Well, they’ve done it again. I know I say this, probably every week, but I have no idea how on earth the writers on this show manage to come up with, not just new stories every week, but stories so unique to what I expect from Five-0 that they really take me off guard. An African war lord in hiding in Oahu is NOT something I ever expected I’d see.
Oh, this story had all the things that make Five-0….Five-0 to me. Gun fights, car chases, explosions along with Ohana and bromance….but there were also moments in this episode so powerful I was literally holding my breath. So let’s get to it:
Journalist/Documentarian Julius Brennan: What a fascinating man he must have been. Have you even been asked if you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? This is the type of man I’d love to sit down with. A man dedicated to his field. A man willing to go the extra mile for his work but more importantly, for the people affected by the injustice he sees in the world. A man who’s been to the places other people like to pretend don’t exist. As Steve said…. “driven, commented but crazy”.
When we first see him “crazy” seemed appropriate. He’s so paranoid and frightened that even fireworks in Chinatown have him hitting the dirt like its incoming enemy fire. At first I really thought he was just a paranoid nut job but when he really was attacked and murdered I realized his fear was justified especially when the disembodied voice knew him by name.
The fact that he suffered from Hypergraphia (a real condition… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypergraphia ) brought on when he was severely injured while covering the genocide in the Congo not only opened up a greater understanding of the man himself, but proved a valuable asset in finding the truth. And, of course, as the title of this episode states, it’s all about searching for the truth.
Congo Warlord Roko Makoni: This is the type of man nightmares are made of. A man so ruthless “even the devil is afraid of him”. A man who was once “most wanted warlord in the world”. Last year when I saw the movie “Captain Phillips” Barkhad Abdi scared me to death. He managed to do the same here. I have no idea, of course, but I bet in real life he’s the sweetest man but, ohhhhh does he play evil well. Kidnapping is too tame a word for what Roko did. He stole those children, stole them from their families when he didn’t outright kill them, branded them with the mark of “soldier” for his army, and used them to commit atrocities throughout his country. The fact he was able to avoid dying in a CIA sponsored raid and escape to Hawaii is really frightening to contemplate happening in real life.
Patrice Thomas: Patrice and his younger brother Wesley provided the two powerful scenes which literally had me holding my breath. Using documentary footage to show the horror those boys lived through in the Congo and to show the depth of Brennan’s commitment to the story was genius. So much better than exposition could ever be. The scene at the end when Wesley says goodbye to his brother at the ME’s office had me in tears. It was extremely well written and the acting of both those young men was superb.
CIA agent Ben Hamilton: What a creep. First he comes off as a concerned friend to Brennan, worried that he was headed for a breakdown when it turns out he basically is the cause of the entire mess. If he hadn’t facilitated Roko’s escape from the Congo none of this would have happened. I really wanted Kono and Lou to take him down in a hail of gunfire but he took the coward’s way out.
“Bulletproof” coffee! Ewwwwwwww Yuck! No….just…..NO!
Hey…isn’t this the same bomb squad guy who disarmed the first car bomb in the Episode 3.06 – In a Time Past? In the 9/11 episode he was from the Army bomb squad though. As a matter of fact….it looks like they used the exact same piece of film for both episodes.
Screen shot from 5.15 Screen shot from 3.06
LOVED how it was Kono again they went to for the kill shot against Roko. I really loved how she didn’t take the shot to the head, deeming it too easy on him after all the horrible things he had done. As always, Kono is bad ass with that sniper rifle able to hit him in just the right spot to give Steve an edge without actually killing Roko!
Jerry and Dr. Shaw…… It’s hard not to feel bad for Dr. Shaw. New to the island and alone on Valentine’s Day. It’s easy to understand why she’d subscribe to the belief that Valentine’s Day as a commercial invention just to increase the sale of candy, flowers and greeting cards. Jerry, on the other hand, also alone for the holiday, manages to see it differently. He sees it as an opportunity to use the day to connect with those who are important, to tell them how we really feel about them. Yeah, it might be commercial but what’s the harm if it manages to give you the opportunity to say “I love you” to someone? It was so cute how they gravitated to each other and ended up not alone on Valentine’s Day after all.
Danny and his Customer Service Confessional was adorable. I love the idea of him scratching his head, trying to figure out what “Birthday cake..puppy dog..thumbs up” means! LOL But Danny makes a valid point. In this day and age anyone “with thumbs” can communicate with someone. When we were kids, we actually had to walk up to a person and talk to them. From a father’s perspective, worried about what weirdo could have access to your child, I can totally see his point. But thinking back and remembering what it was like to be a 12 year old girl… seeing my first crush across the room and desperately wanting to talk to him ….. oh man …. it would have been sooooooo much easier to NOT have to actually look Johnnie in the eye to talk to him! LOL
The subplot of Danny trying to deal with the boy who’s interested Gracie was fantastic. Those of us who have been watching this show from the beginning have been longing for the day when Grace would be old enough to be interested in boys. Knowing the overly protective father Danny is it was something we couldn’t wait to see. I was not disappointed. I like the fact that the writers made it an accident that Danny was seeing all of Gracie’s texts instead of writing it like he was deliberately spying on her. But, like pineapple on pizza….romance and Gracie don’t belong in the same airspace.
How could anyone not love the opening scene between Steve and Danny as they discuss the “little thug” who’s texting Gracie. It was bromance at it’s very best. Danny losing his mind over the kid and Steve being the voice of reason. Even when they disagree, when it comes to Gracie, these two are totally in sync.
“I do trust her….it’s this little thug I don’t trust”
“Ok…Let’s take him out”
“Now you’re talking!”
I also liked the fact that even when Danny realized Gracie had lied to him he didn’t completely freak out. He gave Gracie space to work things out on her own and she did. Danny and Rachel always said the one thing they did right was raise a great kid and Gracie proved them right. Yes she lied but she realized her mistake and felt genuine remorse over it. The fact that she voluntarily told Danny about it shows the good heart and conscience she has. And Danny telling Gracie that he knew all along was great. She has always known that she has his ultimate love, now she knows she also has his full trust too.
And I know I’m not the only one who just LOVES the chemistry between Scott and Teilor. You just KNOW these last shots were the two of them goofing off for fun. They are fantastic together.
I adored the entire Valentine’s Day BBQ. I know there are critics who feel the mandatory episode ending “Ohana moments” are silly but I just love them. The Ohana, the bromance, the chemistry between all the characters on this show is what sets it apart from all the other crime procedurals out there. It’s what makes Five-0 special. I hope they never stop doing them.
All in all, this was another great episode in a season full of great episodes.
NOTE: Because the onDemand on my new Verizon Fios service seems to think it’s ok to upload Friday’s Five-0 FOUR days after it’s shown and also because today, for some God only knows reason, iTunes seems to be taking FOREVER to upload my pre-purchased Five-0…. I had to re-watch the episode on CBS.com. Therefore, all screen caps are taken from there. Thanks for reading and have a great week!