I got chills, they’re multiplying
Writer Mike Schaub stepped up to the plate and in 2004 Boston Red Sox style knocked this episode right out of the park. In all actuality, there were so many Boston references here, I was expecting Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to pop up somewhere with a cameo role, or maybe even the Wahlberg brothers (shout out to Boston!). Mike brought the banter back, the team balanced out nicely, Kono got got another notch for her rifle, and Lori goes undercover. All of it made for an awesome episode.
We’re nine episodes and two thirds of the way into the season and the writers seem to have gotten the Five-0 team back into its groove. The writers dedicated the first part of this season to getting the team to overcome its identity crisis and to put the pieces back together. That made for a great game changer and definitely brought a level of uncertainty to the team, but now that it’s over, the team can get back to fighting crime again in Hawaii. Like “Lapa’au” last week, I felt the same sense of ohana and familiarity that made season one so appealing and fun. The banter between Steve and Danny fit seamlessly into the entire episode and began right off the bat with a shirtless Steve and supposedly pantsless Danny (dream on Danno fans). Continuing through the episode, Max’s cold shoulder to Steve and Danny and sweet as sugar treatment to Lori let inquiring minds wonder was there something going on between those two…? If there was a relationship blooming between the two characters it would be one of the greatest misdirects ever! What?!!? You don’t think the odd Dr. Bergman can land a babe like Lori?!? Of course we find out in the end that Danny and Steve have been ignoring Max’s emails, leaving Lori dolled up as Sandra Dee arm in arm with Max, sporting a non-copyright infringing “T-Birds” jacket. Danny and Steve blaming each other for offending Max was brilliant, Steve being uncharacteristically chipper on the phone was pure gold! Kamekona rounded out the episode with his epic spam musubi and loco moco air fresheners. I think I’d be able to feel the calories adding up with each breath of the freshener.
This wouldn’t be a Five-0 episode without the car chases and bad guys to track down. The opening sequence with the HPD flying after the Dodge Charger was very Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckheimer-esque, all they need was a sunset and some unnecessarily wet pavement and they would have completed the “Gone in 60 Seconds” look…director Brian Spicer did great. The episode threw in a little Fast and the Five-0urious in there for good measure with the beach bods at the car show. Another thing I loved about the episode was that just when you thought Kono (like Aquaman) was left to guard the base, she pops out of nowhere to take down the mobster, showing that Kukui High School has taught her well in counting to three.
The one thing that I’m still trying to adjust to is the new dynamic with five main team members. The addition of Lori is hotly debated on the internet, but with the fifth member, the team can investigate with a little more flexibility.
“Ike maka” is Hawaiian for “identity” and I know that I’m not the only one who noticed that Prince Harry of England played the Irish mobster on board the ship. I’m glad to see he can split his time between his royal duties and appearing on a small role of an American TV show. Braddah was so Irish, I hope he shellacked himself with multiple coats of SPF 100000. On another note, actress Courtney Ford (the gorgeous brunette in the red dress) looked very familiar, and then realized that she was the actress from “True Blood” who played Portia Bellefleur. Her character Suzie may have suffered from a blonde moment, not realizing that the range of her lamp will only be as far as the cord takes her. Coincidentally, her on screen brother Chris Bauer who plays the gruff Sheriff Andy Bellefleur had a small role as the ship’s captain. So last week was a “Lost” and “Heroes” reunion whereas this week Five-0 makes the connection with “True Blood”. We can always count on the show to bring fandoms together! I’m wondering if the show can somehow tie in Snooki and Paul D of “Jersey Shore” to Danny and Matt Williams…
And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, “Ike maka”
1) If you’re going to have a house guest in Hawaii, put a damn TV in their bedroom on the second floor.
2) The next big thing for Kamekona: Spam musubi and loco moco chewing gum.
Did you notice…?
There’s probably a huge section of the fanbase who didn’t recognized Lori and Max’s costumes. If someone asked you who the hell they were supposed to be, and you knew the answer, you’re old.
And on that note, if they were doing a Matrix movie night around Halloween (that Danny and Steve brushed off), I still maintain Lori was Trinity.
When you tell someone that walking in six inch heels is easy, by just putting one foot in front of the other, there’s a story to be told there, Lieutenant Kelly.