Props to the writers
I read a lot of blogs and reviews stating how the writing is sometimes poor, the dialog clunky, and the use of pidgin bad, but this episode shows how stellar the writing can be. The story had a neat twist in the end, with the supposed good guys (the kidnap and ransom specialists) impeding the rescue of the diplomat’s daughter. On top of that, the writers thought up some of the cleverest lines of the season so far in this episode:
Catherine (surprised by Mary Ann): “Oh God!”
Mary Ann: “Yeah you said that a lot last night.”
McG: “You made it to double pretzel?”
Danno: “Triple banana, b****!”
Let’s hope for more of the same the rest of the season!
Golden Guy Scott Caan
Good writing is nothing if an actor can’t deliver it right. Scott Caan is up for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor because he delivers perfectly. I mentioned before that I don’t think that the writers were deliberately centering the stories on him or writing the best lines for him, but Scott takes what’s written and runs with it. My favorite scene in this episode happens at the Zephyr lounge where he had a string of brilliantly written and delivered lines.
“Two very attractive ladies are eye humping you, respectfully, and what…nothing?”
“If that was my daughter, I would bust every single one of his fingers one at a time.”
(Headlocking the clubber) “Drink that drink or I’ll bust your teeth and pour it down your throat.”
In another post I wrote that Scott acts with the same flair as his father James Caan. With that last line, I didn’t know if I was watching Sonny Corleone (James Caan, from “The Godfather) or Danny Williams. In his own right, Scott Caan definitely deserves the nomination and I’ll be pulling for him on January 16th, the night of the Golden Globe Awards.
The measure of a man – a lesson in sociology
We see McG and Danno always competing and bantering with each other. This episode is no different with the Ms. Pac Man dialog. Men have always had different ways of exhibiting dominance over other men. This happens for both men and animals… peacocks fan their tails, rhinos butt horns, but men…are a little more sophisticated. Here’s the subtle competition of machismo that we’ve seen so far between McG and Danno, each category with a declared winner:
Exhibition of physical strength: In the Pilot, Danno jabs McG in the chest, McG puts Danno in a submission hold, followed by Danno punching McG in the kisser. Most world cultures regard a physical contest between two males as the ultimate contest for superiority. Advantage: McG for SEAL training.
Exhibition of physical appearance: In “Malama Ka Aina”, both McG and Danno dress to impress and look sharp in tuxes as they go undercover to a high end gambling house. Another guest at the house tries to order a drink from Danno… he looks at McG and says “Why do you look like James Bond, and I look like a waiter?” In Western Cultures, outward appearance counts heavily in authority and courtship. Advantage: Slight edge to McG for height and devilishly good looks. Danno is handsome as well, but gets a point docked for being scruffy looking.
Exhibition of intellectual capacity: In Prepubescent Male Nerd Culture, one’s ability to transcend the bounds of video gaming and advancing beyond what mere mortal gamers achieve is worthy of respect of other Nerds. Hence, Danno’s ability to acheive Triple Banana level on Ms. Pac Man is definitely noteworthy (he went twice as far as McG’s “Double Pretzel” level). Advantage: Danno for being a gaming guru, also bonus points for witty sarcasm.
Exhibition of the physical male “attribute”: David’s “attribute” is prominently on display at the Uffizi gallery in Florence.
The “attribute” of Rodin’s Thinker is carefully tucked away because of his sitting posture but can be seen at the right angle.
Lying on his back, Adam’s “attribute” is in full display on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.
The measure of a man’s “attribute” is the singular difference between two men. Ladies, grab a ruler and get ready to measure. Their feet that is. Many African Cultures value the worth of a man by their ability to run long distances-just look at any marathon’s winners, they’re all Africans. Likewise, McG and Danno’s physical endurance in running is critical in their pursuit of bad guys. Advantage: Unknown. No one’s asked either of them to whip it out (their feet, that is).
So with a score of 2 to 1, McG edges out Danno, making him the big kahuna, the big man on campus, and well, the cock of the walk.
If you guys are thinking about any other male attribute, you need to get your mind out of the gutter. This is a family show! 😉 😉 😉
And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″, Episode 5, Nalowale
1) Filipino radicals are the weakest and inept of all terrorists. They fall down with one hit to the head, or one tap on the knee.
2) If you’re from Hawaii, and you have to ask “Hey what club was that McGarrett and Danno went to?” YOU’RE OLD. You’re obviously not young or hip enough to know that is the new Ocean’s 808 club. If your response to that was “Oh you mean the Ocean Club, I remember that place from my college days!”, I rest my case.
Did you notice…?
We have awesome cell phone reception 50 feet underwater! I was expecting the mother to turn to her son and say, “Well son, you know with my new LG phone, I have incredible reception everywhere! Can you hear me now? Good! Hey is that a body floating out there?”
McG refers to the “red light district” on Kuhio street in Waikiki. There’s no such thing. Try instead River Street at midnight, or Queen Street in downtown at about the same time. That’s where the red light action is. So I heard. Allegedly.
The Hawaii chair is absolutely ridiculous.
“Nalowale” means “forgotten” or “missing”.
I’m wondering why Kono can act like a drugged up floozie, or an illegal immigrant (Pilot) but can’t act to save her skin when questioned by a elderly Japanese woman (Hana ‘a’a Makehewa).
Ladies, hate to break it to you, but if you go out on a date with Steve, don’t expect a nice bottle of French wine…expect a $6 bottle of Yellow Tail cabernet sauvignon from South Eastern Australia. But hey at least you’ll have that to wash down a five pound slab of steak.