Just as the seasons change and spring is in the air is when I usually begin to realize the saddest part of the year is just around the corner — here come the last few episodes of “Hawaii Five-0.”
The realization usually becomes more acute after a few No “Five-0” Fridays, as the show is preempted for two weeks because of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. Next Friday we’ll have a new episode, but it sadly also begins the countdown to the end of season five. Add the fact that viewers still do not know if the show will return for season six, and it’s a recipe for true March Madness among “Five-0” fans.
If nothing else, “Five-0” fans are devoted — maybe a bit obsessed? — and definitely passionate about what will happen to McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), Danno (Scott Caan), Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono (Grace Park). While Grover (Chi McBride) seems to not have too many worries this season, that could all change very quickly.
There’s been a bit of debate online in the last few weeks about the quality of this season. I really am enjoying season five. While I’ve always had enough to write about, for some reason I’ve been able to write quite a bit more about season five. There just seems to be more details and story angles to analyze and discuss.
Believe me, I’m not complaining. It speaks to the strength of the storylines and the depth of the characters.
So while we cheer for the basketball teams who continue on in the Elite Eight, let’s break down this season’s major issues and review which storylines still need to be wrapped up.
MCGARRETT’S MOMMY ISSUES
I was going to leave the biggest issue for last, but I thought I would address the elephant in the room first. Will McGarrett ever get the answers he wants from his mother? I know I have been asking this question from season three, and yes, we did get a few more answers — shocking as they were — from an unlikely source.
When Wo Fat revealed to McGarrett that they are “brothers” raised by the same woman, it gave McGarrett the answers to some questions, but raised a whole host of others.
And when Doris helped Joe get McGarrett details about the CIA wanting to railroad Danno into being the fall guy for the Colombians in “Pono Kaulike” (“Justice For All”), I was surprised she came out from under her rock to help her son. I know she has helped McG and crew before — she helped Kono and Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) hide out in China at the start of season four — but this time her help seemed to come when McGarrett least expected it and when he needed it the most.
I know McGarrett wants to hear Doris’s story from her own mouth, but I still wonder if that will ever come. Perhaps it will happen when McGarrett needs it the most.
I’m still wondering if Danno is going to ever really find peace about his brother, Matt. Even though he discovered the heartbreaking news of his death and executed his own revenge against Matt’s killer, Marco Reyes (Anthony Ruivivar), he still seems haunted by his actions.
Danno seemed to find some sort of resolution to his guilt in the explosive “Pono Kaulike” when he was extradited to Colombia for murder. While Danno thought he would die for his crimes in that horrible prison, thankfully, he was saved by his friends, and he was able to make amends in some way for his crime.
I only hope that his nightmares, both real and imaginary, have been erased for the most part.
WEDDING BELLS FOR KONO
Kono hasn’t had a very easy time in her relationship with Adam. While I have loved watching their relationship grow and really move to another level, it’s mostly been on shaky ground. The fact that Kono is a cop and Adam is a man whose business has only recently been legitimized really effects their future.
I know on one level we all understand the reality of their relationship, but in a way it just makes their union even more realistic. Every couple has a conflict that they have to overcome before they take the big step into marriage, and thankfully Kono and Adam seem to have come to some sort of solution. Kono seems to have decided that Adam’s former life is not as important as their love for each other.
Still, I wonder if the hurdles they face in meshing their lives together aren’t the same ones that could possibly tear them apart.
CHIN VS. GABRIEL
I saved the most interesting dilemma for last. This one is two-fold. What will Chin do when Gabriel (Christopher Sean) comes calling again and what will Gabriel want from Chin when he does?
Gabriel’s “You’re welcome” farewell phone call after he killed Coughlin (Robert Knepper) in “Pono Kaulike” was quite telling. It seems as if Chin and Gabriel are quite even, but I’m afraid Gabriel doesn’t see it that way. I think Gabriel is going to ask Chin for more than just help to get out of Hawaii (as noted in the press release for the April 10 episode).
I think my biggest question is how Chin will handle the request. Chin is not a heartless person, and no matter what his brother-in-law Gabriel has done to him — killed his father, hurt his wife, and nearly ruined his career — Chin still remembers that Gabriel is Malia’s little brother. Gabriel is part of his wife’s memory and Chin seems to hang onto those memories as much as he can.
I hope Gabriel asks for something manageable and doesn’t selfishly push Chin into doing something he will regret. Chin has enough regrets in his life, and I hope Gabriel doesn’t add to his list. But for some reason I think my hopes will be completely dashed. Still, I can’t wait to see how Gabriel takes the lead as the new villain.
OVERALL, season five has been great, but I’m torn between being excited about seeing the rest of the episodes unfold and being sad about the wrap-up of this season. Like all of you, I am dying to find out the answers to all of the above questions and seeing whatever else the “Five-0” crew can serve up.
REDUX SIDE NOTE
The title for the season finale was leaked by an Instagram picture of the cover of the script by Daniel Dae Kim. “A Make Kāua” is the last episode of season five.
According to Big Island film commissioner T. Ilihia Gionson, the title means “until we die.”
“The ‘we’ translates as ‘the two of us, you and I,’ so ‘we,’ or ‘til death do us part,’ if I was being fancy,” Gionson said.
We can only speculate what that could mean for the Five-0 team. I only hope no one dies and that it will be a happy ending, with maybe a wedding to wrap up the season. The storyline is by Peter Lenkov, the script written by the awesome writing duo Steve Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt and Bryan Spicer directs.
With that title and that team putting this episode together, paired with our favorite actors, it should be an amazing season finale.
Wendie Burbridge is a published author, playwright and teacher. Reach her via Facebook and follow her on Twitter.