Dear Friends. I hope you don’t mind but this week’s review won’t be as detailed as usual. I had a small medical procedure on Friday and it seems anesthesia and I don’t get along very well and I never managed to make it all the way through the episode on Friday night. Saturday morning arrived and I realized I’d missed a large portion of what happened. Also, I spent pretty much all of Saturday out of the house with family obligations my dear husband got me tied into that I just couldn’t shake (and believe me… I tried!). Anyway, here it is, Sunday afternoon and I only just watched the entire episode for the first time. I’m still not feeling very well, so I’m just going to hit on some main points. Please feel free to discuss the episode any way you’d like in the comments section, as always.
This week’s episode was really just a filler episode; not related to any ongoing arcs but quite enjoyable in its own right. I especially liked how the title reflected the themes of both main stories. I mean, there isn’t much bigger game out there than Great White Sharks and Nazi’s, right? Ok… let’s get to it:
Grover the “Grill Sergeant”: This scene was really cute. I love Grover and Chi McBride is a delight in just about everything he does. I could totally relate to the feeling of frustration and annoyance when trying to have a conversation with your teenager while their face is plastered to their phone. I have also experienced the phenomenon of two teenagers having a texted conversation while they are sitting a foot apart. So, yeah, I got a real kick out of it. But having said that, I do think it went on a bit too long. It’s only purpose seemed to be having the photo of the dead “big game hunter” show up on Grace & Will’s phones.
Shrimp Strike at Kamekona’s: You guys know me. You know I absolutely love Kamekona but these calls to Five-0 for his personal “emergencies” are pretty ridiculous. I mean, Kame is a smart business man, an enterprising entrepreneur. This man is not stupid so it shouldn’t be difficult for him to comprehend that flat tires and peaceful picket lines are not things you need to bother Five-0 about, Ohana or not. If the plan was for Flippa to be given his own North Shore shrimp truck it could have been done without these silly scenes. Kame could have just decided that his love for his cousin and the good and loyal work he’s done for him was worthy of his own truck in Kame’s plan to expand. They could have had an Ohana gathering at the new truck at the end of an episode to announce Flippa’s “promotion” and that would have been that.
A Shark’s Tale: This was an interesting story that should have been expanded. If they’d used some of Lou’s pancake tutorial and about 90% of the shrimp truck picket line and added that time to this story, it would have been so much better. I liked the team combo of Danny, Kono and Lou working this case however. I love any combination of these guys so having them all together made this story fun. I especially liked how real life shark conservationist Ocean Ramsey, played the character Lily O’Neill. I give her credit, she’s got guts to go free diving with sharks. Those underwater scenes of her with the sharks were incredible.
A Bit more Hawaiian History: We’ve been getting a fair amount of stories this season with historical themes. Events which have taken place in Hawaii as well as Hawaiian history itself. The part Hawaii played in the JFK assignation. The history and current story of the Nation of Hawaii. This week, we learned about the Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement, in the Kalaupapa National Historic Site on Molokai. It’s heartbreaking to think there was a time when people sent their family members away in fear of being exposed to what is now known as Hanson’s Disease. Even more heartbreaking is the emotional toll that ostracism from the world and their families took on the patients of Kalaupapa. So much so, that many chose to remain in the only home they had even after the quarantine was lifted. I found a very interesting article which discusses Kalaupapa, its history and what, if anything, will happen to the land once the last resident passes away. If you’re interested… here’s the link:
Justice Finally Served: Our main story centering around Leia Rozen and her quest to find the Nazi guard who had terrorized her grandfather Itzhak in Auschwitz. The same way it’s heartbreaking to think of those people sent into exile because of their disease, it’s equally as heartbreaking to think those who perpetuated the worst crimes against their fellow man could walk away and lead normal lives while leaving their tattered and traumatized victims shells of their former selves. Watching Bernie Kopell, as Itzhak Rozen, recalling the day Nazi guard Thomas Sauer forced him to choose who would die, his brother or his sister, was the most heart wrenching scene I’ve seen in a very long time. How can such evil exist in the heart of a man to do such a thing?
I also really enjoyed that Steve and Chin were in on the arrest when Sauer and his daughter Alana were found hiding in Arizona. As always, I allow for certain amount of literary license with regard to what would be normal procedure in real life and what they do on TV but I thought I’d look this one up. According to Attorney John McCurley’s article on Lawyers.com, “Police Jurisdiction: Where Can Officers Make Arrests?”, officers may make arrests “outside their jurisdiction when in “fresh pursuit” of a suspect who committed a crime within their territory”. Also, many states “allow an out-of-state officer to cross the state line to make an arrest ….. when the suspect being chased has committed a felony”. I think murder and war crimes fall into this category! Besides, I just loved hearing Steve arrest Sauer “under the laws of the Geneva Convention”. A very powerful moment.
Eric and Bill Walker: There’s been a joke among some fans for years that Five-0 is a bit of a “Love Boat” where stars whose luster may have faded can find a place in an episode. I know there are those who probably hyperventilated with laughter hearing that Bernie Kopell was going to be in this episode since he was the ship’s doctor on the actual “Love Boat” TV show. Well, his powerful performance, while short, should have been enough to silence those snickers.
Then there is Max Gail as leprosy patient Bill Walker. Another star from an old TV show (Max played Detective Wojciehowicz in “Barney Miller” in the 1970’s) Max has been steadily working in TV and films for decades. Max was wonderful as Bill. He successfully conveyed the personal trauma of being left on the island by his parents when he was only eight years old and was almost childlike in his awe of police work and his devastation over Leia’s death and the true identity of Alana and her father.
And I really enjoyed the interaction between Bill and Eric. Just as you know how much I love Kamekona, you know how much I love Eric. He’s like so many guys I grew up knowing in Philly and Jersey; he’s a breath of fresh air for me. He acted like a perfectly normal human being when he was confronted with Bill and his misshapen hands. Politically correct…. absolutely not. … but understandable when confronted without warning… hell yeah! It was really nice to see Eric form a bond with Bill and come to the point where he didn’t see his hands any longer. I loved the handshake between them as they parted ways. Bill seemed genuinely touched by the gesture. I hope Eric is able to carry the maturity he found in this episode forward.
The Character of Hawaii: It’s been said from the very first episode of this show that Hawaii itself is a major character. It’s also the case that this is “Hawaii” Five-0 and not “Oahu” Five-0. We don’t get to leave Oahu very often but when we do I just love how we’re treated to aerial views of the different islands. I simply adored all the beautiful views from the chopper flight and of the island of Molokai. I know it used up a lot of screen time, but if we must have a filler episode, I don’t mind that some of that filler is the gorgeousness of Hawaii!
Well, there you have it my friends. I hope I did this episode justice. Have a wonderful week!
Aloha. Malama Pono
All screencaps are mine unless otherwise noted.