4.21 Makani ‘Olu a Holo Malie translated by CBS to Fair Winds and Following Seas
Original Air Date: May 2, 2014
McGarrett and Catherine travel to Afghanistan to stop the Taliban from harming a young boy whose family saved Catherine’s life years ago.
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This is one of those episode where I really wished I hadn’t known anything about it before it aired. All the talks about Catherine leaving took a lot of fun out of Hawaii Five-0 in general and made me really dread to watch this episode.
Not watching it never crossed my mind. This is where the show is taking it, so I will have to follow it. If I like that direction is a totally different matter.
But let’s not dwell on the last few weeks’ discussions, let’s focus on this week’s episode.
Starting at the beginning.
I think it says a lot about McGarrett that all gatherings are almost all the time at Steve’s house. Seems to me that he is the most social guy around. So, the Five-0 team and a few guests were there to participate in a poker game for charity.
And from the looks of it, Steve is not the best poker player around. Finally something he’s not good at. 🙂
Some of the guests I understand why they were there. Like Max, Duke, Kawika, Nicky, Mamo and of course Lou, not to mention Kamekona and Flippa. But can someone please tell me why Dog the Bounty Hunter was there? That didn’t make any sense to me. We saw him once for like two minutes in season 3, and after that he was never mentioned again. But I guess he was available or something.
Loved the ‘confederate’ money. Shrimp bucks might come in handy at some point. 😉
Of course this happy time couldn’t last for long. Cath got a disturbing phone call (we learn about that later in the review) and Five-0 was called to a crime scene. Which we will handle first.
Let’s get the case out of the way before we go back to Catherine’s phone call.
I have a serious question here, why on earth would Five-0 be called to investigate an apparent mugging, or hit and run? I mean, seriously, isn’t Five-0 the very special unit to investigate the serious crimes? Like the super special Governor’s Task Force? Why would they be called in for this kind of crime? Wouldn’t HPD handle that? Seriously. Why?
Yes, I know it turned out to be not a simple mugging, but they didn’t know that when they called in Five-0. This didn’t make any sense to me.
So, the next morning Chin and Danny interview their first suspect. But it is very soon clear that he is not their guy.
The liver recipient was running out of time, so they needed a new lead quickly or the ‘mugging’ would claim a second victim.
It didn’t take them long to come up with a new suspect, and this time it was the right one. They even found the liver, still in the box with an unbroken seal. That was almost way too easy.
And it was too easy. This was not about the liver to be stolen to be sold. Nope, this was a murder plot. To kill off the recipient of the liver. A lawyer who was working on a case against the chemical company.
That actually made me laugh for a minute. Do the writers have any idea how bad that lawyer must be off if he was at the top of the list for a liver transplant? No way was he even working. Let alone on such a case. And he most likely won’t be working on the case any time soon either. Just saying.
It is really too bad that they used this case as a filler in this episode, because it deserved a lot more focus than it got. It was a rather clever murder plot. But for me it was just wasted time, and got rather annoying while it kept me waiting for the real story to go forward. And I think that really was a shame. But frankly, I was not interested in it at all. They should not have wasted this great plot during this important episode.
Lawyer saved, liver delivered, responsible party arrested. All’s good, right? Nope not quite. Danny gets a phone call from Cath. Now let’s find out what those two were doing.
Shortly after the poker game and when Steve was back from the crime scene, Cath came to him at HQ to ask a favor. A really big one. She told him about her friends in Afghanistan and their missing son. She wanted to go there and rescue the kidnapped boy.
Steve was more than reluctant about that plan, but of course he called Joe White for her; to arrange for a flight as she asked.
I wonder why not even Steve had heard anything about this before. I found that a little hard to believe, to be honest. But I’m not going to dwell on that.
None of you thought he’d let her go alone, right? Of course not. That were some cute scenes at the airport. Dips on the window seat. Sure, Steve, whatever you want. 😉
They made their way over to Afghanistan without problem and were able to secure transportation.
They met with Amir’s wife and learned that Amir was out trying to rescue his son himself. They had no choice but to go after him. Hopefully they wouldn’t be too late to save him.
It didn’t take them long to find Amir. He had been shot and left for dead. Good thing they came along or he would surely have died.
I got the impression that Steve was not very happy with Catherine promising Amir to find his boy and to get him back.
Back at Amir’s home Catherine told Steve a little more about how she met the family.
From Amir they learn that a Taliban leader who was thought to be killed in a strike two years ago was still alive, and that his group took Amir’s son.
Cath and Steve were plotting the rescue operation and I got a really bad feeling about that. No way was that going to go as planned. Two people against a group of people with at least one kid involved? Not very good odds if you ask me. But what else could they do?
And of course this ended in the worst possible way. They didn’t even find Najib and Steve got injured and captured by the Taliban.
That was a nice play of another head trauma from a blast. His ears were probably not even fully healed from the last blast he had been caught in.
Great stunt-work and great acting. The CGI for the explosion though was not really top notch. But who cares about that? I at least will let that slide.
It was clear that Steve’s life this time around was even in much more danger than back in North Korea when Wo Fat had him. This could very well have ended in Steve being killed. Cath knew that, and I think her voice when she called Danny reflected that.
But before the rescue operation, organized by Joe, could get started we had to watch Steve getting thrown into what would be his prison for the foreseeable future.
It was great to see it partially from Steve’s POV. Great camera work.
Thankfully Catherine could get a line to Danny, so that he could call Joe White. It was the second time that Joe was the one organizing Steve’s rescue. I always have to smile when I read ‘Danny to the rescue’. I’m sorry to burst that bubble, but Danny didn’t rescue Steve. Not this time and not in NK. In NK he at least participated in Joe’s operation, but he didn’t instigate or organized it. And this time he was only allowed to ride along without being involved in any way. Don’t get me wrong I think it was great that he flew all the way to make sure his buddy got home OK, but in my eyes that was not that big a deal. On the contrary he was again pretty much an idiot, but we’ll get to that.
Now we come to the very hard to watch scenes. Steve being beaten up and questioned. I thought it was great that they mentioned the case from last week. Of course being the one responsible for their capture didn’t really increase his chances to survive this.
Seriously, would you have recognized him? That could be anybody.
OK, I have a question here. How did they find out his name, and who he was? I mean, fine they had a picture of some SEAL traipsing through the desert. They obviously had no idea who that was, so how did they find out in two seconds flat who Steve really was?
LOL, what is it with you, Danny, not wanting to drink the offered water? No service on this flight. 😉
While Steve took a brutal beating his rescue mission was on the way. Kudos to the make-up department, this was some incredible work. Well done.
I loved Danny’s confidence that Steve was still alive.
Back in 2.10 I had flinched at every hit Wo Fat landed on Steve, but back then I had never been worried that he wouldn’t survive it.
This time around the acting and the setting was so much more powerful. Taping those beatings, and the fear Steve felt, brilliantly portrayed by Alex were absolutely stunning.
Those were such amazing scenes.
I absolutely loved how Steve fought so hard even though he knew he had no chance. Great action scenes, very hard to watch and endure.
When they said ‘package is secure’, I couldn’t even cheer, I just started to breathe again. 😉
Oh, boy, that was some rescue.
With Steve rescued everyone thought he would be safe, well, not quite. The CIA wanted to have a word with him first. Even though I don’t understand what their problem with him was. At all. They should be thankful that they learned their ‘high priority target’ had not been killed. And why the heck did they want to know who Steve was with?
I don’t quite understand their problem.
And yeah, they could throw him in the brig. Steve could still get court martialed since he is still in the reserves. Even though I highly doubt they would have a case against him.
Anyway, nice scenes with Steve not telling about Catherine.
That said my beef is with Danny. Excuse me, Catherine can take care of herself? What kind of moronic sentence was that? Steve just got captured, beaten up and almost killed. He obviously couldn’t take care of himself, but Cath can? That was so stupid, and for sure not what Steve needed in that moment. But other than that I loved it that he was there to make sure that Steve made it home OK. I was glad that Steve didn’t have to travel alone.
Some might say they couldn’t believe that Steve didn’t go after Catherine, that he stayed put. What did you expect him to do? The guy was seriously injured, with head trauma and all. He couldn’t even stay awake for five minutes, let alone getting out of bed. And not even to mention that he was under guard. No, he would have been of no help to Catherine or the boy. He would only have drawn attention to it. Not a good thing in that situation. The smart thing to do was to go home, no matter how hard that decision was.
Steve must have felt so bad for leaving the country without even knowing if Cath was OK. The following scenes showed his despair and his utter relief when she called him. As a side-note, they really need someone to keep up with the make-up of the injuries. I’m volunteering for it. 🙂 Back on the base Steve had stitches that closed his injuries around his eye. Now he suddenly has steri-strips. You don’t stitch it up first and then take them out to hold the injury together by some band aids.
“I love you, you know.”
“I love you, too.”
That was just heart wrenching. It could very well be the very last time that they talked to each other; and they both knew it.
This was not just their official declaration of love, it was at the same time their good bye. But at least now there won’t be any regret of not having told the other. Even though I had no doubt they both knew for a long time. But it was so good to hear it.
These scenes managed something that Five-0 hasn’t done yet; it made me tear up. This was such an amazing performance. I loved every second of it. All those small gestures, just brilliant.
My take on the outcome of the episode.
Their trip to Afghanistan was ill-fated from the get go. Did they really think they could succeed when they were in hostile territory, outnumbered and without any kind of back-up?
It’s practically a miracle that they are still alive at this point.
I feel such sadness for Steve losing the love of his life. And I have no doubt Cath is just that for him. The one person he could be just himself with; the only person who truly got him and loved him with all his flaws. Who had always been there for him without judgment, without any nastiness. Who was not just his lover, but also his confident and best friend.
Her loss will leave a huge hole in Steve’s heart. Not having Cath there or at least being able to talk to her, will change Steve. The same goes for Cath, by the way.
Who will he turn to now for comfort, who will be there for him when he needs a shoulder to cry on?
I admit it, I loved seeing Steve and Cath together. They had the best developing relationship on TV in my eyes. And I was deliriously happy with them during season 3 and up to around 4.10.
Losing them is a loss for me too. But that is not why I’m so sad about it. No. I’m sad for the character Steve.
He has lost so much already. How will he be able to cope with this? I really fear for him.
Yes, I love Steve. He is my favorite character ever. And believe me I liked a lot of characters in the last decades, but none of them even comes close to Steve.
I want the people I love to be happy. They are happy, I’m happy. Simple as that. No, don’t call the shrinks, I know this is a character on a TV show. But that doesn’t matter, I can still emphasize with him. And right now I’m incredibly sad because Steve lost the most important person in his life.
Everyone saying they are glad that Cath is gone obviously doesn’t like Steve. How can anyone be glad a person he loves is gone? Sorry, but that is beyond my understanding of human decency.
People might say she’s not gone, just not there. I can only say “Wake up”.
What are the odds that she will make it back? Think about it.
They (TPTB) can keep this situation hanging in limbo only for so long. Cath can keep looking for the boy maybe a couple of months before either of these things would happen:
(a) she finds the boy and comes back
(b) Steve goes after her, consequences be damned
(c) she gets killed
What do I want and hope will happen? At the end of season five Steve goes after her, and we get another great episode. They will make it back and Cath will be back as a guest star in season 6, doing some private security stuff, or work for NI, or whatever. By the way, she is in the reserves. What about her commitment to the Navy to show up once a month for training?
But chances are pretty high that she gets killed. Her chances to survive alone in hostile territory are not very good. Even though I’m sure Steve will do everything in his power to help her from afar. Using all his contacts, calling in all his favors, and mobilize all reserves he has at his proposal. I can’t just see him not doing that. We will most likely not see any of it though.
Steve will not give up on her. This will only bring them closer, not drive them apart. He would not even look at another woman, he has already found his woman. He won’t give up on her unless she’d be dead. I’m sure he will wait for as long as it takes.
How long will we have to wait? Will Cath ever be mentioned again? Will she get killed? I guess we have to wait and see.
Was this a good send off for Catherine? It was a great episode, but there wasn’t really a solution. They just postponed it in my eyes.
Sure there is still hope that Cath will be back. But, honestly, I doubt it. I will never give up hope, but I don’t see it happening.
One thing is for sure, there are some dark times ahead for Steve. And as strange as it sounds I’m looking forward to it, but I just wished Cath would have been there for him during that time.
Because lets face it, there simply is no one there for Steve. No one who he can turn to. Danny? Laughable. Lou? Maybe with some stuff. But at the end of the day he will be alone. It’s as simple as that. And that makes me incredibly sad.
Despite all the despair in this episode, and despite the outcome. This was one awesome episode, with some amazing acting.
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And please remember, 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. This is supposed to be fun, so, don’t take any of this too seriously.