It’s all about the story, really.
I think the story writers set about to do one thing in this episode- to frame the heist of the week with Hawaii’s preparedness for a natural disaster, while making sure the majority of the main characters are as scantily clad as possible. I mean, Barry White’s soulful crooning of “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe” is starting to kick up when a rude phone call rouses a disheveled McG and girlfriend Lieutenant Rollins who’s dressed down to her Navy skivvies. Scene change to the beach where a gorgeous Kono in a two piece red Hurley bikini is teaching a shirtless Danno (“ABOUT TIME” clamors the Danno fans) how to surf. Speaking of Danno, am I the only one to notice that he was wearing cutoff denim shorts to the beach? They weren’t boardshorts, or even swim trunks with manties (scroll to the bottom of the link), but denim shorts. Seriously, the last time I saw shorts like that, Bon Jovi’s “Bad Medicine” was the number one song on Rick Dees’ Weekly Top Forty. And I don’t think Jon would even wear those to the beach. I just love the fact that Danno goes so out of his way to be Jersey, but the scene is endearing since he’s learning to surf for his daughter.
The banter was perfect in this episode. The dialog that stands out in my mind the most is Danno’s glazed look as the scientists explains how the tsunami is tracked. He asks for the “field trip version”. The scientist brings up a childish animation and Danno loses his aneurysm face, and all is clear. But the clincher is McGarrett, raising his hand, like a kid on a field trip, and saying, “Question?” My other favorite scene is Danno’s call to Kamekona, and Kamekona happily reporting they’re re-enacting the Battle of Nuuanu with hand puppets (I would like to think the writers are reading my blog, scroll to the bottom of this post).
Eye candy and banter aside, the story was a stretch for the imagination, but kudos to the writers for making it believable. How the heck do you fake a tsunami? Trick buoys and computers into thinking they’re seeing one. Is that really so far fetched? Not really…this story is a clever modern twist on the Orwellian “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast that sent millions of listeners into a mad panic thinking the United States was being invaded by Martians in 1938. My only problem is that we’ve already visited the “distraction to pull off another heist” scenario in the triathlon episode (“Hao Kanaka”).
By far, what stood out the most in this episode is that I finally feel the Five-0 team has truly solidified…we’ve seen them work well together, now we finally seeing them have to pull together. They are truly a team that will leave no man behind. Live together or die alone. All for one and one for all. Or fill in any of your team building mottos here. We’ve seen the evolution of the team: their creation, their decision on a name, and their impromptu graduation for their most junior member. They have a moral dilemma in this episode: do they allow the money to be stolen to hide the missing $10 million or do they stop the theft and come clean? On the drive to the evidence locker, each pair has their own conversation…Kono insists that they’re doing the right thing to take responsibility, and Chin agrees. McG surprisingly thinks Danno blames him forthe situation, but Danno responds that he knew what he was doing with eyes wide open and that he’d do it again. Our heroes are truly heroes…they stole the $10 mil to save one of their own, but when it came time to face the music, they were ready to stand together. No longer an ex-SEAL, a Jersey cop, a washed up cop and a rookie, their new found solidarity makes for a much stronger team.
And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 15, “Kai E’e”
1) We’re so awesome with disaster preparedness, we do our Costco runs, fill our gas tanks and clear the streets in about 30 minutes.
2) The Navy is smart enough to move their ships off shore when the tsunami hits, the sailboat owners don’t mind leaving their boats in the slips to get pummeled.
3) LOCK YOUR DOORS! Kahala is the most dangerous neighborhood on the island! 😉 Forget the million dollar McMansions…every other day someone’s getting kidnapped, their house shot up, or their neighbor is running an illegal gambling den.
Did you notice…?
The pidgin was perfect!
Responding to Danno, about Kamekona losing Mary Ann McG: “Eh das bu lie! She tricked me! Besides, I good wit da keiki”
In the King’s English: “You, Sir, are lying! She tricked me! Besides, I do very well with children.”
Mamo: “Somebody is blowing smoke up someone’s okole.”
In the King’s English: “Somebody is blowing smoke up someone’s ass.”
Speaking of Mamo, it looks like he relocated from Queen’s Beach to Ala Moana Beach Park.
Kono was pretty cold asking about Chin and Malia getting back together.
Danno was without a tie for half the episode!
Danno’s “boring them to death” technique (McG, “Palekaiko”) actually worked on the hacker. McG didn’t have to pull out his pistol and shoot her, torture her or throw her in a shark cage.
I loved Chin’s pull out arsenal in the trunk of his car.
The episode closed on another great McG speech… “You took an oath…this country owes you nothing”.
The Tsunami Warning Center, Civil Defense, and part of the Hawaii National Guard is headquartered in Diamond Head (not Ewa Beach as the show indicated).
Tomorrow’s blog post: Hawaii’s tsunami on February 27th, 2010, and where did the $10 million come from?
Update: Another Lost connection. Last night @hawaii (Ryan Ozawa) straightened us out:
@hawaii: @H50undercover @JAVAJ9 Who? Commander Sam Hale? Played by Brian Goodman. He was on #LOST as Ryan Price, killed by Hurley’s Dharma van. #h50
Update: The Pacific Disaster Center/Hawaii Civil Defense and some elements of the Hawaii National Guard are hq’ed at Fort Ruger in the middle of Diamond Head. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is indeed at Ewa Beach. Thanks to 3D Hawaii and Barbara on facebook!