Halloween on Hawaii Five-0 is always a fun adventure. We’ve had a copycat killer recreating a horror movie and a guy trying to recreate his lost love ala Bride of Frankenstein. There was that satanic serial killer and his equally creepy grandmother and that Halloween when a zombie crashed the Rocky Horror Picture Show party on Queens Beach.
Halloween episodes are not designed to add to a story arc, nor are they there for any kind of character development. They’re not the kinds of episodes anyone will call “all-time favorites” because they’re really only filler episodes that take advantage of the holiday and give the cast a chance to have a bit of fun.
For me, as far as Halloween episodes go this will be a favorite. Why? Honestly because this is the first one that wasn’t full of guts and gore and spraying, spurting blood. Not that all that isn’t wonderfully gory fun for Halloween but it was nice to have a good old fashioned haunted house story to scare the bejeebers out of everyone.
Well, let’s get to it then. As usual, just my random ramblings in no specific order:
Max: I know I’m not the only one who was absolutely thrilled to see Max again. I was a bit taken back by his new look, beard and long hair, until… duh… of course… it’s Halloween and Max is once again dressed as a favorite Keanu Reeves character. This time “John Wick”. The biggest and most wonderful surprise, the wedding ring he’s wearing is not just part of his “John Wick” costume. Max and Sabrina got married!
How wonderful is that? Well, it would have been more wonderful if we could have actually seen it happen but still, I couldn’t be happier for the both of them. Peter Lenkov did say we were going to have a surprise wedding this season. My guesses were either Max and Sabrina or Mary McGarrett. After all, Mary has already shown up an old man she was caring for and with a baby. Why not show up with a husband? Steve would lose his mind! 😀 But, I am very happy it turned out to be Max and Sabrina who I’ve always thought are adorable together.
Jerry and the kids: Who better to baby sit the Williams kids on Halloween than the biggest kid of them all? Add to that, Halloween also happens to be Jorge Garcia’s favorite holiday so I’m sure he had a blast with this episode too. I was a bit surprised Danny wasn’t more put out about not being able to be with his kids, especially Charlie, on Halloween but he chose the perfect person to stand in. But I’m sure Jerry didn’t realize the land mine he was walking into.
Charlie was easy, well, after he got over his initial fright at Jerry’s costume but Grace was another story. As a mother, I fully remember what a 14-year-old girl is like. There were days back then when I was sure I was eventually going to be on the 6 o’clock news. Whether it was going to be a murder, suicide or both was debatable. Grace’s attitude brought back those memories very clearly.
But, damn, Danny is one tough cookie. Grace is grounded because of what she did last Halloween. It reminded me of something my mother used to do. She’d bide her time, make me think I got off easy for whatever I’d done, then, out of the blue, whammo, my punishment would land at the most inopportune time. Sucks when you’re the kid. But a great tool for a parent. I learned my lesson every time it happened to me and I’m sure this is one punishment Grace isn’t going to soon forget either.
I’m thrilled the writers are finally writing Grace appropriately for her age. She’s 14 and she’s acting like she’s 14. Unlike in the past when Grace seemed to be perpetually stuck on 10 years old no matter the situation, this is refreshing and long overdue. Grace has been through a lot in her young life. Not only with the things that have happened to her but also watching the drama between all her parents as well as being the daughter of a cop. Pile on some adolescent hormones and the fact that she is a Williams, snarky petulance isn’t a big surprise.
But no matter what, Danny, Rachel and Stan have been good parents. Grace may be testing her limits and acting out a bit but she is still a kid with an honest and good heart. A small nudge from Jerry, a gentle reminder that, yeah, she can spend her Halloween being angry and miserable or she could spend the time with Charlie. There will always be Halloweens and parties but this is time she’ll never get back with Charlie once it’s gone.
Of course, Danny has a few more years of adolescent hormones and “bipolar” behavior to deal with before Grace passes through this turbulent period in her life. But for now, it was wonderful to see Grace show up, in her costume, to help Charlie find the houses with the best candy after all.
COTW: As far as Halloween stories go, I really enjoyed this one a lot. Like I said before, I liked that this one was not based on blood and gore, but a good old fashioned haunted house story.
I’m not up on Hawaiian lore. I’m sure my friend Wendie of the Five-0 Redux knows whether the ghost story we saw in the flashback to 1940 was a documented HPD case or whether this is pure fiction for the show because I have no idea one way or the other. (FYI… I don’t read any other reviews until after my review posts. Any similarities between my review and others is a combination of coincidence and great minds thinking alike.)
Regardless, whether it’s real or fiction for the show, I loved how Steve was recounting the story to Danny as they approached the very same house. It reminded me of the Halloween episode with the satanic serial killer and his creepy grandmother. That episode also had a house Steve and Danny needed to investigate and Steve tried to scare Danny into believing it was haunted too.
The story of Marjorie Webb was a good one. Having her literally scared to death was a nice touch. Nice not to have a “conventional” murder. I kind of figured her assistant was somehow involved the moment she collaborated Marjorie’s belief that the house was haunted but, of course, I had no idea how she was involved or what her motive would be.
But, damn, what a motive it was. What kind of a horrible human being lies to grieving families about the whereabouts of their missing children? Lies to parents about the life or death of their child, giving them hope or forever crushing their lives for a bit of fame and money?
To me, that was the true horror of this episode. That someone could be so…. yes…. evil, to do such horrendous things. Add to that the suicide of the assistant’s father after he was told his very much alive daughter was dead, only intensifies the horror of what Marjorie was doing. Perhaps none of the other families she duped had someone resort to such drastic measures but I think it’s safe to say she destroyed more than a few lives and there will be very few out there who will be sorry to see what became of her.
Danny and Eric: I know there will be those out there that will vehemently disagree with me but I just can never get enough of the Family Williams. First, Grace and Charlie with Jerry and then Danny and Eric at the “haunted” house.
I loved the story Eric told about Danny scaring the pee out of him when he was ten years old. I can totally see Danny doing something like that. I was the youngest in my family and I had an older cousin who just loved to sit me down and tell me all kinds of scary stories that had me huddled in my bed at night too scared to let my hand dangle off the side. To this day, 40 years later, he still loves to tell the tale of how he used to scare me.
It was also fun watching Eric cautiously move about the house afraid of what was around every corner. I guess Eric doesn’t watch this show or he’d know nothing good ever comes from basements in Hawaii, especially on Halloween. But he was able to figure out that the house has been rigged to “gaslight” Marjorie. I know there are those who have no patience for Eric but here is a guy who was on the path to being pretty useless and turned it all around. Not only did he find a calling, he’s damn good at it. He’s never failed our team yet.
I’m pretty sure, at the beginning, Danny didn’t believe the story Steve told him about the house, figuring it was just Steve trying to scare him again. I’m positive, once he found out from Eric that the “haunted” house had, in fact, been rigged, Danny was sure Steve was only trying to scare him. My favorite scene of this episode was when Danny tried to turn the tables on Steve. I’m not sure what was funnier. The looks on Steve, Chin and Lou’s faces as the “paranormal activity” began to swirl around them, Lou’s “Oh hell no!” or the moment Steve recognized Danny’s dopey laugh. All in all, those few moments were simply golden.
Kono and Adam: To be perfectly honest, I could have very easily done without this part of the episode. Yeah, it added a bit of a Halloween scare but, all in all, it wasn’t necessary. I would have been perfectly content to just have more of the ghost story or even more of Jerry and the kids. Hell, they could have even taken a few minutes and let Max show the guys his wedding pictures on his phone or something.
First off, can we please let these two have a week go by without something horrible happening to them? Please? Why couldn’t they have just gone to Turtle Bay and happily disappeared in a pile of rumpled bedsheets and warm bubble baths? If we can have an episode without Danny and only hear “he went to Jersey” as the reason, why couldn’t Kono just have gotten the week off with a “Kono picked a good time to go to Turtle Bay” line from one of the guys? If it was absolutely crucial Kono and Adam be in the episode, I could have totally gotten into spying on one of those bubble baths again. But I suppose the writers thought we needed at least a little bit of blood for this to be a true Halloween episode.
Ok, it was kind of cool to see Kono and Adam get themselves out of that sticky situation. I would have been totally freaking out if I was Kono. The last time she saw one of those masks up close she lost a few teeth.
I did enjoy the look on the other woman’s face as she watched these two take down their attackers. I got a kick out of the little nod they both gave to the fact that, yes, they can’t seem to go anywhere without trouble following them. But, all in all, while I really love Kono and Adam and love seeing them, yeah, I could have done without this part and not missed it in the least.
Promo for 7.07: Well, we finally got to see the promo for H50’s big 150th episode. Up until Friday, this was the first time in six plus years that I was not enthusiastic about a new episode, especially one of such significance. But after seeing the promo photos and especially after seeing this preview I’m more encouraged. The teases of the promo are “It’s one “mother” of a mission” and “Christine Lahti Returns”. We already knew #150 was going to center around Doris and Steve and hopefully Steve finally, after all these years, getting the answers he’s been desperate for before that story is concluded.
The best part of the 20 second promo is that Catherine only appears for about four seconds. It’s crystal clear she is strictly only intended to be a plot devise but also she’s not to be any kind of draw for this episode. That could not please me more! Hopefully, the loose ends of both these women will be tied together and ended once and for all so Steve and the rest of us can finally move on.
So, have a wonderful week my friends. Rest up and recharge. I have a feeling next weekend is gonna be a doozy!
Aloha. Malama Pono.
Note: All screen caps are mine unless otherwise noted.