#H50 Review – 9.06 Aia I Hi’ikua; I Hi’Ialo (Is Borne on the Back; Is Borne in the Arms)

Hi everyone!  Have you all come down from your sugar high from Halloween?  Well, whether you did or not, this week’s H50 didn’t lessen the high one bit.

I thought, perhaps, this week’s episode might be a bit of a filler, between the great Halloween story from last week and next week’s monumental and highly anticipated 200th episode.  Well, that sure as hell didn’t happen.  This episode was wonderful, full of emotion and Ohana.  The theme of friendship was strong in this one on so many levels.  Just to name a couple:

– Steve’s faith in his old friend and the palpable pain etched on his face at his death.

– Danny having a blast watching Steve get arrested and being cuffed to a table.

– The possible budding friendship between Steve and Emma.

– Tani battling with herself over whether to turn Adam in. Her guilt over it because Adam saved Koa’s life.

So, let’s break it down, shall we?

Just how many more people can Steve lose?   Just this season alone, Steve has lost two old and dear friends.  Tom Hennessey in the premiere and Carson Rodes this week.  If you add in the other agents who were “cocooned” and killed, even if they weren’t close personal friends of his, that makes what? Six?

And this one was particularly hard to take because, unlike Hennessey, Steve and Carson had reconnected and renewed their friendship only a few days earlier.  Had gone out for drinks, and spent time together reminiscing over shared experiences and their long-time bond forged of friendship and service.  These two were so close in fact, that at one point, Steve had offered him a place on Five-0.  That speaks volumes!

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I especially loved the scene between them.  We’ve heard Steve talk about old friends plenty of times, even heard him say he’d recently “spoken” to them or something like that, but this time we got to see it.  It was wonderful to actually see the friendship, the connection with our own eyes.  To have his friend killed only days later, and under a huge cloud of suspicion was extremely difficult for Steve to reconcile and because we got to see the friendship first hand, hard for us to reconcile as well.

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And just how awesome was Noelani to realize it so immediately?  How could she not?  Just like Alex the actor, Steve the character displays every possible emotion in his facial expressions.  NCIS investigation or not, Noelani understood Steve’s need to not only see and be with his friend, but to try to understand what the hell happened.

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Written by Rob Hanning and Paul Grellong, with the wonderful Peter Weller in the director’s chair, the case of the week was a wonderfully convoluted story of kidnap and rescue, of mistaken guilt and redemption, of abuse and flight, of joy and reunion.  I was so thrilled it turned out that Steve was 100% right about his friend.  Carson was the good guy all along.  Thank God!  Bad enough Steve had to lose another friend, at least it wasn’t another friend who went to the dark side.

As always, we have to commend Alex for his work in this episode; in his ability to take Steve from shock, to mourning, to anger and determination and even to the lighter moments of bantering with both Danny and Emma.  He was extraordinary but then, when is he not?

It’s easy to laugh when you know there’s no danger:  I loved Danny in this episode but, of course, I love Danny in every episode! I’m especially happy the writers are pairing Steve and Danny together as often as they can this season.  I know I’ve said this before, and I hope I get to say it a lot more this season, but their partnership has such a great Season 1-2 feel about it these days.  It does my heart such good to see them as they always should be.

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Once again, except for when Steve was with Emma, he was working the case with Danny by his side.  The scene in the morgue, Danny stood by as a strong sentry as Steve sat and mourned his friend and he was the one who broached the subject of Carson’s personal affects with Noelani, not Steve.  The same way Noelani knew of Steve’s need to be with his friend, Danny knew Steve would not rest until he found the truth about what happened.

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But what I really enjoyed the most was Danny’s ability to add a bit of levity to the episode.  Danny’s joy over Steve getting arrested was awesome.  The look on his face when Emma entered HQ was priceless and I loved how he counted off as Emma listed all of Steve’s offenses and slapped the cuffs on him.   🤣🤣

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The scene in the “conference room” was even better.  “Can I post this on my Instagram account??” 🤣🤣again!

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Of course, I know there will be those who will grouse and complain that Danny was being annoying and disrespectful and hurtful and every other adjective they can think of but, personally, I loved every moment of it.  I love that the bond between them is so strong that Danny is able to tease his friend, bring a bit of lighthearted levity to the situation.

Because, in that moment, Steve was feeling very low, still grieving, and handcuffed to a table unable to be out there trying to find the truth.

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Danny’s arrival was like the sun coming out from behind a dark cloud.  He wouldn’t be walking into that room in such high spirits if things were so dire.  Of course, Steve already knew his stay there was going to be short lived; knew Danny was headed to the Governor.  But still, you could see the immediate lift in Steve’s demeanor the moment Danny walked in the door.  He couldn’t stop the grin on his face!

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Danny was able to have so much fun with it all because he too already knew, from the moment Emma walked into HQ that it was all totally temporary.  Poor Emma, not knowing about that pesky immunity and means thing!

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We can never have too many friends:  I have to say, I’m intrigued with the new character of Emma Warren.  I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like her at the beginning.  I didn’t like how she immediately jumped to the conclusion that Carson had kidnapped that baby, but I did like that she realized how much his death affected Steve.  Although she asked that he back off and let NCIS handle the investigation, she did say she’d keep him in the loop as much as possible.  She didn’t have to do that.

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Of course, there wasn’t a single person watching who didn’t get a good chuckle out of Steve promising Emma he’d stay away from her investigation.  Unfortunately for Emma, we know him a lot better than she does!

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I totally got her indignation when Steve crossed the crime-scene tape and her anger when he removed a piece of evidence.  As much as I loved that Steve did it, because I love my SEAL, she was 100% right in her reaction.  I honestly don’t know how Steve’s gotten away with half the stuff he’s pulled over the years and it was fun to see someone stand up to him.  Steve in cuffs is something I never thought I’d see.

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I even understood her being so standoffish with Danny when she entered that conference room.  Putting myself in her position I can easily hear myself saying “What the hell is with these guys? One invades my crime scene and the other one invades my office?”

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As the episode went on, I found myself liking Emma more and more.  She could have dug her heels in and been a real hard-ass after Danny showed up with the letter from the Governor but she didn’t.  When Steve proposed that the investigation would progress more effectively if NCIS and Five-0 worked together, she agreed to pool resources.  Again, she didn’t have to do that.

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Once that ice was broken, I really liked how she mellowed out.  I loved her reaction to Steve in the car; complaining about his interruptions.  And I loved that little flirt when she asked what her “other talents” were besides math!

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So yes.  I enjoyed their car banter and I enjoyed the little flirting between them and the fact they’re going out for drinks.  It’s nice they had no hard feelings over his interference in her case nor that she arrested him.  It’s nice they may have an opportunity to be friends.  God knows Steve’s lost so many friends.  Even if we never see her again, it’s nice to think he may gain a new friend here.

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Eventually, there comes a time when enough is enough:  Well, Adam is finally home and in terrible shape.  Adam and Kono are no more.  Yeah, not a huge surprise here, right?  The long-distance marriage made absolutely no sense last season and having it try to continue into this season made even less sense than that.

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I’m ambivalent over the reason for the breakup however.  I don’t know.  Maybe it’s because we didn’t see the disintegration between them first hand that I find it hard to reconcile the two people who moved heaven and earth and endured so much to be together come to the conclusion that they’re now two different people only a year after they could finally be together.  Maybe it would feel more real to me if Kono had been killed in the line of duty or something.  An event which tore them apart rather than a mutual decision to separate.  But…. that would have been so incredibly harsh, and I do love Kono even if I feel she’s being incredibly selfish in this situation.  But then again, isn’t Adam also being selfish?  See… like I said… ambivalent.

Regardless of the reasons, Adam is home and distraught and in a bad way.  I was happy Tani went back to HQ and filled Steve in on Adam’s situation and that Danny went over there to check on him.

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I loved that scene between Adam and Danny.  Danny is such a great friend and, of course, he knows first hand what it’s like for a marriage to break up.  Danny remembers all too well when he was feeling the exact same way as Adam is now and how his brother Matt “pulled him off the ledge”.  I was a bit disappointed Danny didn’t actually bring that up to Adam until I remembered that Danny’s never told anyone about that except Steve all those years ago.

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So now Adam is going to be Five-0.  From a logical standpoint, Adam getting a badge is kind of dumb even though I’ve always loved Adam from the beginning.  It just doesn’t seem fair that Junior is a SEAL and yet he had to go to the Academy in order to qualify for Five-0 but Adam is handed a badge because he’s “helped out” in the past.  Granted, I always felt Junior going to the Academy was less about his qualifications and more a way for Steve to be sure his “combat” experience would translate well to the “street” but still.

Adam is not a cop and he’s an ex-con.  It’s not logical at all.  Also, when you really think about it, just like Abby and Sarah were written off the show when Chin left, so Adam should have been written off when Kono left.

BUT BUT BUT BUT….. I love Ian so much and I’m so totally thrilled he’s still on the show and I’ll get to see him on my screen every week that I’m willing to just go with the illogical and enjoy myself.  Critics be damned!

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“There will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” But, of course, there is still the issue about the gun.  We know it’s the gun that killed Noriko.  We know Tani put the gun back in the kitchen drawer when Adam went into the other room to pass out.

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We also know Tani did not call in the tip to HPD.  After all, Tani told Junior she put the gun back and there’s no reason for her to lie to Junior. He’s the only one she confided to in all this so there’s no reason to lie to him now.  I was a bit surprised that it was Junior’s idea to call in an anonymous tip but I’m glad that Tani didn’t do it.

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I did like how Adam confronted Tani over the gun though.  It was a bit of “turn around is fair play”.  She thought the worst of him…… he thought the worst of her.  They now both know they were wrong, and they and their friendship can move on.

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But then who called in the tip?  It wasn’t Tani.  I don’t believe Junior would do it behind Tani’s back.  Captain Keo?  Or, obviously, Noriko’s real killer. I’m really curious to see how this works out.  Will Adam and Tani now try to investigate this on their own?  I hope to hell not.  It’s bad enough Tani has kept this away from Steve and the team this long.  I would hate for Adam’s first action as a member of Five-0 to be keeping something like this from Steve.  Let’s just hope both Tani and Adam get their heads out of their asses and do the right thing and tell Steve!

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Of course, we can’t forget about Duke:  The most touching scene of the night.  Duke, returning, in uniform, to HPD where he belongs!  I loved that Steve had assembled a crowd to greet him, all excited to see Duke back at work.  I especially loved the mutual admiration, respect and, once again, friendship between the two men as they warmly greet each other then formally salute!  It was absolutely wonderful!

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And let’s also not forget:  I haven’t gone into the actual COTW much here today because, for me at least, this episode was more about the character interactions than the actual crime.  But I do want to say that I really enjoyed the fact that everyone on the team contributed to solving this case.  This was the kind of episode I like.  One major COTW with the entire team involved and (if we must have a secondary story) it’s small and doesn’t take away from the main focus.  This was the perfect mix.

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Lastly, I want to just say a word about Jerry and Lou!  These two are comedy gold.  Their little excursion to find the tail number of Carson’s plane was priceless.  More of this, dear writers!  Please!

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Well, that’s it for this week my friends.  A really enjoyable episode in what has been, so far, a fantastic season.  It looks to only get better moving forward.  Next week is the much anticipated 200th episode and it looks like it’s going to be an awesome story.  Not that I ever have any doubts about that.

So, until next week.  Aloha.  Malama Pono

All screen caps are mine.

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18 thoughts on “#H50 Review – 9.06 Aia I Hi’ikua; I Hi’Ialo (Is Borne on the Back; Is Borne in the Arms)

  1. Courtney says:

    I loved the episode but just two things- why does everyone lie to Steve and why can no one ever comfort him ever. Just two things that bother me that people think it is okay to lie to him and people think he needs no comfort but he is expected to comfort everyone else.

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    • AlexOloughlinlover says:

      you know you have a very good point there I’m tired of everyone betraying Steve and being liars and he needs comfort I sure would have been there for him he takes of everyone around him but no one seems to care about his needs and that’s very unfair to Steve I love Alex/Steve he’s my one and only on the show if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t watch the show at all.

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  2. Dan Gibson says:

    This was a standout episode from beginning to end …. for whatever reason, I just wasn’t into last week’s annual “halloween tribute”, so this story was a great way for the crew to get back to business. It was 5-0 playing it straight, which is my passion. Next week’s 200th should be unique and exciting. Our show is on a terrific roll in Season 9. It established its own personality a few seasons back, and is THE 5-0 for our times. Great job, Mr. Lenkov !

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    • I agree Dan! Five-0 playing it straight always makes the best episodes, but I have to admit, I like it when they go a little silly, like in Halloween episodes. It’s just a nice change that I always enjoy!

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  3. Linda, you read my mind completely. This episode was a slam-dunk! Steve/Danny were perfect, Alex showed us that fabulous range of acting, and our team worked together on the case. All boxes checked!

    I gotta say I love this new flirty side of Steve. Now that Lynn is out of the picture, I hope we can get more of this. The handcuff comment in the elevator was icing on the cake.

    Thanks for your great take on this episode. I hope we get more shows like it!

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  4. rhondagemini says:

    Great review as usual, Linda! To be honest,I wasn’t sure I’d be able to comment on it as I was having trouble accessing Facebook,but that has been solved. Having said that, I loved this episode! So glad to see Duke in uniform again,although one of his first duties back was executing a search warrant for Adam’s house. The COTW was intense,to say the least. Emma,in my opinion,made two mistakes and you referred to them both-one was asking Steve to back off and not get involved in the investigation of his SEAL brother’s death. She should have known better than to think he would do that. The other mistake she made was arresting Steve-she should have known that the governor would not go for that. I did like how she & Steve worked together afterwards. Let me ask you a question: Does she remind you of someone from Steve’s past-like Catherine,maybe? As for Adam,I have to agree with you-I find it hard to believe that he & Kono are over after everything they went through to be together in the first place. However,I can see Adam’s point-the situation with Jesse did change him somewhat and Kono’s job had pretty much taken over her life. Like you, I would have preferred it if they had killed her,as sad as that would have been,but it would have made more sense. Glad to see Adam as a part of H50,but the first thing that needs to happen is he & Tani tell Steve about the gun and the sooner,the better! I have to ask the same question Adam did:if Tani didn’t plant the gun(and we know she didn’t)and she didn’t phone in the tip,which she didn’t,despite Junior’s suggestion that she do so,then who did? Hope we get the answer soon! As a side note, I loved Jerry & Lou’s creativity in getting the info about the plane!

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  5. Mary Tomshack says:

    I loved this episode. My favorite parts were Danny counting of all the things Steve was getting arrested for and when he went to get Steve out of jail. Actually, Steve was not in a jail cell but a conference room. I think it was nice of that agent to put him in there instead of in a jail cell. Danny was hilarious in this episode. Lou and Jerry were pretty good too. It was a great episode. And I love when Steve and Danny are mostly together in an episode. Those two are so golden when they are together. Adam is pretty messed up over his marriage breaking up. Leave it to Danny to throw water in his face to wake him up. But Danny was the right person to be there for Adam. He has also been through it all with Rachel. I am so looking forward to next week. Thanks, Linda, for taking the time to write a great review.

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  6. I loved that scene between Adam and Danny especially when Adam threw his arms around Danny and he was like “stop touching me.. .I love you buddy but you really stink”? or something like that! ROFLMAO

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  7. Patsa says:

    I agree with what you say about Adam. He should be with Kono or they should kill her for him to stay. I think Emma look like Catherine too and act tuff like her. Steve has a type of women he like. That is why Lynn was not for him and he quit her. I think it weird he was flirting and ask Emma if she had a fun time because his best friend just dies and that is not fun. I did not like that. Steve would make more true if he were sad at the end. I am happy Duke is back on the police force. He is my favorite. Tani and Junior are liars and should tell Steve the truth. Now they will be in big trouble. Why does everyone lie to Steve? I can’t wait for 200. It looks exciting.

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  8. jlopie1 says:

    Loved this episode. Enough said. You know how I feel about Danny, so his presence in this ep; his support for his partner while he grieved another friend’s loss, his joy at his crazy-ass partner’s arrest for cross the line and finally getting called out for it, his understanding of another friend’s spiral into sickness over his broken marriage, and of course, getting the letter from the Governor to get his beloved partner out of hock – all of it was priceless and steadfast Danny Williams. Let others say whatever they will, Danny is always there for his team, showing his love for them in true Danny Williams fashion.

    The rest of the episode was perfection, too. I never sweat the small stuff, and there really wasn’t much of anything to complain about in this ep. I’m intrigued with Emma, and I really hope we get to see her working with the team again soon. It seems only right , since there’s a huge Naval presence on the island, that H50 would work more closely with NCIS than we’ve seen in 8 1/2 years.

    Thanks for another great review, Linda! On to the 200th! The preview and promo pics have been jaw-dropping!

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  9. Robin Jane Bridges says:

    I loved it. I kept laughing. Steve will argue with anybody in a car. As for Adam, we have to see. Maybe they thought it would look bad if they killed off Kono, considering what went on behind the scenes. I love Danny, he just thought it was so funny that Steve was in handcuffs. You would think that those who work for certain FEDS would know what happens in Hawaii, if 50 gets involved. I wonder if Steve ever met Gibbs? Hmmm…

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  10. Hope Emma comes on back again. She is like a female version of Steve in a sense.
    Danny laughing at the expense of Steve and that he puts Danny through a lot
    For once Danny is laughing at his boss and best friend’s expense
    Also Steve needs to pay up for drinks and he makes the most money out of the group as the boss and commander
    Feds beware if you knew Steve at least Emma was not a snot nosed fed like others I have seen on TV and was decent.
    Adam and Tani if they do not tell Steve, he will find out. Never ever mess with him. And both of them will face consequences, Adam to jail and Tani losing job or possible jail.
    All in all one of the best! 9/10!

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  11. Mcdanno says:

    Hi Linda. Once again you seem to have read my mind COMPLETELY! This is by far one of the best one’s we’ve seen so far! I am still putting the premiere in first place, but that may change next week. I loved every angle this story had. Alex undoubtedly is the best actor I’ve ever seen. His ability to act every emotion without speaking is incredible, especially since Steve hates to talk about his emotions, so a look is as best as we’re going to get. The interactions between Steve and Danny at the “conference room jail” was hysterical. I must have watched it 6 times already 😊 of course, Danny would be worried if he thought Steve would be in jail for a long time. He’s already seen Steve in jail for the governor’s murder, but this is not as drastic. Considering how much Danny can’t figure out technology, I doubt he’ll get an Instagram account. I really like Emma Warren. I didn’t when I met her, but like most people on the show you have to get to know them before you make a decision. I love that Adam’s back, and that will take the sting off him and Kono splitting up. I am very excited about next week’s 200th episode!!!!!! The 100th is to this day my all time FAVORITE episode, and I am bot sure that the 200th will beat it. Going back in time with a cold case linked to Steve’s grandfather looks AWESOME, but Steve getting tortured and then killing Wo Fat has to come first😁😀😁😍. Can’t wait to see the next one, and read the review.

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  12. Carole says:

    Late to the game this week – didn’t get to watch until yesterday. Everyone has pretty much said it all…..really enjoyed the episode. I continue to love every interaction between Steve & Danny. We all knew Steve wasn’t going to stay arrested for long. Danny was being Danny at his best……of course he was going to get him out, but have a little fun along the way….he knows just how to handle Steve. I didn’t care for Emma at first either, but once she started to figure out how Steve and 50 work she rolled with it. I too wouldn’t mind seeing her back. The Adam thing is a bit harder to rationalize.I’m not surprised about the breakup. …what else were they going to do. Seems there was hope GP would be back at some point and that’s why they kept Adam around, but she’s not coming back so they had to address it. Giving Adam a badge. ….hate to say it, but it reminded me of season 4. I hope they have him be a lot more affective than he was last season…….and Tani’s gotten herself in a real hole with this gun too. They need to resolve thid mess soon. Next week the big 200th. ….can’t wait!

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  13. Brooklyngirl says:

    I’m late to the party but I finally watched the episode. And. I. Loved. It. Can’t add much more than has already been said. I agree Linda, this actress, who I’ve seen in the show Ransom (which is a good show stuck in a bad time slot on Saturday night) can act and bears no resemblance to Catherine. Adam doesn’t deserve a badge for all those reasons mentioned but hey, the team can always use a(nother) handsome hunk skilled in badassery! Alex played every emotion spot on and the love and Ohana was in full bloom. Can’t forget Duke! Glad he’s back. Season 9 is a winner!! Looking forward to the 200th this week!

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