5.08 Ka Hana Malū – While the team investigates a couple’s murder in which their sons are the prime suspects, McGarrett is shocked when Aunt Deb returns to the island with her new fiancé, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 21 2014
CBS translated Ka Hana Malū to Inside Job
WRITTEN BY: Moira Kirland
DIRECTED BY: Jerry Levine
After 5.07 I must say I pitied any episode that would air after that one. How would any episode ever be able to top that or at least hold its own?
Let’s see how Ka Hana Malu faired. 😉
Why do we have to spend 30 seconds watching a Ferrari speeding the Streets of Hawaii? I’m sorry, but I’m really sensitive about all this wasted time. Yes, I do like to see sights of Hawaii, but they overdo that in season five too, and now we get a darn car for 30 seconds. Half a minute is a huge amount of time for any 44 minute TV show. Five seconds would have served the same purpose. Don’t waste valuable time, not even for your sponsors, even though I have no idea if they get money for this or not.
The two kids cruising in the car discover the victims of our Crime Of The Week. By the way, beautiful dog. Hope this guest star had fun with the other dogs on the set. 🙂
So, after the credits we come to the first highlight and first fail at the same time. Huh? OK, let me explain.
Seeing Steve in promos for the ep I was almost jumping for joy. He still had the traces of what he went through on his face. I thought “Wow, will we actually get a follow up?” (Yeah, laugh it up, I AM that hopeless.)
Seeing him here I thought where the heck did the scars go? The make-up in this episode is a total fail in my eyes. In the next scenes they a very prominent, as they should be, only to then disappear again, to be seen again, and at the end of the day to be totally gone.
Something like that is driving me up the wall. This is something that should not happen in a production like this. Take a damn picture of how your star looks in one scene and recreate it in the next. Darn it, that is really not that difficult.
BUT that was actually not the biggest fail in this scene. Nope, they actually topped that. Imagine you come all the way to Hawaii to get married and to see your favorite nephew. I’m assuming she is very fond of him. 😉
So, now you finally see him all banged up. Wouldn’t you be like “Oh, honey what happened to you?”; or if you already talked to him on the phone at least asking “How are you, Steve?”? Come on, seriously? Nothing? Not even gently touching his booboo? Who writes this crap? I’m sorry, but this is not how normal people act.
But as I said these scenes also had some highlights. To be honest, I never heard of Frankie Valli before. No idea who he was. Sure I had heard his songs before, but I would never have associated him with any of them. I googled him to see what I’ve missed. Not much if you ask me. Sorry, I’m not really into music. I do listen to it, and I like a lot of different music, but I don’t care about the people making it. Does that make sense? Anyway, I had no idea who that guy was, and I don’t really care. As I often said I don’t care about any big names, I just want them to be good. And some of the ‘big’ names simply did a horrible job on Five-0. I know others see that as an option to draw more people to the show, well if it works I’m all for it. 😉
But I think this guy did a good job and he’s a really good match for Aunt Deb. So it’s a win/win this time.
But he was, of course, not the highlight. No, that were Steve’s faces during all these scenes. I just loved it.
The case of the soft hands. How cute was that? 😉 Of course, Steve would be suspicious. People should know by now that he’s right most times.
The team starts their investigation into the brutal murder at the crime scene where they meet the family lawyer and the two boys. All three are made out to be suspects right from the get go. But seriously, I didn’t buy it for a second. Way too easy. Took them off my list right away.
This was one of the rare episodes where I didn’t figure it out in the first five minutes. And that is a really good and refreshing thing.
OK, I confess. I really like the blabla at HQ that happens in most every episode of Hawaii Five-0. Normally, I’m not a fan of the ‘detectives’ standing around and discussing the case. But Five-0’s Headquarters, I don’t know, there is a special ‘flair’ about it. I love seeing them standing around the smart table gathering information or simply do some brainstorming. It is fun to watch. As we learned in the commentary, the actors are not that fond of those scenes, but I truly enjoy them.
Here they learned that doom hang over the family even before the shooting. Their happy lives wouldn’t have lasted for much longer. Prison time and loss of all money and assets was just weeks away.
That gave a lot of people plenty of motive. Could it be that he alone was the target and the mother was just collateral damage?
So, Aunt Deb and Leonard came by for a visit, and while Danny picked them up at the entrance he solved the case of the smooth hands. Well, at least he thinks so. I thought these were cute scenes. But, of course, I have something to say about it. Steve’s booboos are still there to see (OK, not so much in these scenes, but in general.) He had a nasty graze on the upper left arm. I bet that still smarted if you consider what time has passed since it happened. At least if you take the state of the scars as an indicator. So, Danny, stop hitting your friend where he was shot. Danny slapped him twice. 😉 Oh, and by the way, I would love to see what they will do with the tattoo, which was really damaged. Yeah, I know, probably nothing. It will be magically unharmed. Sigh.
Loved it that Lou was invited to the wedding. It was last year’s Thanksgiving that he became part of the family.
After learning that Ty’s car was not sitting in the garage all night, but someone used it, we get a nice chase and take down. Kudos to the stunt team for keeping all our guys (and girl) safe and making them look good.
LOL – guess Danny really shouldn’t be in a car while in pursuit. Maybe he should take the bus or something. Poor guy never gets to drive. Liked him and Lou in the car. O.M.G. Did I just say I liked something where Danny was involved? Yep, guess I did. And to make it even ‘worse’, you will hardly believe it, but I liked Danny in this one. Told you, you won’t believe it. But he was really tolerable in this episode, which is as close as I will get to actually liking him. 😉
No, seriously, I have nothing to complain about him in this episode, or the last one for that matter. I don’t think I mentioned it, but I really liked him in the last one, too. Wow, two episodes in a row. But not to fear, I’m sure Danny will be back to his annoying normal self next episode.
Next we were witness to one of the funnier interrogations in the blue room. That kid really is quite the dummy. But may as it be, he for sure was not their murderer.
Next we were presented the next possible suspect. But something didn’t add up with her, so she was out, too. Suspect wise it was getting thin. Many people introduced already, but none of them was the murderer, or had anything to do with it. At least that is what I decided. 😉
Uh oh, Steve was right. Leonhard is not who he said he is. Jerry found out about the interesting back story of Aunt Deb’s husband to be.
Now we spent time, or wasted it, depends on how you look at it, on the polygraph with the two boys who suddenly became suspects again when Five-0 found out about a 20 Million life insurance policy.
Meanwhile Steve takes an hour off to talk to his aunt about what he found out. They have a nice conversation at Kamekona’s.
Until Steve reveals what’s going on with Catherine. We talked about the Catherine issue in a separate post, but I still like to say a few words about it again.
Catherine Rollins was part of Steve’s life long before we even met him. They had been together for ages. And all the departure of this important woman in Steve’s life gets, is two sentences? I’m sorry, but no matter what they are saying, that is disappointing.
Yes, it might fit Steve’s character not to discuss it in length, but still, this was not right. Just to mention it in passing. In my eyes, it was way too late to mention it, and then in this manner? That is disgusting and disrespectful to the character, to the storyline, to the actress and to the fans.
About Catherine staying in Afghanistan, having found her life’s calling, and not telling Steve in person? Ridiculous. But, this is what the writers have decided on, so we have to live with it. BUT do we? That is what pisses me off. This is still no final decision. Shouldn’t wait for her? What the heck is that supposed to mean? She may stay a while? What is a while? Why not making a real break and saying she’s not coming back? You don’t have the balls for that, or what?
Make up your mind. This is still not a decision.
I’m telling you, if they let Steve move on, only for her to come back when he DOES move on. That will be the moment I will stop watching the show.
Besides, the character Steve we have known the last years, he would not do what he should be doing. He’d wait for her, no matter how long it would take.
One of the boys took off, obviously knowing that he wouldn’t pass the test. I was wondering why he ran, because for me it was clear he had nothing to do with the murders.
Soon we found out that there was another twist and he really didn’t have anything to do with it. He and the neighbor were having an affair. If you could call it that.
Ah, Steve, nice idea about the lawyer, but I’m telling you, he’s not your guy. 😉
So, what do you think about Leonhard coming to Steve with the story of the package in the locker? I can tell you that I wonder how Leonhard got the package unchecked to Hawaii. IF there’s a gun in it that wouldn’t happen. Even on a cruise ship your luggage will be checked. You shouldn’t be able to smuggle a gun onto any ships. And you can for certain not get it on a plane to go from New York to Los Angeles. Assuming the two did not start their cruise in New York. So, it is a pretty sure bet there is not a gun in it. If it will turn out to be a gun, well sorry, but that would again be sloppy writing.
Nice scenes with the boys in the office. And I’m with Steve here. He did not go looking for trouble this time. Well, not really. 😉
I just love Lou and Steve. Cute scenes at the smart table. And they got a lead on a completely new suspect. At least on the hit man. I still didn’t believe the lawyer had anything to do with it.
Yeah, Lou, get used to it. More nice stunt work and another take down. By the way, do you see any light that Steve could jump through? I don’t. So, how did Steve figure out there was a way to the suspect over the roof?
So, who of you figured out that the wife put a hit on her husband and herself, so that the boys would get the insurance money? I didn’t. Very nice twist.
Telling the boys about their mother’s plan was surely the hard part of this investigation.
Very nice scenes of the boys getting ready for the wedding. Lou picking them up, does that mean they were carpooling and Lou was the designated driver? 😉
So, what’s in all the boxes under the stairs? Catherine’s stuff all packed up?
What we have left is to attend the wedding. Well, to be honest, this was one of the worst weddings I’ve ever seen on TV. Ugh. WHAT?! LOL – sorry, but despite that the boys cleaned up really nice, I mean really nice, the vows? Just horrible. Especially when she started to sing. I’m telling you, that was the worst they could have done. I thought that was simply terrible.
But there were also good things. I loved Steve. I think his look at the end was not one of being happy for his aunt. I think it was more of a reflection of what he has gone through and lost over the years. I truly liked that.
And I wondered why Kono was not there. She never met Deb, so I guess she has no connection to Deb and was not invited? Whatever. (Yeah, yeah, I know people will say she was there to the very left. Sorry, but that was not Kono.)
So, what’s my verdict? Well, despite the fact that there again was barely any contingency from the previous episode, no repercussions from 5.07 addressed. No one even asked how Steve was doing. Not even his Aunt, or his friends. But I guess we should get used to that. All that is happening off screen. So, I will not dwell on it. Much. 😉
I was well entertained. The wedding I could live without, or at least not this ‘trying to be romantic and failing miserably’.
The case was really good. The stunts were good. Finally some simple action; running, jumping, a little chase, some firefights. So, that was all good.
I guess any episode airing after the 100th episode would have been a little let down. But I think this one did a decent job. I’ll give it a solid B. That’s actually really good.
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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.