Lou and Steve are having coffee and pancakes when Lou sees someone he appears to know outside the restaurant. Within seconds Lou’s disappeared, and within minutes he and his family have gone off the grid, helped by FBI Special Agent Frank Zagar (Mark Valley). It’s all tied to an undercover job Lou did in the late 80s which put some very bad people away; one of the baddies is out and looking for revenge. As it turns out Lou and his family knew this day might come as they had “go bags” ready. (I’m pretty sure I’d never heard that expression until a year or so ago; now it’s at least once a week.) Steve’s not the sort of guy to leave one of his buddies in the wind, so the Five-0, still trying to put the story together, is on the trail of la famille Grover.
The problem with an episode like this, in which a regular character is put in danger, is that there isn’t much jeopardy attached to it: we know there’s going to be a double-cross; we know the Five-0 is going to save the day; we know that everyone’s going to survive. That having been said, as we’ve seen already this season Chi McBride is very good in this sort of situation, and his performance gives the episode a little more heft than it would otherwise have.
This episode was brought to you by: Wailana Coffee House. I know I go on a bit about the product placement in H50, but I do like the fact that the show gives local businesses regular shout-outs, presumably with no money having changed hands. Particularly so in this case as a real-life member of staff was part of the cast.