On the fourth anniversary of his father’s death, McGarrett meets a woman who helps him reopen the last unsolved case his father worked on before his death, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 24 (9:00-10:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
CBS translated Ho’oilina to Legacy.
Has it really been four years already since we saw the pilot, and therefor the killing of John McGarrett? Unbelievable, isn’t it?
I still remember my shock when the main character’s father was killed even before the credits. That was such a bold move. But it set up the whole series, so I guess there really hasn’t been another way.
Now, four years later it seem that Steve finally came to some kind of peace with what happened on September 20, 2010.
The episode begins with Steve getting ready in his home to go see his father’s grave at the National Memorial Cemetery. I really enjoyed these scenes.
Back in his bedroom he looked sad and thoughtful. I’m sure he was not just thinking about his father’s death, but about all the people he lost over the course of the years. One just recently.
It is days like those anniversaries that make us reflect on life, love and losses.
I loved the scenes at the grave. They were so wonderfully low key. So just Steve. Really emotional with few words. I think one could feel the hole his dad’s death left in Steve, and how much he wished things would be different. Wished it ended in a different way.
I truly liked how he talked about the family, about his sister, niece and aunt. (See, writers how easy it would be to mention Catherine? Mention her in passing, or have a picture of her somewhere. Is that really too much to ask?) What I really liked was that Steve didn’t only say how he missed his dad, not to have him in his life anymore. But that he was sad his dad couldn’t experience all what was happening. That he would have liked to be a granddad for example. I’m sure John would have been a proud dad and grandfather.
OK, here is a little game for you. Do you remember those pictures from your childhood where you had to find certain things in? Like ‘where is the cat’? Here is one for you. Where is her car? And don’t tell me it’s behind the tree. 😉
Loved how he called his sister. They have obviously come a long way.
While he’s on the phone with his sister, a woman visits the grave and, of course, Steve wants to know who that mystery woman is.
I thought this very first meeting was really interesting. It made me want to learn more about her right away.
Boy, just five minutes into the show and already a ton of pictures. But come on, we can’t ignore the pretty in this episode. They are all looking so darn good. Not to worry, Daniel Dae Kim will also get his shot. 😉
So, teaser over and no crime of the week in sight. It was clear that this would be a very different episode.
Steve and Ellie have their coffee, and we learn what happened about twenty years ago when her father died.
Here are a few questions about this encounter. First and foremost, why the heck didn’t Ellie know who Steve was? I think that is a gigantic plot hole. She’s a deputy prosecutor and has no idea who the head of Five-0 is? That is just ridiculous. I’m not saying that they should have crossed paths before, but she for sure should have known who he was.
And if she was so grateful to John McGarrett why did she never seek out his son after his murder?
I’m not wondering though why she hadn’t been at his funeral. It might very well be that she only learned about it after.
And I don’t wonder about her accent. We have no backstory on her, so she might have lived someplace else for a long time. Or she wasn’t raised in the US. We don’t know that yet. Besides, is it really important if she talks differently? I don’t think so. On the contrary, I think it makes her more interesting.
I’m not a fan of the Champbox, but this time I loved the use of it. Simply because it had nothing to do with the boring Wo Fat story line.
So, now it was clear that the crime of the week would be the old murder of Ellie’s father.
Guess Five-0 had some down time, or crime was pretty slow at the moment that they could decide to investigate a twenty year old murder. Without having any new leads or evidence. A matchbox in a tool box surely doesn’t count as enough evidence to reopen that case. But, I guess that is something Five-0 can do without following normal protocol. After all, they are the special task force. 😉
So, the house is sold and Jerry needs to move. What? Still no takers? Or did he find a basement he can crash in?
Wonder where he will live from now on. Everything is fine as long it’s not at Steve’s. Just saying.
Even though I was happy to see the new ME being involved with the rest of the gang, I’ll ask, why oh why do we have to see Kame and Flippy in every episode? Flippy. LOL FLIPPA.
Please, enough. I know people seem to like them. But I think they are overused. Way overused already. They are not funny and not an enrichment to the show. Sorry.
So, it happened. First time I actually liked Jerry. Kind of. 🙂 I loved Chin in this. And he is totally right. How will Steve or Chin ever trust Jerry again? He lied to Steve’s face. I loved it how crushed he looked when he realized that his ‘idol’ might be disappointed in him and not trust him anymore when he finds out what he did.
And I do hope this will have consequences for him. And I’m not talking about being kidnapped. You can’t lie to your friends and expect them to trust you and even stay your friend. That is something Jerry needs to learn. One of the social skills he is serious lacking in.
And he needs to learn that none of what he might have gathered would held in court. What he was doing was wasted time. Sure, they will go behind bars or get killed because they are stupid enough to snatch Jerry. But if Jerry thought he could gather evidence, then he is just stupid. And didn’t listen to Steve. Not sure which is worse. 😉
Steve informs Chin about what he has learned from Ellie and Chin tells him what he remembers from back then. It seems that John McG was pretty involved in solving the case, unfortunately without much success. But maybe now they have a chance to change that.
I have a question. Steve told Chin to go to his house and to go through his dad’s stuff. Does he have a key? How does Chin even know where all of Steve’s dad’s stuff is? Did I miss something? How close are these two? 😉
In a flashback we learn what has happened 19 years ago in the bar. And it was really nice to see McG senior again. Always love to see him. Such a pity that he had been killed. I wonder if they also regret it sometimes, to have him killed off right from the start?
So, now we’re supposed to believe that John did stay in close contact with his children? That’s a new one. I got the impression over the years that at least Mary was more than miffed at him. And that she had no contact with him whatsoever. So, my question is when did John gave Mary this pep talk? Are they rewriting Five-0 history again? Or maybe John just told Ellie what he wished he had told his own daughter.
Modern technology helps them find their one-time suspect.
It didn’t take them long to find him, interview him, and retrieve the box he hid all those years ago. After finding that it was clear that Clayton had not been killed in a robbery but that he had been targeted. But now the question is why?
Steve has now the job of telling Ellie that her dad had been the target of a hit. And asks her if she can remember any incident from back then that might explain that.
OK, I get that the robbery/murder of her father was a traumatic event, and that she will always remember that. But seriously, she remembers something from the week before it? From 19 years ago? That is a little far-fetched in my eyes. It is often the case that people completely block out the time around such a traumatic event. Of course, also the opposite can happen. But remembering that there was this kind of incident a week before the murder? I don’t think so.
It took me the whole episode to figure out where I knew Jorden from. The Night Shift.
From him we learn that Clayton tried to help him, which might be the reason why he got killed.
And we get another flashback and a great conversation between Steve and Chin. I truly enjoy these two working together. I’m sure John had regrets, but why hasn’t he tried to get in contact with his adult children more often?
I never understood why he had sent them away in the first place, but actually I don’t even want to think about it. Because the whole mess with Doris and Wo Fat and her murder, or not murder, doesn’t make any sense. And the time-line is also completely off. So, I will just take this as what it is, a nice talk between friends.
After finding out that the business card they recovered belongs to a gambling ring, they need to figure out if Clayton might have been too deep into gambling and if that was what got him killed.
Wait a minute. Ellie was able to keep the bar as her property for 19 years without using it for anything? How did she manage to do that in Hawaii of all places? Not the cheapest place to hold property even if it brings in money.
I absolutely loved how Steve supported Ellie at the exhumation. That was a really sweet thing to do. It again showed what an emphatic person Steve is. Loved it.
Even though I don’t like Flippa much, these scenes were really good. He did a great job. Way better than Kamekona ever did. He was really cool in the store.
But I still do have enough of this whole story-line. Hopefully it will come to an end next week. Or with any luck the kidnappers will keep Jerry for a few episodes. Maybe no one will notice that he’s missing. Yeah, I know, wishful thinking. 😉
Loved the montage they did to show the second autopsy. That was fresh, new and fun to watch.
When they interrogate the suspect they find out who really killed Clayton. Now all they need is a plan. Hopefully what they come up with will work.
Oh, and can I just say that I really like the wood furniture. Some cool stuff.
I really liked their idea, and I think Jorden did a great job, too bad he couldn’t control himself. I’m glad he wasn’t killed. He deserves a second chance. Hopefully he will use it.
Before we come to the end of the episode, here’s another question about the Champbox. Why is that roll of film not developed? I mean the first thing you do when you find a film you go and see what’s on it. Right? And if John did, he wouldn’t have that roll anymore. Not intact like it is. Just wondering.
I loved it how Steve closed the lid on the box. It was like another chapter solved and closed.
And I absolutely loved the scenes with the cute young Stevie and his dad. Why? Because it showed us that Steve has good memories about his childhood. And that he can think about his dad with a smile on his face, which he did a few times in this episode. And I really liked that.
I loved the last scenes with Ellie and Steve. I liked it that she came by his house. And I loved to see him doing normal stuff like working on his dad’s car. I think that is something that relaxes him and at the same time gives him the sense of a special connection to his dad.
Was he flirting with her? Maybe. But I don’t think he did it with the intent to gain anything, I think that was just his natural self emerging. And I was very happy to see it.
I really like her, more than I probably should. I don’t like her in the sense of Steve jumping her bones. That would be totally and completely against his character. They can do that when the Cath storyline is finished. Then I will be all for it. But not now.
I’m still not sure what to believe what will happen with Cath. I’m sure Steve still loves her, and probably always will, but to be honest, I don’t know if Steve will take her back is she would come back.
I think he was deeply hurt by her. Not right away, but I think with time passing he realized something. He’s not talking about her at all. He’s not looking at any pictures. It seems he’s banning her from his thoughts. I have a feeling that he won’t get over the fact that she dumped him. And that is what she did.
She stayed in Afghanistan to go on a completely stupid mission without even making sure that the man she loved was OK. She did a lot of mistakes back in Afghanistan. And even though Steve said he understood why she had to do what she’s doing, I don’t think with time passing he really does. That is just my take. Time changes a perspective. He had a lot of time to think about what happened back then and what Catherine’s choice had been.
Give this closure. What I’m saying is, don’t let Steve put his life on hold for a woman who decided to leave him. While he was almost killed and would have needed her. If he ever needed her, then it was at that time.
I guess you can read between the lines that I’m not that fond of Cath right now. My feelings for her and more so for her actions were put in perspective.
I still love Steve and Cath. I think they were great together, and I wish we would get them back. But the longer they drag it out without even mentioning her the more I see other options for Steve to be happy again.
And this Ellie character can become a great friend. What will happen down the road? I have no idea, but I’m open for more than friendship if Cath would be out of his life.
For now, I think Steve only looked at Ellie as a potential friend. And I loved to see this side of Steve. It was way too long since we’ve seen it.
And on a side note, that man has control over his body. Last week the smooth ‘walk’ over the log without moving his upper body, and now getting up from the floor in one smooth move. Sigh.
And look at the bruise on his temple. That’s not a Steve booboo. He didn’t have it in the episode. That’s all Alex and a bad make-up job. What happened to our boy? Got clobbered in the head?
So, I was actually ready to wrap the episode with this great last scenes. Maybe a bit more of gorgeous Hawaii. But no, the ep was not over yet. Jerry gets what he had coming. Guess we will see next week if he will be missed or not. 😉
Now, we’re at the end of episode five. I guess between the awesome and failure I need a new category, going to call it SWEET. That is what this episode felt like; sweet.
It was certainly different. The crime of the week was kind of, well, not boring, let’s call it slow. It did hold my interest, but it wasn’t really exciting. Or riddled with lots of twists and turns. And there was not much action needed.
But all that is perfectly OK. Every show needs episodes like this. And I’m perfectly happy and content to watch just that. Watching a crime getting solved. Learning a little more about our beloved characters, simply enjoy great character stuff.
I don’t watch Five-0 for the procedural. If I wanted that I would watch another show, but that really is not my thing. I find it rather boring. I love episodes like this. Yes, there could have been a little more action. But I’m not complaining. This episode wouldn’t have worked with more speed.
I loved seeing McG senior again. Always a pleasure, and I’m really looking forward to seeing W. Sadler and Alex O actually having screen time together.
What did I take from this episode? That Steve can look back at his dad with a smile on his face. That we learned he has good memories about his childhood.
That there might be a good friend in his future.
But we also learned that the show is still not addressing any issues Steve might have, and they are for sure still not addressing what is going on with Cath.
Am I still mad about that? Yes. Do I want to dwell on it? No. If I would it would ruin every episode for me. And there is just too much beauty and fun to let it be ruined.
As you can see I’m of two minds regarding the show. I like what I see, but I terribly miss what they are not giving us.
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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. Always remember, this is just a TV show.