Hawaii Five-0 (S07E11)) “Ka’ili aku” (Snatchback)


Aloooha fellow Five 0 fans 🙂


After the more light hearted episode from last week this week we were in for a very intense, emotions driven show which brought me to tears at least twice and which left us on the edge of our seats with a “to be continued” and an unusual fall finale cliffhanger.

After meeting cute little Sara during last season, we have grown very fond of Chin’s niece and we have followed with awe and then apprehension the story of them becoming Ohana and the story of the little girl going back to Mexico to live with her maternal family. We knew we wouldn’t have seen the last of Sara and of course she came back like a whirlwind in ep 7.11.

As usual a celebration in the Hawaii Five 0 Universe can’t take place without the phone ringing and spoiling the party for at least one of the members of the task force. This time we had the lovely scene of Chin’s birthday party, it must have been a special one as everybody was invited, either in person or on the recorded video. How cute were the pictures of baby Chin, toddler Chin, teenager Chin and growing up Chin (all confirmed to be his real ones by actor Daniel Dae Kim)?

And how cute was to see Charlie and Gracie at the party, cousin Flippa with his funny Christmas costume, Duke, Max and of course Steve, Danno, Kono and Lou. Even funnier were the messages from Sang Min, uncle Choi, Dwane the Dog.


My only disappointment was the complete absence of Abby, either in person or just on the video. Was it really impossible for Five 0 to have Julie Benz recording a message? And considering that no mention whatsoever of her character was made in the rest of the episode, when Chin needed all the support he could get I think this was a really bad overview. For whatever reason of the absence something should have been said to justify it.

Other than that the episode was one of the best of the season.

Everybody gathered that something was really wrong when Chin left the party without saying a word and jumped on his motorbike with the intention of going directly to Mexico, or something equally reckless.


Luckily our Commander, forever the protector of his people, managed to persuade him to accept the team’s help and to deal with the problem in a more rational way. Always meaningful the way Steve reminded the Mexican police officer that Five 0 is not regular police, we knew already at that point that the team would do everything necessary to bring Sara back safe and sound.


This episode gave us quite a few teary moments, and one of them for me was when Chin was in Sara’s room, looking at her favourite toy rabbit and reading her letter to Santa in which she asked for a plane ticket for uncle Chin to come to visit her. Scene beautifully portrayed by Daniel which I think gave his very best in this occasion even more than in the entire series.


Even if trying to keep everybody safe and trying to do things like they need to be done in Mexico Steve didn’t spare us his share of dangerous heroic acts especially when he walked, alone and presumably unarmed into Rafael Ramirez’s house, the head of the local drug cartel. But of course the team reveled to be at his side when the boss spotted a red dot from a sniper rifle on his pool robe. Five 0 means business, especially when one of their Ohana is in danger.


Luckily this episode didn’t give us only tears and action but also a bit of fun, when Lou and Danno went to the morgue to try to identify the deceased kidnapper. First, they amused us with their comparative lack of skills in the Spanish language, “Soy Americano” from Lou was definitely more helpful than Danno’s “Your smile is gorgeous” with the guard. Their bribing charm though wasn’t as good as their pistols to persuade the poor dude to help them. In the same way, the funniest M.E. in the world kept us entertained with his failure in recognising that “Danny” was Detective Williams and with his pointing out the complete lack of qualifications, skills and knowledge to perform the task of identifying the dead man.


We will miss you Max, so very much.

The situation turned tense again when Chin directly accused Jorge Morales, Sara’s uncle to be the cause of her current predicament as he knew that a drug dealer was registered on his telephone. Useless the argument from Jorge that he had nothing to do with Sara’s kidnapping. Unfortunately even less of use his lack of financial means as the corrupted brand of the Mexican police had seized most of his money some time before. The “we have to steal it back” from Chin didn’t promise anything good, as similar situations never ended well for our Ohana.

Luckily Steve is able to occasionally learn from his past mistakes and turns down Ramirez’s offer to provide the million dollar, not wanting to find himself in the situation, sometime in the future, to be ask to give back something he wouldn’t want to do. Nevertheless Ramirez gives up the name of a corrupt police officer, Detective Quintanilla, so that the team can carry on, quoting Danno, the dumbest idea of robbing the police head quarters. At the same time Chin recovers the tapes of the Morales conversations with the drugs dealer that he thinks would help in finding Sara. Chin’s desperation shows when he shoots the guy in the foot when he refuses to give what he asked for.

Kono is given the task to go over the tapes in order for Chin to find a reason for taking Sara away from her Mexican family once the ordeal is over. Opposite to what Chin thought Kono find out that it wasn’t because of the Morales that Sara was taken but because of Chin and his connection with Five 0, a twist that I have to admit I didn’t see coming.

The team survives an ambush from the Diegos Cartel, which has some past beef with the force as one of its leaders was killed by them in Hawaii previously. Going after Sara in the Cartel’s head quarters would be a suicide mission and Steve tries to persuade Danno and Lou that as they have kids they should wait this one out.

In the meantime Chin breaks down with Kono, wondering why being the good guys and trying to do the right thing always ends up in them putting the people they love in arms way.

While the rest of the team tries to find an alternative solution Chin plans and carries out the ultimate sacrifice, offering himself to the cartel in Sara’s place.

This leads to the scene that had me really crying, seeing uncle and niece finally, even if briefly, reunited and in each other arms. Very sweet the scene of Chin telling Sara that uncle Steve and auntie Kono would be there soon and heart breaking when the little girl asks if he will be there too and Chin answers, with the sweetest smile “I will always be there”. In your heart he means, because at this point Chin is certain that his demise is imminent.


When the team arrives they find Sara hiding in the car with her favourite bunny and Chin’s badge on the ground, abandoned.

The episode ends at the cliffhanger point, leaving us to wonder about Chin’s fate and about how the team will manage once again to rescue on of their on from certain death.

Because they will right? The have to! Chin Ho is one of our favourite characters and we have to have him back.

And with this very emotional episode my friends I bid you temporarily good bye and I wish for you a very Happy Holidays season and an arrivederci to after Christmas and New Year.


Until them have a blessed time and mucho Aloha with your families and loved ones.




5 thoughts on “Hawaii Five-0 (S07E11)) “Ka’ili aku” (Snatchback)

  1. Great review. Jones I didn’t even think about Abby but you’re right. That would have been much better had she been there or at least Mae an appearance in the video. This was a wonderful episode. In the top ten for me. I don’t know why but I wasn’t expecting a cliffhanger. Can’t wait to see how it ends.

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  2. A fantastic Review about a fantastic episode. i loved it and altho every cast member was amazing even little Sara. I thought DDk’S performance was Emmy worthy. manu I wish you and yours “BUON NATALE I hope you have a VERY Happy Christmas .LOVE YOU My little Italian sister. XOOX

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