Hawaii Five-0 s5 ep 12

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.


4 thoughts on “Hawaii Five-0 s5 ep 12

  1. CJ Cregg February 22, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    The B-plot was quite lovely, wasn’t it? I actually teared up during the scenes with Steve and that poor boy – I know it was obvious what Steve was going to do, but the expression on Alex O’Loughlin’s face when he saw the state the boy was in and told Pua/Duke to get him fed was just right. The pan round the table at the entire cast when he replied “Yeah, I guess I do” to “You like to fix broken toys” was a tad on the nose, though. Watch it there, Steve, babe, you might get yourself a big head.

    I was a bit less convinced by the A-plot although the resolution to that was very poignant, too. The thing that bugged me was that, unless I missed something, Huhu was just a thug – a horrible, violent, terrible thug – who went from being a reform school guard to maintenance work but he carried out his hits on the surgeon and Tahni like he was some sort of professional hitman, covering his tracks with far too much ease and brio. His 30-odd years as a hospital maintenance man might have told him where the cameras were but did it also train him as a secret assassin?

  2. Jed Bartlet February 22, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    Huhu has also been watching TV. Find out where the cameras are, hide your face, double tap to the head… I could totally be a hitman.

    • CJ Cregg February 22, 2015 / 8:44 pm

      And then negotiate a presidential pardon for yourself afterwards, I would think. All those years of 24….

  3. Tim June 8, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    I was a bit so-so about the A-plot but I did like the sudden veer mid-story. And, hey, Wings Hauser – proper throwback to over-the-top, gum-chewing, cowboy hat-wearing 80s bad guy. I was half expecting Airwolf to come swooping out of the sky or something … 🙂

    The B-plot was lovely, and the “You like to fix broken toys” line, though a bit cheesy, worked beautifully for me.

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