Hawaii Five-0 s2 ep 16

A tumultuous week for the Five-0, which starts with a mysterious death at a luxury hotel and ends in a diplomatic incident, when the team has to resort to a little high-stakes ruse to flush their suspect, a Russian diplomat, out of the consulate where he’s hiding, and then another one to get a blood sample from him. It’s breathless stuff from start to finish, and something close to a season-best. The Governor, though, has to do rather more fire-fighting than he would like, and someone’s gonna have to pay.

Thus Lori, who hasn’t really been keeping an eye on the Five-0 like the Governor wanted her to do, hands in her resignation. I have a feeling that fanpower has driven Lauren German out; I was never as antipathetic to her as most other viewers seem to have been, but there’s no doubt at all that after several weeks of hinting at a relationship between Lori and Steve the writers backed away from it. (This is further substantiated by the symbolic appearance this week of Steve’s on/off FWB Catherine (Michelle Borth), who is going to be a regular in season 3.) Lori alludes to this in her final conversation with Steve, suggesting that she gave him and the Five-0 free rein because of her “feelings” for him, which Steve acknowledges with a good, firm hug. Perhaps, of course, Lori wanted more in life than being Steve’s beard. Which leads us to…

Bromance Watch: “You are a topper”, Danny says to Steve. Further comment would be superfluous.


5 thoughts on “Hawaii Five-0 s2 ep 16

  1. Tim April 20, 2012 / 11:07 am

    This was fun, wasn’t it, with the whole team getting in on the action. (But isn’t Alex O’Loughlin looking awfully gaunt now?)

    I think my objection to Lori was always that she seemed to duplicate so much of Kono’s role, pushing her to one side. It did definitely seem like the writers weren’t sure how to play the hinted-at romance with Steve. It was a shame, though, that she got written out in such a low-key way rather than in a blaze of glory. Ultimately her character has left little impact on me, as all she ever really seemed to do was make up the numbers and use her profiling skills to provide handy exposition. Other than her liking for derssing up as Sandy for Grease, I don’t feel we ever got to know her – the writers’ fault, not Lauren German’s.

    I’m hoping that Catherine’s return as a regular next year is a bit better thought through, so that there’s space for her to co-exist with Kono properly.

  2. Jed Bartlet April 20, 2012 / 11:27 am

    Poor Alex O’Loughlin is indeed looking very fragile. Apparently he’s only briefly in episode 20 and out of episode 21 entirely, so we’ve got a few weeks of hollow-cheeked Steve to go.

    I wonder whether Catherine will just be in as Alex’s bit of fluff, or whether she’ll be taking an active Five-0 role? You’d have to think the latter; in which case, as you say, she could easily be treading on Kono’s toes again.

  3. CJ Cregg April 21, 2012 / 2:49 pm

    I concur. I thought this was much better than the usual H50 – exciting, high-octane and very entertaining, although the jumping back and forth in time was a bit confusingly done.

    Lori was astonishingly dull and I’m delighted to see the back of her. Her confession to Steve was embarrassing, but he handled it oddly sensitively I thought. Good for Steve. Disappointed we didn’t lose Chin too, but hey, one at a time.

    Logic watch: was everyone really just hanging around the Russian consulate, if they really thought there was radiologically hazardous material in Chin’s truck? Surely they’d evacuate and get all sorts of Hazmat-type folk in there? And if they had already done that, where on earth were they holding Chin?

    No matter. It was good fun.

    Get well soon, Alex.

  4. Kay20 July 16, 2012 / 6:48 am

    CJ – you raise some good points about the logic of this episode, but hey, don’t we suspend logic for this show?

    And the end of Lori – thank god. Overstayed her boring welcome.

    I wish they’d do more with Max as well – and that tech guy that clearly has a crush on Kono. They steal the scenes they are in.

    Meanwhile, the FWB of Steve is kinda radiating boring as well. Can’t they do something interesting with the women on this show? Or does the bromance just push them all aside.

    Chin is way too happy. Impending doom is coming. I know it. On TV characters can NEVER be this happy. I’m liking him CJ – it’s nice to have a not smouldering character around…though I suspect those days are rapidly coming to an end and we are going to go back to dour Chin. Sigh. Daniel Dae Kim does that better anyway.

  5. Jed Bartlet July 16, 2012 / 12:58 pm

    It’s all subservient to the bromance, Kay.

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