Hawaii Five-0 s4 ep 11

Well, now. I don’t really know what to make of this episode. It starts out as the Christmas episode, with Danny and daughter Grace taking part in a Christmas Eve beach clean-up, giving Danny an opportunity for some half-hearted flirting with a predatory MILF. Then the Five-0 investigates the shooting of Victor Dobbs, a high-end housebreaker, played at least in part for humour (I LOL-ed at least three times: “Operation”, “redundancy”, and “That’s ironic”, if anyone wants to compare notes).

But then the episode takes an abrupt right-turn, and becomes about a much-feared serial killer, with an unparalleled reputation for torturing his victims; a safe full of, I dunno, severed fingers; and Chin tied up in his basement. And meantime a box that Grace found on the beach turns out to have floated from Japan after the 2011 tsunami, and contains something which Danny and Grace feel it necessary to deliver back to Japan in person, apparently on a day-trip. At Christmas. Not the worst episode, but the main plot felt a bit rushed, to say the least.

Bromance Watch: “You know you like me. You just have difficulty expressing your feelings.” Said to Steve. By Grover. WHOA. DUDE. Hold on there, big guy. I’m not entirely au fait with bromance etiquette, but cutting in on another bro’s bro? Thatz not OK.

“Oh, FFS!” Watch: Kamekona. The uke. ‘Tiny Bubbles’. Before it all went serial killer-y.


5 thoughts on “Hawaii Five-0 s4 ep 11

  1. CJ Cregg April 5, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    This was bonkers. Not in a bad way – I quite enjoyed it, but it was like three eps mashed into one, each stranger than the last.

    The severed finger collection must have been in the safe, I agree. Strangely restrained of H50 not to show it, but good for them for trusting the audience to work it out for themselves.

    And also, points for Gary’s girlfriend having the presence of mind to get to the gun and then get it to Chin to save them both and Chin then acknowledging that. It was a small moment, but a refreshing one given H50’s usually patronising and stupid attitude to its female characters. In that one scene, Gary’s girlfriend may have done more than Catherine and Kono have in weeks. Can she join the Five-0 too????

    In terms of sheer bizarreness, though I thought the day-trip to Japan was the FFS-iest bit. They didn’t even introduce themselves, just “Hi, here’s your deeply personal item symbolising everything you lost, feel free to cry your eyes out, we have to dash.” The actor playing the wee girl’s dad was fantastic but they could at least have stayed and had a chat with the poor man, Grace could have learned all sorts of stuff, etc etc.

  2. Jed Bartlet April 6, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    I thought the Japan storyline was a waste of a good idea. The links, for better or worse, between Hawaii and Japan have been explored in various ways in the show: they could really have built an episode around the consequences of the tsunami. Turning it into an opportunity for some cutesy father/daughter bonding seemed perfunctory.

    • CJ Cregg April 6, 2014 / 11:07 pm

      Totally agree with you. They should have built an episode around it, instead of just tacking it on to another one which was already a mish-mash of themes.

  3. Kay20 June 15, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Don’t forget that this episode was also brought to you by the Microsoft surface.

    • Jed Bartlet June 15, 2016 / 3:45 pm

      Aren’t they all? I quite like the way that H50 is entirely shameless about its product placement.

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