Update: “Did you notice…” updated Tuesday morning because a thunderstorm at 3am is not conducive to the creative process.
Hawaii Five-0 hit its stride, now switching gears
I had mixed feelings about this episode for a lot of different reasons. Rick Springfield had a smaller role than I and a lot of the female followers of the blog would like to have seen (you ladies recited to me every single hit that Rick had yesterday!), there was none of the usual banter between McG and Danno, and we saw a lot more of Kono (in every sense of the word). I think the biggest shift in this story is the heavy serialization of the episode.
I heard he was great in General Hospital, and he’s had a bigger body of work in Australian media, but if you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know that my pitiful frame of reference was his glorious ten minutes of the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica pilot, where his crippled Viper limped home, but fell short of making it when Cylons shot him down and finished him off in a fiery blaze of glory. Likewise, we see a few brief minutes of Rick in love with his model girlfriend before writer/executive producer Peter Lenkov finishes him off in another fiery blaze of glory. I’m wondering what the decision making process is in casting guest starts for the show… actors such as Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kelly Hu, Jason Scott Lee, and Rick Springfield have the ability, but the roles they landed seemed to under utilize their talent. I supposed that’s the nature of Hollywood. But I’m sure there are many a Springfield fan wishing there was more of him.
Who’s the funny one?
Aside from the “Ramboette” dialog, Danny and McG didn’t have any of the usual banter. Instead, Lenkov wrote the best lines in this episode for Kamekona, played by Taylor Wily. In the latter half of the season, Taylor finally seemed to be a lot more at ease with the character, and the lines written for him come out a lot more naturally now than they were early on, especially with the pidgin. “Feel da shave ice. Be da shave ice.” Classic.
Speaking of funny, I thought it was a little awkward the Alana gets into a hissy with the other model, accusing blondie of killing Renny. Alana finally confesses in front of everyone that she’s pregnant by whipping out the ultrasound photo of her baby. Awkward! Who carries that in their robe? What was supposed to happen next? She whips out a crib and says, “And this is the crib that we picked out from Babies-R-Us!!! And these are the matching bumpers and mattress covers!!!”
A lot more Kono and tying it all together
The episode balanced attention to all the team members, but I noticed that this is the probably the most attention we’ve seen on Kono since “Ko’olauloa”. She had great scenes with Chin, and more importantly, she seems to be developing a love interest with Charlie Fong. And to the delight of many, Kono finally gets some
bikini surfing time for the first time since “Kai E’e”. Peter Lenkov, I believe mentioned at some point an “unconventional” romantic interest for Kono, and I think Charlie’s it, though I’m not sure what where the unconventional aspect of it is…
This episode definitely was not a stand alone episode. McG finds another mystery envelope on his car, which should lead him to a locker where more of his dad’s evidence may be. Also, Chin’s storyline is starting to come around even more. His uncle confessed to HPD internal affairs that he took the money, but Chin steps up to take the fall. The big twist is that Chin has to seek the help of a criminal in the current investigation to borrow money. The story telling is definitely becoming a lot more convoluted as we come to the season finale.
By the way, I’m not sure if Chevy is cutting back on advertising, or Bing has stopped paying its bills, but is it a conincidence that Daniel Dae Kim sold his house and his stake in his burger restaurant, while his character is looking to borrow money? I think not! What does it mean? I have no idea!
And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0. Episode 22, “Ho’ohuli Na’au”:
Dropping school names
Viewers got a glimpse of the importance of high school connections first in “Malama Ka Aina” where the three alums (McG, Chin and Kono) enjoy a football game of their home team versus Pi’ikoi High School. For us locals, finding out the high school that someone attended can be a good predictor of where he/she grew up, potentially what sports they played, ethnic background, and sometimes the level of affluence the person comes from. The question “What school did you graduate from” (or in pidgin “Eh, what school you went?”) opens a lot of conversations with people you just met, and can also connect you to a stranger with fewer degrees of separation as both will most likely know the same people, since Hawaii is so small.
That being said, Kono at one point grills Charlie Fong if he went to Kukui High School…he responds by saying, Punahou School.
Simultaneously all across Hawaii, people smiled and/or rolled their eyes. “Punahou School? That boy doesn’t look like he’s from Punahou!” multiple people tweeted across the Hawaiian viewing of Five-0. And because I’m from Hawaii, I can stereotype ;). No he doesn’t look like he’s from Punahou, he looks more like a Mid Pacific Institute kid, and maybe smart enough for I’olani (unfortunately, only locals will appreciate this analysis). By the way Punahou School is the alma mater of a certain President of the United States who recently released his birth certificate for public perusal. But you, Mr. Fong, I *do not* believe you went to Punahou School, and I demand that you immediately release your high school diploma so that you could prove that you did indeed go to Punahou School. Furthermore, I do not believe that you kissed Kono Kalakaua at your cousin’s tenth birthday party. She probably did it out of pity cause you had braces, or you rigged the bottle spinning.
Did you notice…?
Mauoli Ola is a great charity that introduces surfing as a natural treatment to people with genetics disorders.
Danny picks on the thug about the word “lickings”. “Lickings” is commonly used pidgin term, meaning to “beat up”. To beat one up severely would be “dirty lickings”.
“Ho’ohuli na’au” has been translated to “close to heart” by CBS which was also last episode’s translation. According to fellow blogger Wendie Burbridge (Five-0 Redux), last week’s title “Ho’opa’i” [punish, revenge] was mistranslated.
Update: Did you notice that the shave ice guy had some pretty fit legs, but the nerdiest voice? Contrary to popular belief, that was not my on screen debut.
Update: Lex Brodie’s Tire Company is a family owned business here on Oahu. Unfortunately, they don’t have twelve stations across Oahu, only five, but they have the reputation of being one of the cheapest places in town for gas. The gas station they filmed at is one block away from the Keola La’i condo, where a lot of filming happens, which is also one block away from the CBS production HQ.