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Happy H50 weekend! I’m not exactly sure how to approach this week’s episode. There were parts I absolutely loved, parts I didn’t like and parts that were just plain confusing. I guess the best thing to do, is to take it one by one. Let’s start with……
Parts I didn’t like: Well, this isn’t too hard. First, it was a multi-story episode and you all know I really don’t like these, especially when the stories are all cut off from each other. Here we had Steve, Danny and Lou working on the “mystery writer” murders, Tani and Junior helping out Harry Langford and Adam off doing whatever it is Adam is doing. Oh… and Quinn was where? Not only was it a multi-story episode, it jumped around a lot. Usually, I don’t find it particularly hard to follow from story to story (even though I don’t like it) but for some reason, the jumps seemed more jarring than usual in this one.
The other thing I didn’t like, and again this isn’t too hard…… Adam! I’m getting tired of saying how much I don’t like this story, as much as I love what Ian is doing with it. The only saving grace, by the looks of that last scene, is that this could possibly be coming to an end soon. Finally!
Watching the scene between Steve and Adam was downright painful. Steve knows something is going on. It’s plainly obvious. He’s playing this game, watching Adam uncomfortably straddling both sides of the fence, even expertly slathering on a nice layer of guilt…. “I know that you did what you did for good reasons”…. “I trust you, ok”…… all the while giving him a ton of rope to see how long it’s going to take before he hangs himself.
The look on his face as their discussion ended showed just how much he hates every bit of this, and his actions are literally begging Adam to come clean.
I’ve been saying all along that I believe this is a long con and the more I see the more I believe it.
Watching Kenji murdering Endo and Haru and Adam’s “Gotcha!” as he watched on the hidden camera he placed in the jungle, proves he’s working to bring Kenji down. Naturally, I’m concerned by those ninjas heading into Adam’s condo. That can’t be good. I wonder if Haru was forced to give Adam up before Kenji killed him. However, it happened, it looks pretty obvious that Adam’s cover’s been blown.
I’m thrilled that it looks like this story is coming to an end. I just hope the writers come up with a pretty damn good reason for why we were subjected to it all this time. I need to hear exactly what whoever is behind this held over Adam’s head for him to continue to keep Steve in the dark for so long. It not only needs to satisfy us, but it must satisfy Steve. I know Steve trusts Adam to do the right thing in the end but there still needs to be a major discussion about all this and not just Steve giving the standard “I know you did what you had to do” and everything is back to normal. I fear that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Unless the writers pull a fast one and we find out that Steve’s known about this all along and he’s been playing a different game than we’ve been thinking. That would be a pretty awesome twist.
Parts that were confusing: Well, maybe confusing is the wrong word. The story didn’t really confuse me, it just made me wonder why it even existed. Look, I adore Harry Langford and I adore every single time he’s part of the show but what was the purpose of this story? It was cute, that’s for sure. It gave us Harry as his always suave, debonair self, which is always fun. His interactions with Steve and Danny, especially are always something special. Honestly, I’d watch the three of them bounce off each other for hours. Yeah, this story was fun.
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Watching Danny’s reaction as Harry told he and Steve about writing a book in two weeks and suddenly finding himself with a big fat book deal and a bestseller worth millions was hilarious.
His “Cyrano de Bergerac” routine with Gabe, as he impersonated Harry’s pseudonym “Michael Blanton” was equally funny especially when Steve and Danny had no idea why he suddenly went blank and unresponsive to them. “I think you broke him.”…. “I didn’t do anything. What’d I do?” 🤣🤣 Naturally, when bad stuff inevitably happened, it was poor Gabe who was targeted instead of Harry.
But, my original question still stands. What was the purpose of this story, other than for a bit of fun and the opportunity to see an old friend again?
The only purpose I can see is to establish that there’s “space on this task force”. Space that may or may not be filled by the new character (played by Lance Gross) set to appear in the last two episodes of the season? And if so, what space? Quinn showed up just as Jerry left so we’re still at our season starting complement of seven team members. I suppose, if he wants to, Steve could create as much space on his task force as he wants.
Other than the fact that I adore Harry, the next best part of this story for me was Jack Cutmore-Scott, who played Gabe. Not only was he really awesome in the part (that was one hell of an impressive James Bond impersonation) but he’s also the real-life fiancé of Meaghan Rath. The little back and forth between them in Harry’s hotel room was adorable.
Parts I loved: I really liked the “murder mystery” murders. A story with twists and red herrings, it was a perfect H50 story. Ok, let’s all admit we pegged Suzanne Ridge’s assistant Kevin as the killer from the beginning but that didn’t make this story any less fun.
I got a kick out of listening to Suzanne explain Maureen Townsend’s fictional crime writer “Deirdre Naismith” to Steve and Danny. “A crime writer who always got invited into the most coveted dinner parties and events, where inevitably a murder would take place and she would help solve it.” What a perfect description of “Jessica Fletcher”!! 🤣🤣 (Dating myself here, I know!)
I have to admit, although I suspected Kevin from the beginning, it didn’t occur to me that Suzanne was part of the scheme until she was found in that tub with the ceiling tile left ajar above her. My first thought was that the opening looked way too small for anyone to be able to get out of. I was wrong about that but, like Suzanne and Kevin, I never considered that the vent could be completely blocked. That was a brilliant twist.
Watching Suzanne and Kevin squirm while Steve, Danny and Lou spelled out how their homicidal PR stunt had failed was positively delicious. I saw my friend Belle say on Twitter Friday night; “Honestly, I love the BAMF action, but I also enjoy episodes where everything is wrapped up with solid detective work.” I could not agree more!
The next thing I really loved about this episode is that it marked the…. count ‘em…. fifth straight episode in which Danny has appeared and appeared to a significant extent. And he’s slated to be in 10.18 as well. I don’t know yet about the last four (OMG, there’s only five episodes left! *sob*) episodes but these six episodes in a row have so far been absolutely fantastic. You guys know me. The more Danny there is in any episode the more I like it. The more Steve and Danny time, whether it be personal time or working partner time, the more I love it. These consecutive episodes are wonderful.
Now let’s talk about the smallest part of this episode but, by far, the best moments of them all. The reunion of Tani and Junior was absolutely beautiful. Finally! At last! About time!
Tani looked adorable standing there with a huge grin and a “Reigns” sign in her hands as she waited for Junior to come across the tarmac. That hug looked like they were never going to let go.
But that was only the beginning. At first, Junior’s face in the car looked as if he were remembering some dark moment on the battlefield but what he was really doing was putting on his determined face to do what he’d been planning to do from the moment he was deployed.
I’m sure he expected Tani to be open to that kiss, but I think she may have taken him by surprise with her enthusiastic response. A very… very pleasant surprise for sure. The post-coital bliss coming from them was palpable.
These two have had a great connection from the moment they first met over two and a half years ago. That slow dance at Tani’s friend’s wedding last year was a huge push in the right direction. I’m so happy they’ve finally taken this huge step to solidify their relationship. I’m curious now to see how they go about their lives from this point. I don’t believe they’re going to have any difficulty working together day to day but I’m curious to see what happens when one of them is in real danger. We’ve already seen Tani lose it when Junior was taken in the Magnum crossover.
I’m also looking forward to when they finally fill in the team about their new status. Or will the team figure it out on their own? Or will Junior move in with Tani and Steve will find out when Junior informs him he’s moving out of Casa McG? This is going to be a lot of fun.
Of course, as much as I love the Casa McG fraternity of Steve, Danny, Junior and Eddie, it’s always been inevitable that situation can’t last forever. I’m rooting for Junior moving into Tani’s house so Danny can keep living at Steve’s! 🤣 🤣 I just hope that it doesn’t end up with Steve and Eddie alone in the house again. My heart would break to see Steve be so alone again.
Well, that’s it for this week. This episode had a lot of moving parts and I really liked most of them for the most part. Most of the episode was just pure fun and that easily outweighs the parts that I don’t prefer. Happily, those parts were small compared to the rest. As always, I loved the episode as a whole.
Until next week my friends. Aloha. Malama Pono.
All screencaps are mine unless otherwise noted!