Hawaii Five-0 s5 ep 10

We start with the shooting of a woman being shown in reverse, from the dumping of her body back to her pleading for her life, soundtracked by a gruff film noir-style voiceover. She was a hula dancer who worked for a thinly-disguised knocking shop; the voice belongs to Harry Brown (William Forsythe), a retired HPD cop-turned-PI, handy with his fists in an old-skool way when the baddies need a bit of encouragement. Needless to say, Steve allows him to join in with the investigation, which has to be extended to cover the first main suspect, who also turns up dead.

It’s not bad, but for some reason I kept waiting for it to get started. Also, it’s one of those episodes. Which is to say that as soon as REDACTED turns up it’s pretty obvious he’s not there just for a few seconds of screen time.

Bromance Watch: Chin and Jerry are now cohabiting. It’s not the same.

Women in the Workplace Watch: Hula dancers/escorts. And Dr Shaw starts crying, because she’s a girl, but is later cheered up by Danny who tells her she has a nice smile.

“Oh, FFS!” Watch: Are the writers really going to make us go through several weeks of ADA Ellie trying to fix Steve up with her hot single mates before they realise that they’re MFEO?

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4 thoughts on “Hawaii Five-0 s5 ep 10

  1. CJ Cregg February 7, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    The voiceover was TERRIBLE. The final one in particular about “the one bright spot… is knowing men like Steve McGarrett are out there” was the most FFS thing about the ep for me. Awful awful awful.

    I suppose the rest of it was ok, but that PI dude was bizarre and annoying – he seemed to be in an entirely different show from everyone else – and I actually thought the *other* famous person/relative to a megastar who turned up for about a minute was the killer but there you go.

    Danny being all sensitive to Dr Shaw: how long before they go out?

    I can’t believe Ellie was pretending to want to set Steve up while the pair of them were clearly a punch away from jumping each other – that was the flirtiest “boxing” I’ve ever seen. Unless she’s playing a very long game – get one of her pals to be Steve’s rebound from Catherine, cos rebounds never work out, then Miss Ellie can step in to the Commander’s arms when that’s over and Steve is ready for a new long-term thing….. Hm.

  2. Jed Bartlet February 7, 2015 / 11:40 pm

    I forgot about the closing voiceover when doing the review. I’m not sure how much more heroic they can make Steve.

    I’m in two minds about whether anything’s going to happen with Danny and Dr Shaw. On the one hand, she did say he was cute in the first episode of the season. On the other hand, though, his interest in her is coming over as quasi-paternal for now.

    No such doubts about Ellie and Steve, and I have no idea what the writers think they’re playing at.

  3. Tim June 8, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    Still in catch-up mode …

    I think this was one of those ideas – do a Mike Hammer-style PI piece – that looked good in the writers’ room but came across as horribly hackneyed. No redeeming features to this episode, really – not even Shanno.

  4. Jed Bartlet June 8, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    Ah… another big H50 binge! Think you’re right, Tim: this one sounded like a good idea to someone, but didn’t actually work.

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