In what passes for the A-plot this week, a diamond thief robs a jewellery store, but is then shot in the getaway car by his lover/partner-in-crime, who dumps him out of the car and leaves with the jewels. A quick Five-0 investigation reveals that the dude who was shot (a) isn’t dead and (b) is a Serbian megacriminal, who will assuredly come after Emma, the broad who double-crossed him. As he’s a higher value target, it’s decided that the best thing to do is set up a stake-out at Emma’s apartment, and wait for the megacriminal to reveal himself.
Which brings us to the real point of the episode; after several weeks of not-very-much, it’s all about the bromance this week. I’m not sure it’s a wise decision, either. It starts with Steve and Danny getting “couples counselling” again, then onto them sharing a flat overlooking Emma’s while keeping an eye out for the rampaging Serbian (who will rampage magnificently in one particular scene). So there’s plenty of time for them to, y’know, talk about their relationship. And their feelings.
The thing is, though, there really isn’t that much to talk about, no matter how much the writers might wish it so. I like the bromance as much as the next viewer, probably more so, but in reality the arguments in the car and the occasional exchange at a crime scene are probably enough to cover it. They’re partners; they’re friends; they bicker; they love each other. It really doesn’t need psychoanalysis. OK: I was quite amused by the elderly neighbour who thought Steve (with a white cat draped over his shoulder) and Danny were married. Less so by the way in which the guys leered over Emma while nominally engaged in a surveillance operation pertaining to her, although it’s hardly the first time H50 has objectified women, and it’s hardly the first show to do so either. (The elderly neighbour will also get a sort-of C-plot, which gives Jerry another chance to be sweet.)
Daniel Dae Kim directs, incidentally, and does a good job, but he really doesn’t have much to work with here.