6.17 – Waiwai – McGarrett and Five-0 must track down a Russian spy who has stolen a flash drive containing classified NSA information that puts the life of a member of their Ohana at risk. Also, McGarrett finally learns why Catherine left him, and Abby continues to conceal her actual mission from Chin and Five-0, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, March 11 2016
CBS translated Waiwai to Assets
So, let me get this straight. A total stranger enters the clinic dressed in scrubs and none of the other doctors and nurses in the operating theater are suspicious of the person that is going to operate with them? They haven’t even spoken to her when she prepared for the surgery.
That is so not going to happen anywhere in the world. Surgeons are a very special bunch of people, they don’t just stand by and watch a stranger just flown in from the mainland take their job and operate on their patient.
Not even to talk about the logistics. Shortly before this she was at the accident scene (which we will lean later) and know they have all the information who she is? Sorry, but there has to be paperwork, or at least the others had to be informed in advance that they have a new colleague. Besides, it takes time to prepare for surgery. No way she would have made it in time from the accident, organizing her entry and getting to the OR. A very strange OR by the way. Operating on a nicked femoral artery in that setting? Not happening. And they would have known that she was not the real deal when she dressed herself after washing up for surgery. That is a no no. 🙂
On the other hand, that woman was pretty vicious in her method of killing. It takes a very special, or deranged person to kill like that. Wet work (killing by knife) is really messy. She reminded me a lot of the woman from the season 2 finale. Also a brutal female killer. These two perfectly fit PL’s liking for bitchy women, I guess.
BUT, I guess I’m pretty much the only one thinking about such things. I know it’s a fault and it sometimes keeps me from just enjoying a scene. But I’m always, always asking the why and how. I simply can’t just accept a ‘because’. Every scene has to be logical, at least to some extent. I always ask myself “how did they do that” or “why did they do that”.
There is another great example in this episode where I also shook my head. Knocking out the people of an entire building. I’m sorry, but how in the world did she do that? How did she manage to get access to the system? How did she even know about the blueprints of the ventilation system? How did she connect any gas to the system? How did she carry it in? How did she get past security? Speaking of security. The blue room is secured by a code, not by a card you swipe through. She wouldn’t get in without the code.
And how the heck would she carry out the knocked out guy? And for 40 minutes, forty minutes, no one wanted to enter the building and discovered what was going on? And after being unconscious for 40 minutes, they just all just pretty much jump up and go their merry way?
As much as I admire the writers’ imagination, I can’t accept such scenes if they don’t make any sense.
You know, I’m willing to suspend any kind of belief or my sometimes annoying habit to ask about the how and why, if the scene is so awesome that I simply don’t care about such minor details. But that mostly only happens with great action sequences. And this was not such a scene.
Anyway. On with the show.
Another scene I shook my head about. All of them gathered at casa McGarrett. I mean I love it that all those gatherings seem to happen at Steve’s place. It’s logical that they would meet at the team leader’s house, so kudos for that. Although I have the suspicion they actually do it because that is their main set to shoot those scenes. But regardless what the reason, I like it.
That was not why I shook my head. Nope. A long time ago, relatively speaking, Abby came to join them for two weeks. She’s still there. She is supposed to be the team leader of the SFPD “Five-0”. She never followed Steve for even a day. How would she learn what it means to lead such a task force if she never spent any time with him? And why the heck did they never question why she’s still there?
After they found out that they are under investigation, at least then alarm bells should have gone off. Abby’s the one. Jeez, a blind and dumb person would find her behavior and her being there more than a little convenient and suspicious. No, not Five-0, they embrace her and share all their little secrets with her.
Danny even ratting out his friend to her. Selling him as a total nutjob to her. Grrr, still furious about what he said about his friend and boss to her. Let’s not dwell on that.
But now they know someone must be spying on them for that Coughlin guy. HELLO! Right under your nose! Just look at her. If you look up the world guilty you would find a picture of her next to the explanation.
What I find interesting though is the fact that someone is spying on HER. Who might that be? Any suggestions? Jerry? Oh, that would be a great way to get rid of him. LOL Nah, kidding. But who else is working for Coughlin?
Oh, and by the way, Coughlin did not investigate Chin for taking the money from the evidence locker. That was the IA guy Cage, the same one who investigated Meka, Danny’s ex-partner. He was the one opening the witch hunt on Chin. Coughlin went after Chin for his involvement of Chin father’s murder by Gabriel Weincroft. At least that is what we knew about it so far. There was never any mention about Coughlin back when it was about Chin taking money. Not once was there a mention of Coughlin being involved in any way.
So, please writers don’t change history. Maybe over the years it gets a little hard to remember all those pesky little details, but as I see it, you get paid to remember those little details. 🙂 Besides, at least Chin should know what Coughlin was after him for. After all, we spent a whole pretty boring episode (great acting by DDK though) in that damn interrogation room.
So, after talking about yet another try to discredit or even disband Five-0 we come to the crime of the week. I asked this often enough, especially when it isn’t about special crimes at all, who decides to involve Five-0. They often investigate crimes that should be handled by the normal homicide squad. But this time I really understood why Five-0 would be involved right from the start. After all, that was a pretty messy and bold murder. And it involved HPD in a way that they were responsible for the patient’s injuries in the first place.
It is always nice to see Max and especially Duke. Love seeing that guy.
Why would they apply a local anesthetic if the guy was under general anesthesia? That makes no sense. Max said he died of asphyxiation due to disconnecting the ventilator. As we could see the killer ripped out the breathing tube, with the balloon still inflated. Ouch, not really something to recommend. Which indicates he was not able to breathe on his own. Anyway, medical details are not that important. 😉
I wonder what Abby told the team this time for taking the day off? She wasn’t involved in the investigation, instead she met up with Coughlin. I wonder what she did for the rest of the day?
For my liking the meet with Coughlin took a little too long, and as I said before I don’t like that they recycled the actor. I always see the first character he played in season 2. I know, most don’t even remember him, but for me that is really, really annoying. Almost as much as watching a dubbed version of a movie with the wrong voice by one of the actors. I hate that the same voice is given to different actors. (NO, not in the same movie, although they do that in some countries, too. Shudder.) Anyway, I find that really annoying.
That scene didn’t really give me much. At least we learned that SFPD is involved, probably under a false pretense though. His argument is so totally ridiculous; I wonder how he came up with that crap. If all cops were like Five-0, protecting the innocent no matter their race, color, belief or their past, the country would be better off. But I guess his real motivation has nothing to do with McGarrett and his team, but purely with his vendetta. Although I wonder why he is going after Five-0 instead of Gabriel, who was directly responsible for the murder of his brother. That logic is clearly false. But, who knows, maybe he is in wanna-be-crime-lord’s pocket.
His threat to take Abby’s badge and gun has no merit really. He doesn’t have that authority, even if she’s under his command. She is in a way better position to be a danger to him and his questionable investigation. I wonder what the Governor will have to say about this, or Coughlin’s superiors. He clearly is not at the top of the food chain.
Although I’m not so sure about her words that they all keep in bounds. They clearly all have stepped over the line, some more than others, but none of them was always at all times within the bounds of the law. But except Lou’s rampage in Chicago, Chin and Danny killing in cold blood, all their actions were in good faith and for a good cause. And acceptable considering the circumstances.
Anyway, I don’t see this leading anywhere interesting. I find this storyline rather boring and annoying. This can’t be over soon enough for me.
Steve and Danny visit Dr. Yang, a suspect they need to have a little chat with. I liked those scenes. It was a perfect example for the completely different characters of McGarrett and Williams. One of them open minded to all things going on in this world, the other not so much. 😉
It was fun to watch, and it even brought them intel on their soon to be main suspect.
I loved Grover and Kono working together. Good team. I like how they tried to figure out Dalton’s motivation and found out about the killer. Great job you two.
Ehm, two years ago on a student visa? Sorry, but we have 2016; she came to the US almost three years ago. And her visa expired a year ago.
OK, I have to complain about Danny a little bit, although this time it is actually about the actor. But first let me say, that he did not get on my nerves this time. Nope, I actually liked him in this episode. More about that a little later. What does get on my nerves is his speech pattern. Counting off the facts like a robot. He speaks in these cut off short sentences all the time. There is no melody or rhythm in his speech. I find that most annoying and it’s really getting on my nerves. Is that him, or just the personality of the character? Am I the only one who finds that annoying?
On with the show. 🙂
Those were some great action scenes with a lot of bullets flying around. It did make me smile a lot, and actually made me chuckle too. Steve and Danny would both be toast taking cover behind the Camaro and being shot at with that machine gun.
A car, any car, is not adequate cover from any kind of bullets. You might have a chance behind the engine, but all other parts of the car… well, the bullets will cut through it like a knife through butter. Don’t believe what you see on TV. 😉
But anyway, great scenes, and I loved how Grover stopped Chris.
That guy was just a dumb ass with a stupid idea. Thankfully though he was a really highly intelligent dumb ass. 🙂 I enjoyed all the scenes with him and Steve in the blue room. But I usually enjoy Steve in the blue room. So, might be just that. 😉
So, now Steve finally learns why Catherine really left. One question first. How did Brenner know who Doris is? That she’s his mother? He was only part of the security company, not NI or CIA, or whatever. And if Catherine’s name came up, how would he know what Steve’s mother’s name was?
But anyway, I really like these scenes. It was great to see the wheels turning in Steve’s mind, thinking of the consequences for Catherine. And realizing that she didn’t ‘leave’ him. I find it fascinating how you can read the different emotions on Steve’s face. Kudos again.
Of course that brings Steve and Danny back to Chris, making sure that the flash drive was really not readable. Steve would do anything to ensure the safety of the woman he loves, and the other operatives.
Which he showed us shortly after. I talked about the gassing at the beginning, not gonna do it again here. So, do I condone what he did with the suspect? No, I don’t. This is exactly what I was talking about earlier about the boundaries. He pushed them to save a life. Is that OK? No. Do we really care if he hurt that scumbag? Nope.
Thankfully we weren’t even witness to it. Maybe he didn’t really shoot him. 😉
So, after getting the information where he can get his hands on the flash drive again, they are off to save the day. And those were great scenes. I loved the music and the incoming helicopter with SWAT. All of them rushing to the scene. That was some great editing. Although I do wonder if Chin really needs to ride his bike like he’s on a leisure trip. Wouldn’t it be wiser to ride a car to a raid?
Was this a first that the main suspect, meaning the killer woman, wasn’t killed? That took me by surprise.
I loved the scenes with Steve (and Danny) on the beach after the flash drive was safely in his hands.
Yes, of course he is angry. But not that much at Catherine, I think. I believe he’s angry with himself about how blind and stupid he has been all these past months. But one thing he surely is. He’s hurt. And you can see it here, and back when he first learned that Catherine is not doing any aid work in Nepal.
But, that will not change his feelings for her. He loves her, and he always will. And I bet he’s also still very much in love with her.
What she did was nothing that Steve hadn’t done many times. I don’t even want to know how often he had to lie, or at least keep the truth from Catherine, or other people in his life during his time with the Navy. Steve knows how that goes. But lying about job related things is not like lying on a personal basis. And none of them has done that.
Catherine didn’t lie to Steve for any personal gain, or to deceive him. She did it because the job dictated it. He understands that better than any other person ever will. That doesn’t mean though that it doesn’t hurt. It does. I still think she should have found a way to tell him why she had to go. She could have kept any specifics from him.
Anyway, these two surely need to talk when she’s back. But their love is strong, and they will survive Mr. Lenkov’s stupid testing their love.
What I love most about this scenario is that Steve knows that Cath might be in danger, and that she did not ‘leave’ him because he wasn’t enough for her. And I love it that Cath will learn that he knows. I’m positive that her handler will tell her what happened and how she and the others were saved. That creates a little drama, and gives these two a new connection.
I liked Danny in this scene. He was not over the top like he normally is. I wonder if he has told Steve yet about the meeting he had with Cath. Probably not, since he’s still alive. 😉
Will Abby tell Chin that she’s the spy? Guess we will have to wait and see.
So, what is my verdict? When I was done with the episode I thought “this was a great episode”. But writing this review I changed it to awesome. Why? Well, for one, I was truly well entertained. I didn’t even mind all the darn previously on and flashbacks. I kind of liked Danny in this one. At least I didn’t mind him. 🙂 I enjoyed the team working just one case. I liked everyone on the team, yes even Jerry. He was very well used in the ep.
I loved the action. I loved to hear about Catherine, and that Steve finally knows.
So, yeah, this was an awesome episode. But keep in mind, awesome and awesome are two different things. Many shades of awesome out there.
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