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“Ma Ke Kahakai” means “At the Shore” and for the Hawaiian people, the shore is where life begins. The ocean is our savior, as it feeds us, flavors our food, and embodies the essence of our way of life. So it is interesting that tonight’s episode brings us to the shore of our Five-0 foursome’s core beliefs. The strength of Steve and Danno’s relationship, the rationale behind Chin Ho’s fall, and the family ties that bind both he and Kono, as well as Steve to the memory of his father. All four are “at the shore” and all must decide if they will sink or swim—or ask one another for a lifeline. And like all friends who believe in each other—they all reach out for each other and find a helping hand.
And a helping hand is what Steve needs right from the beginning. Thanks to a rogue rock, Steve is almost incapacitated early in the episode, and Danno is left a bit helpless with nothing more than a signal-less smart phone and “graffiti on rocks”—that’s a petroglyph to most people, Danno—to help him. Super Seal Steve does another fantastic MacGyver job on his ugly broken arm, as Danno climbs to the summit to get a boost from modern technology and get an army evac to help his injured Aquaman. All is solved once the chopper gets there with Chin Ho watching worriedly, and Steve throws Danno a little pidgin “thanks, brah” as Danno mimes an impromptu sign language “I heart you” to his injured buddy.
Steve thankfully did not use his time waiting for Danno to rescue him by sitting around and whining about his busted arm. He, of course, breaks into “Steve the Science Guy” and gets his CSI mind working on the dead body he and Danno found before he encountered the naughty stray rock. Yes, a dead body I said. I know, who goes hiking in our beautiful green mountains and finds a dead man dressed in work clothes and a bullet hole full of fish scales? Only McG would stumble onto a mystery in the middle of paradise. But I suppose that is the entire crux of the show, yes?