Geck-O-Meter: 6 Geckos
The Show is back! The Show is back!!!!
I think I set myself up by anticipating this episode so much. I was a little disappointed that things didn’t pan out as I had expected. There were still plenty of things that I loved, though! And it was great that they worked Max and Kamekona into the episode.
As I’m looking through the screencaps I’ve collected for this post, I’m realizing that, out of about 40 caps, 5 are of Steve’s butt. And 4 are of him changing his shirt. Hmmmm…
We pick up right where we left off last season. Steve and Wo Fat are inside the super-max prison and someone is breaking in to kill Wo Fat. In under 10 seconds, Steve, who has no weapon, takes down the 4 heavily armed soldiers who break in. That’s our bad-ass Steve!!!!
Even Wo Fat is impressed. Or he wet himself. I’m not sure which.
Steve is intense, as usual. I’m sure he didn’t wet himself. He’s Steve.
One soldier is still alive, and Steve promptly drags him to the Palace for interrogation. I have no doubt he dragged the guy all the way there. (BTW, look at all that damage!)
Time for a brief check-in with Kono and Adam. They are on their way to somewhere (Hong Kong, I think). Kono already misses Hawaii but is devoted to Adam and their life together. This is so sweet!
Danny brings Steve a clean shirt and informs him that Wo Fat will be moved to the super-max prison in Colorado. That means Steve and Danny will have to come here to Colorado to visit him! Amber and I are ***happy dancing***!!
Steve changes his shirt outside the interrogation room. Thank you!!!
Chin Ho discovers that the soldiers were from the NLM, the same terrorists they dealt with in the finale of S3. This was my first let-down. The NLM? Really? Not some hugely ongoing bad guys, but the ones we met last episode. Maybe they are going to be the hugely ongoing bad guys this season, and we need to see how bad and crazy and huge they really are.
Suddenly, the NLMs break into the Palace, wearing their Village People costumes!
Chin is not going to give up easily. Why are there little white light wrapped around the banister?
Two of the NLMs go to Five-0 HQ and plug into the table computer. The woman believes (as I do) that if you say “C’mon c’mon c’mon” to the computer in an impatient voice, it will hear you and work faster.
When they get what they want from the table computer, they shoot it!! Chin is not happy.
Max comes running over the Palace to see if his Five-0 friends are okay. I am loving his red belt! Go Max!
We get to meet the new SWAT commander, Grover. He looks tough and intimidating to me. And very large.
Kamekona also shows up outside to find out about his Ohana. He matches wits with an HPD cadet. It took me a minute to figure out where I knew Cadet Guy from. He ran the security office at some hotel way back in episode 3×17 Pa’ani (The Game). Kono talked to him in his office, and he flirted with her and told her he’d applied to the academy. Looks like he made it! Better watch out in 3 months, Kamekona!
Meanwhile, Steve and Danny are dragging Cosi (their solder-prisoner) around the basement to avoid the NLM people.
Steve: “Did you check the emergency exit?”
Danny: “No, I went to get donuts.”
Steve is performing CPR on Cosi, so Danny decides this is a good time to discuss his love life.
“I thought I was actually happy, which is a weird thing for me.”
Steve reminds him that you’d better be sure before you use the word “love.”
Danny replies, “I personally don’t think it counts if you say it to a pistol.”
Catherine has car trouble while she’s driving to the Palace. A tow truck just happens to be right there to assist her. A little too convenient, I think.
Back outside the Palace, Grover practices the time-honored police tradition of stripping down to your underwear and offering Chinese food to criminals during a hostage situation. I did not realize he was a sentimental guy! Perhaps he will be able to get Steve and Danny to participate next time, at least in the removing-your-pants ritual.
Every once in a while, Steve is a little too cold and it bothers me. This scene is one of those. He shot an NLM dude by shooting through Cosi’s shoulder! I know SEALs and cops sometimes have to do what it takes, but…wow…it boggles my mind. Yes, I am timid and will never be bad-ass.
The NLM leader threatens to start shooting hostages unless the Five-0 team gives him Cosi and turns themselves in. So Steve and Danny bring Cosi up from the basement, in an elevator that only goes up from the ground floor. Our guys can do anything!
Steve, Danny, and Chin are not in a good situation right now.
It quickly gets better (for them), as the lead terrorist shoots Cosi dead, then they all surrender to the Five-0 team. Apparently they have heard how amazing and awesome Steve and his crew are, and they finally come to their senses and give up.
Steve needs to change his shirt again. Please?
Chin Ho is always a gentleman.
We soon find out more about Cath’s car trouble and the convenient tow truck. The NLM kidnapped her and will kill her unless Steve releases the prisoners! Time for some high-speed driving through Honolulu to intercept the SWAT van in time.
I love the looks on Danny’s face when he’s bracing himself for Steve’s driving.
Danny does not think this is a good idea.
“It’s off the goof meter completely!”
I found this to be a touching moment. Steve tells Danny, “I lost my dad dealing with people like this. I’m not going to lose Catherine, too.”
Danny responds, “I have your back. Always.”
Steve and Danny catch the SWAT van and release the prisoners, who promptly speed off in Cammy the Camano. I have a bad feeling about this.
They rescue Catherine, with a moment that all McRoll fans are still cheering about!
Danny doesn’t find the situation as moving as Steve does, though.
“I’m gonna go, uh, I’ll wait by the van. If anyone needs me, I’ll be over by the, uh…Oh, wow! Look at that—that’s a giant amakihi. I though those were extinct, you know?”
Meanwhile, Chin is tailing the fugitives in the Camaro. They abandon Cammy and jump into an SUV, then Boom! My Cammy is gone! We had so many great times together, and now she’s just charred. I am very sad to see her go, but at least she gave her life in the line of duty.
Steve, Danny, and Cath make it back from the jungle before HPD manages to arrive at the scene of the explosion. Grover tries to arrest McGarrett and his Merry Band of Do-Whatever-The-Hell-You-Want, but Steve basically says “No.”
Danny: “You’re invading his personal space.”
With Duke’s help, they quickly deduce that the bad guys are going to escape by flying a helicopter out of Aloha Stadium. HPD intercepts the NLM there, and the bad guys go flying, but in their SUV instead of a chopper.
El Condor, the great and powerful NLM head honcho, escapes from the wreckage.
Catherine: “Where’s Steve?” [Sound of gunshots] Yes, you can find Steve by following the sound of gunshots. Kind of like a breadcrumb trail.
Where’s Steve? Hanging off of the helicopter, of course.
He overpowers everyone in the chopper, but the pilot gets shot in the process. So Steve puts a lot of effort into landing it.
Danny yells at Steve because he was really worried, Catherine offers free beer, and Chin looks indulgent.
Now, as promised.
Steve pays a visit to Wo Fat, who gets an entire cargo plane to himself. He wants to know what’s between Wo Fat and Doris, but all he’s told is that Doris wanted to apologize. Wo Fat says he’ll have to ask Doris what she was apologizing for. Steve doesn’t like that answer.
He collects some of Wo Fat’s blood and gives it to Max to analyze. Steve thinks Wo Fat might be his brother! I have this feeling we are not going to find out the answer to this blood test in the next episode, though. Or, it will be inconclusive.
Toast! Toast comes in to help them figure out what the NLMs stole from the table computer.
Oh, dear! They found out where Kono and Adam are, and they sent the information to the Yakuza! Are the NLM and the Yakuza working together? This could be hugely bad!
Chin calls Kono, but it might be too late. We won’t know until next week!
Whew, this was an action-packed episode, wasn’t it? Thanks for reading! Aloha!