Well hello there, my friends! Before we begin our review of this weeks H50 episode, I wanted to thank everyone who helped carry the ball here while I was enjoying everything that went along with my daughter’s wedding. The week leading up to the wedding, the entire wedding weekend and the wedding day itself was absolutely perfect.
I can’t imagine a more beautiful wedding day. Everything went off without a hitch. Even the weather cooperated. The day started off with pretty much constant downpours and we thought everything we’d planned for outdoors would need to be moved inside. But by some miracle, the rain stopped, the clouds lifted and by ceremony time, the sun was shining brilliantly. The bride was stunning, the groom beamed with happiness, parents were full of pride and everyone had a fantastic time. It’s a day none of us will ever forget.
Of course, a TV show, even one I adore as much as I do H50, was far from my mind. I was finally able to watch both episode 10.04 and 10.05 days after they aired, and I really appreciated the comments in here which helped me enjoy what was to come when I did get to watch. It made finally watching the episodes even more enjoyable. Thank you all for the helping hand. You are all the best!
Now… time to get back to the beach…..
I was full of excitement to be able to sit back, for the first time in three weeks, for a relaxing Friday night with my feet up, a glass of wine in my hand and my favorite TV show. Naturally, I enjoyed the episode for the most part, because, well, I’m me and I love seeing all my favorite characters together on my TV screen. But to be honest, I found the episode a bit of a letdown. It’s pretty obvious this was meant to be a filler episode, somewhat of a breather for everyone involved and deliberately lighthearted.
Over the years, we’ve had many episodes like this one. They’re mildly entertaining but usually not as funny as the writers seem to think they are. Three middle-aged goof balls acting like assholes during Spring break and finding a dead body in their hotel bathtub leaps to mind.
Most of the time, these extreme filler episodes act as a lighthearted bridge to a subsequent episode that could be anything from heavy drama to fast and fierce action to downright heartbreak. These subsequent episodes are usually a highlight of a particular season. For example, “Ho’amoano” (S5-E22) with the three stooges preceded “Mo’o ‘olelo Pu” (S5-E23) where Kono sets off on a solo sea journey in honor of her mother only to be lost at sea after a violent storm.
So, yeah, this episode was disappointing but the “stay tuned for scenes from our next episode” showed the pattern is still intact. Next week is the episode we’ve all been waiting for since the summer. Written by Alex O’Loughlin…. Directed by Alex O’Loughlin…. Produced by Alex O’Loughlin…. Starring Alex O’Loughlin. Next weeks episode is going to be epic! I can be generous over this one knowing it’s a fun little bridge to next week’s awesomeness (I have no doubt it will be awesome!)
Like all filler episodes, there were things to like in this one and what I liked best was the partnering of Tani and Quinn. Cagney & Lacey… Rizzoli & Isles… Season 1 Steve and Danny…. Tani and Quinn time is absolutely golden. As I wrote in a response on a previous review, I’ve always loved when the writers team up the women on the team. That is, the few times we’ve actually had two women on the team at the same time. I loved Lori and Kono together and also when Kono and Catherine worked together. It didn’t happen all that often, but I always liked it when it did.
I also like how the two of them, working cases, driving around, bantering back and forth, feeling each other out as they get to know each other better feels a lot like how Steve and Danny were when they first partnered. Quinn, the more stoic, military minded partnered with the more quick witted, sarcastic Tani. I’m really enjoying watching them work together and forge not only a partnership but a friendship as well.
I do wish the writers could have come up with a better way to tell their part of this story though. The premise of their case was actually interesting. The revolving door of suspects in Marion’s murder was pretty funny on its own and the “nosy neighbor” was hilarious.
I think the story could have been very entertaining with Tani and Quinn alone working the case, dealing with all the suspects and the ridiculousness of the situation without the addition of the two YouTubers who were, quite frankly, annoying as hell.
I know I’m of a totally different generation, but the YouTube phenomenon of “influencers” is totally lost on me and I had no idea, until someone filled me in, that these two guys are real people. Not just actors playing parts. From what I’ve been told, they are real life comedians, Tom Allen and John Parr, and they run some sort of podcast, I think. I suppose I could Google them or search YouTube, but personally, I really didn’t care enough to go look.
Like I said, I’m probably too old to get it anyway, but not everyone who watches this show is my age so the attempt to bring a younger aspect into a story is not really a bad idea. What I found annoying and unrelatable, is probably easily understood and enjoyed by a younger generation who know exactly who these young men are and spend time on YouTube being “influenced” on a daily basis. Just because it’s not my brand of Tequila doesn’t mean others won’t find it fun. To each his own.
I will say that I really enjoyed the ending though, with the frat-boys posting their HPD recruitment video with the Tani and Quinn doppelgangers. The boys club of Steve, Danny, Lou, Junior and Adam standing around just waiting for the two of them to show up so they could proceed with their friendly teasing was perfect. I loved the reaction of Junior when Tani called him “Reigns” (“She only says Reigns when she’s really angry” 🤣 🤣) and their total embarrassment at their portrayal in the video was hysterical. Those last three minutes pretty much made up for the rest of this story.
The main crime of the week was unique, something, ten years into a series, must be hard to do. I thought the auto-drive car was a brilliant idea and I particularly liked Julia, the programmer, taking out all the bad guys with the car to save her father, Micah. I don’t know which was better. Steve, Adam and Junior storming in to save the day only to find that Julia had already taken everyone down or the look on Lou’s face as he watched Julia perform her computer magic. Like with Tani and Quinn’s story, these last few minutes made this story as well.
We actually managed to have a nice little Steve and Danny cargument in this episode too. You know I always love whenever we can get these two together in the Camaro to work their magic. It’s always fun when the guys remind us that they are just like us. We park ourselves in front of the TV to watch our favorite crime fighters and so did they. CHIPs marathons and now Knight Rider references. I loved when Danny called the car they were following “Kitt”! 🤣 🤣
I do have a bone to pick, however. You know I’m not one for much complaining, but I have to say it does bother me when, for no reason whatsoever, Danny simply disappears from an episode. It happens relatively often these days. I totally understand and came to terms with Scott’s shortened episode schedule years ago and have no problem with it. I’ve also come to terms with the fact that Danny sometimes just isn’t in a scene where I think he should be. I’m less ok with that, but I’ve come to expect it. I’ve always said if this is the way it has to be, I hope the writers would manage to, at least, make the most of the time he is there.
Danny was involved in the crime of the week throughout the whole episode. He was there at the beginning with the remote controlled car was first stopped. He was part of all the magic table exposition and he was with Steve in the Camaro for the money drop and the subsequent car chase and cargument. So far… so good.
So why did they find it necessary for Danny not to be part of the drug dealers bust? I understand Scott was probably not on island when that scene was shot but why couldn’t they just shoot the scene when he was on island? There are any number of scenes in every episode that Danny legitimately has no part in. Like every single scene of the Tani/Quinn story in this episode. Shoot those when Scott is off island and make sure you take full advantage of every single moment he is there. As we’ve said before…. quality if you can’t have quantity!
I’m holding out all kinds of hope that Danny will be fully present and there for Steve during and after the upcoming episode next week. Considering that Alex, himself, wrote the episode and Alex has always said that, to him, the most important relationship in Steve’s life is Danny, I’m hoping we’ll get to see that play out in spades.
So, there we have it. This episode had some good car chases, a great fiery explosion with a car flying off a cliff, some awesome technical mumbo-jumbo, awesome Tani and Quinn time and a great McDanno cargument. The rest? Well… did I mention next week’s episode is sure to be epic!?!?!
Have a great week my friends. Aloha. Malama Pono
Several of the screen caps are mine but most are not. Mahalo to @ernsand2, @alohaspaceman, @sabkay_1893, @katrinalaw, @kimeebalmilero and CBS for the use of their photos, gifs and clips.
10 thoughts on “#H50 Review: 10.06 – A’ohe pau ka ‘ike i ka ho’okahi (All knowledge is not learned in just one second)”
Glad Danny got to drive his car but want to see him with Steve in it for once again
The thing with the two guys of Youtube was really wasted my time from the C.O.T.W. but love Quinn and Tani all the same
But that of in the remote control driverless car. Really was something different there.
Love seeing the team kid the ladies at the end.
Other than the annoying two guys, episode was 8/10!
Thanks for a great review
I agree with you about Danny 100% they need to use him whenever he is on the island now it looks weird that he was not in the drug dealers bust scene.
About the episode it was boring and the Youtubers guys were very annoying so annoying that I didn’t even enjoy Tani and Quin working together.
What I liked was Grover scene’s with Julia.
This was the first episode of the season I didn’t like so I can’t complain that much next week is the episode I am looking forward to for weeks now it will be EPIC.
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It should be such an easy thing. Whoever lays out the filming order just needs to look at a calendar, see which days Scott is available and film all the scenes while they can. Danny was there at the end to tease the girls like the rest of the guys so why could’t he be in on the bust? It seems to have more to do with a time management problem than it does with Scott himself. Of course, that’s just my opinion.
Welcome back Linda – so glad the sun came out for the big day. You managed to sum up exactly how I felt about this episode – even likening it to the same episode as me (until E9-11,5-22 was easily my least liked episode ever) because like you I guess I just don’t get the humor. Actually I don’t think Quinn knew what the dudes were talking about either – she looked a little dazed. If they really do that for a living in RL…..no words! On the plus side we got some Steve & Danny and taking out the baddies with the cars – very James Bond like. Your take on quality/quantity for Danny scenes is spot on….they could do better. I’m all kinds of concerned about next week – worried for what it will do to Steve. Danny will be beside himself with worry with Steve taking off alone again. Part of me wants him to follow, but then again he’s had horrid experiences on Columbia……so arrrrr. It’s been a while since I was this eager for Friday to be here.
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I swear… Quinn looked like she was …this close.. to punching one of them out any moment! LOL I just re-watched the episode with my hubby and I have to say I enjoyed it a bit more. He does get that type of humor and listening to him chuckle off and on at their antics had me enjoying it a bit more. Not enough to say I would watch the episode again but better than the first time.
As for next week… I would love for Danny to follow Steve on this mission but I highly doubt he will. I can totally see him wanting to be there for Steve and Steve putting a stop to it. “You can’t come with me Danny. Columbia is not a safe place for you. I won’t let you risk that. I have to do this alone”.
Well, that’s how I would write it. I have no idea how Alex wrote it but I can always dream!
Great review, Linda! I agree with you about the You Tubers-to me, their appearance was totally unnecessary! They were obnoxious and stupid at times, how Quinn & Tani put up with them I’ll never know! I did love the driverless car and I really loved Danny’s reference to Knight Rider! Had to love the girls’ reaction to the video with their lookalikes and the YTubers in police uniform! I’m surprised Tani didn’t pop Junior upside the head after calling him by his last name,which she does when she is mad and she was mad here. Bring on next week’s episode, which I think will be the best one so far!
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Welcome back Linda! So happy that the wedding went off without a hitch!
This episode was so underwhelming that I don’t even know what to say except that the 2 very short bright spots weren’t enough to salvage the 42 mins of my life I’ll never get back. When I found out that those 2 more-annoying-than-gnats are real life annoying gnats all I could think of was that I’m really old.
I am really looking forward to Alex’s episode this coming week (even dreading it a it). The promos are epic. We all know how well Alex handles emotion and will totally knock it out of the universe. Till then,have a great week.
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I’m with you on next week’s episode. I incredible excited to see what Alex has come up with to tie up this story but I fear it as well. I’m betting on Alex not shying away from a lot of emotion (as that promo already shows) in his writing and we already know, from an acting standpoint, he will hit this out of several ballparks. I just hope which ever writers pick up the aftermath of this episode do it justice.
I didn’t care for youtubers either. They need to get together with Scott, because he looks bored and might be staying only to support Alex. I been thinking for weeks that they need to film extra scenes when he is on Island. They keep talking about getting H50 and Maganum together, why don’t they use Scott going to Rick’s place after work and show those scenes, so it won’t be so jarring when they do make episodes with the two show. Maybe Danny and Rick get kidnapped by bumbling bad guys and D and R take the bad guys out before the team gets there. Congrats on the wedding!!!
Well, I also was very upset that Danny wasn’t in that last scene where they stormed in to get the bad guys and save the girl’s father, but I’d rather see Danny sometimes instead of not at all. It’s whatever keeps him happy. And I loved that we got a cargument. He does seem to be in it next week. At least he is in it a little. There was one scene where they showed him. The episode this week wasn’t bad, I loved Tani and Quinn together. They were very funny. Quinn is a good addition. Of course, my favorite parts were the Steve and Danny parts. That will always be my favorite part. That being said, I am very excited for next week. Alex will do a great job. He looked great from the previews, beard and all. Well, till next week.
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