Dear KoolAid friends: This past weekend was a total nightmare. Friday night was wonderful, of course, because we got a fantastic new H50 episode but the rest! Give me strength. I already knew I had a full day of family obligations on Saturday. Obligations, as in, “this is the last thing I want to be doing with my Saturday”, type of obligations. Then, I get a text from my boss telling me I needed to go to work on Sunday. Yes…Sunday, because they waited until the very last minute to do something that must be done in the next two weeks, even though they’ve known about it for months! So that blew my whole weekend entirely to hell. By the time I got home from work on Sunday, I couldn’t even think straight.
So, I’m sorry, this review is so incredibly late. I know you’ve heard me say that before but I don’t think I’ve ever not managed to get a review posted, at least, by the end of the weekend. I only just got to re-watch the episode so I could get the screen shots early Monday morning. I’m just going to hit the highlights of what I really liked about this episode and open the discussion for you guys to carry on. I hope you all liked the episode as much as I did but I’m guessing by the time I finally get this posted you’ll be all talked out! 😉😉
Praise be to God…. a ONE-story episode: Yes, Virginia, there really is such a thing and it is a thing of beauty. I know I’m not the only one who noticed just how awesome an episode can be when they concentrate on one solid story. But, there were kind of two stories. A closer look at Junior during his unrelenting search to find his missing friend and a case of two murders.
But this is the way an episode should be written. Because Junior’s missing friend is the daughter of one of the murder victims, the two themes being both sides of the same story, not just two stories running parallel with no connection to each other.
It was wonderful to see the contributions from the whole team trying to solve the murders and find Junior’s friend with great interpersonal connections between all the team members, but especially between Steve and Danny. Of course, when you have a story written by Peter Lenkov (with Matt Wheeler) you always know you’re going to get a great team story because no one knows these characters better than Peter, especially when it’s an episode with a huge amount of…..
McDanno: If you’re a McDanno fan, and you probably are if you’re a follower of this blog 😊, you loved this episode as much as I did. It was wonderful to see Steve and Danny together, almost constantly, from start to finish. The interplay between them was fantastic. They worked the entire episode on the case together. It felt wonderfully like a Season One episode. They went to the crime scene together, the morgue together, went to visit contacts together, stood side by side in HQ, bounced ideas off each other in the car! It was wonderful and I loved every minute of it.
And the banter between them was totally on point. They picked at each other, of course, like great friends always do but from the very first scene all the way through to the end it was light, and it was fun, and it was perfect. I hope more than anything we can keep this going forward and into Season 9. Regardless of how much time either character or actor is in an episode, when they are together, this is how they should always be. This is the relationship that drew millions of viewers to the show from the very beginning and it’s still the relationship that keeps them coming back for more. These two are simply perfection.
The Way of the Dragon is through Jersey: Oh man…. was this scene a hell of a lot of fun or what?!?! James Hong, as Mr. Leung, was golden. I feel like I’ve grown up seeing Mr. Hong in dozens of my favorite shows over the years so it was a blast to see him in H50. This scene reminded me of way back in Season 1, when Steve and Danny went to see the Kapu about a case. “On this island, Danny, there’s an easy way to do things and a hard way. Talking to Kawika first is the easy way”. Seems like it’s the same with Mr. Leung.
It was a bit weird how Mr. Leung was making his grandson and his sparring partner fight with the Bruce Lee/Chuck Norris movie on in the background. I mean, is trying to mimic the exact same moves in a movie really going to make him a better fighter?
And Mr. Leung’s reaction to Danny was hysterical. As if sending Danny into a “time out” at the back of the club wasn’t funny enough, making him fight his grandson as a payback for information was inspired.
Of course, the best thing about this scene was the opportunity to enjoy an extended view of a shirtless Danny (be still my heart ❤️) but the dialog between Steve and Danny was spot on as well. Steve tells Danny to lose but, of course, that’s just not the way Danny works. “Don’t hit the kid!” “What do you want me to do, bite him?” 🤣🤣 Jersey boys don’t just take a beating without putting up a fight.
It’s a decent fight. if not a long one. Of course, Mr. Leung’s grandson has all the moves, all the flips and kicks and spins. He manages to land a few good blows to Danny but Danny’s no slouch either. He bobs and weaves and manages to take his opponent down quite easily. I loved it how he was being all encouraging to the kid too. “You’re doing really good, ok. Back up… take a breath…”. 🤣🤣
Steve is beside himself thinking Danny has really offended their host, but it’s quite the opposite. While Danny is quick to assure Mr. Leung that he meant no disrespect, Mr. Leung assures him that he is quite impressed and the only disrespect would have been if he hadn’t fought back.
I loved this scene so much, especially since both Alex and Scott are very active in Jiu jitsu training and it was a hell of a lot of fun watching Scott’s moves. As you can tell by the fact that I couldn’t stop with the screen grabs! 🤣🤣
Eddie: If shirtless Danny was my favorite scene, Eddie and Steve at the Vet was a very close second. Eddie is pure perfection. No matter what the scene is, his facial expressions, the way he looks at whoever is speaking to him or even just speaking in general and the wonderful whimpers and snuffles he makes in reaction are priceless. I’ve always been impressed with how handlers manage to get their dogs to “act” in scenes as well as they do, and Eddie is a natural. And, he’s the perfect straight man to the comedy that is Steve and Danny, and pretty much anyone who’s on screen with him. God, I love that dog! 🐶❤️
This was a funny little scene and perfect for the beginning of the episode. It was so cute that the Vet was concerned over Steve’s little cough and insisted on giving him a quick once over. A little restaurant reference here, a suggestion that golf is relaxing there and the hysterical arrival of Danny into the room was perfect. It feels like years since Danny’s had the opportunity to call Steve an animal and this was just too good to pass up. It was hysterical.
COTW: I really liked this story. It was scary as hell watching Cammy and her mother Mei Lin running from the men who murdered Boston mobster, Tommy Boyle and incredibly heartbreaking to see Mei Lin sacrifice herself so Cammy could escape. Thanks to Noelani the team finds out that the same gun killed Mei and Boyle, so they know that Boyle’s supposed suicide is, in actuality, also a murder.
This was another great episode for Beulah and for Junior. Cammy is the best friend of Layla, Junior’s ex. She had called him a few weeks before to ask him out to lunch. The last thing Junior wanted to do was talk about his ex leaving him or “what happened in Iraq”, so he let the call go to voice mail thinking he’d call her back when he was ready. So when she called him again, he didn’t pick up for the same reason.
The scene between Junior and Tani in the car was wonderful. Tani trying her best to convince Junior that Mei’s death wasn’t his fault and he agonizing over not being there for Cammy when she called for help. What if, by ignoring her call, she ends up dead too?
Watching Junior go full-on McGarrett on the guy staking out Cammy’s apartment was fantastic. Danny’s remark that Steve is rubbing off on him was perfect but then again, Junior is a SEAL too. I don’t think he really needs Steve to rub off on him too much. He’s tough as nails all on his own.
Watching the whole team come together to work this case was wonderful. Except for Jerry, the whole team had a hand in finding Cammy and solving the murders of Boyle and Mei.
That it ended up being Boyle’s ass-hole of a son wasn’t a huge surprise and the take down at the rail yard with Tani and Junior was awesome. It was nice to see the kids front and center in the big gun fight of the night and damn, Junior can fight like hell too!
I know there will be those who will be worried that Tani and Junior being the only ones involved in this take down is an omen for a future when Steve and Danny take a back seat to the kids. I’m not too concerned about that, at least not yet. Considering the promo for next weeks episode has Steve going full on SuperSEAL to save Joe White, I don’t think he’s ready for a rocking chair just yet.
Is it possible that we’ll be seeing more of the physically demanding scenes going to Junior and Tani? I’m sure we will. While I don’t believe Steve’s assertion that he’s over the hill, I can see him (for Alex’s sake) letting the kids take some of the rough housing off his hands. Some… not all… not yet.
That’s all I have time for this week. Sorry, again, for the lateness of this review. Hopefully next weekend won’t be a total bust for me again. Please, fell free to bring up any and all of the wonderful moments I missed in this review in the comments below. I look forward to hearing all your thoughts. I know there is a ton that I missed.
Just two episodes to go to the end of the season and the long summer hiatus. God, I really hate the sound of that.
I hope you all have a fantastic week. Aloha. Malama Pono
Almost all of the screen grabs above are mine but this week I did supplement a few from the Hawaii Five-0 (Verified account) – @HawaiiFive0CBS, just to save a bit of time. Also thanks to @SurfeBelle2 and @alohaspaceman for their fantastic collages! They are always so incredibly fantastic!