To Hawaiians, “E Malama” means more than “to protect.” Malama is a powerful word and we use it to express love as well as care-for our ‘aina and for our ‘ohana-all themes that The Five-0 Team embody. And tonight’s episode does not disappoint.
From the beginning we meet the brave Julie Masters, played by Mariana Klaveno, a witness in the trial of a drug tsar, Aaron Brenner (Robert Prescott). She’s on the run after her original protector was killed by a couple of HPD-dressed assassins (Sebastian Siegel and Steve Chapman). Chin Ho Kelly takes her under his protective wing to get her to the courthouse on time. With a little help from McGarrett, and his big log of fun, Chin helps Julie hike out of the forest, hot-wires and siphons gas into a stray motorcycle, and also makes a lasting connection with our plucky star witness.
It seems like all of the Five-0 Team got to be heroes tonight. McGarrett, always the resourceful SEAL, teaches Chin how tracking humans really works, makes an assassin trap, and does emergency lung-filling first aid on someone who doesn’t really deserve it. And, no, I don’t mean the guy playing Brenner’s attorney.
Even Kono didn’t disappoint. I don’t think I have ever been so impressed by someone spelling her own name out loud. And I am always hoping for a Kono kickboxing fest in every episode, and even though we had to wait until almost the end of the show to see her cat-like grace, it was a treat to see her figure out the rest of the puzzle and get her licks in. It was also nice to see a lot of really cool strong women in this episode. Kono is a given, but add Julie, prosecuting attorney Roberts (Michaela McManus), Danno’s ex-Rachel (Claire Van Der Boom), and The Cleaner (Malia Mathis), and there’s no denying that this episode was filled with some bad-ass ladies. Nicely done, “Hawaii Five-0.”
And I don’t know about you, but I was cheering the most for Danno tonight. Protecting his daughter from guns in her ZIP code was all I needed to hear to confirm him as the winner of this year’s People’s Choice Award for Father of the Year. I loved Danno taking on The Man to protect his daughter, his ex-wife, and, yes, even Step Stan, from corrupt bureaucrats. Danno Williams — Badge No. 7576 — has now been indoctrinated into the real world of Hawaii. For he now knows the genius of a Liliha Bakery Coco Puff, and that not all of our appointed politicians are pono or righteous. I know, shocking.
Well, not shocking that he loves Coco Puffs. If you’ve never had one, take Danno’s advice, they should be illegal — they are that good.
Overall, the Five-0 team is very good at protecting what is theirs and what is put into their care. As if we needed any more reminding.
Wendie Burbridge is a published writer, playwright and a teacher of literature and fiction writing at Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama.