5.03 Kanalu Hope Loa
Five-0 investigates when three female thieves unknowingly steal something during a tour bus robbery that makes them a serious target. Meanwhile, Danny searches for his brother’s hidden millions in order to exchange it for his life.
CBS translated the title to The Last Break
The episode was written by Sarah Boyd and directed by Joe Dante.
I have to say that neither the promo nor the sneak peeks for this episode looked very appealing to me. But as we all know spoilers and videos can be deceiving.
Let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised. How pleasantly? Let’s find out.
OK, one of the things I really hate on any show it the ‘previously on’. And Hawaii Five-0 is no exception to that. I’m sorry, but just like last year they bore us with a lot of flashbacks this season. In season 4 they did that extensively two episodes in a row, and this year we have the third show with old scenes in it.
I, of course, understand the producer’s need for it. They hope to have new viewers and want them to get up to speed. Or they want to remind the ‘forgetful’ viewers to show them what happened last week. Sometimes I feel like other people have the attention span of three-year olds, who would not remember what happened with Matt, or in the episode last week. If they saw the episode, they should remember it, and quite frankly, if they haven’t seen it the flashback won’t get them up to speed anyway.
Why am I always miffed about the ‘previously stuff’? Glad you asked. 😉
These days a scripted drama is not an hour, but just barely 42 minutes. In my eyes, every second of that time should count. If you take all the old footage from this episode, and the useless scenery scenes (NOT talking about the beautiful shots of Hawaii, but about the slowmo bikini-girls we got more than enough in this episode) we only got about 35 minutes of scripted scenes. And that pisses me off.
I don’t care if one of the actors was not available; don’t fill his absence with old footage. I’m sure everyone would be happy to see more of the others. Plenty of people to choose from.
And as I said in the review for 5.01, if I want to see old stuff again, I simply do so. I don’t want it in a new episode. Not as much as they’ve used it lately.
Oh boy, two seconds into the show and my first page long rant. LOL
So, now Danny believes Ryers that he does have Matt. Hmm, I must say I have no idea if he does or does not have him. Not that I care, but I’m with Steve that Matt uses that money to stay hidden. Or at least part of the cash.
OK, now the next scenes were the ones I was talking about earlier. Could we get any more cliché as with these three bikini glad girls? Sorry, but every man’s eyes falling out of their heads? And most of it in slow motion? Ugh. Who do they want to impress with those pictures? Just wondering.
And it was obvious that these girls were not professionals. When they waved their guns around like that it was clear they were simply stupid robbers. The dead guy an accident they would pay dearly for soon.
On a site note, I hope that the new team picture means that Grover will stay with Five-0. It would be a real shame to lose him.
Danny, the brains? I’m sorry, but that made me snort with laughter. And I can tell you not in a good way. What happened to Steve-Science-Guy, top of his class in Annapolis, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, a freaking SEAL, leader of a special task force? He’s the brawn? Yeah right. I’ve never heard a more stupid, or flat joke on Five-0.
If anything Danny’s the brawn. Always losing control, always trying to solve a problem with his fists. Always beating up suspects. Sorry, but I can’t see any kind of brain in that little whiny, bitchy character. Great detective? Still have to see that, too.
I was never fond of any kind of categorizing people. Simply because they all have something of everything in them. Putting them in categories is just stupid and in this case totally screwed up and not even funny.
Well, that was funny. The description really narrowed it down. 🙂
I really like the new ME assistant. She seems competant and nice. And she gave Five-0 the first clue that this was not just about a simple robbery. Nicely done.
I will just skip the next two minutes, besides we saw the whole thing in the sneak peek. And it didn’t give me anything, and added nothing to the episode. The same blabla between the two we heard a few times by now. Really shaking my head about that. They have one of their main characters barely in the episode at all, and then they show almost all of it in the sneak? Very strange. And no, I’m not complaining about the lack of Danny. Trust me, not complaining at all.
And Fong is back. Thank you. By the way, he and Kono together would be way better and more interesting than Adam and Kono. Just saying. 😉
I just love these two together. Such a great team.
Again on a side note, if you want to know the men behind the onscreen team a little better, listen to the commentary on the Season 4 DVD. Episode 4.08 has one of the best commentaries. Listen to Alex O and Chi McBride giggle and laugh while giving some interesting insight.
Alright, I guess it was unavoidable, but again we have to deal with Jerry. I liked him a tiny, tiny little bit better in this one.
I really liked their conversation. And no matter how this ends, Steve was right. They simply don’t have anything to base any kind of investigation on. What Jerry is doing is against the law. But he simply doesn’t get that, no matter if he’s right or not, there is nothing Five-0 or Steve can do. Legally. And what he’s doing right now, will never hold in court.
That is what I took from Steve’s speech. Just because you want something to be true, you can’t just make it. Even if it is, you cannot just investigate something like Jerry wants to.
I’m actually looking forward to see in what kind of trouble Jerry will get. Because, face it, he is the very last person who should do any kind of surveillance. Can you be any more suspicious? Oh yeah, you can. You can get the help of Kamekona. Shaking my head again.
Anyway, I liked their conversation. It needed to be said. But they will talk again soon, and I have something to say to that, too. But later.
No, Kono, the boys are not joking. Even though I don’t agree with Steve that the only alternative would be Grover in Speedos. How about Chin, or, oh wait, McG in Speedos? I mean, THAT could be alternatives. 😉
But to be fair, Kono was the logical choice, even though I believe none of them can do undercover work anymore. Way too well known faces. And I was right, the girls knew right away that Kono was a cop.
OK, now comes Chin and tells them that the dead guy’s wife was not his wife. Huh. I have a question here. What kind of job was it NOT to check the wife’s ID? I mean seriously, wouldn’t that be the very first thing you’d do when you interview someone? Take their names and stuff? And don’t you think they would check their ID, like driver’s license or any other picture ID? And don’t tell me she had that fabricated and with her. I find it very strange that she could just tell them to be the wife and they let her go. I mean seriously, why didn’t they figure that out sooner?
It was pretty bold to go see the coroner to get to the dead guy. There was a high possibility that they already knew that she wasn’t who she pretended to be. But, as we learn, she got what she wanted. The dead guys fingerprint. Which leads Five-0 to the conclusion that they’re dealing with two separate crimes.
Now we get to see Kono surfing and making an arrest. Even though I think it was a nice idea of a chase on a surfboard, I have to say that it was SO not Kono doing that. This was even worse than the stunt double they used for Danny in 5.01.
But I really enjoyed how they put all the stuff together, with the different things going on. Kono and the surfers. And the boys back at HQ, with Steve calling the Secret Service. I hope he didn’t wasted a favor to get that information. 😉
LOL, yeah, Kono, I’m sure the dumb b/tch realized what a huge favor you did her. Didn’t you just want to swipe that smug grin off her face? That was a really good performance. And I even liked Kono in this. See, I can say it when I like something a character does I normally don’t like. It is nothing personal, just how the show uses these characters. And this time Kono was used in a good way. That, unfortunately is not always the case.
And Chin and Grover were also allowed to have some action.
It took only a few minutes for the guys to flip the cousin and get an address for the girl’s HQ. 😉 They don’t find the girls but the ‘not-wife’ and an accomplice. That one, of course won’t tell them anything. And were Chin and Kono nuts to shoot at the car while Steve was in the line of fire? Are they trying to kill their boss? What the heck was that? But Steve wasn’t much better, he fired while Chin and Kono were on the other side of the car. All three killed by friendly fire, and Grover left to be with Danny as the new task force. Isn’t Jeff Cardiente present at Five-0? What’s with the stunt guys this season? This is not the ‘not-wife’, and it was more than clear that Justin was running in front of the car. Not stellar work at the moment.
And one more thing, did they get there on foot? Why the heck were they just watching her leave? How about chasing her in a car? Just a suggestion, of course.
Again scenes I will just skip through. More Jerry and Kamekona. Ugh. Another father/son story. Give me a break. Please, I’m begging you.
Finally they get the girl to tell them where her friends are.
And I loved what was to follow. From the ‘not-wife’ shooting one of the girls to Five-0 pretending not giving a damn about it. That was all very cool.
When they came back to HQ we learn what all this was about and what the three girls stumbled in to.
It is very seldom that a voice over is good. Unless it’s the narrative like in Moonlight or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. And this was another bad one. Jeez.
Incredible asset to this team? Not even going to comment on that one. And the next person who is going to use the word Ohana will be slapped. Enough already. Do they have to fill a quota or something?
And by the way, Steve really did use up one of his favors for Jerry, and he betrays him like that. Going right behind his back. It will probably be Steve who will have to save that idiot.
So, Steve spends another late night at HQ. Wonder why! Nobody home waiting for him?
Soon we will learn that both Danny and Steve are right about the money. Steve thinks Matt took it to stay under the radar and Danny thinks it is buried on the islands. Well, Matt took part of it and part he did bury. And even sent his brother a hint where it is.
One question, how would Danny know how much luggage Matt had already on that plane when he arrived to stop his brother from leaving? He might have a dozen suitcases already stowed away. There is no reason to believe that he left everything behind.
That is a huge sandbox to dig in. It’s interesting how fast Danny was able to dig at the right location.
So, that’s it. Episode three already over. What did I think? Well, it for sure was more entertaining than number two. All in all I felt well entertained. Was it perfect? No. Did they mention anything concerning Steve? No. Is the mourning still happening off screen? Yes.
In that regard everything from last week still stands, and I really have no idea what they are thinking how the human mind works. Do they really believe Steve would just put it all behind, or as they call it on hold, and work a case like nothing ever happened? That is such BS.
But I came to the conclusion if I will look at that in every episode I will get raving mad, and that wouldn’t be good for my health. 😉
I still think it is a huge neglect and mistake on their part, but do you really want to hear me repeat myself every week? See, I’m also tired repeating myself, so I won’t.
Despite all the stuff I pointed out, this one still gets a B minus.
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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.