Anticipation – Noun
- a feeling of excitement or despair about something that is going to happen
- the act of preparing for something
We, as Five-0 fans, are very familiar with this word. It starts, pretty much, with the very last moment of every season finale in May. We’re immediately waiting in anticipation for a beautiful July morning when, with a new season’s blessing, our favorite actors are back to work on a brand new season. Then we spend the days between that day and mid-September just counting every moment until the new season begins.
Once the season starts, we do the exact same thing. Every Friday night, the moment an episode is over and we hear the words “stay tuned for scenes from our next episode” it starts again. We watch the promo, then as the week goes on, we wait for the longer promo and we’re gobbling up “behind the scenes” pictures and editing pictures and, heaven be praised, sneak peaks. Oh yes, the TPTB and the Network know how to rev up the anticipation. It can be really wonderful but it can also be very stressful depending on whether what you’re waiting for is something you’re hoping for or something you are dreading. I think it’s safe to say that this episode has been the most highly anticipated one of the young 6th Season so far.
Now, if you consider yourself an H50 fan in the know and you spend any amount of time at all in this fandom, you know the ugly divide which exists between certain camps. If you don’t, well, you’ve probably been living under a rock. The anticipation for this episode centered around one character and one character alone… Catherine Rollins. This character has the incredible ability to draw out extremely deep emotions from every level of the fandom. There are some, like myself, who can take her or leave her. But there are many who simply adore her while others absolutely detest her. The wide range of emotions this one character provokes in fans is truly astonishing.
I’ve been saying since the Season 5 finale that, for me at this point in time, I don’t feel Catherine’s character is important enough for me to get massively upset over. If she stayed, if she went, didn’t really matter to me as long as it was a well written story. With this being Steve’s storyline and in Alex’s massively capable acting hands, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt it would be acted well.
Well, I can now say, without a shadow of a doubt, this story was everything I thought it would be. My gut always told me the proposal would never happen, that something would cause Steve to rethink his decision to propose. I didn’t know, of course, what that would be but I honestly didn’t think he’d ever get to ask her. But I’ve been wrong plenty of times about things I was sure would or wouldn’t happen on this show so I sat back ready to see where Peter Lenkov’s story and the script by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt would take me.
As usual, these guys did not disappoint me but they did surprise me. Having seen the editing pictures Peter tweeted a while back and the video sneak peek this past week, I knew how Steve and Catherine would start their day. But, I wasn’t prepared for Steve’s post-coital afterglow to be ruined so quickly. I mean, what the hell? I pretty much figured he was going to get his heart broken by the end of the episode but did it have to start so early? Poor Steve!
But, you see, there it is… right there… one of the reasons why I didn’t see this as a long lasting, healthy relationship. These two hover around each other, come together for brief, if admittedly, hugely satisfying moments, and then spin off in opposite directions again. I have heard people say “it’s been 10 years. It’s time they move onto the next level”. I’m thinking “it’s been 10 years. If they haven’t moved to the next level by now there’s a reason why”.
She’s leaves him for over a year… no contact… no word. Then she just shows up unannounced and “there is nowhere else she wants to be”?? And even though they are living together in his house and he’s planning to propose to her, he obviously still hadn’t had “the talk” about any of what happened in Afghanistan or since. So they are just hovering around each other again. The one thing that has always been spectacular between them still, obviously is. (Sex…yes I am talking about the sex!!). But she immediately follows up that intimacy with deception. He overhears her on the phone. Does he ask her “So, who was that, babe?” No… he immediately jumps to the conclusion she’s about to bolt again and instead of talking to her, he holds it in and broods, reconsiders the proposal and talks to Danny. God forbid these people actually….. I don’t know….talk to each other? Honestly, these two really are perfect for each other. Neither one has a friggin’ clue how a real loving relationship works! People like to rag on Catherine but Steve, as much as I adore the guy, isn’t very good at this either
Thank goodness for Danny. I absolutely adored him in this episode. He was everything a good friend should be, to both Steve and Catherine. I can’t even call the conversation between Steve and Danny on the boat an argument this time. Not only did Danny agree that he’s a glass-is-half-empty kind of guy, Steve also admitted that Danny was making a valid point about talking to Catherine before he jumps to conclusions and chucks the idea of proposing. Danny loves Steve as a brother and, while he may not have been happy with the way Catherine left things or the way she just turned up again, he does like Catherine and if she makes Steve happy, Danny wants that happiness for him.
I loved how he called Catherine and asked her to meet him at his thinking spot. I know there are those who think Danny should just have butt out but I totally understand him. Maybe it’s an Italian thing, but it’s exactly something I would do. I’d know I shouldn’t. I’d know my friend would hate that I did it. But I would still do exactly what Danny did to try to not only make sure my best friend didn’t get hurt but that they both have the chance at happiness. Everyone needs a friend like Danny Williams in their life. But, honestly, for a man who prides himself on being one hell of a detective, he should have seen she was just blowing smoke and evading. She didn’t give him one direct answer. But he was so relieved and happy for Steve that he let his detective sense slip there and saw only want he wanted to see.
What a shame it was all for naught. I know, I was right, Steve didn’t get the chance to propose but that doesn’t mean I’m happy about the way it happened. Steve is crushed, as would be expected, and I really hate that, but Catherine? The way she was crying… she seemed truly heartbroken. She was not faking it. She was heartbroken to leave him again, to hurt him again. When he said he wouldn’t wait for her this time, she was shattered. She was not faking that. It’s true this is the bed she’s made for herself and she has no one to blame but herself but I still can’t help feeling a little sad for her too. It seemed obvious to me that she is doing this because she feels she has no choice.
I, among others, have always questioned her time in Afghanistan. How was she able to find Najib “over the border” and extract him from the Taliban all by herself? I never believed she did. She had to have called in a favor from somewhere. Doris? Maybe…maybe not. But whoever helped her is demanding payback now. Being an operative is that payback. And please…. if you believe she is heading to help earthquake victims in Nepal I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
What I’d like to know is why did she come back? That is a twofold question. From a writing standpoint she had to come back because of the type of man Steve has been written to be. He would never move forward with his life if he still felt connected to her, still felt she would eventually come back. The way his character has been written, as the honorable man he is, he just wouldn’t do that. So they had to have Catherine come back to finally, irrevocably end it, face to face, so Steve could honorably move on.
From a story line standpoint? It’s obvious now that she didn’t just come back and it wasn’t because of Kono’s wedding. We wondered how she even knew about Kono’s wedding since its ludicrously unlikely Kono sent her an invitation. Now we know how. She didn’t come back…she was sent back.
But she seemed truly happy to be back. Was she possibly considering not following her orders? Did she really want to stay with Steve all along? Or was it all an act to get close to him again? And if so, why leave now? Did she complete her “mission”? Did she find whatever it was she was looking for? Did she plant something in his house to spy on him? So many questions. Catherine may be gone but this has laid the groundwork for a potentially long reaching story arc. And, who knows, maybe in the long run she’ll have to come back. But no matter what, it is over between them. Steve gave her an ultimatum. Even if Catherine does come back some far off day, I can’t see that she’ll ever be coming back to Steve.
I know there are people out there very unhappy, even angry with the way this story played out. I have to admit, I’m a bit torn. For the most part I wish they would have just ended it. Have her tell Steve her lie about Napal, get in the car and just leave. Rip the Bandaid off in one swift yank and be done with it once and for all. But, a small part of me liked the way they ended it because, like any good story, it closed one door while potentially opening another one. Steve and Catherine as a couple are over, I have no doubt in my mind about that what-so-ever. But the fact that she’s now an operative with an agenda we, as of now, know nothing about? That is intriguing to me. Will the writers eventually put their foot through the door they have conveniently left open a crack? Who knows? But that crack is there for the taking if they ever choose to go there.
And in some extremely small way it shows that Catherine is not really a complete bad guy here. If this played out the way I think it did, she used whatever resources she needed to save Najib and saving him was a good thing, a heroic thing. The fact that she is now paying the consequences of that decision means she’s not a bitch who is leaving Steve and hurting him out of indifference or cold-heartedness. Doesn’t mean what she is doing is right but I can find a molecule of sympathy for her anyway. I don’t know why I feel this way. Just some very small part of me is hurting for her too. And I know many will tell me I’m wrong for feeling it but I just can’t help it.
Am I sorry she’s gone? No. It’s a relief, actually, to have this part of the story end (for the most part) and to see Steve finally able to move on to a new chapter in his life. I’m really sorry Danny isn’t going to be in next week’s episode because if Steve ever needed his best buddy, it’s now. Maybe next week is the week Danny is finally getting the transplant procedure started for Charlie and he’s at the hospital all day. Hopefully, we’ll at least get a heartfelt supportive phone call between the guys. And, of course, the rest of the team will be there for Steve as well. When all else fails, Ohana is always there to pick up the pieces.
There is one thing I really wish would have happened though. The entire time Catherine was speaking to him Steve stood almost rigid. The only defense he showed was to protectively cross his arms across his chest, as if to somehow shield himself from what was coming. This was not the same man who valiantly and unsuccessfully tried to hold back the tears when Catherine stayed behind in Afghanistan. It’s almost as if he somehow expected it. Maybe it was residual from the phone call he overheard or maybe it was something more than that. Maybe he always expected her to leave again because, somehow, everyone he loves eventually does. As they hugged for the final time, Catherine’s face was full of sadness. Steve’s was ……blank.
Personally, I was really hoping we’d see Steve walk out to the back of the house, to the beach which holds so much meaning for him. I would have loved if, instead of seeing the montage of memories (which was ok I guess but, honestly, I could have done without) as he’s staring at the ring, we’d see him looking out over the ocean, remembering their times together. Then, as we pan to a close up of his face, his expression would change from sadness, to hurt, and finally to anger as he slowly closes the box, takes in a ragged breath, reaches back and hurls the damn thing into the sea. Now that would have been symbolism and it would have been real.
Of course there was a COTW, as usual, but honestly, I was so wrapped up in all the character stuff I didn’t pay much attention to it. I enjoyed it more for the scenes it provided for our team than for the crime itself. I really loved the addition of Eric in this episode. He is more than capable in the crime lab, and I find his effervescent enthusiasm for his work refreshing. I, like many others, miss Charlie Fong and really wish he’d come back but if he can’t I’m more than happy to see much more of Eric. He’s funny, his gallows humor is inappropriate but extremely funny and if I could chose, I’ll take him as a tertiary character over Pua any day.
I really loved the way Steve took out the guy on the boat and steered it away from the crowded dock full of people. Why do they always run?!? Don’t they watch this show! LOL Steve’s hand to hand take down was one his best ever.
We finally got to see the scenes shot when Hawaii Five-0 shut down the H-3 highway so Chin could look totally hot on his new motorcycle. Personally, bikes scare me to death (I prefer a lot more metal between me and the concrete) but I have to admit, that ride looked breathtaking. I might reconsider my dislike of bikes if I had someone like Chin at the controls and my arms around him from the back! LOL
Kono is still dealing with the two dead Yakuza guys outside her house. Chin arrives and Kono tells him she is sure Gabriel is responsible for their deaths. They have to get word to Shioma, let him know Kono and Adam and nothing to do with the deaths. Just curious, since when can Chin just pick up a phone and call a Yakuza oyabun??
But even with all she has on her mind on a personal level as well as with the ongoing case, Kono never loses touch with the good and generous heart she has. When Eric manages to retrieve a piece of video from the recovered GoPro camera of an old surfing friend of Kono’s her first thought it to ask Eric to make a copy. She then brings it to Eli Hoku’s wife, a loving gift she never dreamed she’d have and be able to share with her son. Her husband died doing what he loved the most and his last moments were ones of pure happiness. What a wonderful person Kono is.
I also really loved seeing Nahale again and I really hope we get to see much more of him and his growing relationship with Steve. It certainly looks like he has taken his second chance from Steve to heart. This is the kid who stole his car and yet here he is, a year later, and Steve is trusting him to pick up the engagement ring. I love the good natured ribbing between the two, a little brother teasing his big bro over spending his car money on a bit of “metastable allotrope of carbon”. I really hope we get to see this relationship evolve even further.
I really love how this show, no matter what’s going on, manages to have fun, lighthearted moments throughout the episode. The Nahale scene being one, the scene between Danny and Eric at Danny’s house another. I liked Kamekona ribbing Jerry about the lack of windows and air in his new basement office and the comical first meeting between Eric and Jerry. And we had not one, not two but three shirtless scenes in this episode. Steve and Danny! Be still my fan girl heart. What a friggin’ treat that was!!!
All in all I really enjoyed this episode and the way it all played out. It had to be difficult for TPTB to write this story. They had to know they were going to be damned if they did and damned if they didn’t. And they wrote it exactly the way they should have written it….. their way. You can love it. You can hate it. But it is what it is. Now we move forward to where, who knows? But I, for one, am looking forward to the new direction with excitement. Well done, gentlemen!
Have a great week my friends! Aloha. Malama pono.
All photos are mine. Screencaps from iTunes.