#H50 Review:  10.18 –  Nalowale i ke ‘ehu o he kai (Lost in the sea sprays)

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I want to say “happy” H50 weekend like I always do, but of course there is nothing “happy” about this H50 weekend at all.  I want to do a proper review of this episode, but I find I really can’t.  So just a few quick observations:

Adam finally comes clean:  Thank God this story is over.  And thank God Steve ripped Adam a new one for going behind his back and going on another one-man quest that could have ended in disaster.  Steve’s anger was 100% justified and the reason Adam gave for why he did it was totally unsatisfying.  He did it because of what Kenji did to Tamiko.  He did it for her.  Not that it’s not a noble reason but it’s not what a law enforcement officer is supposed to do.  It’s not supposed to be personal.  I love Adam but I hope Steve thinks long and hard about accepting Adam back into the fold.  How can he ever trust that Adam won’t go rogue again?

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Noelani and Quinn:  The friendships between the women on this show have been wonderful this season.  Quinn and Tani.  Tani and Noelani.  Here we have Quinn helping Noelani try to solve how her beloved uncle died.  It was a great story, full of heartfelt emotions.  Every time they give Noelani a great story, Kimee totally rocks the material.  It was heartbreaking to watch Quinn tell Noelani about her brother who’d committed suicide.  Heartbreaking for how the death affected Quinn but more so because it shows how little we know Quinn.  Her backstory is one I was really looking forward to learning more about.  Sadly, we’ll never get the chance to really know her well.

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COTW:  The crime of the week was pretty predictable, but I enjoyed it mostly for the individual scenes within it.  Watching Tani’s fight to take down that goon on the ship was awesome.  Damn that girl is badass.  Seeing Junior totally panicked as he watched through that unmovable bulkhead as Tani fought was nerve wracking for both him and us.  And, damn, what a gun battle to finish out the case.  Steve, Danny and Junior in that house with the drug dust filling their air and their lungs was breathtaking in the least.

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Ohana ending:  For me, the best part of any episode is the Ohana gathering together somewhere for an after-case drink.  This one included Magnum PI’s Rick since they all gathered at his place for some end of day relaxation.  I loved the #ReiRay vs #Quick dance off.  Everyone looks so relaxed and happy and they were all having so much fun.  It was hard to watch without tears coming to my eyes.  As a matter of fact, this entire episode was hard to watch without crying.

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And we all know why!  Because, just like an unexpected heart attack which takes down a relatively young, seemingly healthy man in his prime, Hawaii Five-0 is coming to an abrupt and heartbreaking end in just one month.  Four more episodes and this wonderful show, that’s given me more pleasure and more pain, more laughs and more friends than I could have ever imagined is ending.

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Talk about a gut punch! Just a few hours before this episode was to air, this tweet appeared on all our timelines, sucking the air out of each and every one of us.  It was followed very quickly by the first reports hitting the entertainment media.  One of the first reports came from Dateline.

‘Hawaii Five-0’ To End After 10 Seasons On CBS, Sets Two-Hour Series Finale

 

EXCLUSIVECBS’ Hawaii Five-0 will be coming to an end. The popular action crime drama series will wrap its 10-year, 240-episode run with a two-hour series finale on Friday, April 3.

Developed by Peter M. Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci as a reimagining of Leonard Freeman’s classic series and by Lenkov for the show’s entire run, Hawaii Five-0 has been a strong profit generator tor for CBS. In addition to its solid ratings performance, initially on Monday, and as a Friday anchor for the past seven seasons, Hawaii Five-0 has been a big international seller for CBS TV Studios, seen in more than 200 countries. Additionally, it was the last broadcast drama series to score a blockbuster off-network deal, landing $2 million an episode from TNT during the series’ first season on CBS.

“It’s never easy to say goodbye to a hit franchise that carried on the legacy of the original with such distinction while establishing its own signature style,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “From episode one, Hawaii Five-0 has been a huge success for us. Thanks to the amazing talents of the producers, writers, cast and crew, it has played a key role for a decade on our schedule and helped establish our powerhouse Friday night. We cannot be prouder of its quality, longevity and are thankful for the passionate fan-devotion it inspired.”

Hawaii Five-0 will end its run with its original stars Alex O’Loughlin as McGarrett and Scott Caan as Danno. I hear both of their current contracts are up at the end of this season. O’Loughlin suffered a serious back injury during the early seasons of the show, and has been dealing with effects from it ever since. There was speculation that he may leave the show two years ago but he stayed on after receiving stem cell treatment. I hear this time around, he felt he could not continue. I hear the network explored continuing Hawaii Five-0 with Caan’s Danno and a new partner but, ultimately, everyone felt this was the right time to end the series.

“This show has been pretty much every waking moment for the last 10 years of my life,” said O’Loughlin. “Everywhere I go on this planet, in every language, I am McGarrett to all these people. What we’ve done, what we’ve accomplished, it’s extraordinary. I can’t really put words to express my level of gratitude. I’m just glad to have been a part of this, a part of history and I’m going to miss it. And to the fans, I don’t know how to thank you guys. Thank you for following us the way you have. I’m going to miss you. Aloha.”

Launching a Hawaii Five-0 reboot had been a top priority for CBS TV Studios for more than a decade. There were multiple unsuccessful attempts with other writers and producers until Lenkov came on board, teaming with Kurtzman and Orci for the pilot. It was the first of a slew of successful reboots Lenkov has delivered for CBS and CBS TV Studios.

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Hawaii Five-0 has been such a blessing to me and all of the people who have worked on this incredible show,” said Lenkov. “I truly learned the meaning of ‘ohana’ as the viewers embraced us and the people of Hawaii welcomed us with the privilege to film on their shores. I am forever indebted to the creative genius that was Leonard Freeman who gave us such a beautiful story to begin with. And my eternal gratitude to our cast, led by our hero Alex O’Loughlin, the writers, the production team, our CBS ohana, and most importantly – YOU, the fans, who allowed us to come to work with pride and made our series such a success. Mahalo.”

Hawaii Five-0 currently stars O’Loughlin, Caan, Ian Anthony Dale, Meaghan Rath, Beulah Koale, Katrina Law, Taylor Wily, Dennis Chun, Kimee Balmilero and Chi McBride.

Like most long-running series, it went through multiple cast transitions. That included the controversial exit of original co-stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park after Season 7. Returning for the two-hour finale are recurring cast members James Marsters (Victor Hesse), William Sadler (John McGarrett) and Mark Dacascos (Wo Fat).

Hawaii Five-0, which consistently wins its time period, has been watched by almost 40 million viewers this season. In addition, the show has ranked in the top 15 or higher of broadcast dramas during its run. Also, Hawaii Five-0, is CBS’ most social primetime drama, generating 47 million impressions, 3.7 million engagements and 3.8 million video views, season-to-date.

“For 10 seasons, Alex, Scott and the rest of the talented Five-0 cast have brought fans exciting adventures in a spectacular tropical paradise,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “We specifically want to thank Peter and the incredibly talented production team for 10 years of consistently outstanding television. The drama has been a great success for the Studio and Network, and as a global franchise for our company. We’re pleased to give it a big sendoff and that viewers will have the opportunity to say goodbye to their favorite characters as the final season wraps.”

Lenkov executive produces the series with David Wolkove, Matt Wheeler, Kurtzman and Orci.

Link to article:  https://deadline.com/2020/02/hawaii-five-0-end-10-seasons-canceled-cbs-s-two-hour-series-finale-1202870780/

So if you take this article at face value and, there doesn’t seem to be any reason to doubt it, all indications are that TPTB knew from very early on that this was going to be Alex’s last season. It looks like the network wanted to try to keep it going with Danny as the leader of the team and with a new partner, probably Lincoln Cole, the new character being introduced in the last two episodes.

Peter Lenkov has confirmed on Twitter that the finale script was not changed, so it was supposed to be the season finale, not the series finale. From things posted on social media, mostly on Instagram, the crew was as blindsided by this as we were, because they all thought they’d be back in July with a new direction for the show without Alex.

Now this is 100% speculation on my part.  Repeat:  100% speculation on my part.  It is possible that when presented with that option, Scott said no. It is possible that his answer was, if Alex was out, he was too. We all know Scott is not religiously attached to this show in the way that Alex is, so it’s not hard to imagine him saying no to doing it without him. Many people have recollections of interviews where Scott said just that years ago.

It’s also possible (again, pure speculation on my part) that the three camps of representatives, Alex’s, Scott’s and the network’s were trying to work out a compromise that would keep both Alex and Scott with the show for a new (possibly shortened) season so they could wrap things up properly. I think the finale was written to give Alex an out but also an opportunity to change his mind, if he so chose.  Like he did back at the end of Season 7. When it became certain no compromise could be reached, it was decided that the best course of action would be to end it.

This is not really too hard to understand.  We’ve said it a zillion times over the years.  If we ever got to a point where Alex and Scott decided they’d had enough, the show would end.  It’s just heartbreaking that it’s happening now, heartbreaking that we didn’t get a heads up, the time to process the news and prepare for the loss.  This is exactly like that heart attack that takes down a person in the prime of his life.  Totally unexpected and utterly heart wrenching.

My heart is heavy but where it goes out the most is to the lesser cast and especially to the hundreds of crew who make this show the success it is. They are the best crew in the world and they work their asses off to make this show the best it can be.  These people went to work in the morning, thinking it was the last day of the season, thinking they were going to be saying their “see you soon”s and “see you in July”s.  Instead, they were blindsided and saying their final farewells.  Now, instead of heading off to hiatus vacations and hiatus time with their families, they will all be looking for jobs.

It is those people who I think would have made this decision by Alex so difficult.  We know him so well, from all the interviews he’s given over the years.  We know about his total commitment, body and soul, to the show and to all the crew who work so hard and get their livelihood from it.  There is no way he made this decision lightly.   My heart tells me he agonized over it.  For him to admit that he couldn’t go on, no matter how much money, no matter how much down time they’d give him, knowing what it would mean for all those people he considers Ohana, must mean his physical discomfort must be more than he could continue to endure.  

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It breaks our hearts to let it go, but we have to respect Alex’s decision because this is about his health.  If walking away is what he needs to be happy and even more importantly, to be healthy for himself, Malia and their children. he did the right thing.

We have four more episodes to go.  Whatever comes, one way or the other, I will be there. I hope you’ll all be there too.

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#H50 Review:  10.17 – He kohu puahiohio i ka ho’okele i ka lepo i luna (Like a whirlwind, whirling the dust upward)

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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.

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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.

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I’ve been saying all along that I believe this is a long con and the more I see the more I believe it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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H50 Review: 10.16 – He kauwā ke kanaka na ke aloha (Man is a slave of love) – Happy Valentine’s Day

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Hi everyone!  As you can see, this review is super late. I wasn’t sure I was even going to write one for this week’s episode.  I just got home after spending a week in Nassau in the Bahamas.  My wonderful husband, along with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law took me away for my 60th birthday.  Nothing better than escaping February in the Northeast by heading to warm sunshine, beaches, good food and lots of alcohol!  The resort was amazing!  We has a blast!

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I did manage to watch the episode in my hotel room on Friday night but, as is the case with many hotel TVs, it was a very small screen, not in HD and the sound was horrendous.  I finally got to re-watch the episode properly on Tuesday night.  Needless to say, I loved it. I’m really short on time this week with getting resettled after vacation and heading back to work but I wanted to jot down a few thoughts.  I haven’t had the chance to read any other reviews so forgive me if everyone is talked out about the episode all ready.

Noelani and Tani:  I really like the friendships which have formed on this show between all the women.  We’ve seen the great connection Quinn and Tani have formed and here we see it again, between Tani and Noelani.  Noelani’s surf lesson scene was a hoot. I’m not sure who was more excited about her success on that board, her or Tani.

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And I loved Tani’s good natured ribbing over the way Noelani was flirting with the surf instructor.  But most of all, I love seeing them outside of work just having friend time.  And, commiserating over their disappointment over it being Valentine’s Day and both their boyfriends being away.

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The holdup at the convenience store was a sad commentary on a very real problem in this country these days.  There are millions of people who either have no medical coverage at all or they have coverage but with such high deductibles and/or out-of-pocket expenses, it’s virtually impossible to get medical care when needed.  Of course, it was taken to the extreme here for the purpose of a TV plot but, to be honest, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if something like this doesn’t happen in real life when people are simply desperate to find money for care.  It’s even something we’ve seen on this show before.  Remember all the way back to Season 1 and the asset forfeiture locker?  Chin’s uncle stole that money in order to pay for his wife’s kidney transplant.

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Kimee Balmilero was awesome in these scenes.  It was so great to see her highlighted here since lately it seems we see her more on Magnum PI then we do on H50.  She’s so great at bringing all of Noelani’s personality to the screen.  In this episode alone, she was adorably rambunctious during her surf lesson, a giggly girl-friend with Tani, scared when “Bonnie and Clyde” pulled weapons on everyone then, extremely resourceful and brave when trying to help “Clyde” during his seizure.  I just love her!

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Adam:   I will continue to say, week after week, that I do not like Adam’s story.  What I did like in his episode was Lou calling him on his crap!  It’s about time someone… anyone… said something to Adam about what’s going on with him.  I was so sure when Lou started speaking that he was just going to give Adam another free pass.  While he wasn’t as forceful as I thought he’d be (considering the murderous look he gave Adam in that jungle last week) I was relieved to hear him call Adam out.  Adam’s actions put Bonnie in danger and, even though Lou is grateful to Adam for getting Bonnie back, he’s not going to be forgiving or buddy-buddy with the guy for quite some time.  Good for you Lou!

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I’m still, in my heart, going with the belief that Adam is in some sort of long con.  The way he reacted to Lou’s anger, the way he looked at Steve in last week’s episode, the pained, remorseful look he gets every time he does something he knows is wrong, makes me believe that he is not doing any of this because he’s “gone to the dark side”.  I’ve said it a million times.  Adam was never a bad guy and he sucked at it when he tried.  I don’t believe he’s a bad guy now.

Then there is that scene in the car when Adam handed over HPD intel to one of the Yakuza.  But was he Yakuza?  The way the scene was written can be taken two ways.  As presented; bad guy Adam handing over stolen HPD intel to one of Kenji’s men OR …. the press release for the episode lists the actor, Jess A. Cruz. as playing a character listed only as “Fed”.  So, an agent of Asian descent, posing as one of Kenji’s men?  His concern over Adam’s welfare, his warning about how unpredictable Kenji can be, telling Adam to watch his back.  None of that sounds like something a Yakuza thug would be saying to an HPD/Five-0 spy to me.

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Detective Danny:  This week’s crime of the week was a really great one, full of the kinds of twists and turns we’ve come to expect from this show.  She killed her husband.  But, she didn’t kill him.  She was protecting her boyfriend who killed him.  But the boyfriend didn’t kill him so she was protecting him for nothing.  The killer ends up being someone not even anywhere near their radar but related to another killing years ago in Thailand.  Yup, typical bait and switch, red herring story telling.  A story that keeps me on my toes and engaged the entire episode.  I love these kinds of stories.

But the best part of the COTW is that we finally got to see something that’s been in very low supply in recent years.  The return of Detective Danny Williams.  The man who had “87 homicide cases” under his belt before he ever set foot in Hawaii and who, for years, was not only Steve’s partner but Steve’s equal partner.  This is what I’ve meant when I’ve said that, while I totally understand Scott’s reduced episode schedule, I don’t understand why they can’t utilize his talents and write great Danny material when he is available.  This episode shows it is very possible to do just that.

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Danny knew instantaneously that Lorena was lying about killing her husband, no matter how adamant her confession and Steve was also instantaneously ready to go with Danny’s instincts even while those back at HQ were more than just a bit skeptical.

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It was a nice bit of continuity with regard to Danny’s personal experience with battered women and how, when they do take matters into their own hands, it’s almost always a matter of self defense and not premeditated.  Not only was Steve totally on board with Danny’s instincts, Duke was too.  He was right there to help Steve and Danny get Lorena to safety rather than allow her to be taken into custody by the State Department.  They all risked a lot and all on their trust in Danny and his instincts.  Bravo to the writers on this story.

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Ohana Valentine:  I loved the McDanno scene we got at the beginning of the episode.  Steve’s face was so adorable when he admitted to Danny that he’s been seeing Brooke so often that he’s lost count.  It makes sense.  He went on that first date with Brooke.  Then he had a casual date with Emma the vet. Right after that, it all went down with Doris and we know Steve wasn’t himself for quite some time, dealing with Doris’s death.  Dating was obviously not on his mind at all.  Eventually, he began to feel like himself again and wanting to get back out there, remembered his date(s) with Brooke, realized how much fun he had with her and how much he liked her and called her again.  It just went from there.

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Is it weird that Danny, living in Steve’s house, had no idea about his dating habits?  No, not really.  Danny has been pretty preoccupied these days himself.  Even though it’s been happening off screen, Danny has been trying all season to work things out with Rachel.  Trying to work things out takes time.  I’m assuming, since Steve was trying to keep things on the down low, he was out with Brooke while Danny was with Rachel.

I am so enjoying all the time Danny has been staying at Steve’s place.  I know Junior is due to return from duty in the next episode and with Danny’s house ready for habitation again, he’ll probably be going home soon.  I wish there was a way for both Junior and Danny to stay at Steve’s.  I love the idea of the three of them (four if you include Eddie) in their own personal frat house and we already know Steve loves having a full house too.

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The tragedy of Joanna’s death rocked Danny.  Although I’m disappointed we haven’t heard anything about the kid who caused Joanna’s death being caught, it was nice to see the continuity of how Danny is dealing with what happened.  It was interesting to hear Danny tell Lorena that his life wasn’t making a lot of sense these days and he saw her predicament as a puzzle he could solve.  Even though it wasn’t specifically verbalized in the dialog, it was as if Danny felt he needed to help Lorena just as much for himself as for her.  He couldn’t save Joanna but he could save Lorena.

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I absolutely adored the Ohana scene at the end of the show.  It was so sweet of Steve and Brooke to cancel their date to be there for Danny.  The addition of the others was very sweet.  Steve had told Danny earlier that Quinn and Tani were having a movie night together (more girl-friend time… I love it!) so he just called them over to Casa McG, along with Noelani, Kamekona and Flippa to watch the movie there.  I’m assuming Lou was with Renee, since we know he better not forget it’s Valentines day!  As for Adam, well, I assume he wasn’t invited, all considered.

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It’s not one bit surprising that Steve would want to be there for Danny.  Danny has always been there for Steve in his darkest moments.  Holidays tend to emphasize the dark times.  Valentine’s Day is a silly “Hallmark” holiday but for those who are alone, it can be a hard pill to swallow.  Danny’s attempt to reconcile with Rachel has failed again and Joanna is dead.  Sure he didn’t know her well but there was a real connection between them, a more than small hint of what could have been.  Danny is hurting even if he doesn’t want to admit it.  Of course, he doesn’t have to admit it.  Steve just knows!

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Will we see Brooke again?  Who knows? Considering the track record of this show, I think we probably won’t but I hope I’m wrong.  We really haven’t seen them together for more than a few minutes so it’s hard to feel any particular bond between them yet but they’re cute together and they’re obviously comfortable with each other.  Steve is comfortable enough to include her in an Ohana evening with the team.  That says a lot.  I hope we do get to see, or at least hear about Brooke again.

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There is also the fact that she’s a mom of a child at Charlie’s school.  So there’s a kid, presumably close in age to Charlie.  How awesome would it be to see Steve interact with another small child?  How awesome would it be if, down the line, he finally got the family he’s always wanted?  Ok… ok…. I’m wildly jumping the gun, I know.  But the idea of Steve being a daddy just gives me soooooo many happy feels.

So, our episode ends with everyone settling down to watch “Love Actually” and enjoying each other’s company.  It could be any day of the year, it just happens to be Valentine’s Day.  I’m grateful for two things.  One:  They’re not watching “The Notebook” (I could never figure out what all the buzz was about) and Two:  That couch cuddle.  Oh yes, I full admit to adoring my McDanno moments wherever and whenever I get them.  The more the better.

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Well, that’s it for this episode.  I thought this one was very well done, in the crimes, the Ohana and, of course, McDanno.  Now all they have to do is end the annoying Adam story and I’ll be a very happy camper.

Until next time, friends!  Aloha. Malama Pono

 

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#H50 Review: 10.15 – He waha kou o ka he‘e (Yours is the mouth of an octopus)

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Hi everyone!  I hope you’ve all had a great week.  Here we are again, enjoying yet another really good H50.  I was a bit worried about this episode, for no other reason, except that it was coming after last week’s extremely highly emotional one.  Sometimes, that leads to the next episode being a bit of a letdown but, thankfully, that wasn’t the case here.  While this episode, co-written by Chi McBride and directed by Ian Anthony Dale, didn’t have the highly touching impact that last week’s episode had, it was still pretty emotionally charged in its own right.  And it was a single-story episode with not only the entire team working together but with lots of Steve and Danny togetherness as well.  My absolutely favorite type of episode.

Chi’s scripts always seem to revolve around the Grover family and this one was no different.  We met Lou’s niece Siobhan only seven episodes ago when she told Lou she wanted to follow in his footsteps and be a cop. And here she was, already a stand-out recruit at the HPD Academy. That didn’t take long.

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The opening scene between Danny and (we now know her real name) Joanna’s sister was extremely touching.  Annika Marks managed to tear my heart out again.  She was so incredibly believable in Marie’s grief.  And Scott played Danny’s reactions to her perfectly. You could see there were so many things he wanted to say, so many ways he wanted to comfort her, but he was so choked up all he could manage to say was “I’m so sorry” over and over again.  Of course, Marie understood. She read the police report. She knows what Danny did to try to save Joanna.

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I do wish we could have had at least one line to say that the jerk who killed Joanna had been taken into custody but, honestly, the way the scene ended with the two of them clinging to each other in their grief was so poignant and heartbreaking I really didn’t need to hear it. I’m just going to assume that he is.

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I, of course, liked this episode a lot but I have to be honest, it kind of gave me a similar feeling to Danny’s story in last week’s episode.  I really enjoyed that story as well, particularly the fantastic acting of both Scott and Kate Siegel, but it felt to me that the only reason why that story was being told was to concretely show that Danny was 100% ready to move past Rachel.  That’s the same feeling I got watching Bonnie’s story.

It was a good story, but it really felt like the only reason for it to be told was to further the “what the hell is Adam doing..” story.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love Nia Holloway as Bonnie and no one can turn on the emotional waterworks as well as Chi. He’s so good at being able to go from frantic worry, to murderous rage, to desperation in the span of only moments.  It’s always a gut punch whenever a big strong guy dissolves into tears and no one does that better than Chi.

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Of all the guys Bonnie could have gotten involved with, she had to pick a Yakuza plant within the Academy. Of course, she didn’t know he was Yakuza, but he had to know her uncle was Five-0.  No, Bonnie isn’t a blood relative of Lou’s and, obviously, doesn’t share his last name but I can’t believe in the “getting to know you” part of their relationship, Bonnie didn’t mention why she wanted to be cop and the person who inspired her to do so.

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This is where the story gave me the same feeling as last weeks did.  Bonnie’s bad-boyfriend could have been anyone. But Chi and Matt Wheeler chose to make him Yakuza.  Joanna came into Danny’s life to propel his character away from Rachel and Endo and Bonnie’s story was only told to further advance whatever the hell Adam’s story is supposed to be.

I’m going to say this again…. I do not like this story one bit even if I love what Ian is doing with the material.  Especially in this episode, I was very impressed with the amount of time Adam was on screen considering that Ian was also directing. The old adage “a good actor can elevate the material” really applies with this story.

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For the life of me, I can’t figure out what the hell is going on here.  I pray to God this is a long con of some sort, like when Kono was undercover for Fryer back in Season 2, because this behavior of Adam’s makes no sense.  And this story is turning the team into something I never thought I’d see them be.  Distrustful and secretive.  Steve and Danny are searching Adam’s apartment behind his back while Lou, all buddy-buddy with Adam, is keeping him busy and distracted while they do it.

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I fully understand Steve’s desire to “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” but the fact that Adam has now found himself in the latter category is very disconcerting. Steve has had his doubts about Adam for a while but now it’s downright outrage coming from Lou.  If looks could kill, when Adam walked out of that jungle, he would have perished on the spot.

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I did notice something after Adam got Bonnie back to Lou.  He walked out of the jungle and he and Steve made eye contact.  There was a very subtle nod between them.  It was definitely there but I can’t decide what it could mean.  It seems pretty obvious that if Adam is undercover, he’s doing it for someone much higher up the food chain and that Steve doesn’t know anything about it.

There’s no way Steve would have put on a charade of searching Adam’s apartment in front of Danny because Steve wouldn’t deliberately keep Danny in the dark over something so important.  He would trust Danny with the truth. Steve was definitely in the dark when they were there.

But that nod between he and Adam? Could Steve have found out something after the search of the apartment?  Was that nod an understanding of some sort between them?  Or was it simply “I’m happy you were able to get her back safely but don’t think we’re not going to be talking about this.”

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UPDATE:  A huge thank you to @ernsand2 on Twitter for capturing the exact moment for me! ❤️❤️❤️

Whatever it is, Adam sure has a hell of a lot of explaining to do.  No, I do not like this story one bit.  However, the acting of everyone involved in it is making it easier to bear.  But I really can’t wait until it’s over and hope to God that when it is, we have our old Adam back again.  Maybe there is some hope…..

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Yup, this is the kind of episode I love. One story, everyone working together to solve the problem and lots and lots of Steve and Danny time.  The Steve/Danny feels were all over this one.  Right from the start, when Danny was called into the ME’s office to meet whoever arrived from Joanna’s family, there’s no way Steve was going to let Danny go alone.  And Steve knows Danny so well that when the usually overly talkative Danny didn’t want to talk about his meeting with Marie, Steve didn’t push.  When Danny’s ready to talk, Steve will be there.

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The last scene between them at the house was golden.  The scene was one of blissful domesticity.  First off, it was wonderful to see that Eddie is his old, cheerful self again while the guys banter over scrambled eggs and “bacon days”.  I honestly don’t know if most of that scene was adlibbed or not, but it sure felt like it was.  If it wasn’t, Matt and/or Chi wrote it perfectly.

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There were several throw backs in this scene as well.  Steve and Danny have been going at it over eggs and breakfast since way back in Season 1. There was also the line “you get what you get and don’t get upset” which is exactly the same thing Danny once told Charlie at the dinner table.

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Then there was that look, that fleeting look, on Steve face when Danny told him the repairs on his house were almost complete, so he’d be able to go home soon.

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Steve had that exact same look when Junior told him well over a year ago that he was looking for an apartment.  Just like he was happy that Junior was beginning to feel settled in Hawaii, Steve’s happy that Danny’s life is getting back on track.  But those good feelings are immediately tempered with the dread of the house being empty again.

Steve really likes having a full house, having a “family” living under its roof again.  With Junior deployed, Danny has filled the void.  If Danny leaves, and Junior is still away, I don’t think Steve can bear the thought of rattling around an empty house again.  It’s a pretty safe bet that Danny will eventually go home.  I just hope it’s not for a very long time because I just adore all the time they are spending together.  I really don’t want to see it end.

Lastly, I want to send a truly heartfelt Congratulations to Ian Anthony Dale, his beautiful wife Nicole and their adorable son Roman on the birth of their second child, a baby girl.  Ian shared the wonderful news via his Instagram account this past Monday with an adorable picture of himself, Nic and the little lady.  I’m sure you all will join me in sending them all the warmest of best wishes.  Ian is embarking on an adventure he can’t fathom yet.  There is nothing in this world that can reduce a big, strong man into a gooey puddle like a little girl.  I know he’s totally ready to be a phenomenal #girldad!

Well, that’s it for this week my friends.  I know this review isn’t quite as long and rambling as usual (maybe that’s not a bad thing, eh? 😉🤣) but I’m in the process of preparing for a little winter vacation.  I’m up to my neck in prep so not a ton time for screen caps.  Just a few this week.

I’m not sure when I’ll get to see next weeks episode but I’ll try to throw together something if I can.  Until then, Have a great week.  Aloha.  Malama Pono

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#H50 Review:  10.14 – I ho ‘olulu, ho ‘ohulei ‘ia e ka makani (There was a lull and then the wind began to blow about)

 

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Back in 2010, when asked why he wanted to re-boot Hawaii Five-O, Peter Lenkov recalled how much his father had loved the original and how much he enjoyed sitting with his dad week after week to watch the show. He also commented on how, in the original, they never really touched on the personal lives of the Five-0 team all that much.  Those guys just went to work every day and, for the most part, the episodes ended at the office too.  He wanted his new Hawaii Five-0 to be more than just a procedural.  He wanted it to show life outside of work too.  He wanted it to have heart and emotion and deal with the personal lives of his characters as well.

It is, in my opinion, what has made this show so successful for the last ten years.  It has something for everyone.  It’s a good old-fashioned procedural, with gun fights and explosions, and car chases galore.  But it also has very compelling characters with real life triumphs and tragedies and an Ohana that ties it all together with compassion, togetherness and, yes, love.  It’s all those elements that keeps me tuning in week after week.

Needless to say, I was both looking forward to this episode and apprehensive about it at the same time.  The press release promised an episode full of anxiety, angst and worry.  The sneak peeks showed us a harrowing car accident involving Danny and an almost fatal encounter with cars involving Steve and Eddie.  This was going to be either a “keep a tissue box close by” episode or an “I’m gonna need a full bottle of wine for this one” episode.  Naturally, it wasn’t a perfect episode, but it was a damn good one none the less.

Once again, we have a two-story episode where the stories are completely separate from each other but this time, I’m not really sure which story was supposed to be the A side, and which was supposed to be the B side.  I didn’t put a stopwatch to it or anything, but I think the time was split pretty evenly between them.  And, damn, if they didn’t both pull on the heart strings.  It was a very different type of H50 episode without a crime of the week, gun fights or car chases.  It was actually pretty depressing come to think about it.  What made this episode so good was the acting of the principle players in each story.  Kate Siegel, Scott and Alex and, of course, Eddie.

 Danny and Leslie: Something else Peter said many years ago, was “a happy Danny is a boring Danny” but ohhhhhh how I do love to see a happy Danny.  Like back when he used to go out with Gaby.  I can remember Kono saying she liked Gaby because she made Danny happy and she liked to see him happy.  I could not agree more.

Leslie was wonderful.  I immediately loved her and her flirting with Danny in the bar.  The way Danny looked at her and the way his smile reached all the way to his eyes and lit up his entire face was beautiful to see.

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Their “bathroom encounter” was unexpected but totally hot.

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Their attraction was instantaneous, and their banter was easy going and totally natural. The chemistry between them was off the charts.  In just those few short hours, it was obvious these two had all the makings of a great couple.  Tragically, they weren’t destined to have anywhere near the kind of time to find out.

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I do want to address a couple of things I saw people discussing on Twitter. The first thing is a complete error which a close viewing of the scene will show.  Some people were bemoaning the fact that Danny pulled out the piece of metal which was impaling Leslie in her back.  Please, go back and watch the scene closely.  He did no such thing.  She leaned forward in her seat and when she did, Danny saw the piece of metal, protruding through the back of the passenger’s seat.  Leslie “removed” the metal herself when she leaned forward.  Danny seeing this, pulled the metal out of the seat so she could comfortably (or as comfortably as possible) sit back without impaling herself again. He did not pull the metal from her body.

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The second thing is how Danny couldn’t call for help because there was no cell service in the area and that the kid who drove them off the road was texting while driving.  That second part is open to individual interpretation.  It could definitely be seen as a continuity error.  How come the kid had service, but Danny didn’t?  Or, it could just as easily be that the kid didn’t have service either.  The way he was holding the phone, away from him and holding it up, is the way a person holds a phone when they are searching for a signal, not how one holds a phone to text.  I think that’s what he was doing.  Holding his phone up and moving it around trying to find a signal.  Since there was no service in the area, as seen on both Danny’s and Leslie’s phones, I choose to go with option #2.

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As for those who keep saying you don’t need service to send a 911 call, that is also not correct.  If there is no service in an area, there is no service in the area period. It’s like if you have a land line telephone in your house but there are no phone wires physically attached to your house, the phone won’t work because there’s no dial tone.  In other words, you have no service.  The phone is nothing more than a paperweight.

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You don’t need to have an account with a cell provider to send a 911 call.  That’s why shelters for battered women give out cell phones for emergencies.  They don’t need to have Verizon or AT&T or Sprint, etc., the phones will dial 911 without it.  But there still needs to be service in the area.  I do agree, though, with those who say that after ten years and all the situations pretty much everyone on this team has found themselves in, Five-0 really do need to think about carrying SAT phones everywhere they go.

 The acting of Scott and Kate in the crash scenes was fantastic.  Kate’s ability to act out such a traumatic injury, with pure emotion and facial expressions and little to no physical movement was amazing.  Most of the dialog went to Danny but I loved Leslie’s spirit and her ability to keep a sliver of her sense of humor in a horrible situation.

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When Leslie’s heart stopped beating, when all the life and light left her eyes, all the breath was knocked out of me.  Kate was awesome.  I’m so very sorry we won’t get to enjoy her marvelous acting in the future.

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It was almost as hard to watch Danny’s struggle as it was to watch Leslie’s physical pain.  He was so powerless to save her, but he tried so hard to stay strong and give her hope in such a hopeless situation. He kept trying to make her smile and, more importantly, to stay awake until help could get there.  Watching him desperately yelling for help and blaring the car horn in an attempt to keep Leslie awake was so hard to watch and seeing him break down when she lost her battle truly broke my heart.  I didn’t cry enough to warrant the box of tissues at my side, but I did shed a tear for what could have been.

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Watching Danny as he walked away down that long desolate road was heart breaking, walking without a thought to what he’s doing or where he’s going.  The man was simply dazed and numb.  Scott totally rocked these scenes.

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Leslie told Danny she saw three digits of the license plate on the car that ran them off the road. I hope the inclusion of that one line means we will see some follow through on this.  That kid deserves to pay for the life he took.  I don’t expect to see a long drawn out story, but I do expect to hear at least a line stating the kid was found and arrested.

But, honestly, what was the purpose of Danny finding the “woman of his dreams” if they were just going to immediately kill her off any way?  I personally see only one reason for this story to even be told. After several subtle references to Danny’s relationship with Rachel this season showing that things were not moving in a good direction, this episode was, in my opinion, designed solely to show that Danny has finally gotten to a point in his life where he’s emotionally ready to move on from Rachel.  It’s tragic Leslie died but the fact that she existed in his universe at all shows he’s ready to move on, he’s ready to have a great connection and build a future with someone other than Rachel.

Dear Lord, it’s about friggin’ time!  I’m thrilled they’re still friends.  The chemistry between Scott and Claire is marvelous and I hope we get to see Rachel again from time to time. I like that they’re lovingly co-parenting their children with no bitterness or animosity.  But as a couple, I’m equally thrilled Danny has finally come to his senses.  There is way too much deceitful water under that bridge.

Steve and Eddie:  It’s something I’ve always found fascinating.  You can sit down and watch a TV show or movie with a bunch of people; a movie with all kinds of violence, injuries and death, and most of those people will take it in stride and just sit and watch and enjoy the film.  But put an animal in the mix, especially if that animal is a dog, and have that dog be injured or, God forbid, killed and most of those people will totally dissolve into an inconsolable puddle.  Naturally, I’m one of those people.

When my husband and I first moved into our new home a couple of years ago, someone left the gate open and our dog got out.  In a neighborhood he was not familiar with he, naturally ran right for the street.  I was screaming his name and crying and running.  I was terrified.  Luckily he turned and ran back into the yard and wasn’t hurt but I think it took an hour for my heart to stop pounding.  And that was a residential street with very little traffic.  Not a street with four lanes of horrendously busy traffic.  Having a disoriented and terrified Eddie running loose in that traffic with an equally terrified Steve dodging cars trying to get him out of there was an incredibly nerve-wracking way to begin an episode.

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Luckily, it seemed to be an off day for everyone on the team.  Danny was having a couple of personal days, Lou was away with Renee moving Will off campus at college and Tani and Quinn were, well, I don’t know, just together, I guess.  And Steve was totally consumed with Eddie and trying to figure out what was causing this sudden change in his personality.

I adored how everyone was truly concerned about Eddie.  Danny’s “tell Eddie I love him” touched my heart as did Lou making arrangements from afar for Eddie to see a canine PTSD specialist because “I love that dog!”.  Tani and Quinn left no stone unturned in trying to help Eddie too.  I know we always say it, how the Ohana on this show is truly amazing and while we already knew Eddie was special to them all, it was still wonderful to see them rally around him the way they did.

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Watching Eddie laying on the floor and/or in Steve’s lap looking so despondent was bad enough but every time he sadly whimpered, he tore my heart out.  Seeing his back story in Afghanistan, how the handler he loved so much was killed was also incredibly sad. When you think about it, Eddie has lived through that trauma twice.  His handler in Afghanistan and his DEA handler in Hawaii both died in his presence.  Is it any wonder Eddie snuck out of the house to lay on the grave of his friend the last time?

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Tani and Quinn tracked down a member of the military unit in which Eddie served in Afghanistan. Listening to him tell the story of Eddie’s time there was so sad, and it showed the loyalty Eddie had for his handler and his unit and the love and respect they gave him in return.

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It was a pretty quick leap from listening to that story with only a fleeting mention of flowers to the discovery of those very same flowers being grown in Steve’s neighbor’s yard but the fact that it was the flowers that triggered Eddie was a fascinating twist.  I really loved Steve’s neighbor too.  She was so bubbly and enthusiastic about her love of plants and yet so instantaneously willing to remove the plants which triggered Eddie from her garden.  She mentioned she has a son.  I wonder if she has a husband too?  Anyway, I never considered that military dogs could suffer the same way as humans because of the traumas suffered on the battlefield. I’m glad the show tackled a story like this.

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But there was more to it.  Just like Leslie was a conduit for us to see Danny finally ready to move on with his life, Eddie’s bout with PTSD was a conduit for us to see Steve finally be comfortable with voicing his own feelings about what’s been going on in his life in the last year.  It might not be full blown PTSD for Steve, but he’s been through a horrendous stretch and he’s finally able to admit the effects it’s had on him.  I like the continuity of Dr. Emma coming over to take care of Eddie and Steve explaining to her why he didn’t call her again after their first date. Although I personally don’t remember one single time when Steve has ever let his personal life suffer because of his job, he did go out with Emma before Doris died so I can see how that would put someone off pretty much anything, especially casual dating for a while.

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Steve has never been one to open up about his inner feelings much so the times when he has done it are always pretty memorable.  Telling Lou about Freddie.  Telling Danny about his stage fright and the way “McGarrett” men are built, is another.  So it was a really beautiful moment when Steve admits that Eddie has pretty much been his emotional support for the last year and how without Eddie and his entire Ohana, he couldn’t have gotten through it all.  Considering the losses both Steve and Eddie have endured, is it any wonder they are such kindred spirits?

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It’s also ties in with the short scene where Tani admits to Quinn how worried she is for Junior on his SEAL mission.  Quinn and Tani have really become good friends and I loved how she tried to reassure Tani that Junior will be ok. It’s totally understandable for Tani, seeing the way service has affected Eddie and Steve to be worried about Junior.  I’m sure she’s not only worried about the physical danger he may be in but also if what he experiences will affect him emotionally as well.  Like Tani, I can’t wait for him to get home and be safe.

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And then there’s Adam. Did you see the way they all looked at him when he showed up on the other side of Steve’s front door? Not one of them gave any sign of relief or happiness that he’d come back. Both Tani and Quinn looked like they were just waiting for Steve to give them any indication as to how they should react.

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These are the kind of small moments where Alex simply shines. His face was a hard mask when he first saw Adam, then as they moved close for a “welcome home” hug, Steve’s expression was more open.  But that hug? That was not a typical “envelop your friend closely and fully with both arms, hand behind the head” McGarrett bear hug. It was stiff and it was distant, and Steve’s expression was angry and distrustful.  All in the span of about 30 seconds.  Alex is a truly remarkable actor, but then, we already knew that.

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I really don’t like this Adam storyline but that hug and that expression on Steve’s face gives me hope for some great acting between these two coming down the line.  That and the fact that Ian has said he really likes the material he’s been given is the only thing getting me through this story.

I really liked this episode. The acting from everyone was top notch and the emotional impact was strong.  I’m not saying I want a slew of episodes like this one, but it was a good change of pace.  I’m very curious to see what comes next.  The writers have been doing a really good job this season with continuity between episodes.  I have confidence there will be references to what happened to Leslie in next week’s episode and that Steve will be there for Danny, just like Danny was there for Steve after Doris died.  I’m looking forward to seeing them deal with this together.  There are those promo pictures of Steve and Danny having what looks like a rather intense exchange in Steve’s kitchen in the next episode.  I can’t wait to see what’s going on between them there.

So, until next week my friends!  Aloha.  Malama Pono

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#H50 Review:  10.13 – Loa’a pono ka ‘iole i ka punana (The rat was caught right in the nest)

Well, here we are, another week and this review is super late. This is getting to be a really annoying habit but at least this week the reasons good ones.  Spent most of Saturday with family and woke up on Sunday to the most beautiful January day.  Sunny and 70 degrees.  Unheard of around here in January.  So, I spent a majority of my day outside enjoying the sun on my deck.  But.. duty calls so here is it…. better late than never, right?  😉

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Please Lord give me strength…. That was my prayer going into this episode when the synopsis and the sneak peeks made it more than obvious we were going to be handed my least favorite type of episode.  Not a one, not a two but a three story entry where everyone is separate and not one story relates to another.  Auuugghhh… yes, give me strength.

But, you know what?  This one wasn’t so bad.  I’m sure there will be some who will say it was boring because there wasn’t any gun battle, no car chases, no explosions and no intense SEAL level hand-to-hand combat.  All that is 100% true, except for the boring part.  Well, for me anyway.  I actually really enjoyed sitting back and watching this one.  It was sort of calm and relaxing.  Like, every once in a while, switching Sirius from hard rock to smooth jazz.  A nice little breather.

The three stories in this one consisted of 1) Steve and Danny dealing with school bullying 2) Grover and a golf club murder and 3) the ongoing annoyance which is Adam.

Let’s start off with Adam and get it over with.  For the love of God, please someone tell me there is more to this story then we’re being shown at the moment because every new scene annoys me more than the last.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love what Ian Anthony Dale is doing with the material.  He’s a wonderful actor and it’s nice to see him being given something to really sink his teeth into other than just being Kono’s husband, jilted husband or number 6 (or 7) around the magic table.

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But I just don’t get the reasoning behind what’s going on with Adam.  There was no buildup to it other than when Masuda told him to stop fighting his heritage.  From the moment Adam met Kono, over nine years ago, he never questioned his decision to stay away from a Yakuza life.  Even in his most desperate moments, when he was imprisoned, when he was unemployable, when Kono left him, he never wavered in his resolve that he was moving in the right direction away from the life he was born to. Now, all of a sudden, he’s diligently working to “reclaim” his birthright as its leader?  Why? Because he loves Tamiko? She hates that life.  Because Kenji killed Masuda? Reprehensible, for sure, but why would Adam throw his entire life away for a man he, really, barely knows?

And now, he’s supposed to head back to Hawaii, somehow re-ingratiate himself with Steve and the rest of the team, so he can spy on them? These people who have been there for him for years.  The people who gave him a family when he was lost and alone with nowhere to go?   The man who, basically gave him his life, that he was affectionately throwing footballs to just a few weeks ago at Thanksgiving?  Nope… makes absolutely no sense.

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I have no idea where this is going and, I know it’s cliché and I know it’s been done before, but I really hope this is all a long con and even if Steve doesn’t know about it yet that he will very shortly and they’ll begin to work together toward whatever the final objective is.  There are things we’ve seen that have been presented one way which could be seen entirely differently.

For instance, Tamiko. She has said, over and over again, how much she detested her father’s “business” and how much she didn’t want any part of it.  Even her father was willing to allow her to marry an FBI agent and let them disappear with a big financial settlement, to get her away from that life.  She’s repeated it several times that she had no issue with her father, that it was his “business” and the life she was forced to live because of it that she detested.  Now, she seems content with Adam heading straight toward a life she herself wanted nothing to do with?

There was that scene a couple of episodes back when Adam was going into a high-level meeting where she asked him “are you sure you want to do this?”  This is one of those scenes which can be interpreted different ways.  As presented, it seemed as if Tamiko was asking Adam if he was sure he wanted to go through with trying to unseat Kenji and take over the Yakuza. But it could be seen a different way.  As her asking him if he was sure he wanted to go through with a plan, hatched by we don’t know who yet, to make it look like he’s turned his back on a respectable life and Five-0 in an attempt to bring the Yakuza down from the inside.

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I’ve always really liked Adam, from the first time we met him, and I’ve always felt that he totally sucked as a bad guy, worse when he attempted to take over after Hiro died.  I love him as part of Five-0 and the Ohana.  And as much as I love watching Ian really act out this story, I really hope this isn’t a true path to the dark side for him.  I’d miss him as part of the Ohana.

The second story of the episode was Lou and Tani working a murder case at an upscale gold club.  I really enjoyed this story.  If it’s one thing Lou loves, it’s his golf.  We’ve seen him taking Steve out on the links, we’ve seen him get in hot water with Renee because he went golfing and forgot it was Valentine’s day, we’ve seen him drag a poor caddy around the course in 100 degree heat because it took him months to get a tee time on a favored course.  Hell, his missing golf clubs even made it into Steve’s muddled and drugged mind in the 100th episode five years ago.  This time, it was thanks to Renee winning some contest, that Lou gets to tee off at this hoity-toity golf club.

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I really enjoyed Lou and Zev working this case.  I was sure we were going to get a classic H50 red herring and it would turn out Zev was the killer but, thankfully, I was wrong.  I did find Zev rather over-qualified to be the head of security at a gold club though. I mean, forensic accounting?  And he took down the bad guy like an old pro.  I get the feeling Zev led an entirely different life before he came to Hawaii and settled into a cushy job at a golf club!

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But I really liked the way Lou and Zev worked together and how they coordinated with Tani at HQ and Duke at HPD to track down who the murderer was.

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And wasn’t it really cool to see Paul Lacovara play the killer?  Paul is, of course, the H50 stunt coordinator and stunt double for Alex.  We’ve seen him on our screens a zillion times, so it was cool that he finally got to have some actual lines! And that golf cart/foot chase had to be one of the funniest ever.  Right up there with Steve and Danny in the little red tourist scooter thingy a few years ago.  It may not be a standard Five-0 vehicle, but Lou’s driving skills were on point.

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I also got a kick out of Tani walking into HQ and finding the place totally deserted.  It made me laugh at first because it reminded me of a few times when we’ve had episodes where everyone seemed to be somewhere else and we’d find ourselves asking “wasn’t there anyone at work that day?” 🤣

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Of course, Adam is in Japan and Junior is… well, we don’t know where Junior is.  That phone message he left for Tani tore my heart out.  I’m not part of a military family so I won’t even attempt to try to understand what it must feel like to hear a message like that, or as Steve pointed out, to have to leave a message like that.  Of course, Junior will be fine, and he’ll be back before we know it but still.  The worry written all over Tani’s face was heartbreaking.  Like Junior, I’m looking forward to him getting home and for the two of them to pick up where they personally left off.

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And then there is Steve and Danny.  It goes without saying, this was my favorite part of this episode.  There wasn’t much of it, but what there was, was perfection.  I’ve said this before, but this season has been, in my opinion, one of the best McDanno seasons we’ve had in years.  We might not get the quantity of Steve and Danny time that we used to get in the early years, but this season the limited quantity has been bolstered by the great quality of their time together.

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This is no exception.  I really enjoyed the little talk they had in the principal’s office about excessive worry causing wrinkles and asking about “Mrs. WoFat” and Adam.  Even if he’s not there 100% if the time, Danny is still fully engaged in what’s going on.  He, along with Steve, have been trying to reach Adam and Steve is 100% right.  Adam sure as hell has a lot of explaining to do.  It’s funny though, isn’t it, that he’s dodging Steve and Danny’s calls, but he readily answered the phone when Tani called him last week?

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With Rachel not around, as usual… of course, it’s Steve who accompanies Danny to the principal’s office to discuss the bullying problem Charlie is having at school.  Steve is absolutely family, Charlie’s uncle and Danny’s “emotional support” friend.  (Do you need special paperwork to bring this type of “emotional support animal” on a plane, I wonder? 🤣). The way the principle simply accepts this explanation was hysterical.

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Naturally, Steve has Danny’s back when they go out and try to find Blake’s dad, Luke, when he doesn’t show up for the meeting at the school.  After last week’s crossover, it was fantastic to get back to a true McDanno cargument again!  I mean, seriously guys?  They hacked Luke’s cell phone to GPS track him down?? 🤣 🤣 Noooo that’s not excessive at all, Danno! 🤣 🤣

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I loved the way Scott played these scenes.  The way he dialed back Danny’s annoyed anger at Luke the moment he heard that the guy was going through a divorce and that was causing Blake to act out, was perfect.

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I saw someone mention on Twitter Friday night (and I’m sorry I can’t remember who it was so if it was you… let me know) how cool it is that ten years in we’re still learning new things about our Ohana.  This episode gave us a couple of new morsels we never had before. Steve being bullied as a kid when he went to military school was one more to add to a long list of tidbits we’ve learned about him over the years.

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As someone who was very much the picked-on kid at that age, I can attest that, while a horrible thing to live through, it can sometimes make a person mentally stronger.  I’m not taking anything way from anyone who’s been subjected to such abuse who did not come through it stronger.  I can only speak for myself but what it did for me was make me more attuned to bullies and to go out of my way to never do anything even remotely similar to anyone.  And as a parent, I was always one of the first to step in whenever I saw it happening in my daughter’s school.  I cannot abide a bully.

We also got a glimpse into what it’s like to be in the military, especially as a SEAL, when there is a call up and they’re forced to simply leave home, without notice.  At least Junior was able to leave Tani a message.  I’ve heard that sometimes they are simply ordered to report and not tell anyone where they are.  A loved one just comes home one day, and they’re gone.  Hearing Steve tell Tani that as hard as it is to get that call, it’s just as hard to have to make it, gave us some insight into something he probably had to do and watched others do many times throughout his military career.

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Lastly, not since Season 1 when Danny told Steve how Matt was there for him in the weeks following the breakup of his marriage, have we heard Danny open up about his divorce as he did in this episode and how it affected Grace.  His understanding about what Luke is going through, as well as how it’s affecting Blake was awesome.  He really opened up to Luke, about the trauma everyone in the family feels and how it will probably get worse before it gets better.  A brutal assessment but very honest.  But the thing I loved the best was his advise to “never… ever… disrespect your ex in front of your kids.”  It’s something, after everything that’s gone down between Danny and Rachel, no matter all the terrible things she’s done to him, he’s never done.  We’ve never once heard Danny say a bad word about Rachel to his kids.

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I absolutely loved the look on Steve’s face as he listened to Danny talk to Luke.  And when Danny told him to be sure to call him and Steve if he ever needed someone to talk to about it all, the look on his face was pure pride and affection.  Danny is the best dad in the world and volunteering to be there for another dad going through the same trauma Danny knows so well was one of the best things I’ve ever seen him do.  Charlie and Eddie have a new friend in Blake and, it looks like Steve and Danny have a new friend too.  It’s too bad we’ll probably never see him again.

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Like I said before, McDanno time might be more limited than it was in the early years, but it’s been really pretty great this season. Of course, I’d love to see more of them together.  Everyone who loves McDanno wishes that.  But the times they are together this season have really been pretty great.

If we can’t have quantity, I’m happy with having this great quality.  Scott is obviously in fewer episodes this season and Alex has cut back too.  This episode was very Steve (and Danny) light but was still a McDanno joy.  All I can say is, if Alex is going to get a Steve light episode, I’m loving that all his time in the episode is spent with Danny, whether they’re working a case or in personal time.  McDanno always rules!!

 Well, that’s it for this week.  Sorry for being so late again.  This is the last new episode for a couple of weeks.  H50 returns with a new, Danny centric episode on January 31st.  The episode also focuses on a backstory for Eddie and his time spent in Afghanistan.  It should be a fun and intense episode.  I’m really looking forward to it.

Until then….. Aloha.  Malama Pono

None of the above screen caps are mine. A majority of them are courtesy of CBS and the always wonderful @alohaspaceman on Twitter and Instagram.  I’ve kept watermarks on any and all pictures as applicable.

 

 

 

 

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#H50 Review:  10.12 – Ihea ‘oe i ka wa a ka ua e loku ana (Where Were You When the Rain was Pouring) – #MagnumPI Review: 2.12 – Desperate Measures – Aloha Friday Crossover Event

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Ahhhhhh crossovers! Like everything else in life, there are all kinds of different opinions about them.  There are those who don’t like them because they feel they’re contrived for the sole purpose of just being a crossover, to force a bunch of characters together with no real connection and no thought as to how to make it a good story.  Others don’t like them because while one show might be a favorite, the other isn’t and they feel they’re being forced to watch a show they really don’t want to watch just to see the other half of the crossover.  Or worse, missing out on part of the story because they refuse to watch the other show.  Some just don’t like them… period.

Of course, there’s the flip side; people like me, who simply love them. I’ve always loved them.  I can remember watching the original Magnum back in the 1980s and loving the crossovers they did with “Simon and Simon” and “Murder She Wrote”.  I watched all three shows so getting to see a two-hour block of my favorite shows with all my favorite characters interacting was fantastic.

Even when I don’t watch one of the shows, I like crossovers because it gives me the opportunity to see a show I haven’t seen before and, just maybe, I’ll find a new favorite.  For example, I had never watched NCIS:LA until the H50 Season 2 crossover but having discovered it, I became a big fan of NCIS:LA as well.  Even if I don’t end up watching the other show, that’s ok too.  I just consider the characters of that show like I would any other “guest stars” on my favorite show.  So, yeah…. I really love crossovers and was extremely excited for this H50/Magnum crossover and I’m happy to say, I was not one bit disappointed.

It’s interesting how sometimes it’s seems to be too hard to write a 42-minute episode with just one story but for a two-hour crossover event, one great story spanned both episodes.  One simple plot point, the NOC List, was enough to drive 85 minutes of great TV.  When I first read the press release and it said, “Steve and Five-0 enlist the help of Magnum…..” I couldn’t wrap my head around how it would be written that Five-0 would need the help of a private detective let alone actively “enlist” that help.

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What a great idea to have the bad guy Five-0 is tracking be the “cheating husband” Magnum and Higgins are surveilling.  It brought both teams together in such an organic way it was seamless.   It reminded me of the Season 2 crossover with NCIS:LA where the bad guy (Dracul Comescu) was a long-time nemesis of Callen and NCIS.  It makes it so the teams are working together for a real purpose, not just haphazardly being thrown together only for the sake of having a crossover.

Besides, after a year and a half of all these people living on the same island and working with the same people (Noelani, Harry Brown) and hanging out with the same people (Kamekona, Kawika, Nicky DeMarco) it was only a matter of time for their paths to cross.  Actually, 18 months was a very long time for them not to cross.

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This story was pure H50. It was action packed, it was explosive, and it was convoluted with a classic red herring.  Yeah, there were a couple of things here and there that were a little head scratchy.  Like Eddie was right there to go all “fierce guard dog” on Higgins, but where was he while Casa McG was being trashed, even though, of course, I’m thrilled Eddie wasn’t hurt by whoever broke in.  I also thought the take down of the guy at Halawa and the retrieval of the SD card was a bit too easy, but I understand why it had to be wrapped up at that point to move the story forward into the Magnum hour.

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Other than that, I can’t really think of anything else about this episode that wasn’t great. And what made it so was the incredible interactions between the casts of both shows.  Everyone who was in the episode had a part to play and everyone contributed to the story.  But it was the humor and the fantastic Easter eggs sprinkled throughout the episode that made it such a hoot to watch.  And judging by all the great behind-the-scenes videos and pictures posted by members of both casts in the weeks leading up to Friday night, it sure looked like they all had a blast working together.  I hope that bodes well for more crossovers with the main casts in the future, even if they can’t be whole episodes.

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Of course, everyone already knows all the best scenes in the episode.  Every scene between Steve and Thomas was fantastic.  We already knew from sneak peeks that Steve would commandeer the Ferrari.  But, of course, he would 😉🤣. Thomas’s asking if it was a “Rainman” thing and commenting on Steve having control issues was a fantastic call all the way back to the Christmas Episode of Season 1 when Danny said the exact same thing to Steve about him always driving the Camaro.  It’s also great to think back to that three -show panel discussion at Paley when Alex said he liked the idea of a crossover because he wanted to get his hands on that Ferrari. 🤣

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Steve scoffing at the possibility of Thomas being Robin Master’s “White Knight” was funny too.  Mostly because I have to agree with Steve.  Don’t get me wrong, I really like Magnum but when I look at all the SEALs we’ve seen in connection with both these shows, including their buddy Nuzo on Magnum and the real SEALs who guest star on H50, Thomas is the least convincing to me.  He just doesn’t look like SEAL material to me but then, that’s understandable considering I’ve spent the last ten years watching Steve.

The best scene, however, was the one with Steve, Thomas, Rick and TC in the van. Rick and TC fanboying over the “greatness” that is Steve McGarrett was hysterical, made even more enjoyable because of the increasing jealousy of Thomas.  Again, I like him a lot, but he is, as Steve observed about the “White Knight”, very cocky.  Watching him squirm while his buddies gush over Steve was priceless. It was also really cool to be reminded just how awesome SuperSEAL has always been, so much so that he’s legend among other SEALs.

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But, all in all, Steve and Thomas worked together well, and by the end, came to have a mutual respect.  It was cool that Thomas recognized the photo of Joe White in Steve’s office and, like with Rick and TC in the van, it showed how connected they really all are as “team guys”.  I really hope we get to see them get together for that beer someday.

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The next best team up of the night was Tani and Higgins.  These two are like kindred spirits. Tani thinking being a spy would be cool and Higgins immediately sensing the closeness between Tani and Junior.  I really liked how Higgins told Tani about the MI6 agent she was involved with (a story we previously saw unfold on Magnum) and giving her the advise that if she can find happiness with someone, even if it’s someone she works with, she should go for it.  It’s been such fun all this season to watch Tani and Quinn bond, having it happen between Tani and Higgins was icing on the cake.  And how adorable was Tani, all nervous and tongue tied, asking Junior out?

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There were so many great lines and scenes in this episode it would be impossible to highlight them all unless I sat here and transcribed the entire episode!  🤣 The scene in HQ when Steve and Thomas return was a particular highlight.  The entire scene was hysterical.  Rick and TC gushing over Steve had nothing on Lou trying to pump Steve for information on how awesome it was to drive the Ferrari and Steve’s whispering “I’ll tell you later” was adorable.  Then Lou tells them about how Steve was tortured in the sensory deprivation tank, an story Quinn never heard about either.  But the best part?  Lou asking Tani and Quinn if the bickering between Thomas and Higgins reminded them of anyone, Steve denying (without even having to guess who Lou is talking about) that it didn’t resemble he and Danny in the least, and the look between Tani and Quinn when Tani disagreed with him.  30 seconds of pure perfection.

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This was a fantastic one-story episode, with everyone working one case.  Just the way I love an episode to be.  The only deviation was a small scene between Tani and Adam with Tani trying to understand why Adam is behaving the way he is and trying to convince him that he has family, people he can rely on.  It was a very short scene, but it was really heart breaking.

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The crossover into the Magnum PI hour was a bit less satisfying.  It was a really good episode but, honestly, it could have been just a regular Magnum episode if it wasn’t for the fact that Tani and Quinn were featured.  I guess I found it less satisfying because it was only Tani and Quinn.

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I would have loved for it to be a full crossover, like the H50 hour was but it’s understandable that Alex, who already works a full 25-episode season, didn’t want to be committed to do a 26th full episode.  It does make you wonder what army descended on Five-0 that could contain the entire team, especially Steve, though! 🤣

Meagan was awesome throughout the entire Magnum episode.  She was totally bad ass, was incredibly scared and desperate but until she gave a beat down to that moron who deleted the NOC list, she managed to be stay pretty focused.  I did love how she threatened to burn Kamekona’s shrimp truck if he didn’t give them the SD card Steve told him to protect.

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The reunion scene between she and Junior was fantastic. The relief and the love between the two of them jumped off the screen.  No kiss?  Nope and I’ll tell you why.  Like I said at the beginning of this review, there are undoubtedly fans of H50 who don’t watch Magnum and didn’t want to watch it on Friday, even as part of a crossover.  Those H50 fans would be invested in the Tani and Junior relationship and would be really upset if the long-awaited kiss happened on a show they don’t watch, making them miss it.

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That’s what happened when H50 crossed over with MacGyver.  That crossover wasn’t a true crossover like this one, in that there weren’t two episodes covering one story.  It was just a weekly MacGyver episode that Chin and Kono happened to be in.  It was in that episode that Kono casually mentions to Jack and Mac that Madison Gray, a storyline that had run on H50 for several months, was dead.  H50 fans who didn’t watch MacGyver totally missed the denouement of that story and were justifiable upset about it.  This was perfect.  We’ll get that Tani and Junior kiss, but we’ll get it on Hawaii Five-0, where it should be.

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I liked how the episode ended with everyone at Rick’s place for drinks, dancing and darts. I loved the flirtation going on between Quinn and Rick (can we dare ship “Quick”??). Who knows, maybe the next little crossover will be a Rick mention on H50 about the two of them meeting up for a drink or vice versa on Magnum.  The only thing that would have made the end better is if Steve, Danny and Lou, having been released, had joined everyone else at Rick’s place to celebrate.  Oh well…. maybe next time.

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That’s it for this week gang.  Please feel free to comment on all your favorite moments because, like I said, there were just too many to list them all.  Have a great week.  Aloha. Malama Pono.

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