No fussing around today. No cutesy intro to start this review. Just like this episode, we’re going to dive right in and get to the nitty-gritty. Let’s start with the ongoing (and seemingly never ending) McGarrett family saga.
I have always been very ambivalent about Joe White. I love Terry O’Quinn, have since the first time I saw him on that beach in LOST, and I love what he brings to the character of Joe White. It’s Terry’s skill which makes it so hard for me to pin down my absolute feelings about Joe. I want to like Joe. I want to like the man who took a young Steve under his wing and, in a sense, became his surrogate father and loves Steve as the son he never had. The man who helped forge Steve into the military man he is, helped make him a strong, courageous SEAL, a bonafide hero. All those are very good things. This is the Joe White I like.
Yet, there is the Joe White who has been lying to Steve for years…hell, decades. The man who knew…who STILL knows, so much about not only what happened in the years after Doris “died” but in the years before she even met John McGarrett. For all we know, he could have been the one to introduce them. Then after Doris “died”, he let John, his best friend, spend the remainder of his life searching for a killer who didn’t exist and has, repeatedly, misdirected, hedged, evaded and downright refused to give Steve any information when he’s asked for it. This Joe I do not like at all. Joe may have forged the military man Steve became but he didn’t do a damn thing to forge the true man he is. His heart, soul, compassion, tenderness, understanding, the true sense of what is right and what is wrong? Obviously he got none of these things from Joe.
So as Joe is sitting on that C17, watching the beautiful view of Waikiki and Diamond Head materialize beneath him, he had more on his mind than just the critically ill patient they are transporting. He knew the questions that were coming, the demands that were about to be made. He knew Steve wasn’t going to be derailed again. But I wonder why Joe told Steve about Doris’s relationship with WoFat so easily. Joe seemed surprised that Steve found out about it from WoFat himself and he also looked a bit taken back that Steve had killed him. Why tell him about Doris now? I don’t buy that “because you deserve to know the truth” crap. Steve deserved to know the truth 20 years ago. But this is Joe White we’re talking about here. Whatever his reasons you can be sure they are to benefit only one person…. and that person is not Steve.
And Steve is full of justifiable indignation. At Doris for, well, that list is rather long to list here but add to it, the death of WoFat’s mother, an innocent victim in Steve’s eyes. Regardless of the fact that Doris did a very kind thing by taking the infant under her wing, the fact that WoFat’s mother was seen simply as collateral damage and Doris covered the whole thing up is something Steve can’t accept. Then there is WoFat. Of course, Steve will always view him as an enemy and considering the things WoFat has done to him, that’s completely understandable. But the fact is …it was WoFat who finally told him what Doris should have told him…what Joe should have told him. Steve is totally conflicted because Joe is right. Finding out from WoFat pissed him off but at the same time he is also grateful to at least have gotten some answers.
Then, of course, there is Joe. His resentment towards Joe runs very deep but it collides with his love and admiration for the man. He’ll visit him every day while he’s in quarantine. He says Joe has never let him down. He wants to trust Joe, he wants to believe him. You used to be able to physically see the degree to which he trusted him. But not anymore. Steve has come to the realization that the affection they hold for each other is a totally separate thing from the fact that Steve wants answers and Joe is still not cooperating even if he’s trying for the allusion that he is.
Funny how Joe says he’s done with keeping secrets, that he wants to tell Steve what’s going on but falls right back into the lies and misdirection. But now, FINALLY, Steve isn’t buying it any longer. Joe has heard word on Doris…but they don’t know where she is or if she’s even alive. Maybe she’s off the grid. Hasn’t she already been off the grid for two years? Someone tipped her off. Steve assumes it was Joe. He’s probably right. “After all these years…you don’t trust me?” DUH! “I thought you said you trusted him?” “I lied”. YES! Thank you God! About time! Funny how the moment Steve left him Joe jumped on his phone. Seems when it comes to Joe and giving Steve the run around nothing has changed. So glad to see Steve bring Danny in on this too. When it comes right down to brass tacks the only people Steve has been able to rely on, to trust unconditionally are Danny and the rest of the team.
This week’s crime of the week was an adrenalin fueled ride from start to finish. Never have the stakes been higher. Terrorists invading Oahu we’ve had before but radicals attempting to cause a worldwide pandemic with the potential to wipe out billions of lives is not your everyday crime.
From the moment that wrecking ball hit the SUV carrying Steve and Joe it was obvious that this episode was going to be a thrill ride. And can we talk about that wrecking ball scene for just a second? WOW. I don’t know how Jeff Cadiente comes up with this stuff or how they are able to execute it so realistically and do it in a way where no one actually gets hurt. That SUV flipped about 3 or 4 times! And watching Steve manage to get himself untangled enough in that crumbled heap, to take out one of the bad guys all while hanging upside down. WOW seems to be the only word I can come up with.
I also really loved Steve getting to live out his childhood CHiPs fantasy even if it wasn’t for a fun reason. He looked so hot on that bike! (sorry…fangirling for a moment there!)
The entire idea of a weaponized virus was scary enough but the use of bees really set my skin crawling. All the benefits bees provide aside, I know I am not alone in hating the critters on a normal day but the idea of them carrying a deadly disease made it even worse. Using that poor guy as a test to see if the delivery system worked was horrendous to watch. He looked so happy that he nailed his interview! I wondered if that’s what Max eventually entered on his death certificate. “Death by interview”
Other favorite bits:
Loved the long shot of Danny purposefully walking into the hospital ER looking for Steve. The look on his face was pure Danny. Worried sick and ready to go into full rant mode at Steve for getting hurt, yet again. “Hey you know what? Why don’t you get an apartment next door, cause you’re here so often” “I’m fine…thanks for asking!” LOL
Also really liked this little bit of continuity. “Hey Doc…make sure you punch his card” refers back to the S5 premier episode when Grover told Steve he should see if the hospital had some kind of loyalty program. “Like they give you a card and every 5th bullet extraction is free”.
Lou: What the hell is he doing?
Steve: Exactly what I’d do.
Lou: Well I guess that settles it.
Lou: You weren’t really born a crazy son of a bitch. This is the guy that taught you”
Once again, I’m going to repeat, I love when Danny and Kono are teamed together and while their scene was mostly just exposition between them and the Oahu State scientist and conversation they had in the car afterward was perfect. Of course, Kono knows with there being a very real threat to the island Danny’s first thoughts would be on Grace. For once Danny didn’t let his emotions get the better of him and realized that calling Grace, even to just tell her Danno loves her again, made no sense and would probably only frighten her for no reason.
As Steve was watching Joe drive that truck off the pier, he was truly fearing for his life. I’m sure he thought he was watching someone else he deeply cares about die. His relief and indignation when Joe popped up in the water safe and sound was priceless. It gave Steve a true taste of what Danny feels every time Steve does something crazy and reckless. Joe’s justified smirk at his success was just like Steve’s when he does those kinds of things.
Steve: You could have killed yourself, you know that?
Joe: Nothing you wouldn’t have done yourself.
Danny: Yeah, he’s right. You would have done something equally as stupid.
Joe: I guess that depends on how you define stupid. ROFLMAO
“The only easy day was yesterday”
Have a wonderful week my friends!
NOTE: (added 2-1-15) ALL the above screen caps are my own. Thanks! ♥