Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week. Welcome to this week’s KoolAid review!
I’m going to do something I don’t usually do, and jump right in with what was, in my opinion, the best part of this entire episode. The opening scene of domesticity with Danny, Grace and Steve. In what was a very enjoyable episode overall, this was the icing on the cake by far.
No one in their right mind would think that Danny would be acting any differently then we see him here; in full Jewish Grandmother hen mode with a recovering Grace. Who could blame him? No matter how old she is now, Grace is still his baby girl, his “monkey”, and he came ohhhh so very close to losing her forever. If he’s going a bit over the top in taking care of her, so be it. As a parent, I totally understand where he’s coming from. I pity the children of anyone who doesn’t.
But I have to tell you, thinking back on an experience of my own when I was about Gracie’s age, I can soooooo relate to her in that scene too. When I was 20 years old, I got a pretty advanced case of mono and was housebound for almost the entire summer. For the first couple of weeks, I was really sick. I needed someone there to take care of me and make sure I got up and moved around and, most important, that I ate something, because I didn’t do too much of anything except sleep. My mom was wonderful.
After three weeks or so, as I started to get better, I really didn’t need someone there 24/7. I wasn’t sleeping as much, and I could get up and make food for myself. But by this point, my mother was in full “Daddy Danno” mode and there was no stopping her. It was excruciating.
We had a family vacation planned at the Jersey Shore in early August and by that time, other than still being housebound, I was totally able to take care of myself. Remember, I was 20 years old, not a child! I begged my father to please take my mother and go down the shore. It was only five days and the shore was only a couple of hours away if I needed them.
Of course, my mother wouldn’t hear of it. She’s wasn’t leaving her “sick child” alone. It was another month before I was allowed to get the hell out of there. I literally thought I was going to lose my mind! God, I wish I’d have had an “Uncle Steve” to rescue me!
I loved how Steve did come to Gracie’s rescue, but I also liked how he made sure she understood why Danny was acting the way he was. The panic and helplessness he felt while waiting around the hospital not knowing if she’d pull through, making him go overboard now that he has the chance to take care of her. The fact that Grace totally gets that and loves her Danno for it was very touching.
It’s also very touching that Grace is so comfortable with her bickering “dads” throughout this entire scene. Steve and Danny may not be a “couple” in that sense but it’s clear to everyone with a millimeter of a brain that both these men look on Grace with fatherly adoration and Grace is totally ok with that. I hope this isn’t the last time we get to see Grace as she goes off to college but if it is, it was a fantastic scene for us to look back on someday!
All in all an absolutely adorable scene full of love. And adding more butter to those pancakes is finding out that Steve’s line was as total Alex ad-lib! How perfect is that???
I do wish the writers would stop angling nonsense about the love lives of our heroes, though. As long as I live, I will never understand this. I don’t understand it when it comes to Catherine and I don’t understand it when it comes to Rachel. I just don’t get what TPTB get out of it except to keep everyone on edge. Is it some sort of mind game to keep everyone engaged in the show? (FYI.. don’t need it… been fully engaged over here for nine years, thank you!)
Is it to keep those who love the ships waiting for reconciliation? Keep those who dislike the ships agitated and waiting for, hopefully, final breakups? While TPTB sit back and watch the havoc they cause? If that’s the intention, it’s working. Personally, as I’ve said before, and quoting my mother once again, I wish they’d just shit or get off the pot because this is more than just a lot annoying.
I suppose, if I wanted to really squint, I could look on that scene as Steve just trying to understand this new dynamic between Danny and Rachel. Danny’s response to Steve’s question about what’s going on says a lot. “Nothing’s going on. I mean, we don’t want to kill each other for the first time in a long time”. Personally, I find it a bit of a stretch to go from not wanting to kill someone to full reconciliation but maybe that’s just me.
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So perhaps Danny’s “free-styling relationship jazz” is a mature way of them both sitting back and just letting things happen at their own pace. That could just as easily lead to a mutual decision to remain loving friends and co-parents as it could lead to anything else. I’m hoping to God they both realize the third time is not the charm and leave things just as they are. I’m also hoping to God that Steve sees it and decides to follow their example.
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The rest of the episode was given over to the crime of the week. I enjoyed this story but maybe not for the reasons writers Rob Hanning and Sean O’Reilly may have envisioned. I was less interested in the particulars of the victim and the crime than I was in the interactions and adventures of the team as they worked the case.
I loved the set design of the Neptune One SeaLab. It’s was fun to see a case that was totally different than any other we’ve seen before. We’ve seen bodies pulled from the sea and we’ve seen evidence and dead bodies wash up on shore a zillion times. We’ve even had dead bodies tethered to the ocean floor, but we’ve never had a murder and the investigation take place hundreds of feet below the surface. That was pretty cool.
I also really loved that Steve gave Junior the lead on the investigation. It makes sense that with two fully trained SEALs on the team, one would stay on dry land as a backup in case of emergency and it was cool that Steve felt it was time to give Junior a command of his own. It also makes sense that it would be Tani and Adam who rounded out the dive team. We all know how Danny feels about the water and I can’t see Lou getting himself wetsuited for this op. I thought the Junior/Tani/Adam team did an awesome job. I loved the little bit of levity added to the mission brief too! 🤣🤣
Photo Credit: CBS
Photo Credit: CBS
What made this story interesting for me was how great Junior was in leading the team and what happened after the killer escaped in the submersible the team had used. She not only took the sub, she sabotaged the lab so it would lose oxygen and threw all the oxygen tanks on the lab overboard.
Did you see the way Junior, without the slightest hesitation, leaped into the water after that sub? What did he think he was going to do? Pull it back by himself with brute force?
With the submersible gone, the team can’t communicate with the surface and they are rapidly running out of breathable air. Junior had schooled the others in what physically happens to the body after long exposure in deep water and they soon learn for themselves as they begin to feel the effects.
Junior knows his stuff. He knew there must be an emergency communication buoy on board and with only minutes of oxygen left, Junior finds it and records an SOS “hail Mary”. He then takes to the water again, this time to make sure the buoy reaches the surface.
Just like when he jumped in after the sub, it was such a “Steve” thing to do, such a SEAL thing to do. Tani volunteers to do it but Junior is in command here. He’s not going to let Tani do anything he feels he should be the one to do.
Unfortunately, he uses up all his strength and air trying to deploy the buoy to the surface. Thank God Tani jumped in to save him after he becomes disoriented. Of course, this saps them both of all their remaining reserves and they both begin to lapse into unconsciousness.
Naturally, Steve staying behind, was exactly what was needed to save the day. It’s always so fantastic to see our SuperSEAL in action. That dive was really something else. I loved how worried Danny was for Steve’s safety doing such a dangerous dive and how relieved he was when Steve resurfaced.
I have to say that I was really impressed with the amount of time we got with Steve and Danny. At Danny’s house, at HQ and out on the boat. Since they were not front and center in the investigation on the Neptune One, I thought we’d get precious little of them overall in the episode. I’m so glad I was wrong. It was really great that Alex and Scott got to have a bit of a breather with this episode while we still got a great amount of them together on screen. It was really very well done!
I’m also glad the scene was written so that Steve didn’t just pop out of the water as if it was no big deal. He was totally exhausted with labored breathing. He has a hard time even forcing out a few words. He resorts to hand signals as he tries to catch his breath. Alex played it perfectly, as usual. It was totally realistic.
And, speaking of realistic, there was much vitriol on Twitter and especially on Facebook about Steve’s deep water dive. I, myself, tweeted and asked, during the episode, how Steve would be able to make that dive and not get the bends on the way up.
And, you know what? There’s this wonderful thing called social media and the internet in general, where information is readily available to answer such questions. I’m the first to admit I don’t know every damn thing in the world and learning something new is always exciting.
First off, there were tweets from writer Rob Hanning himself explaining the science of Steve’s deep water dive:
Photo Credit: Compilation courtesy of @alohaspaceman from tweets of @RobHanning
And his gratitude to “super-researcher Taylor Amsler” for doing the equations Steve used to calculate how long the two oxygen tanks would last for the people on the Neptune One.
Then there are the great fans of the show who go out of their way to do the research when they see something they want to better understand and share it with the rest of us.
I know this show has taken some pretty large liberties in the past. Sometimes it’s like watching a James Bond movie and suspension of belief helps a great deal. But I love it when the writers and the research staff really do their homework and teach us that not everything we think as unbelievable or unrealistic is.
It really is too bad more people don’t avail themselves of the wonderful bounty of information that’s available on line. A two second Google search isn’t all that hard to do, really.
Maybe if more people would give it a try they wouldn’t find the need to go on social media and complain about the ridiculousness of something that is not ridiculous at all.
*** An alien from another planet, landing on Earth asks what the internet is. The helpful human explains, “The internet is a vast resource, available at the fingertips of everyone, holding all the knowledge of the world. We use it to argue with people we don’t know and watch videos of cats.” ***
One of the reasons it was so cool that Junior got to be the leader on this mission was the excruciating way his day had started. We’ve heard about Junior’s dad before, and the contentious relationship between them. Hearing about it and actually seeing it is another story. This was downright unpleasant.
We already know that Junior’s dad, Natano, didn’t want Junior to join the Navy. We know it’s been a bone of contention between them but that first scene hints at more underlying difficulties between them. Natano seems to fall quite easily into criticizing Junior for everything.
Oh, he starts with using the wrong wood to fix the deck but his “never sticking around” and “always finding an excuse to leave” speaks to much more than just Junior’s decision to join the Navy. It’s obviously an argument they’ve had many times before as Junior doesn’t even try to engage. He doesn’t need to make up an excuse to leave this time. “You’re enough” speaks volumes.
It makes me think of what we already know about Junior’s past. We know his sister died and we heard the heartbreaking voicemail Junior still has on his phone from when his mother called to tell him his sister had been killed. I need to go back and re-watch that episode. Was Junior deployed when that happened, which is why it was a voicemail? I don’t remember. If he was deployed, does that mean Junior didn’t make it back for the funeral either?
Then there is that rather horrendous scar that runs down the right side of Natano’s face. What caused that? Is that yet another tragic accident that happened while Junior was away.
Does Natano feel Junior should have been there for his family instead of with a Navy he never wanted him to join? Does Natano feel, perhaps, if Junior had been there, his sister wouldn’t have died or that whatever happened to cause that scar on his face could have been avoided? There is more to this story, that’s for sure. I wonder if it’s part of the “long story” we still haven’t heard as to why Junior left the SEALs so young.
I enjoyed the scene at the end of the episode when Junior goes back to his parents house to find his dad working on the deck himself. I liked how there was no dialog here, just his dad handing Junior a hammer so they could work together on the deck.
Does Natano read about Five-0’s work in the paper, or perhaps, see the good work they do on the news? Does he recognize that what Junior does is important and necessary? I hope we get to find out more about him but for now, at least, he seems to be minutely moving toward trying to repair their relationship.
I really liked that this was a one story line episode. Other than the fantastic opening scene with Grace and the two with Junior and his dad, it enabled the writers to fully explore the main story and have room for some great McDanno moments on the boat and wonderfully amusing moments like Tani’s exasperation at Anime vs Cartoon arguments in the “hyper-barbaric” chamber! 🤣🤣 You know me, whenever we get a one story line episode, I’m in heaven!
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Tani dear? I can think of any number of people who would jump at the chance to help you out there. Over two weeks in isolation with Steve, Danny and Junior. And now another sixteen hours alone with Junior and Adam. Damn girl! 😍😍😍 Oh, and by the way….. cartoons!
Well, that’s it for this week my friends. Hope you all have a fantastic week to come. No new KoolAid next week since it’s a re-run, damn it all!
As always, all screen caps are mine unless otherwise noted. Aloha. Malama Pono