To say this week’s Five-0 was explosive is a monumental understatement. From the moment the episode opened with “Sammy” the bomb squad robot heading into an office building to check out an abandoned briefcase to the end with Kono’s discovery of two dead Yakuza henchmen, the episode was riveting from start to finish.
This week’s crime of the week brought back Randy Couture as arsonist, Jason Duclair, one of the most coldblooded psychopaths we’ve ever had. He not only had a pathological need to set fires but a sadistic desire to watch as not only the houses burned but the people inside them as well. He made my skin crawl the first time we met him and, whether in a strait jacket in Halawa or meeting Steve for “dinner” he was just as menacing.
Like most of the crime stories on Five-0, this one had several twists and turns to keep me on my toes. Duclair doesn’t “have friends” who would orchestrate bombings in order to help him escape yet he admires the “beautiful work” of the bomber who seems intent to terrorize for his release. He also still has a fascination for seeing the bodies of those burned in the fire. Steve pegged him perfectly. He’s one sick son-of-a-bitch!
Then the twists and turns I love so much with this show begin. Catherine and Chin go through Duclair’s prison correspondence and find a message (brilliantly hidden beneath the postage stamp) from Tim Richards, a former cell mate of Duclair’s who not only idolized the man but wants to carry on the torch, so to speak. But Richards is a patsy, he’s only transcribing the letters for someone else. In a recorded phone call between Duclair and this other person, Duclair states that Richards had become a liability and needed to be neutralized. The second bombing wasn’t meant for First Responders, it was meant for Richards.
Just a question before we move on. In both cases the briefcases were detonated in place. The first in the lobby of the Monroe Building and the other in the hallway outside the HNN News studio. I understand the necessity of expediency and the time it would take to have two more scenes added to the episode but I don’t think that would happen in real life. Wouldn’t they move those cases to a secure location outside before they blew them up? I mean, in both cases, they were duds…no explosives inside. What if both those cases hadn’t been duds but were, in fact, filled with explosives. They would have taken out major portions of two buildings by blowing them up inside.
Ok… moving on… the mastermind of the plan, the one who admired Duclair so much is Andre Trout. Chin and Lou identify him because he was stupid enough to allow his entire face to be seen on the surveillance cameras outside the Palace when he was planting a van full of explosives. At the Palace!!! Dear Lord….my heart… not the Palace!!
When they go to his house, they find a shrine to Duclair and through writings he left behind, discover Trout’s plan isn’t to get Duclair out of prison to be free, but to kill him and become famous for doing it. Hello sick son-of-a-bitch #2!
I was really kind of surprised Steve and Danny capitulated to Trout and got Duclair out of Halawa and left him in the jungle like he wanted (but just how awesome was GPS tracking in his boots! LOL). It was a true “Oh my God” moment with Trout shot Duclair in the leg, then doused him in gasoline. I guess Karma really is a bitch, eh Jason? Too bad both bad guys managed to get away.
When Duclair called Steve to set up a meeting, the first thing I (and I’m sure a lot of other people) thought was “Don’t go Steve…don’t go alone”. I sat watching the scene torn between emotions. First, fear that Steve had once again gone off on his own. Second, a bit of, what? I don’t want to say compassion because Duclair is well and truly beyond that. But he’s upset. Trout did what he did for fame. But Duclair doesn’t do what he does for fame, he does it because he has no choice, he can’t stop. The only way to stop him is to lock him up. So what is this? A bit of a soul after all? Who knows? But, I was extremely relieved to find that, for once, Steve really didn’t go into it alone, he had the best backup there is watching his back.
Lastly, this scene had me feeling a bit nostalgic. My mind flashed back to a long ago noodle house and Steve sitting across the table from WoFat. When Steve cocked his gun under the table, my mind furnished…..“say hello to my little friend” and I have to admit it gave me a bit of a chuckle.
This story kept me on the edge of my seat the entire night. The use of the briefcase as both a diversion to the first bombing and as a method to deliver the flash drive with its poetic demands was chilling. Every time our team ventured anywhere I was scared to death something else was going to explode. I knew in my head our team wouldn’t come to any harm but I have to admit my heart rate increased every time. When Duclair gave Steve the key to the P.O. box and he went to open it, I was really scared, sure it would be booby trapped. Inside, Steve finds a jar of ash. Somehow, it seems fitting for Trout to end in this way. Ashes to Ashes – Dust to Dust.
Major kudos to Jeff Cadiente and the stunt/special effect crews for not only another great episode but one that had some of the most realistic explosions we’ve ever had on this show and we’ve had some doozies in the past. I’m sure there is plenty of CGI involved to make those bodies fly from the force of massive explosions but I will never fully understand how they do it so realistically without people getting hurt! There are reasons why they give out awards for this kind of stuff and it’s criminal that Jeff and his crew haven’t won an Emmy for all their great work on Five-0 through the years.
Of course, there were other things going on in this episode. It’s Five-0 after all, we can’t have just one story at a time to wrap our head around, can we?
Let’s start with a couple of fun things:
Did Danny get a new 2016 Camaro? Because this car looks even more awesome than ever!
Is this the same bomb disposal officer we’ve seen twice before? He was in 3.06 and then they used the same footage of him again in 5.15. He looks like the same guy to me, especially his eyes. I suppose after that explosion we won’t get the chance to see him again.
Is it just me or did they, after 5 years, finally let Danny actually change his pants?!?! LOL
Ok….enough fun. Let’s get on with it! I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s going to say this but… Kono and Adam are just friggin’ adorable together… period. Watching her help him with his physical therapy and then Adam “carrying” Kono across the threshold of what is now “their” house…. yes… the only word I can come up with is adorable. I have to admit I’m going to miss those spectacular views from Adam’s house though.
I am not a massive shipper on this show. I have said on previous occasions that I have enjoyed every relationship our team members have been involved in (and will enjoy any new ones down the line) but I don’t consider relationships to be an important part of the fabric of the show. Then there’s Kono and Adam.
Maybe it’s because, unlike the other team members, their relationship isn’t a backstory for Kono, it is the story for Kono. Having the Yakuza back in their lives ups the ante for the couple and having Gabriel always hovering somewhere in the background makes this story a threat for the entire team to deal with. I am really looking forward to see how this plays out with our newlyweds caught between Gabriel and the Yakuza. I just really hope it works out for them. I may not ship couples on this show but I would really like Kono and Adam to get their happy ending.
I really loved this week’s cargument between Steve and Danny because in the small amount of time the scene took, they touched on a couple of interesting topics. First, on a light note, there is the continuing saga of Jerry and his place within Five-0. Jerry is still angling for a spot on the team, hopefully one he can actually get paid for and it sounds like he’s going to get his wish. Or at least part of it. Steve is giving Jerry an office, which from the looks of the promo is an old desk in a room that looks like it’s in the basement. But, it’s an office.
I totally agree with Danny on this one. Tough as nails SuperSEAL is a softy when it comes to Ohana and Danny is worried a desk will lead to a badge. Please, guys…don’t do that. Jerry having a desk in HQ and even getting paid for his “consulting” services makes total sense. It really isn’t fair, with the amount of time he’s spent and the great help he’s been on several occasions, that he not be paid. And a desk makes sense so he’s not spread all over Steve’s personal space. But not a badge. He’s not a cop, ex-cop, ex-military or any other thing that could justify being part of the team.
As for the other part of Steve and Danny’s discussion…. Steve’s ongoing preparation of the covert military OP known as a marriage proposal. He’s secured a ring and reconned the perfect location. Now he just need to execute. Ahhhhh Steve… my heart is melting at the romance of it all. LOL
“I can see it now….you and Catherine in matching camouflage cargo pants, on some very exotic shooting range. And you get down on one knee and say “babe, I want you to join my unit for a lifelong mission”. I mean, it’s every girl’s fairy tale.” God, I love Danny so much! ROFL
Personally, I’m still leaning toward this proposal not happening. In the 6.03 promo, we see a small part of the meeting between Catherine and Danny at his thinking spot. Of course, all we’re seeing is Danny telling Cath he doesn’t want to see Steve hurt so it’s impossible to tell what the entire conversation could be about. Does Steve propose and Cath tells him she needs time to think so she calls Danny to talk? Or does Danny find out something and calls Cath to confront her about it before Steve has the chance to ask her?
Remember, most people are not on social media and following the show as closely as we all do. The casual viewer only has the actual episodes and the promos they show on TV to go by in order to anticipate what the next episodes will hold.
In order for there to be the “huge turn” in the episode we’ve been told about, one of two things needed to happen. Either they show Steve and Catherine miles apart and not at all cozy in the previous episodes so the “huge turn” could be a surprise proposal and a yes OR they bring them closer, huge romantic kiss at Kono’s wedding, have Catherine tell Steve there is nowhere she’d rather be than “home”, make it look like an eventuality that the proposal will be a success, then have her either say no or have it not happen for some reason. I honestly feel bad for all the really nice Cath fans who want this to happen so badly, but I think it’s the second option they are going to go with.
There were two big tells for me in this episode. First, was the line where Catherine observed to Steve “that’s who we are, the job always comes first, right?” Could be that line was planted to show us that a decision may be coming soon where Cath chooses “the job” over staying with Steve. And that’s where the second tell comes in for me. Cath’s other statement to Steve… “there’s no other place I’d rather be”.
It’s the exact same thing Kono said to Adam when they were at PT. But Kono has moved heaven and earth to be with Adam, went on the run with him, searched 3 continents for him, has risked her life over and over to be with him and is still risking her life now. But, Catherine has never done anything close to that when it comes to Steve. I’m not talking about their years in the Navy where their separations were unavoidable but she had no qualms about leaving Steve to head off to Afghanistan and she seemed to have no problem staying away for an entire year. I have no doubt, if given an opportunity for something she feels she can’t refuse, she’ll never refuse it and choose Steve. Where Adam is the most important thing in Kono’s life, there will always be something more important to draw Catherine away from Steve.
Of course, I could be 100% wrong about this and for those of my friends who really love this relationship I hope I am. Also, because I absolutely hate the idea of Steve getting hurt again. That doesn’t mean I want to see them married just that I don’t think they need to totally destroy the character for it not to happen.
But whatever does happens in the next episode we can be sure social media is going to explode. There is no way any show can make all their fans happy but this relationship has been a lightning rod of discord for years. Repeating myself here, I don’t really care one way or the other whether Cath stays or goes.. story wise. But I can honestly say, I hope she’s gone after this episode simply because I am just so sick of the ugliness the character brings to the fandom.
Anyway, that’s it for this week. Have a wonderful week my friends! Aloha. Malamo Pono