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“Lanakila” means victory in Hawaiian and while I re-watched this episode, I began to wonder what was victorious about this rebroadcast. But lanakila also means to triumph, and to outwit and prevail. There was a lot of outwitting and prevailing over others in this episode, and in the end a bit of triumph for McGarrett, the Five-0 team, and a few special people to the team. Yet overall, I thought this episode again lay more of the great foundation of what we have now come to enjoy on a more readily acceptable basis.
We start off with the Rolling Stones giving us a haunting soundtrack to a prison breakout and the cold-blooded shooting of two Halawa Correctional Facility guards. “Gimme Shelter” was an appropriate song to watch the guest star Balthazar Getty outwit HPD and escape. “Oh, a storm is threat’ning/ My very life today/ If I don’t get some shelter/
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away,” the Stones croon in the background, and we know the storm is coming as we watch our villain drive off and leave another body, his mouth glued shut, behind.
But we are semi-humorously sidetracked by Steve meeting his wayward sister, Mary Ann, Taryn Manning’s first episode in the season, who’s under arrest for a federal offence, and Danno with a busted knee visiting a sage doctor (played by local gent Dann Seki) whose prescription to fix his problem is to “get a new partner.” Oh, Doc, that’s not going to happen to this New Jersey boy. Of course, once Steve comes calling, Danno is on the scene of the prison breakout and dealing up-close and personal with Steve and his aneurism face.