7.17 Hahai i nā pilikua nui
McGarrett and Five-0 once again become entangled in the twisted mind games of serial killer Dr. Madison Gray (Elizabeth Röhm) when she stumbles into HPD covered in blood that matches Alicia Brown’s (Claire Forlani), and claims amnesia, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Feb. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CBS translater Hahai i nā pilikua nui to Hunting Monsters
I guess you will get a double dose today because Sam asked me to share my thoughts on this latest episode. And I’ll be honest, I’m probably the reason it is late because I’m just beginning at 4:30 on Sunday afternoon. But, here goes. And darn it, I’m going to have to watch this episode again… see how persuasive Sam is??? 😉
It didn’t take much at all to make you write something for this review. And yeah, poor you, having to watch this episode again. 😉
OK, raise your hand if you thought Dr. Gray really did have amnesia. Hmm… I’m not seeing any hands. While she is/was (I guess that remains to be seen) a pretty horrible character, she surely knew how to take “make believe” to the next level. And I must say the actor truly played her part well. Kudos to her.
I guess this was one of the most predictable episodes ever on Five-0. But I’m not really complaining about it because they did a really good job with the whole episode. I don’t think anyone was surprised about anything in this episode, but that is not always a bad thing.
Elisabeth Rohm did a great job with her character. I still think her character was way underdeveloped, and because of that I couldn’t believe in her power over all those people. But she did a wonderful job with what she was given.
The show begins with Dr. Gray/Ms. Parker walking into HPD with blood on her hands. Cue the opening credits.
My immediate reaction was “Why the heck wasn’t she arrested at the airport as soon as she flew in?” “How on earth did she make it back onto the islands?” I hoped to get a good explanation for it.
Silly Sam, she was Lauren Parker. How could anyone think otherwise? She even had a driver’s license and a credit card to prove it…
Before the case can commence, we are taken to the North Shore where Flippa is opening his new shrimp truck. Nice little turn out.
I’m sorry, but this was such a waste of almost four minutes of screen time. Why? Why do we have to deal with these characters again and again? They are not funny, interesting or anything. At least not to me. I have zero interest in Kamekona and Co.
(Posting this picture I realized that we only saw Jerry here, and not later at HPD. Not that I’m complaining. Just as happy about that as I’m that Chin and Grover were mostly with Steve.)
Dog was in the mix although why, I can’t fathom. Is he going to be the next quasi-regular on the show? I truly hope and pray not.
Another thing that totally baffles me. Why do they insert this character? What for? This is totally absurd.
It was good to see Nahale but I was hoping for more than 15 seconds, if that much between him and Steve.
I love this young man, and it was a shame that we just saw him for seconds. At least it seems that he is on a really good way. Glad about that.
Danny was impressed by drummer Max Weinberg and proceeded to push to the front of the line for autographs/photo ops. I really don’t understand the entitlement, even if he is a fellow Jersey native. Jersey or not, it was rude. And then he confessed that he snuck into a performance back in the 80s. Embarrassing and sad.
That scene was an embarrassment for the character. Just shut up, Danny. Just shut up. I truly enjoyed Max Weinberg in his role as Norm. But I couldn’t care less about as ‘himself’. Please stop with these stupid ‘as-himself’ guest roles. Um, who’s Norm? Sigh. Norm, the gun guy from Hookman and one other episode. The one who called Danny a nasty human being. 😉
Kamekona’s good will toward “little” cousin Flippa lasted only long enough for the unveiling of the shrimp truck. Although in Kamekona’s defense, he offered a franchise opportunity, not a “make your own truck”. I would have been miffed as well.
Yes, I’m totally on Kamekona’s side here. Not that I’m interested in it, but this is just wrong. And honestly how stupid can one person be. Doesn’t even know what Franchise mean? Or what. This is just annoying. And, yes, I do repeat it, a waste of time. Totally true.
What really kind of angers me is the waste of screen time, the waste of effort and money for these four minutes. Just imagine what they did to film these totally boring and unnecessary scenes. They build a truck, they invited guest actors and what else. And for what? For four minutes of absurdity. I don’t even want to know what people enjoy this kind of crap. In my eyes, it has no place in a crime show. And that is what Five-0 is for me first and foremost. A crime show.
But Steve’s phone call from Chin took precedence over the family feud that surely was about to break out. And for that, I was thankful.
Yes! Totally. But I honestly hoped he would leave Danny on the beach again. Too bad he didn’t. I think they should make a thing out of it. Leaving Danny behind to help Kamekona. They could get their own show. Kamekona’s Jersey Boy. Instant hit.
You will write reviews for that show on your own…
Steve headed to HPD where, as the bulletin board stated, they were having training camp on Sunday. Did any of you attend? I just happened to pause the feed and read their flyers and notes.
Huh, I kinda focused on Steve instead of flyers in the background. Must be slipping. 😉
In my defense my husband came in and started talking so I paused the recording. It set there for a long time. Long enough for my eyes to take in the entire screen. And yes, I DO know that Steve was in that scene.
The first scene between Steve and “Lauren Parker” was absolutely astounding. Her acting was very good and she said all the right things for an amnesiac, but Steve didn’t believe one word of it and didn’t cut her any slack at all. Alex knocked that scene out of the park. I was amazed at his intensity. When she reached out to him and he scooted his chair back, I jumped. I loved that he walked out without a glance back.
That was such an intense scene, with absolutely stunning acting. The beauty was I only saw Steve and Dr. Gray. Not the actors. And when that happens you know it is great acting. Subtle, and in character. Brilliant.
But also great camera work. Kudos to all for this scene.
Yes, loved it how Steve scooted back. He was in total control the whole time, but he still jerked when she tried to touch him. Perfectly executed.
Now… here is one nit that I have. This woman shows up with blood on both hands and then Steve comments that he has tried to reach Alicia Brown several times and she’s “off the grid”. Knowing the history between these two women, I would have gone to check on Alicia immediately. But that’s just me. Steve apparently wasn’t worried. Kono gets a “partial match” to Alicia… and NOW he’s worried and races to her home only to find her pruning plants bebopping with her earbuds in, totally clueless to what’s going on.
I also wondered why he didn’t go to check on her in person. That would have been my first move, even before I went back to the office. I think that was a fail in the writing. Steve would have made sure she was OK.
Alicia gets it… Dr. Gray is playing the game with her. So she and Steve go off for a visit. But, surprise, surprise, Dr. Gray had an Ace up her sleeve. She knew that Alicia had cut herself the day before and used that to her advantage saying that Alicia was the one who attacked her. She also played the poor, frightened victim to the fullest. To quote Lou, I believe, the woman is psycho.
I had to laugh at Pua trying to tell Steve that Alicia should be held for questioning. LOL. Yeah right, that was going to happen.
While Pua has come far from the wannabe cop who had the hots for Kono, he still remains clueless. Duke needs to take him under his wing.
Chivalrous Steve went to Alicia’s house for dinner and a sleep over. It was a friend thing to do. And above all, Steve is a friend. He knows she is alone and hurting and during their conversation, he admits he enjoys his alone time and also knows that time does little to heal wounds. People can infer all they want in that comment but I happen to believe he is talking about the loss of Catherine in his life. You can believe it to be whatever you want it to be.
I’m sure we all have these wounds that will never heal. They will scab over and not bother us most of the time, but on some days, they are as painful as on the first day.
I agree that Steve probably thought about Catherine, also about his dad and of course Freddie. I think Freddie’s death is a wound that will never fully heal, and Steve might still feel the guilt over his death. And he for sure still feels the pain his best friend’s death caused him. The same goes for his dad; another death he was a helpless witness to.
And yes, Catherine might not be dead, but the wound her departure caused is just as painful. They had a love that went really deep; to lose that is as painful as the death of a loved one.
So, yeah, I am sure Catherine’s face flashed before his eyes when he agreed with Alicia about some wounds never healing.
Steve is a wonderful friend. He is very empathic, he knows when someone needs help. Be it a moral support, or any other form of help. Steve just knows and will always offer his friendship to help in any way he can. He’s such a strong character, always there for others to lean on him. Knowing when they need help, even if they don’t realize it.
I loved their easy banter; they have a connection. They have chemistry. They are great together. They have a spark, not in a sexual way, but something akin to the deep level of trust he had with Catherine.
I loved watching all their scenes together. Great, great work.
Steve did admit to very low standards for companionship due to his relationship with Danny. I can understand that. Steve mentioned 8 hours in the car with him; I would want to shoot him after 20 minutes, tops. That is why Steve is a much better person than me. His “tolerable” and mine are quite different.
20 minutes? Wow, you’re good. I wouldn’t last that long. Steve must have the patience of a saint to tolerate the verbal abuse for all those years. But remember my words; everyone has a breaking point. And at some point it will happen, it will get to be too much. Actually it already did. Steve said that he is not listening to him anymore. Beginning of the end.
OK, did anyone notice Steve’s shadow on the couch while he slept? If not, go back and look. What a profile, eyelashes and all. Quite nice! But at 4:06 (which was the time I woke up Saturday morning) something woke Steve. Looks like Alicia climbed out her own bedroom window for another visit with Dr. Gray.
I love watching that man sleep. And who in his right mind leaves him behind and sneaks out. Seriously. 😉 Good point.
Now, I understand that Gray is in protective custody but really, would they have left her sitting in that chair, cuffed to the table ALL night long? Don’t they have holding cells with beds? I just thought that was odd. Not that I really care what she was doing but it seemed strange.
No, there was nothing odd about it. I thought she was brought into the room just before they arrived there. Isn’t that what she thanked the uni for. Getting the prisoner so that she could talk to her in the middle of the night. I never thought she sat there all this time. Oh. OK, I missed that.
And Alicia actually brought a blade into the room with her. But she couldn’t use it, which in this case I suppose was a good thing. Gray gave her the “last chance”.
Good scenes, but I actually had to laugh about them too. I knew what her secret was, and I guess everyone watching knew too. And then I thought how will they get out of HPD? How will they get out of town? Leaving the islands on a plane? Flying back to Wisconsin? Come on people, I truly hope it is not that easy for a wanted criminal to fly around the States.
Good question… just how did Lauren Parker get back to Wisconsin on a PLANE without her ID which should have been at the police station??? Hawaii is laid back, but Honolulu International isn’t that lax in procedures!
Excuse me, how often have you been to Honolulu without telling me?
Steve is back in the office with the whole crew watching the video of how Alicia and Dr. Gray left HPD. And nit number 2. Danny needs a sidebar with Steve to advise him about how he is looking at this all wrong. That Alicia has worked with psychopaths her entire life and possibly she just snapped or wants revenge on Gray.
You know, it is always a good thing to keep an open mind for all possibilities. The thing is just that Danny isn’t doing that. He was convinced that Steve is wrong and he is right. And I think it is sad. Steve has always been the one keeping an open mind for all scenarios, no matter how sure he was about his theory. I did not see the reason for this sidebar. That was offensive, in my eyes. And coming from Danny was just wrong. He doesn’t even know Alicia. He wasn’t there during what Steve and she went through. He has no right to come up with these accusations.
But that actually wasn’t what angered me about this scene. Nope. It was the acting. Can someone please tell me why the actor felt the need to smile while he told Steve that Alicia was out for revenge. What the heck is funny about that? That was a horribly executed scene. You know, people not sure about themselves smile at the oddest moments. Telling you sad things, serious things with a stupid smile on their face. And SC is doing the same thing. He has no control over his facial expressions. I find that distracting and annoying. And that is what made this a bad scene.
That is, until they find out that the two women flew to Wisconsin and the team pieced together that the man who killed Alicia’s daughter was in prison there. Another “road trip” for some of our team.
Road trip. Let’s not get into the logistics. I think Five-0 is a lost case with that. I doubt they ever check flight times, or routes, or even where the destination is located. 😉
I thought it was very lucky for them that they managed to find coats, go to Wisconsin and end up being 15 minutes away when Alicia was at the cabin. They must have a very good travel agent!
Yes, and how long did it take to discover that Alicia and Dr. Gray were gone for them to actually LAND in Wisconsin twenty minutes ago? Their timeline was again all over the place.
Our next scene is Steve and Chin in the prison in Wisconsin asking details from the killer. Side note… I know how winters in Wisconsin can be. Those boys from Hawaii needed heavier coats. Although they did look very nice in them.
Yes, very nice indeed.
Killer agrees to give them the name they are looking for if they give him pen and paper. When he returned the paper and not the pen, I was screaming “he’s got a pen”!
Only then? I was yelling NO, don’t do that. Seriously, how stupid was that? I don’t think it would even be allowed to give them anything. Besides, the logic about it being proof is totally ridiculous. That was a really stupid thing to do.
Too late, he used it. I have to admit, that was pretty gruesome. And the way I see it, unnecessary. I mean, was he just too tired being in prison or did Gray have him programmed to kill himself?
I think he was just tired of sitting in jail, and this was his way out. What I find way more interesting, or questionable is the fact that Dr. Gray visited him countless times. How was that even possible. Did she go there as Dr. Gray? Or as a friend? Or what. That made no sense.
Ah, but you must have forgotten. Lauren Parker has been a staple in Wisconsin for 4 whole months. She could do anything she wanted with that driver’s license and credit card. I’m sure she only told HIM she was really, secretly Dr. Gray. Everyone else would think she is sweet little Lauren who visited every week…
Steve and Chin found a name in letters in his cell and deduce that Benton Jones is the killer of Alicia’s daughter.
That was another thing. They rip the cell apart without any regards to the chain of evidence. And come on, the prisoner has a bundle of letters stashed in his mattress? Yeah sure. As if he would have gotten the letters in the first place, and then there were no regular searches in his cell. Five-0 writers need to watch more documentaries on prisons. 😉
It boils down to one word: Research. It’s a lot of fun; they ought to try it sometime…
They know they need to find him before Alicia does. Alicia makes it to the cabin with a gun and then watches as Dr. Gray drives away without her. I would have shot out the tires. 🙂
No, then the baddie would have known she was there. Um… didn’t he already know she was there? Or maybe he normally likes to hide behind the kitchen door.
I thought he came from outside? Huh…
And here we have the scene we knew was coming from the beginning of the episode. Surprise, surprise, Sienna isn’t dead. One point I thought of was that Alicia needs a lesson in stealth.
I think most never believed the girl was dead. There had to be a twist at some point. Although I think four years is a very long time to keep someone in that cabin. Or wherever he kept her all these years. And as far as I know she was an FBI agent, and never had the chance to get away? I mean, really?
But he promised whats-his-name in the letters that NO ONE would ever find her.
Kono and Lou confirm that the blood is Sienna’s at the same time Alicia finds her. And the same time Jones shows back up in his cabin. I love that Sienna throws everything but the kitchen sink at him. But Steve manages to arrive just in time and save the day.
Of course he arrived just in time. Never had any doubts. The suspense was kinda missing from these scenes. Alicia needs to seriously change her shoes for sneaky work, or any kind of police work. 😉
Hero-worship right here. Just look at her face. 🙂
Three days later and Steve checks in on Alicia again. See, what a friend.
Making jokes about being seen in public together. Then, with a friendly “thank you” hug, he is out the door.
I think Alicia kinda asked him out. I loved it. Both know that is not leading anywhere. I like them together as friends, and I hope to see more of them. That was a heartfelt thank you; again a great scene. That it was.
Locked doors don’t matter to Dr. Gray because there she is. Although looks like she came in the back. There was a window open. The final showdown is that Gray wants to turn Alicia into a killer, even offering the gun. Another mind game and a shot is fired.
Come on now, this is really ridiculous. Alicia falling for that. It’s just not plausible that this highly trained psychologist would fall for such stupid mind games. That is what I meant with the underdeveloped character of Dr. Gray. For all her mind games to work she would need way more time.
And we have a black screen. So, who fired the shot? Alicia? Sienna? Steve? Do you think we will know? My one fear is that Alicia may never be mentioned again. I want next week’s episode to open right where this one ended. But with the continuity of this show, I don’t think it will happen. We can only hope.
Alicia is in next week’s episode. I truly hope she did not fire that shot. I just don’t want Gray to win like that. Any halfway decent lawyer would get her off. This might be another case for Odell. 😉 Yay for Odell! He’s one of the semi-guest-stars who I do like.
Siena might have taken the shot. Or Steve? I don’t really know. I think maybe Siena. We’ll see soon enough.
All right, Sam, I’m done. Over two pages later. I guess you want my vote, huh? Last time I did this I was scolded for putting my vote up right at the top of the page. So I know not to do that again. 🙂 You’re not going to let that go, are you? Not in this lifetime…
There were things that disturbed me about the show. I was disappointed in the way it seems Alicia was brainwashed to do what Dr. Gray wanted at the end. A profiler of her class should have been able to resist that; she knew that was the M.O. of the doctor and would have known she would try that. But like I said above, I’m hoping this isn’t the end of the story.
Totally agree with you here.
I haven’t mentioned any of the lovely screen shots that I really hope Sam has included in this review. But those alone are enough for an Awesome vote. The episode was a good, solid one, even great in parts, but it has been a while since I enjoyed an episode as much as this, therefore I vote awesome!
The four minutes wasted on the stupid shrimp truck, and the logistics ruined the awesome for me. BUT I give it a really great great with some awesome scenes. It was four flippin’ minutes. Get it? Flippin’… Flippa… too much? 🙂
Sam, I hope you made sense of this!
Our readers will decide if any of our rambling made any sense.
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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.