5.20 Ike Hanau
When Grover’s old friend tells him he witnessed his wife fall off a cliff to her death, Grover’s gut instinct tells him that this was no accident.
CBS translated Ike Hanau to Instinct
It has been a few weeks since the last new episode of Hawaii Five-0. I’m sure we were all eagerly waiting for this new installment.
After watching the promo and the sneak peeks my expectations weren’t very high, to be honest. I was sure Chi would do a great job, but I also ‘feared’ there wouldn’t be much team or McG in this one. And as we discovered I was right about that.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Chi McBride’s Grover. I think he is a wonderful addition to Five-0, actually the best addition to the unit we have seen so far. I love his relationship with McG, their adult friendship. I love how he found a way to connect to Chin, how there is also a friendship developing. I love what he contributes to the crime fighting team.
But despite that I really like Grover, I found this whole episode rather boring. And despite that all the actors did a really good job, and despite the fact that the dilemma Grover faced, and how he solved it, it is still an episode that I won’t watch again.
Let’s get into a little more detail why this episode was boring for me.
No team work at all. Unless you count the three seconds around the smart table. Well, I don’t because even then only Grover was talking.
No Grover/McG. I at least expected, if they didn’t give us any team work, they at least would give us more of McG and Grover working on this. But even they only had one real scene. Which was a good one… all scenes individually were good. But single good scenes don’t make for a smooth, good episode.
But let’s leave the Grover case for a moment and focus on the other part of the episode. Danny and the ME. Seriously, you get the ridiculous plot of Danny’s claustrophobia out again? That was ridiculous and stupid when they started it, and it’s not getting any better with time.
So, let me get this straight. Danny goes to a crime scene to investigate a murder. ALL ON HIS OWN! No team in sight. They were busy with what exactly that none of them could go with him? When did we ever see any of Five-0 go to a crime scene ALONE?
So, after he talked to the ME and annoying Pua for a minute they go into the elevator. And disappear for hours. And NO ONE missed them. Well, OK, I wouldn’t miss Danny either. But seriously, NO ONE wonders where Danny is all that time? Not even Steve, busting him for taking so long? Or Max doesn’t question where his assistant disappeared to? No, we need Pua after closing down the building, or whatever he was doing, finding the two trapped in an elevator.
Seriously, I can only shake my head about such crap.
This whole part felt like it didn’t belong in this episode at all. It had no connection to any of the others, or the actual main plot of the episode. Honestly, I have already forgotten who the victim was or why he had been killed, or who they arrested on the tee-off/Golf-practice-place (What is that training place called?).
So, let’s just forget about that part and move on to the main story of the episode.
Was this friend the one Grover talked about when he confided in Steve about his past? I guess so.
There is really not that much I have to say about this case. Yeah, yeah, I know, that’s a new one. But the acting was pretty flawless. I enjoyed how Grover went after his friend.
There was one thing that was pretty stupid though. Why the heck did they have to take the actual cellphone to get the data? They don’t need that. Chin can extract it without actually having the phone. And if they did steal it, why the heck didn’t they clone it and give the original back right away? That was just a stupid way to create drama.
I really liked how Steve went to Lou a few times, either to discuss his progress or simply to offer support.
The conclusion was a bit cheap. He killed his wife to be with his new girlfriend and not to have to give up half his money? Please.
But what I really liked was how Grover broke down at the end, realizing that he lost two friends that day. One being killed, and one being the killer. I loved how they showed how hard it can be to do the right thing. What it often costs you.
All in all it was an OK episode for me, but one I won’t watch again. I was just missing any Five-0 feeling. There you have it, a really short review. But that one really didn’t inspire me at all.
But I’m glad most actors got a week off and could recharge for the coming final episodes.
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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.