Hawaii Five-0 s7 ep 18

Steve comes home after a hard day’s bickering with Danny to find Sang Min in his kitchen, hardly a pleasant prospect in ideal circumstances, even less so when Sang is bleeding all over the place having been shot. But Sang has some information about the man who shot him, which leads the Five-0 to a shipping container which is covered in the fingerprints of one Desmond Abati, one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, played against type by Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish, reputedly one of the nicest guys in showbiz. (Who, in fairness, holds his own. I’d like to see him get a little more screentime in something else.)

Abati is, among other things, an experienced bombmaker, who has been brought onto Oahu by Nadim Tahan, a radical who owns a safe house in the middle of nowhere. Put two and two together, and all of a sudden that missing uranium from a few weeks ago has found a home. There are no roads in or out, apparently, so Steve straps himself to Danny’s back and parachutes down to the safe house, where they find Abati, some redshirts, and a dirty bomb, which one of the redshirts activates.

The inevitable countdown clock shows that they have 60 minutes to render it safe, and if you thought that they would manage that in the first five, leaving plenty of time to discuss Danny’s retirement plan to open an Italian restaurant, you’d be wrong. It takes, ooh, very nearly 60 minutes, including a drive across complicated terrain – thought there were no roads in and out? – the best bit of which is when Steve cannibalises their van to make a bridge. It’s standard, modestly entertaining Five-0 fare, with the tension dialled down a little because we know that there isn’t any way a dirty bomb is actually going to go off. And the Steve/Danny carguments need to be a little funnier as well.

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