You don’t get your deposit back
A phone conversation in a Waikiki hotel room, Tuesday 2/22, 7:37 AM.
Jenn: “Hello, Outdoor Reservations, this is Jenn, how may I help you?”
Barry: “Hi, my name’s Barry, I’m sorry to say that I’ll have to cancel my zipline reservation for later today.”
Jenn: “I’m sorry to hear that, did something come up?”
Barry: “Well, I saw Hawaii Five-0 last night, and quite honestly, I don’t want me or my wife to plummet to death on our honeymoon.”
Jenn: “Sir, I assure you that our zipline is the safest, it meets all industry standards, and besides, that was just a sho-”
Barry: “No my mind’s made up. Is there something else I can do? That’s a lot safer?”
Jenn: “How about an ATV tour?”
Barry: “No thanks, a bomb can be planted underneath the chassis!”
Jenn: “A horseback ride?”
Barry: “Are you insane?!? There could be a stick of dynamite in the saddle. How about a flower sniffing tour of your garden?”
Jenn: “Sir, you don’t need a guided 3 hour tour for that.”
Barry: “Alright fine. How about a nice relaxing cataman ride on the ocean.”
Jenn: “No problem sir, I can do that. Good news! The Coast Guard just lifted the Tongan pirate alert an hour ago, let me get your name again-”
The Williams family reunion
What was refreshing about this episode is that we got to see some of our Five-0 team as human beings, instead of officers of the law slaving away to solve the case of the week. This window into their lives was brought to us by writers Paul Zbyszewski and Mike Schaub (Mike’s first co-writing credit), and I thought they did an excellent job in deepening Danny, Rachel, Steve and newcomer Matt (played by Dane Cook). Dane immediately came across as an engaging and personable guy, and the banter between him and Danny was a lot more good natured than the snippiness that can go between Steve and Danny. We heard some of the “back in the day” stories of the misadventures of the Williams boys in their youth. Without a doubt, my favorite scene of the entire series so far was the dinner scene where Danny tells the story of how he handcuffed Matt to the monkey cage at the zoo. They shared a laugh and for the first time, I felt really connected to them. Anyone with brothers or sisters knows exactly what kind of antics siblings can do to each other and the scene was perfectly written. For good measure, the writers threw in a little foreshadowing-Danny tells Matt “I always come back for you didn’t I?”, implying some sort of disaster on the horizon for the brothers.
The Williams dynamic played further when Danny finally confronted Matt about his impending indictment. Scott delivered amazingly, while I was impressed with Dane’s delivery. We always see him as a funny guy, and to see him keep up with Scott was incredible. Selfishly, Matt thinks that this is his problem alone, not appreciating what Danny could have done to help, and worse, not thinking of the consequences that this will bring to the rest of the family. It was a powerful scene that played on classic “I’m not as good/smart/strong as you” rivalry.
We later see Matt digging himself into a deeper hole by making deals with a drug cartel, and Danny’s warning gave Matt the head start he needed to stay ahead of the Feds. In another powerful scene, Danny drew his weapon on his brother as he tried to board a plane. Ultimately Danny chose to say goodbye, rather than pulling the trigger to stop his brother (as if we would), so we’ll see how the writers resolve this situation.
Finally, Danny found consolation not in his partner, but in his ex-wife Rachel. The chemistry between the two of them was perfect and her embrace is the culmination of their first two “long good-byes” that we’ve seen. A lot of you folks have said you didn’t want to see the two of them get back together, but that scene certainly makes it appear so…
And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 18, “Loa Aloha”:
1) There are a lot of buildings in Waikiki, but apparently the Hilton is the only hotel for miles.
2) The best way to get the Feds off your back? Call Mommy, excuse me, I mean the Governor.
Did you notice…
Matt referred to Danny as “Magnum”. Danny did the same thing to a private detective in “Palekaiko”.
Why did Danny let a chain link fence stop him from crashing through like he did in “Ho’apono” to stop the Russian businessman?
Psst Danny, there’s $28 million still in the HPD evidence locker! If you steal it all, *someone* is bound to replace it all again. After it’s replaced, repeat evidence room break in!
Danny referred to himself as “Clarence Clemons” in a phone call. That’s the name of Bruce Springsteen’s saxophonist. Matt later refers to how he and Danny sneaked into the Stone Pony (a concert venue in New Jersey) to go watch “Bruce”. More Jersey references!
“Loa Aloha” translates to “the long goodbye”, but fellow blogger Wendie Joy Burbridge has a different take on the translation, read her blog, “Five-0 Redux”.