Hawaii Five-0 s9 ep 3

There’s a heatwave on Oahu, and quite a lot going on. A woman under arrest for assault is being transported in a police car. She’s close to fainting because of the temperature, but when let out of the car for some fresh air she shoots her police escorts with startling efficiency. This surprises everyone, because she’d never been in trouble before; but some rudimentary investigation confirms that she’s been using a false identity, for reasons not unconnected to the bag stuffed with stolen cash money she’s trying to recover.

Tani and Junior respond to a call about a home invasion, which turns out to be half-a-dozen kids seeking refuge from the heat in a swimming pool. Then their car is stolen. Jerry is present when, at a convenience store, a desperate shopper tries to steal the last two bags of ice from a fellow customer. This, it turns out, is to help his pregnant wife. On the subject of thieves, Kamekona puts up prices at his shaved ice stand in order to maximise profits. And Grover, despite the heat, insists on playing a round of golf, to the point where his caddy actually collapses. I’m not sure I found this as funny as the show would have liked me to.

It’s the sort of mini-stories episode that 9-1-1 does so well. TV Tapas, if you will. However, there’s very little inspiration on show here. I quite liked Tani and Junior, in their car, channelling Steve and Danny, but that apart this was an episode to forget.

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3 thoughts on “Hawaii Five-0 s9 ep 3

  1. Traxy January 20, 2019 / 2:03 pm

    Agreed. The whole caddy thing was abusive, and if real, had been extremely dangerous. Heat stroke is no joke, and the poor guy wasn’t even wearing a hat. And for what? So a guy had a witness to prove he was doing well at golf?! FFS. Surely a police officer would know better than to endanger someone’s life like that?

    All in all, very much a filler episode. You get a lot of those when each season runs about 24 episodes. Some are enjoyable, others are just stuffing and feels it. It’s what I find fascinating about Supernatural (the little I’ve seen) – the episode can be standalone but they always end on something that ties in with the overarching plot.

    • Jed Bartlet January 20, 2019 / 2:10 pm

      I’m so glad you said that, Traxy! I had a feeling I was maybe overreacting a little to what is essentially a lighthearted show. But I hated that storyline.

      • Traxy January 20, 2019 / 6:39 pm

        I was waiting for golfer dude to say like “put a hat on” or “drink some water”, “take a break” or whatever, perhaps “you look overheated, sit in the shade for a bit” and instead he … bullies the kid into staying, to the point of collapsing?! WTH?! Kind of out of character, isn’t it?

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