Rarely in the history of TV have the previouslies so thoroughly and comprehensively given away a key plot development. So this isn’t a spoiler: Danny’s ex-wife Rachel needs to speak to him urgently, and one of the things she needs to tell him is that her second child is actually his, and not Stan’s. She’s known this since like ever. Danny (understandably) is pissed, but there’s a reason why she’s telling the truth now. Which I won’t spoil. And Danny doesn’t mention his meeting with Rachel to Amber/Melissa, because he’s an idiot.
In the Case of the Week, a nervous-looking driver is stopped by a traffic cop, and while ostensibly doing his best not to mention the trunk of his car he manages, through the twin media of speech and body language, to inadvertently make it clear that there’s something significant in the trunk. Eventually even the cop takes the hint and asks to see inside. “Don’t open the trunk!” the driver shouts. Credits.
By the time the Five-0 gets there the trunk is open, the driver is dead, the cop is wounded, and Adam Pelham, the multiple killer who was trussed up in the trunk, has escaped. The driver, it turns out, was a bounty hunter, and Pelham an ex-cop who now has bounty hunters, the Five-0, and other interested parties after him.
And in the C-plot it’s nearly time for Kono’s wedding. Chin has now found out that the mysterious gentleman in the photos with Adam is called Goro Shioma and is – of course – hardcore Yakuza, although Chin doesn’t tell Kono yet. Even though Adam is very obviously still dirty the writers have convinced themselves that he isn’t, so no doubt in next week’s season finale we’ll discover that Shioma-san isn’t just a gangster, but also leads Japan’s finest wedding band, and Adam’s got him for the wedding as a special surprise for Kono. Yes, yet another Noshi-misunderstanding.
Overall this was an excellent example of a H50 episode in which all three plots work and work well. I really enjoyed this, particularly in the week where the show’s renewal for a sixth season was confirmed; there’s life in the Five-0 yet.
Bromance Watch: not bromance per se, but at least Steve and Danny are in the same car and investigating the same case. And I liked their exchange about Steve not bringing a partner – not even Ellie – to the wedding. Danny: “You’re gonna be sitting at the singles table with Kamekona, Jerry and Flippa”; Steve: “I’ll be fine”; Danny: “Well, you’ll be hungry, is what you’re gonna be…”.
“Oh, FFS!” Watch: “Hey, Dog.”
This episode was brought to you by: the Wailana Coffee House, and its excellent macadamia nut pancakes.