Summer in Philadelphia is brutal. August especially. Around 98° with high humidity is mostly the norm. And, unfortunately, I’m of an age where I remember all too clearly what it was like when no one had air conditioning. Movie theaters used to have huge neon signs which screamed “WE HAVE AIR CONDITIONING”. They were packed the entire summer no matter what movie was playing.
Trying to sleep at night was a nightmare. Laying on top of the bed sheets in the middle of the night feeling yourself slowly melting into a gooey puddle, repeatedly flipping the pillow over desperately trying to find the cool side. Filling the tub with cold water and going for a 2am dunk just trying to survive the night. And the days? Oh my God! It was exhausting torture for weeks. Remember back then, cars didn’t have AC either. I honestly don’t know how we ever survived it. I guess it can be chalked up to being young or just not knowing any different.
In this episode, a heat wave has hit Hawaii and with the power going out all over the island, everyone is thrown back to the dark ages of oppressive heat. A heat that makes people cranky, irritable, opportunistic and down right mean. This episode had a little bit of everything.
Right off the bat, reading the synopsis of this episode I found myself groaning. Four separate story lines and none of them related except for the common thread of the heat wave. You know how I feel about episodes with more than one (two at the most) stories going on and this one had four!
But wonder of wonders, I found that I really enjoyed this episode a hell of a lot more than I expected to. I love it when the writers mix things up a bit. This episode was a complete departure from the norm, watching everyone deal with the heat in their own way. The four separate stories were nicely put together and gave everyone a good amount of screen time. Yes, a filler episode, but a filler episode with a lot going for it and a hell of a lot of fun.
It also helps to remember that while this was Episode 3 of the season, it was the first episode filmed after the summer hiatus when everyone returned to work on a different schedule. This was a nice relaxing way to get everyone back in the groove of filming after not working together for months and the four smaller stories worked well with everyone’s returning schedules. I also liked this calmer and, yes, funnier, episode after the two intense episodes which started the season. I felt like writer Rob Hanning was having a blast thinking up all the weird and funny things that could happen to our team in a heat wave and just went with them all.
Of course, I’m going to have favorite parts and not so favorite parts, even if I did love the entire episode. So, let’s go in reverse order of favorites.
Lou’s one person PGA: We all know of Lou’s love of golf. We’ve seen him on golf courses many times over the years and Lou takes pride in his game. It’s not out of the realm of imagination that Lou would take advantage of the heat wave and a completely empty hoity-toity golf course to play his favorite game in peace and at his own pace. But even Dog, who was supposed to play the round with Lou, was intelligent enough to stay ice bound and lemonade supplied at home like a sane human being. But Lou is not to be deterred and, of course, as fate would have it, plays the best round of golf of his life.
Of course, Chi can tackle absolutely anything in a script and make it gold and watching him in full-on joyful exhilaration was a hoot to watch. But, for all the fun of watching Lou have the time of his life, he really does come off as very self-serving in this story. I can understand the excitement of the best golf game ever, but the cost of that game could have been horrendous.
Of course, it was played for laughs but dragging the poor caddy around 18 holes of golf in, what really is life threatening heat, just so he can be witness to your golf greatness, is a pretty crappy thing to do. I mean, seriously Lou? I know you ended up carrying the clubs yourself, but have you never heard of a golf cart with a sun shade? Or an umbrella? Or even a bottle of cold water?
And after all that time in the blazing sun, a sun which fried the poor caddy into delirium, your skin is none the worse for wear? Hate to break it to people but, even if not as noticeable, black people can get sunburn too.
Kamekona totally loses his mind: Something has happened to our big, lovable lug. He’s just not being very lovable these days. Where’s the guy who shut down the shrimp truck and took it to feed firefighters attacking that huge fire in the Season 8 opener? Or the guy who donated a huge chuck of money to anonymously build a community center for the keiki? Now, he’s invested in Steve and Danny’s restaurant as a “silent” partner yet expects to name the restaurant after himself.
Like Lou, Kame doesn’t come off looking too good in this episode. First, while Steve and Danny are frantically trying to save their food stores in a power outage with coolers full if ice, Kame shows up to take that ice for his shave ice stand. It’s obvious he views the restaurant as another extension of his businesses. Shave ice, shrimp truck, chopper tours, Italian restaurant. Perfectly OK to rob Peter to pay Paul. In a heat wave, that currency is ice with no regard to Steve and Danny’s inventory.
Now, we all know Kame tends to view life monetarily, so it’s no surprise that he’d look forward to a heat wave for all the extra money he’d make with his shave ice. And while we’ve seen him repeatedly play loose with his discounts, we’ve never seen him out and out price gouge his customers. I think I could have, maybe, understood a slight increase. I mean, all those extra customers probably meant more staff on duty to handle the extra load. So, maybe an increase from $5.00 to $5.50 or maybe $6.00 could have been understood but triple??? Why didn’t he just listen to Flippa who was adamant it was not a good idea!
And, for the love of God, Kame, don’t change the price right in front of a hot and irritable mob who have already been waiting in the heat for God knows how long. Do you have a death wish?
But he gets his just deserts. The mob revolts, topples over the truck and pretty much trashes the entire area around it. You would think the “Oracle of Oahu” would have seen that coming. Or the fact that one of his competitors is doing the right (and probably much more profitable thing) and having a two-for-one sale. You know I adore the big guy with the heart of gold. Let’s hope it was just the unbearable heat that got to Kame’s sense of decency and he sees the error of his ways. That supply and demand doesn’t mean gouge your customers for all you can while you can.
Jerry saves the day: This story was pretty small, but it was very cute. Jerry did the right thing when he stepped in to stop that guy from stealing the ice from another man who had legally purchased it. Maybe hitting him over the head with a glass bottle wasn’t the smartest thing (I mean, he could have really hurt the guy) but he did the right thing to step in.
After being cuffed (and how cool is it that Jerry has cuffs on hand?) the man reveals he needs the ice because his wife has gone into premature labor and the doctor told him to keep her cool. Of course, the other man feels horrible since all he wanted the ice for is margaritas, but when he offers the ice to the man, it has, predictably in such heat, all melted.
Jerry uses his head and has the convenience store manager clear out one of his refrigerator sections. Then Jerry, the store manager, the husband and even the guy he fought over the ice with, band together to bring the man’s wife to the store to let her cool off in the fridge. It was an ingenious idea and, once again, proves that Jerry can not only think fast on his feet, but has a heart of gold.
Steve and Danny: You know, of course, that I am going to love all the Steve and Danny time in this episode. As the only ones on the team who are actually working a case, they spend the entire episode together. This is my heaven!
Watching the wet t-shirt contest going on at the restaurant as they try to save their inventory in the power outage was golden. I couldn’t help but laugh at Steve teasing Danny over the bottle of water Danny was using to “water yourself like a plant” because if you’ve ever seen behind-the-scenes of photos of Alex on set, he lugs around a huge bottle of water all day long.
And I loved the give and take between them over which order the fish should be stored in the chests full of ice. But, just like burying money in the back yard, taking fish out of a commercial freezer is not a bright idea. As in the first case, Danny is 100% correct here as well.
Everyone knows, when the power goes out in the house, a full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours if the door remains closed. And that’s just a household freezer. A huge commercial job is probably even better. That ice in the chests would melt a lot sooner than 48 hours. But as usual, there is Danny, ranting and raving aside, doing exactly as Steve says.
Actually, this could be a reason why Kami wasn’t concerned about taking all the ice. He knows the food is safe in the freezer for at least 2 days and he probably figured the power would be back by then. Shave ice was the more immediate need.
The crime of the week was pretty brutal considering how generally lighthearted the rest of the episode was. It was pretty jarring to see our perp, Allison Ross, gun down two cops and a guy passing by on a motorcycle in cold blood as well as beating two other men to a pulp in her rampage.
I do have one question. How on earth did she go from her hands being cuffed behind her back to being cuffed in front in order to take the officer’s service revolver from his hand? I re-watched that sequence numerous times and there was no maneuver to bring her cuffed hands forward. They were simply just there when she needed them to be.
The story sure kept Steve and Danny on the run for the whole episode. A story of prison escape, identity theft and half a million in bank theft, it ended pretty anti-climatically when Allison died while trapped in an elevator turned oven when the power goes out as she tries to escape yet again.
The best thing about this story was, of course, the fact that Steve and Danny worked it entirely on their own. I especially loved it because, as I said before, this was the first episode filmed after the summer hiatus and Alex and Scott don’t miss a single beat. They were absolutely perfect throughout. Their friendship and their partnership is as strong as ever. Like I said before……. this is my heaven!
ReyRei ROCKS: These two were absolutely the best part of this episode, from beginning to end. Tani on her way to the office stuck in traffic was hysterical. Oh, Tani, I sympathize with you girl. Nothing more frustrating than sitting in non-moving traffic with some jerk honking his horn behind you like, what? You can leap-frog over all the cars in front of you?? And tell me, was I the only one who thought she was about to get out of the car and go all Kono on the guy behind her? 🤣🤣
Finding Junior using her office to “finish up some paperwork” has to be one of the funniest scenes we’ve had on this show in ages. I don’t know what was better. Junior’s face as he had to admit that he was a tad under-dressed or Tani’s reaction to his naked butt in her chair.
It makes me wonder though. Does Junior even have an office? It’s obvious that Tani inherited Kono’s office while Lou probably inherited Chin’s. We went years without ever seeing Lou in an office (actually, have we ever seen him in Chin’s old office??) so I guess Junior is the man without a country now. The few times we’ve seen him coming out of an office, it’s been Tani’s.
It makes sense that Steve would delegate the helping of HPD to the kids. They only just recently did their mandatory “uniform day” so why not? It also afforded them the opportunity to stay cool in the AC in Tani’s car. It’s funny, as I was watching, I was thinking how funny it was that Junior was driving. It was funny how, not a moment later, Tani is telling Junior not to get used to driving her car.
The cargument that ensued was hysterical. Junior points out how Steve always drives the Camaro and she accuses him of being “McGarrett Jr.”. It’s very telling that Junior finds being compared to Steve a great compliment, but the best part is Tani’s full-on-perfect impression of Danny. Please, please please, tell me Tani’s car has a dash cam and Steve and Danny get to see those imitations someday! I’d pay big money to see that! 🤣🤣
Between trying to talk down a shotgun toting home owner hell bent to teach a bunch of overheated teenagers trespassing in his pool a lesson and Tani’s stolen car, these two bonded more tightly then ever. Junior opens up about how his sister died and we can see how affected Tani is by that. She’s not usually lost for words but the palpable pain in Junior’s voice leaves her speechless. I think Junior just appreciated finally having someone he can let a little of that pain escape with.
They really were Steve and Danny Junior in this episode. Kvetching in the car at each other, being there when one needs to talk and giving each other grief over ice cream choices. It’s so wonderful watching the slow buildup of their friendship. When they find Tani’s car with a dead battery they do the only thing left after walking miles and miles in the scorching heat. They shed their clothes and head for the water.
Watching them splash around like a couple of goofy kids was a hoot. Come on….. admit it… you thought they were going to kiss too! They came sooooooo close. This is one ship that looks more than inevitable.
The perfect ending: Finally, the day comes to an end. Tani and Junior are frolicking in the surf while Steve, Danny and Lou converge on Kamekona’s wrecked site. Lou is still brimming over with excitement for his golf game. I can totally feel Danny’s reaction to Lou’s excitement. Who wants to hear about your perfect 110° golf game when you’ve been running all over Oahu and climbing several stories of buildings with no elevators and no AC? I get ornery when I’m overheated too.
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When the skies open and the rains finally begin to fall, it was perfect. Not a soul runs for cover. Everyone simply stops, looks to the heavens and lets the refreshing relief wash over them.
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Yeah, adding “Singing in the Rain” was a bit corny but personally, as it’s one of my most favorite movies ever, I loved it. Unless Moses supposes erroneously, of course! 😉. (Mahalo @drittokaren ♥)
That’s it for this week my friends. I really loved this episode even with the few things I didn’t care for. It was really a lot of fun and after the first two heavy episodes and what looks to be some heavy stuff on the way, it was a nice little breather for us to enjoy. I loved it.
See you next week! Have a great week. Aloha. Malama Pono!
All screen caps are mine unless otherwise noted.