#H50 Review: 9.07 Pua a’e la ka uwahi o ka moe (The Smoke Seen in the Dream Now Rises) – Episode #200

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Two hundred episodes! Not an achievement to be taken lightly by any means.  Hawaii Five-0 has had its critics over the past eight plus years, and it still has its critics among “fans” who find more to criticize than like, but here we are.

Two hundred episodes!  There aren’t a lot of shows that have reached this milestone.  Among those that have are some pretty impressive names.  Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Dallas, Cheers, Frasier, NYPD Blue, M*A*S*H and, of course, the original Hawaii Five-O to name just a few.  There are more modern examples too, of course, but it’s worth noting that the good majority of shows that have reached the 200+ milestone are from an age when there were basically only three networks to choose from when it came to watching TV.

Shows which have reached this milestone in more current times face a much more challenging TV landscape.  People now have hundreds of choices of programming to tempt them, as well as, all manner of ways to watch. Live, DVR, streaming, binge, etc.  For any show in this modern era to be able to capture the hearts of viewers, enough that they tune in week after week for over eight years when there are so many other choices, is a testament to the quality of not only the writing of the show but to the entire cast, and the fantastic crew which puts it on our screens every week.  Hawaii Five-0.  Two hundred episodes and still going strong.  Critics be damned!

I guess I don’t have to tell you that I loved everything about this episode, with one notable exception that I’ll talk about later (even though you probably already know what it is).

Right off the bat, the episode had a wonderful old time feel about it with the 1940’s era inspired rendition of the theme song. Of course, I would never want our weekly theme song changed in any way because the updated version from the original is so awesome, but this was a really nice touch.  Well, the music throughout the entire episode was inspired.  Once again, the music of Brian Tyler and Keith Power took an already wonderful episode and made it a 1000% times better.  It was pure 1940’s.

This week’s crime of the week was, of course, a crime of 80+ years. The last unsolved case of famous HPD Detective Chang Apana. Until I read the synopsis for this episode I’d never heard of Chang Apana.  I knew of Charlie Chan, of course, but never knew he was based on a real person.  It’s a part of H50 that I have always loved. When they incorporate Hawaiian history into their stories in some way.  I love learning more about the islands and her people whenever I can.  It makes H50 unique from any other show.

It also gave us a glimpse into the social atmosphere of the times.  The rich plantation owners who relied on indentured servitude to tend their crops and enrich their coffers.  The scandal when a rich man’s son is found sneaking around with a lowly hula girl.  The disposal of an innocent girl’s dead body to prevent the scandal from tarnishing the rich family name.

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But, like last weeks episode, the crime of the week, although a really good one, isn’t what will make me watch and re-watch this episode as much as I’ve re-watched Episode #100 over the years.

There’s just something about the 1940’s.  What was that line from the old “All in the Family” theme song?  “And you knew who you were then.  Girls were girls and men were men”.  It was such a simpler time when a man could look admiringly at an attractive woman and not be accused of sexually harassing her.

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The entire dream sequence was done brilliantly.  If you didn’t know better, you’d swear you were watching a real 1940’s movie.  The cars, the clothes, the way people acted.  I adored the accents they all used, especially Alex and Scott.  The fedoras, the suspenders, the toothpick, the cigarettes, it was perfect.

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Kudos to every single person on the crew from wardrobe, to lighting, to obtaining the proper cars, and so on and so on who pulled it all together.  Did you catch old Waikiki Beach of 1941?  It was magnificent.

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And the cast… talk about wonderful.  How much fun must it have been for them all to step out of their usual characters and get to play something new.  I loved how pretty much everyone in the cast got to appear in this episode.  They all nailed their new character even if it was only for a few moments.

It was fun to see Dennis Chun, again as an HPD cop, but this time wearing the actual uniform his dad Kam Fong wore when he was on the force.

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Beulah, as Lila’s (the missing girl) brother, complete with a great local Hawaiian accent.

(UPDATE:  Originally this paragraph read “with his real-life New Zealand accent”. However, thanks to a discussion I saw on Twitter between those who know far more than I do about such things, people who actually live in Australia and/or New Zealand, I discovered I was wrong.  I have made this correction accordingly.  Thank you @ibyshire, @missslothy, @racoon_sa, @Andie_Louise_ and @alohaspaceman for setting me straight without even knowing you did it! 😃

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Chi, as Capt. Charles Sumner, the stereotypical hard nose Captain putting his foot down on, who he feels are, his wayward detectives.

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Ian, as Earl Blackstone, a notorious crime boss, with the mustache all such characters seemed to have in the 1940’s.

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Kimee as the, excuse me, I’m a doctor, who treats Steve at the hospital and Taylor got a quick nod as “Biggie” Tupa, appropriately, the proprietor of the night club where (not)Tani is the lounge singer.

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Meaghan was fantastic as Alexa Alana, an old friend of Lila’s.  Remember a couple of years ago, the first time we heard Jerry sing and we were all amazed that Jorge had such a great singing voice?  Well, count me astonished again.  Damn, but Meaghan can sing! Watching her on that stage, gorgeous in that slinky dress, singing her heart out was incredible.  She did such a fantastic job.

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She also played a major part in the case.  Because it was Alexa who gave Steve and Milton their first clue as to who Lila had been seeing and who may have been the last person to see her alive.  It was heartbreaking to see her shot and die in Steve’s arms.  I have to say it kind of gave me the willies.  In 8+ years, we’ve seen members of our team shot numerous times, but we’ve never had one die.  I know this was a dream and it was Alexa and not Tani, but I still didn’t like seeing it.

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And speaking of Jorge… who didn’t love him as Officer Mike Flanagan?  It was a ton of fun watching (not)Jerry being a real cop.  Of course, Flanagan fulfilled pretty much the same purpose in 1941 as Jerry does for the team today, digging in the archives and pulling records for Steve and Milton but it was a blast watching him join Steve and Milton in the field and to see him get to shoot that big gun.

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But the absolute best thing about this episode is the fact that it was, literally, the Steve and Danny/Steve and Milton show. Steve and Danny at the restaurant, Steve and Danny at Casa McG, Steve dreaming that Danny is Milton, Steve and Milton working and solving the case together, Steve and Danny’s ultimate restaurant decision.  They were together the entire episode.  That makes any episode top notch in my book.

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Steve McGarrett is truly a man for all ages and every time I think I can’t love him more, he proves me wrong.  Especially when anything has to do with his family, in particular, with his grandfather.  His admiration and pride in the man whose name he carries has no limits and it only deepens with everything new he learns.

Learning of the old unsolved case from the elder Milton, you could see Steve’s fascination that his grandfather had once wanted to become a cop.  I find the correlation between Steve’s dream and Milton’s words about how December 7, 1941 changed everything intriguing.  Because once Steve starts to delve into the evidence of Lila’s disappearance and falls asleep, his mind takes him to the days in time right before everything changed.  December 5th and December 6th.

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Dreams are full of “what if’s”.  What if Steve Sr. hadn’t joined the Army (or was drafted).  What if he and Milton weren’t just two best friends with a weekend hobby of trying to solve an old case just in case, they ever got to be real cops.  What if they’d both been able to fulfill their dreams of being detectives.  Ahhhhh to sleep….. perchance to dream!

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Milton tells Steve that he and Steve Sr were best friends who hung out together on weekends practicing being cops. So, of course, in Steve’s subconscious, who would he want by his side?  The same way every dream Danny had when he was shot included Steve, in Steve’s dream, only Danny could be his Milton.

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I also liked how they worked the Pearl Harbor attack into Steve’s dream. It was the day, after all, when “everything changed”.  Steve’s subconscious ending his dream with the event which ended his grandfather’s life and his dream.  It was brilliant.  It also reminded me of Danny’s 9/11 episode.  Of course, that wasn’t a dream.  He really did watched it all happen.

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In our dreams, some semblance of reality always manages to come through.  Steve’s Milton has a wonderfully unique Jersey accent.  His Milton also has Danny’s snappy comebacks.  His Milton is still unfailingly loyal and has Steve’s back 100% of the time.  Steve’s Milton still retains everything of what makes Danny, Danny.

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Reality also come through in the way both Steve Sr. and Milton work.  They still butt heads, they still have carguments, they still pick and poke at each other but, more importantly, they are both still there for each other.  When Steve and Milton come under fire, Steve yells “Milton… get down!  the same way our Steve always yells “Danny” before he pushed them both out of the line of fire.

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And as Steve dreams about a car on fire about to explode, it’s Milton who pulls him to safety.  #McDanno or #McMilton.  It all works out the same in the end.

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That’s what this entire episode was all about.  Yeah, the case was great and watching everyone play different parts and wear period costumes was a hell of a lot of fun.  Going back to the 1940’s with the cars and the music was an absolute blast.  Getting more of Steve’s family history is always a huge bonus.

But this episode, in my opinion, was really about one thing.  The reaffirmation of the one thing that makes this show tick.  The relationship between Steve and Danny.  Story lines come and go.  People come and go.  Other relationships come and go.  But through it all, Steve and Danny endure.

The love and admiration these two have for each other is universal.  When Steve waxes poetic over the accomplishments of Chang Apana, of all the injuries he sustained throughout his career and his determination to solve every single case, Danny’s immediate response is “he sounds like you”.  With all his ranting over Steve’s antics, it’s plainly obvious Danny is proud of his partner and what he’s done over the years.

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And what does Danny do?  He goes out and buys a book about Chang Apana in order to learn more about the man his partner looks to as not only a hero but another link to the grandfather he is so proud of and never got to know.

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And nowhere was the bond between these two more evident than in the last two minutes of the episode.

Yes, of course, I’m disappointed.  “Steve’s” is no more! I really….. really…. wanted the dream we saw when Danny was shot to come true.  I enjoyed this storyline, although I do agree with many that it needed to come to some sort of resolution after all this time.

I thought the soft opening, which looked like a great success with everyone having a great time and enjoying the food, meant it was all going to work out.  After all the blood, sweat and arguments, that it would finally all be worth it.

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I think we’ve all pretty much agreed that the original premise was pretty silly.  There really was never a way for the guys to be full-time cops and full-time restaurateurs.  We all pretty much figured someone would have to step in and run the day-to-day operations for them.  Kamekona was the perfect choice.  I was hoping that would be that.  Soft opening a success, Kame running the place with Steve and Danny as the owners who would take over one day when they actually retired.

So, no, I wasn’t expecting it to all be over and so quickly.  After, over a year, for them to decide to give it all up in under two minutes was rather jarring. But having said that, I’m not has heartbroken over it as I thought I would be because, as disappointed as I am, I’m thrilled it was as much of a mutual decision to call it quits as it was to start it in the first place.

The bond between these two men is unbreakable.  They are like magnets.  One moves, the other moves too.  A year and a half ago, Danny was determined he was ready to retire soon and when he proposed the two of them start the restaurant together, Steve was all in, without hesitation.  Touched and thrilled that Danny wanted him to be part of his dream.

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And now, when Steve says he just wants to be a cop and not run a restaurant, Danny’s immediate response is “If you’re out, I’m out”.

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It illustrates clearly that restaurant or no restaurant, there is no way Danny’s ever going to retire until Steve does.  The fact that Kame was already proposing buying out their shares means they can replenish their retirement savings, and everyone can move on.  It was an elegant solution, even if it was a bit abrupt.

The look on Steve’s face when he told Danny of his decision was very telling.  He was bracing himself for the explosion.  But Danny didn’t explode.  There have been so many obstacles along this journey and it seems painfully obvious now that somewhere along the line, they were both questioning whether they’d made the right decision. But each one didn’t want to disappoint the other, so they just soldiered on.  The only way out is through.  But you could see the relief rolling off the both of them when they both realized they were on the same page all along, as usual.

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So, yeah, I’m sad but the restaurant isn’t going away.  From the previews of next week’s Thanksgiving episode, the Ohana is celebrating there.  Hopefully, like the shrimp truck, we’ll get to see them all hang out there every once in a while.

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I do wonder what Kame is going to name the place though.  It would be nice, as a gesture to all the blood, sweat and tears the guys put into the place, that Kame would try to recognize that in the name.  I still love the name “Steve’s” but the symbolism of that name isn’t the same now.  It’s no longer Danny’s restaurant with Steve’s name so they can always be together.  “McDanno’s” doesn’t make sense either since neither Mc nor Danno is associated with it any longer.  I’m curious to see what Kame is going to do.

But it really doesn’t matter because as this episode solidified more certain than ever, Steve and Danny don’t need a restaurant to assure they will be together forever!  #McDanno is forever….. period!

To Peter Lenkov, writers David Wolkove and Matt Wheeler and director Bryan Spicer, thank you for this wonderful episode.  What a fantastic job. It’s always wonderful anytime Steve gets to connect with his family.  The story and the characters were different and fun.  And while the ending was bittersweet, the guys were happy with their decision and that really is all that counts.

To all the producers, writers, the fantastic cast, both past and present, and the incredible crew, thank you a thousand times over for 200 wonderful episodes and 8+ years of wonderful entertainment.  I will never regret staying up on that Monday night so long ago and falling in love with a show that has given me so much.  I will always be grateful for all the wonderful friends I’ve made because of this show.  Friends I hope to keep long after the show crosses the finish line.  Which, I pray, won’t be for a very, very long time.  Mahalo nui loa to each and every one of you!

Aloha.  Malama pono

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Note:  Special prayers for Peter and his family, Jeff Hunt and his family and to all those in the cast and crew (along with everyone who lives in California) who have homes, family and friends in the path of the devastating fires now ravaging California.  As we sit and enjoy our fun and entertaining Friday night and the rest of our weekends, they are evacuating from their homes, mourning the loss of their homes and fleeing the fires.  Here’s hoping everyone is safe with their friends and family and that their homes remain untouched by the fires.

All screen caps are mine unless otherwise noted.

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27 thoughts on “#H50 Review: 9.07 Pua a’e la ka uwahi o ka moe (The Smoke Seen in the Dream Now Rises) – Episode #200

  1. It was a classic. Love it en it set in the 1940’s and a day before Pearl Harbor.
    Meghan can sing indeed. As like Jorge did as Elvis
    But still really wonder how much money will McDanno will get over in the restaurant from Kaemonka but did I not see the next week over in the Thanksgiving episode where they celebrate it at like the restaurant. Let me know if my eyes are deceiving me.
    Overall a great episode. Cold Cases should never be forgotten. Good for Steve. Guess a control freak like his father. Not just in the Navy. LOL
    Overall 10/10!

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  2. Carole says:

    Seems like just a bit ago I was wondering if I’d like the “new” show and here we are at episode 200! It had all the elements that I’ve come to love – a mystery, some Hawaii history, teamwork, lots and lots of Steve & Danny and a dream sequence(fast becoming my fav) that allowed them to step out of the box ……the costumes, the cars, the music, accents, the way they played scenes, everything had that 40’s feel. Steve had a “Eliot Ness” look and Danny looked very fine too (reminded me of his dad) Loved how everyone got a little part and we’re spot on. It was a team effort, but you’re right about Steve & Danny Linda – they are and will always be the heart and sole of the show. I too was a bit sad about the resturant, but hopefully it will become their new hangout and I couldn’t help but feel that art was imitating RL when Danny responded to Steve wanting out of the resturant. …..i’d like to think AOL & SC feel the same about their roles – that they’re in it together no matter what and that this is an indication that they want to continue……let’s hope. Overall a pretty perfect night…..already rewatched twice. Thank you for another great review….you are a true fan unlike some others out…..but I won’t go there – positive kool-aid right!
    On to the one.

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    • I also got a feeling of art imitating life in that scene. Of course, no one knows what goes through the minds of actors on shows but it’s nice to believe Steve and Danny AND Alex and Scott will always be in it together until the very end. Here’s to not having it end for a very very long time! ♥

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  3. Susan Schoppe says:

    Absolutely best review for absolutely the best episode! You touched on each scene & point of this series. I totally agree with you on the restaurant, I would have liked to see them keep it for a couple more episodes which could have had some really good comical scenes. But what the heck, they are both happy so that works. I also think Alex & Scott like Steve & Danny will stay connected after the show is done (many years from now) they have just been to close off camera not to be. Meagan is just amazing, that girl has some serious singing talent going on. I would love to hear her & George belt one out together, LoL. I love 40s movies so this was just heaven for me and being Veterans Day weekend perfect timing for this to be a tribute to our military men & women and their families. Thank You All ❤️
    Like you I’m praying for all of the people in California and hoping what isn’t lost won’t be and so sorry for those who have experienced any lost but praying they still have their lives. Thank you for such an amazing review Linda I always look forward to them ❤️

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    • Unfortunately, Jeff Hunt, who has directed numerous H50 episodes over the years, lost his home to the fires. I can’t even imagine what he was going through since he was working away from LA at the time. His wife had to get their kids and pets and evacuate at the drop of a hat. Jeff was probably going nuts with worry. I can’t even imagine.

      Peter posted his thanks on IG a bit ago to the first responders and fire personnel who saved both his homes. I’m not sure if they’ve been able to go back yet, but they are all safe. What a nightmare for everyone affected!

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  4. Robin Jane Bridges says:

    Loved it, too. I think the other Milton may suspected where the body was, but couldn’t prove it. He probably heard about Steve and knew he could prove it. I liked that Alex got to wear his wedding ring. 🙂

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    • Yeah that was cool. For once, he didn’t have to remember to take his ring off for filming. Must have been a nice change. It’s very possible the elder Milton has his suspensions of where the body was. Either way, he had full confidence Steve could figure it out.

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  5. Patsa says:

    “There’s just something about the 1940’s. What was that line from the old “All in the Family” theme song? “And you knew who you were then. Girls were girls and men were men”. It was such a simpler time when a man could look admiringly at an attractive woman and not be accused of sexually harassing her” I am surprised you of all people chose that particular quote knowing how big a slash fan you are.
    What you are saying is this was a time when McDanno / McMilton would have never been able to happen because being gay was unacceptable. This was a time when women were overtly harrassed by men and couldn’t say anything because they would be called liars. Half the world was at war. These were not simpler times. These were times when atrocities such as sexual harassment, gang violance and war were romanticized for entertainment.
    That being said I loved this episode and I especially loved the restaurant story is finally over with. I am surprised many don’t realize the restuarant did get a name. I recall Kamekona unveiling it as Kamekona’s Italian Bistro. Again, I’m surprised you missed that detail. I hope this show continues to bring us many many more epiodes. Congratulations to the cast and crew!

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    • I was referring to the romanticized history of that era. You are talking about the reality. Yes, I am a slash fan but that is fiction, even more fictional than the show since I don’t ever expect to see true McDanno on my screen. What you say is very true. I just remember my parents and their contemporaries telling me about those years and they always remembered them as good times along with the sadness of losing people to war. Of course, I’d never want to give up the strides we’ve made in the areas you mentioned but I think it would be nice to be able to say something, pretty much anything these days, without someone taking some sort of offense. Everyone just seems so angry these days. Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you felt you could voice your opinion here. It’s always welcome!

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  6. Thanks for this heart-felt review. What a great episode! Not much to add — like you, I was very happy with Steve/Danny and Steve/Milton bonds. They are so great together.
    I loved the nod to “The Untouchables” as Steve, Milton and Flanagan moved in on the baddie. Also loved that Steve’s personal vehicle was also a pickup truck in the dream. And just gotta say, Steve’s blue plaid shirt was nice……I love him in blue!

    I know you mentioned this in a Tweet — very cool that Wo Fat’s name showed up on a restaurant. It’s evidence that Wo Fat is still a specter in Steve’s subconscious.

    I was surprised they ended the restaurant arc so quickly, but Steve’s reasoning was so perfect and so……….Steve. He’s a cop and a SEAL, a person of service and conviction, and a man who wants justice, to make things better for others. The people of Hawaii need him and will benefit so much more with him as 5-0 and not a restauranteur.

    Sorry to ramble, but just a quick Veteran’s Day note — my uncle died on D-Day. We only recently learned the details of his death, and they came in the exact same way that Steve learned of his grandfather’s heroism — through an interview with a veteran. We were able to contact this wonderful man and we learned our uncle also died a hero. Thank you for your service to all veterans out there!

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  7. Mcdanno says:

    Wow Linda. Loved the ep, and you totally hit all the bases. I couldn’t agree more. Happy Steve and Danny decided to be cops longer. Hopefully they’ll be around long enouth to be “fighting crime out of a wheelchair “. The 200th is definitely a wonderful episode, but it doesn’t beat out the 100th. Seeing Alex in suspenders is not nearly as much fun as seeing him shirtless amd suspended in a laundromat 😍 Can’t wait for the next Thanksgiving episode, and Chi’s writing debut!

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    • Both #100 and #200 are exceptional episodes in their own merit. I loved #100 and have watched it a zillion times. I can see myself watching this one just as much. Alex was phenomenal in #100 in every way but I have to say, I really loved that we were able to have a monumental episode without putting Steve through hell! ROFL

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  8. rhondagemini says:

    Great review,Linda! I’ve always loved episodes that take place in a different time period and this was no exception! When it came to solving crimes, Steve always had a dogged determination to find the truth and we now know who he got it from-his namesake grandfather! Granted, Steve Sr. actually never was an HPD officer,but as an hero at Pearl Harbor, he was determined to save lives,even at the cost of his own. Seeing the cast members as different characters was fun to watch and my particular favorites were Meaghan and Chi, for different reasons. Loved Meaghan’s singing voice-she really impressed me. Chi as Steve Sr’s captain reminded me of when Lou & Steve first met-if you remember, Lou didn’t like Steve to begin with and I got the feeling Steve Sr’s captain didn’t like him much,either. Beulah was great,using his native New Zealand accent. While Jorge was great as Mike, he looked funny clean shaven-just my opinion and I know it was done because of the time period, but he still looked strange without his beard. I think when Steve woke up from the dream, he knew exactly where the car was buried. One question,though:Did Danny refer to it as a 90 year old car? Unless my math is off,the car was “only” 86 years old,that is if it was a 1932 car. Of course, the disappearance and murder took place in 1932,so the car could have been a few years older.by that time. While I was sad that Steve & Danny decided to quit the restaurant,I wasn’t really all that surprised since neither of them really wanted to do it in the first place and only continued with it so as not to hurt the other’s feelings. Kamekona will make a great owner for the place and no doubt, Steve & Danny will be visiting from time to time. It will be great to see them concentrate on their jobs as cops full time and not have to worry about the daily stress of running a restaurant. Kudos to everyone for 200 great episodes and I look forward to the next 200 as well! I join you in remembering our Veterans on this Veterans’ Day and also my thoughts & prayers are with those affected by the Thousand Oaks shooting and the wildfires in that area and beyond!

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  9. Mary Tomshack says:

    I absolutely loved this episode. I loved it for mostly the same reasons you did. All of the Steve and Danny time was great. And the guys were totally gorgeous in their forties costumes. I am kind of sad that the restaurant is gone but it’s great that they are both on the same page about it. Now they can both concentrate on being cops and they are both great at it. I loved this episode so much that I’ve already watched it three times. Thank you for taking the time to write this great review. You said so much of what I’m feeling about the episode.

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  10. AlexOloughlinlover says:

    I love your review as always and Alex is one hell of an actor in both the 100th and 200th episode of H50 he deserves and Emmy for all his hard work and he was my my my sexy hot in both episodes forever a Alex fangirl for life.

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  11. Brooklyngirl says:

    I’m going to join the chorus of I Loved This Episode! Anything that brings Steve closer to (and closure of) a family he barely knew makes me smile. Seeing how happy he was finding out that he not only looked like his grandfather but acted like him was priceless! And finding out that his grandfather wanted to be a cop was the icing. Steve/Danny/Steve/Milton was the cherry on the cake!

    The entire cast certainly looked like they had a ball doing this episode. They all got to play something different! I really think that Meaghan and Jorge should collaborate on make an album (yes, I’m old!) I’d buy it or download or stream it! ;-)!!

    The ending was bittersweet but knowing the boys are happy is all that matters. And now Kame doesn’t have to be a “silent” partner anymore! Can you say pineapple on Spam?? LOL!

    Great review!! I’m looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with the team and making more memories!! Have a good week!!

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    • I totally agree Karen! Steve’s pride in being so much like his grandfather was palpable and, as it turned out, the driving force behind his restaurant decision.

      How awesome would it be for Tani and Jerry to sing together someday. Maybe at some gathering where Jerry is singing….we’ve seen those before.. and Tani just jumps up and joins in. Oh that would be such fun!

      And when has Kame ever been a silent anything?!?!? ROFLMAO

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  12. jlopie1 says:

    Let me just say the anticipation level for this episode was sky high….and totally justified! It was brilliant on all levels from conception to hitting the screen Friday night. I can’t say enough, and most of the comments here have followed in line with my thinking, too.

    For the uninitiated the storyline, jumping from modern day to the 1940’s via the dream sequence, might have been difficult to follow, but those of us (everyone here at least) who have followed this show from the pilot, know that Peter Lenkov and his band of producers and writers like to think outside the box and occasionally give their fans a taste of big screen creativity. Nothing could have been more mind-boggling for the 200th episode than the dreamy (literally) 1940s era Waikiki. The incredible costuming, music, and set designs, the juxtaposition of the modern characters into Steve’s dream, the attempt at period authenticity (apparently, though, it’s pretty darn hard to find 1940’s car models on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!) – the efforts taken to make this 200th episode worthy of the show’s milestone needs to be acknowledged, applauded and taken delight in.

    Needless to say, I’m still in awe. Well done, Peter, David, Bryan, Alex, Scott, and all the rest of the writers, producers, cast and crew for making it to this milestone. You’ve successfully worked so hard for 9 years to create worthy and enjoyable television, and this 200th episode is every bit as exciting and full of passion as the pilot was. Thank you so much!

    I continue to offer up prayers for safety for everyone – not just those whose names we recognize – during this time of tremendous upheaval and destruction in my birth state of California. I still have a lot of family there, and know of at least one friend who has lost her home in northern Calif. God bless the First Responders.

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    • I agree Lynnette. I love it when the show gives us something outside the box. I never have any trouble following along. I love flashback episodes, dream sequences and convoluted story lines. It keeps me on my toes and shows the writers on this show have confidence in their viewers to be able to keep up. It’s so much fun!

      I’m with you about how well they brought 1941 Waikiki to life. I read @WendieJoy’s Redux late yesterday and she wrote how the building they used for the 1941 police station is an actual old police station from that era. She was so right to say it lent a huge amount authenticity to everything.

      I’m so sorry to hear about your friend who lost her home to the fires. It’s so incredibly horrible and I can’t even imagine what they are all going through there. Yes…. thank God for the first responders. Nothing but the highest respect for all those who run toward the things everyone else is running away from.

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