4.22 O ka Pili’Ohana ka ‘Oi translated by CBS to Family Comes First
Original Air Date: May 9, 2014
When Grover’s daughter is kidnapped by an old nemesis, he is forced to help steal $100 million in order to get her back. Meanwhile, Wo Fat escapes prison and heads back to Oahu.
It’s kind of unbelievable that season four of Hawaii Five-0 is already over. It feels like it had just started. Where did the time go? Only good thing about this is that the hiatus will most likely be over just as quick. Or not. 😉
OK, let’s start with the episode. I have to tell you I started this with a really good laugh.
So, let me get this straight. You want me to believe that Wo Fat made a bomb out of his pills, which he collected for weeks, hidden in his toilet? I guess there were no cell searches, or anything like that in that Super Max? AND after blowing up his cell in a manner that the door was blasted out, but didn’t harm him in any way, he just walked out of there? Sure, I believe that. I’m sorry, but this was even dumber than the claw. Well, OK, maybe not, but close. 😉
And how did the guard even know which pills to give Wo Fat? There were no markings on the tray, no name tag or anything. Huh, I guess I pay too close attention to such details.
Oh, and one more thing, didn’t you also think this looked like one of those video games? Most of it didn’t look real at all. Bad CGI this time.
Call me hopeless and sentimental or whatever, but this made me really happy. I was worried that she would be cut out of the credits right away. Thank you for keeping her in.
So, with Wo Fat on the run we can come to the crime of the week. Right? Nope, not yet. We have to get the silly chase with the clown car out of the way first. Yes, it was kind of funny, but it was really just a stupid filler. Why? Because we didn’t see how they ended up in that car. It would have made sense if we had seen that. I felt it was just there to throw something remotely funny at the fans. I’m sorry, but I was only mildly amused by it. Guess that is not really my kind of humor. And besides this was not the first thing I wanted to see after Steve survived being captured and tortured in last week’s episode.
I thought it was funny when I saw the sneak peek, but back then I still thought it was part of a plot, or a chase, or the case. But it was not. It didn’t serve any purpose other than… I don’t even know what purpose it served.
What I did like though was the take down. And I think you’re right, Danny, it didn’t make any sense. But it did sound good.
I always have to smile at the intensity Steve does everything. I really love that about the guy. And I loved to see Duke again. I think it is really great that they always find a way to get him into the story.
And a little advice for the bad guy. I would be very careful where to tug that gun.
I’m sure Steve thought ‘Damn I should have shot that SOB’. How often can they let him get away? I mean, really.
“Sort of punctual.” Yeah, I kinda know such people. LOL
So, Ian is back. I liked how he orchestrated this kidnapping. I really think he’s one of the best villains on Five-0. Such genius potential.
I loved it how Lou’s first thought was to call Steve. It shows how much he trusts and respects him. That he didn’t go through with his plan didn’t change that. I think his reaction was understandable.
While Lou tried to figure out what to do next to get his daughter back, Steve got disturbing news about his mother. Well, to be honest that was what I expected. So, nothing really new there.
But how ridiculous was it that she could just walk in there and have a little chat with Wo Fat? Without it being monitored and without Steve being informed about it. I mean, come on, this is a Super Max Facility, no one just walks in there and have a talk with one of the prisoners, and for sure not with one in solitary confinement. That is just stupid. But hey, the whole thing with Wo Fat’s escape was totally stupid.
I must say it was kind of shocking to see Wo Fat setting that poor guy on fire. What kind of person does that? That was really gruesome and sick.
I was sure when Steve got the call from the Governor it was about Wo Fat. The real reason took me by surprise.
So, we finally met Mrs. Grover. I hope to see her more often now; I really like the actress.
I totally had to smile when Lou got all his guns out. He and Steve can open a shop with their arsenal.
I loved it how Steve went to Lou. He could have called him, but I think he was worried and wanted to make sure that he was OK. Too bad Lou didn’t tell him what was going on.
And The Sentinel comes to Hawaii in the form of Agent Novak. Wow, I can’t believe how long ago this fun show aired. Anyway, something about his guy just didn’t feel right. But I’ll get to that again soon.
Silly observation, but those SWAT cars are of a beautiful blue. I thought they were a lot darker.
Oh, come on, Lou, did you really think that was what Ian wanted from you? A truck and a bunch of uniforms? Nope, he wants you to help him steal a little money.
Now comes a cargument I truly enjoyed. I loved it how Steve finally told Danny to stop it. Stop his insensitive and hurting remarks.
Yes, Danny might be right, but that is no reason to slap it in his friend’s face. You just don’t do such things. And I loved it that Steve said something about it.
And what was the stupid smirk when he asked about Catherine? Sorry, but I didn’t believe for one second that Danny truly cared.
What I also loved was the fact that Steve and Cath are in contact. I liked how they handled this. Not really great, but it was at least mentioned. And you could see that Steve really struggled with this, there was a lot of emotion there. That I really liked.
So, how many of you recognized this guy?
What? Nobody? Come on, need a little help? Moonlight 1.02, the guy who knew ‘what’ Mick was.
OK, so just that we are clear on something. From this point on they got 20 minutes until they would intercept McG and his transport, right? Which would mean that Ian also only had 20 minutes to get to the airport, park his car get into the baggage claim area, which is a closed off area by the way, go behind the scenes, drive over the airfield, get into his car again and watch the take down? That is a very short amount of time to do all that. And why the heck did he drive over the airfield anyway? What kind of car was that he was then again sitting in?
I think Five-0 has a real problem with logistics and time-frames.
And another thing, SWAT cars are not cruising around like patrol cars. They are a special unit that is called in when they are needed. It was kind of ridiculous for them just to drive around and get access to the airport like that. But doesn’t really matter.
Soon after we have the fake SWAT taking over the real SWAT and Five-0. That went pretty smooth. Until they discovered there was no money in the van. And here comes my first real beef with the show. You know, when I ‘complain’ about all those little things I do so because it is fun to point that out. But I very seldom really mind all those little things.
Not so with this. Show, do you really want to tell me, that Steve or anyone from Five-0 really would have gone on their little trip without checking their cargo? That is just stupid. No way would Steve not have checked if the money was secure before he got in the van. No way in hell.
Them not knowing they were driving around without the money is just ridiculous.
Hint for the bad guy. Do not manhandle Grover’s buddy. He gets really mad about someone mistreating McG like that. 😉
That was pretty cool how they got out of that situation.
So, now they finally learn what was going on with Grover. And about Ian. Not such a nice surprise. Guess they never thought to hear from him again.
One thing is for sure they need to find Agent Novak to get that money back.
Now Five-0 was finally investigating a crime. Two actually. The kidnapping and the stolen money.
And with Kono’s help back at HQ it didn’t take them long to get a lead. Unfortunately when they get there… no money, and no Novak.
Of course Five-0 would not give up, so after just a short while they had a new solid lead. And a surprise visitor. That’s right, Ian, he is the boss, and he still got it. 😉 Even though I thought it was kind of strange to let him go like that.
In true team spirit they would go forward together. Even if it was risky and Lou thought it was just his problem. But he’s wrong about that.
And together they did it. They took down the gang, and they got the money.
By the way, do you think they have dents in their cars now?
Huh, that was for sure an interesting development. His daughter walked into a precinct, safe and sound? Didn’t really see that one coming.
They didn’t have to hand over the money, and father and daughter were reunited.
That was a nice touch with the Five-0 seal.
After they are reunited we learned how she got away and what happened to Ian. I think it’s a real shame that he’s dead. He was such a great villain.
But seriously? Wo Fat saved her? How did he even know that she was kidnapped, or where she was?
And he did it so she could get a message to Steve? Didn’t he hear of a phone, email or even snail mail? This was just stupid again.
I loved it how Steve wanted to go with Grover and back him up when he talked to the Governor. It was clear that Grover’s actions would have consequences.
Some might wonder why did Steve get away with it in 4.01 and Grover got fired? That is very simple. Five-0 did their stunt in a very public way. Their HQ was under siege and they took down a terrorist organization. That Steve also took out a SWAT team was only a small price to pay.
Besides, the Governor owed Steve one. I guess that was his payback from 3.14, or Steve simply has immunity and means back. Who knows. I mean, Denning never sent a new ‘spy’ after Lori left, now did he? So, maybe they do have an understanding. But Grover doesn’t fall under that. But he will soon, and I bet the Governor is happy to keep him on the force. I think he understood why Grover did what he did but had no choice but to fire him over it. If he wanted to or not.
Anyway, in the end everything works out.
Of course Grover wouldn’t be without a job for long. And playing golf all day long is for sure not his idea of a life.
So, he gets offered a spot on Five-0 and takes it.
So, that’s it. Season over. Am I happy with the end of the season? Kind of.
Who says a season finale has to be dramatic? I mean, seriously, the fans will tune in next season either way. And do you really think any other person who by poor chance saw any finale sits down in awe and decides just because of that episode to watch next season? Highly unlikely.
So, we don’t really need a big dramatic season ender with a huge cliffhanger. I don’t really need that. Besides they will never be able to get any better than with the ending of season 1. So, don’t even try it.
I am sad about that we didn’t get Steve as the last picture though. That was kind of a tradition the last three seasons.
This was a really good solid episode. Would I have made it a finale of the season? Probably not. I would have used last week’s episode as the last one. I think that would have worked better. But what do I know?
I had a huge problem with the development of Steve and Cath’s relationship after the first half of the season. That felt very strange, like they didn’t know what to do with her after Kono was back. But I’m not going to discuss that here again. Other than that I truly loved this season. For me this was their best so far.
And I have high hopes for season 5. Grover and McG will be just great together. He will be a perfect fit, especially since Danny won’t be in that much or for that long. Don’t get your knickers in a bunch. It’s not a secret that SC doesn’t want to be on the show full time. It’s his choice. I feel sorry for his fans, which I am not one of, so I am very happy about that development. But can fully understand all the people that are not. Anyway, I loved Lou and Steve from the second they were together. They have a great presence on screen. And I love their friendship. A lot more than I like Steve and Danny. Their friendship is a grown up one. Without any nasty and stupid comments. There is trust and respect there. And respect is something Danny doesn’t even know how to spell it. Yes I despise his character at times, and that is why I’m so very happy to have someone like Grover there for Steve.
Since he is a male new cast member, his chances are pretty good to survive Five-0 for a bit longer. I truly hope so.
So, what did I think about this episode? I think it was really good, I guess just shy of awesome. It was missing the last little kick to make it to the top.
But I did enjoy it, and I’m happy with a lot of the development in it. I loved that they at least talked about Catherine. And I’m very sure now that she will come back. Probably around Christmas. Episode 5.11 or 5.12. No idea how they will handle it, but I’m positive we haven’t seen the last of her.
Wo Fat? I don’t care about him. He is not an interesting character anymore for me. So I don’t really care what is going to happen with him.
Before season 4 even started the EP said they won’t drag out what the connection between Doris and Wo Fat is, we will learn a lot about them right away. As far as I remember we didn’t learn anything about them. Doris was mentioned once or twice, and Wo Fat was not seen or heard of at all. But as I said that is the lamest and most uninteresting part of Five-0 for me. And his break-out and reappearance to save Grover’s daughter was just lame.
But I’m going to lean back now and will be waiting for the hiatus to be over and the new season to begin. Won’t even be that long.
I hope you will all tune back in for season 5.
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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.