Geck-0-Meter: 8 Geckos (1 for the case of the week and 7 for the rest of the episode)
Alex was so amazing!! He deserves more recognition for his skill as an actor. Did I mention that he was so amazing?! We should give him an Emmy. And an Oscar. Plus a Grammy, Golden Globe, Tony, and Nobel Prize. The Stanley Cup, anyone?
I love the poker game! Everyone who is anyone is there. Well, except Wo Fat, but that would have been a tad awkward. Kono beats Lou, Shrimp Bucks, Max in his green visor, and Steve borrowing money from Danny! All that fun in only a few minutes of screen time. 🙂
Soon the game is interrupted by not one, but two phone calls. First, Catherine gets an emergency call from Amir that upsets her, then Danny gets a call for this week’s case.
At the scene of the crime, we find a guy who was hit by truck because he ran into the street. He was chasing a guy on a motorcycle who had just stolen an organ that was intended for transplant!!! Quick, find a good transplant surgeon! (Yeah, I had to go there). Seriously, this case was filler. Kind of like those foam peanuts. Maybe I’ll call this the Peanut Case from now on.
Back at HQ, Cath asks for Steve’s help because she needs to get to Afghanistan pronto. Her friend Amir’s son Najib has been kidnapped by the Taliban. He wants her to go through proper channels, but she insists there’s no time. Cath is behaving exactly the way Steve would behave if the situation were reversed. And she continues to do so through the whole show.
She tells Steve the story of how Amir and his family saved her life 7 years ago. She was wounded and separated from her unit, and they took her in and patched her up, even though the Taliban would kill them if she were found. Sure enough, the Taliban showed up 3 days later, and Amir hid her from them. She owes them a debt and is determined to help them now. Steve agrees to help, and then he even shows up at the airport to go with her! He totally understands her mission and probably realizes that he would do the same.
Danny and Chin Ho investigate the case. They interrogate a suspect, and they look quite nice while doing it. 🙂
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Steve and Cath ride into Amir’s village. Steve on a horse. Yes, please!
They find that Amir has gone off because he heard the kidnappers were in the area, so they follow him and find him wounded. Cath promises they’ll bring back Najib.
Back at Amir’s home, Cath tells Steve the rest of the story. She had actually met Amir and his family a year earlier than when she was wounded. She was in the village when Najib and his friends kicked their soccer ball into a mine field. Cath kept the boy from running into the field, then she called Billy (Harrington?!) and got a large, scary-looking, metal machine of some kind to come and rescue the ball. Yes, a soccer ball. I know Amir couldn’t just run to Walmart and buy a new one for the kids, but really? They couldn’t just use a map or metal detector or something?
Time to solve the case back in Hawaii. Danny, Chin, and Kono do some computer detectiving to find the stolen liver.
They track down the liver thief by means of a fingerprint they found, and so they head to his house. He runs away, but unfortunately for him he happens to run right by the part of the jungle where Lou likes to hang out. Lou takes a break from whatever he was doing in the jungle and smacks the liver-napper in the face. The team finds that the liver was intended for a lawyer who was representing a group in a class-action lawsuit against Attis Chemical Company. A couple of their executives instigated the liver robbery so the lawyer would die. Clever, and yet not, because there’s probably more than one lawyer in Hawaii.
Steve and Cath think they’ve spotted the group who has Najib, and they set up a roadblock, with Steve pretending to be a goat herder. (He has prior experience as a dairy farmer, you know. *wink*). When the convoy stops, Cath finds a bunch of kids in the truck, but not Najib. (BTW, notice that the Taliban dudes drive a Ford truck? Not a Chevy, of course. 😉 )
The Taliban discovers the trap, and lots of gun shots are fired. Did you know that one of the Taliban fighters was Egan Inoue, Alex and Scott’s friend and Brazilian jui jitsu instructor?
Steve yells for Cath to save the kids.
One of the Taliban dudes throws a grenade, and Steve is knocked out and captured!
At the Taliban camp, they are not taking good care of Steve. He’s already beat-up, and he hasn’t even met the evil Omar Hassan yet. The US thought they had killed Hassan 2 years earlier, but Amir knew that he was still alive. This is valuable intel!
The Taliban guys identify Steve by sorting through photographs. Apparently they haven’t had time to scrapbook yet, so the pictures are still in a box. They happen to have one of Steve, and they recognize him immediately! A few taps on their laptop, and they have his name and know he’s the one who took down the terrorists during last week’s episode! Maybe they looked at his Facebook page?
Meanwhile, Danny is accompanying some SEALs on their way to Afghanistan to rescue Steve. He did not get the memo about the dress code aboard this beverage-service-free flight.
At the US base, Danny assures them that Steve is still alive. He knows Steve.
This was such a scene! Even as they’re close to executing him, Steve gives one last fight, but to no avail. The evil Hassan is about to chop off Steve’s head! The way Steve yelled and shook and seemed so terrified was just chilling!
As the SEALs storm in to save him, just in time, Steve shrinks into the corner. He doesn’t know who just broke in and shot all the Taliban soldiers. This is way too much for anyone’s brain to handle, but his instincts kick in and he gets out of the way. As they call him by name and he realizes they’re US troops—wow—this was so intense! I love seeing brave and daring SEAL Steve, but something about seeing the humanity as he is moments from death was just–wow! Fabulous acting!
Back at the base, Steve is patched up and Danny is by his side. And Danny is not going to leave no matter who tells him to! Steve insists that he has to go help Cath, but Danny gets him to stay. Steve is in such bad shape from the beatings and all, and he’s probably mentally exhausted, he really can’t help right now. Danny was a little callous here, but we know how much Steve means to him. He was totally focused on his SEAL.
The CIA and some Navy guy try to question Steve, but darn it, his short-term memory has been wiped out and he can’t remember anything about Amir, Cath, or where he got his intel! And apparently Steve has a reputation in these parts. The Navy guy warns him that he’d better never pull another rogue mission in that part of the world. Um, can you say “Shelborne”? Steve will be back.
Danny (as the guys leave): Nice to meet you both.
Steve arrives home. (I’m going to assume that Danny is outside parking the car. Surely he wouldn’t send Steve home by himself after all this?) He already looked so sad and worn before his phone rang. Who was calling? Catherine. She’s going to stay in Afghanistan and keep looking for Najib. Steve offers to return, but she insists she’s better off by herself because she can keep a low profile. Steve is so devastated at this. He understands what she’s doing, but…the way he puts his head down for a second, then comes back on the phone, not sounding nearly as emotional as he looks. He wants to sound okay. But one more person is leaving him.
Steve: I love you, you know.
Catherine replies that she loves him, too, and we can see that she’s sad. But she’s focused on her mission. Her crazy mission that is not likely to turn out good. One person against the Taliban? I know she’s tough and has experience, but this is a suicide mission, I think. Fair winds and following seas, Catherine.
And Steve is just–devastated. I want to reach through my TV and hug him and tell him to sleep and that he’ll get through this. What an ending.