October 7th, 2013 by officer808
Back to basics
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a fan after three years of this show, it’s that any casual observer can classify the fans with a few broad, easy strokes. Some fans will swear by the old series, some fans “ship” particular characters, some fans love the character development and story arcs, and some prefer the straight procedural, as this episode was.
“My belt buckle will protect me. CHARGE!” (Photo CBS)
While advancing the Wo fat storyline just a bit, this episode largely could stand alone, and it did well. Tim Daly guest starred as Texas Ranger Ray Harper, travelling all the way from Texas to find his missing daughter. He played his character superbly, evolving first from a morally ambiguous law enforcement officer, to a gun slinging cowboy with just about the same disregard of proper police procedure as McGarrett himself. Who else but a Texas Ranger would march straight into a gunfight with revolver drawn while everyone else is ducking behind cover?
This new relationship with lawman could potentially set up a future episode set in the mainland, and we’ll possibly see a Texas-Five-0.
“It’s the only explanation I can come up with”
Steve confessed his familial theory to Danny after Danny catches Max handing the lab results to him. Likewise, fans have chattered for months about the potential relationship between Wo Fat and Steve. Max’s report finally puts to rest the theory that the hero and his nemesis are not brothers. I’m thankful that their relationship wasn’t that predictable and simple, but now we’ll have to wonder what exactly the connection is between the two. The next plausible theory is that Doris is Wo Fat’s birth mother, and Steve is…adopted! Perhaps his John already fathered Steve from a previous relationship before Doris entered their lives. The plot thickens, and I’m sure the show will resolve this question by the end of this season.
Kono’s all that
She’s a marksman with a rifle, an expert martial artist, she’s a mechanic, she can operate container lifts, and she kicks butt. Adam, well he’s a Yakuza bullet magnet who’s sole contribution to their unintended vacation is chopping big sticks into smaller sticks. Despite that, and the rumors surrounding Grace Park, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that Kono will skip a beat in the series. As a strong, Asian female lead in the show, her absence (if any) would be a detriment.
“Dammit. Looks like I’m really going to have to wash the dishes tonight. Meanwhile, I’ll just hide right here.” (Photo CBS)
I don’t think I was the only one who’s jaw dropped when Steve practically handed Catherine to Billy on a silver platter with a pretty bow on top! I mean come on, Billy and Catherine have history and I’d keep a wary eye on Billy if I were Steve. Steve must be the eternal optimist and have great faith in the human spirit. Since this is Hawaii Five-0, and no one can stay happy for an extended period of time, I’m sure some conflict will come of this. Michelle teased at Sunset on the Beach that episode 3 is where the fireworks begin. Is Steve and Cat’s relationship about to hit turbulence? We shall see…
And from the “Aww, that’s so cute” department:
I love how the Five-0 family dynamic works. Each team member has their own family, with their own problems, including Steve and Doris, Scott and Rachel/Gabby, Chin and his uncles, but what I love the most is how the dynamic redefines itself when the Five-0 team comes together. Scott and Steve are at odds even when coaching little Gracie at the baseball game, but in the end, she cracks that home run that wins the game and brings them all together. As a side note, little Gracie (Teilor Grubbs) is growing right before our eyes with each episode!
Grace Williams with the winning hit! (Photo CBS)
And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 402, “A’ ale Ma’a Wau”
Yes, what Harper said is true, we had a rat problem during the heyday of the sugar plantation boom, and mongoose were introduced to combat them. But if he really wanted to do the thug up in style, he should have painted him with poi and rolled him around him in sugar.
Did you notice:
The baseball game was at Koko Head District Park, also the location of the Koko Crater Trail, seen before in season 2, where Steve and Lori ran up the Koko Crater.
The gang ringleader Frankie Choi is an up and coming local actor named Ajax Maharlika, who I met at Sunset on the Beach. He’s also an intern in the production department for CBS. I’ll be interviewing him soon!
“A’ ale Ma’a Wau” is Hawaiian for “Fish out of water”.