Aloha, my lovelies! Did you enjoy this week’s H50? I did, even though my Danny was missing. But he was off taking care of his son, and I can understand that. I found this to be a good story with lots of team involvement, some nice Ohana moments, and a great guest star. I give this episode 7 geckos on the Geck-O-Meter:
We start off on a sad note, as Steve is alone and sad. He’s missing Catherine. So poignant and touching, even though he says nothing. His look says it all, poor guy. Someone needs to give him a hug.
Off to Makua Kea’au Forest Reserve, where some flower children–complete with vintage VW bus and shell leis–are gathering horticultural bounty to make beauty products and Beatnik Hand Cream.
Suddenly, $100 bills start fluttering around. Do those grow in Hawaii? Nope. Seems they belong to a dead guy, who may or may not have also been gathering flowers. Nah, probably not. Why would he need Benjamins for that?
Steve has gathered himself together, donned his blue shirt, and arrived at the hospital with Lou. How appropriate that he is driving Lou’s truck and relegating Lou to passenger status!
They’ve brought eggplant parmesan for Danny, who is recovering from donating bone marrow for his son, Charlie. (BTW, isn’t his name Charles William? Does that make him Charles William Williams now? 😕 ) Regardless, it’s so nice that they are visiting him, and when Steve gets a call about the Case of the Fluttering Currency, Lou offers to take it so Steve can spend time with Danny. “Go make sure our boy’s okay.” Our boy. ❤ That is, as long as Steve doesn’t take all the credit for the eggplant parm.
The flower children got caught because they tried to buy a $90,000 car with the money, which turned out to be counterfeit! The kind created by Miko Mosley in last week’s episode, in fact! I found it a little creepy that they buried the dead guy after taking the money, but then again, I guess they couldn’t call the police without explaining about the money. No, that was creepy. And rude.
The dead guy was killed by an arrow. Hmmm….
Hey, I don’t want to miss a chance to display a hot shirtless guy!
Meanwhile, Adam has been nabbed by the Yakuza. Tom Bishop, in fact. Adam is confused: “You’re not Japanese.” Well, Adam, haven’t you heard of corporate diversity?? The Yakuza may be drug-running, gun-toting, nabbing-you-with-a-hood-over-your-head kind of people, but they still have to obey the Equal Employment Opportunity laws in the US. I thought everyone knew that.
When Lou and Chin Ho show up at the ME’s office, Max takes the opportunity to show them his blue outfit idea that he put together on Polyvore, in hopes that he will be included with the rest of the Blue Team. He is disappointed to discover that not everyone wore blue this week.
Max hides his disappointment by telling them that this is actually the clothing worn by the arrow-pierced dead guy. It’s all expensive stuff from the 80s.
By de-aging the photo of the victim, they discover that he is Harrison Crane, a rich guy who disappeared more than 20 years ago. I wonder if he’s been wandering the jungle with all the counterfeit money since then?
Kono shows up and tells us that the archer was an ex-con who accidentally shot Crane when he thought he was shooting a boar. Or a bore, in which case he might actually have been aiming at Crane. The guy was rich, but we don’t know if he was witty.
We also have another clue: some fingerprints on the fake Benjamins. Guess who? Mozzie! Wait, he’s Gerard Hirsch, the art appraiser and forger from last season! He’s also Mozzie from White Collar. Confused? Let’s just call him Hirsch.
He’s now on parole and earning money by drawing caricatures at the beach. For $30 a pop!
At Harrison Crane’s estate, Chin, Lou, and Jerry are let into his rooms by his maid who brings food and takes away laundry, but never actually enters. The place has all the necessities: canned food, a microwave oven, a brass bed, and a turquoise puppet theater.
It’s apparent that Crane hid himself away because of severe OCD. They also find contemporary photos of a young woman, even though everything else is from the 80s. They do not find puppets.
Hirsch starts out trying to deny that he knew Crane. “That guy made J. D. Salinger look like a social butterfly.”
Hirsch explains that his prints were on the fluttering money because Crane sold him an original Edward Hopper! (I LOVE Hopper’s work! I saw an original at a museum this summer and it was amazing!) And Hirsch got the money when he sold some artwork to Miko Mosley, but he didn’t know it was counterfeit. Nearly everyone who sees that money can tell that it’s counterfeit, but the forger can’t!
A quick trip to Crane’s lawyer lets us know that the the young woman in the photos, Laura Ioane, was not a puppeteer, but the daughter of the one woman Crane loved, many years ago. He established a trust fund for Laura to honor his lost love, and he eventually became friends with her, too.
Adam is keeping busy while his wife is occupied with solving crimes. The non-Japanese Tom Bishop wants him to get some answers out of Aaron, the murderer from last week’s episode, because he probably knows where Gabriel is. Looks like Adam means business!
Case summary: They’ve figured out that Laura was kidnapped, and Crane sold the Hopper to get enough cash to pay the ransom. That must be why he was out in the jungle. He was not looking for pirates, wildflowers, caricatures, puppets, pancakes, or bananafish.
Kidnapper Dude wants the painting directly from Hirsch, now that the news is out that Crane is dead as a doornail. But oops, Crane already sold the Hopper to a Russian crime lord.
Five-0 is going to have to steal back the stolen painting! Steve’s truck is gaining a reputation for its speediness (remember Lou’s complaints about it?)
Kono: Is you foot even on the gas? 😛
Steve: There’s a reason we always take Danny’s car, okay?
Chin and Lou cast a disparaging look at Steve and his slow truck, then zoom ahead to catch the Russians.
Those silly Russians throw the painting out the window!!! Egads! An original Hopper! Steve hops into traffic to save it.
Oops! Gotta dodge the cars. At least, I hope that’s what he’s doing.
This is the only look we get at the painting. 😦
Hirsch has to wear a specially made, very loud, wire-containing aloha shirt when he hands the painting over to Kidnapper Dude. I love that Kono turns her back while he changes. Steve would have just ripped off his shirt in the middle of the room and walked around half-naked. I wish.
Hirsch: Okay, how does it look? Honestly?
Kono (suppressing a grin): You look fine.
Hirsch: Can I at least wear a bulletproof vest?
Kono: Why? If they shoot you, it will be in the head.
Hirsch: You’re the reason I’m in all of this mess to begin with. If you hadn’t honeypotted me, I never would have fallen for that sting.
Hirsch: You used your feminine charms to entrap me.
Kono: I was just doing my job.
Hirsch: Maybe so, but you can’t deny there’s something between us.
I believe it’s called “air.”
Hirsch starts his journey to locate Kidnapper Dude, while Lou enjoys a cup of coffee.
Steve and Chin practice looking bad-ass in the van.
Hirsch pauses to get more instructions from Kidnapper Dude. Watch out for arrows! This is how the whole thing started!
When Hirsch’s phone stops moving, undercover Kono investigates.
Kono! He’s right there! He changed into a darling red hat and Cheeseburger in Paradise t-shirt!
Steve and Chin chase Kidnapper Dude, who happens to be driving a car. That doesn’t stop these guys, though! They want to earn that gold medal in sprinting to go with Steve’s gymnastics honors.
Oh, no! Someone t-bones Kidnapper Dude’s car, and he’s killed! Now how will they find Laura? Hirsch remembers that they guy has a partner.
Coincidentally, Kidnapper Dude has called his mom about a gazillian times. And it’s not even Mothers’ Day.
Guess what? His partner really is his mom! I honestly thought that was a code name! Kidnapper Mom is also Crane’s maid. She’s easy to catch.
She helped Kidnapper Dude because he’s had a rough life and deserved more. Oh, well, that’s a good reason.
Steve discovers that Laura is hidden in a hole under a very large concrete vase.
Adam is still busy with non-Japanese Tom Bishop and the Yakuza. He can’t get Gabriel’s location, so Tom shoots Aaron. And then tells Adam that he’d better come up with that money, even if he has to get his hands dirty. Hmmmm, maybe Bishop wants Adam to gather flowers in the jungle and make Beatnik Hand Cream?
❤ Time for a lovely Ohana moment like I love. Steve goes to the hospital to visit Danny, then joins them at their current fav, Rumfire.
Awwwww, Hirsch made caricatures for the group! These are great! I just wish we had one of Danny, too.
I don’t think he went overboard on Steve’s abs, do you?
The guys watch Kono chug a beer.
Kono: Oh my god, that’s Jerry Rice.
Hirsch: Oh, from “Dancing with the Stars”!
Lou fills everyone in on all of Rice’s stats, including 3 Super Bowls for the San Francisco 49ers. (Can we start calling our team the 5-0ers?)
Hirsch: I don’t follow baseball. 😀
Steve explains what’s going on with Danny and gets Rice’s autograph.
Group picture! Poor Danny always misses the football players!
We end with Kono and Adam again. Is Adam going to become a bad guy?
As always, thanks for reading!