Aloooha fellow Five 0 fans 🙂
What did you think of episode 6.23? Personally I liked it very much. I loved the plot twists, the revelation, the connection between the main crime of the week storyline and the Hirh-Kono subplot.
The opening with Chin having his beauty sleep disturbed by Jerry and Abby giggling and eating ice-cream at 3:04 a.m. was quite funny. Also quite revealing of the fact that Jerry is still living with Chin, which I hadn’t realised, and that the relationship between ex-Agent Dunn and “Kelly” (quoting Abby) is going strong, as she seems to pass quite a few nights at his place, as Jerry mentions in his conversation with Chin later on.
I thought that Chin asking Jerry to finally move out was a bit harsh, but at the end of the day our boy needs to find a bit more of independence. I wonder if after having lived with Steve first and Chin later he might end up “squatting” at Danno’s next.
So the crime of the week this time started as an apparent robbery gone wrong when single mom Vanessa Diaz was found shot dead in her house.
Eric helped with his forensic expertise but it was an old Five 0 acquaintance, Gerard Hirsh to play a pivotal role in the resolution of the case this time. I have loved actor Willie Garson since “White Collar’s” times and I’m always glad to see him back to Five 0. I find that he has this kind of quirky, cheeky, cute sense of humour that never fails to entertain me. I love the detail of him having all different kinds of “music mixes” on his phone, like the crime scene mix at the beginning of the episode. And it was Gerard to find the secret “safe room”, potential murderer included, that allowed the team to eventually break the case.
The first suspect, serial burglar Doug Murrow, turned out not be such a bad guy after all, as we find out from Max’s examination that he left behind traces of DNA that could identify him in the attempt of saving Vanessa’s life performing CPR on her. Nice first plot twist of the evening.
I can’t fail to mention the little McDanno scene at Vanessa’s house, loved the “What are we thinking buddy” from Steve and the similar toned answer “We are thinking…” from Danno. I am ever so happy to see those two being at ease which each other again, without the need of pointless arguments and snapping at every turn. I’m really liking the tone of their conversations in the latest two episodes that we have seen. It feels more “like them”, if you know what I mean.
Of course Gerard discovering the hidden thief in the safe room and getting hurt in the process induces McGarrett to assign him a protection detail, which turns out to be, to Hirsh’s delight, his beloved Kono. The assignment doesn’t start in the best of ways when Kono discovers a full size portrait of herself in Gerard’s bedroom and declares that she might shoot herself (instead of taking a bullet for Hirsh) just to get out of the duty of protecting him.
Poor Gerard tries to explain that the portrait was painted before he found out that she was engaged to “what’s his name” and he thought they still had a future. He even goes through the trouble of setting up a “dinner date” for Kono (Kono mix music included), interrupted by a phone call from the retirement home where his father lives.
We then get to meet Gerard’s dad, Emile Hirsh. Very sweet old man, that, as we find out after his secret conversation with Kono, only pretends not to know about his son’s criminal past to let Gerard believe that he is proud of him. That leads to a sweet scene between Kono and Hirsh junior, in which they exchange stories about how hard it is to take care of sick parents (Hirsh’s dad and Kono’s mom), which brings them closer than they’ve ever been before.
Kono’s promise to Emile that she will keep an eye on Gerard, to make sure he stays on the “straight and narrow” is already maintained at the end of the episode, when she starts giving him surfing lessons.
Getting back to our crime of the week, Max reveals that a second type of DNA was found under Vanessa’s fingernail, which, together with Murrow’s contribution with some pics taken the night before leads Five 0 to identify Jimmy Brigante as the real killer. Brigante is a known associate of Michelle Shioma, which is once again interrogated in the “blue room” by Steve and Danno, and who once again shows a level of defiance typical of a hard boiled, self confident villain. I think we’ll see Mrs Shioma again and I hope she will stay as our new resident female bad girl on the show. She is an interesting, mean, powerful character.
The case brings us back to the fact that Vanessa had a daughter, Sarah, who luckily was sleeping over at a friend’s house when her mom was murdered.
Our Duke, which is always involved when the Ohana theme appears in the show, tells Chin Ho that Sarah has an uncle in the police force. We have then one of the most adorable scenes that Chin has been into, a conversation between him and the little girl. From the conversation we find out that she really likes rabbits, in fact, as her mom told her, she never takes off her rabbits bracelet. I also liked Chin’s mention of Rabbit island in Hawaii, it warms my heart when the show mentions places that I have visited when I was overseas.
But of course the biggest revelation of all is that Sarah’s middle name is Malia, and she was named after her aunt, whom was married to a member of the Honolulu Police Department. It doesn’t take long to Chin to realise that Sarah is in fact his niece, and Gabriel Waincroft’s daughter.
For that very reason the little girl ends up being kidnapped by Brigante and 3 other guys of the Shioma’s crew, while Chin is shot in the attempt to prevent them from taking his niece.
Even if I know that eventually they are going to be OK it always breaks my heart to see anyone in our Five 0 Ohana getting hurt (I already know that Steve getting hurt again next week will reduce my to tears)) so I could understand Abby’s worry even when Steve was reassuring her that Chin’s wounds weren’t life threatening. Luckily he managed to whisper something about the bracelet in Abby’s hear, which lead her to understand that there was a tracking device in it, allowing the team to find the location where Sarah was held captive.
And while a “simple” tonsillectomy has recently kept my hubby off work and home bound for two weeks, Five 0’s ever miraculous recovery times allowed Chin to sneak out of the hospital after being shot twice to join the team and be one of the three perfect shots that took down Sarah’s captors.
Jimmy Brigante didn’t meet a better end, being shot dead by McGarrett for refusing to let the little girl go (bye bye witness and leverage against Michelle Shioma).
And next week we have a double dose of our favourite show, a two hours season finale that promises to be full of action, McDanno, tears and as Peter Lenkov said, little character related (cliffhangers to make us wish for September to come quickly.
Until next week then, don’t forget to prepare your box of tissues and have a great weekend and week ahead.
Mahalo for reading, Manu
(Graphics courtesy of my friends Surfbelle, Sonni and Monika)