Hawaii Five-0 s5 ep 13

Mitch Lange, a Marine (?) with a new, virulent, and almost invariably fatal strain of avian flu, is flown into Hawaii in order to be treated at Tripler Army Medical Centre. He’s escorted by our old friend Joe White (Terry O’Quinn) who, despite his claim to now be working in the private sector, seems to be able to move around the military world with indecent ease. Steve and Joe are part of the convoy taking Mitch to Tripler, and in the course of the journey Joe reveals that he has finally decided not to be all enigmatic about the Steve’s Mom storyline. But just as he’s about to spill the beans to Steve the convoy is hijacked. It’s been a while since we had a proper H50 hijack, and this is a good one, with a wrecking ball slamming repeatedly into Steve’s vehicle. He gets a couple of shots off but Mitch is abducted.

A couple of leaps in logic later, the team concludes that someone wants to extract and weaponise the flu virus that poor old Mitch is carrying – it’s a “major national security situation”, according to Steve; well, yes – and a bit of investigation later they work out who the baddie is, and that he’s going to use bees dusted with freeze-dried virus to wipe out the population of the world. There’s a particularly uncomfortable scene in which they test out their virus delivery system on some hapless dude who thinks he’s applying for a job, but instead finds himself locked in a room and catching a dose of flu – which, contrary to everything else we hear about it, kills him in seconds – from Brer Bee. It’s decent stuff; I would, though, have expected an episode which hypothesizes the end of humanity to be a little more… exciting?

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5 thoughts on “Hawaii Five-0 s5 ep 13

  1. CJ Cregg March 5, 2015 / 11:41 pm

    I initially switched this off at the sight of Joe White. I am sick of that dude and even more sick of the Steve’s Mum storyline. I cannot believe even Steve cares any more.

    However I went back and watched it and it was fine. Mid-level H50 although the way Steve just casually went to “Oh yeah, I reckon it could be bees” with no basis for it at all was hilarious. Having said that, thanks H50 for finally making me realise what the bees in the first X-Files movie were for. For YEARS I’d never really grasped it but now – Eureka!

    Btw, did you notice Danny striding into the hospital ward, all angry and worried at the same time? Then he kept asking Steve if he was all right, and Steve said yes, and Scott Caan turned a little away from him and muttered angrily: “This time.” All that totally recognisable fear and anxiety for a loved one packed into those two words – it was such a human, completely believable reaction….. Scott Caan was utterly brilliant. It’s such a shame he has so little to do this season.

  2. Jed Bartlet March 6, 2015 / 12:09 am

    I thought the way they got from “He’s been abducted!” to “So who around here sells beekeeping equipment?” was magnificent.

    Don’t know what the deal with Scott Caan is. I’m assuming he had other things to do, because I can’t believe the writers didn’t want to use him.

    • CJ Cregg March 6, 2015 / 11:52 pm

      Yeah, I read somewhere he wanted to do fewer episodes this season, for whatever reason. The show really misses him, I think. Although Grover has pleasantly surprised me – I like him a lot now – so his and Jerry’s occasional presence help fill the gap a bit.

      Chin and Kono are still uber-dull though. And as for Max…. oh dear God.

      • Jed Bartlet March 7, 2015 / 12:53 am

        I did a bit of investigating, and it looks as if Scott Caan and his partner had their first child in mid-2014. He’s probably cut down on his TV commitments to spend more time on family duties.

  3. Tim June 8, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    Serviceable, no more. Elevated above the mediocre only by the wrecking ball hijack and the neat idea of having the A-plot actually be a Bee-plot. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

    I’m a bit sick of Joe White, Super Old Dude too. Am I bad for wishing that he hadn’t escaped his watery tomb? And he sure was lucky the inrushing water didn’t burst the back doors of that van open from the inside, wasn’t he?

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