Hey gang! Welcome back. What did you think about this latest installment of H50? I thought it was a pretty good episode, of course, but I do have a couple of issues with it, or more specifically, with the story the episode was based around.
First off, let me say, after what has become a pretty normal occurrence of episodes with multiple story lines all going on at the same time, I really loved how this episode centered around pretty much only one story. Yes, there was the crime of the week in addition to Adam and Jesse’s continuing undercover operation with Hideki, so yeah, technically there were two stories.
But writers Liz Alper and Ally Seibert were able to craft an interesting episode which combined both story lines into one cohesive unit. The direction of Maja Vrvilo also flawlessly moved us from one story into the next and back again so effortlessly it was easy to forget there were two stories going on. This is the kind of “multiple story” episode I like. When both stories interweave to form one really good one, instead of separate stories which have our team broken up into “sub” teams and not all working together.
And I loved how everyone worked together on this one. The scene of the entire team, including Adam, tacked up and heading into the AgroCorp offices was awesome! Thank you to Lisa (@alohaspaceman) for this fantastic GIF!!
The issue I have is the same issue I’ve been having most of the season. While I love Ian Anthony Dale and he is rocking this story line every moment he’s on screen, I still can’t seem to get behind it 100%. I really want to, but I just keep teetering on that fence, because here we go again. Honestly, is Adam being considered an “independent contractor” by Steve? Because, once again, he and Jesse go off all “lone wolf” without Steve having any knowledge of what they are doing.
I just don’t get this. I worked as an independent contractor for a few months after my daughter was born. Granted, that was many, many years ago but I do remember that, even though I wasn’t supervised as I would have been as an employee, I still had to report to the company that hired me at regular (and frequent) intervals and keep them up to date with what I was doing. It seems Adam only does this when something goes wrong.
I understand the need for Jesse to do what Hideki ordered. She needed to preserve her cover. I also understand Adam going with her as backup. But, why the hell didn’t they loop Steve and Five-0 in on it? Not for their help, but simply so Steve knew what was going on instead of being in the dark, as has been par for the course with this story so far.
Steve did know about the theft, of course, but only after it happened, and Adam only saw fit to go see him because two of the tanks went missing. I guess it’s safe to assume, if that hadn’t happened, Adam wouldn’t have seen the need to fill Steve in at all. This still bothers me.
The lackadaisical way he reacted to the newspaper article leads me to believe Steve was aware of what happened the night before and was letting HPD have jurisdiction over the investigation. It wasn’t until Adam filled him in on the two missing tanks that Steve became alarmed and our crime of the week was spawned.
The way the crime of the week morphed from the idea that a terrorist might have acquired the missing tanks in order to make a dirty bomb into a story of four grieving men with a vendetta against a chemical company was really well done. I was glad the writers didn’t go with the terrorist angle this time. I mean, we’ve had plenty of those types of stories and we probably will get even more. The story of the four, basically good men, driven by grief and desperation was much more personal and hit closer to home. We’ve all been touched with cancer in one way or the other. It’s not hard to imagine the desperation of these men even when we don’t approve of their methods.
I was very interested in seeing the character development in these men. Randall, Manning, Akani and Mitchel all believed Agrocore was responsible for the cancer that struck down their loved ones. They were ready and, with those tanks, able to exact their revenge by releasing the chlorine to poison everyone in the Agrocore building.
But when one of the tanks accidentally opens while Randall is moving it inside a van, the others trap him inside with the poisonous gas to protect themselves. They knowingly and deliberately sacrificed another human being to protect themselves.
Just as Agrocore poisoned innocent people in the name of preserving their profits, Manning, Akani and Mitchel stood by and did nothing to help their friend in his moment of need. Watching their anguished, tear stained faces as they listened to their friend suffer, you can see, in that moment, even in their misery, they have essentially became what they never wanted to be; what they despised. They just left him there to die.
It really hits home with Akani and Mitchel when the time comes to put their plan into action. They finally realize the gravity of what they are about to do and the reality of what they did to Randall really hits home. Agrocore may indeed be responsible for what happened to their loved ones, but not every single innocent person who works for them. Having watched what the chlorine did to Randall, they just can’t go through with it.
And, even though Manning says he’ll just do it alone, it seems he may also have had a change of heart. Either that, or it wasn’t a job only one man could handle. Either way, he doesn’t release the gas but goes to the office of the Agrocore lawyer who had been threatening them with ruin and shoots him. He just couldn’t let it go and exacted his revenge, but, at least he didn’t poison hundreds of innocent people.
The scene when Steve catches up with him outside the office was really powerful. Not only watching Manning’s pure anguish but Steve’s deep concern that he was going to have to shoot him to stop him.
Steve was literally begging him to put the gun down. You could hear the tone in his voice, see the look on his face, he didn’t have to say the words. “Please Doug… I don’t want to have to shoot you. Please, don’t make me have to shoot you. ” The relief Steve felt when Manning put down his gun was palpable. It was really all done very well.
Of course, there is still the fact that none of this would have happened if Adam and Jesse hadn’t stolen the tanks in the first place. Well, that’s really not 100% true. Hideki’s man, arrested at the meth lab, said they received ten chlorine tanks a week so the delivery of the tanks is an ongoing thing. It’s a safe bet that if Hideki hadn’t tasked Jesse with getting the chlorine, he would have ordered someone else. No matter who received the assignment, Kazuya Nemoto, would probably still have skimmed off two tanks to sell on the side. So, it’s not entirely Adam’s fault.
As a matter of fact, if you really think about it, if Hideki had ordered anyone else besides Jesse to steal the tanks, Nemoto would have still sold two of them to those same men and no one would have been the wiser until hundreds of Agrocore employees were dead. So in a round about way, Adam actually helped save all those lives.
But Adam is still filled with guilt over his part in what happened, and he goes to Jesse’s house to find out where the hell she’s been all day. He’s questioning exactly who’s side she’s on. Because Jesse stopped a recording of a conversation she was having with Nemoto, the man who sold the missing tanks, for eight minutes, Adam begins to question where exactly her loyalty lies.
I needed to go back and watch that last scene again. This damn cold I’m still fighting decided to deliver a sneeze at just the wrong moment and I didn’t hear who Jesse said she was with. Many people on Twitter at the time said it was Hideki she was sleeping with. But a re-watch confirmed it wasn’t him, but Nemoto. Still……ew!
Is it possible to still be on the fence this far into a story line? I love Ian. I’m still intrigued to find out about the big secret Michelle Shioma had that could change Adam’s life. And I feel bad for Adam because, seriously, the guy just can’t catch a break. But I still can’t seem to get fully behind the story.
I will say this though. I’ve always believed Adam is a good guy and part of that belief has always been that when Hiro died, and Adam was forced to take over the business, he sucked at it. I always said Adam just doesn’t have it in him to be a bad guy. Well, it seems he might not have it in him to go after the bad guys either. But, who knows? Maybe this will all work out in the end.
Nuclear Drill: I LOVED the nuclear attack drill scene! OMG.. I could not stop laughing. First off, Steve walks in, full of purpose, with Eddie by his side to make sure this drill is taken seriously. Other than Jerry, everyone else strolls in, all nonchalant (as most of us do when there is a drill at work). Tani and Junior settling down on the floor, while Lou flops down in the interrogation chair. Steve impatiently checks his watch as Danny finally, Starbucks in hand, strolls into the room.
I loved Danny speech about the aftermath of a “fiery apocalypse”. I could not agree with him more. I’ve always said if there was a nuclear bomb headed my way, I’d prefer the damn thing to hit me right on the head than to be around for the aftermath. I mean, seriously, what the hell would the six of them do if they were the only ones to survive?
“What are we supposed to do… repopulate?”
God, I just love Tani!!!!
The look on Danny’s face when Lou, then Tani and Junior all agreed with him was priceless. I can’t figure out if he was happy they were agreeing with him or happy just because they were not agreeing with Steve. Even Eddie agreed (even though Steve didn’t ask his opinion! 😊) Either way, it was really funny.
Speaking of Eddie, other than Danny, he was the star of this scene. I loved how, when Danny began his rant, Eddie just flopped down on the floor to settle in for the duration. Seems Eddie has been present for enough Danny rants to know to just get comfortable and wait it out until it’s over! LOL And the way he “voted” to just take the nuke with the others was absolutely priceless. Eddie is just awesome!
The best part was there was no animosity between Danny and Steve over their “disagreement” or the fact that the consensus of the room was firmly on Danny’s side. Danny’s “love you” and the first bump (which they managed without even looking) was flawless. Another huge thank you to Lisa (@alohaspaceman) for another awesome GIF.
Only one restaurant scene: Which wasn’t even a scene at the restaurant but simply a discussion. And that’s what it was. Not a fight. Not an argument. Not even a bicker. A discussion. A normal conversation. I saw no anger and no animosity. Just two guys approaching a situation from different angles trying to come to a mutual condenses over a common interest. It was perfect because it’s what partners in this type of venture should be talking about and how they should be taking about it. It was short and over quickly. I could do with more restaurant scenes being like this one, until we get to a point where there is real physical progress in the place.
Odell: I love the fact that, when the men wanted to hire a lawyer to try to go after Agrocore, they chose Odell. Liz and Ally could have simply written a generic lawyer to fill the bill but using Odell was inspired. He added just the right note of the “every man” just trying to fight the system. The fact that he’s now using his law degree to try to help the little guy is perfect.
The scene between Odell, Lou and Tani in the library was perfect. I loved how he called Tani “Hawaii Five-0 Next Gen!”. Also perfect. And, as usually, Tani was perfect.
From the look on the face of the woman at the table, you just knew she was going to blow a gasket sooner rather than later with the way the three of them weren’t bothering to keep their voices down in the library.
“Hey! You and your friends wanna zip it? This is a library.” ………….
“Yeah babe and this is a badge. Do you wanna see the gun?”…………
“McGarrett must have recruited you personally.” Yup! Perfect! 😊😊
It was also inevitable that Odell would have something to say about Steve’s hair. “Next time you feel the urge to pick up a pair of clippers…. don’t! I mean…. this is…this is a travesty” ROFLMAO
Lou: I always really enjoy Lou and this episode was no exception. As always, every scene he’s in just shines. But what I really enjoyed about this one in particular is the way Lou was teamed up with all of the newbies at one time or another. He spent time with Adam, Tani and Junior in this episode. I like that he is turning out to be a real mentor to the newbies, especially Tani. They work so incredibly well together, and they are able to bounce their sense of humor off each other incredibly well. The more I see of these two together the more I like it.
Danny: The absolute best thing about this episode is the amount of time Danny was in it. Oh, how I wish we could get this much of Danny in every episode. We’ve already discussed how great the “nuclear drill” scene was but there was Danny just about everywhere else in this episode too.
I loved how, during a large part of the episode, Danny was in charge of the case because Steve was, all of a sudden, simply not there. We’ve, unfortunately, gotten used to this happening with Danny, but it’s not something that ever happens with Steve.
Of course, it’s completely understandable that Alex’s screen time was cut back on this episode. Since he was slated to direct the episode that follows this one, he was probably out scouting locations or doing other preparatory things to get ready for his directorial debut.
It was written, after Adam informed Steve about the missing chlorine tanks, Steve went to brief the Governor. Well, that must have been one hell of a meeting. When he finally got back to HQ later, he told Danny the meeting was “Horrible. As bad as you’d expect”. I wonder whether “as bad as you’d expect” was code for the Governor really making Steve explain his thinking with regard to putting Adam in charge of a task force and how that lead to the crisis they were in at that moment? Whatever was discussed in that meeting, it sure as hell took a long time.
But, what I enjoyed more than anything was, once Steve was missing from my screen, Danny took over. It doesn’t happen all that often, because Steve is always in command (as he should be) but I do love it when Danny gets the chance to take control. It’s always great to see Danny be the great detective he is and show that, as Steve’s second in command, he is more than capable of leading the team in Steve’s absence.
It was also great to see Steve and Danny, for the limited amount of time they were both in the episode at the same time, working closely together. Danny catching up Steve on the case in Danny’s office, just the two of them around the Magic Table with Jerry and in the Camaro, it was great to see these two partnered together as it always should be.
I also really enjoyed the exchange between Danny and Junior with regard to Danny’s worry that the team had been exposed to the chlorine that had almost killed Randall. I thought Danny’s caution was very warranted. Danny has had more than enough experience with these types of things dating back to his Sarin poisoning all the way back in Season 1. In just the last couple of years, he’s seen Steve exposed to radiation and now suffering from the after effects. He, along with Steve, Tani and Junior have been exposed to a deadly virus and spent over a week in quarantine (which also led to him being shot). It’s perfectly understandable that he would be overly cautious when faced with yet another potential exposure to a deadly agent.
The look on Junior’s face was simply priceless. I think Junior is still trying to figure out Danny but I also think he’s much closer to understanding him than people give him credit for. He had a smile on his face when Danny “dismissed” him to accompany Adam to the hospital with Randall.
It’s just a shame that, toward the end of the case, they pulled the old “Danny disappearing act” again. Right after that great scene where the entire team, including Adam, advance on the Agrocore building, Steve sends Danny and Junior to cover the roof of the building, teams up Lou and Tani again, and has Adam follow him. That’s the last time we see Danny for the rest of the episode.
Steve and Adam soon realize they are at the wrong building and take off, in the Camaro, to where the threat really is. The only other member of the team we see again after it’s all over is Lou. So, I guess it wasn’t just Danny who disappeared, but Tani and Junior as well. But as much as I love Lou, I would have preferred if it had been Danny with Steve and Odell in that last scene in HQ. Because Odell’s comment about Steve’s hair could only have been better if Danny and his head of hair had been there to give him grief too.
All in all, this was a fantastic episode. It was face paced, powerful, had great character development for everyone from Adam and Jesse to the three perps, it had comedy and tears and lots of Danny. 😊 Not much to not like with this one!
What is not to like is the fact that we have yet another hiatus ahead of us. I love sports but I’m all sports-ed out. After a month of Olympics behind us and 3 weeks of NCAA March Madness ahead of us, it’s safe to say, I’m tired of sports. I just want my H50. Well, the good news is, once this hiatus is over, we’ll probably go straight through from 8.18 to the finale without a break. Wait… did I say that was good news?
Have a great week my friends! See ya at the end of the month!
Aloha. Malama Pono
All screencaps are mine. Mahalo again to Lisa (@alohaspaceman) for the awesome GIFs