Clever writing, simple story…
The story is actually quite simple…a young, head strong woman is having an affair, putting her head together with her lover, they concoct a plan to kill her husband, fake her kidnapping, and collect a hefty headhunter’s fee from her father whom she apparently loathes. Unfortunately, a poor illegal immigrant trying to make some money and get ahead in life gets caught in the middle of it all. Although he has a head start on the HPD, his unlucky head-on crash triggers the series of events in the episode. But the whole episode is predicated with a week of promos on TV that made a lot of people scratch their heads…”What’s in the box?” (if you haven’t read it, read yesterday’s post). The suspense comes to a head when Kono peers inside the box and finds…human remains.
Aside from the main procedural, this has to be the most balanced episode yet that shows all team members contributing significantly. The case is not simply solved by McG and Danno running around and shooting stuff up while Chin Ho sits in the lab reconstructing data fragments from a cell phone that’s been underwater overnight. The episode deepens Chin Ho and Kono’s characters significantly. I almost believed Chin when he told Kono that he regretted becoming a cop, since his takeback seemed halfhearted. Chin’s dialog with Malia adds another layer of complexity to Chin’s background, and I’m wanting to know more… We already know that the HPD black listed him as being corrupt, but he took the fall for someone, and on top of that, we now see he has an unresolved personal relationship thrown into it. Chin’s scene with Malia was perfectly awkward but perfectly heartfelt at the same time- Daniel Dae Kim and Reiko Aylesworth’s chemistry is perfect on screen.
I loved the fact that Kono was tasked with interviewing Spencer (the suspect), and you could see how naively easy she was on him. Even better was the palpable cold treatment she gave to Malia at the hospital. Rounding out Kono’s experience in the episode was her disappointment in herself for failing to see through Spencer’s lies. Chin was there to mentor her, telling her that they all have to live with their mistakes and move on…ironic since Chin himself seems to have trouble coming to terms with the mistakes that he’s made in the past. But Grace Park is playing Kono perfectly, tough and confident at times, yet vulnerable in her inexperience.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the investigation, McG and Danno track the car driver to a junkyard in Waipahu. McG makes the connection and realizes that the driver is the junkyard owner’s son, and the father to the child with the super hero toy. McG the idealist, vows to Mr. Chi that he will prove Han’s innocence. Back on the road, McG and Danno get into a serious cargument about McG’s need to rectify all wrongs if a son ever loses his father (like “Ohana”). The scene was beyond friendly banter and for the first time in awhile we see McG seething. At the end of the episode, I think Alex may have played it a little too warmly, he should have brought more of the anger at Nicole, who dismissed Han as just “some guy Spencer hired”, but his parting words to her- “Danno, take her out of my sight” communicated his contempt all the same.
The running joke throughout the episode was the CHiPs, Ponch and Baker quips that lightened the mood when it needed. Most of us who grew up in the 1970’s remember that show fondly, and Kono’s remark “I’ve never heard of it” made me feel *old*. But the last scene where McG and Danno make their arguments for who actually is Poncho between the two of them is the cleverest writing I’ve heard on the show so far. I think it’s absolutely refreshing to see that this show knows how to turn the humor on and off seamlessly, and that they know when not to take themselves so seriously… Danno quips that in his “TV cop fantasy”, he’s Eric Estrada. The beautiful irony is that Danno himself is a TV cop fantasy.
Finish that thought with, “In a world where I didn’t exist, you could be whatever you want,” (McG to Danno) and we have some of the best dialog so far in the show.
Super exclusive sneak preview of next week’s episode “Kai E’e”
Scene: In Doctor Oh’s office.
Dr. Oh: What the hell did I tell you?
Danno: Doc, the car was only going, like, 30 miles an hour when I tucked and rolled! [chuckling] Man, you should have seen it, it was pretty badas-
Dr. Oh: What the hell did I tell you?
Danno [sheepishly]: Go easy on the knees.
Dr. Oh: Exactly. Did you listen to me? No. Congratulations, here’s your new ride. [wheels out the walker with fitted tennis balls]
Danno: Wha? Doc! I can’t use this, there’s a tsunami coming next week!
Dr. Oh: You should have thought of that before you jumped out of the car. When you run away from the wave, make sure you run away down hill, you’ll roll faster. Now get outta here.
[No, this is not a sneak peek, I made this up :P]
And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 14, “He Kane Hewa’ Ole”:
1) There are small pockets of Chinese *everywhere*. But if you’re going to Waipahu you’re going there for some good home cooked lumpia, adobo and halohalo. Waipahu is predominantly a Filipino neighborhood.
Did you notice…?
About fifty people on twitter yelled “OH MY GOD THEY SHOWED IT!” when McG pulled the head out of the box. “Really, Steve?” -Danno.
Ok, how many of you, like me were expecting to see another freaking head in a box when Mr. Chi gave McG his gift.
Ok, how many of you, like me were expecting McG to say “Book *her*, Danno”?
CGI flies (and CGI smoke for that matter) defy the laws of physics and gravity.
Let’s give props to Alex with the Chinese. That takes talent.
I’m not gonna lie to you, Danno’s tuck and roll was truly badass. Props to the stuntman.
He Kane Hewa’ Ole is Hawaiian for “innocent man”