When a tourist is killed after unknowingly transporting a stolen Van Gogh, an undercover Kono and Chin enter the world of black market priceless art and are taken hostage. Also, McGarrett asks Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to help train Kamekona to beat Chef Sam Choy in a shrimp cook-off.
Celebrity chefs Mahaharu Morimoto and Sam Choy guest star as themselves.
CBS translated Ua’aihue to Stolen
Before we come to the review let me tell you how much I appreciate all your comments and emails on last week’s ‘non-review’. It showed me that there is a lot of support for someone speaking her mind, even if it is one not always shared by many.
As I said I still have a lot of fun doing the reviews, and as many pointed out I should stay above any and all ‘assaults’. You are right; and I will try to do a better job doing that in the future.
And now, let’s get on with the show. 😉
After last week’s good episode I was looking forward to this week’s. There were some promising scenes and spoilers in the promos.
Chin and Kono actually having something other to do than standing around the smart table. MCGROVER. 😉 Willie Garson and Rebecca Mader. And a little side-story for Kamekona that sounded like fun.
Is it just me, or do we get a lot more scenic scenes of Hawaii this season? I mean, it’s not really bad to look at, but at times it feels like a filler.
We start the episode with a happy family beginning their dream vacation. But it doesn’t take long before it turns into a nightmare. At least it looked like the dad wasn’t shot dead right away. Not many victims on Hawaii Five-0 get away that lucky. 😉
From this we went to the next ‘crime scene’. Kamekona threatening to ‘kill’ his cousin Flippa. Thankfully McG came to interveen. Finally some scenes with Kame and Flippa I truly enjoyed. Normally I’m not a fan of these two. But here, for some reason, I was amused and interested in how this would end. And not to mention that McG was kinda cute. Of course, I’m sure McG would strongly disagree that he was any kind of cute. 😉
One of the things I love about Five-0 is that even though they are the special task force, the show never forgets to show that solving the crime is always a team effort. I love it how many people are milling around and doing their job to help solving the crime.
OK, here comes my first mini-rant. Please, please get that creepy character transferred to another island, or something. I never met a character who got so very annoying and creepy as Pua. And quite frankly, who cares if he has a girlfriend or not? I for sure don’t. I would be so happy to never see him again.
Not that I’m complaining seeing Chin and Grover together, but I wonder if Steve would really take that much time to set up Kamekona with one of his friends. The timeframe felt a little odd.
So, after setting up Kame with Morimoto, Steve finally joins the investigation.
Well, I must say I’m totally with Steve here. First of all what does it say about your relationship with your partner if you keep something from him/her? And second, how was he even able to keep that from her for so long? What was he doing all day? And did she never check their account? This again was a way too easy way from the writers to keep the wife in the dark.
Grover might have a point that pride might get in the way of some things, but not like this. Not sharing something that important with your partner shows that you are not in a good partnership. And Steve not understanding that concept shows that he obviously acted differently in his relationship. Yeah, well, we all know how that one ended. 😉
Now, this was really cute, and I loved Kono for doing this for the kid. Actually, I think this was one of the very rare occasions that I actually liked Kono. Imagine that. Liking Kono during almost the whole episode. Will wonders never cease? 😉
Thanks to Kono’s selfless act they figured out who their supect was. A world famous art robber. Now it was getting really interesting.
One question on the side. What happened to Steve’s truck? See the difference?
So, let me get this straight. Here we have the Elite Task Force of Hawaii, and they work together with a woman who claims to be an investigator from an insurance company. And they believe her because she hands them a business card? Seriously? They don’t check her credentials before they make her part of the investigation? That is just ridiculous. And if that is how they work, I’m sorry, they don’t deserve the title elite of anything.
These are just ridiculous plot holes that should not happen. Sure, it’s easy to write a plot like that, but it also makes it totally unbelievable. When she got out of that plane and handed over the card, I was like ‘ask her for some ID’. I couldn’t believe they just accepted her like that. It was so obvious that she was not who she said she was. (I thought she was part of the robbery, to be honest. So, in the end her role was a nice surprise.)
And then I realized, the writers needed to bring in Jerry. Sure, he finds out she’s not who she is. Sorry, but I groaned out loud. And this time it was not because of Jerry, but because of the stupidity of this part of the story. They make their elite task force look like a bunch of cadets too stupid to check the people they work with.
And now we learn what that guy stole. Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Vase with irises’. And not to worry, the original is still at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. 😉
A little brainstorming at the smart table gives them the idea how to proceed.
Yes, the boys and girls do clean up very nice. Even though I have to repeat myself. None of Five-0 could do any kind of undercover work. Not even this kind.
Just imagine you were into some high stake criminal activity. Like dealing with stolen art, or any dealings with that. Wouldn’t you research all the possible agencies you might have to deal with? Like the super police of the islands? Five-0? Come on, of course you would. Anyone would.
And it’s not like they are a big agency with hundreds of agents. They are just five people, of which all of them were in the press. They were even paraded on TV by the Governor himself, and they were on national TV. Kono is the girlfriend of a high ranking Yakuza business boss. Chin was in the news more than once. Not even to mention the head of Five-0 who had just recently been kidnapped and had killed a high class criminal. And Grover was also all over the news for being the new SWAT captain and losing that job after just a short while.
There is just no way any of them could do any kind of undercover work. Not if they were dealing with any criminal that had even a little class. And if you are sucessful in dealing with that kind of art, you do your homework.
So, from that angle all of this was ridiculous. But that didn’t take much of the fun out of it.
I truly enjoyed these two together. They had some great scenes. I wouldn’t mind seeing them again.
That was a bit too easy. But whatever. Now they got Hirsch on their side. Kind of.
So, after some more brainstorming, and a visit from Jerry, and confronting Nicole they go to the real undercover work.
One question. Jerry started out as this total anti-social-anti-tech-anti-anything-guy. But now he’s totally into sociallicing with everyone and a tech-geek. Guess they change the people as they need them. Guess after they decided to keep Jerry they needed to up his game so he was somewhat useful. He still really isn’t in my eyes, but that is another story.
Of course nothing goes quite as planned. The whole bunch of people is taken hostage including Chin and Kono. Thankfully the team has eyes and ears on them. Not for long though.
So, who of you thought, that something about all this was not quite right? I haven’t figured out then what it was, but something was up. And I knew that Nicole was still not honest with Steve.
ROFL – “Please hold for Steve McGarrett”. Finally something Jerry said that made me laugh. See, not all hope is lost.
Well, I guess Kono couldn’t tell Steve that at least two hostages had been shot, so nodding that the still alive hostages were OK was the only thing she could do.
I would have loved to see the new SWAT captain. It seemed that Lou still had a good relationship with those guys. He said HE has SWAT ready in a matter of minutes. So I guess they are working together well. I really liked that.
Unfortunately all their nice planning doesn’t help them when the bad guys figure out that they are on surveillance.
It was clear as day that the bad guys would not come out of that tunnel, but I wondered how they planned to escape.
Loved Grover’s “Oh, I know that look.”
It took a little while to figure out the escape plan, but eventually they did. And of course none of the bad guys escaped. Well, Chin let Hirsch go, which I really liked.
And now we come to the moment I had waited for. I thought the whole time that something was still up with Nicole. I really liked and enjoyed what they came up with. I think it’s a perfect ending.
All the good guys won. Five-0 got their suspect for the attempted murder. The stolen painting was recovered and the reward paid. To, what I think, the right people. And Nicole also got her bounty money for returning all the other paintings.
A win/win on all accounts.
And finally, to end this episode on an even lighter note, we get the cook out. I absolutely loved it. Can we please have more casual team gatherings? Loved Grover’s laughter at Jerry’s question to get his badge. 🙂 And can we please have Morimoto again on the show? Absolutely adore that guy.
I was a bit surprised that Kamekona actually won. But hey, as Chef Morimoto said, he was not gonna lose. Loved it how it was suddenly not Kamekona’s battle, but that ‘WE must to crush him’. LOL
Great scenes, fun ending to a fun show.
OK, before I give my verdict let me address something that was ignored on the show.
Where was Danny?
Honestly, as many of you can guess, I don’t care. But there was a lot of chatter about what is going on, so I would like to address it. PLEASE keep in mind that these are only my thoughts… MY opinion and I don’t want to argue the fact about who is right and who is wrong. It is an opinion. That being said, I have no inside information about how many episodes SC has contracted to do this season, but I truly hope he will not be in many more. Why? Because to be honest, I think the episodes without Danny are a lot better than the ones with him.
You can certainly disagree that point, but here is my reasoning. The episodes always feel smoother, calmer, make more sense. They are just better. It’s hard to explain, but Danny Williams has become a character I don’t need. In very small doses he is fine, but the way he is portrayed on the show… well, once in a while every few episodes is more than enough for me.
Honestly, if you are not a fan of SC, would you have missed the character in this episode? Because I didn’t see any scenes where I thought, “I wish Danny could have handled this”. That being said, I do completely understand that the fans miss the actor they love. That is a given.
I truly appreciate the actors on the show who are dedicated to what they have signed up to do. They back-up what they are involved in. Do they want to do other things? I’m sure they do. But they made a commitment. And they honor it.
Bottom line, everyone has to do what he or she thinks is best. If SC doesn’t want to be on the show, then so be it. I have no problem with it. I do have a problem with people saying how creative he is and in how many things he’s involved. That might be all true, but this show is one thing he signed up for, signed a contract for, but doesn’t seem to be invested in that much.
But back to the original question of where was Danny? I think it is not necessary to address the absence of a supporting character on the show. (Sorry, but that is what Danny feels to me lately.) Maybe he was on vacation, or had the flu, or whatever. These characters on the show are normal people. They need time off, they get sick, they take personal days. They can’t be on duty 24/7. And I don’t need to know all the time what each of them does during his or her off time.
And I guess the writers got tired of coming up with more stupid excuses to explain where he is. None of the explanations so far had been good, so I’m OK with not addressing it at all. Remember 4.05 when he came back from a cheerleading competition to be there for Cath and Steve, just to drive off with Joe and never come back after that? Instead of that type of scenario, I would prefer him not to be in an episode at all and not knowing what he’s doing.
So, that brings me to the general verdict of this episode.
Well, I certainly have lowered my standard this season. Except for 5.07, wich was simply exceptional, none of the episodes was really, truly awesome. Yes, there are many different shades of awesome, and I guess compared only to this season’s episodes this one was awesome.
It was a good, solid episode. One I really enjoyed. I loved Morimoto and Kamekona. Even Flippa was OK.
I kind of liked Jerry, even though the reasoning for him being there is still very, very weak. They make Five-0 look like total incompetent idiots, so they need Jerry to save the day. It was never my thing to let someone shine due to making someone else look stupid. Sigh.
But all in all, I really enjoyed this one. Please more of the same.
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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.