I know…I know….let’s not beat around the bush. Let’s get right to the heart of the matter. Let’s get it out in the open right off the bat. (Welcome to the KoolAid cliché festival) …. I loved Lynn Downey and Sarah Carter absolutely rocked in this episode. With that out of the way….let’s get started.
I didn’t really care for the way the episode started. I’m not a big fan of starting off episodes in the middle then having that “six hours ago” thing happen. I won’t pretend like it worked for me this time because it didn’t. I would have preferred if the scene from the middle had stayed in the middle instead of starting off the episode then repeating again later. But that’s just me. It didn’t stop me from really enjoying what came next, what should have been first.
What came next was Steve and Lou. Everyone who knows me knows I am a die-hard Steve and Danny fan. I firmly believe theirs is the relationship that binds this show together. It was true in the original Five-O and it is even truer now. I know there are those who disagree with me, and that’s fine, but it’s what I have always believed and what I love to see more than pretty much anything. Now, having said that, on the few occasions when Danny isn’t in an episode I can, without reservation, say I just love Lou as Steve’s second. Steve and Danny have formed an unbreakable brotherhood and Steve and Lou have a hard won deep friendship. They are not mutually exclusive to each other but coexist quite wonderfully. Lou’s concern over Steve’s planned adventure and his reversal into high enthusiasm for that same adventure was hysterical. Every man I know would do and say the exact same thing to a friend in that moment. It was perfect.
Ok…let’s talk about Lynn. To use my favorite word, I thought Lynn was awesome. There are some who are glomming onto Alex’s words in the CBS featurette that Lynn “seems like a perfect match” for Steve and taking that to mean TPTB were again attempting to cast another “female McGarrett”. Well, we know how well that has gone in the past.
Lynn is adventurous. She loves the outdoors. She was raised in Hawaii and loves the land and the sea. She wants to help those who aren’t able to help themselves. She is also outgoing, intelligent, witty and funny and brave, even in the face of being totally terrified. No, she is not a “female McGarrett”, not by a long shot. But maybe that’s what Steve needs right now. Someone he can protect for a change. Someone who needs him, as much as he needs her. Someone who will, for once, put him first, before anything else. Is Lynn that person, I don’t know yet. I’d love to say they have “chemistry” but, even though I loved them in this episode, it’s too early for that. As Steve said, he doesn’t even know her yet. But, ohhhhhhh, there is definitely plenty of potential there.
Photo courtesy of CBS Photo credit @Huntress62
But, for now, she seems like a good match for Steve. Even on such a short acquaintance she makes him smile, he’s comfortable with her, they were having fun. It was wonderful to see a relaxed, playful Steve. Steve, who’s usually the one showing off his home and the wonders of his island, being the one awed by the beauty around him and as excited as a boy to be among creatures of the sea he’d never seen before. It’s a side of Steve we’ve never seen before and I liked it…. a lot. Lynn impressed him, which is not an easy thing to do. Will it go farther than “next Saturday”, malasadas and coffee? Who knows? But they will never forget their first date, that’s for damn sure.
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Photo credit @AboutAlexO Photo credit @Huntress62
I also really like that she’s a regular girl, not attached to his work, not a cop or military but tough in her own way. Working and fighting to protect and help disadvantaged kids is not a career for the weak of heart or someone without one hell of a back bone. She’s also not being written as someone who can do just about anything (what’s that called again? A Mary Sue?) She said she knew how to pilot a boat and she did. But she also got them turned around in the jungle, she had trouble with pulling the boat to the beach and she was absolutely, positively, bone shaking, terrified. Sarah was incredibly believable in portraying Lynn’s fear. Who could blame her? Navy SEAL by my side or not, if some crazy fool was firing an automatic weapon over my head I’d be shaking until my teeth rattled too. What a damn fine actress she is.
I enjoyed their adventure, their “first date from hell” and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Lynn and seeing where this relationship goes. My only hope is that if it does become a serious relationship (which I hope it does, because God knows no one deserves some happiness more than Steve McGarrett) the writers don’t think she needs to be in every single episode. Kono and Adam are married and involved in a major story line and we don’t see Adam every episode, so there is no need to see Lynn either. She works with disadvantaged kids so I’m assuming we’ll see her involved in something concerning Nahale eventually but other than that, I’d like to see the two of them doing fun things together or going out for drinks or joining in with the rest of the gang in those great end-of-episode Ohana moments. A wonderful addition to his life, not the center of his existence. Just as long as she makes him happy I will be happy.
The B story in this episode was interesting to a certain extent. I would have really preferred if the entire episode could have been Steve and Lynn on the island but I know we need to give the rest of the team something to do. The story was a little weak, I have to admit but what made it a fun watch was how Chin, Kono and Lou worked the case. I loved watching Lou being funny and threatening at the same time and he had some great one liners in this episode, as he has in the last several. I especially loved the little homage to Danny ranting about Steve’s driving as Lou clung to the door handle as Chin raced down a dirt road. “I have an SUV for this kind of thing… and from now on, we’re takin’ my SUV!!!”
And Chin! Oh my God…what has happened to our level headed Zen master who remains calm when all around him are losing their heads? It was a little scary seeing him lose it like that in the blue room to the point where Lou had to stop him. There is something going on there, a frustration with the lack of progress in the Gabriel situation maybe and the danger Kono and Adam remain in because of it? Who knows? I did get a kick out of the guy saying what they all seem to say in the blue room. “You’re a cop man…you can’t do this!” And yet, they always do, don’t they? LOL That pesky immunity is really a bitch, ain’t it dude?
I got a real kick out of Chin and Lou going on about whether Lynn was “thumb worthy”. I could not stop laughing because, even if I think “thumb worthy” is a term the writers just came up with, guys rating the hotness of a buddy’s date is spot on. I also loved Kono’s reaction to them. Totally realistic. And please, spare me the estrogen pity party over “misogynistic” men and how they are demeaning a woman by talking about her that way. Not when I have spent 40+ years in the company of real women who swoon and salivate over every hot guy they see. I can log onto dozens and dozens of sites run by women who post pictures of hot guys like it’s a friggin’ meat market. Not when the same women throwing that word around in every other sentence are drooling over shirtless Alex and breathlessly waiting for as many scenes as they can get with him in as little clothing as possible. Men are guilty of the behavior we saw in Chin and Lou but women are just as bad and, dare I say, sometimes even worse. If you think that’s not true, you need to get out more.
I have to mention the underwater sequence when Steve and Lynn were snorkeling. It was simply breathtaking. Turtles, stingrays, a couple of playful dolphins and more colorful, beautiful schools of fish than could ever be imagined. No wonder Lynn suggested it for their little adventure. If I could I’d be there every chance I’d get!
Yes, I have to say, this episode was another winner. There have been several in a row now and that can only make true fans of the show happy. Last week I said how much I loved an episode where I didn’t need my large pitcher of KoolAid to get through it. Well, that isn’t the case this week. There were a few times during this episode where I was reaching for a nice tall glass of the stuff. Doesn’t mean I didn’t love the episode, because, of course, I did. Just that the need to suspend belief was needed a bit more than usual and for me, that’s something.
• How did they actually land a plane on that island? I mean, is there a runway hidden somewhere? I know there was one on the island when Kate, Sawyer and company needed it but on this tiny little out-of-the-way pebble in the middle of the ocean?
• Logan faked his death in a plane crash and has tons of money, enough to pay off the Feds who were taking him to prison. Has money still to try and bribe Steve too, yet he’s living on this island like one of the Others? What’s the point of that? Fat lot of good all his money is doing him there.
• What are the odds that after 4 years in hiding on that pebble of an island an ex-Navy SEAL who can’t be bought is the person who just happens by?
• How did Logan know Steve’s name? When he tried to bribe him, he said “everyone has a price McGarrett”. When Logan had Lynn by the hair she yelled out Steve’s name but she called out “Steve” only. So how did Logan know his last name?
• New Rule: No one is ever allowed… ever again… to go anywhere out of cell phone range without a SAT phone. Period.
• Is there really that much money to be made betting on a high school football game, even one that would send the team to the State Championship that it warrants kidnapping an innocent man and threatening to blow his brains out if his kid doesn’t throw the game?
Lastly, a word about moving on. I wonder at all the women out there who are the mothers of sons. Let’s say your son is involved in a long term relationship with a girl you really… really…like. Let’s say something happens between them, something he may not even want to talk about or reveal to anyone but a decision is made that it’s not working and it would be for the best if they stopped seeing each other. What would you do? Would you try to convince your son that he’s made a terrible mistake and that he should get back with the girl who is wrong for him simply because you happen to like her? And what of his next girlfriend? Are you going to dislike her right off the bat, before you even know her, simply because she’s not the girl you wanted him to be with? As the mother of a daughter, I wouldn’t want her to have to deal with her boyfriend’s vengeful mother, a woman who thinks she knows her son’s heart better than he does. I only have a daughter so I have no idea what the women who have sons are like but I sure hope to God your son’s happiness would be more important to you than you getting everything you want.
So there we are, another great episode this week and what looks like another good one to come next week. This season is on a roll, every episode has been a really great one. Can’t wait to see what’s coming next.
Have a great week my friends! Aloha. Malama pono.
Note: In a little over a week my daughter is leaving home to finish her studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Needless to say, the last few weeks have been crazy with lots of time being spent on preparations. This weekend there’s a party at my house on Sunday so the family can come and see her before she leaves for God only knows how long.
So, where I would usually have spent hours re-watching and screen capping the episode for the blog, this week’s blog has many less photos than is usual for me. Also, since I didn’t have time to do all the screen grabs myself, I am relying on some great Twitter friends and their wonderful screen caps. I have given credit where appropriate. If there is no credit given, that screen cap is mine.