Update: The correct title is “Ho’opa’i”, which can be translated “to punish” or “revenge”, depending on context. Read more on the Hawaiian meaning of the word at Wendie’s blog, the Five-0 Redux. Thanks to the eagle eyed speakers of Hawaiian for pointing that out. 🙂
“Ho’opa’i” recap described through the collected works of Puffy/Puff Daddy/P.Diddy
After he’s been around the world working undercover for the FBI, Officer Reggie Cole sneaks off to Oahu to visit his family for a short break. His own son doesn’t recognize him at first, but all becomes well after a father and son talk. With Barry White music playing in the background we later see Reggie and his wife in a heart to heart, where she pleads with him to leave his undercover work and rejoin the family after two years of being away. He tells her “I love it when you call me Big Poppa,” but that he has to finish the job he started to bring mob boss Jimmy Cannon to justice.
Early in the morning, the family reunion is interrupted when two masked thugs break in, kill the FBI escorts and murder his gorgeous wife. The Five-0 team responds to the call, Reggie reveals who he’s after and the chase for the murderers begin. The trail eventually leads to mob kingpin Jimmy Cannon, who is having some spam, eggs and rice with his son, Richard. But, seriously how many of us would continue to sit at breakfast after cops go crashing through your beautiful solid wood gates of your compound?
Meanwhile, Reggie proves that ain’t nobody can hold him down and busts out of the hospital to go looking for the murderers himself. McG and Danny realize Reggie didn’t do it and they team up. The trail eventually leads to the Silent Librarian (Nelson Lee played by Zero Kazama) who confesses that Richard was the one pulling the strings.
Back to the Cannon compound, and Reggie accuses Richard, telling Jimmy that in the end, it was all about the Benjamins that Richard was after.
For hugs and fist bumps, the crew say good bye to Reggie, while young Kevin looks up into the clouds wondering to his mom, “Every move I make, every step I take, every single day, every night I pray, I’ll be missing you.”
Were you paying attention? Find out tomorrow why!
Did Diddy do it or didn’t do it for you?
Last night’s episode “Ho’opa’i” was penned by Shane Salerno and Peter Lenkov and featured guest star Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. A lot of Five-0 fans were lukewarm to the news of Diddy becoming a guest star on the show, hesitant that a hip-hop star can be one of the few who can successfully cross over from their respective platform to the screen. CBS promoted the episode heavily and featured his new song “Coming Home”.
I myself enjoyed the episode, it was well written and directed. I liked Diddy’s portrayal of the character, and he had a great scene with McG in the interrogation room. Generally speaking he was great throughout the whole episode but he did seem a little awkward in the interrogation of Nelson (Zero Kazama) and his “heaven and hell” lines. I noticed how the Five-0 team took a step back to allow Officer Reggie (Diddy) navigate the episode. Chin was barely visible, Danny bantered with Kono and McG for a bit, but not much. McG had some great lines …”I WORK FOR GOD AND THE GOVERNOR” ranks up there with “YOU WANT THE TRUTH?” (Jack Nicholson, “Few Good Men”) and “I AM THE LAW!” (Sylvester Stallone, “Judge Dredd” just had to throw that in).
Though toned down in this episode, the banter between McGarrett and Danny is funny. But the banter between Kono and Danny is cute. Sometimes I wish I could banter with Kono. I’ll do it all day long…but I digress. Am I the only one to notice that there definitely is chemistry with Kono’s playfulness with Danny’s snarkiness? We first saw it with the surfboard lesson in the tidal wave episode, and in front of the strip club with the fake texts in the superhero episode, and we saw them making out (acting) at the gambling house… Typically I’m not a big fan of cast inbreeding, where characters hook up within a group as the series develops. I mean really, is Rachel with Ross or with Joey?!? Likewise I think Danny and Kono getting romantically linked in the future may make for an interesting story, but would be a huge distraction from the team dynamic, and would detract from the Danny/Rachel story.
Speaking of Grace Park, the last two episodes allowed for her to do a lot more with her acting ability. Her character had notification duty to the survivors of the victim in last week’s episode, and this week she had to console Kevin after showing him the photo lineup. Small scenes like this are critical for the development of Kono, and I’m happy that Peter and the writing crew are building a lot of this into the stories…I still would love to see a another Kono centric story.
Rounding out the story arc
Peter Lenkov mentioned that when he sketched out the season very early on in the inception of Hawaii Five-0, he had an idea of several story arcs that he wanted to see through, and fulfill important character development. In this episode we finally see one of the unsung secondary characters shine (literally because of the glaze), and that character is…Spam. Like Mary Ann McGarrett in the first half of the series, Spam has been largely missing from our favorite show.
For those of you who found my blog only recently, let me reacquaint you with Hawaii Five-0’s relationship with the Hawaii’s fine delicacy:
A reporter asked Alex O’Loughlin about Spam, with his reaction.
My delicate sensitivities are offended.
And my open letter of reconciliation for crew of Hawaii Five-0 for their snubbing of Spam.
Kamekona didn’t surprise me when he fixed some ono [delicious] Spam fried rice with eggs for McGarrett, but what surprised me was how quick McG disowned our “Hawaiian steak”. What kind of local boy is he?!?! I mean braddah dodged Kamekona’s fork the same way Keanu Reeves dodged bullets in the Matrix. I think Alex was speaking for himself and McG when he said that he didn’t eat the stuff. But like I said in an earlier post, the people of Hawaii don’t want to be responsible for Alex developing any Spam handles, so carry on.
So what happens to Spam next? Will McG put it on a plane back for Los Angeles? Will it meat (get it?) an untimely end in the season finale? Stay tuned!
And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 21, “Ho’opa’i”
1) You can mix Spam with anything and it’ll taste good, eggs, fried rice, salad, ramen noodles. It truly is the “nectar of the islands.”
2) Hate to say it, but New York City officers got an edge over HPD, Reggie hog tied three of them!
…did you notice?
One of my Undercover Special Agents got a lot of BTS photos of the Cannon compound. Check out the Facebook page “Right Place Right Time – Fan Photos 2011 album. Also check out the youtube page for BTS on the gate crash.
Actor Zero Kazama (Nelson Lee, the second assassin) is the host of MTV’s Silent Library. Set in a “library”, contestants win money by doing stunts without making too much noise. If they exceed a certain decibel level, they lose. If you enjoy pranks, then watch this show.
If you haven’t picked up on it by now, one of the major themes of the season is the father-son relationship.
“Ho’opa’i” means close to heart.