Hawaii Five-0 (2010) -- Season 10 Episode Reviews

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RATINGS:
★★★★ = One of the very best episodes, a must-see.
★★★ = Better than average, worthy of attention.
★★ = Average, perhaps with a few moments of interest.
= Below average, a show to avoid.


1. (S10E01) Ua ‘eha ka ‘ili i ka maka o ka ihe (The skin has been hurt by the point of the spear) ★★
Original air date: 9/27/19

This show started promisingly.

First, the big cliffhanger (not) from last season about who got shot was quickly resolved. It was Jerry, who seemed very blubbery compared to some click-bait web sites which include Jorge Garcia as one of those celebrities who have lost a LOT of weight. The Muslim momma didn't have pretty good aim, that's for sure. I guess she hadn't spent a lot of time at the pistol range.

Of course, Jerry survived. Even though he does not appear around the table at the end of the opening credits, he is still in the show. The teaser for the show went on quite a long time, until 7:37 when the credits kicked in, and after that the usual listing of cast members, producers, etc., etc. at the bottom of the screen kept going until 13:42, about a quarter of the way through the show.

Junior and Tani did their usual cute number again, going to the opera which was not an "opera" like Wagner or Puccini or Verdi, but some Hawaiian "operetta" on local themes which will no doubt encourage the Hawaiian Film Office and Department of Taxation to keep those credits coming.

On seeing some guy with a sniper rifle up in the theatre's wings, I thought, "Hmmmm, this is going to be interesting, sort of like that Hitchcock film where an assassin knocks someone off during a classical concert." It wasn't as fancy as that, though some guy is shot fatally which leads to McGarrett abandoning a date he is having at a restaurant with a hot babe named Brooke (a divorced acquaintance of Danno's from his son's school, played by Katie Wee). At the theater, McGarrett joins the well-dressed Tani (who is in a slinky dress) and Junior, (both of whom are assigned to "crowd control"), to find the killer who hasn't left the theatre yet. McGarrett must keep a change of work clothes in his car, because he gets there very quickly.

The killer, who is later determined to be "military trained," manages to get away following some brain-bending stunts by both him and McGarrett. Danno, who now has a really horrible haircut described to me by a friend as a "fauxhawk," takes numerous shots at the guy, all of which miss, and then has the gall to tell McGarrett, "That's great, he got away." Back at the office, McGarrett tells Danno, "How about next time you get in the game? A little less chatting, a little more chasing."

The guy who got knocked off is Billy Sato, who is "the head of the triads," leading to the first WHAT?!? moment of the show, because "Sato" is a Japanese name and I think it EXTREMELY unlikely that a Japanese would be the boss of triads anywhere, considering they are an organized crime syndicate based in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Hello!

Sending a composite of the theatre shooter based on eyewitness descriptions and limited CCTV footage around gets results. A Veterans of Foreign Wars bar reports a woman came in asking about the guy, and Five-Zero is able to track her down via her cel phone number and McGarrett and Danno are soon in pursuit. When they finally corner her, she whips out a gun and identifies herself as Sergeant Quinn Liu from military police, also with CID (Criminal Investigation Division). As played by newcomer to the show Katrina Law, this character is one hot bitch (the character, of course, LOL). She IDs the shooter as Tom Kendall, "a veteran I booked for assault charges a few months ago. He's supposed to be checking in with me as a condition of getting his charges dropped, but he went MIA a couple days ago." She later says that Kendall is the second veteran to go MIA recently.

Kendall has carjacked a Doctor Gao at a hospital, forcing him to drive to some out-of-the-way location to get his wounds fixed up, but the doctor's car is tracked down by the usual vehicle recovery system information. When Five-Zero arrives where the doctor is, Kendall kills himself. Using Kendall's phone, McGarrett sends a text message to one of his contacts who Kendall was relying on for help, and the reply suggests that there are more hits planned.

The next scene is the next WHAT?!? moment. Adam goes to a meeting of yakuza bigshots to see if they might know why Billy Sato was knocked off (maybe because he had criminal connections and was Japanese, DUH!). This meeting was organized by Hajime Masuda (Sonny Saito), the local yakuza leader. You may recall that Adam was getting chummy with his daughter Tamiko in S09E22 and S09E25. When Adam arrives, Masuda wonders what Adam is up to, i.e., is he "doing it" with her, but Adam says "Tamiko and I have become close friends. I ... I assure you that's all she is."

Anyway, Adam, aside from being the son of corrupt business man Hiro Noshimuru who had heavy ties to the yakuza, is -- don't forget -- currently a cop working for the Five-Zero elite task force, and he talks to these yakuza dudes as if he is addressing the Board of Trade! I think this is a double-WHAT?!?

The gentlemen in the room suggest that none of them had anything to gain from taking out Sato, and his murder was likely something internal, a power play within the triad organization. Just then the doorbell ding-dongs and "Bitch" Quinn shows up with a warrant for Masuda. A gun battle between her and the yakuza in the room is quickly avoided thanks to Adam, who Liu does not yet know. When he shows her his Five-Zero ID, she tells him "You guys have been all up in my business today."

Liu shows Masuda some photos of him which she got from the room of Kendall's co-conspirator, a trained sniper named Marcus Sanders, which suggest that Masuda is a target. At the same time, Adam gets a call from Tani and Junior saying that based on various cel phone related information, Sanders is right outside the place in Kahala where this yap session with the yakuza is being held!

A huge firefight suddenly follows with members of the yakuza dropping like flies, and Liu is wounded. HPD cops including Duke show up, but Sanders escapes driving this GMC truck which is mounted on these massive tires like seen at monster truck shows. It crushes Liu's car to get out of Masuda's driveway, and soon after this, when McGarrett and Danno pursue the truck down the streets of Honolulu, it drives over and crushes about a dozen cars which are waiting in a lineup at a construction project. No doubt the show had a large budget to deal with these destroyed cars.

This whole business with the monster-like truck could be a WHAT?!? moment, except it is utterly absurd, bringing to mind the infamous "claw" which helped Wo Fat escape in S03E01.

First, when Liu drives up to Masuda's house just as Adam is being introduced to the "gang" (pun intended) inside, you can see that this truck is parked in the driveway right in front of the place! (At this point, we do not know that what we see from outside is Masuda's house, actually.) Don't you think that Liu would think there is something fishy about this huge truck? And why didn't Masuda's guards, who Masuda under fire nervously tells Adam and Liu "have [Sanders] outnumbered" (but are quickly becoming extinct) ... why didn't they take notice of it when Sanders parked it there? Really!

There are WWW sites devoted to these trucks. Some of them suggest because they are non-standard in various ways (like the headlights are not in the usual place) they are of questionable legality, though the cops often do not enforce laws against them. But we really have to ask: where did Sanders get this vehicle? At Honolulu Monster Truck Rental? Or did he steal it from a monster truck show somewhere? It is highly unlikely that he could afford to buy it, because the tires alone on these trucks cost thousands of dollars, as do the trucks themselves.

After this fracas and back at Five-Zero headquarters, where Liu, somehow having ingratiated herself into the Five-Zero team, is attending to her wound, Junior reports that an autopsy on Kendall revealed the presence of psilocybin, the compound produced from magic mushrooms, in his system. Liu reveals that Sanders was involved in a clinical trial at the VA hospital to treat post-traumatic stress using this substance, and it is speculated by Tani that maybe Kendall was also a participant. Liu says "Someone is recruiting snipers from within that study."

Further investigation by Five-Zero finds out that these recent killings were not part of some gang war. Instead "it was personal." As Adam, the resident yakuza expert, with the help of Grover, relates, "Back in the early '90s, before they were up-and-comers in their respective crime syndicates, Sato and Masuda worked as enforcers for a local loan shark named Isko Zhang (Roland Nip). A third man, Michael Lee, was part of the crew as well, serving as the point person responsible for brokering Zhang's loans. As enforcers for this loan shark, Masuda and Sato were in the business of collecting debts by any means necessary, whether it be bodily harm, breaking bones or worse. The loan shark, Zhang, is still alive and living on Oahu, but the other guy who was part of that crew, Michael Lee, he was killed two weeks ago. His body was found beaten and tortured just a few days after being released from a federal prison in Arizona. He had just served a 15-year sentence."

They figure that Lee, the front man for the loansharking, was tortured to reveal the names of the people behind the scenes -- Zhang, Sato and Masuda. McGarrett drives with Quinn at his usual breakneck speed and they arrive at Zhang's place where numerous bodyguards have already been knocked off by Sanders. McGarrett, who is no slouch in the ass-kicking department, has a great fight with Sanders, with the two of them flying off a balcony onto a glass table below, among other things. Quinn ends up killing Sanders, even though she would have preferred not to, because she was supposed to look after him and Kendall and she is sad that now they are both dead.

Meanwhile, Jerry, from his hospital bed, has been looking into possible connections with the psilocybin program at the hospital, and has found one particular person connected to the investigation, a real estate developer named Cullen (Rob Morrow) who Grover interviewed earlier in the show because it was Cullen's stolen car that was used by Kendall (which we now realize Cullen may have loaned to him).

Years ago, the short-of-cash Cullen had borrowed money from Lee (the front man for Zhang) which he was unable to repay when an investment tanked. Shortly after this, his car blew up in an explosion which was intended for him, but instead killed his wife and daughter. According to Quinn, Cullen has been waiting 15 years to exact revenge on Sato, Masuda and Zhang by torturing the recently-released Lee to drop a dime on his cohorts, and McGarrett concurs, saying, "That makes sense to me because what you have done recently is use your connections to the post-traumatic stress study that you financed [!!!] to recruit a couple of military-trained hitters. You turned them loose onto Lee to torture him and get the names of the accomplices." Nothing is specifically said about when Sanders and Kendall, who have been "missing" for a couple of days, may have gone to Arizona to get the information out of Lee. This business about Cullen financing the psilocybin program could also be a WHAT?!? moment, except it is just stupid, especially being pulled out of someone's ass like this at the last moment.

(Whether someone can be programmed to commit homicidal acts under the influence of psilocybin is another question, but I don't want to go there. One WWW page reports, "Entheogens like psilocybin, MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, and ayahuasca have received increasingly positive attention for their psychological benefits in treating conditions like PTSD or addiction, or even for general well-being. But a lot of their reported therapeutic effects happen in a clinical setting, with supervision by trained researchers.")

A scene follows at Kamekona's shrimp shack where a party is being arranged for Jerry, who just got out of the hospital. Jerry tearfully tells everyone, accompanied by sad music, "Look, joining Five-0 is the best thing that's ever happened to me. Not just because it gave me a job and a sense of purpose, but, well, 'cause it gave me ‘ohana. But having a close brush with death really makes you think about how you're living your life. And you realize how precious time is." The show concludes with a group hug, including Quinn, who has shown up on a motorcycle wearing her military camo garb for some strange reason.

The show ends with someone putting dynamite in the toolbox at McGarrett's house that he inherited from his father, which we have not seen for a VERY long time. Oh dear!! Another cliffhanger. Well, don't worry, I'm sure the powers that be who could make a spoiler out of a fart in Hurricane Dorian will be releasing little hints soon...

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2. (S10E02) Kuipeia e ka makani apaa (Knocked flat by the wind; sudden disaster) ★★
Original air date: 10/4/19

This was the second show in a row where a cliffhanger from the previous show was resolved in record time. After a one minute “previously on,” McGarrett figured out within 45 seconds thanks to Eddie’s barking that something was amiss in the garage where dynamite was placed in the "Champ box" (not seen since S04E17?), and called for the bomb squad.

McGarrett says that his money is on the explosives being connected with Wes Cullen, the bland villain played by Rob Morrow in the previous show whose case connected with the "programmed" veterans murdering people was abandoned by the prosecuting attorney who didn’t feel there was enough evidence for a conviction. This was not pursued in S10E02 either; it’s something for a future episode, I guess.

Anyway, this discussion now leads into the Crime of the Week, or, as I like to call it, the "absurdly complicated plot":

Two years before, the FBI busted Jackson Wilcox (Marc Menchaca), "the biggest distributor of methamphetamines west of the Mississippi," at his compound in middle-of-nowhere McGill, Nevada. It was reported Jackson was killed, but he was actually just injured and kept around to become a valuable asset to the FBI. Eventually, Jackson was taken to a safe location in Hawaii where only recently (like two years later?) he was being grilled about dropping a dime on various competing distributors in the drug trade, particularly those in Mexican cartels. Jackson has throat cancer, for which he has to be taken to the hospital periodically for treatment.

As a condition of his co-operation, Jackson's wife Shayla (Kate Tobia) has been brought to Hawaii three days before. She is in a safe house of her own. Presumably conjugal visits between the two of them are arranged, during which her husband whispers stuff about his schedule for his cancer treatments. However, Shayla is in cahoots with Jackson's brother Mike (Jason New), with whom she is having a torrid affair. She has been sending him naughty pictures of herself by "text message" on what seems like a surreptitious cell phone where you can only send messages, not make calls. This is hidden in a toilet bowl, unknown to the FBI, but why didn't the FBI check her for a cell phone when she first met them?

Mike also arrives in Hawaii a few days before with a couple of accomplices. Getting tipped off by Shayla (I guess, despite what seems like a very limited time frame) and knowing when Jackson is going to get treatment, they follow the van used to transport him to the hospital. This van has been "borrowed" from the Department of Defense by the FBI. When it is in the Kapahulu Tunnel, the bad guys let off a bomb which causes the ceiling of the tunnel to collapse. The rationale for this, McGarrett speculates, is "they've entombed the entire crime scene ... it could have been hours before anybody realized this prisoner was gone." The FBI guards in the van are killed.

Soon after this, Junior and Tani arrive on the scene. There is a lineup of cars outside the tunnel, and the two lovebirds, who have been spending time surfing, manage to get inside to help people. It should be pointed out that there is a real "Kapahulu Tunnel" on Oahu, but it leads to the park inside Diamond Head crater. In other words, it is a dead end, duh! (I can just imagine people in Hawaii laughing at some of the geographic stupidities in this show, similar to many on the old Five-O.)

The bad guys who have sprung Jackson are still in the tunnel (which in real life is about 580 feet long), and when confronted by Tani and Junior, they set off a couple more bombs which cause more chaos with the walls and ceiling. Jackson and the guys springing him all escape through the "emergency service exit" (how convenient). Why didn't they just set off the bombs inside that?

Tani and Junior are now stuck inside the tunnel along with several other people, and various rescue teams show up outside to try and deal with the situation. There are topographic questions about where the collapsed parts of the tunnel are located (it is "sealed off at both ends"). If the end where Tani and Junior entered was "sealed off," how could they get through to help people?

There are concerns that there is no air getting into the tunnel and everyone in there will die, but there is this huge vent on the ceiling to which we are oblivious for much of the show. As well, there is a tunnel that McGarrett's dog Eddie crawls through which would bring air in from the outside. Someone says "the fan [in the ceiling vent] was constantly filtering out carbon monoxide," but there is no carbon monoxide being generated because all of the cars in the tunnel are screwed! And how can this fan, which we can see as people are eventually hauled up inside the vent, "filter" out anything?

The scene inside the tunnel is kind of cliché-ridden, with people arguing about stuff and doing stupid things reminiscent of an Irwin Allen disaster movie like The Poseidon Adventure. Everyone is eventually taken out, even Eddie. But when Junior is being hoisted up, the rope, which has been shown fraying for the last several people, breaks, and Junior falls a long way which you think would produce very serious injuries when he hit the ground. Tani volunteers to go down and help him, because the combined weight of Junior and McGarrett would be too much. Junior seems quite OK at the end of the show.

Meanwhile, Jackson, along with Mike and his two men all go back to Jackson's safe house. They murder all of the FBI agents there except one who they take hostage to lead them to Shayla. I guess they don't know where she is or she never told her husband or they put a bag over her head while they were moving her around Honolulu or ... AUGH!

At Shayla's place, there is a shoot-out and the FBI men who are monitoring her there are also killed. One of Mike's two cohorts, a red-haired guy, is seriously wounded and left to die. Mike, Jackson, Shayla and the one member of Mike's gang left head to the He'eia State Forest to make their escape because there is a boat offshore somewhere nearby which is part of their "plan."

While they are in the forest, other associates of Mike show up and kill the one guy who helped spring Jackson from the van who was still left. Jackson figures out his brother's hot pants interest in Shayla, and before he runs off with Shayla, Mike shows his brother a huge bag of money he received from a Mexican gangster named Moreno, one of the people that Jackson had jerked around in the past.

Moreno is quick to arrive on the scene, seeking revenge on Jackson, and so does Five-Zero, having been tipped off by the red-haired guy. There is yet another firefight, with all the bad guys knocked off. Jackson kills Moreno, despite having zip-tie cuffs on his hands, and flees into the forest after his brother and wife. Later, Five-Zero finds Mike and Shayla dead and Jackson has at least a 20 minute lead on them. At the end of the show, Jackson is still missing, likely having taken the boat mentioned two paragraphs previously, suggesting this story will also be continued in a future episode.

From a production point of view, the show fell into the category of "sort of OK," with some interesting special effects like in the collapsed tunnel. However, the "beers on the beach" finale was dumb. The time this wasted could have been used to flesh out the crime of the week.

I did like the line McG gave to Danno at this gathering, who started bitching about a steak he wanted that was intended to reward Eddie. Danno was told to go and get himself a peanut butter sandwich! Earlier, Quinn also had a good line for Danno, who was amazed by how quickly she was able to find out who Jackson Wilcox was on her phone: "Apparently, this thing in my hand has something called the Internet, and I can pretty much access the entirety of all human knowledge."

However, the best quote of this episode was McGarrett’s: “It seems like a very slim window to create such an elaborate plan." Translation: For 41 minutes, we are going to be subjected to "the absurdly complicated plot."

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3. (S10E03) E uhi ana ka wa i hala i na mea i hala (Passing time obscures the past) ★˝
Original air date: 10/11/19

Dannoying is MIA for this episode, and the writers don't even bother coming up with excuses to explain this.

McGarrett gets Quinn (perhaps now known as Quinno) to rattle the cage of Wes Cullen (Rob Morrow), the shady real estate developer from S10E01 who purportedly funded a hospital study of veterans with PTSD being treated with psilocybin so he could use super-soldiers from this study to take vengeance on money launderers who jerked him around years ago (this crazy plot thread was painful to remember).

Considering charges against Cullen were dropped almost as soon as he was busted, Quinn, wearing a wire which McGarrett is listening to nearby, shows up while Cullen is having breakfast at some restaurant and attempts to intimidate him with a bunch of smart-alecky talk which doesn't work particularly well, though Cullen soon after this is seen making a phone call which is traced to a burner.

McGarrett and Quinn follow Cullen using McGarrett's huge, obvious red truck. This sequence was really laughable, making me wonder if this was an homage to the original Five-O series where this kind of close tailing was the norm.

Making it look like they abandon the tail, McGarrett and Quinn figure out where Cullen meets with some bad dude. The two of them hide behind some bushes nearby, and Quinn uses a camera with a telephoto lens to take pictures of this meeting which are sent to Adam. He runs them through facial recognition and finds out the dude is named Sam Bishop, who has criminal trespassing, 3rd degree aggravated assault and attempted homicide on his rap sheet, all dating back several years.

McGarrett and Quinn further tail Bishop, who meets with four tough-looking guys, observing this meeting from some vantage point nearby, and surprisingly, no one sees them or hears McGarrett's phone when it rings.

The four guys are pursued to a forest somewhere. McGarrett and Quinn with her telephoto lens are watching from nearby. The four dig up a 45-gallon drum which is full of money. When McGarrett and Quinn return to his truck, one of the tires has been flattened. McGarrett thinks this was done by Bishop.

The dialog that follows is idiotic, beginning with Quinn: "So any ideas on how we can kill some time while we're waiting for the tow truck?" They discuss playing Tic-Tac-Toe and 20 Questions. Really! Under normal circumstances, if McGarrett wasn't wracked with his usual Hamlet-like indecision and the fact we don't really know much about Quinn yet, because of the smoldering tension between the two of them, they would probably tear off their clothes and "do it" like wild animals in the jungle, causing a massive uproar in the H50 fandom.

When McGarrett and Quinn get back to town, she is busted by a bunch of military cops, acting on a tip that led to "a substantial amount of currency associated with a money laundering operation" in her apartment. This is obviously baloney, and because McGarrett just made her a member of the H50 team, she is released quickly by the Governor thanks to the usual immunity and means. McGarrett goes to Cullen's place and is pissed, because he figures Cullen was behind this frameup. Cullen replies by saying, "You have no idea what's going on here. But you're smart. I'm sure, at some point, you'll figure it out." Cullen walks into his house, which explodes.

There was a crime of the week, concerned with an airplane which crashed 36 years ago. The plane was only discovered recently, which seems very odd, though it took searchers 169 years to locate the ships from the Franklin Expedition in northern Canada which, unlike this plane, were buried under ice. Some deep sea diver is found dead in the wreckage of the plane which leads to an interminable amount of yap-yap among the members of the Five-O team at headquarters. Issues brought up in the show like conspiracy theories as to why the plane crashed could have probably been solved by Jerry in a matter of minutes. I am missing the big guy already!

The only major action sequence was at the end of the show, an underwater fight between Tani and a woman suspected of killing the diver. Like the big mystery propounded by Cullen before he got blowed up real good (or so it seems), there are a lot of questions left at the end of the show as to why the plane crashed, especially since its black box, which was recovered from underwater, was wiped of all data.

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