Sometimes you just know from watching a cold open that an episode is going to work. To start with Grover’s daughter Samantha is having a nightmare about her kidnap ordeal and wakes up screaming; it isn’t the first time this has happened, and Grover is plainly in considerable distress about his inability to take that burden away from her. This is impressive because, as I said when I reviewed the episode in which Samantha was kidnapped, Five-0 family members do seem to be at a considerably higher risk than the general populace. The traumatic effects, though, aren’t always followed through.
Then a hot MILFy neurosurgeon kisses her husband – Brian Letscher, Tom off of Scandal! – goodbye and heads off to work. Meantime a kindly grandparent puts his grandson on the school bus… but the kindly grandparent is Gregory effing Itzin, who then guns the hot neurosurgeon down in her hospital’s carpark. Now, as far as I’m concerned there’s pretty much no-one who’s better at playing a slightly over-the-top bad guy than Itzin. I mean that very much as a compliment; I love him.
And there’s more: once we’re through the credits we discover that the milfosurgeon was about to perform a life-saving procedure on an established H50 Big Bad, Paul Delano (Daniel Baldwin). So to start with it looks as if someone – apart from Chin – wants Delano dead, but when Max connects the shooting to the murder of one of the neurosurgeon’s patients, the investigation veers off in another direction. The solution will involve a redneck with a boobytrapped house, a reform school guard known as Huhu, and a forty-year old mystery.
Even the B-plot was good. Steve’s car is stolen by someone who dumps it and starts to strip it for parts. It looks as if this is going to be frivolous nonsense – not necessarily in a bad way – but it becomes unexpectedly moving, and subtly relevant to the Case of the Week. I thought this was a terrific episode, with a feelgood ending which felt as if the characters had earned it.
Bromance Watch: the boys are a bit testy to start with. “You still seeing that therapist?” wonders Chin. But as ever they form an emotional bond through their work. Danny to Steve: “You’re a half-baked cookie… soft and gooey on the inside. That’s why I love you, babe”.
“Oh, FFS!” Watch: Max and the piano. But that doesn’t derail the episode.