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The show began with a preview of what is to come during the show, different than the usual "previously on." McGarrett is in a John Lilly-like sensory deprivation tank in a large room, the "cocoon" of the title, wearing a red scuba outfit with a creepy white mask and connections to a computer plus breathing tubes. The person in charge of his deprogramming orders him out of the pool. Except this person is Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos), who was killed in S05E07, the show's one hundredth episode. McGarrett is strapped to a table and Wo, describing him as "a very stubborn man," removes the mask. McGarrett sees it is Wo, though his vision is blurry.
Then this whole beginning is repeated again, with McGarrett taken out of the tank when he starts hallucinating. Wo is not there any more, a guy named Kang (Roger Yuan) is in charge of things. Kang removes McGarrett's face mask. McGarrett cannot see Kang, because his eyes are covered with gutta-percha, a substance usually used in dental fillings, also used in the original show's "Cocoon" episode that this one is largely based on.
There is only one problem with Wo Fat's presence in this teaser, aside from the fact he is dead, which is that when we see this sequence later, Wo Fat is not there at all. We see only the part with Kang, and McGarrett has not only his eyes, but also his ears sealed with gutta-percha. He cannot hear anything, so how could he have "heard" the dialogue that Wo Fat said up to that point and visualize what he was doing, especially since Wo is in the nearby cocoon control room which makes him even more isolated from McGarrett?
I guess you can say "this is a hallucination, so anything goes," but there would have been a better solution to this opening of the show, aside from just eliminating it because it basically gave away a lot of the suspense about what is to come.
In the Classic Five-O pilot "Cocoon," originally a 2-hour made-for-TV movie broadcast on September 20, 1968, there was a scene which was not included. Perhaps cut out of this pilot, it was not seen until the pilot was re-edited, split into two one-hour parts and rebroadcast in June of 1969. In the second part of that show, McGarrett (Jack Lord) is hallucinating, and he is thinking about Wo Fat (Khigh Dhiegh), who is in charge of his torture in the tank. He starts yelling "Soundproof cocoon, baloney! You goofed, Mister Wo Fat! You hear me? You goofed, Fatso! I hear it – creaking, rubbing noises. That gurgling noise."
The revamped "Cocoon" would have made more sense if we had a point-of-view of Alex O'Loughlin's McGarrett in the tank after six hours thinking about the Mark Dacascos Wo Fat, maybe yelling something like the above, then he was hauled out of the tank, and we had an O'Loughlin point-of-view from the inside of the mask being cut off his face, with Mark Dacascos appearing and then dissolving into Kang. This sequence would appear later on in the show, not just in the preview.
The "cute opening" after the main credits involved McGarrett and Junior digging a large hole in McGarrett's front yard to bury the cash which Kamekona had given him and Danno connected with the "takeover" of their on-again/off-again restaurant. I don't know why McGarrett felt "I really don't have anywhere else safe to keep it. Except for maybe a bank." As he explained to Tani, who showed up to watch them dig, "If I deposit this money in a bank, I have to hire a lawyer, okay, to draw up a formal partnership agreement. We're trying to stay liquid at the moment."
Five-Zero has "immunity and means," fer chrissakes, so you would think they could come up with a more creative solution. But then maybe McGarrett was having bad memories of dealing with large amounts of money experienced earlier on in the series, which almost led to Five-Zero's dissolution. Tani, by the way, seemed unusually chirpy; I felt like telling her "Hey, you've only been on the team for a year, have a bit more humility like Junior!"
From this point on, the new "Cocoon," which was intended as a tribute to the original Five-O, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, was VERY GOOD. In fact, it was one of the top shows since the beginning right up there with S04E10, the "Pearl Harbor" show. The remake of "Hookman" does not qualify for this pantheon, in my opinion, because of Danno's idiotic anti-gun rant in that episode.
Written by executive producer Peter Lenkov and based on the original Cocoon's screeplay by series creator Leonard Freeman, the new show followed the original closely, including characters, settings, locations and dialogue. Sure, there were some questions like "How does McGarrett get a job in the Arcturus, the ship which contains the cocoon?", "How does McGarrett snoop through the ship to find the cocoon despite the place swarming with guards," and "Why does McGarrett just walk casually around the docks waiting to be captured by Kang?" (which, of course, happened). But guess what -- the same questions could be asked of the original.
For the last month or so, I've been immersed in redoing my first season episode reviews of the original show because of the 50th anniversary, including an extremely detailed look at the original "Cocoon". So I don't know how someone who hadn't seen the original might view regard the remake.
I was expecting the worst from Danno in the new show, but he seemed relatively subdued, and some of his dialog actually filled in expository details, thus making sure the show would fit in one hour, instead of two.
There were some interesting touches like the CIA bigshot named Jonathan Kray (Jonathan Kay in the original -- who was also referenced by the late Jenna Kaye in the first two seasons and the 100th episode) and the guy accompanying McGarrett's former CIA girl friend Greer (Rochelle Aytes) named Miller (Jack Coleman), the same name as an agent played by Andrew Duggan in the original who betrayed McGarrett like Greer did in this one.
Another highlight of the new show was a kick-ass fight between McGarrett, Danno and the uncredited guy named Chow who was snooping around the room of McGarrett's murdered CIA friend Hennessey. Chow "used to work for the Ministry of State Security in China," according to Miller. The gun battle at the end, highly reminiscent of the original, was not bad either.
Probably the funniest reference was at the end where Danno was wondering if McGarrett had been brain-damaged by his experience in the cocoon, and he asked his pal how long they had known each other. McGarrett replied, "50 years ... Feels like 50 years."
One major disappointment was the usual non-stop music, which was not particularly memorable. Although I realize there are issues with the score from the original, which is involved in an ongoing lawsuit, surely considering this is the show's 50th anniversary, there could have been at least one reference to the Five-O theme in the show itself?
- Jerry refers to The Manchurian Candidate, a 1962 film about brainwashing which starred Khigh Dhiegh, the original series' Wo Fat.
- In the remake, McGarrett is taken out of the pool after about 6 hours. In the original, at the 6-hour mark, Wo Fat says that no one has ever withstood six hours without breaking. The original's McGarrett is taken out of the pool after 8 hours and 8 minutes.
- When the guy is ripping pages out of Hennessey's notebook, the music is similar to that from the Bourne movies by John Powell. The fragments of burned messages with the words "cocoon" and "Arcturus" on them are very similar to those seen in the original.
- The cast list for the show has someone named "Rosemary," which is the name of McGarrett's love interest in the original pilot, played by Nancy Kwan. In the remake, she is the landlady of Hennessey's apartment, played by Susan Park. As she lets them into the place, Rosemary tells McGarrett and Danno, "Anything for the fuzz," which is pretty funny, because the original Rosemary called McGarrett "Mr. Fuzz."
- We find out that McGarrett has broken up with his girl friend Lynn. Danno says that McGarrett is acting like "a monk."
- Kang is not mentioned by name anywhere in the show. At the end, when Kang is strangling McGarrett from behind in the pool, and Danno shoots Kang, isn't there a chance the bullet would go through Kang into McGarrett?
- According to the press release for this show, "Tani wrestles with whether or not she will tell McGarrett about the murder weapon she found at Adam's house." This fortunately took all of 46 seconds of screen time with a discussion between Junior and Tani as they were driving. Nothing was resolved. Adam did not appear in the show. Calling this a "murder weapon" is a stretch; even Tani tells Junior there was no proof that the gun she found was used to kill anyone.
3. (S09E03) Mimiki ke kai, ahuwale ka papa leho (When the Sea Draws Out the Tidal Wave, the Rocks Where the Cowries Hide Are Exposed) ★★
After last week's remake of the original Five-O's pilot episode "Cocoon" which was one of the best Five-Zero episodes ever and definitely worth watching, even among devotees of the old show who find the reboot loathsome, we were back to the usual ho-hum two-for-one with this show.
It got off to a very bad start, with one of those not uncommon Five-Zero premises which mean everything after that should not make any sense.
A white guy who is in the employ of evil Chinese dudes (ECD) and pretending to be a US federal air marshal (USFAM) grabs this other white guy named Jack Teague (David Preston) who is a double agent the Chinese want to interrogate, torture, and so forth. This happens on a Hanalei Air plane while Teague is on his way to Hawaii, pretending to be Mr. Family Man. There Teague will meet up with Miller (Jack Coleman), former pal of McGarrett's ex-girlfriend and now traitor Greer (Rochelle Aytes), so he can be put in a safe house, because ECD know that Teague is up to no good. The USFAM, because of who he is pretending to be, can take a gun on board the plane as well as a huge carry-on bag which contains a parachute. He straps himself together with Teague and, opening the door of the plane, jumps out as it is approaching Honolulu International Airport.
There is only one thing that is really stupid here. When we see this, the plane is descending towards the airport over the water. Yet these two guys end up in the jungle which is pretty funny, considering places where you might land by parachute on Oahu in this manner have always struck me as relatively close to civilization in some way no matter where you are, as can be seen by the fact that Danno, Tani and Junior, who are sent out later to find these two guys, are not using satellite phones, but their regular cel phones, duh!
This crime of the week had a complicated plot, to say the least, compounded by treachery from Greer who seemingly did not leave Hawaii after she got intel from the (not) brainwashed McGarrett in the previous show. Like the trio from Five-Zero, Greer was in the jungle hunting for Teague with some ECD (to whom she spoke Chinese) and there was a predictable firefight between the two groups and, of course, Five-Zero triumphed and Greer was busted.
At the end of the show, as Greer is taken away to be "charged under the Espionage Act," according to McGarrett, Greer starts suggesting that she knows stuff that McGarrett did that was not on the up-and-up when they were romantically involved way back when. To be continued!
The show had some humor, with Jerry saying "Boo-yah" twice and Grover being concerned because his wife's SUV, which he was using while his car was in the shop, got totally destroyed at the end of the show when it rammed into a car full of ECDs taking Teague to the Chinese Consulate in Honolulu where he would become "untouchable" as far as Five-Zero was concerned. This further batch of ECDs seems in addition to those who were knocked off by the Five-Zero threesome in the jungle. (There actually is no Chinese consulate in Honolulu, by the way; the closest one is in Los Angeles.)
The secondary story for the week had to do with Tani, who is still having aneurysms over what she should do with Adam's gun that she found that may implicate the still-missing-from-this-season Adam in the death of his half-sister. She goes to see Captain Keo (Eric Steinberg), the training officer from HPD that Tani punched out, breaking his nose, which -- in addition to her cheating on her final exam -- resulted in her getting kicked out of the police academy and hired by Five-Zero. She wants Keo to check Adam's gun "off the books" because she doesn't want to destroy her relationship with McGarrett and the team. Keo describes her as "a rule breaker," and says he cannot help her, adding "that may be okay for you, for Five-O, but it is not the way I do things."
However, at the end of the show, Keo comes to see Tani, saying he has had second thoughts, because two days before their altercation, Tani's father died, therefore she was stressed. Or so the implication goes. But wouldn't have Keo already known that, because McGarrett and Danno knew this when they hired Tani at the beginning of last season? Keo tells Tani he will check the gun, but cautions her not to thank him yet, because "You don't know what I'm gonna find."
Description Start End Total Category Percentage Teague is grabbed on plane 0:00:43 0:02:03 0:01:20 COTW H50 at airport 0:05:59 0:07:47 0:01:48 COTW Strategy in H50 office 0:12:25 0:14:09 0:01:44 COTW Search in jungle for Teague 0:14:09 0:16:03 0:01:54 COTW Investigate Teague in office 0:16:03 0:17:54 0:01:51 COTW Search in jungle for Teague 0:17:54 0:18:20 0:00:26 COTW McG & Grover go to Miller's 0:18:20 0:20:06 0:01:46 COTW Jungle; Danno lectures Jr. 0:20:06 0:23:05 0:02:59 COTW McG and Grover at Miller's 0:23:05 0:26:32 0:03:27 COTW Firefight, Greer is captured 0:26:32 0:29:21 0:02:49 COTW Greer in blue-lit room 0:29:21 0:31:27 0:02:06 COTW Miller & Teague; pursuit 0:31:27 0:37:48 0:06:21 COTW Greer is taken away 0:39:18 0:41:11 0:01:53 COTW 0:30:24 72.87% Eddie digs, McG/Danno yap 0:02:34 0:05:59 0:03:25 Filler 8.19% Previously on 0:00:00 0:00:43 0:00:43 Misc Opening credits 0:02:03 0:02:34 0:00:31 Misc End credits 0:41:11 0:41:43 0:00:32 Misc 0:01:46 4.23% Tani talks to Keo 0:07:47 0:12:25 0:04:38 Tani's prob Keo comes to see Tani 0:37:48 0:39:18 0:01:30 Tani's prob 0:06:08 14.70% COTW = Crime of the Week
- I sort of predicted the business at the beginning of the show where Eddie, McGarrett's dog, dug up some of the restaurant-related money from Kamekona which McGarrett buried in his front yard. The money then floated around, including out into the ocean.
- Considering David Preston as Teague had kind of a major role in the show, why was he only credited at the end of the show, rather than at the beginning?
- Teague's date of birth is July 26, 1974. His passport number is W8232106TR, it was issued on April 15, 2015 for 10 years.
- The leap Teague made while he was escaping in the jungle from high up into a pool far below was very reminiscent of a similar leap made by Kimo Carew (William Smith) in the original Five-O's mediocre 12th season episode "School for Assassins." Expecting the non-athletic-looking Teague to make such a jump was really a stretch, especially since after this he managed to meet Miller, who subsequently got shot in the head by the ECD.
4. (S09E04) A‘ohe kio pohaku nalo i ke alo pali (On the Slope of the Cliff, Not One Jutting Rock Is Hidden from Sight) ★★½
Another "meh" episode which, though well-made, was not like a typical Five-Zero show.
It prominently featured Junior and Tani, whose crime-solving and gazing with "will-they-won't-they" anticipation at each other took up more time than the Crime of the Week (see Excel spreadsheet below). Some of the show was light hearted, not only because of these two, but also because of comedy from Grover and Kamekona. The comedy parts of the show also took up more time than the Crime of the Week.
But the show was also horribly violent, with a nasty woman fugitive shooting two cops, one right in his chest as he was laying on the ground, then killing a motorcycle rider and stealing his bike as well as beating two other people so their faces looked like strawberry jam.
Tani didn't mention anything about Adam's gun at all, which was good. Tani did an imitation of Danno whining during a cargument, which was bad.
In the "please don't do that" department, the writers dragged in the restaurant where the power had gone out because of the heat wave featured throughout the show and the food in the freezer was being put in danger. Of course, there was the usual moronic discussion between McGarrett and Danno. UGH!
I don't have much else to say about the show, so I will just repost the notes I made. These are not exactly the original notes, they have been expanded a bit. If you have seen the show, you will know what I am referring to...
- A heat wave in Honolulu.
- Temperature is 100°.
- "So hot in here" – whose song? ["Hot in Herre" by Nelly]
- Tani is in car and hot, traffic jam.
- "Heatwave" - song by Martha & the Vandellas.
- Junior is watching football (who is playing?).
- Woman is fugitive, 2 cops are shot dead. Nasty violence!
- Dog the Bounty Hunter is first in guest stars, a bad sign.
- Restaurant has a blackout, freezer not working.
- Kamekona shows up, comedy.
- Missing woman is Tracy Benson.
- Topless Dog the Bounty Hunter in tub of ice, repulsive.
- Dog talks to Grover who is playing golf despite the heat.
- Benson beat up her landlord badly, now in hospital.
- "Heat makes people do crazy things".
- Landlord's wife suggests Benson had insurance settlement, that's where she got her money to pay rent.
- Temperature is 105° now.
- Junior drives Tani's car like McG does Danno's.
- Tani does very lame imitation of Danno complaining while in car.
- Guy on roof threatening kids in his pool, name of Makaio (? Doesn't look Hawaiian).
- He is taking sertraline (an antidepressant).
- Junior is negotiating with guy, the music is stupid.
- Junior talks to Tani about his sister, she was taking meds, the music is sad.
- Tani's car gets stolen.
- Temperature is 106° now.
- Junior and Tani decide to walk back to H50 HQ (how far is it, Junior says it takes ½ hour).
- Grover's caddy is Gary, he doesn't want to work, it is too hot.
- Jerry goes to get some ice from convenience store.
- Some guy buys the last 2 bags, a tattooed guy figures he should get it, starts to make trouble.
- Jerry knocks out tattooed guy on head with a bottle, then finds out this dude's wife is pregnant.
- The ice the first guy bought all melted (what, within a minute or so?).
- Kamekona puts the prices of his shaved ice up from $5 to $15, people are pissed.
- McG and Danno go to Benson's apt, the A/C is working there.
- Benson is ID'd as Allison Ross, a bank robber, money ($500,000!) she was hiding was taken by A/C repairman.
- Temperature is 109° now.
- Benson's address is 3429 Kapulani Drive, McG and Danno check with A/C company as to who came to fix the A/C.
- Why does the A/C company give McG private info about where the repairman lives, even though McG identifies himself as from H50?
- Junior talks more about his sister, she was killed by a drunk driver. More sad music.
- Junior and Tani are happy to encounter an ice cream truck.
- Temperature is 110° now.
- Grover's golf score is 72, which is par for the course. He is happy, but the caddy has passed out, Grover persuades him to lie about witnessing a spectacular putt he made.
- McG and Danno go to A/C guy's place, he is badly beaten up.
- They find Benson in the elevator which has stalled between floors b/c of power outage b/c of the heat (I guess), she died from the heat?!? I thought she would suddenly come back to life if McG dropped down into the car. How did McG get down the elevator cable easily? Remember he had experience with his mother a long time ago.
- The tattooed guy with pregnant wife brings her to convenience store, the clerk moves crap out of the cooler and she sits inside it (really). Mr. Tattoo holds a cold can of beer on the back of her neck while massaging his wife's leg and belly. The song "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley plays in the background. Shut up! [Very bad word is censored here]
- A mob of angry customers turned over Kamekona's truck.
- McGarrett lectures Kamekona.
- Tani and Junior track down her car, some guy stole it for the A/C. Tani has a good line to Junior regarding her car, b/c Junior left the keys in it, that's why it was stolen: "If he [the guy who stole it] used it as a toilet, you're paying to get it detailed." The thief wants sympathy from them, he is busted.
- When Tani and Junior try to drive the recovered car away, it dies because the A/C drained the battery.
- Tani and Junior go swimming, it starts raining, music is "Singin' in the Rain" (puh-leeze).
Description Start End Total Category Percentage KK at restaurant 0:06:15 0:08:16 0:02:01 Comedy Grover golf 0:09:30 0:11:03 0:01:33 Comedy Grover golf 0:19:57 0:21:29 0:01:32 Comedy KK / Flippa / up prices 0:23:04 0:24:43 0:01:39 Comedy Grover golf 0:30:15 0:32:19 0:02:04 Comedy Grover golf 0:35:27 0:38:10 0:02:43 Comedy 0:11:32 27.37% Cops, shooting 0:03:32 0:04:31 0:00:59 COTW McG/Danno, crime scene 0:08:16 0:09:30 0:01:14 COTW McG/Danno investigate 0:11:03 0:13:00 0:01:57 COTW Jerry helps McG/Danno 0:13:00 0:14:03 0:01:03 COTW McG/Danno apartment 0:24:43 0:28:06 0:03:23 COTW McG/Danno solved 0:32:19 0:34:30 0:02:11 COTW 0:10:47 25.59% Jerry Ice 0:21:29 0:23:04 0:01:35 Jerry Jerry Freezer 0:34:30 0:35:27 0:00:57 Jerry 0:02:32 6.01% Intro HI shots, hot 0:00:00 0:00:43 0:00:43 Misc. Opening Credits 0:04:31 0:05:03 0:00:32 Misc. Rain 0:40:37 0:41:40 0:01:03 Misc. End Credits 0:41:40 0:42:08 0:00:28 Misc. 0:02:46 6.57% McG/Danno, restaurant 0:05:03 0:06:15 0:01:12 Restaurant 2.85% Tani in traffic 0:00:43 0:01:59 0:01:16 Tani/Junior Tani and Junior, office 0:01:59 0:03:32 0:01:33 Tani/Junior Tani/Junior kids in pool 0:14:03 0:19:57 0:05:54 Tani/Junior Tani & Jr walking 0:28:06 0:30:15 0:02:09 Tani/Junior Tani and Junior, car/swim 0:38:10 0:40:37 0:02:27 Tani/Junior 0:13:19 31.61%
- Is the title for this show (at least the one in English -- When the Sea Draws Out the Tidal Wave, the Rocks Where the Cowries Hide Are Exposed (which seems a LOT longer than the one in Hawaiian) -- the longest of any ever used?
- The temperature in this show reaches 110°. If you do a Google search, it tells you that the hottest day on record in Honolulu was August 5, 2003 when the temperature hit 96.1°F. The all-time record hottest temperature ever recorded in the state of Hawaii is 100 degrees, which occurred on April 27, 1931, at Pahala, a small city located on the Big Island of Hawaii, along the southeast coast.
- Allison Ross is using the ID of Tracy Benson, a woman who was born January 18, 1956 in Silver City, New Mexico and died in Albuquerque on July 11, 2015. The Social Security number of this woman was 912-43-0031.
- Ross's criminal record shows that she was part of a team that robbed seven banks between Texas and Oklahoma between 02/15/15 and 07/21/18. She was originally arrested July 17, 2015 and escaped August 2, 2015 when being transferred back to Texas to await Federal Trial.
Time to get out the old Excel spreadsheet again, and as you can see below, the Crime of the Week was almost dwarfed by a secondary story involving Junior and Jerry. Too bad that it wasn't, because the story with the two Js was pretty good. On the other hand, the Crime of the Week was confusing and gross, and downright stupid at its end.
Junior and Jerry went to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware because Junior had been requested to accompany the body of Air Force Combat Controller Staff Sergeant Christopher Kaliko home to Oahu. Junior was escort officer for a dignified transfer; Jerry was along for the trip (at his own expense?) because he wanted "to honor a friend who died in combat."
On their way home with just Kaliko's flag-draped coffin in the hold of a massive airplane, we find out that Jerry wanted to enlist in the armed forces after 9/11, something which I found kind of incompatible with Jerry's geeky-paranoid-conspiracy-theorist persona, unless this event was what motivated him to become like that. Jerry was roundly rejected after having a panic attack in a recruitment meeting, though there is no indication if Jerry was "roundly rejected" for his weight at the time, assuming he was as rotund then as he is now.
The acting by both actors was low-key but effective in the way we saw both of them coming out of their shells. Jerry tells Junior that he convinced a friend of his named Mika to sign up for the military. Mika was accepted and later killed in combat (the friend mentioned above) which made Jerry sad because he felt responsible for his friend's death. Junior tells Jerry that he requested that his cousin accompany him home if he didn't make it out of the service alive, because his father had totally rejected him. In fact, Junior's father had said that if his son was ever killed in action, he wouldn't even come to his funeral.
Junior had no idea why he was asked to escort Kaliko, but at the end, after seeing a bumper sticker on the car of Kaliko's parents, he realized that after a pep talk he gave to kids at Kukui High School years before, Kaliko had approached him and told him that he was motivated by what Junior said and eventually joined the military.
Despite the fact that this part of the show was "really not about Five-O," it should have been expanded to the entire hour, and would have had more impact if it was broadcast on November 9, close to Veteran's Day. Unfortunately, that time slot is taken up with some special event to celebrate the fact that the show on that day will be the series' 200th episode.
As far as the Crime of the Week goes, it was kind of lame, not to mention disgusting.
At the beginning of the show, some guy is driving a Kenworth dump truck full of sand. While being pursued by the police, he lifts the open-box bed and dumps the sand on the road and the cops run into it. I am skeptical that you can lift the box like this while you are driving 50 or 60 miles an hour. Aren't there some kind of safety provisions on a truck to prevent you from doing this, in case you happen to run into a freeway overpass? (I will obviously have to look into this.) As well, if you are travelling fast, would the sand coming out of the truck fall in one big dump, or would it be spread out over several hundred feet?
When he arrives on the sandy scene, McGarrett is clever, because he knows that black market sand is a hot commodity, much to Grover's astonishment, and if you do a Google search for news items about black market sand, you will find several from a few months ago, perhaps around the time the show was being written and/or produced.
Anyway, in this sand that is dumped is a body which has its feet cut off and its face badly mangled. (Grover says they used to call bodies like that in Chicago "Mr. Potato Head," gross!) Noelani later says that in one of the body's legs is a cavity suggesting there was an orthopedic pin that connected the shin to the ankle. The consensus seems to be the body had been dumped in the ocean with something holding its legs down (later seen to be a cement block) and its feet were ripped off when a dredger sucked up the body with the sand.
McGarrett and Danno visit Kamekona, who is getting tired of them consulting him because he seemingly knows "every criminal enterprise on this island," a trope which is becoming tiresome not only to Kamekona. It turns out that none other than Flippa had experience with black market sand, and he points McGarrett and Danno in the direction of the company likely connected with the stuff that was dumped earlier.
Of course, when McGarrett and Danno arrive at the place, the exact guy who was driving the truck is there, and they immediately know that he is the guilty party. (There doesn't seem to be anyone else working at this place, maybe that is why.) McGarrett pursues him in an exhausting parkour-like chase, with the two of them ending up in a dangerous machine which Danno thinks will chop both of them up into little pieces. They both survive this.
Danno and McGarrett then get some GPS co-ordinates from where the guy got the sand, which seems very far-fetched, they go out in the ocean south of Oahu and find not one, but two sets of feet, one of which has the orthopedic pin in it. Returning to the sand company, they find the body that the second set of feet belonged to, which is that of a woman.
This is where things get weird. The orthopedic pin is tracked down to a guy named Kaimi Alana. When Tani and Grover go to his place, they find women's clothing and "ladies' notions and potions," as Grover describes them. Grover suspects that Alana was "transgender," but Tani says, no, he was "mahu." She doesn't go into great detail about this, but we can learn from various web pages that "mahu" could refer to someone who is transgender or a cross-dresser. It also can be used pejoratively to refer to gay men and drag queens.
After Tani and Grover talk to a woman named Malie who taught dance with Kaimi at the Ohana Youth Dance Studio, and she tells them there was "no drama" in Kaimi's life, Grover wonders if Kaimi's murder was a hate crime.
The woman's body found at the sand company is also identified as Kaimi Alana, the same name as the "mahu" individual. (There is no indication how Noelani manages to ID this woman.) McGarrett, being a smart guy, figures that the reason there were two people with the same name killed is because of "a case of mistaken identity."
There is a huge gap in the story during the final commercial break, because when we come back, Noa Alana, husband of Kaimi Alana (the mistaken identity woman, not the "mahu" guy) is in the Five-Zero office and is being grilled, because they found that he was going out of town on a romantic trip to Bali with a woman named Hailey Adams, a friend of his wife. (Huh?) Danno bluntly asks the guy "Did you arrange to have your wife murdered?" and Noa immediately asks for a lawyer. But with typical Five-Zero smart-aleckiness, McGarrett tells him his goose is cooked because "Mr. Contract Killer" that Noa hired for $2,000 who they discovered by checking Noa's bank account and who killed both Noa's wife and the "mahu" Kaimi, has already confessed to the crimes! At that exact moment, this killer is being paraded past the interviewing room, which is not the blue-lit one, by the way. WHAT?!?!?!? Where do all these people and plot threads suddenly come from? I thought I had fallen asleep during the show and missed something!
There was another mini-story during the show, that of Duke, who has not been seen since S08E22 where he was caught breaking into the evidence room at HPD because he needed a key to a locker containing a lot of money to help free his granddaughter who was kidnapped. Duke has to go to a hearing, and is iffy about the whole thing, wondering if he should just retire from the force, because he will not lose his pension. Danno and McGarrett argue about this periodically during the show, and at the end, Duke decides that he will go to the hearing and make a case to remain a cop ... and McGarrett will back him up.
Description Start End Total Category Percentage Sand truck pursuit 0:04:58 0:05:30 0:00:32 COTW Dumped sand/bodies 0:08:00 0:09:59 0:01:59 COTW Noelani & McG 0:12:59 0:13:53 0:00:54 COTW Discussion at HQ 0:13:53 0:14:49 0:00:56 COTW Talk to KK and Flippa 0:14:49 0:17:25 0:02:36 COTW Sand company 0:17:25 0:19:53 0:02:28 COTW McG & Danno find feet 0:23:13 0:26:48 0:03:35 COTW McG & Danno more feet 0:28:47 0:29:25 0:00:38 COTW Tani & Grover investigate 0:29:25 0:33:31 0:04:06 COTW More bodies in sand 0:33:31 0:34:33 0:01:02 COTW McG/Danno grill suspect 0:34:33 0:36:13 0:01:40 COTW 0:20:26 46.74% Duke & family/McG 0:06:02 0:08:00 0:01:58 Duke Duke will go to hearing 0:36:13 0:37:26 0:01:13 Duke 0:03:11 7.28% Junior/Jerry ceremony 0:00:00 0:04:58 0:04:58 Jr/Jer Jr Afghanistan/Flight 0:09:59 0:12:59 0:03:00 Jr/Jer J&J returning home 0:19:53 0:23:13 0:03:20 Jr/Jer J&J arrive in Hawaii 0:26:48 0:28:47 0:01:59 Jr/Jer Jr flashback/funeral 0:37:26 0:43:16 0:05:50 Jr/Jer 0:19:07 43.73% Titles 0:05:30 0:06:02 0:00:32 Misc End credits 0:43:16 0:43:43 0:00:27 Misc 0:00:59 2.25%
- My military friend Karen passes along information about Junior, based on some pictures of him from this episode I sent her: "His chevrons (on his sleeve) indicate that he is a Petty Officer Second Class, and a SEAL. The pin at the top of his medals is that of the SEALs. The one underneath the ribbons signifies that he is a parachutist. So he is a SEAL who can be inserted either by sea or by air. I cannot see all of his ribbons to tell you what they are. The one at the top (light purple with white at each end) is the Legion of Merit. Not a Navy-specific award, but pertains to all the U.S. military. Can't see the first one on the second row. The second on the second row (all dark red) is the Good Conduct award, which is the same ribbon for the Navy and the Coast Guard. The third one on the second row is the National Defense Service Medal, which means he volunteered rather than having been drafted. The National Defense Service Medal, like the Legion of Merit, applies across all the U.S. military. Next row (third): again, I can't see the first ribbon on the bar on that row. Next is the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, another one that is applicable across the U.S. military. The third one in this row is the Sea Service Deployment Medal. The last row of ribbons: I think the first one may be the NATO medal, but I'm not sure, as I can't see enough of it. The next two are, first, the rifle marksmanship medal with an 'E' for Expert, and second, the pistol marksmanship also with an 'E.' Don't make this guy mad at you!"
- Jerry has sleep apnea, and wears a machine on his face, which makes it impossible for Junior to sleep when they are in their hotel room in Delaware.
- Christopher Kaliko was born June 6, 1994 and died in action on October 12, 2018.
- When McGarrett is talking to Grover about black market sand, saying "I'm talking billions of dollars," it sounds like he says "fuck 'em" instead of "I'm talking."
- When they are on the way back to Hawaii, Jerry tells Junior an anecdote about the Airacomet plane, the first jet-engined fighter aircraft produced in the US. One line about a test pilot flying this plane wearing a gorilla outfit is cribbed virtually word-for-word off this web page.
- Danno calls Flippa the "Scarface of sand."
- How does Danno know the machine at the sand place can chop McGarrett up? Is he familiar with this equipment?
- Jerry is reading a book called Castle of Secrets by Amanda Savage, written by Danno's former mother-in-law, a "super successful author" ... who I predict will be played by actress Joan Collins, slated as a guest star next year.
- The boat that McGarrett and Danno use when they are searching for feet off Oahu is called the Huki Pono, which means ""pull correctly."
- Danno has a stupid argument with McGarrett about the difference between the words "typeface" and "font" when discussing the menu for their restaurant. Wikipedia: A typeface (also known as font family) is a set of one or more fonts each composed of glyphs that share common design features. McGarrett says he chose Tarantella "font." Google search reveals most references to this are under "font," not "typeface." There are some listings under typeface, though, which reveal this "font" to be very peculiar.
- The pin in the foot has the serial number DX-93848005.
- Just like I predicted Eddie digging up the money in the front yard, did I also predict Duke joining Five-Zero as a member or a consultant?
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GUEST REVIEW BY JEFF: (Rating: ★★)
I watched the Halloween episode and I have to say I was not impressed, mainly because the storyline with Jerry was fairly lame and predictable, though mildly entertaining nonetheless, and the main storyline with the young girl was nonsense as well, but far less compelling than the Jerry story. I did enjoy the fact that there was no Danno in the episode which was a merciful twist. I’m also surprised that this is the second week in a row that Jerry has had a major storyline. I would probably give this episode two stars out of four, it was very mediocre, though I don’t believe it was horrible. I was somewhat entertained despite the absurdity.
GUEST REVIEW BY TODD: (Rating: ★★★)
I wasn’t exactly looking forward to yet another cheesy “spooky” Five-Zero episode, which always manages to appear at the end of October. There’s no reason for a long-running series like Five-Zero (nine seasons and counting) to celebrate each and every holiday with some kind of gimmick.
With that said, I actually enjoyed this episode, and in fact it was the best one of this young season.
First off, there was no time wasting with nonsense. I’ve grown so accustomed to Five-Zero wasting precious episode time (which are only 43 minutes of running time to begin with) that I find I usually enjoy any of the rare episodes where they focus entirely on the main plots.
This episode split its time between two stories, the crime-of-the-week and an expedition into the woods where Jerry attempted to solve a murder from 1982 where, as a 12-year-old, he thought he saw a body being buried.
The Jerry plot actually took more of the focus in the episode, and while I thought it might end up being stupid, I actually found myself intrigued by it. There was a scary man named Bo Bradley who lived in a creepy house in the woods in 1982, adjacent to a summer camp. Bradley was believed to be a dangerous figure by the kids, and they loved to tell (made up) horror stories around the campfire regarding Bradley killing people. However, when Young Jerry went to the bushes to pee, he saw a man he believed to be Bradley digging a hole and burying someone/something, and this man chased Jerry when he caught him witnessing it. Ever since then, Jerry and his camp friends have been visiting the site each year as adults, camping out, drinking, and digging for bodies. However, until this year, none of Jerrys now-adult friends took the expedition seriously, and thought that the digging was more ceremonial than anything else.
In the present, during yet another one of these digging expeditions, Jerry revealed that he was really serious about believing a body would actually be found at some point, somewhat causing tension with his friends who still didn’t believe it. Eric (Danno’s nephew) was along on this expedition for some reason. We hadn’t seen Eric in awhile, and I had figured they did away with that (annoying) character. I guess they decided to bring him back, and gave him something to do (though it didn’t make sense why Eric was there, especially since he and Jerry were never previously portrayed as being close.)
Eventually Noelani joined them, as well, with a piece of equipment to better identify possible bones underground. At one point they believed they found bones, but Noelani spoiled the excitement by revealing them to be dog bones. Jerry insisted that he felt the dog bone was there to throw off anyone using equipment like Noelani’s, and that the human body was buried underneath. He dug in the pouring rain, and indeed found old human remains. In the meantime, the rest of the party was back at the cabin, and all of them found their phones and car keys missing. Finally a man banged on the door and appeared in a threatening manner, scaring everyone immensely, only to pull off his mask and reveal himself to be one of Jerry’s other camp buddies who previously said he couldn’t make it. He also revealed that he took the keys and phones as a prank. Jerry arrived back at that point. The friend who went out for the car keys returned with a slashed throat, making it clear that a killer really was somewhere outside, presumably Bo Bradley who caught them digging up the body.
After the group barricaded the doorway, the killer lit the outside on fire, in order to either smoke them out of the cabin, or burn them alive. Jerry volunteered to create a distraction by leaving the cabin while the rest escape. Indeed, the killer approached Jerry with a knife, only to be shot by....
Yes, Bo Bradley was a good guy after all. Now quite old, Bradley revealed that he was intentionally scary in the ‘80s in order to keep kids away from his property. It is not clear why Bo Bradley did not interrupt anyone doing all the digging right outside his property each year, yet showed up with a gun during the fracas outside the cabin (which was far enough from his property to where he couldn’t see what was happening.)
So who was the killer? Turned out it was a then-young camp counselor, who helped convince everyone back in 1982 that Jerry was just imagining things. The victim was a teenage girl who had been abducted at the time – the same girl Jerry had assumed all along was the one being buried back then. No one was killed in the present. The guy with his throat cut managed to survive, and even the killer, despite being shot at fairly close range in the back, survived and “confessed to everything” from back in 1982 (why would he?)
The crime of the week featured a twist where details of a murder were drawn by a shy 5-year-old girl name Katie. It was unclear if the little girl had witnessed the murder, or if she was psychic in some way. Other pictures Katie drew were also found, which depicted similar actual murders, all of young redheaded women. She claimed that the pictures were drawn by “Molly”, presumed to be her imaginary friend. It was later revealed that Molly was actually a real (but mute) little girl, who was sneaking into Katie’s room, playing with her, and then drawing those pictures. There was a scene where Katie’s parents catch Molly in her room, and attempt to grab Molly, but somehow Molly bites Katie’s mom, runs away, and vanishes. I found it far-fetched that a little girl could successfully flee a long distance from two adults, in what appears to be a somewhat isolated area.
The case was solved by checking DNA found on a crucifix placed on one of the victims. The DNA came back to a woman who had a similar look to the murder victims, and had a daughter named Molly. The woman was divorced and in rehab, and Molly was living with her father, who was now seen as the prime suspect, presumably killing women who looked like his ex-wife. They tracked him down, arrested him, and Tani found Molly hiding in a closet, comforting her in a somewhat touching scene. (I did wonder why Molly bit Katie’s mother, but was so warm with Tani, who was just as much of a stranger.) Molly’s mom got out of rehab and was reunited with her.
We did get a small bit at the end about the Adam’s gun thing, where Tani’s former police academy instructor verified to her that it was indeed the murder weapon used against Adam’s sister Noriko.
Danno was absent in this episode. Many hate Danno and cheer his absence. I don’t hate the character, but we do get a break from the restaurant while he’s gone, which is great.
Despite a few of the aforementioned minor holes in the plots, I enjoyed both stories, especially the Jerry portion. This was definitely the best Halloween episode, and it was a good episode overall.
Sadly, I’m expecting we will return to drama involving Danno’s restaurant, along with other “Ohana” nonsense eating up 25% of next week’s episode.
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GUEST REVIEW BY TODD: (Rating: UNSPECIFIED)
This was the first decent episode after a number of duds followed by a mediocre one last week.
However, this episode was more "Montana Five-0" than "Hawaii Five-0", as most of it took place in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.
(Spoiler alert, don't read on if you are going to watch it.)
A good summary of the episode is here: https://bit.ly/2L6dg3t
In short, McGarrett and 5 other men are targeted by an unknown person out of revenge for a 2002 mission where they killed a terrorist.
Joe White was one of those five. Two are killed off camera before the episode begins, one is killed in the opening minute, and that leaves Joe, McGarrett, and one other.
By the end, only McGarrett is left standing, and Joe dies in his arms.
Even though Joe was only a recurring character, I have to admit that I was somewhat touched by the ending and a little bit saddened that the character was dead.
Joe's departure from the show was well done, unlike the embarrassingly bad departure of Max, which included a long, boring retrospective of a character nobody cared about in the first place.
This episode did not feature any time wasting or any other stories. It was entirely about this one topic, which already made it a lot more interesting.
The winter scenery in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana (a real place) was breathtakingly beautiful, but sadly not real. I believe that it was actually filmed in Hawaii, with the beautiful backgrounds (impressively) inserted with CGI.
This is not the first impressive use of CGI by the show. In other episodes, they also simulated a fire raging in the hills above Honolulu, as well as created an entire building which had blown up by a bomb.
The man behind the hiring of the hitmen was revealed near the end of the episode (the son of the terrorist they killed in 2002), so I'm sure that plot point will continue going forward.
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