Hi everyone and welcome back H50! After a month’s hiatus thanks to the Olympics, we finally got a new episode of our favorite show. As you know, I’ve been away for the last two and a half weeks visiting my darling daughter in Australia. It was a fantastic trip and we had a wonderful time. I wish I never had to leave. Friday was our first day back. What a nice welcome home gift. A spanking new episode of H50!
Hopefully, this review will be decent this week, as I’m not working at full strength. Mostly because of a combination of jet lag and a burgeoning head cold, complete with fever, courtesy of the lovely young lady in the seat next to me on the plane for 14+ hours, who spent the entire flight coughing, sneezing and snuffling all over me, I’ve been writing this in spurts when I could. Please feel free, as you always do, to correct my mistakes and add any and all thoughts about this episode in the comments section. I’ve missed you guys! It will be nice to hear from you all again! ♥
OK…. let’s take a shot at this:
Three separate stories: I guess this is our new normal. I suppose it shouldn’t be a big surprise when we have so many characters and stories which need screen time. I thought they did a pretty good job of juggling them in this episode, but I still would prefer if we must have more than one story, they’d at least narrow this down to two stories and not three or more.
Even though I’d prefer them to limit the multiple stories to two, I have no problem following along if there are more. I mean, while I love the writing on this show, it’s not “War and Peace”. It’s really not that hard to follow along, even when the stories are jumping around. I don’t like multiple stories because they limit the amount of time each story can have, not because I have difficulty following them. Even congested, tired and feverish, I had no problem keeping it all straight.
COTW: The best part of this story about the headmaster of a school who goes from missing to murdered was Tani and Junior. I absolutely love the dynamic between these two. The chemistry between Meaghan and Beulah is so much fun to watch on screen.
We’ve been saying for years how it’s really a silly notion when anyone from Five-0 goes undercover since they are such a visible force on the island. How on earth don’t people know who they are? So, it made double sense to send in the kids for this assignment. They are not well known at this point in time and they really were the only choice in this case. Who else was going to pose as a couple and attempt to wade through the minefield of a PTA fundraiser? Anyone who has raised kids and attended these types of functions knows how awful they can be. Add a bunch of rich, gossipy snobs more than willing to stab each other in the back? Oh yeah… that’s a fun way to spend an afternoon!
Tani was the verbal star of this part of the episode. Her one liners were hysterical. “I have nothing in my closet that would suggest soccer mom!” “You’re in love” “No we’re not, we’re married!” “Good beer ain’t cheap!” I adore Tani’s personality. She’s sarcastic, and irreverent and has no problem telling it exactly how it is. “He also has awful halitosis and no respect for personal space.” She’s just awesome.
The COTW itself wasn’t the most interesting in the world but it did give us some great moments. I loved that Eddie was on the scene at the school to help locate the body. It’s always fantastic anytime they can find a reason to get that “Five-0 Unit” doggie vest on our favorite canine and get him to a crime scene. Eddie totally rocks!
The story also gave us a nice little shoot out when the team raids the warehouse in an attempt to rescue Barton’s wife and daughter. It’s always fun when the entire team tacks up and goes in guns blazing. And in a throw back to the past and to our previous crackerjack sniper, Kono, Junior takes the kill shot with total precision!
And, of course, this story gave us this! Need I say more???
Adam and Jesse: First off, please, for the love of God, tell me those ants were all CGI!!!! I was itchy for half an hour! (No screen cap because I really don’t want to be itchy again 😊)
I’m still on the fence about this story line but it got a bit more interesting this week. I’m still confused about how Adam is running this “task force” without keeping Steve in the loop. Adam was out of commission in that rusting shipping container for at least a full day, if not more, and no one even thought, “Huh, we haven’t heard from Adam in a while. Maybe we should give him a call and see what’s up.”
But, at least, this story had some forward progression. We now know for sure there is a bigger fish pulling Hideki’s strings and Adam is thinking it has something to do with the mysterious “secret” Michelle Shioma tried to tell him about.
We’ve speculated about this before. What could this “secret” be? Now that we know for sure Hideki is working for someone else, perhaps this big fish is the “secret” that would change Adam’s life. Could this person be another Noshimuri, a half-sibling that Adam doesn’t know about?
We previously speculated that perhaps Jesse was Adam’s unknown sister but she was with them when Hideki received that phone call and I can’t see her being the one to order Hideki around. But it is very possible there is another Noshimuri who does have the power over Hideki.
Perhaps with Hiro and Michael dead and Adam “out of the business” this other hypothetical Noshimuri is trying to resurrect the crime family and wants Hiro’s money. Money he/she thinks Adam has. This hypothetical person may just be thinking he/she has as much right to Hiro’s money as Michael and Adam did and is out to collect, by any means possible.
And poor Adam. All he’s ever wanted to do is get away from the Noshimuri legacy and no matter how far he goes, what he does, or what price he pays, it always comes back to haunt him. Ian rocked this episode from the moment he woke up with those horrible ants all over him to his taking Hideki into the jungle to dig up that old gun.
And Jesse? I’m still not sure about her either. Yeah, she really didn’t have a choice when Hideki sent her in to “interrogate” Adam. He, obviously, was testing his new protégé to see if she was someone who would do whatever was asked of her and she had to play her part to maintain her cover. But did she have to be so damn good at it???
Well, at least Steve is now in the complete loop. I still have no idea why he wasn’t in the loop all along or why it seems he allowed Adam to go rouge with this but now he knows what’s going on and how deep Adam is in. Hopefully now Five-0 and Adam will be more of an asset to each other and maybe together they can all get to the bottom of this mess.
“I’ll meet you any time you want, in our Italian Restaurant”: While Adam’s story had some forward progression, the restaurant took a huge step backwards. I admit, I wasn’t very happy with that development, but I still really like this story line. Now, that’s not to say I wouldn’t love it all to go back to the Steve/Danny dynamic of early seasons and based more on the crime fighting. Because I would love that.
But it’s been a trend in the last few years that Steve and Danny don’t team up as often as they did back then. I don’t like it, but it is what it is. Between the episodes Scott misses completely and the necessity of giving all the characters a chance to shine, the times that Steve and Danny are in the Camaro together or working a case as partners has gotten thin. Again, I don’t like it but there it is. We did manage to have them riding and working together on this case, which was wonderful to see, but it just doesn’t happen as often as it used to or as much as I’d like.
The restaurant story line gives me my Steve and Danny fix. It’s had them together on my screen more this season than they’ve been in recent times. Would I rather have them in the Camaro and on cases more? Absolutely. But at least they are together in the restaurant or talking about the restaurant and, while not ideal, it gives me my Steve and Danny time at the very least.
And, I honestly don’t understand those who complain that the restaurant is causing them to bicker more. They have been bickering from the first moment they met in the McGarrett garage eight years ago. They are bickering no more now than they ever have before. It just happens to be about restaurant issues now and not “lack of proper procedure”, or “pepperoni on pizza” or any number of other topics that caused good old-fashioned carguments in the past.
And, they’re no longer bitterly sniping at each other like they were before, especially in Season 6 when it was almost vicious. They’ve only really had one major fight over the restaurant, when the tools were stolen, and I thought Danny was impressively controlled during the entire thing. It was all patched up and back to normal in no time. So, no, I don’t see that the restaurant is causing them to bicker more. The bickering is the same, only the topic has changed.
As to Uncle Vito… he reminds me so much of a favorite uncle of mine I can’t help but like the guy! My Uncle Abe used to head slap all my male cousins whenever they were being particularly dense! He, like Danny always has, feels incredibly familiar to me from growing up in an Italian/Philly/Jersey family.
I do wish they hadn’t written that “tries to bribe a government official” thing though. Because it will look like Five-0 pulled strings to get the charges dropped or, more than likely, we’ll just never hear about it again.
I will agree that I wish the story would move on a bit quicker. As much as I am enjoying it, I would prefer it to advance now. Time to get that place up and running. I’m hoping that this latest set back will be the last. There is that old adage that once you hit rock bottom, there is no where to go but up.
Danny, and for some unfathomable reason Steve, are willing to let Vito continue to try to right this ship. I’m hoping this is the last major setback for this venture and now it will, probably slowly, begin to move in the right direction.
Vito’s speech was right on! It’s something many…many fans have said over and over again throughout this story line. He gave them the cold hard facts, to their faces, no beating around the bush. The fact that the guys are still gung-ho and still willing to do what it takes to get this project off the ground shows not only faith (perhaps very misplaced) in Vito but more importantly, in themselves. In their determination to make their dream a reality and in their commitment and faith in each other. They are nuts, but their hearts are in the right place.
Steve and Danny are not stupid people. Naive, yes. Over ambitious, yes. Stubborn, absolutely. But not stupid. They have committed to doing this together and I admire them for not simply throwing in the towel when they hit rough waters. When it finally all comes together, the success will be all the sweeter for the obstacles.
For now, if they can’t get a liquor license right away, they can always open it as a BYOB. They also really need to find someone, perhaps Vito, I like the idea of Kamekona, to manage the place for them while they continue to work as Five-0. Everyone is 100% right that there is no way they can run a restaurant full time before they retire. Having someone manage the place for them, while they maintain full control, is the best option for them until then.
So, yeah, the writers really need to begin to move this story in a forward direction. If they are trying to stretch it out to be an end of season, or even a Season 9 story, that’s fine. Stretch it out with fun scenes of the guys working together (like when they did Charlie’s bedroom remodel), bonding over power tools or just sitting around the place after a hard day’s work with a couple of Longboards and some laughs.
We also don’t need to see a restaurant scene every single week. Let a couple of episodes go by without seeing it then have it appear in an episode with a major improvement having been accomplished. In this way, we’d not only see the restaurant slowly coming together, we would see Danny and Steve actually having some fun together in the process. There have been enough problems and setbacks. Time to move on to getting this place up and running.
“Who shot Danny” – H50’s version of “Who shot JR”: Well, at least we won’t have to wait over an entire summer hiatus to find out like we did back then and while Vito didn’t give us any forward progression with the restaurant, he was able to move this part of the story along.
So, it seems hazmat-suit-guy wanted to kill Danny but didn’t know where he was these days. But he does seem to know that Vito and Danny are related and calls Vito to his house to do an estimate on a bathroom remodel. While there they make small talk about cops they know and Vito does a bit of bragging about his nephew who left Jersey to be a cop in paradise, inadvertently leading hazmat-suit-guy right to Danny. Oops is right! I’ve got to feel for Vito. I mean, we’ve all done it. When someone is engaging you in conversation about their kids, for instance, we can’t help ourselves from bragging a bit about our own.
But now the guys have a bit of a lead. They now know hazmat-suit-guy is from Jersey so whatever it was that had him going after Danny has to do with something that happened while Danny was a cop in Jersey. It’s not much, but it’s more than they had before.
From what we’ve seen, Episode 8.18, which will be the first episode to air after yet another interminable hiatus (this time, due to March Madness) and Alex’s directorial debut, will be a Danny centric, flashback episode back to Danny’s time as a cop in Jersey. Vito has set the wheels in motion for the ride to that episode. I can’t wait to see where this story leads.
Well, that’s it my friends! I enjoyed this episode a lot. It was a nice return after the hiatus and it nicely set up things to begin the move forward on several stories. Adam, who shot Danny and “Steve’s”. Not too bad, I’d say.
Aloha. Malama Pono
All screencaps are mine unless other wise noted. (All watermarks have been maintained when already part of the cap)