Let’s start with the voting.
I’m not a big fan of Halloween in general. I find it rather weird having kids running around in costumes and take candy from strangers. Many believe Halloween originated in the US and then came over to Europe. They couldn’t be more wrong about that. If you like to know what Halloween is actually about you should read the article on wikipedia, it’s pretty good.
And no, it’s not about getting drunk and dance to wild party music. 😉
Anyway, what I do love though is when a TV show has a ‘themed’ episode. Either for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Halloween. Just as a side note, we will be really lucky this year and get all three of them. Carol Burnett comes for a visit on Thanksgiving, revealing yet another family secret. And according to the pictures, Steve and Mary are not thrilled about it.
Credit to Peter Lenkov.
Okay, now let’s start with the review. Max, obviously a huge fan of Halloween and Keanu Reeves, attends a beach party with Sabrina. Let’s have a warm welcome for Rumer Willis. Reclaiming her role as Max’s girlfriend. I think it’s great that she’s back. These two will give us a few great scenes in this episode.
Of course this is Five-0, so the party can’t go without a hitch. They get interrupted by a guy who had either too much to drink, or as Max thinks is a Zombie.
Next we cut to Catherine jogging among the trick-or-treaders; having flashbacks of Billy’s death. I think it’s great that the show didn’t just forget about it but have her work through her guilt and sorrow.
While she is trying to outrun her problems, her boyfriend is at home manning the fort for the kids on their hunt for candy. Which leads to some nice and very interesting scenes.
Catherine is obviously very disturbed by the recent events, not just Billy’s death, but also by leaving the Navy. As Steve said it could be a great adventure to start a new life, but also be very scary. And maybe Catherine realized that she wasn’t as prepared to leave her organized life behind as she thought she was.
So, many things are going through her head, and I love it how Steve helped her see a new perspective. Steve obviously had to struggle with a lot of things; survivor’s guilt only one of them. Selfdoubt another. I loved that the show didn’t shy away from showing the aftermath of Billy’s death, and that they showed Steve as such a vulnerable human who was revealing a lot to help his girlfriend. Steve went through a lot of trauma during his time with the military, just look at his medals and you know he had seen a lot. Check out Highly decorated if you like to learn about Steve’s medals. He went through what Cath is going through right now.
I loved these scenes. And I was actually happy that they didn’t make it sappy and let him take her in his arms and promise everything will be fine. He gave her the space she needed, and Cath is her own person. I really liked that, it’s purely them.
It seems that Chin is the one on call tonight. He shows up at the crime scene, probably called because Max was involved. I don’t see why Five-0 would have been involved otherwise. Max gave CPR to the deranged attacker and it seems that he is now also infected. Will he turn into a Zombie as well?
So, not only Max was infected by whatever, but now we learn that the alleged Zombie is really a doctor at the very same hospital he was now admitted to. And as we learn soon both of them had been exposed to Scopolamine. Its use in medicine is relatively limited, with its chief uses being in the treatment of motion sickness and postoperative nausea and vomiting. But what Five-0 came up with is actually not made up.
[Per the United States State Department (March 4, 2012): “One common and particularly dangerous method that criminals use in order to rob a victim is through the use of drugs. The most common has been scopolamine. Unofficial estimates put the number of annual scopolamine incidents in Colombia at approximately 50,000. Scopolamine can render a victim unconscious for 24 hours or more. In large doses, it can cause respiratory failure and death. It is most often administered in liquid or powder form in foods and beverages. The majority of these incidents occur in night clubs and bars, and usually men, perceived to be wealthy, are targeted by young, attractive women. To avoid becoming a victim of scopolamine, one should never accept food or beverages offered by strangers or new acquaintances or leave food or beverages unattended. Victims of scopolamine or other drugs should seek immediate medical attention.”]
So, now we kind of know what happened, which means Steve and Danny need to be called in to help investigate.
Yes, Danny, think about the environment, your car gets better gas-mileage. 🙂
So, Danny’s house got violated with toilet paper. Yeah, I’m sure it was done by some hardened criminals, or at least by little kids on their way becoming such criminals. Danny, Steve is right, catching these monsters will be your big career case. LOL Enjoyed this cargument very much.
And what follows is one of the best scenes of the episode; Steve and Danny having a blast in the party bus.
So, the two boys are taken to a party held by Corbin Bernsen. Some of you might remember him from L.A. LAW, JAG or more recently PSYCH, and he played Jim’s father in THE GLADES. He also was in one of my all-time favorite movies.
Anyway, back to the party. I totally laughed about the boys discussing scarcely dressed woman for what Danny is grateful. Well, Danny, as Steve said let’s see how grateful you’ll be when Grace will be a teenager. Good call, Steven. 🙂
What they learn is that their victim/attacker had been at the party and then had been picked up. Probably by the real bad guy of the episode.
This was actually the first time that I didn’t know right away who was involved from the people who were introduced to us. I thought Corbin Bernsen’s (sorry don’t remember the character’s name right now) reaction to the news was genuine. I didn’t pick him as one of the bad guys. Good work, show.
Now it gets interesting; why did someone kidnap Basner to get access to the morgue? Well, we learn why pretty soon. He took a dead woman’s head with him. Due to the security footage we also learn that Basner then was again drugged and left at the scene. But he didn’t stay there but made his way to the beach party; all the time drugged out of his mind. I wonder if he will face any charges?
Don’t you also think the neck looks really small? 😉
Now the boys work the case and find out about the headless woman. That she had been abducted before and missing for 30 days. And she died a year later in a car crash, as Danny calls out possibly connected to each other.
Ehm, Danny, can you please stop moving ALL the time? Could you please not use your whole body while talking? It makes it very hard to snap any good screen shot of you. Thank you. 🙂
Aww, Max and Sabrina in the hospital. How cute was that?
Five-0 is on the case and there is plenty to find out. Chin is taking a look at the victim’s car and Steve and Danny take a look at her house. First Chin discovers that the woman was under surveillance and then the boys at the house find out that she was also watched in her own home. How creepy is that?
Hilarious, the boys now have a walkument. Danny, really? Using the resources of Five-0 and the crime lab to investigate the TP?
Okay, may I have a word with the writers please? I’m sorry, but this is not how it is done. You can’t just decide after four years to give one of your main characters a phobia he never ever mentioned before. AND which he never ever had any problems with before. He was in caves, bunkers and small spaces without any problem before. So, what was this all about? Danny’s Halloween prank on Steve? Danny’s way of getting back at him for not taking the ‘crime’ against him seriously? For calling him an angry old man? BUT would he go so far and leave his partner without back-up in a potentially dangerous situation? I for sure don’t think so. At least I hope not. NO, he wouldn’t leave Steve alone in a dangerous situation. So, writers, what was this about?
And if you decide on such stupid crap after four years, then at least use it! Let something happen to Steve while all alone. Even if it were just letting him slip and fall in the muddy water. Or let him have a little fight and get away with a small booboo.
This? This was just stupid. And by the way, I doubt Danny would have gotten away all these years hiding a real phobia. He probably wouldn’t even have made it into ‘police school’ with claustrophobia.
While the boys are out in the wild, it seems that Catherine has found a way to occupy herself. She started investigating the people behind Adam’s abduction. I must say I had already completely forgotten about Adam and Kono. I mean it’s not like I care about it anyway, and that is why I honestly don’t know what I think about Cath doing this stuff. First time that I’m not thrilled with what she’s doing. Not now or later her ‘undercover’ work. Don’t really care much about it. What I do like however is how very well they all work with Catherine. I think it won’t be that much longer until Chin or Danny will suggest to get her on the team. I’m sure it won’t come from Steve.
Back to the COTW, to our two boys in the woods. Or better, back to Steve alone in the tunnel system. Walking around and chasing a man through the tunnels. I’m not really clear how they managed to come out where Steve entered when he was chasing the guy in the other direction. When did they make a U-Turn? Doesn’t really matter. This chase and the time in the tunnel was a wasted opportunity. I didn’t find it very interesting or thrilling.
Okay, how is this wide tunnel any different to the tunnels in Korea, or the cave in Chin’s wedding episode? Two occasion that I can think of right away that Danny had no problem being in. The cave had been a really small, dark place, where a claustrophobic person would not have ventured in to. But Danny seemed very relaxed in there.
Really, writers, you didn’t think this through. And Danny’s remark of Steve not paying attention to his people was just completely stupid. Wasn’t funny at all.
I felt sorry for the poor guy right away. I mean, come on, it was clear from the start he was just as much a victim as the woman had been. Here I started to wonder what was really going on, and who was behind of whatever was going on.
I loved their clueless faces when Max explained about the MRI picture. Now they learned what the victims had in common. And what this was all about, someone conducting experiments on humans. The two victims were used as lab rats.
I really liked the editing here. Chin and Danny listening to the first victim’s testimony, and Steve questioning the second victim. I think that was really good.
I absolutely loved it that Max practically solved the case for them. Came up with the evidence and the suspect. Well done, Max. All Five-0 had to do was arrest the guy.
Of course that was not as easy as they thought it would be. I didn’t think for a minute that Ellery was actually in his home, nice editing though.
Now we spent a couple of minutes with Catherine in undercover mode. Still not sure what I think about it. Of course it was a cool way to get his fingerprints. Nicely done.
Meanwhile the boys try to figure out where Ellery might be. And they actually find a hint that leads them right back to Corbin Bernsen, the guy from the party. What does his son has to do with all this?
I really liked the finale of the episode with the guys being too late to save the doctor, but soon enough to rescue Brock from himself. Great ending of the COTW. I think it was poetic justice that the doctor was killed by one of his ‘lab rats’.
Oh, and now Danny can go into the really small tunnel just fine? Yeah, right. Claustrophobic my ass.
Now all that is left is to see our heroes decompressing and coming home. Very cute scenes with Danno and the hardened criminal Grace.
“Where’s all our toilet paper, Grace?” LOL Danny, check the tree. 🙂 It was so cute that she thought it was better to do the prank on their own home because doing it to others would be mean. Aww. I think that was so cute that even Danny was speechless for a second.
I was hoping Cath would tell Steve about her investigation, but maybe Chin and Cath thought it would be better to slowly ease him into the idea of her working the case. 😉
And we end the show with Cath and Steve. Catherine has her mind obviously set on solving the case of Adam’s kidnapping. It’s a good thing that her man seems happy that she has a new purpose, maybe not really happy about what that is, but as the supportive friend his only question is ‘So, what’s the plan’? Loved the ending. Felt very domestic, calm and like they are in a really good place right now.
But what’s with the new brand of beer? No Long Boards? 😉
So, there you have it. My 4.06 review. What’s left is the verdict.
Well, I truly greatly enjoyed it. There were some really good scenes in it. The only thing lacking in my eyes was some action. Five-0 was always about action, but I think this season is a bit behind in that department. I want my action back. Yes, I admit I’m an action junkie. I’m missing it. I want to see Steve involved in some hand-to-hand combat, I want some shootings and foot chases. Not so much car chases, those are not really interesting. I love all the stuff where people are directly involved. Fistfights, shoot-outs and foot chases (they are best if done in the rain).
Anyway, other than that I really liked this one. Since 4.01 set the bar really high, this one does not reach 5 badges and therefore the awesome verdict. But it’s pretty close.
So, I give it 4 out of 5. Really good one.
Let’s get the legal stuff out of the way. All screenshots were done by me. Credit to CBS and Global. No copyright infringement intended.
One more thing. I don’t write reviews with the claim to be objective. This is how I perceived this episode. If you disagree… that is just fine. I don’t claim in any way that my opinion is the right and only one.
Oh, and please do us all a favor, if you vote for just one or two badges tell us why. Voice your opinion. I for one would really like to know.