Hawaii Five-0 – 4.11 – Pukana – Keepsake
a review by COKIE
Sam has graciously asked me to review Episode 11 of Hawaii Five-0 which premiered on December 20, titled Pukana.
First off, it was a Christmas episode. I heard the holiday music and I saw the decorations. Other than that, was there really anything dealing with Christmas? Yes, it showed Danny and Grace at the end and she was opening a gift. But I was hoping for a bit more Christmas shown. Although I suppose there were some Christmas miracles involved in the show.
Christmas past and present on Five-0:
I am not organized like Sam is, so I’m just going to post random thoughts… in no particular order. She said she would add photos to my ramblings, so good luck to you, Sam! 🙂
Kono… why were those scenes added? I suppose it is her progression in coming back to Hawaii. I thought they were unnecessary and the time could have been used a bit better. But that’s just me. Enough said on that matter.
I understand she will return very soon.
Now, man breaking into a house. My first words were “you’re dead.” And he was. He was unlucky enough to rob the house of a serial killer. Fatal mistake.
Danny working a school clean up. That was nice. Grace finding a wooden box that had been in the water forever and the wood hadn’t swollen up was a miracle (see, I guess it was Christmas). The fact that Steve automatically figured it out was funny. Loved that he pulled off the road and opened it. Now… the locket had a photo in it which was undamaged from the water as well. Far fetched? Just a bit. Unrealistic? Absolutely. Dumb? Yeah, kind of.
One question. Whenever Steve gets a call to come in to work, he always changes into more professional clothing. Danny shows up in his shorts and tee shirt? I thought that was odd. And here we have the dead burglar in the trunk of a car in a lot. Now, I must admit that plot isn’t the main thing I watch the show for, so bear with me on this. Serial killer had something in his safe that he wanted no one to see. One can assume, as per the FBI lady, that it was filled with severed fingers. While I would like to know the contents, I’m thankful I didn’t have to see them. The look on Steve’s face was enough.
Now… the robber’s partner clued them in on the targeted houses, so Chin and Catherine start checking them out? Isn’t it proper procedure to stay with a partner? Why did they separate? Dumb move. Chin, who is quite a good detective, found a tiny piece of foil on the floor. (My daughter pointed out that it is no longer “tin” foil as “tin” and “aluminum” are not the same, but that oversight didn’t bother me). Anyway, poor Chin was hit in the face and then bumped and thumped down the steps. I’m sure Daniel had bruises after that! The scenes in the basement were very vivid and played quite well.
I am surprised the FBI didn’t try to shut down and take over the investigation, but she didn’t. They quickly knew something was wrong when they couldn’t reach Chin and called Catherine back in. During a torture scene, luckily the serial killer was interrupted by his doorbell. Thankfully for Chin Ho, he kept all his fingers intact! Serial Killer had a girlfriend… silly girl. She would take care of him and then HE could take care of her. Which he did with another bump and thump down the basement steps. I must say the woman had courage though after she woke up. The fight between Chin and Serial Killer was very well choreographed. Great job, Guys! And then she got the gun to Chin… that was great. Watching Chin blow him away was also good! <man, am I sadistic, or what?>
The good guys rush in after hearing the gunfire and find Chin and Girlfriend. I did like Steve’s comment to the FBI woman who thought she wanted to be the one to kill the killer. He let her know that she didn’t really want that. I think, no matter what your profession, killing isn’t something that is easy to do. If you have a conscience, that is.
OK, side story. Danny takes the locket in the box to Charlie who researches and low-and-behold, Christmas miracle number 2. He finds a hair, apparently with the follicle still attached in the back of this teeny-tiny locket. And is able to find the little girl it came from. Now, a show of hands here… how many knew this wasn’t going to be a happy story??? Little girl and family perished in the tsunami and only the father remained.
The ending scenes, while good, left me wanting so much more. Danny and Grace opening gifts. It was sweet. Catherine and Steve at the grave site. Very nice. Poignant. For a minute, I was afraid they were going to be at Aunt Deb’s grave and I would have cried buckets, but thankfully that didn’t happen. But come on, Show… couldn’t we have had a bit more of Steve and Cath? I mean, it was CHRISTMAS! At least you led me to believe it was. Kamekono and Max serving food was cute. Quick scene, but cute. Chin and Leilani on the beach was very nice. Chin deserves some happiness and I hope he gets it this time around.
Now… here’s where reality leaves the show for me. Danny and Grace manage to procure last minute, round trip airline tickets from Hawaii to Japan on CHRISTMAS DAY and fly the box and locket to the grieving father. Very nice gesture, but does anyone realize what those tickets would have cost??? And to get two tickets by walking up to the counter was Christmas miracle number 3. Besides, this was Danny, who apparently has recently received a mighty nice raise. He now has a very nice house and managed to afford these tickets after suffering through the first two seasons in a series of hovels or living in his friend’s living room.
OK, I did a lot of grumbling above. But as I crave new episodes so much, I have to give it 4 Badges. It was full of holes, but like I said, I don’t watch just for plot. And I just couldn’t give it 3 Badges. So, there you have my take on this episode. Sam, I’m sure by now you are sorry you suggested this… 🙂
No, I’m not sorry at all. I have only one thing to add. The scene when Danny was teasing Steve about never paying for lunch. I thought that was funny, but I need to step in to defend Steve’s honor. 🙂
Steve gave Danny a three-day-weekend at the Kahala Hotel for him and Grace after he had just met the guy. Remember back in the pilot at the end?
Steve was willing to fly half around the world to meet Cath halfway.
He took Cath to a very fancy dinner in 3.11.Well, at least on the second try.
He bought her a very expensive gift when she retired from the Navy.
He’s constantly providing beer and free food at his house for Danny and other guests.
He might not have invited the whole gang to lunch or dinner after a case, and insists on splitting the checks, but he for sure is not a cheap date. I just thought that needed to be said. 😉
I totally agree with Cokie’s verdict of 4 badges. Weak ones, but still better than okay.
All screen-shots were done by me. Credit for promo pics to CBS and Global. The images used in this post are presented under the Fair Use Policy. The use of this material is intended for non-profit, entertainment purposes only. No copyright infringement is intended.
One more thing. I don’t write reviews with the claim to be objective, and neither does Cokie. This is how she perceived this episode. If you disagree… that is just fine. We don’t claim in any way that our opinion is the right and only one.