Lou Grover and Mrs Lou – is this the first time we’ve seen her? – are having a meal with another couple: Grover’s former partner and best bud Clay (Mykelti Williamson), and his wife Diane. Clay and Diane are in Hawaii to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. It’s all going well until Diane falls off a cliff the next day and dies. Clay, stricken with grief, tells Grover and his wife all about it, but Grover’s giving him some serious side-eye; he doesn’t believe it, and thinks Clay murdered Diane.
To start with, Grover doesn’t have much to go on beyond a hunch, and Steve tries to talk him out of it. But Grover keeps gnawing away at it, even getting his wife to help with the investigation by seizing Clay’s phone. While that’s going on Danny and Dr Shaw, investigating another case, get trapped in an elevator. Ooh! But Danny is claustrophobic, and there’s a dead body on a gurney as well, so those of us who think they should, perhaps, make out at some point would have to concede that there are some serious mood-killers on the premises.
We kind of know where the A-plot is going to go, because the show is unlikely to give us a reason to doubt Grover’s cop intuition. But the writers manage to provide an ending which has just a hint of ambiguity to it, rounding off another very good episode; it’s definitely Chi McBride’s week, and he produces a performance which is perhaps slightly overripe, but is nonetheless powerful and effective. If we’re in the final days of this iteration of H50, as might be the case, it looks as if it’s going out on an excellent run of form.