hard I was crying.
I also thought Chef’s advice that Kame cook from his heart and not from his head was very appropriate for this episode. Cooking is a creative art, after all, much like the art highlighted in this episode. Every artist creates from his heart. It’s the only way to be true to himself as well as to what he is creating. But, of course, for Chef Morimoto….. “Cooking is combat and I don’t lose”…OMG Hearing “The Eye of The Tiger” so warmed my Rocky loving Philadelphia heart! LOL
Getting back to the crime of the week…. I really enjoyed watching Chin and Kono undercover. We don’t get to see these two really working a case from the inside all that often. We mostly get them riding the Magic Table, giving lots of exposition and being part of a take down once in a while. Chin was fantastic as the high bidding art enthusiast but Kono stole the day. I loved the way Kono looked at Steve when he said they needed “bait” to snag the “perv” Gerard Hirsch at the auction and the way she sauntered in and practically seduced Gerard was priceless. And that dress she wore to Tom Emery’s home was breathtaking. I loved how the guard at the door didn’t even bother to scan her with the wand as they entered the house. As if….um…yeah…where would she hide something in that dress? Of course, this IS Kono we’re talking about stupid man. Even in that dress Kono could be hiding multiple weapons if she wanted to. She’s so bad ass!
Rebecca Mader as Nicole Booth was a fantastic character. I loved her interaction with everyone from Steve to Jerry. The fact that she left with the legitimate art work was a twist I never saw coming. But the fact that she did leave and on a happy note (leaving the Van Gogh behind so the Wallace’s could collect the reward and ‘change their luck”) hopefully means she could be a character we’ll see again one day. And I loved her Aussie accent. I kept thinking, all through the episode, that between Rebecca and Mirrah Foulkes as Ellie…how many Aussie accents will it take to make Alex break? I’d love to see THAT on the gag reel someday! LOL
I also enjoyed Jerry’s contribution to this episode. I pondered on this blog last week what Jerry’s purpose is these days, now that his “dungeon of truth” is gone and this episode showed that he can indeed serve a purpose for the team. There is something a friend of mine posted on another page this morning that had me thinking though. When we first met Jerry last season he stated pretty clearly that he didn’t care for technology. Going by all the newspapers he had stacked and the numerous file cabinets in his basement, pretty much all of his intel was on paper. When he gave Five-0 a list of names he typed them out on an old fashioned typewriter. He told Steve and Danny he didn’t trust phones. Yet now, they have him in the surveillance truck handling the tech like an old pro. So what gives?
Personally I think, and this is just speculation on my part, when TPTB decided to make Jerry a regular they figured the “only on paper” approach could only get them so far so they simply changed their direction with his character. The tech-phobic paper loving conspiracy guru would have been fine for the 3 episodes he was originally supposed to be in. But once they decided to make him a regular they needed to expand his level of expertise and, therefore, his usefulness. That’s why I think, now, Jerry is a techie geek. Of course, if the tech fails you can always just crash the surveillance van into the bad guys so they don’t get away! (Vintage McGarrett…of course!)
I really love the dynamic between Steve and Grover. I think they make a fantastic team. As a matter of fact, I thought the writing for the whole team was exceptional in this episode. I loved the way Grover was almost commanding the SWAT guys…just like he did before he was fired from HPD. He and Steve, after starting off on the decidedly wrong foot, have become a well-oiled machine in the field. Grove works well with everyone and I am thrilled they decided to add him permanently to Five-0.
Of course, like many folks out there, I missed Danny in this episode but the fact that he wasn’t there didn’t diminish my enjoyment. But I am happily looking forward to Danny’s return next week and the Danny centric episodes that have been hinted at online. Because, for me, no matter how well Steve works with Grover or with anyone else, there will never be a partnership nor a friendship that’s better than Steve and Danny!
So…another great episode in what is, for me, a fantastic season. I really can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next…especially those Danny centric episodes. Have a great week my friends!