Hi everyone! Before I get started, I just wanted to add a quick word of apology for this review being so late. The entire weekend totally got away from me. It was late Saturday night before I could even watch the episode properly and by the time I went to work Monday morning, I hadn’t been able to write a single word let alone do another full re-watch to do screen grabs!
I’m not sure if you’re all going to be disappointed or wonderfully relived that I didn’t have the time for my usual, long winded review. Even though I was able to grab a decent number of screen shots, I only hit the highlights of what I enjoyed about the episode. I’m counting on you guys to fill in the gaps in the comments section. One of the things I always hear you say is “I could add more, but you seem to have covered everything!” 🤣🤣 So, I’m counting on all of you to have my six this week! Thanks!
The beach at Casa McG: Let’s just say, there are certain things in life that are inevitable. Death. Taxes. That money buried on a beach will not stay buried for long. That dogs, even adorable, wonderful, courageous dogs, are going to dig, especially when you wouldn’t let him help you dig the hole in the first place. That Danny is going to rant when Steve does something totally stupid. That Junior will try to be a peacemaker and both he and Eddie will “hate it when Mom and Dad argue”. 🤣🤣
“Don’t just stand there and be handsome, say something!” Sorry Danny, Steve don’t know how to look no different! 🤣🤣
But, ultimately, Danny didn’t stay annoyed with Steve for very long.
“Why are you still pouting?”
“Nobody has any idea where Greer is.”
“Look, you did what you thought you had to do with Greer. It was the right thing at the time. You let her go, you let her go. Don’t be so hard on yourself”
I just adored this entire scene. It’s one of the best arguments turned “I’ve got your back” moments that we’ve had in a long time. I also love the easy way Steve and Danny, or in this case, probably Alex and Scott, have with each other. When Steve reaches out to stop Danny from walking past him, their arms linger, almost entwined for several seconds before they break apart. It really is amazing how comfortable these guys are in each other’s space.
Steve and Danny: As a matter of fact, they were totally on point this entire episode. From working the case together and bouncing ideas off each other as they try to fit the pieces together, it was vintage Steve and Danny teamwork.
And when Steve sent Danny off into the jungle with Tani and Junior, Danny knew Steve was up to something. When does Steve ever give up the opportunity to leap out of the skies and traipse through a jungle after bad guys??
It turned out Steve wanted “the kids” to spend time alone with Danny because Steve knows, as does anyone with a brain, that Danny is a fantastic detective who can teach the kids a lot about doing the job right. But Danny tends to let the kids defer to Steve in the field, and Steve wants them to learn from Danny as well. So Steve sent them all off together and basically forced Danny into the teachable moments Steve knew would come.
I loved the exchange between Steve and Danny when Steve forced Danny to admit that he did, indeed have “a couple of good moments… a few gems that I dropped”. I just love how Steve wants Danny to do more of this kind of thing, “I want you to teach them what you know, about being the good cop that you are”. I hope that really does happen. I’ve missed the Danny we saw in this episode. Nothing would make me happier then to have Danny in the lead on an investigation more often.
But both Tani and Junior did benefit from Danny’s wisdom. Watching Danny teach “How To Be a Good Detective 101” was fantastic. I especially got a kick out of Junior asking Danny not to tell McGarrett that Danny had given him, a SEAL, a lesson on how to track a suspect.
Renee’s car: Nine years in, should we be surprised that Steve can’t ever let anyone else drive a car?? The Camaro having been sent off with Danny, Tani and Junior to the jungle and Steve’s truck back at Casa McG, Steve takes off with Lou in his car. Except it isn’t Lou’s car, it’s Renee’s. Renee’s third baby! Steve can try to tell Lou not to worry so much about the car but, of course, it was only a matter of time.
So, it wasn’t a surprise that Steve would total Renee’s poor baby in a spectacular crash. I loved Danny’s chuckle when the entire bumper fell off the front of the car and his remark about calling an Uber when Steve tried to convince Lou the damage wasn’t all that bad. Imagining Lou sitting in Steve’s kitchen in his underwear eating Fruit Loops as a consequence of Renee’s wrath was hysterical.
COTW: I liked this story. I liked it because it was vintage H50. When we think we have something figured out, they turn the tables and take us in a completely different direction. Mild-mannered Jack Teague turns out to be a Chinese spy, the bad guy. But then he’s not, he’s a CIA double agent actually working against the Chinese so now, he’s a good guy. The team goes from Danny and the kids hunting down Teague in the jungle to our entire team trying to protect him from the Chinese. I like it when our stories twist and turn. It makes following along a lot of fun.
The best was when Teague leaped off that cliff to get away. I had to laugh thinking that if Steve had been the one chasing him instead of Danny, Steve would have leaped right over that cliff after him without even hesitating or breaking stride with Danny right behind him screaming at the top of his lungs “no no no no” the entire way! 🤣🤣
Of course, it was only a matter of time before Greer showed her face again. I always find it so amusing when Steve confronts one of these traitors in the blue room. Why do they do it? Money? Prestige? Or, in many cases, some idealistic vision that they are better than the evil US Government they used to serve. They rationalize what they see as the “evil” perpetuated by the US for the greater good. What’s amusing is they all seem to think they’ll be able to convince Steve their vision is right, or noble. It’s such a laugh.
But Greer did bring up something quite intriguing. Something happened right before they had their little fling in Marrakesh. Something they worked on together and something that may or may not have worked out as planned. Greer intimated that Steve did something, something under orders, yet something not quite kosher. I am totally intrigued to find out what she’s talking about. Someone on Twitter (and I can’t for the life of me remember who it was… if you know, please tell me in the comments) suggested it could have something to do with the infamous “Strawberry Fields”. Just how cool would it be if the writers reached all the way back to Season 2 and brought that story crumb forward?
Tani and the Gun: It took a lot of guts for Tani to go back to her training officer Captain Keo. As we learned in the Season 8 premiere, Tani punched out Keo after she was caught cheating on her final exam and was thrown out of the Academy. Going to him was a long shot but it was nice to have more background on what happened before we met her. This one was a bit predictable though. As soon as Keo turned down her request, I said to myself “Ok, he’ll be back by the end of the episode with a change of heart”.
It was sweet to hear Tani say that, besides Koa, Five-0 is her family and she can’t bear the thought of losing them. While I understand the reason to spread this story out a bit, (having to wait for Ian to get done with Salvation filming) I wish it wasn’t necessary. Tani thinks Steve won’t forgive her if she accuses Adam of Noriko’s murder and she’s wrong about it. She doesn’t want to hurt him if she’s right. Well, she’s mistaken on both counts.
Steve wouldn’t hold it against her if she took that gun to him and told him where she found it as soon as she did. He would do exactly what she is doing. Run the ballistics to see if the slug matches the one that killed Noriko. There is no way he’d ever hold it against her no matter how those ballistic tests came out. Tani may consider Five-0 and Steve her family, but it seems she doesn’t really know him as well as she thinks she does. At least not yet.
Well, that’s all I have time for this week. I hope you enjoyed the review. I’m not sure next weekend is going to be any better, time wise, so I hope this is ok! Have a great rest of the week, my friends.
Aloha. Malama Pono
All screen caps are mine.