Writers Melissa Glenn and Jessica Rieder delivered an incredible episode last night with ruthless kidnappers, a case of mistaken identity and a good balance of team work and guest stars.
Aimee Garcia (“Dexter“) played the gorgeous but deadly kidnapper perfectly. I watched the twitter feed light up with less than complimentary comments about her character. Don’t let her ever catch you taking a cell phone call in the middle of a movie at the theater. Also in the episode was Rick Gomez (“Band of Brothers“) who played the cartel boss Castillo masquerading as a lowly drug runner. His maniacal Joker-esque transformation in the interrogation room was exceptional. Equally brilliant was the twist that he was the cartel boss pulling the strings all along. The ruthlessness of his cartel and the strength of his performance hopefully brings about another appearance. Rounding out the guest stars, Ingo Rademacher (“General Hospital”) played the concerned dad. Unfortunately, Masi Oka and Taylor Wily were missing in the episode, but I think the writers achieved a good balance between the guest stars as well as the Five-0 members.
Hiro, whatcha gonna do when you get out of jail?
He’s gonna have some fun! What does he consider fun? Probably not riding in the trunk of Joe’s car. Hiro Noshimuri’s (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) appearance reinvigorated the excitement planted all the way back in season 1 with the mystery of the Champ box and the dancing men. Those who haven’t seen the sneak peek for “Pahele” or missed my little question and answer with Cary were probably pleasantly surprised to see Hiro and newly introduced son Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) in last night’s episode. What did we glean from those short scenes? Adam is probably a legitimate businessman who may get tangled in Dad’s business. Like Michael Corleone, you can’t escape the family biz, Adam! Hiro confessed that Shelbourne is a person whom Wo Fat himself fears. So we learn the Shelbourne is a who. But who exactly? Is that Shelbourne on the phone that Joe is talking to? Is it Wo Fat? Is Joe Shelbourne, and the person on the phone is an as of yet unidentified new character? I saw a few tweets implying that the phone call branded Joe as a traitor, but I don’t see it that way just yet. Joe is still looking out for Steve’s best interests I believe, but his cloak and dagger moves may cast a sinister light on his motivations. I’m calling it right now and saying that Joe, in my opinion is still on right side.
Yes, I worked a Tom Tom Club reference in here.
Governor Denning wants Alex O’Loughlin’s autograph
One of the lingering criticisms of this season seems to be the inconsistent treatment of the new Governor’s regard of the team. In the first two episodes of season 2, the Governor gave the impression that he was there to reign the Five-0 team in by rescinding their mandate of full means and immunity. On top of that, Governor Denning placed his own hand picked member (Lori Weston) into the team to keep them in check and presumably report back to him when the team goes rogue (i.e. a field trip to Korea).
Unless there’s something huge that we’re not seeing that the writers are building up, I think we may have missed an opportunity for an internal conflict that would strain the team but eventually make it stronger. In her obligation to keep tabs on the team, Lori would surely come into disagreements with Steve choosing expedience over protocol. Essentially, she would have taken over Danny’s role as the “voice of reason” to keep Steve in check. Eventually at some point in the arc, Lori would realize that sometimes the right thing to do is not the legal thing to do, and her acceptance of that fact makes her a full fledged member of the team. We’ll see where this goes.
We are so not sending our kids to South Shore Children’s Academy
Jay was having a good day. He woke up early in the morning, packed his two spam musubis along with his can of Aloha Maid Passion Fruit juice in his aloha print lunch bag. He patted his dog Lucky on the head, walked out the door and jumped into his bus. At the Academy, he picked up the kids for their field trip to the theater to see Twilight: Breaking Dawn.
With the kids in the back excitedly debating the merits of being Team Jacob or Team Edward, Jay drove down the road, happily humming “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. He suddenly noticed what seemed to be a two car fender bender ahead of them! Being the good natured and helpful person person he was, he released the door latch, swung the doors open and stepped onto the pavement.
“Hey, anyone hurt?” he asked in his cheerful manner.
The woman turned to him and her warm smile dropped as she pulled the pistol from her waist. “Yeah, you,” she said flatly.
Ms. Christie looked up in time to see Jay collapse as three shots rang out. The kids screamed and panicked as the man and woman marched purposefully towards the bus…
“OH MY GOD SHUT THE DOOR AND DRIVE AWAY!” yelled my wife at the TV. She does that from time to time, somehow thinking the people in the magic box will respond to her suggestions. Of course, if Ms. Christie did that, we’d be watching commercials for the next fifty minutes.
Ms. Christie needed more guidance from my wife later in the episode: “OH MY GOD YOU’RE SO OBVIOUS! SEND THE TEXT WHEN SHE’S NOT LOOKING!!!”
Attention administrators of the South Shore Children’s Academy, my wife is displeased with your staff’s apparent inability to manage a hostage situation. Please refund us our tuition deposit, we intend to send our kids to Kukui Elementary school.
And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 211, “Pahele”
1) Wash your pineapples really, really well, and they still do grow on trees.
2) The people of Hawaii are very appreciative of the work the police do. If I were a parent of a kidnapped child at that school, I would hug my child tenderly like at the end of the episode. And then hug Officer Kalakaua for a good five to ten minutes or so, because I’m really, really thankful for her. Bringing my child back.
Did you notice…?
Jay Katsu was the poor bus driver who got gunned down. His brothers Anthony “Tone” Katsu, and “Chick” Ken Katsu as well as his sister Carrie Katsu, were very distraught. Services will be held this Friday, catered by L&L Drive Inn. Who’s hungry?
The Le Jardin Academy in Kailua was the “South Shore Children’s Academy”.