It is no secret that I adore Hawaii Five-0. I mean, we’re here, talking about it, right? But there are things about the show that do bother me, although many think the Kool-Aid I regularly drink makes me blind.
When it comes to shipping couples, I am not religiously connected to any of them. I enjoy them while they last but I don’t grieve when they end because to me the love interests of all the characters are peripheral and secondary to what I really watch this show for. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it when our characters are happy and in love, for however long it lasts.
And I really do like Kono and Adam together. But the evolution of their story has always had me scratching my head a bit in annoyed confusion. Once they decided to put Adam and Kono together they re-wrote Adam’s life. Not uncommon on this show, I’ll admit, to re-write history to suit a new storyline, but this one particularly always rubbed me the wrong way a little.
It’s always bothered me whenever Kono would say something like “Adam has changed” or “Once they find out you’ve changed….”. Personally, I don’t think Adam has ever changed because I never saw Adam as being a bad guy…ever.
When we first met Adam, the day Joe abducted Hero, we were told, by Hero himself, that he’d always kept Adam away from his business. I always took that to mean that Adam was never involved in Hero’s corrupt dealings. Later, when we met Michael, Adam said it was Michael who was destined to take over Hero’s business, that Michael was basically being trained for it while Adam was in law school.
When Hero was taken, Adam picked up the power, Michael was still in prison after all, and used that power to try to find his father. He tried…TRIED…to be a bad guy but really sucked at it. Oh yes….he had Joe taken and beaten but it only took Steve and one hand gun to convince Adam to let Joe go even though Steve was outgunned something like 5 to one. Later when the CIA agent handling WoFat was murdered, it was Adam’s attorney, a holdover from Hero’s reign, who orchestrated the whole thing without Adam’s knowledge. As a matter of fact, he found Adam to be a weak and pathetic leader for the organization. And when Adam tried to take WoFat from Steve at the heliport, even with tons of firepower at his disposal, it only took begging from Kono to reduce Adam to teary eyed surrender instead of bloody attempted take down.
Now don’t get me wrong. I do not see Adam as a weak man. I find him to be very strong and capable. He has worked extremely hard to legitimize this father’s enterprises and with all the bad blood something like that would cause and with the Yakuza still not too distant, that takes a hell of a lot of guts. So, no, I don’t find Adam to be a weak man, just a lousy bad guy. Even when he tried his damnedest to be one, Adam really sucked at it because he really is a good guy.
Kono, obviously, has known ALL of this from the very beginning. Reading the synopses and the spoilers this week, I was finding it a bit hypocritical of her to all of a sudden be reluctant to be with Adam because of his business. She spent months on the run with him, refusing to leave his side even when things got extremely dangerous. She spent even more months trying to find him when he went missing. And Adam? He’s been there for Kono time and time again. He saved her when Delano tried to drown her. He killed his own brother protecting her. And NOW she has doubts?? I was hoping that whatever it was that was causing Kono to hesitate it would be something new, some current event which would make her stop and take pause.
So I was a bit disappointed when the first thing Kono brought up was Adam’s continued involvement in the business and her sudden distaste for Adam’s money. They have been basically married for almost 3 years now. She’s been enjoying the villa on the hill overlooking the sea, luxuriating in bubble baths in large marble bathtubs for two, and romantic rendezvous in upscale hotels for years. It only occurred to her now that the money came from Hero’s businesses over the decades? She’s spent the last 3 years loyally defending him to Chin and even to Adam himself that it takes time to clean up so many years of corruption and make everything legit. If it bothered her so much that she’d be willing to risk losing the man she loves over it now, why didn’t she just ask him to get out and sell everything 3 years ago? Why does all of this all of a suddenly, out of the blue, bother her now? I wish the writers hadn’t made that part of her reluctance because it makes Kono look a flighty female which she certainly is not.
The part I will accept as being an issue for Kono was finding out that WoFat, using the name “Anthony Shew”, was an investor in one of Adam’s companies. Adam, of course, didn’t know who “Anthony” was or that WoFat was an investor. And even though Adam was instrumental in helping Five-0 track down that laundry facility and get to Steve, I think that was the catalyst that got Kono thinking about Adam’s businesses. If Adam didn’t know about WoFat/Anthony, how many other things are buried within the organization that still tie to the Yakuza or any number of other corrupt dealings that Adam isn’t aware of. The WoFat/Anthony incident could have gotten Kono thinking…. “no matter what he does, no matter how hard he works, there is always going to be something, somewhere, that he doesn’t know or can’t know about that will drag him down again.” She could be thinking that this will be a never ending battle that can ultimately never be truly won. Maybe it would be better to just get completely out instead of trying to hold back the ocean with a broom. Now THAT is a legitimate reason for her to hesitate, for her to ask Adam to sell and get out. That makes her look intelligent, forward thinking and strong. That’s the Kono I know.
This week’s crime of the week was awesome! I loved the return of JC Dekker. I’m beginning to look on him like I do Sang Min even if Dekker isn’t as humorous or have the wonderful quirks that Sang Min has. Kono said that the last time they dealt with him (in “Blood Brothers”) that he seemed to be a changed man. If he wasn’t on that path before, he sure as hell is now. The opening with a beat and shot up Dekker trying to break INTO Halawa had me scratching my head from the very beginning. Wasn’t Dekker IN Halawa the last time we saw him? What the hell is he doing outside and beat to hell on top of it? Oh….this is gonna be good…… And it was, from start to finish.
Favorite Bits (no particular order):
• Let’s start with JD Dekker. I loved every scene he was in starting with being so critically injured, he can’t remember a thing. He doesn’t even remember ICE agent Jeff Morrison (wonderfully played, again, by Gregg Grunberg) the man who got him out of Halawa early to help with his case. Watching him try to remember what happened to him as Roman gets closer and closer was really interesting and Xzibit played it perfectly.
• This crime, like most on Five-0 was wonderfully convoluted. With so many middle men and false leads my head was spinning…again. The fact that the mysterious and lethal Bulgarian criminal by the name of Roman that no one has ever seen was actually Danielle was something I never saw coming. I had a feeling something was off about her when Steve found her shot in that house but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. I never suspected she was Roman. The look on Dekker’s face when he finally remembered and recognized Roman in the hospital….damn, he was terrified. Again, played really well by Xzibit.
• I hear Odell Martin (Michael Imperioli) will be coming back again in future episodes. I like that a lot. I adore Kamekona but it always seemed odd to me that he was the only CI the team seemed to constantly rely on. I like the idea of there being someone else, someone who knows the lay of the mainland the way Kamekona knows the island. I hope he continues to be seen as a barber. That was hysterical! “Hey..don’t touch my sideburns…all right? I’m serious!” He even managed to crowbar money ..plus tip..out of Steve. Anyone who can do that deserves to stay.
• I didn’t know that Adam knew Jerry. I can’t remember if we ever saw them in a scene at the same time. But it seems they know each other now. Their scene was really cute. I love Jerry but sometimes it seems a bit abrupt when he’s tossed into scenes without a real necessity. I mean, Adam could have just gotten the malasadas himself without us having to know they were only made once a year. Oh well, I did like this little bit of fun in an otherwise tense and action packed episode. The look on Adam’s face when Jerry said he wanted to take his “hot little number for a spin someday” was priceless.
• I was very happy the writers let us know where Danny was this week. I really don’t like it when Danny is not in an episode and I don’t HAVE to know where he is every second, but I have to admit it is nice when there is a mention of where he is. Danny has been a cop for a very long time, most of that time in Jersey. It’s perfectly logical that an old case might come up for an appeal and he’d be required to return to testify. But I’m really hoping that these episodes completely without Danny are coming to an end soon.
• The final take down between Kono and Danielle was everything I knew it would be. Kono is so incredible there is no way this fight wasn’t going to be one of the best we’ve seen in a long time. It was so well choreographed by Jeff Cadiente and so well executed by Grace and Ana Alexander (and whatever stunt crew were involved) I had a really hard time grabbing screen captures of it. It went by so fast everything I tried to grab was a blur. I have to admit, when Kono banged into the defibrillator and it started to charge I was jumping out of my seat screaming…..ZAP HER….ZAP HER…. YES!!! The last line we heard from JC Dekker said it best: Decker: “Sister is bad ass!” Steve: “You don’t have to tell us that!” Same here Steve!
• OK….was I the only one who thought it was funny that Roman checked every laundry cart except the one Dekker was in? And, did anyone else hold their breath for just a second thinking she was just going to shoot into cart where JC was hiding?
• Jerry and Dekker giving Kono relationship advice was priceless. Funny, for as much as Kono did not want to discuss this with them (and I don’t blame her), these two guys were surprisingly on the ball with regard to their observations and their advice. Jerry was absolutely right about the fact that Adam felt terrible and was really beating himself up over their disagreement. And Dekker…he hit the nail right on the head guessing that Kono is the one dragging her feet. He’s right….if two people are in a relationship for a long period of time and one or the other can’t commit, it really isn’t fair to string the other person along.
Finally with the rest of the team taking care of Dekker and clearing the scene Kono is left alone and in her own head. After the brutal fight that could easily have turned out very differently, Kono finally comes to the realization she’s always known and makes the decision she always knew, deep down, is the one she wanted to make. It doesn’t matter what Adam does with his businesses. It doesn’t matter what her reservations are about how those businesses were funded in the past. If something or someone else comes along that’s not on the up and up they will deal with it and make it right. None of it matters. She loves Adam. She wants to be with him. She wants to be his wife.
Huh?Ain’t that a kick in the head? Please please please let them be happy!