I did not see that one coming.
I knew the writers would bring back the “ghost of the 10 million dollars,” but so soon? And then to hit me with that ending . . . it was like I got hit with a brick wall of water. Nice use of the tidal wave metaphor, writers Melissa Glenn and Jessica Rieder, in more ways than one.
And I never thought the return of “Book ‘em, Danno” would be so sad. It’s a little sappy, but I about cried. I mean, one of two things could have happened. McGarrett would be fired and/or the whole team disbanded, or they would all be “booked” themselves. Right?
All right, let’s pull back the water from our shocked brain cells. Too much tsunami symbolism? Sorry, I get carried away by the use of metaphors.
Speaking of something big, yet perhaps less watery, Kamekona, played by Taylor Wily, was back. He’s by far my favorite recurring character. His use of sock puppets to act out the unification of the Hawaiian Islands by King Kamehameha and five-card draw with chips of candy was classic. I would warn Kamekona to perhaps never play poker with a kid from New Jersey, home of Atlantic City. Just a thought.
The Five-0 team was at their best; Chin and Kono were busy analyzing evidence with their high tech toys. Got to love those gizmos and gadgets, but it was refreshing that the clue that helped them break the case was just a regular old sand bag. Meanwhile McGarrett and Danno raced around the island in record time. And yes, if there was NO traffic at all you could maybe drive from Ewa to Kahala in about 30 minutes, going HPD in-pursuit speed, of course. Don’t try any of this at home, folks. Well, if you live on O’ahu, you can’t.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the Danno surf lesson. At last we got to see the talented Scott Caan in shorts and, yes ladies, shirtless. I find it ironic that an actor who grew up surfing in Southern California plays the one character on the show who seems to not enjoy the ocean, sand or slippers. And if you didn’t catch his line, the reason Danno is learning to surf is because his daughter wants to learn and he wants to surf with her. Now we know why the ladies love Danno.
And there was a bit of love in the air with this episode. We got a revisit from Catherine to the McGarrett love-nest and Chin seemed to be “back in touch” with Dr. Malia. Yes, he was just making sure the hospital was being evacuated, yada yada yada, but Kono saw right through his use of police procedure. Good try, Chin.
Tonight was one of those episodes where the characters obvious love and care for each other was palpable. And even though we didn’t get to see the tsunami tonight, I’m a little concerned that right now the water is receding and we’re going to be in for one huge wave. Because you know that whoever replaced the $10 million holds all of Five-0’s cards.
Redux side note: If you did not see the Hawaii News Now segment on actor Dennis Chun, who played Sgt. Duke Lukela in the episode, look for it on their website, because it is worth seeing. Dennis is the son of Kam Fong who played Chin Ho Kelly in the original “Hawaii Five-O” series. Dennis played the HPD officer who was in the scene with the Coast Guard Commander and saw McGarrett slice open the sandbag full of money. It was touching when Dennis spoke about carrying around his father’s HPD tie clip in the news segment. I did not know that Kam Fong had been an HPD officer before he took on the role of Chin Ho Kelly.
Wendie Burbridge is a published writer, playwright and a teacher of literature and fiction writing at Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama. Most recently, her story “The Cave Man’ was published in “‘Oiwi 4, Kupa‘a Makou ma hope o ka ‘Aina (We Stand Firm Behind the Land) — Kanaka Maoli Voices on Annexation, Statehood, and Ceded Lands.” As a student at Gonzaga University she studied Theatre Arts and acted in and directed productions in Spokane, Wash. She also worked in Extras Casting for NBC and Warner Brothers on various television shows and films in the Pacific Northwest.