Hello friends. Well, I was in a bit of a better frame of mind to watch this week’s H50 than I was last week. Not tremendously better, but better. The shock, the sadness, the dread of knowing just how close we are to the end, still made it very hard to watch without tears threatening every other moment, but this was such an entertaining episode, I was able to live in 42 minutes of denial and just enjoy it. But, come Saturday morning, writing about it took more effort than I’d like to admit. Once I get started, these reviews, for the most part, flow pretty easily for me but the approaching end to the show has been a pretty hard blow and it’s making writing really hard. But, there’s so little time left. I need to make sure I’m here to the very end. Where else could I possibly be but right here, with my favorite show and with my friends, until the end. Naturally, I never imagined the end would be coming so soon.
Quinn: I loved this story for many reasons. First off, I really enjoyed the way Quinn reached out to Adam to go surfing. It was a very sweet gesture on her part.
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But what made me happier is the knowledge that Adam still hasn’t been accepted back into Five-0. Now, you know I love Adam, and I do eventually want him back with the team but, I’m thrilled Steve didn’t pull one of his “I understand you only did what you had to do”, and let Adam just slide back in. It’s right Steve is making Adam cool his heels before he lets him come back. Of course, with only three episodes remaining, I wonder if there will be time for any resolution on this point.
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But this wasn’t Adam’s story, it was Quinn’s and it was a really good one. Quinn has always been so tough and put together. I’ve seen criticism of her on social media that she’s too hard, too wooden, doesn’t show enough emotion, pretty much all the things they said about Steve ten years ago when we first met him. But we’ve seen glimpses of Quinn’s personality over and over this season. In her friendships with Tani, Noelani and now with Adam. This episode really opened her heart wide for us all to see.
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I’ve really enjoyed watching Quinn and the way she’s fit so seamlessly with the team. Unlike all the other women who’ve ever been added to the team over the years (not including Tani who was a replacement, not an addition) she isn’t just there for the sake of being there. And, she didn’t come in with an agenda (like Jenna) nor was she forced onto the team (like Lori) nor was she added because the boss wanted to give her a purpose because she’s his girlfriend. I’ve loved Quinn from the moment she showed up on my screen.
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I’m so happy we got to find out some of her backstory. She fell hard for and married an older man who swept her off her feet. Add in a young daughter who totally stole her heart. Her remark about how Jake was the kind of father she never had with her own father gave us a clear picture as to why a man devoted to his daughter would have appealed to her so strongly. It’s sad they couldn’t make it work, with Jake’s gambling being a serious issue she just couldn’t tolerate long term. How wonderful that her love for Olivia never wavered and she was always there for her even after the divorce.
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Having Adam help Quinn as she searched for Jake was a wonderful way to not have anyone else pulled from the team and not have Quinn dealing with it on her own. Adam was there for her in a big way. It was so hard for Quinn when they finally tracked down Jake and she forced him into the realization that she was giving him his last chance to get help and keep his daughter. Her tears in the car showed that, through it all, even though she’s furious with Jake for leaving Olivia alone, there is still love there. Oh, not the kind of love that could ever be rekindled, but the kind where she still hurts for him. She could have thrown the book at him but for Olivia’s sake and probably for the sake of what they once had; she gave him one more chance.
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It was really hard watching her unravel like she did because she’s always been so tough. I’m glad Adam was there to help her through it. I just love her so much and getting this glimpse into her true character was wonderful. Oh Quinn, how I wish we would have had the time to learn even more about you!
Frank Bama: The opening scene between Frank and Junior was adorable. I loved Frank’s homespun wisdom about waffle recipes and Junior waxing poetic about Tani. It was such a cute scene. But I have to ask myself why was he there at all? I mean, we know that Frank and Steve are friends and he’s dropped by HQ a couple of times over the years even when his pilot skills weren’t needed, so two friends hanging out over a few beers isn’t at all unusual. But, having Frank there in Steve’s kitchen while Steve slept in just seemed off. When the hell has Steve ever slept in?
I love it anytime Jimmy Buffet makes an appearance. Frank is a fantastic character and the friendship he has with Steve is strong because of their mutual connection and love for Joe White. So, he’s taken over the McG kitchen to make breakfast for his friend after they had a “long night”. I didn’t think too much about it at first, not until after the screen went black at the end of the episode but, was there something more to that “long night”? Has Steve confided in Frank the reasons why he’s not sleeping well these days? Does Frank know something no one else does yet?
COTW: This week’s crime of the week was a pretty cool one. I love when we have crimes that span decades and the team has to put together clues from things that happened years and years before. This crime was a real “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s” story too. As usual for H50, a story that looks to be going one way but ends up being something totally different. No show does this as well as H50 does. I love stories like these, that keep me on my toes. But it wasn’t really the crime that made this story fun for me. It was Tani’s boots being the first “victim” at the crime scene. It was Junior finding out that Tani was the line dancing champ at “The Cattle Prod” bar, it was Lou’s, as always, wonderful wisecracks. It was everything that was fun.
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And it was Steve and Danny. As always, it comes down to ……
Steve and Danny: There is never going to be a time when I can get enough of Steve and Danny. No matter if we got 42 minutes of no one else but them, it wouldn’t be enough for me. Put them on horses and I’m in heaven. Having them arguing on horses, and I’m lost. These two crack me up. Remember back in 7.18, when they were tracking the stolen nuclear material through the jungle? They were having a rather loud discussion about retirement and restaurants and we were all thinking… “guys… making a bit of noise there, aren’t you?”. Same thing here. They’re arguing as they’re tracking the outlaws. “Stealth” just isn’t a thing for these guys! Until Danny brings up the fact that he’s been hearing Steve up at night. Knows he’s not sleeping. It’s a shame Steve couldn’t have just told Danny what’s going on with him, whatever it is, right there. I thought they’d come far enough after all these years that they were past the “I’m good” stage. I guess it was something just for Steve to admit he’s got a lot on his mind.
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There were so many throwbacks in this episode. The one I just mentioned above from Season 7, the guys on horseback, just like when they were on Lanai with Lori back in Episode 2.02 and the “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” shootout, again a throwback to 2.02. Steve has evolved from a “Neanderthal” to a “Nincompoop”. And then there’s Danny coming to Steve’s rescue with the fatal shot just in the nick-of-time, just like in Episode 3.10. So many memories……
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It makes me think of all the things everyone’s been discussing on social media all week. What is all this leading up to? There were those who felt, from very early in the season, with the wrap up of the Doris story and Peter’s spoiler that we’d be getting all the answers from the Champ box by the end of the season, that everything looked to be leading up to a series end. I was not one of those people. I never felt we were leading to the end. I assumed we were heading toward a new direction (not that I had any clue what that direction would be) but I never thought we were coming to an end. Every indication out there pointed to the show coming back for an 11th season. I didn’t see any reason to disbelieve that.
But as I watched Steve in hand-to-hand combat with that huge goon, as I was enjoying seeing our SuperSEAL in action once again in a way we really haven’t seen much this season, I had one thought.
As I said last week, this is 100% conjecture on my part, but I do believe Alex made the decision that Season 10 was his last a very long time ago and that this entire season has been written to move us toward that eventuality. And, I also believe scenes like that fight scene could very well be one of the reasons why.
Sure, Alex has stuntmen to do the most vigorous aspects of fights like this, but Alex is still expending a great deal of physical energy to make the fight look as realistic as possible. And it’s not like he does it once and it’s on film. More than likely he’d have to do it over and over again until the director was satisfied that he had the shots he needs. Maybe Alex’s physical issues are the reason. Maybe not. Maybe he’s just tired of doing the same thing after ten years. Who knows? As a person who’s been doing the same job for the last 21 years, I can tell you from personal experience that no matter how much you like it, no matter how much you like the people you work with and for, no matter how good you are at it, you still get to the point where you just don’t want to do it anymore.
It really doesn’t matter in the long run what the reason is. Some people can stick to their stubborn opinion that the show is ending because of ratings, which the numbers do not support because H50 is still consistently strong week after week. But I’m sticking to my stubborn opinion that Alex’s decision was made based on his ability and on his conviction (or lack thereof) to continue with scenes like this one.
So, what is going on with Steve? Who knows? He’s not sleeping well. He won’t tell Danny what’s up. He took a brutal hit to the head during that fight, a fight he really wasn’t doing well in to start with. We’ve seen Steve in hundreds of fights and seen him take hits to the head more times than I can count. Is there some significance in the camera becoming all unfocused to show his vision going blurry? Of course, it could just be the director’s way of showing a harder than usual hit to the head. It didn’t seem to be affecting Steve that much as he made his way back down the hills later.
And what’s with all the philosophical opining about beautiful vistas and taking sunsets for grated because he always figured he’d see a million more? Has life handed him something else on life’s terms? My heart is breaking again at the thought of what all that could mean. And I keep remembering a video of Alex at SOTB where he said he thought the best ending for Steve would be for him to die. I pray to God that’s not where this is heading. I don’t think I could survive that.
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Of course, Steve could just be contemplating life in general. There have been many references over the season related to age. They’ve mentioned their “ten years” numerous times, including in this episode when Steve teased Danny for not knowing Hawaii doesn’t have squirrels after living there for ten years. There was even an off hand reference to Steve’s cholesterol level a ways back. Age has been an ongoing sub-theme all season.
Steve and Danny riding off into the sunset together was perfect. The two of them leaving together, metaphorically riding off into the sunset together would be a perfect way for this series to end. But from the way this episode was written, from the way Steve was acting at the end of this episode and how he’s been all season (which is easier to see now that it’s all 20/20 hindsight) and from the few spoilers we’ve gotten I’m really afraid that’s not the ending we’re going to get.
Only two Friday’s left. I still can’t believe it every time I’m forced to think about it. As we come down the home stretch of every season, as we see each episode leading up to the season finale, I’m always in a bit of fear at what they’re going to throw at us in the finale. But I always console myself that, come September, everything will work out and our team will be there like they always are. This wind down is torture because that bit of fear is starting to build again but, this time, it’s such a heavier fear. There is no next year to make it all better.
Ok, now that I’ve depressed you all as well as myself, I better stop right here before I make it worse. I know this isn’t me in my usual upbeat self but, ever since we got the word last Friday, upbeat has been really hard to sustain. So, I’ll rely on what I usually do. My love for this show and the two men who have made it so wonderful for so long. No matter what, my heart will always belong to McDanno!
See you all next week. Aloha. Malama Pono