As the season winds down to the end, Peter Lenkov and crew have definitely kicked it up a few notches, and this is definitely one of the most exciting Hawaii Five-0 episodes this season. Right from the get-go, we’re thrown along side the Five-0 team gearing up to storm Wo Fat’s safe house. I mean seriously, I thought I’d missed the first five to ten minute of the episode…you know, the part where they explain how they find the house in the first place? But no, explosions, gun fights, foot pursuits, and vehicular assaults were all part of the mayhem before the opening credits.
Now that, my friends, is how you start an episode!
A few requisite lulls were necessary to advance the story, but the downtown car chase cranked up the rollercoaster ride again. The irony of the scene was that the car chase was filmed on a quiet Sunday morning in downtown Honolulu. I think more cars were destroyed this episode than in any other episode!
But the best twist of this episode wasn’t the fact the secretary did it… Just as Danny and the rest of the team are high fiving and bro-hugging it out, I was ready for the fade to black and “Stay tuned for scenes from the next episode”. But Sang Min suddenly crashes the party. The whole team draws down on Sang Min, who confesses that he needs help from our heroes in a big way, and offers information for protection. Things are coming to a head, and Peter and Paul Z promised us a big finish for the end of the season.
The best procedural is when it’s not a procedural
The past few episodes were written in such a way that the procedural didn’t feel like a procedural at all. Sometimes one lead follows another lead to a sometimes predictable end. The turns in recent episodes are so twisted and convoluted that I hear a lot of people say that they were guessing till the very end…which is probably the best praise a writer can get for a procedural. OF course what also moves the story along better is the fact that suspects never ask for their lawyers.
Chin’s troubles are only beginning, and he’s starting to see the light thanks to Kono. IA is on to Chin’s trickery, calling on Chin’s bluff, forcing him to procure the missing money, and then dropping the bombshell on him that they knew the money wasn’t the same stolen from the locker. In a great scene, Kono finally paints the picture clearly, that Chin is heading down the wrong path for nothing: he’ll lose his house, owe money to a loan shark, *and* go to jail. Time’s running out for Chin to make a decision, and if the finale preview is an indicator of season two, Chin may give up his noble crusade to save his uncle and take the job with HPD.
No more goodbyes?
You gotta love that boyish and sheepish “hand caught in the cookie jar” look that Danny gave Steve when Steve walked in the hospital room with Rachel asleep on him. For better or for worse, Rachel and Danny are getting even closer. He finally tells Steve at the end that he and Rachel have been seeing each other for some time. But the best signal for Danny’s future with Rachel is the clever teleplay… Back in “Hao Kanaka” Danny sees Rachel turn her back towards him through the rear view mirror as the car pulls away from her house. This time around, the roles are reversed, and as Rachel looks at Danny through her mirror, Danny turns around to see her drive off. Their future is uncertain, but no one can deny that they’re drawing closer.
And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 23 “Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau”:
1) Well I’m not sure what makes Filipino fried chicken unique, but if Kamekona were to bring Danny some real Filipino food, chicken adobo would have been good. But Danny would probably pass on the balut (half developed duck egg) or bagoong (fish sauce). Google balut. I dare you.
Did you notice…?
Grace’s cell ringtone is “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. Those of you following me on Twitter know that that song is my jam! I’m moving my hips like yeah when I hear it.
“Nick’s Fishmarket, Pier 38” was on the placard before the car drove through it in the downtown chase. It’s a fish restaurant on the docks of Honolulu Harbor.
Downbeat Diner on Hotel Street has great food!
Angry Birds got a mention, and Danny answers the age old question: “Why are they so angry?”
“Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau” is Hawaiian for Until the End is Near (CBS).