To say I have been in Five-0 heaven for the last 8 weeks would be an understatement. Between January 2nd and last night, February 20, we’ve had 7 brand new episodes and it looks like we may get 3 more new episodes before March Madness invades the schedule. That’s 10 new episodes in 11 weeks and the one re-run we did have was 4.10 Ho’onani Makuakane – Honor Thy Father. If that’s not Five-0 heaven I don’t know what is!
The episode this week was another great one…you know me…I love them all but I did have a couple of issues with this one …although nowhere near enough to diminish my pitcher of Kool-Aid.
Melina Kanakarades – Of course, I know who this actress is but since I never watched CSI:NY I wasn’t familiar with her work. I thought she did a really great job portraying Kathy Millwood as a hardnosed and driven ATF agent trying to bring down the man who murdered dozens of innocent people as well as her own husband. And therein lies the rub.
The moment it became apparent that she was unofficially working the case because of her dead husband the words “Jenna Kaye” flashed in my mind as I’m sure they did for pretty much everyone who’s been watching this show from the beginning. This is a spot where I’m going to side with those who are always wringing their hands over continuity.
I have no problem with Steve allowing Kathy to continue to work the case after her emotionally tearful admission that bringing this guy down was the only thing giving her life purpose. He let Jenna stay on her case as well for basically the same purpose. But it happened too fast. A few moments of tears and Steve just caved. This would have been a perfect spot to step back for a moment, just to add one line to tie this into canon. “Being this emotionally involved in a case never turns out well. Believe me….we know something about that”….maybe even a knowing look between Steve and Grover in understanding. Everything could have moved on from there but it would have established that…yes…viewers aren’t the only ones who remember Jenna and that we’ve seen this type of situation before. I did like how Steve told Kathy at the end not to look back because you can’t change the past. “Trust me on that”. I thought that line was perfect.
Jason Duclair – We’ve had some creepy, horrible criminals on this show, there’s no question about that. But this guy made my skin crawl. Two of my greatest fears are drowning or being caught in a fire. So the fact that this guy was starting fires was bad enough but actually watching as his victims burn? Oh my God! When he took Kathy in the hotel room and was actually pouring the accelerant all over her I was literally shaking! Dear God…he’s not even going to wait for the fire to reach her! I honesty hope that last scene of him with the matches means he’s going to kill himself in that cell. His burning in hell needs to start NOW!
I did think they identified him a little too quickly though. I mean, I’ve watched enough cop shows through the years to know that arsonists love to stay and watch the burn. But when Lou and Kathy IDed him at that crime scene, the fire was already out so there was nothing to see at that point. I understand it was Jason’s way of making himself known to Kathy, to show her that he knew she was on to him. I just felt like it happened a little too soon. Don’t get me wrong…..I get it there was a lot going on in this episode and I loved all of it. It had to be written the way it was to get it all to fit. Personally I think the arson story and the Danny and Amber story could potentially have been full episodes all on their own.
Danny and Amber – I am one of those people who will always hope that Danny and Rachel get back together someday but, for the time being, I can honestly say I really like Danny with Amber. I especially liked that little “pick-up” scene between them. I felt this WAS a little nod at continuity with the “yeah…I think we used to date” line since other than sending Amber flowers for Valentine’s Day last week, Danny hasn’t mentioned her in months.
I actually feel a little sorry for Amber (do I have to call her Melissa now?) As this episode was unfolding I kept thinking she’s either the most forgiving person in the world or she doesn’t have a lot of self-esteem or strength. She met Frank Simpson when she was 19 and married him a year later. Then things started to go south. She was 28 when she ran “as fast and as far” as she could so, even taking into consideration the time Frank spent in jail, she stayed with him for a long time.
Now she’s in a relationship with a guy who basically kept her at more than arm’s length during the most trying time of his life. From the way she says “I missed you” to Danny it sounds like they haven’t been in touch or seen each other in some time. And yet, all it takes is some sweet talk and she’s fine with it all. She’s still sticking with a guy who doesn’t treat her right. “I’m not going anywhere”. Does she think so little of herself that she’s willing to put up with crap from guys? Frank put her in the hospital twice before she ran.
But, of course, Danny is not Frank and the more I see them together, how easy their relationship feels and the fact that she honestly makes Danny happy the more I like them together. Danny realizes he’s been keeping his distance and wants to make that up to her. She makes him happy and everyone deserves to be happy.
Where I first saw Amber as weak…now I see her as determined. She’s grown up and learned from her mistakes with Frank. She saw Frank as a way to escape her unhappy home life. But she understands Danny. She understands the nature of his job and the man himself…his need to figure things out on his own sometimes. She gets it.
And the way she took care of Frank! What a total scum bag he was! The way he had her by the throat and was threatening her with that knife…I was literally holding my breath. I thought for sure he was going to stab her when she told him she couldn’t say she loved him any more. I mean….how psychotic can a person be? After all he did to her and was doing to her at that moment, he wanted her to tell him she loved him?!?!?
When Frank showed up in front of the Camaro as Amber and Danny were making their escape I was screaming at my TV….HIT HIM…HIT HIM! I was so thrilled when she did. The fact that she sealed his fate by running over him showed that she was NOT EVER going to be at his mercy ever again. No jury would ever convict her! I mean…did you SEE those photos of her?!?!?
Kamekona – I really loved how protective he was of Danny when he thought Amber was stepping out on him. And of Amber too. He didn’t let on that he knew who she was when Frank showed him that picture but he knew immediately there was something really wrong about Frank. I loved how he tried to get his name and when he couldn’t, immediately jumped on the phone to warn Steve. Ohana at its finest…looking out for each other.
I do have a bit of a problem with Danny turning off his cell phone again though. This is the 2nd time he’s done that while with Amber. I completely understand wanting to get away. I have no problem with Amber’s phone being off. I’m also positive Grace was taken care of for the weekend. But, even if Danny didn’t want to hear his phone all weekend it should never be completely turned off. Period! You don’t have to answer the damn thing…but at least the GPS would work!
Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of FanFiction. There are several things I really enjoy in the stories I read. Two of them being whump and McDanno. The Danny whump in this episode was extremely mild compared to what you get in some FanFiction but for the show it was pretty brutal. I think we’ll get more of it when Danny’s thrown into a South American jail in a couple of weeks.
Watching Steve rushing into Tripler in a panic over Danny being hurt….just like Danny did 3 episodes ago when Steve was hurt was priceless.
But there was no bromance scene. Why…oh..why.. did they miss this opportunity? I liked the scene between Danny and Amber at his bedside…. reminiscent of when they first met and introduced themselves over Amber’s hospital bed. But I would have loved a scene with Steve and Danny in it TOGETHER however. As it was, other than the last scene on the golf course, they weren’t in one scene together in the entire episode.
Steve, Grover and Michelle Wie – I can’t tell you how happy I am TPTB added Chi McBride to the cast. He has incredible chemistry with everyone on the show but with Alex ….the chemistry is golden! Both the golf scenes at the beginning and the end were fantastic. I especially liked how it started, with Steve not being very good at it. You guys know…I ADORE Steve. I love how SuperSEAL is so naturally gifted that things just come naturally to him. How he’s always the hero. But, every once in a while, it’s fun when he’s not good at something… when he’s bested by someone else. Remember when Lou caught that big fish last season and rubbed it into Steve’s face? I liked that…a lot.
So when the tournament came down to Steve needing to make one last putt to beat Lou I was really hoping he’d miss. Just this once. So Lou could gloat and Danny could tease and Chin and Kono could stand by grinning conspiratorially. And Steve could get that locked jaw constipated look he gets when he gets annoyed. Would have been perfect.
I was also really happy that Michelle Wei was in more than just that first scene. It’s unusual for non-acting guests to appear for more than a few moments for their cameo. Michelle did a great job for her first acting job. It was so cute how big gruff Lou was totally star struck when they first met. And I loved her line to Steve about Danny “if he’s your friend, I’d hate to meet your enemies” ROFL
This was also Justin Sundquist’s last episode as Alex’s stunt double. 4+ years of some of the most incredible, outrageous and sometimes death defying stunts. Anything that could be conceived in the insanely fertile mind of Jeff Cadiente…. designed to separate a man from his cookies ….Justin was there. Thank you Justin for always giving it your all, for making our show movie quality in it’s excitement and for always keeping Alex safe. Good luck in all your future work. Aloha brah! Malama pono!
So….another great episode. Even with the little things that seemed off to me, a really great episode. This season has been great so far and I see no reason to think it won’t get better and better! Have a fantastic week my friends!