Well, we’re entering the home stretch. Only two episodes left after this one. In a normal season, this episode would have been a typical “filler” episode with just enough teasers to set us up for the season finale and a great cliffhanger for us to suffer through until September. Of course, this isn’t a normal season anymore. It’s painful to realize that pretty much everything we see now will be a “last time”. But, I choose not to dwell on that, right now. It’s hard, I fully admit, but with so little time left, I’m trying my best to just enjoy my favorite show while I still have it to enjoy. So, let’s get to it.
Tani and Junior: Oh Tani, I’m glad you explained yourself at the end but dear Lord. The look on Junior’s face was worse than the saddest kicked puppy. Would it have been so hard to just grab a handful of strawberries or something? Maybe even, I don’t know, a thank you? And the “we’re moving too fast” was ridiculous. Too fast? It’s been three years! Of course, every new couple must go through their first fight. But, this wasn’t really a full-on fight. I mean, no one was yelling or anything, but Junior’s feelings were definitely badly hurt and Tani, knowing she totally screwed up, felt awful about it.
I did get a kick out of them both getting relationship advise from Hirsch and Lou. Not too surprising coming from Lou considering all his years of marriage to Renee. When you think about it, he’s really the only one out of any of them who can give successful relationship advice. Lou and Junior “walking on sunshine” were absolutely adorable.
Hirsch on the other hand was a total surprise but, I guess, he really shouldn’t have been. This character has really evolved from the Hirsch we met years ago. Sure, he can still be rather annoying at times, but he’s shown over the years that he really has a very warm heart. His advice to Tani, while not based on years of experience like Lou’s to Junior, was full of down to earth common sense. Sometimes that’s all a person really needs to hear.
And who didn’t love Hirsch’s #ReiRey reference?? Oh, Tani darlin’…. hate to break it to you but #ReiRey has already been a thing forever! I’m so happy Tani confided her fears to Junior and he, naturally because he’s an absolute sweetheart, was full of understanding and comfort. He’s not going anywhere. Unfortunately, we are so we’ll never get to see just how awesome this couple will be long term.
Hirsch: Speaking of that warm heart of his, having his Uncle Oscar move in with him was a very loving thing to do. I loved how he described his love for his uncle, being so very important to him in his young life when his own dad couldn’t be. Did anyone else get a Joe White vibe from that little scene?
His devastation at the thought that Uncle Oscar could be a murderer was palpable. Of course, we all knew from the very beginning it would turn out to be someone else (just gotta love those H50 misdirections) and as soon as we were introduced to Stanley, well, duh!
But it was still a fun story and I loved him working with Tani. Hirsch has always played well against the Five-0 ladies. His scenes with Kono were always fantastic and his here with Tani were too. Even Eddie knew he was a good guy from their first moment.
One of the best scenes was when Hirsch and Lou were sampling the wine at Casa McG. If you hadn’t followed Chi on Instagram, he used to do IG stories called “Chi Talks Wine” because if there is one thing Chi knows and loves it’s every conceivable type of wine. His IG stories were awesome. I really miss them now that he doesn’t do them anymore. Watching Lou making faces and hating the wine reminded me of way back in Season 1 when Kono was giving Danny surfing lessons. Chi hates wine like Scott can’t surf! 🤣🤣
Crime of the Week: Everyone else was busy working the weekly crime. Danny was away with the kids for Spring break and I have no idea where Quinn was, but Adam was back with the team. Lou (I guess he decided not to hold that grudge after all) and Junior were happy to see Adam back and my first thought was, “I guess Steve and Adam had that talk they needed to have for Adam to be welcomed back”. But then Steve gave Adam “that look” and you could literally feel the temperature in the room drop. That look was a hell of a lot more “you’re lucky I let your ass back in here” then “good to see you, brother!”
The carjacking turned murder was another classic bait-n-switch story. I loved how Lou knew immediately that the wife’s story just didn’t add up and, of course, it tuned out that our innocent victim wasn’t so innocent after all. I know I’ve said this a zillion times, but I really love these red herring stories. Even in what’s obviously a filler episode, they make it fun when things veer off into different directions. And, help me out here. How many times is it now that the bad guys MO was diamond theft and/or smuggling? Including this episode, I can, without much effort, count five! I’m pretty positive there were at least two or three more! 🤣🤣
I was getting a real kick out of all the different team-ups in this episode. There was quite a bit of musical chairs going on. Steve was with Lou. Lou was with Junior. Junior was with Adam. Steve was with Adam. Adam was with Junior and Lou. Steve was with Junior. It was kind of making my head spin. But the one thing that was inescapable was just how little time Steve was involved. Other than the two scenes that were exclusively his at the beginning and end of the episode, it was pretty much everyone else who did all the heavy lifting in this episode.
For instance, Steve was with Adam at the airport talking to the shuttle bus driver but when it came time to take the house where the bad guys were, he was nowhere to be seen. Adam, Lou and Junior took the house. I’m used to Danny just dropping out at times like this, but it was rather jarring for it to happen with Steve. Most of the time we saw him it was just in HQ. Even when he got the usual “first call” of the episode, instead of saying “On my way” or “I’ll be right there” like usual, he says “I’ll get some people down there as soon as possible.” It just felt really weird.
Just like Hirsch’s line about his Uncle Oscar reminded me of Steve’s relationship with Joe White, so did Steve’s words to Cynthia when the team finally tracked her and her accomplices down. Steve talking her into laying down her gun was heartbreaking. No one knows more than he does “the weight of that pain” of losing the most important person in your life. Steve has lost so many people and watching those responsible for those deaths pay the ultimate price has never taken that pain away.
Steve: The opening and closing scenes with Steve were the best parts of the entire episode. I know it’s really abrupt and probably should have happened a long time ago, but it seems that all of the trauma that’s befallen Steve over the years is finally taking its toll. We found out last week that he’s not sleeping well because he “has a lot on my mind”. Not even a strenuous run along the beach seems to be able to settle those disturbing thoughts. It was totally heartbreaking to watch him reliving the deaths of John, Doris and Joe White in his mind. Hearing all the last words they ever spoke to him playing again in his brain. No wonder the poor man isn’t sleeping.
And it seems he just can’t let it go. Tani, Junior, Lou, Adam and Hirsch are gathered at his house for a usual after case drink, but Steve is nowhere in sight. He’s in the garage, going through the Champ box, listening again to the recording John made all those years ago. The recording we all heard for the first time all the way back in the 2nd episode of Season 1. “I want to be a cop, Dad, like you…. I told him to… be anything but that.” Hearing John say “more than anything… I have regrets” really sounds very ominous now with the way it seems Steve’s mind is working.
Peter Lenkov told us all some time ago that we’d be getting all the answers from the Champ box. Well, it’s only been 10 years, I guess it’s about time. The phone call from the barrister (lawyer) telling Steve he has a package from Doris was even more ominous. The woman has been dead for four months and yet, she’s still reaching out from the grave to screw with Steve’s life.
When you really think about it, everything that has happened in Steve’s life is Doris’s fault. Because she couldn’t (or wouldn’t) walk away from her CIA life she destroyed her entire family. She emotionally destroyed her husband. She robbed both her children of their childhood and their home. It took Mary more than half her life to recover.
She robbed Aunt Deb of her chosen career because she took care of Mary. Steve never returned home until John died. John died because of WoFat. WoFat who wouldn’t have been in their lives at all if it hadn’t been for what Doris did. WoFat who caused Steve to be arrested for murdering the Governor, who killed Jenna, who captured and tortured Steve not once, but twice for information Steve did not have.
WoFat who, before Steve was forced to kill him, made him feel that Doris cared more for him than she did for her own children. And now, after all these years, Daiyu Mei… Mrs. WoFat… come along to probably start it all again.
Do I even need to go on? Now, she’s given explicit directions to a lawyer to make sure that months after her death, she could continue to make Steve’s life hell. Honestly, I hope she is burning there.
It really is heartbreaking that we only have two episodes left until our beloved series comes to an end, because this story looks to be awesome. Or could have been awesome long term if we actually had a long term to see it unfold. Hopefully we’ll get to see Steve exorcise those demons before we all have to say goodbye.
That’s it for this week friends. No new episode next week but please remember there has been a programming change due March Madness being cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. April 3rd is no longer a 2-episode series finale night. Originally episodes 10.21 and 10.22 were going to be shown concurrently on April 3rd. Now, episode 10.21 has been moved to Friday, March 27th and episode 10.22 will be the series finale shown on April 3rd. Please make sure to make a note of this so you don’t miss the penultimate episode on the March 27th.
Aloha. Malama Pono