I’ve been watching TV for a very long time. No matter what show it is, I have always enjoyed when a series steps out of their normal routine every once in a while and does something a bit different. Like when a comedy does a special episode which deals with a very serious issue, for example.
This year’s Valentine’s episode of Five-0 is just such an episode, an episode that managed to show us our team in a way we haven’t really seen before. We’re used to seeing our heroes totally capable and in control in their work, so it was fun to see them struggling with their disastrous Valentine’s Day dates and even more fun to see how those dates worked out in the end…. when they did. Quite frankly, this episode was pure fun from beginning to end.
Of course, the episode didn’t deviate completely from its tried and true formula, there was a crime of the week to solve after all. Two wealthy yet miserable wives who meet at their country club and decide to off each others husbands. Nothing like a little Hitchcock to spice up Valentine’s Day. It was an interesting little case that kept our team on their toes but it also served to have them all sitting around in various locations on a stakeout with nothing to do except wait for their suspect to make her last move and to take the time to tell their tales of Valentine woes.
I loved how the episode started, with romantic scenes from old home movies and the mellow, dulcet tones of Dean Martin singing “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes”. Dean has become a favorite of our writing crew it seems. This is the second time we’ve been blessed with his wonderful voice in an episode. The clips continuing throughout the episode was a cute touch too and while I did enjoy them, I think those few seconds could have been better utilized by adding them to the crime or to the individual stories. But I have to admit seeing my old favorite Captain Kirk on my new favorite show was a great fun surprise.
But, let’s get on with the real fun of this episode. Whose date should we talk about first?
Well, I’m going to start off with Max for several reasons. First, simply because I adore Max and love it whenever he is on my screen. Second, even if we didn’t get to see her, I’m thrilled he and Sabrina are still together after all this time. It is so sweet the way Max’s face just lights up whenever he talks about her and it’s crystal clear how much he loves her.
And, finally, because the Max/Sabrina relationship is a perfect example of how a long term relationship on this show can exist without us having to see the significant other all the time. I mean, think about it. We all have jobs. We all have coworkers. We all know or at least know about, the significant others of the people we work with. How often do we actually ever see those people? Does it mean their relationships have no merit because we, total outsiders, don’t lay eyes on their partners all the time? No, there is no reason why we need to see the partners of our team all the time in order to justify whether or not a relationship is solid.
And there is no couple on this show that are more solid than Lou and Renee. We’ve seen the commitment these two share time and time again. But, I do have a serious question to ask though. Are there really guys out there who forget birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine’s Day? I mean, in the 35 years my husband and I have been together, both before and after marriage, he’s never forgotten any of those things. Is that just a clichéd plot device used in TV shows and movies to stir up trouble between couples? I’m serious here, because I simply have no personal frame of reference for this.
Anyway, I have to say, I absolutely love Renee Grover. I love how she’s able to reduce her big, boisterous husband into a chastised little boy with one wave of a long elegant finger. Let me tell you, I wouldn’t want to come up against her in the rendition room! And, oh my God, did she look stunning in that dress. Lou really screwed up and screwed up big! If that old velvet suit wasn’t bad enough, showing up in his golf shoes with cheap flowers and candy in hand set it in stone. As Kono said, way back in Season 2, “Just what every girl wants for Valentine’s Day. Drug store candy”. Sorry babe… dog house for you for sure!
The running gag throughout the episode of Grover’s golf buddy, Chef Morimoto, not being able to get Lou a last minute table at his restaurant on Valentine’s Day while he seemed to be able to find a table for everyone else was really cute. It was nice to see, when Lou really needed a save, Morimoto was there to help him finally romance Renee in the way she deserved.
Now Danny, he did everything right for Melissa. A beautifully set dinner table complete with romantic candlelight. A wonderful meal he prepared himself accompanied by an expensive bottle of wine. He even made cute little bunny napkins to hide the bottle of perfume he got for her. Romance to the max until she opens her Valentine.
I can sort of understand why Danny may be reluctant to say “I love you” to a woman again after Rachel and Gaby, but signing the Valentine to your best girl with only your name when she obviously loves you may not have been the best move. After being together for two years a girl expects the man she loves to at least be able to tell her how he feels. While I do understand her disappointment over her Valentine I think she really overreacted.
Melissa is young but she is not an inexperienced child. If you really think about it, her marriage was much more disastrous than Danny’s was. I mean, Rachel left Danny for another man and moved away with Grace… yes…we know the story. But Melissa’s husband beat the living hell out of her, putting her in the hospital where she nearly died. She had to make a run for her life to the other side of the planet.
Her ex-husband probably told her he loved her over and over… probably after every single time he beat the crap out of her. Obviously his words meant nothing. Danny, on the other hand, may not be quite ready to say the words but all his actions speak volumes to how he feels. He is also completely right. He may not say it often but when he does it means something. Melissa having lived with a man whose words meant nothing should have realized that. She had the right to be disappointed but being angry was, to me anyway, a bit of an overreaction. And the way she and Danny were snuggling up in bed a couple of days later shows she probably figured that out all on her own.
Now, Chin had the Valentine plan of all Valentine plans. Spend a romantic evening in the arms of his lady, beautiful hotel room, complete with champagne. Having Abby run from the room with no explanation except for a curt “I can’t.. I’m sorry” was something he never expected. As happened so many times during this episode, I could not stop laughing as Chin bolted into the hallway after Abby in nothing by the teeniest of towels and the door to the room clicked shut.
I have to admit; this was the scene I was waiting for the entire week. Chin, in the lobby of the hotel, in nothing but that towel, coming face to face with Duke and his wife. Everyone knows how much I adore Dennis Chun and his lady Laura. To see them on screen together was such a treat I really hope the writers find another reason to have Nalani accompany Duke somewhere again. I don’t know… maybe Duke should get an award for bravery or something and Nalani would be there by his side. Anything… because Laura was fantastic. That uncomfortable smile and quirked eyebrow look spoke volumes without her having to say a word. And Duke reaction when he sees Chin again the next day was priceless!
Of course, we see later that Abby is not quite who she seems to be. She is definitely up to something because she lied to Chin about being home in San Francisco when she has not actually left the island.
To me, I see Abby bolting away from Chin as a sure sign that she is having second thoughts over whatever she’s up to. Obviously, she is trying to infiltrate Five-0 for a purpose. Her behavior here makes me believe that it’s not specifically Chin that she came after but the entire team. I think her feelings for Chin have hit her totally by surprise, something she never expected, and those feelings are throwing a monkey wrench into her plans.
And whatever those plans are, they are probably coming to a head very soon and her good conscious couldn’t let her have a romantic evening full of sex with a man she obviously cares for when she knows she’s going to have to hurt him very, very soon. It’s too bad someone else’s “love” didn’t have the same consideration a while back.
As for Steve Valentine’s, well, that was a little bait and switch. Promos made it look as though Steve got his black eye on his “disastrous date” with Lynn but that really wasn’t the full case. Steve’s bad Valentine’s day actually started in the morning well before the actual “date”.
It began as a really great start to the day, Steve in bed looking quite satisfied and Lynn returning to the room, quite naked, looking for something to wear. Steve steers her to the drawer where he keeps his shirts, forgetting that’s the place where he put the engagement ring he’d bought for Catherine. Of course, Lynn finds the ring.
Lynn, of course, knew about Catherine although she didn’t know he was about to propose to her. Ellie introduced Lynn to Steve so, of course, she told her friend that the guy she was introducing her to was coming off a bad breakup. Ellie may not have known about the engagement, however. I got the impression only the team knew about that so it’s very plausible Lynn didn’t know just how serious it was in Steve’s mind.
But a rebound? How much time needs to pass after a breakup before the next love isn’t considered a rebound? A month? A year? Wouldn’t any new person, or either side of the breakup, be in that category? Like Melissa with Danny, I feel that Lynn totally over reacted and considering she came around later and she and Steve ended up having a very romantic Valentine’s evening, it sounds like she realized it too.
As for the ring? Can you imagine the embarrassment of being a Command Officer in the U.S. Navy and the head of Five-0, walking into a jewelry store and having to return an engagement ring? Having the jeweler assume that the mighty Commander McGarrett asked someone to marry him and she actually said no? I’m sure a professional jeweler wouldn’t be crude enough to ask for the details but Steve is very well known around Oahu. He’d probably be mortified just by the assumption. So, it’s totally understandable to me that he’d want to put that off as long as he could and it’s quite possible that he might never return that ring to the store.
It could also be that, subconsciously, the ring does represents a good time in his life, a short moment in time when he actually thought he had the chance to be happy, before it was all ripped away. Maybe holding onto the ring also holds on to that fleeting moment in time even if, in his heart, he knows that moment is truly gone.
But it doesn’t really matter. As of right now, he’s moving on. He took one last look at the woman he thought was “the one”, took one last moment to remember what had once been good, then did the only thing he could do. What he should have done months ago. He deleted her from his life.
Does that mean she’ll never come back? Probably not. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if she pulls a Doris one of these days and shows up, unannounced again, blubbering about missions and not having a choice and how she never stopped loving him. I hope to God Steve doesn’t fall for it. He’s said it himself. He doesn’t like being played.
And he has Lynn now. Once they were able to settle their argument over the ring they were able to have a wonderful Valentine’s evening. Even if Steve did wind up with a black eye from being socked in the face by a wayward shoe tossed during an impromptu striptease. It was a striptease he looked to be wholeheartedly enjoying, by the way. This is the old bait and switch. Unlike the promos made it seem, he didn’t get that black eye from Lynn out of anger (she didn’t hit him with the ring box, nor did he get hit with an exploding champagne cork, a baseball, door knob, a coconut, a practice grenade, a tree limb or get kicked by a horse! LOL). He got the black eye accidentally while having fun!
So, I suppose we could go, once again, to our evenings romantic crooner, Dean Martin and paraphrase…. “When a shoe hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.” It was great to see the two of them, happily sharing a Longboard and a beautiful day on Steve’s beach. They looked happy. I sure hope they can remain so.
Sadly, not everyone’s Valentine’s turned out to be a happy one. Poor Kono. I enjoyed her good natured ribbing of Chin and the other guys over their Valentine’s misadventures. Putting on a brave face and telling them not to worry about her, she’ll get to see Adam in a couple of days.
But seeing her, later that night, curled up in her bed crying, alone, watching her wedding video was truly heartbreaking. But even Kono, in her sadness and loneliness managed to smile through her tears looking at the loving, happy face of her husband on their special day. They will be together again.
All in all, this is one of my favorite episodes of the season. I really enjoyed the lighthearted nature of it and just how much fun it was. I know, now that the holidays are over and we’re beginning to enter the home stretch of this season, the episodes will start to get more serious as we work our way toward the season finale and whatever the writers have in store for us. It’s fun to have an episode like this one, just to sit back and enjoy the fun before the seriousness really sets in.
Personally, I had a wonderful Valentine’s. My hubs, who did not forget the holiday, nor the fact that my birthday is also coming up this week, took me out on Saturday night for dinner and a show in town. We had a wonderful night and it reminded me again of the sweet guy he is and why I’ve loved him for the past 35 years. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Valentine’s weekend with the person you all love the most too.
Until next week. Aloha. Malama Pono.
All screen captures are my own!