8.09 Review

8.09 – Make me kai

When investigating a deserted yacht adrift at sea, McGarrett, Danny, Tani and Junior are exposed to a deadly bioweapon and the rest of Five-0 have only eight hours to find an antidote, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Dec. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CBS translated Make me kai to Death at Sea

In a moment of weakness while Sam was without internet, I said I would try to put together a review.  She got her internet back the next day… or was this just a ploy to get out of work??? Hmmm…

Hey now, I did not get back my internet. Well, OK, I kinda did, but no thanks to the cable company. And I’m not really back online, so this review will most likely be light on the pictures. But we’ll see. I am shocked that you think I could ever plot like that to get you to write a review. Ts, ts.  But since it worked, let’s hear what you have to say. 😉

Anyway, here goes a whole lot of randomness. Instead of a review, I feel like all I did was recap the show, so with Sam’s magic red pen, maybe a lot of this will end up on the cutting room floor.

I have a magic red pen? Wonder where I put it. Sigh. But I can assure you all, nothing landed on the cutting room floor. And for your information, Cokie, I love your review. It’s not just a recap.

Queue the opening scene to an unconscious woman in a raft wearing a sequin dress.  A what dress? I had to look up that word. 🙂 See, learning something new every day. Sorry, please continue…


Pan away to see Honolulu in the background. And folks, there we have the quickest opening teaser in history. Raise your hand if you knew she was involved in whatever was about to ensue. ROFL. Really, you thought she might be involved? Wow, you are such a good detective. And I think you’re right, this was a really short intro, which I really liked.

Next scene, the bickering begins. Actually, it was yammering from the short guy. Steve had a valid point that health-conscious and those with allergies want and need food options that they rarely find at an Italian restaurant. Maybe have a couple of items that those people can enjoy. Gluten free is a biggie right now and dairy allergies are very real.

But the wise one has already “considered” it and his answer is NO. In fact, he was brazen enough to declare that they could eat water “for all he cared”. With his management and excellent people skills, just how long do you give this enterprise? I can hear it now: “I don’t care what you want, Lady, this is my restaurant and you will eat what’s on my menu or you can leave.”

How long do I give this enterprise? If you ask me, it’s already going on way too long. I think it’s a ridiculous plot, not funny at all, and a total waste of screen time. But hey, that is just me.

Yeah, this is gonna work out just fine. Absolutely. Sarcasm out.

And we have poor Junior having to listen to the entire thing and (a) try to be polite; and (b) keep his job. Well, technically he doesn’t have a job just yet. 🙂 I loved how Steve said that junior knows that he’s right, and just wants to be polite. Good call, Steve.


Side note:  Jerry should have cut his hair a long time ago.  Just saying. I really like his new haircut. SUCH a huge improvement. It’s no secret that I don’t like Jerry much, and his hair was a big part of it. Now that it is gone, we can talk Jerry again. I might even cut him some slack. Maybe. 🙂


Another side note:  Loved  how Steve encouraged Junior to join them at the computer when he was hanging back “observing”.  Steve is a born leader. Yes, he is. And again, Junior showed respect by staying back  until called to the table. He seems to be the only one these days. I love the way he’s around Steve.

On with the case.  They learn where Raft Girl came from and tried to hail the vessel. A satellite view shows that people are either unconscious or dead on deck, so they hop a Coast Guard chopper and head to sea to investigate, leaving Lou and Jerry at HQ.

Wow, ma’am, all that blabla around the smart table in two sentences? 😉 OK, Junior is there because he’s shadowing Steve. Got that. Tani goes, well because she needs to learn. The ME, also a logical choice. BUT, why did they take Danny? Hold your horses, this has nothing to do with Dannoying… yet. Either Danny or Tani should have stayed behind with Lou. Why leaving a team member without back-up? Why taking four team members onto the boat? Makes no sense to me.

Why, oh why didn’t we get the scene of them roping down to the boat?   Why, why, why????  Steve and a zip line… but I digress… I yelled at the sreen 😉

I’m going to guess Leilani (Noelani) 😉was glad she didn’t have to go down on a rope. Yeah, probably. I really liked how Junior tried to calm her down, how he gave her tips not to get sick. I do like him.

Steve quickly realized that a biological hazard killed everyone on board and that they were exposed to whatever it was, too. Steve is quickly large and in charge making a call to HQ and then to the chopper putting together a plan of action. Have I ever mentioned how much I love him in action mode? No? Well, I do. Immensely. Bottom line, they remain on the boat to contain the virus.

Steve is the one always knowing what to do. How to do it… and he just does it. Not wasting any time. This again was a perfect example why he is in charge.

In the short 8 minutes the helo (Steve’s word) is still there, they have to collect as much evidence as possible. Danny wasted precious time arguing that Steve didn’t know how he felt.  Steve knew more than the others what they were facing but he knew the only safe option was for them to remain on the boat and not have contact with other people. What he gets is more lip from Danny and disbelief from Tani.  I am going to give her a pass because she hasn’t seen Steve in his awesomeness for long.  She’ll learn.

This was the first time in this episode that I got really mad at Danny. How dare he deny Steve to know what fear is. How dare he deny Steve a human reaction. I loved Steve’s response. Despite his instinct to abandon ship, to get away from the deadly virus, he knows that is not an option. But the point is, Danny doesn’t see Steve as a human being with normal fears. He showed that in the horrible intervention episode and now again here. What a jerk.

Danny… eh, not going to happen no matter how many times Steve manages to save his behind.  He sure did nothing to help save himself… No, he will never learn. He will never respect his boss, his so called friend. He believes he is oh so superior as a human being. He couldn’t be more wrong about that. But let’s not waste time on this horribly written character.

As the chopper pulls away, it looks like Leilani has gotten over her fear. I guess it was overcome by her concern for her friends. She was practically hanging out the side door/hatch of the chopper when it flew away. That was kinda funny, but I really liked it. And I think it fit the situation.

Back at HQ, Lou has everything under control. Adam arrives since he knew Raft Girl and he and Lou visit her in quarantine in the hospital… where she has no symptoms of the poison.  Hmmm… Clue #2 that she isn’t what she claims. I really laughed at this scene. I mean, come on, Grover is a seasoned officer, he simply believed her story? Hook, line and sinker. That was way out of character. But whatever.

The virus is a Chimera; Ebola/Zaire mixed with something similar to measles so that it spread quickly. Interesting.

Monique tells them she was scared when “Marco” decided to rob everyone.  She grabbed a life raft, threw it overboard, slithered over the side and climbed in… and said she paddled for hours.  She did all that so quietly that Marco and no one else on board heard her. She’s good. Then Lou said she got away with the only life raft. OK, there are standards. That big boat and only one itty-bitty raft? No way.

That thing was not a life raft, hat was a thingy kids use in the pool. This was totally ridiculous, and just convenient writing. I hate when something is written like this. Ignoring reality altogether.

So, they realize Marco may still be on board. Question: How did he get down into that little hidey-hole and manage to close those stairs behind him? Never mind, I keep thinking logistics and plot. My bad. LOL, I was thinking the same thing. Getting shot with the flare gun is for sure no fun, and I highly doubt he would have been able to get down there on his own. Maybe they placed him there after he died? Guess it’s really not important. Another good laugh gave me Steve looking up through that hedge up to the sky. What did he expect to see? It was a great shot thought. So, not complaining here.

Marco is dead after a flare gun to the face. Not a pleasant way to go. One vial of virus is broken, leading them to believe that Marco had greater intentions for his fun drug than infecting a boat.  Once they realized that Marco didn’t die from exposure to the virus, they realized he had to have an antidote. They didn’t find it so Tani decided to pout. Danny had to sit down because suddenly he had symptoms and couldn’t possibly think on his feet. Junior runs off to give Tani a SEAL pep talk. Steve continues to search the boat for the antidote while Danny sits on the couch hugging his pillows. The virus early symptoms are fever, muscle pain and dizziness. Check, check and check; Danny is too sick to move. I love that Steve urged him not to die before he got off his phone call. But I’m not sure why. That could solve a lot of problems. As in closing the restaurant before it opens. LOL, you are on a roll. Keep going. 🙂 Yes, I loved Steve telling Danny not to die just yet. I heard a lot of sarcasm in it. Great words to the drama queen.


OK, Marco isn’t who he said he was. And guess what? Monique has a boat load of money (pun intended) in several off shore accounts. She was involved. Huh. Who would have guessed? She gets a phone call from a very unhappy buyer for the virus who wants his money back…

How did he know that she was in… ah, never mind, who cares?

Steve was on the phone with Lou when they unraveled all this mystery. He was out on the deck and this was the first time that I noticed that he wasn’t feeling well. A+ for Alex who plays these nuances so well. I love watching how he progresses. So darn good. The three others could take some pointers from him. Tani wasn’t really good at it, Junior didn’t seem to be affected by the virus at all, and let’s not even start on Danny. Just ugh. Again, it felt like Alex was the only one really into the game. Thank you, Sir, for always giving more than 100%.

By the time Lou and Adam arrive at the hospital to Monique’s room, all they find is a dead nurse, so the hospital goes on lockdown… a little too late. Oh my, imagine, she got away. LOL

Back to the boat.  All four are on deck getting some sun, and I assume warmth. Tani begins to whine about being begged to join 5-0 only to die two months later from hemorrhagic flu. Nice dig to her boss who is looking sicker as time goes on. I liked when Junior pointed out that at least she has a job.

*** My prediction for the Christmas episode:  Junior gets his badge for Christmas. No, really, you think? 🙂

Back to the whining.  Danny points out that Tani is so lucky that she only had to work with Steve, aka, “this lunatic” for 2 months vs. his 7 years. Had I been Steve, I would have used up the last of my strength to throw him overboard. Oh, and I need to disagree with D. “No, you didn’t used to be gorgeous.” Sorry, bud. Totally agree with you on all points. I can only repeat myself, what a jerk! Who is writing him like this, and WHY?!

Steve, looking more sickly, tells them hat Lou and Jerry will find the antidote. Never give up.  Steve trusts his team. Yes, he does. And as long he’s breathing, he will never, ever give up. That’s just who he is. I loved that he held on to that phone like a lifeline. He knew he had to call the shots until the end. He was so good in this one.

Only, unfortunately, Monique has flown the coop… er, hospital and Lou has to tell Steve that over the phone. I love Steve stuttering on the phone call like he was having trouble connecting the dots. Again, A+ acting. YES!

Danny decides to enjoy a glass of champagne on the deck while listening to Frank Bama…. um, Jimmy Buffet music. Steve joins him, finally resting. He had to hold onto the chair to keep his balance before sitting down. Great visual there. Great scene.

And D has to start ragging Steve for drinking from the bottle. At least he could have brought up 2 glasses and offered to share. He starts to tell Steve something and Steve assumes he wants to say goodbye. No, D has an idea for the restaurant. Of course, he doesn’t want to share his feelings with his “best” friend. Steve goes along with Danny’s idea for the restaurant when there is thunder in the distance. While Steve’s face gets more worried, D decides to go take a nap.

Back in town, the buyer calls Monique once again and they agree to a meet since she has just gathered up all the money. The camera pans back from his phone call to find 5-0 in his office where he is in custody. Good thing Adam has banker friends who he can call for help. Ah, so Adam came up with where to find him? I wondered how they figured that out.

Another gripe… you are going to close in on a suspect. Why go in with sirens blasting? Why? So said suspect can run away? Of course. Personally, I would park around the block and mosey up behind the person I wanted to arrest. But I guess that is boring. Anyway, Monique gets shot and is dying. Lou keeps the EMS away, hoping to force her to give up the location of the antidote.  Big bad Lou was threatening her, but he’s such a teddy bear (pun!) I can’t take him seriously. OH, but I disagree here. Lou would do a lot to safe his friends. Especially Steve. I believed that he would let her die. Getting Lou mad, putting Steve in danger, is a not a good idea. Steve’s his man, you know. 😉

Chopper is braving the storm to get four vials of antidote to the boat. Isn’t it a good coincidence that there were 4 vials in that case?  Lou is making the antidote delivery personally. Huh, I just thought there was a bottle of it, and they filled four vials with it. 🙂

Steve wrapped in a blanket comes to give Danny some water to hydrate. Danny whines that he doesn’t want it because he’s cold. So Steve drinks it himself and gets a call from the chopper. It seems like he thought at first the call wasn’t real. He is sick. And he looks much sicker than the wuss asleep on the couch, but Steve doesn’t give up. He goes out onto the deck in a thunderstorm to save his friends. Because that’s what leaders… and good men… do. And he does it so well.


A very cheap cable is lowered down to the boat and the two others come out to help Steve in the storm. One wave and the cable snaps. Junior starts to go overboard for the case when Steve pushes him back and jumps in himself. He reaches the case but disappears in the water. Junior and a life preserver go over to help save him.

Go SEALs! I love them.

Once Junior finds Steve, Tani begins to reel them back in. She helps get Steve on deck where he nearly collapses onboard. They make it inside where Sleeping Beauty is on the couch. You know who Steve gave the first antidote to, don’t you? And I’m sure he saved the last one for himself just in case something happened to the first 3 vials. Because, again, that’s what a leader does. Takes care of his team first. Totally right. That is how it happened. And can now someone please tell me why Dannoying was in this episode? He was useless, totally in the way, and just ballast. And he’s been like that for years, but this season? It’s the worst.

Three days later… we see Danny still in bed.

Junior is doing sit ups

Steve and Tani are playing chess.   It appears that D is still the weakest link.

He comes to interrupt the chess game (Steve knew he had lost the game and was holding her off.) At least, that’s my take on things. Yep, agree.  Anyway, D interrupts the game to talk about the chairs in the waiting room again. Steve shoots down the idea and, like we began, we end with a whining rant complaining about the “selfish man who cares about nothing other than what he wants”.  Yeah, the man who almost single handedly saved your whiny little butt. Again. I so hope one day he won’t. Save that ass.

Have I asked why lately? Why what? I had a few whys to ask. 😉

But you know, despite a certain character again being a total useless ass, I truly enjoyed this episode.


There you have it, our joint effort to give you a review. And remember, don’t take anything too seriously. It’s not good for your health. 🙂

72 thoughts on “8.09 Review

  1. I haven’t seen the episode yet – so I was confused for a second that Chin’s old girlfriend Leilani was in this….now I’m LMAO because the ME’s name is Noelani.

    Plus, I had to comment just to say … I LOVE THAT WE GET BOTH OF YOU IN ONE REVIEW!!!!

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  2. I am going to say I LOVED the storm scene and the man against the sea vibe. It was a change from the crazy driving and blown up cars we usually see each week. The crew did a magnificent job doing that.

    As far as Danny was concerned, putting him out of commission for a good part of the episode may have been their way of having him there but not really having him there, if that makes sense. What I mean is that last week was Danny-lite and this week had him resting and not really connecting with the rest of the team except Steve and even that was not very much. So are they filming his scenes and then he leaves to go elsewhere while the others film? He should have been the one to help out too. I realize Tani was scared, but she folded right away They were ALL scared, but Steve and Junior carried on because they had to do that. There is always time to fall apart after the danger is over. (That’s what I do)

    The most ridiculous part of the Steve Danny restaurant conversation as that it was about the restaurant. Danny is convinced he is dying so his thoughts go there? What about his children? You know, saying to Steve if you make it out then please tell them I love them or get a pen and paper and write a note to them.

    I give the episode an “A” because two SEALS working together shows why Junior should replace Danny as Steve’s partner and Tani’s whining shows that she belongs with Danny. They get each other.

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  3. Funny but I happened to be watching this episode ‘On Demand’ when this review popped up. It was fun to read your comments as the action unfolded before my eyes. And kudos for providing us with a double review…..you two work so well together. Sam, I do hope that things improve for you and quickly. I know Charter hates hearing from me when trouble arises here.

    I agree with most of what you posted here. I loved the show for the action and the storm was cool. Steve is our hero and I am loving Junior more and more. I get that Tani freaked out early but she did come through in the end so she earned points from me for that. I have no idea why Danny reacted so much worse to the bioweapon than the others but at least it kept him out of the way for most of the show. Mama is right……no thought of his kids when he believes he is dying, just more stupid argument about the restaurant. So he feels that his customers need a place to sit and drink while waiting but to hell with anyone with a food allergy. This restaurant is doomed from the start. I wondered how they would make Adam fit in and so far I do like how they are using him. He did rub elbows with that moneyed world before Kono. I did like Jerry’s haircut and if he would trim that beard it would be even better. And while he does act odd at times I disliked Danny telling Grace that she was the grown-up in the house. Can Danny ever see the good side of anyone or does he call everyone names? Where the heck is Rachel that Jerry is babysitting in the first place? Who had Eddie???? I am concerned for the four legged McG pal. One more thing, I rather liked Lou getting tough with Monique and found it amusing that Adam didn’t even looked shocked by the threat. Alex made my night……he makes the show work even when the story has flaws. I gave it all the Eddie barks possible.

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  4. I quite liked this episode, it was only one story (not the usual two) and was full of exciting, mindless action at the end! I really don’t understand how Adam managed to get past the super-tight security of the Swiss banks, though. Maybe Adam called on some of his father’s old yakuza friends for assistance?

    I gave this episode 3½ stars out of 4, the most for quite a long time. But see my review, especially the last line:


    Be warned (spoilers) that in the next episode (one of a double-header next week), according to the CBS press release, Danno is still in the isolation ward and encounters certain “problems.”

    Something about Noelani in this show really bothered me, the fact that when she was seen in the helicopter, her face looked vertically compressed like a fun house mirror, making her look really FAT. I know she is not like that from seeing her in her offices!

    I am also bothered by Tani, too … but I can’t put my finger on this. She seems a bit too eager and pushy for a “newbie.” Maybe I just like my female team members to be more subservient. At least I am not running for United States Senate, LOL.

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  5. Sam, Cokie – so good to see you both here again. You rock!
    Finally a real review from someone who isn’t wearing pink glasses 🙂
    I couldn’t help but to come across some love proclamations for a certain person on my social media timeline due to RT’s etc. I had to laugh so hard. These people must be watching a different show – oh wait, that’s what they assure each other we do – lol!
    Seriously, I’m glad there were 4 vials of antidote. You know why? Because if there only had been 3 McG would’ve given up his vial to save the whining, insulting person who thinks he can treat his “best friend” like crap most of the time. Rant over 🙂

    Apart from that and the usual plot holes I really enjoyed the episode. Man, I love McG. He was large and in charge, a true leader. He DOES NOT GIVE UP. That’s just who he is. Period. He and Junior seem to make a great team and I can’t wait to see more of these two together. I oversee Tani’s pouting this time. You know it might be a little stressful to have 2 near death experiences within 8 weeks…
    But she was right there assisting her new boss and Junior and not taking a nap or getting inside because the storm might’ve ruined her hair 🙂

    I want more of the BAMF SEAL again, this was great. The team seems to shift and I like it! Let Steve team up with Junior, let Tani assist or team up with Lou, let Jerry work his magic at the table (I have warmed up to him and yes, I love the new haircut :)) and let D…. hm, well…. retire and get on with his life. Too much asked? I’m afraid so, since the writers/PL seem to listen to those who yell the loudest 😦

    4 – 5 Eddies from me for this epi and they’re all on Steve!

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    1. Just what everyone needs during a stressful and life threatening situation is someone like Danny, who gives up before the battle even starts and then destroys the morale of the very people who will try to save him.

      He doesn’t follow orders and cannot bring himself to support the other team members. Please tell me what use he is to the team? Would you want someone like that with you during a crisis? He is always the weak link in the chain.

      I am really surprised that the McDanno fans are not upset about how he is portrayed. I see nothing loving in this relationship. He needs to retire and take Rachel, Grace and Charlie home……to New Jersey.

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      1. I would like to LOVE this comment. I have no idea why SC would want to play such a small minded man. There is no hero there. One reviewer suggested Danny was so ill because SC had just gotten his arm brace off. So Danny could not be heroic because they had to be mindful of his newly repaired arm. I don’t think the person is aware that this is television and SC would not be required to actually pull Alex out of the water. It all could have been faked. That gave me a headache.

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        1. I too am astounded Scott is willing to play such a douche…but the few roles I’ve ever seen him play (and I don’t look for stuff he’s in; sometimes I’m happily watching something and, splat, there’s his unwelcome presence) he is pretty much always a schmuck and a jerk. Maybe creepers are the only roles he can get. Typecasting? 😉

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        2. LOL, yes I read that too. The brace was the reason, riiight. TV is not real, people realize that? Another one said it was because Danny was exposed to Sarin a zillion years ago. That he certainly had problems with his lung. Oh for crying out loud… He never has lung problems babbling and babbling and babbling. I would STFU if I had lung problems. Just saying.

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          1. he was exposed to Sarin what – 8 years ago, but sure… lets excuse that while the dude with the new LIVER, and the RADIATION poisoning AND the virus gets to do all manner of saving their asses – Alongside of the new kids on the block.

            If I were a Danny fan, I’d be pissed that they constantly portray him as the Limpy Gazelle.

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  6. Sam and Cookie hope all is well with you. Hope that you are doing and hoping to have a great holiday and Christmas season
    And in the episode as really love Steve and in the kindness and in the understanding of his team. And really trying to take good care of them.
    Junor and Tani are being set up for romance IMHO.
    And in that of Lou really in Steve’s absence took control of Five 0.
    Really wanted more McGrover episodes. As they are the best when they are together.
    And in the really please no more near death thing and really think that they have did that way too often
    Love the ME face over on flying as have a fear of flying myself.
    Give this a 10/10. Can’t wait for next week a double episode.
    Really trying to be quarantine and stand one another. LOL can’t hardly wait.

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  7. My Christmas tree sits half decorated and presents unwrapped but sure I’ll take time to write a comment. After all, SHOW is the reason for life, right?
    I found this to be by far the best ep of the season so far…right up to the final bicker. Then it lost me. So annoying on all parts, not just dannoying. I think I liked this cause it was old Superseal McG, large and in charge. He makes it easier to ignore the gaping plot holes. I loved how Junior SEALs right along with him, working to keep things moving and every one on track and calm. Still not sold on Tani. I also liked one storyline instead of 2.
    I am done with the restaurant before it ever opens. Can we sic the public health dept on them.? I’m sure there’d be violations

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      1. and according to so many on social media, those hallucinations are proof that the restaurant works and Steve and Danny are together forever! Do they not get that Danny’s hallucinations of the future are no more true than Steve’s drug induced hallucinations of the past? I did like the pictures of Steve in the suit though.

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        1. I am holding on to the fact that these are Danny’s dreams and not fact. I just can’t trust PL, he is pushing this story line and he will ruin the show to see his vision become reality.

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    1. Christmas tree decorations? It’s the 12. of December. Ts Ts. You Americans are some weird people. 😉
      Christmas trees at home will not be decorated before the 23. And that is early. Normally you do it on the 24. At least where I come from.
      And then you’ll put the presents under the tree so you have to look at them the whole time at Heiligabend while eating dinner. And you get more and more curious until someone (parents) finally say: Ok, let’s do it. Unwrap. 😀 And then the party begins. Literally.

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        1. In former times (my grandparents times) the tree wouldn’t be taken down till some day in February (don’t remember the date, it was a special day). Some people might even do so nowadays.
          But most people take it dwon on 1/6. Epiphany.


          1. It may have been February when mine came down last year. At least well into January. I don’t have anyone to help or to enjoy, so all of it is just for me. I may or may not have a few people over at some point. I have usually been one of the Epiphany deadline people. It is always sad to me for all the Christmas stuff to be yanked down the day after.

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            1. Our tree goes up early December and comes down early January. No set date. I also think the house looks so bare after all the Christmas decorations so my snowmen go up after the Christmas decorations are gone. I have to ease my way into normal living.

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          2. I remember that my great grandmother let her tree stay until her birthday in February, so that we could put her presents under it. 🙂

            One Christmas she wanted something different. I was about eight, and to me my old granny was the coolest, and most fun person. So, you can imagine I hung on her every word. She lived just a few minutes from our house, and every morning she came by and stayed until my dad drove her home in the evening. Later she came to live with us full time when she couldn’t stay on her own any more. Anyway. One Christmas I went over on a Sunday morning to help her decorate her Christmas tree. I remember that it had snowed the night before, and that it was a beautiful, sunny, cold day.

            When I arrived at her house, the hot cocoa already waited for me. 😉 After we drank our hot chocolate I got curious and looked around the house for the tree. My dad normally got her the tree the weekend before Christmas. But there was no tree to be found.

            “Grandma, where is the tree?”

            “This year, we have a special tree.”


            I followed her into the living room, where I knew was no tree. She pointed at the corner. There sat her big palm tree with shiny green leaves. NOT a Christmas tree.

            “But… that is no Christmas tree.”

            “Not yet, but it will be. Go, get the ornaments and the box with the lights.”

            I was pretty sure that this would never be a Christmas tree, no matter how many lights we might put on it. But I was not going to argue with my grandmother.

            We got busy decorating the palm tree. Which wasn’t that easy since the tree was kinda floppy. 🙂 But after an hour or so, it was all done. We had a decorated palm tree with lights, tinsel and all.

            I looked first at the tree, and then at my grandmother. “Doesn’t look like a Christmas tree to me.”

            “Well… maybe not, but you know, it’s a magical tree,” she told me with a twinkle in her eyes.

            She of course had me with “magical”.

            “What does it do?” I eagerly asked. Still being skeptical about the Christmas part of this tree.

            “This tree will make you remember this moment, and this Christmas, and this special tree for the rest of your life. It will always have a special place in your heart.”

            And you know what? She was right. We had the most beautiful Christmas time, with the most ugly Christmas tree of all times. But to this day, I remember that special time, decorating that ugly thing. Drinking cocoa and having a wonderful time.

            And of course, everyone was laughing at the tree at her birthday party on February 20th. But I knew it was our special tree.

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            1. Thank you for making me cry.

              No else had a greater influence in my like than my grandmother. Smart and loving, she was a feminist long before we knew what that word meant. She was the keeper of my secrets and often stood between me and being grounded for some innocent infraction (which seemed to happen to me frequently for some unknown reason). I miss her.

              I am happy you have such a fond memory to make you smile.

              (Did I mention you made me cry?)

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          3. Epiphany… that’s when my tree will come down this year. Right now, it is in the living room… with only lights. I like it like that. Our tradition is family Christmas with hubby’s family on Christmas Eve so we need our tree decorated before then. After they all leave (some years I want to impolitely usher them out the door…) we open our presents with immediate family. Then on Christmas morning, Santa comes. I have grown children and 2 grandchildren and Santa comes for all. Several years ago I asked my girls if they wanted their presents all wrapped to open on Christmas Eve and they both wailed “but that means Santa won’t come”. So, Santa still visits…

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  8. So glad to see this review! I too have only lights on my tree and fall decor on my mantle instead of Christmas, but I had to read and add my two cents.
    First, I am thankful that our totally out of the norm but beautiful southern snowfall on Friday did not cause me to lose power and therefore, McG. There is still some snow sticking in a few places!
    I did think Danny was a little better this episode, at least during the case (til his weakened system from that radioactivity and liver thing – oh, wait, wrong guy- put him down.) I did notice he was able to instruct Tani on evidence collection from the boat; that was the most useful work input I have ever seen him give I believe. It would be nice if they would write professional work behavior for him once in a while. As far as the “dying declaration” about the restaurant waiting room, I saw that as an avoidance tactic – like his reciting of the Mets lineup. Both he and Steve were avoiding the serious talk, Steve by simply saying “not doing it” and Danny by making useless banter. His quarantine comment about Steve’s selfishness unfortunately was back to the insults that so many want to see are in jest. His demeanor with those never feels “in good fun” to me, and I wish someone would call him out on it. Steve still seemed miffed at the end rather than joking, so I hope they start out next week with Steve remembering those words.
    Steve was incredible which of course means, Alex was incredible. Nice that he was able to portray ever increasing sickness without being vanquished to the sick bed. I also noticed his slow reactions from news on the phone. That storm scene getting the antidote was well done and I am very glad no pics/clips from that were leaked ahead of time. I loved Steve pushing Junior out of the way but do wonder why he didn’t grab the life preserver as he went. I guess we can put that misstep under not thinking straight for multiple reasons. Junior jumping in was amazing!
    I am a bit torn with the desire for Friday to arrive to bring the two new episodes. I have taken a bit of vacation time and I don’t want that to pass too quickly! Some fanfiction may help me enjoy my time off without hurrying up Friday….
    Now, back to decorating!

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  9. Oh yeah, in case I haven’t said it before, the new title headline (i don’t know webpage lingo) with those recent Steve pics almost distracts me to the point of not scrolling to the real entry!

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  10. Well, shocker, we all see this ep extremely similarly. I think this is the most consensus in awhile. Interesting.

    My main 3 take aways were 1) Alex and the subtle, full-body acting is why I fell in love with him 10 years ago, and have stuck around to watch this turkey of a show. He made me love him again; 2) Junior is my new favorite team member behind Steve; 3) Dannoying sucks even more than his usual level of suckage. He reminds me of Aunt Pitipat in Gone with the Wind…the mouthy, smarmy, pathetic old aunt, afraid of her own shadow and who gets the vapors and calls for her smelling salts at every difficult moment. That’s Dannoying…mouthy, smarmy, and as pathetically weak as an old wilted hothouse flower. He literally reclined upon the fainting couch before anyone else even showed symptoms. 🙄

    If McG would just punch him one damn time! The cheers would be deafening! :mrgreen:

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  11. Steve was totally awesome in this episode.
    Alex was totally awesome in this episode.
    Danny was totally not awesome in this episode.

    Just imagine how awesome this episode would be if the totally not-awesomeness wouldn’t be in it.

    There you have it. My verdict. Plain and simple. Four Eddies with a lot of tail-wagging.
    Sigh. It could be so easy and I could go back to wrapping Christmas gifts. But it’s me. Me is me and my head would explode if I would not say some more.

    So… Here it comes.
    In every freaking scene D was in my head was screaming STFU! S.T.F.U. Just shut up and go elsewhere.
    Right at the beginning, the “they can have water” assholeyness? Well, in Germany we call someone who invites you to their home, or someone who runs a restaurant and kind of invites you too, a ‘Gastgeber’. Gast means guest and Geber means Giver. So Gastgeber is someone who gives something to his guest, food, beverages, a friendly smile, a genuine feel of delight that you’re their guest. A Gastgeber makes you feel welcome and ‘gives’ you a wonderful time, offers you enjoyment and a time out from real life issues. Who in his freaking mind would visit a Gastgeber like D a second time? Who would leave a tip? Not me. For sure.
    Hubby is intolerant when it comes to lactose (He once said: D is my TV lactose…) and my mouth and throat make funny things if I am eating something with raw eggs in it (Mousse au chocolat… sigh). I didn’t get the impression that D would care much about me. But then I do not care about him too. So we’re equal.

    In the course of the episode Dannoying called Steve a lunatic and selfish. Someone who only cares about himself. Seriously, who with a decent upbringing or an acceptable amount of braincells finds this funny? Or acceptable? If this is how D declares his undying love for Steve then Mr Caan obviously didn’t get the memo. (He missed a lot of memos, if you ask me. But nobody does. Maybe Alex will, when he is directing his episode. Do less more, remember?) And there I thought Danny was so fond of thank yous. ‘Thank you for saving my whining and wimpy ass again’ would have been wonderful. Instead he insulted Steve in front of others. AGAIN.

    After the promos I thought that Danny maybe would be exposed more to the bio weapon, or maybe he would just faint as the first one. That his body had given up. But that was not the case. His body had NOT given up. His mind had. He got down to take a nap, because he is a loser, not a fighter. He refused to stay hydrated, didn’t drink the water Steve offered. He is a weak man with a weak mind and does not belong in an Elite Task Force. Period. He left his friend, let him battle alone, yeah, that’s how much he cares.

    So Steve was left alone, dealing with his fear, his sickness, his pain and the survival of his friend(s) all on his own. And boy, that was that struggle very well acted. It really hurt me too watching him. You could see Steve getting worse every minute, his movements, his speech, his brain not functioning that fast. I was flinching every time. Very well done! Kudos! I think Alex was the only one who did that in perfection.
    Steve is always someone who goes first through a door, I said that years ago and it’s still true. He would never endanger his friends. And he is a fighter. He is still alive because he is a fighter. Otherwise he would be dead years ago. Never give up. Never quit. Never surrender. (by Grabthar’s hammer, lol)
    I like Junior, love his respect for Steve. That is how it should be.
    The jury is still out on Tani, last week I liked her, this week not so much. She should have said something to stupid D at the end. Not only is Steve her Boss, he stood up for her and saved her ass a second time.
    Love Jerry’s new haircut. It looks mighty fine. Love the way he was involved and helped. Adam was ok too. If this is the way to have him in the show, then it is fun. Lou was great, Chi was great. As always. His concern was palpable.
    Where was Eddie? Maybe with Jerry in HQ. I think Steve trusts Jerry with his Eddie, other than someone else, who doesn’t get tired to share his disrespect, disdain and insults of some people with the world.

    So and now I have to hit the comment button, although every fiber of my body screams at me to mention the ‘gorgeous’ comment.


    But- but … he said… and…


    But hair on places… and no hair… and-

    HIT IT!!!




    DO IT!

    …chewing gum…





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    1. So glad you didn’t hold that all in….lol. I agree completely with all you said about Danny. He wasn’t even grateful that Jerry was there for his kids but had to insult him to Grace. I love Italian food but would think twice about going there with his attitude. Maybe just for a glass of water if I could sit and stare at Steve.

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      1. Jerry watching the kids was annoying as shit. Has Rachel passed away? Become a crack whore? Joined the USO and tap dances while drinking tea? THOSE CHILDREN HAVE A MOTHER FFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        I’m already pre-annoyed at next week, because of course in Danny’s hallucinations, Rachel, mother of the bride and mother of the graduate – will probably be completely absent, that is if they don’t actually say that she has shuffled off this mortal coil,

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        1. Well we all know that Danny is the only true, loving parent to those children. At least according to the show. Rachel will be left out of all scenes because she is a lowly female and has no important impact on the children’s lives. Grace needs only her Danno to make her wedding complete and Rachel probably disapproves of Charlie becoming a cop.

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          1. Moonjat: That’s it. Charlie becomes a cop, so Rachel disowns him, then Grace refuses to speak to her mother, leaving Danny to move into Casa McGarrett where he sleeps in Eddie’s doghouse because Eddie has already staked a claim on Steve’s bed. And they all lived happily after, except the McDanos who now hate Eddie.

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      2. I’m afraid I would make a fool of myself salivating over Steve. Fortunately I have no food allergies, but knowing my luck Danny would be working the front the only night I would make it to the restaurant. I do constantly get flirted with at my favorite Italian restaurant, but the charming owner is more like a Danny than a Steve. He is a New York Italian and can rant with the best of them, but he would punch Danny within 30 seconds of a conversation. He told me he can prep his water to be like Jersey water (makes since cause minerals can always be added). I have never seen him in a suit, but there is no one who holds a candle to Steve in a suit except Steve leaning in a suit….. Ohh, you ladies really get me onto distracting trains of thought.
        I was okay with Danny being limited due to SC’s physical limits, but ya’ll do make good points about him not really needing to do anything with the arm for real. Maybe i’ll give a pass since this was to create the dramatic storyline for the two episode arc. I recall Steve/AOL using his freshly repaired (as in the day before) arm/bicep to pick up Joe after their season 5 truck accident/ambush. I cringed when it looked like it was really him and not a cut in, but I guess all was okay. And to make it clear that I don’t want to dislike SC, I admit my dislike of the character ( i have glanced a bit at some of his other work, but not my cup of tea) he plays affects my opinion of him. I don’t know enough about him to develop a valid opinion. Like so many others on here, I put the weight of the issue on the writers. Danny was okay during season 1, but the fact that 99% of his lines are sarcasm now seems to have bypassed the writers and editors (maybe they cut out all of the good stuff). I try to be rational and give unbiased opinions and praise when due.
        Now, I really am going to work on the tree. I have managed to get garland on, but I am not sure which theme of ornaments to choose this year….I have different color schemes to choose from.

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      1. I love that movie! Alan Rickman. Sniffle.
        BTW, it was Alan Rickman who said that it’s the job of an actor to elevate the material (the script) you’re given. If the script would be one/two-dimensional it would be your damn job as an actor to make it multidimensional.
        I just leave that here.
        Sam had a quote from a script writer the other day who’d said something similar.

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  12. Don’t you mean that Sam doesn’t need to do any “shameless self promotion” because the reviews are well reasoned, well written and honest?

    Not pointing fingers, you know, because I never do that. Not I

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