We start with a twitching, sweaty, paranoid journalist and broadcaster. These are pretty common, but it turns out that the usual reason why a journalist might be sweaty and paranoid doesn’t apply; people really are after him, and he ends up being strangled in his car. Enter the Five-0, happily including Danny; the show has much more of a spring in its step when he’s around. The deceased is Julius Brennan, who was on Hawaii to investigate a Congolese war lord, previously presumed dead, but very much alive and played by Barkhad Abdi from Captain Phillips. It all unspools in a workmanlike but unsurprising way. This was episode 15 of a 25-episode season, and sometimes with procedurals you need a few episodes like this to fill a year out, I suppose.
And it’s the Valentine’s Day episode – apparently that’s a thing – so in the B-plot Danny agonizes about Grace being texted by a boy; it’s as slight as it sounds, but is also rather sweet, mostly because of Scott Caan. I am, however, a little perturbed by the hint of a forthcoming romance between Jerry and Dr Shaw. Now, emotional and sexual compatibility has any number of aspects. But in TV-and-film world guys who look like Jorge Garcia get together with remarkable frequency with women who look like Amanda Setton, while the same privileges don’t always apply to female characters, on the rare occasions when they’re allowed to be anything other than thin. Which once again emphasises how commendable Homeland’s handling of the issue was.