McGarrett and Odell come under siege in Odell’s new barbershop when they try to protect a young man who is being hunted down by a gang. Also, Jerry is wrongfully accuse of committing a series of home invasions.
CBS translated Kahania to Close Shave
Do you remember September 26 last year? Season premiere of Five-0? Sure you do. 😉 And can you believe that we only have six more episodes left?
My expectations had been very high for season 5, I was sure it would be the best of the best. Well, maybe my expectations were too high. There was one outstanding episode, very few awesome ones, a few good and many OK ones and some disappointing ones. That sounds rather normal for any season of any show, doesn’t it? Yeah, probably.
But my beef with season 5 is less with the quality of the show as single episodes, or their execution, but with what they have done to our McG. How the writers have screwed him over with all the strange, totally out of character things he did over the season. And, of course, the lack of contingency from the last episodes of season 4.
Why am I mentioning this? Because in this episode… they got it right. (Except for one tiny little thing that I’m coming to later.) This was our McG. This was the McG we knew all those seasons. And this time it wasn’t just the amazing acting of Alex O who saved the day… this time the writers did good.
Who’d guessed I would say that this season? They did a really good job, not just giving us the real McG, nope they gave us a story with a twist I had no idea was coming. They gave us entertaining dialogue with two amazing guys in a tight situation. They gave us banter without being nasty, they gave us two men becoming friends. They gave us action, a good story, a good b-plot, laughs and tears.
So, yeah, kudos to Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt.
With the praise for the writing team out of the way let’s talk about the episode in little more detail. Where to start? With the bad stuff? Yeah, let’s do that, because that will be really quick, because there was no bad stuff. Just some amusing, odd little plot holes. 🙂
And here comes the thing that I believe would never happen with our McG. Leaving the cell phone in the car? Seriously? We’re talking about a guy who had his cell phone in bed while having sex with his girlfriend.
Ever wondered what they were doing with that phone under the covers? I’d like to see those pictures. 😉 Anyway, he’s a guy who would take his phone with him while taking a shower. He would never ever leave his phone in the truck. Not even to unwind in a barber shop.
No, what the writers’ problem was is that they needed them without the means of communication and they simply took the easy, convenient way. Leave the phone in the truck and don’t let Odell have a phone. Come one guys; that is not how you solve the problem of no communication. Besides, a shop without a phone or at least an internet connection? No, not in this time and day.
But I’m willing to let this slide because they made kind of a joke out of it. So, I’m OK with it. Kind of. 😉
Next odd thing. This season the members of Five-0 didn’t seem to be able to hit any car they were chasing, no matter how many bullets they fired or what kind of machine guns they used. Remember how many bad guys in their cars got away this season? Now, on the other hand we have this group of bad guys with lots of big guns, firing hundreds of rounds at a tiny shop with a huge class window-front right next to it. And how amazingly precise shooting was it to not hit that window with even one bullet. I was thinking maybe the bad guys could teach Five-0 the precision of hitting the mark. 😉
Next odd thing, that I think was the oddest of them all. Steve went to get a haircut on a work day. It was not his day off. He thanked Odell for opening early so Steve could get there before work. So far so good. I find it actually really strange that his team mates don’t seem to care that their boss is not on time at work. Or there at all. Didn’t they call him? And got his voicemail? Didn’t they wonder where he was? Last time he didn’t show up he got almost killed. But none of them seemed to be any kind of worried. I found that really odd and their lack of interest really disturbing. I mean it’s not just their friend, but also their boss. The head of Five-0 doesn’t show up at work and they are what? Think he just took a day off and forgot to tell them?
So, the bad guys were shooting up the place for about twenty minutes. And there was no one close by who heard the shots? No one who alerted HPD. Or maybe a cruiser on patrol who heard the shots? I know it’s not easy to pinpoint where the sound was coming from. But hey, it was not the one or other shot. That was like in a war zone. You can’t tell me it took almost half an hour for the police to send one guy to check it out. One guy in his patrol car. Sure it helped the story getting on, but it was kind of stupid.
But none of the mentioned stuff was really important or took away from the enjoyment of this story. Really just a few amusing odd little things. 😉
So, this episodes starts with McG deciding to get a haircut (I know the first scenes were with Jerry, but we’re getting to that later) and while at it also a shave. Huh. I’ve only known Steve to be clean-shaven when he was in uniform. I can’t remember Steve ever being anything but with a bit of scruff unless he wore his uniform.
So, that little observation actually gave me my angle for the tie-in. Cokie already got hers, so there will be two little stories for this episode. That just as info for our loyal readers over at Cokie’s and my blog.
Anyway, this guest star, Michael Imperioli, is one I would love to see more of. He has great chemistry with Steve (who doesn’t?) and I think his character is really interesting. There could be great stories coming our way.
How great was that shaving scene? I said it before, I like him better with a day’s worth of scruff, but watching him nod off was so much fun. Having a hard week? Yeah, Steve, I believe you.
Of course, the peace and quiet doesn’t last long. A young man storms into the shop, claiming to be on the run from a gang who just killed a guy while he was witnessing it. Well, he did have the GSW to make his story believable. And I fell for it. Just like Steve and Odell, and every viewer.
It was a little odd that the gang that was after him, didn’t seem to be in a hurry at all chasing him. They rather leisurely drove up to the store. Didn’t seem like they had been on a chase. But I didn’t think about that while watching, that only came to me after the twist a bit later.
I absolutely loved it how Steve just went out there demanding for them to surrender their guns. After all, he’s Commander McGarrett of Five-0. That was really cute, brave and stupid at the same time. But I loved it anyway.
Of course, they would have none of that. 🙂 So, they all were catapulted into a war zone. How much fire power did those guys have? One could argue it was a tiny bit much, but hey, what the heck, let them shoot up the place. Gave Steve and Odell time to bond. 😉
There were so many scenes I truly liked while they were in there, almost too many to point out.
Loved it how Steve almost made fun of the ‘mother-situation’. He’s dealing with it in his own unique way. Loved that scene.
Great slow-mo when Odell let the gate down.
Loved Steve taking cover while the place was shot up. Every one of the scenes. 🙂
One scene in particular, when Odell was next to him. I was so sure Steve had been hit. He looked like it. He looked out of breath and kinda out of it. I was so sure Odell would say something since Steve hadn’t even realized it. But I guess that was just wishful thinking. 😉 It was good that he was not hit. I didn’t want him to get shot, I wanted him to get them all out of that mess. I just thought he looked like he had been hit. Anyway. Loved that scene.
I guess it is time to mention that there actually was a b-plot. One that I actually enjoyed. No, I still don’t like Jerry, I’m more kind of neutral regarding him. Which is an improvement.
Chin seemed a little bit too chipper for my taste. What kind of stuff was he on? I mean, just last week he looked at prison time and being kicked out of law enforcement and this week he’s more than happy. I thought that was a bit much. Even though I love Chin, but I found his behavior odd.
I already mentioned that I think it was really strange that none of them questioned where their boss was. So, moving on. Grover was again really great. He’s a real bad ass of his own. I wouldn’t want to be on his bad side.
So, of course, Jerry wasn’t guilty. And they found the real culprit in a matter of hours.
Odell and Steve finally manage to end the siege.
Odell’s on his way to the hospital and Steve on his way to arrest Darig Dobrian. So, honestly, no one can tell me he saw this coming. Eran (in the press release he’s called Eran, on IMDB he’s called Aaron, so, take your pick) being Darig’s son. And I for sure was surprised about what Eran really did and why the hit was on his head. What a great twist of the story.
I wondered though why Steve went there all on his own.
But at least he had HPD with him when he went to save Odell.
That was a great stand-off and some great, emotional scenes between the two afterward.
And then there was the heartbreaking end of the show. Wow. I loved it that Steve went down there alone. First I thought we were at Jerry’s old basement and was confused for a second. That was the same, right?
When Steve went down the steps one knew that he would discover something horrible. The scene they created was very powerful. Just a few things lying around, but clearly showing the despair one could still feel in that room. And when he then took the stack of pictures, everyone knew how bad this really was.
I loved how the pictures were shown and then how they focused on Steve, how it broke his heart seeing what those little kids had to go through. And that nobody was there to save them. That they had died a violent death; alone and scared. That they had been robbed of their future. More families destroyed.
That was a really heartbreaking scene and a fantastic ending for a show that started out on a fun and light note.
Come on, admit it, you’re all waiting for it. Me, mentioning Danny. Or the lack of him. Fine. If you insist. What can I say? I think it was perfect that he was not in this episode. There was no place for him in either story-line. The character Danny would have brought nothing to this episode. He would not have enhanced this episode in any way, on the contrary. So, if there ever was an episode where Danny could stay home, it was this one.
One thing though. The lack of Danny got me laughing. Why? Steve got beaten, shot, stabbed, electrocuted, water-boarded, and only God knows what else, and never got time off to heal. But poor Danny, who took a little beating get weeks off to rest? 😉
So, what’s my verdict? Awesome. This was an episode that I can only give five stars. In my eyes, the best episode this season after 5.07.
Great job all around.
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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.