Random thoughts on 3.24

This is post number 100. And I think the season finale is a worthy topic for it.

Let’s start again with the poll.

SPOILER ALERT ! Do not read if you haven’t watched the episode yet. All screen captures are my own. And thanks again to Global who airs the show without their logo.

Now episode 24 has aired and it still feels like the first one of season three had just been aired last week. And again we have four months without any new episodes of Hawaii Five-0 in front of us. I’m sure the first pictures will surface at the end of July. Not counting the ones we have already seen.

Let’s dive right into the episode, just like Five-0 did. The chase we got as the sneak peek was actually just the first two minutes of the episodes. Danny and Steve saving Kono from getting arrested. I had to smile at Duke. First that he was not Mister Nice Guy anymore, but most of all for popping the trunk. Really Duke, you thought she was in the trunk? That made me smile, but in a good way. I truly like Duke, and I’m very happy that we saw him so often this season. I hope they will keep that up.

Before they can start clearing Kono of all charges Five-0 is called to an airfield where an abandoned plane waits for them. With lots of dead bodies in it. That was actually a pretty gruesome site, with lots of blood splatter all over the place. Clearly the work of a highly train person. A trained killer, a serious threat to national security loose on the islands. Well, seems that they have their work cut out for them.

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It’s a good thing that Catherine is only a phone call away, so the boys get their information on the plane and the people in it. And we learned that the steering wheel of a plane is called a yoke. Thank you Steve. πŸ˜‰

Okay, now here comes my first complaint. Uhm, yeah, you’re guessing right, it will not be my last one. You know me; I always have something to complain about. All in good fun, mostly at least.

What do we need Billy Harrington for? Seriously, if he was introduced to create tension between Cath and Steve in future episodes, than I will be really miffed. Simply because that is worthy of a cheap soap opera, but not of a great crime show like Five-0. I really don’t need a jealous boyfriend, or an ex-boyfriend who tries to break up a couple. That is cheap and lame. And if he was introduced to come to work with Five-0 as a temporary replacement for Kono, well, frankly I don’t need that either. Point is I don’t need that guy at all. And I think his introduction with that scene was simply completely unnecessary. Why throwing him into the mix and never even mention him again during the episode? That is something I don’t like. Something like that creates only a tired smile in me about the lameness of such a move. Oh, and one more thing, of course he has to be a SEAL too. A lieutenant commander to boot. Shaking head here. Okay, rant over. One more thing. Why the heck can’t we get Steve in his dress whites? That is my real complaint seeing this scene. πŸ™‚

Well, at least it gave us a little more information about Cath and Steve. Five years ago their relationship was temporarily over. Guess they made up and realized they were the real deal after all. Take that Billy boy. LOL

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I loved it that the CIA had no idea that their prisoner on the non-existing flight had landed in Hawaii. Don’t those people keep tabs on their own people? They are so secretive that they don’t even know what their own planes are doing at any given time? A little bit strange, don’t you think? But anyway, it gave Five-0 the advantage to get to Salgado first.

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I know I should be really interested in what is going to happen to Kono and Adam, but I’m just not. I can’t pretend I am when they simply don’t manage to hold my interest. And that has nothing to do with the actors, they are doing a good job. Really, especially Ian Anthony Dale. I loved his bad boy Adam, but this good guy he tries to be? Sorry, he is simply boring for me. And this whole Kono storyline is so lame. I can’t even begin to tell you how boring I think that is. One of Five-0 on the run from the law, wanted for murder. Sounds familiar? Even the injury is almost in the same spot. Really guys? That is all you could come up with for the drama around Kono? Sorry, but no points for that.

And another thing about Adam trying to turn his father’s empire legit. Adam, maybe you should try to really cut the ties to the Yakuza and not use your father’s empire to make more money. That empire will never be a legit one, since it was built with the old man’s blood money. This whole story part is just illogical.

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Okay, back to Five-0. They manage to find a lead and storm the possible hiding place of the terrorist. Of course he is not there. But they find out that his son had been kidnapped. Possibly by his own father.

Okay, now we see Wo Fat again. And can I just say, make-up did a great job with him. Even though I had to laugh at the dramatic turn to face Steve. That was a tiny little bit too much. πŸ˜‰

First I thought why go to Wo Fat for that information? But Steve is probably right, he would be the one to know such things. And it was a nice power play. Guess Wo Fat didn’t want to lose his meds, which would be a really miserable time without the good drugs. Smart move to tell Steve what he wanted to know.

Oh, and please keep this first picture in mind for later.

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Great security system, loved the scan. This whole security facility with Wo Fat behind the glass is very Star Trekkie, a bit darker, but none the less it reminded me of Star Trek.

I guess Doris has some explaining to do. But I’m sure we won’t get any. What else is new?

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Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t Kono supposed to be a member of Five-0, and didn’t she go to the police academy? Then she should know that finding evidence for your own case doesn’t do you any good. Any first year law student will toss that case out of court because he would simply say, she planted the evidence. The gloves she found have no value whatsoever, and that they will clear her name is simply ridiculous. Not even to mention how convenient that she knew what to look for and that Michael was stupid enough to leave them there.

But I enjoyed the scenes with Michael and Adam. Michael should have a bigger role.

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I must say I love Steve’s dance with the suspects, but I love this Steve even more. The no nonsense one. Who has no time to waste on a stupid suspect who thinks he has all his tracks covered. Loved those scenes in the blue room.

I liked Danny’s concern about Steve being played by Wo Fat. But, Danny, Steve is right, Wo Fat was not helping Steve or Five-0, he couldn’t care less, he was only helping himself.

I think Alex O’Loughlin and Christine Lathi are just brilliant together. They nailed every darn scene they had this season. So good. And this one was no exception. One complaint though, not about this scene, but the storyline in general. I must admit I’m not interested anymore in what Doris’ and Wo Fat’s connection is. It dragged out way too long in my eyes. And that we didn’t get an answer in the finale was the final nail in that coffin. I don’t care anymore. Whatever it is, I don’t wanna know anymore. It was dragged out all season and we were told we will learn about it in the finale. Yeah right, we didn’t even get a shocking revelation from Wo Fat that was also promised. Really, whatever they did together, or whatever their connection is, I don’t care. That does not mean I don’t want to see her again, on the contrary, I really like her. I’m just not interested in her secrets anymore.

I’m totally with Steve on this one. Don’t give us the ‘hurt-feelings-thing’. Because as Steve said, I don’t buy it and I don’t care. That was actually really great.

I absolutely LOVED that Steve switched to calling her Doris. That whole conversation about her lying to him ALL his life, never telling him the whole truth, and about trusting each other? That was just brilliant. Kudos to the writers and the actors.

And darn you Danny for coming in there in that moment. I think the writers have no idea what their connection really is and therefor they simply can’t give us an answer. LOL

And now we got another car chase. I love that. Yeah, I know, I’m easy. πŸ™‚

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And I truly enjoy that Catherine is more often involved in the cases. And now even in a more or less official capacity. At least her CO knows what she is doing.

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Of course they got their guy, just to discover it was not him who kidnapped his son. It was the group he had been working for.

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Yeah, Steve, Danny hung up on the CIA. He doesn’t have the best relationship with them. LOL I actually liked that they went about it their way.

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There is actually something kind of funny about these scenes, or rather about their tac vests. Look at their name tags. Danny’s is still shiny and new, and Steve’s is barely readable. Guess his vest sees a lot more action than Danny’s. Just a silly observation.

Didn’t take them long to convince Salgado to cooperate. But he really didn’t have any other options.

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After they are on their way we switch to Charlie and what he had found out. Of course the DNA belonged to the victim and Michael. That Michael came in there and tried to kill Fong? I must admit that was a surprise. Obviously they’re not big on security at the crime lab.

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Of course the exchange didn’t go as planned. At least they could save the little boy, but they still need to know what the target is.

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When they bring in the shot terrorist they learn that Charlie Fong was stabbed.

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I think it was great that he gave up the information on his death bed. Not sure how realistic that was, but I don’t care, he kept his word. And he gave his life for his son.

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And after this we have to go back to Kono and Adam again. It was clear how that would end. I actually think it’s a shame that Michael died. He was a cool, powerful and interesting character. And what a shame that he had no scenes with McGarrett. But is he really dead? πŸ˜‰

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Disaster averted and family reunited.

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Okay, the scenes at the harbor were quite nice, but frankly I think that was really not necessary that Adam left and goes into hiding until they put everyone behind bars. Yeah, right, that would mean he’s never coming back. As if it would be that easy to destroy the Yakuza. This whole plan was not really thought out. Well, it’s clear why Doris is leaving. That way she doesn’t have to face her son and give him any more answers. But quite frankly that was another ridiculous thing. Do you really think Steve would let her walk out without telling him her connection to Wo Fat? I don’t think so. But maybe he is like me and simply doesn’t care anymore. LOL

So, now we get a repeat of season two with Kono a few episodes missing, or what? But you know what, I don’t care about that either.

And what the heck is wrong with Steve and Cath? Can’t they at least hug or hold hands? Jeez.

And now we’re coming to the end. And what was I thinking? Everyone gets a nice scene with his girlfriend, and I though, yeah great finally some Cath/Steve time. I know, silly me.

I’m happy for Chin and Danny. I hope Gabby will stick around for a bit longer now.

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Of course we don’t get a happy Steve and Cath. No, we get Steve and Wo Fat. What I do love about this is that for the third time the season ends with Steve’s shocked face. Love that.

But tell me, doesn’t Wo Fat know that Steve is not really a magician? He might have magic breath, but he is no Houdini. How does Wo Fat think Steve will get them out of there? Snip his fingers and voila, or maybe beam them out? How in the world does he think Steve could protect him? For me it’s not really clear why he even called Steve in the first place. Doesn’t make much sense. And you remember the picture from the beginning with all those guards? How the heck would someone, or a group break in there to kill Wo Fat? And who would even want to do that? And the most important question, how will Steve prevent any of that? He is not even armed.

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So, 44 minutes are over and what do I think about this season’s finale?

Well, I do think it was a great episode. Was it a worthy season finale? Yeah, sure. You hear a ‘but’, right? Yeah, there is one. The season one finale had me on the edge of my seat, and the ending was really shocking. That was fantastic. The season two finale was not quite as shocking but equally good, and a total thrill ride for the first thirty minutes. Both of them left me eagerly, impatiently waiting for the season opener in the fall.

Even though I think season three was the best season yet, the finale was a bit disappointing. Not in its execution or acting. But it didn’t leave me on the edge of my seat and I can calmly wait for season 4 in the fall. There is simply nothing that needs a solution right away. Kono and Adam on the freighter on their way to Shanghai? So, what? I don’t care about that storyline one bit. Doris gone for now? Okay fine, I’m sure she will be back with more lies. Danny and Gabby? Happy for them, but nothing I need to worry or even think about. Same for Chin. Steve and Wo Fat? Yeah, I like to know who is coming for them, but really do I have to worry even one bit? Nope, not at all.

So, was that a nail-biting cliffhanger finale? No, it was not. It was a great episode, but that was it.

Still it gets an A, sure, but I expected more from it. Way more. And I’m very disappointed that we didn’t learn anything about Doris this whole season. Nothing about Wo Fat and Doris. And because of that, the storyline of those two is simply dead and boring for me. They simply dragged it out way too long without giving us anything.

What do I wish for season 4 to happen? Simple, equally great episodes like this season. But most of all I want to see more of Steve and Catherine. They obviously spend a lot of their free time together. We learned that they go surfing together on a regular basis, they sleep together, they eat and live together. I want to see that. I want to see some passion like we had in season 1. I like to see some contact, heck I would be happy with a touch here and there at this point.

I want to see a less grumpy Danny. I’m sick of his constant negativity and ranting. I want to see him happy once in a while. A happy Danny is NOT a boring Danny. Give this character something different to work with.

I want to see some great scenes for Chin. He is my second favorite character and I think DDK is a great actor and deserves something more. I like to see him work with Steve more often, they are great together.

All in all I LOVED season three, and simply hope that the show can keep this up. Entertain me on a weekly basis. So that I have something to love and to rant about on occasion.

I like to thank all of you who are reading my little reviews. Thank you. I hope you will stick around during the summer and of course later in the fall when Five-0 returns.

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11 thoughts on “Random thoughts on 3.24

  1. I liked this ep very much. i don’t like finales. i don’t need a horrible cliffhanger that i come back in fall. i’m really looking forward to this fall when my favorite show will return and with a little luck I’m in Hawaii when the season starts πŸ™‚

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  2. Well, for me it was a great episode, but I didn’t liked Kono’s part of the story, it was too easy to get her cleared from murder in my opinion, and they found that gloves pretty fast, like they knew what they are looking for. I basically was laughing at the scene when Adam and Kono were leaving, but I must say music in that moment was good.
    And that’s exactly what I said about the security in Wo Fat’s cell to my friend, there is no way they can get out of there unharmed, but my friend told me that maybe there is a secret exit in there lol
    I don’t think that Yakuza is trying to kill Wo Fat, it’s to obvious for me, most likely it’s CIA or other groups of people with high conections, but I can be wrong.
    And it also makes no sense to me to stab Charlie.

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  3. I did like some of the finale last night episode you just new was next when Kono story was just way to easy. and she just happened to find the gloves that Fast’ and got cleared of murder. this is my Opinion. is that iam hoping that Grace park. is coming back to Hawaii five o in the fall. is obvious to me too that the CIA is out to kill Wofat. I think or some other group. just have to wait until season four to find out.

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  4. ok I got more to say about Hawaii five season finale. first we have Adam. Kono living . Hawaii with the help from steve,s mother Doris. Kono is cleared of murder . the storyline was boring. the first five minutes. was so boring. it did it live me on the eage of my seat. I like to see chin ddk work more with Steve. I like to see all the characters have better storylines. there all great actors. and actors. and the wofat and Steve storyline was boring. sorry. you could see want was going to happen before it happened . any way that’s my opinion on the show last night.

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  5. first, congrats to Post 100! This is a fitting way to end the season! Second, yeah, you pretty much said it all. One thing I noticed… in the hallway of the detention center, it clearly says UNKNOWN LOCATION. Yeah? You might want to rethink that since Doris found it and then whoever is torching through the door found it, too.

    I liked it, but like you, I went into last night fully expecting answers. Give me something! But I came away with a whole lot more questions and none of the answers we were promised. That was a major let down.

    But don’t get me wrong, parts of it were wonderful. But I choose not to rant about this one. It would not get me far at all. πŸ™‚

    So… what are we going to do this summer, O Great Blog Mistress??? πŸ™‚

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  6. I pretty much second your review.
    I loved the finale overall, fast past action packed, whump and surprises around, a big cliffhanger as usual. But… and yes there is a but, or actually several “but’s”.
    Though I love Kono -and yes, I like Adam and I’m a sucker for happy endings!- I really did not see the point of Kono leaving with Adam. I also don’t want to see a repeat of early season 2, missing Kono for a few episodes and then what? She just is back on the team? She is part of Five-0 and that’s where she should belong and have Adam work out his issues and come back to her, if that’s meant to me.
    Also, I am bothered that we still don’t know Doris’ relationship with Wo Fat. I really do not want to believe that he and Steve are brothers, that would be so awful and makes no sense to me. But what else can it be? I really liked Christine portraying Doris but I am with Steve – so done about her emotional breakdowns and never being honest with him from the get go. I really, really want to know what’s behind all this, but then please move on. I wouldn’t mind seeing Doris again, but I doubt we will. Christine Lahti obviously signed on for another show, if that is getting picked up they will have her “disappear” on Steve once more. Will Wo Fat be able to tell Steve the truth? I am really looking forward to the opening of S4 though. That should be quite literally a “blast”.
    I hope Fong will make it. I would hate him paying the price for Kono’s love affair.
    I was not too worried about no security being there to assist him. It looked like he worked late hours to help Kono so hardly anyone was around. Someone like Michael would definitely be able to outsmart security.
    I absolutely loved Duke and hope we will see more of him!
    But please, PLEASE no ex boyfriend of Cath who get’s in the way of her and Steve. That has never worked well on a show before!
    I, too, was sad that we didn’t get more Cath/Steve time. But I am not too worried about it, it just wouldn’t have fit in this action packed episode. I trust Peter, he knows most of us love them and also, Steve and Cath are nor the types to share love in public. It would have been plain awkward for them to hold hands etc. in the harbor while everyone says their good-byes.
    Overall season 3 was fantastic. I so hope we will have our beloved show around for a few more years. But knowing the CBS I am worried…
    Keeping my fingers crossed!
    Is it September yet? Lol! πŸ™‚

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  7. I found your thoughts very interesting to read – I never noticed how Steve’s tac vest is so much more broken in than Danny’s and I wasn’t thinking about Danny’s CIA ‘connection’ when I watched it the first time!

    As always I agree with you about the lack of McRoll PDA – but I take solace in the fact that it’s gotten better over the course of the season. You were spot on with your comment about the last few scenes; Chin and Leilani, Danny and Gabby, asteve and… Wo Fat?

    Regarding Billy Harrington (thanks for pointing out he’s also a SEAL and Lt. Commander because I missed that first time around, too) – I think there’s more to it than just a peek into Steve & Cath’s past. Admittedly, I’ll greedily devour any little tidbits about their relationship so to know they’ve been together probably at least 6 years, broke up and then reunited is telling about their feelings. (Big question here -does Steve know about her time with Billy while they were apart and was this Billy guy a friend or teammate of Steve’s at one point?) I also think, if this Billy guy sticks around (and why wouldn’t he because that scene makes little sense unless it was to introduce a recurring character or storyline), that we may get the opportunity to see some jealous Steve. Hmmm… Wouldn’t that be interesting!

    So back to my comment that there’s more to the story – did you notice the way Catherine turned back to look at Billy after they parted? I saw what I believe to be suspicion which I find very interesting and part of the reason I think it goes deeper then the little glimpse we saw. What’s this guy really up to is the question…

    Regarding Kono – I wonder if she’ll be missing for the first few eps, if they’ll do scenes “abroad” with her, Adam and Doris, or if they’ll jump ahead a few months at some point and she’ll suddenly be back. That, obviously, remains to be seen. I would like to see the second option because I could certainly go for a little more bad-boy Adam, as well.

    That last scene – i had the same thoughts. The secret maximum-security holding facility is like a fortress, there were like 20 well-armed guards lining the corridor, and if someone I breaking in to take out Wo Fat why wouldn’t they prefer to do it when their target is alone? Also – where is this place even located – I mean how would you hide something like that on an island the size of Oahu? But, i digress so back to the point – although this finale didn’t leave me hanging like the last two did I am still very much looking forward to the start of next season and getting some of these questions answered.

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  8. This! I thought this during the scene! –> “One more thing. Why the heck can’t we get Steve in his dress whites? That is my real complaint seeing this scene. πŸ™‚ ”

    I also wondered what was up with Steve and Cath at the end. Why didn’t they comfort each other or at least stand closer together? Are they both just so independent or what? I was disappointed.

    LOL, Steve has magic breath but he’s no Houdini! πŸ™‚

    It wasn’t the thrill ride that we had in the other season finales, and that might be why I was a little less satisfied. Good point. I’m tired of the “team is breaking up” finales. And I was disappointed that we didn’t find out more about Doris!

    I would love to see Chin working with Steve more. While I truly enjoy carguments and bickering, Steve and Chin are good together in a totally different way. DDK gets so eclipsed by Alex and Scott.

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  9. I actually agree with everything you wrote, Sam! Great review!

    I’m not a big Kono/Adam fan, either. Yes, they make a handsome couple, but their story is rather lame to me. I did like Chin telling Kono to follow her heart, since he’s had recent experience with loving, losing, loving again, and losing forever! I’m assuming that’s why she left with Adam – she truly loves him and wants to be with him. Fine.

    The only real shock of the night was Charlie! Poor babe! That’s what he gets for doing things for 5-0 friends after hours! I certainly hope he survives, I’d hate to have to break in a new CSI next season – unless Danny’s nephew Eric finished a crash course in forensics.

    Doris/WoFat/Steve – I really don’t care, either. I’m not too sure Christine’s new show was picked up, though. She could be back sooner than we thought. Kudos to the make up dept.! Great job on Wo Fat, but he healed up pretty fast, making it hard to determine the time line for the last 3 episodes!

    Wondering if SOME of the guards at the “unknown” detention center were in on the break in – might explain how the place was over run so easily. Didn’t really seem like much of a cliffie, though, since Wo Fat wasn’t particularly worried about it – I assume it was a set up to take out Steve.

    Danny & Gabby – felt like a bone thrown to the Danny fans at the last second. Waste of time. Yes, I’m happy for Danny, love to see him smile (we don’t get nearly enough of that) but what was the point of bringing Gabby back now when we haven’t seen her all season? I would have rather seen her show up in the S4 premier.

    All in all, it was a satisfying episode, though, for me. I don’t need a seat-of-my-pants finale every year. Some things were tied up – Chin moving on from Malia, Kono & Adam solidifying their love, Steve & Doris agreeing “to be continued”. Even Danny’s girlfriend coming home finished his year of acceptance of Hawaii as his home (new apt., joint custody of Grace, now his love interest is home, which os perhaps the reason they brought Gabby in for the finale – ha! look at that, would you – I just answered my own question!) So, I’m not complaining at all. I might even have a peaceful summer waiting for S4!

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  10. I just found you blog, love it. Love that you’re a Steve & Catherine fan, I thought I was in the minority. I also think AOL and CL nail the Steve/Doris scenes. Great interaction, even though I think Wo Fat is Steve’s 1/2 brother and Doris left him with Daddy’s family when she got out of the “Agency”, I think her true loyalty (if you can call it that) is to Steve, the son she raised for 15 years.

    I’d love to see Steve in his Summer Whites (The uniform Billy wore is called summer whites, dress whites are more formal, with a high collar and long jacket) Also, like to see him in Dress Mess, but I’m digressing, lol.

    Really, really, enjoyed your reviews, looking forward to more in S4!

    Hugs from NJ … Mari

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    • Welcome to the blog. Happy to have you here.

      And thank you for the info on the uniform. I guess we all mean the not so formal uniform when we call them dress whites. But it’s good to clear that up. I love to see him in uniform more often. Blue, white, camo, even the not so great khaki ones. He just rocks the uniform.

      And yes, I’m a huge Steve/Cath fan. I think they are great together.
      And I also think Alex and Christine Lathi are brilliant together.

      I will of course review the new episodes, but will also put up a few more from season 2, and later from season 1. So, lots more to come.

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