7.10 Ka Luhi
Five-0 investigates the 10-year-old cold case of a missing teen when a boy suffering from PTSD undergoes hypnosis and realizes he may have witnessed her murder. Also, Danny’s sister, Bridget (guest star Missy Peregrym), visits Oahu for a business conference, and he suspects that she may be getting too close to a co-worker, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Dec. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
CBS translated Ka Luhi to The Burden
WRITTEN BY: Helen Shang & Zoe Robyn
DIRECTED BY: Carlos Bernard
We start the episode with a young adult having a therapy session, reliving a disturbing discovery. We have no idea yet when what he’s seeing happened, but he obviously knew enough details that HPD was willing to get a whole team out to dig in the woods. And they find a corpse, or what is left of it.
From these dark scenes, we switch to fun and laughter. Steve and Danny go to see Bridget during her work seminar. I really enjoyed these scenes. It had a lot of humor and fun in it. I like to see this side of Steve, the light and teasing one. Messing with Danny was hilarious. Oh come on, people, lighten up. As if Steve would look at a women like that. This was purely for Danny’s benefit. He knows his buddy way too well to not mess with him. I loved it.
And this time, even the liver mention was a nice one.
Let’s talk a moment about Bridget
Seems that she carries a heavy burden. She feels like she’s the one left behind to clean up every mess. Her siblings have left home long ago, and she’s the one left with kids who are growing up too fast and a husband who is never there. And parents who take her always being there and doing everything for them for granted. Slowly but surely her identity and person disappears.
But no more. At one point, everyone has to realize that they also have a life, and they should live it.
I can honestly say that I loved Bridget. I loved the character and I loved the actress playing her. Her confession about how miserable she had become was heartbreaking. And I bet a lot of people could identify with some of what she said.
The actress gave a very good performance and this is the first character from the Williams clan I would like to see again. Who would have thought that that family actually has one member that is a real and normal person. Maybe she was adopted. 😉
Do I need any Williams family drama on this show? No, absolutely not. But TPTB seem to be determined to torture us with endless Williams family member drama. Keeping that in mind, I’d rather have Bridget than any of the other screwed people. From his mom, I’m shuddering even thinking about her, his stupid and now dead brother, his super annoying nephew to his various girlfriends, affairs and even his daughter and ex-wife. If we have to have another Williams on screen, please let it be Bridget. That’s all I’m saying.
OK, back to the episode. Chin and Kono have an important talk in these next scenes. I truly liked Kono in this one. Sometimes we need someone who tells us the hard truth, something we don’t want to hear, but need to. And she was right. Chin’s actions regarding Sarah were way over the top. It doesn’t matter that he might be right, or that Sarah will be kidnapped next week. He had not her best interest in mind, but his own. I think he acted out of selfish reasons. He was way too subjective and never gave her relatives a fair chance.
And Kono is right, if he wants a relationship with Sarah he needs to change his attitude towards her real relatives. After all, he is not one of them. Only by marriage to a dead woman. I doubt that has any legal weight.
There wasn’t a lot of Lou Grover in this episode, but I loved every minute of it. After Steve, he is my favorite character of Five-0; I just wish he had more screen time. Especially with Steve. But of course, that is a personal preference and has nothing to do with this review.
And that brings us to two further members of Five-0, well, at least they are part of the group that surrounds Five-0 and in a sense, they are essential to their success. And I always see Max at part of the ‘inner circle’ anyway. After seeing the new ME a few times now, I have come to like her. And I hope we will see her more often after Max will leave in episode 7.13.
But for now he is still there and informs Lou and Steve of his findings. They even figured out who the dead person is. A teenager who disappeared ten years ago, never to be seen again. And with that the case got a lot more interesting because that pretty much cleared the back then eight years old Reese.
And I can tell you right now that I will miss him big time.
I wish the actor all the very best with his future endeavors and for his private life. (Credit for the video to Peter Lenkov on Instagram)
Steve and Lou begin their investigation with questioning Reese and his parents. Reese can’t tell them much of anything, but I guess they wanted more to get a ‘feel’ for the case and didn’t really expect to learn anything from their ‘witness’.
What the young man told them, why he was in the woods at night at such a young age all made sense. I think this whole case was very well written and the young actor playing the disturbed young man did a good job.
Chin and Steve come to the conclusion that they need to dig into Maggie’s past to see if there had been a boyfriend. The CD Max found might lead to a suspect.
I have to say, I truly enjoy when the whole team works on just one case. It’s way better than all of them all over the place. I think this is a format that works best. The show should stick to it.
Let’s talk about Danny for a minute
I liked Danny (see, Danny, not Dannoying) in this episode. Yeah, sure, he had his usual assholey moments, and he sure showed again what a bad detective he is, but all in all I liked him. You better mark this in your calendar because praise for Danny is a very rare occasion. 😉
Let’s start with I really liked. The scene with Steve in the office. By now you know that I am not a fan of the so called bromance. That is not an important part of the show for me. Unless it is done as it was in this episode. Normally I despise most carguments and those bromance scenes because they almost always feel forced. And most importantly, most of the time Danny is simply an asshole in them.
Not so in this episode. The scene in the office was cute and fun. But to be clear, I still have no idea why anyone would see more in these scenes or how they act around each other. There is nothing there. No spark whatsoever. There is not even an undertone there. I know, I know, people love their fantasy, and that is fine by me. But stop saying McDanno is canon. It is not. There simply is nothing of the kind in any scenes ever shown in the episodes.
Actually, I think this stereotyping is rather lame. Two men work together, are friends… they have to be gay. They have to love each other in a romantic way. Same goes for a man and a woman working together, being friends. They have to have a sexual relationship. Please. Wake up. That is not how the real world works. Men can be best buds without jumping each other’s bones, and men and women can be just friends.
Anyway. I liked these scenes. It was fun, and Steve was just hilarious.
So, if I liked Danny, why any assholey moments? When he listened to his sister telling him about her struggle. He listened, but he didn’t hear her. And even more when he said he could look his kids in the eyes and has never lied to them. Really, Danny? You wanna go down that road? And you really wanna sit on that high horse about not cheating? I think with his screwed sense of moral he has no right to judge anyone. Least of all his sister who did nothing wrong.
And why do I think he again showed what a bad detective he is? You seriously have to ask that? I would not want such a gullible detective ever investigating my case. He truly believed Wilson did it? Seriously? And he had no idea that Steve never ever believed it, and was already planning his next steps before they even stepped out of HPD. Brilliant detective my ass. He has no clue, and in this case, he didn’t even care if the right person was caught or not.
BUT, other than that I really liked him. I liked most of his scenes with his sister, and I liked him with Steve. Yeah, sure, most of the time with the team he was just standing around and didn’t contribute anything to the case. He just kinda tagged along. But he wasn’t annoying. I take that as a huge win.
This is a Danny I like to have in an episode, the other guy, Dannoying, I just want to shoot. Every time I see him. 😉
OK, back to the case. We meet Pearson Yang. And I have to tell you, I did not like that detective. He was too focused on one suspect. Never a good idea. He was not open to any other theories, he was too intense. A good detective should always keep an open mind, even if he strongly believes in one suspect. This detective didn’t do that, and chased an innocent person for ten years instead of trying to figure out what even happened to the girl.
Remember, back when she disappeared, they had no body, not a single hint for any kind of crime. For all they knew the girl just ran away. But he was convinced from the beginning that her boyfriend killed her. Simply for the reason that he wasn’t what society calls a good kid.
As Steve said, it might make him a detective who cares, but it for sure doesn’t make him a good detective. And personally, I simply didn’t like him. LOL
Their talk with Yang brings them to the mentioned suspect. And this guy was either a really good actor, or he didn’t do it. I went with he didn’t do it. And I’m sure Steve did too.
Speaking of Steve
Yeah, yeah, I know, there were a lot more scenes after this, but frankly, after we met Travis Wilson this was really just about how Steve solved this case. At least it was for me. I mentioned other scenes before, like with Danny and his sister, but I really don’t want to spend more time with that.
Because I truly liked this case of the week, and it was for me way more important than all the stuff with Bridget combined. No matter that I liked her.
And I don’t want to spend too much time with Reese under hypnosis, I think they showed a bit too much of it. Not enough to be annoying, but a little less would have been OK.
So, let’s talk about Steve. Who, again, showed what a brilliant leader of the task force he is. He never for one second took this confession for the real deal. He simply didn’t believe that his confession matched the evidence.
And I loved, LOVED how he went to prove the guy’s innocence. There are simply too many awesome scenes to mention them all. Let’s just enjoy the picture spam.
I truly enjoyed how Steve explained it all to Danny and how they involved the team and even Yang into the final investigation.
And of course, it wasn’t the dad, no, it had to be the mother. I think that even surprised Steve a little. You know, it seems no matter who is writing for the show, and no matter how well they do it, they really must all have issues with women. What kind of horrible mom to put her son through this, not to mention to kill another kid in such a brutal manner.
What’s left is my verdict
See, this kind of episode works perfectly without any shots fired, heck they never even drew their guns.
No car chases, jumping from roof to roof, or any other strenuous activity needed for a perfectly rounded, entertaining episode. An episode with a great case that everyone worked on, a case that was interesting with a little twist.
A show with some fun scenes, with some awesome team leader moments, with great team work.
I would be perfectly content to have more of these than some wild chase and shooting. And yes, before you yell “we don’t believe you”, yes, I still do love action, and I do want it from time to time, but it doesn’t need to be in every episode. And it certainly doesn’t need to be over the top each and every episode.
No Jerry. More winning points. 🙂
For me, this was an awesome episode. One I truly enjoyed. More of the same please.
One more point, if anyone tells me after an episode like this, the show would do just fine without its lead actor… I would just laugh in his face about such stupidity.
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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.