Hawaii Five-0 (S07E10) “Ka Luhi” (The Burden)

Aloooha fellow Five 0 fans 🙂

Finally after two Fridays without new episodes of our favourite show we get a pre-winter finale treat with episode 7.10.


I have to say I really liked it. Interesting and different crime of the week, plenty of McDanno scenes which we had missed for some time and more Ohana.

The bromance has to be the highlight of this episode as it gave us wonderfully funny moments and at the same time some meaningful ones that show how close Steve and Danno still are and how they are always there for each other.

The first scene at the Hilton hotel, when Steve and Danno arrive together to have brunch with Bridget, Danno’s sister, was really entertaining. Not having met Bridget before Steve wonders if she might be having a miserable time even in the paradise of Hawaii, as Danno seemed to experience in Season 1 but he is reassured by his partner that his sister is nothing like, him, but rather a ray of sunshine and optimism. I found it really funny when Steve, knowing how protective and paranoid Danno can be, teased him about how cute Bridget looked and how “dangerously” close her colleague seemed to her on their paddling board. We find out from Danno that Bridget is in fact happily married (or so him and his family think) with kids and in Hawaii just for a work retreat. Also good to know, from Bridget own words, that hers and Danno’s mum thinks of Steve as a “good catch”.



Steve’s suspicions about Bridget’s colleague’s intentions become Danno’s own when he meets his sister the second time and happens to witness Spencer placing a hand on Bridget’s back in a little more than a friendly way. At the same time he finds out from his sister that her family life might not be as perfect as everybody thought as she mentions that her husband is rarely even home since being promoted a year before. All this leads to one of the funniest McDanno scenes we have had in a long time. In the privacy of our Commander’s office a still concerned Steve asks Danno to show him exactly where Spencer placed his hand on Bridge’s back and during this little “innocent” demonstration Kono interrupts them with an amused remar as “I can come back”. Alex and Scott’s faces were priceless in performing this scene, I wonder how many times and how much as lib they were allowed to have. Incredibly funny also when Steve puts his hand on Danno’s back to intentionally embarrass him and when Danno starts a cargument reading his partner’s thoughts about him over-reacting over Bridget’s situation.


The following conversation between the two is more meaningful than funny and shows how close they have become and how much they confide and trust each other. Danno confesses to Steve of having had more than friendly thoughts towards his then partner Grace during his troublesome second year of marriage with Rachel. Wanting to start a family and to save his marriage Danny didn’t take any action on those thoughts but the experience lead him to understand that there is something wrong in Bridget’s situation and that she might be as confused and frustrated as he was then.


Steve is still there for Danno, reminding him to behave as a brother and not as a cop when he meets Bridget again. In this case Danny fails to follow his friend’s advice and ends up upsetting his sister asking her to stop whatever is going on between her and Spencer. Bridget finally confesses that her family situation makes her feel trapped and overwhelmed with her husband and her brothers mostly gone and Spencer, even if just as friend so far, is the only one that seems to notice her and make her feel “visible”.


Luckily brother and sister manage to reconcile at the end of the episode, when an ever concerned Steve escorts Danno to her hotel and even offer to pick him up later if necessary. Danno explains to his sister that he is much less than perfect and that he doesn’t have all the answers but he is always there for her whenever she needs him, despite the distance he is always available at the ring of a phone. Cute little scene at the end when the two start watching one of their favourite movies together and Steve ends up being compared to “the Bandit”, reckless and arrogant according to Danno. Lets hope Bridget tells Steve about the “Burt Reynolds” moustache that Danno was trying to grow as a kid, that could be a funny endless source of teasing.



You’ll have to forgive me for the long McDanno digression but I truly enjoyed that part of the episode.

Of course the crime of the week was also very interesting especially because different from the usual, not easy to predict as an outcome and it brought back some of our favourite characters.

It was great to see Duke back when the body was found, he is always present when a strong and reassuring figure is needed in a scene.

Max, assisted by Noelani, the new M.E. we know will become his successor on the show, was back too and his input was pivotal in identifying the victim and finding a very important piece of evidence.


Our task force had to solve the case of the death of Maggie Reed, a girl who disappeared ten years before and whose corpse was found, thanks to hypnotherapy by 18 years old Reese Holland. Reese had been plagued with nightmares for years and they seemed somehow related to the disappearance and death of Maggie Reed. All evidence, old and new seemed to point towards her ex boyfriend Travis Wilson that after being regularly harassed by the cop that first took the case all those years ago ends up confessing to a crime that he didn’t commit probably out of guilt and exhaustion. Despite the confession Steve is not convinced that the man is guilty but out of respect for the older police officer pretends to believe it.

Knowing how stubborn our Commander is we shouldn’t be surprised that he would look further into the case in order to find out the truth, and lucky for us, as his muddy investigation leads to a semi-shirtless scene which I’m sure we all appreciated.

Another session of hypnotherapy leads to another red herring with the memory of the “Always fresh, always icy” advertising sign from Reese while we find out that the new suspect, Uncle Icy is innocent too.

A third and final session, coupled with all the evidence and the information gathered reveals the truth. It was Reese’s mum that accidentally hit Maggie with her car but then in a panic actually murdered her bashing her head with a rock.

Manu twists and turns that made the crime of the week intriguing.

A third topic was discussed in the episode, one that we know will lead us to the events of episode 7.11, Chin centric and focused on the disappearance of his niece Sarah.


For now, we had a conversation between a worried Chin, as he hasn’t heard from Sarah for over a week and a concerned Kono, who admits to her cousin that his actions might have caused Sarah’s family to consider him obsessive and to want to keep him away from the little girl.

Of course we’ll soon find out that Chin was right all along.

A very strong come back from the Thanksgiving little hiatus and a great introduction to the winter half season cliffhanger. Thumbs up to writers Helen Shang and Zoe Robyn, director Carlos Bernard and all our talented performers and crew.

Until next week have a great weekend my friends and an even better week ahead.

Mahalo for reading,




5 thoughts on “Hawaii Five-0 (S07E10) “Ka Luhi” (The Burden)

  1. I did love the exchange between Danno and his sis although I didn’t like her saying she can’t just walk away from her kids. I really feel like Danny is doing the best thing by letting his children live with Rachel. It’s not like they don’t know he’s their father. I loved the part where Steve basically did his own ground work by investigating the digging of the grave etc. And definitely was not mad at the open shirt scene! Excellent review Manu! Can’t wait for next week and seeing Steve all dressed up!

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  2. The episode was good and interesting. I like how Steve was trying to hit on Danny sister haha and he as protective Danny is, he got all mad at Steve for that. Looking forward for next week episode it looks intense as the team will travel to Mexico with Chin to rescue Little Sarah from theh kidnappers, it does not seem like an easy task for the team. I think Chin will get custody of Little Sarah probably at the end.

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