Hawaii Five-0 s5 ep 17

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.

2 thoughts on “Hawaii Five-0 s5 ep 17

  1. CJ Cregg March 28, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    I quite enjoyed it. I’m somewhat surprised by the amount of time and money the Dept apparently puts into its staff’s’ relationships – does every partnership get this intense level of mandatory couples counselling and scrutiny or just the really special ones? – and quite a lot of the analysis stuff/dialogue was obvious to the point of clunkiness, but O’Loughlin and Caan have obviously been working together a long time and know how to make this stuff work. I thought they were cute.

    As for the leering – eh. It’s not my favourite thing for tv heroes to do, but they’re not saints and the show is forever giving us long, loving panning shots of women in tiny bikinis, so, as you said, it’s not new.

    I can’t believe Steve told Mrs Neighbour they were undercover rather than let her think they were married, though. Steve, dude. Way to jeopardise the mission.

    Also, I would have said Steve would definitely be a dog man.

    I love Jerry.

    I didn’t really care about the diamonds or the Serbian mega-criminal. That scene when he went all RoboVillain towards the end was completely demented though.

  2. CJ Cregg March 28, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    PS – I was sure Steve giving up on guitar was something to do with his issues with dad/his mum etc. Not sure the way they explained it quite worked, but I s’pose it gave us Danny giving Steve the new guitar which was lovely.

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