Note: This entry is heavily edited since the first time I wrote it. I also originally wrote this when I wasn’t yet settled on a style for my “Things We Learned About Hawaii…” entries. So the original post will be a little different rom what you’re used to!
“Wow look at those shiny coconuts!”
That was the sound of my wife smacking me on the side of the head when I blurted those words in regards to the Tahitian dancers at the luau. Drums beating, grass skirts flying, coconuts gleaming… it’s the glare, I tell you, very distracting. Distracting until the point of the grand uncovering of the roasted pig. The thing that will wipe a smile off a man’s distracted face is the sight of a human being who’d been slow roasted in a deep imu all day long. How many of you would just stand there, and say “Oh my, oh dear how terrible!” like those tourists? Everything I’d eaten the past week would be tripping over each other in a mad rush to come back out.
We find that Danny’s old partner, Meka was murdered. But murdered because he was crooked, or murdered to cover up a conspiracy…? They meet up with internal affairs officer Sgt. Cage (Jon Seda) who stonewalls them. Danny doesn’t make any friends trying to get answers from the Bigger Than They Need To Be Police Officers (I think these extras were cast from the stevedores at the harbor), until Detective Kaleo (Jason Scott Lee) slips Danny a little note for a lunch date. Kaleo’s tip leads them to an art show, where Kono pickpockets a Johnny Depp clone to get into the back room where the drug dealer is. Not getting any answers, Danno straps the drug dealer to the hood and goes for a joy ride around Waikiki. But wait. Who’s that drug dealer? IT’S BALKI BARTOKOMOUS! My God, he *really* let himself go after he moved out of Cousin Larry’s place. Cousin Balki confesses the world, and now McGarrett and Danno have something solid!
Later, Danny needs to blow off some steam. He cheats on his bromance with McGarrett and decides to spend some quality time with Chin Ho. They go somewhere where everybody knows their name, and over some fine Primo beer, they commiserate. Kidding aside, this was a strong scene that shows Chin’s vulnerability and the pain that he had to go through while he was being investigated. Danny, on the other hand is bearing that same burden for Meka. Danny gets the bright idea to question Sang Min who they put away in a previous episode, and with a secret deal, Sang Min tells Danny who the mole is.
McGarrett, Danny and Cousin Balki set up a sting with Kaleo and Sgt. Cage. To meet Hawaii’s daily crime quota, a gunfight ensues, and bodies hit the floor. Kaleo runs after Ochoa, and by the time everyone else catches up, two shots ring out and Ochoa is conveniently dead.
A late reveal about Ochoa’s wounds show that the real mole in the HPD is…Kaleo! NO! It can’t be! They finally put a quality local actor in there (please don’t hurt me for saying that Mr. Kala Alexander, sir), and he turns out to be the bad guy! DOH!
The episode wraps up by again showing how important family is in Hawaii. After a cute dialog revealing how good a father he is, Danno chases after his daughter to give her the toy. Later, Danno appeals to the con to think about Meka’s fatherless son, and the con gives Danny the info on the condition he gets to see his family again. Showing a soft side, I loved the fact that Danny offers Sang Min a minute with his family. Finally, Danny tells Meka’s son to remember Meka as a hero. At this point of the episode emotional control was over for my wife, and I handed her the box of kleenex, but I could only think of one thing…shiny coconuts…
…resulting in another *WHACK* to the side of the head again.
In my opinion, this was the strongest episode since the Pilot. Like McGarrett who wanted to give the SEAL in the previous episode the benefit of the doubt, Danno wanted to do the same for his ex-partner. Not only that, but he took control of the case himself, establishing himself and his police method over Mcgarrett’s military expedience. The writing was excellent, and Scott Caan showed shades of Sonny Corleone in strong dialogs…I dare say Scott may be as good, if not better than his father James. The cargument scene was probably one of the reasons for Scott’s Golden Globe nomination.
“No, I don’t have issues, Oprah,” Danno to McG about having issues with Meka.
“Sgt. Cage couldn’t find a leak if someone was taking one on his head!”
“Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0”
1) No one notices someone strapped to the hood of a car driving 50 miles an hour through Waikiki.
2) We are known for our Luau Surprise! Who knows what we’re serving up!
Did you notice…?
Danny developed a pretty strong partner relationship with Meka after being on the island for only six months…
Chin Ho: “Ho, brah, this cart is da kine!”
In the King’s English:
Chin Ho: “Wow, dude, this cart is somethin’ else!”
Chin Ho: “How about you show a little kokua [help].”
Gonna give credit to Daniel, his delivery was great on the pidgin.
Danny was actually in the driver’s seat of his Camaro? Fitting since he was the lead man on the case.
The bar that Chin and Danny go to is J.J. Dolan’s in downtown. The owner J.J. was there bartending.
A lot of people thought that was actually Johnny Depp in the gallery, since the latest Pirates of the Carribean was being filmed at the same time.
The Bing product placement was so painfully awkward. I hope CBS got paid well for that.
One of the works of art is a city bus stop sign.
“Mana’o” is Hawaiian for “thought” or “belief”.