8.18 – E ho’okō kuleana
The ex-wife of the man who shot Danny comes to Oahu and reveals how Danny’s protection during a dangerous domestic dispute when he was in New Jersey helped save her life. Also, Tani and Junior are assigned to walk the beat as uniformed officers for the day, and Adam is framed for the murder of the crime boss he has been tracking, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, March 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The episode was directed by series star Alex O’Loughlin.
CBS translated E ho’okō kuleana to To Do One’s Duty
So, this was the long awaited directional debut by Alex O’Loughlin. Right up front, I think he did a great job with the material presented to him.
I asked Cokie to give me her thoughts, so that we can do a joint review again. Of course, she was game. Let’s see what she has to say.
Sam asked if I had a few thoughts on this episode and, of course, I do. As usual, my thoughts run in totally random patterns so please bear with me.
First, Alex did an awesome job. I really commend him for doing the directing and also being in so much of the show. I really wasn’t expecting to see him on screen so much, but I was really happy about it! He wore both hats well!
I was also very surprised of how much Steve we got in this episode. Alex might have been annoyed with the actor portraying Steve, but I think he did a great job. Unfortunately, since he delivers almost all the time, his great performance gets mostly overlooked. People tend to take it for granted, and I think that is a real shame. He carries not only the show, but almost every scene. Praise once in a while would go a long way. Just saying.
Secondly, after visiting Hawaii, it was so wonderful to see places I recognize on the show. I was oohing and ahhing and shouting “I was there”! Especially the part with Tani and Junior. The police substation they used was right down the street from our hotel and we walked past it many, many times.
That is true. It’s great to know the places they went. Makes it more real.
OK, now the random thoughts…
Not sure why Jimmy Buffet was there, but any reason for Steve to play the guitar is a good enough reason for me. Cute scene. Really, does this man not wear shoes in daily life? Of course, some strange people were barefoot in places they had no business being barefoot, but not my business. I did love Jimmy and Steve together. Kind of odd that Jimmy knows when Steve’s birthday is. Never got the impression they were that close. I thought he was more of Joe’s friend.
Well, we finally got an explanation for the last really short visit by JB. He crashed on Steve’s couch. I love how Steve gives shelter and help to everyone. I think the guitar was not just a birthday gift, but also a thank you for helping him out. So, I am fine with that.
I actually liked Junior and Tani in uniform. Made her a bit more humble, I think. Junior seems to want to tackle everything and I love that about him. And he got to meet Miss Petunia! I didn’t know that she had a whistle in addition to the Mace. Guess that after her rehab, she has backslid into her old habits. 🙂
To be honest, I’m not so sure about Tani. She’s getting on my nerves with her attitude. Who the hell does she think she is? What has she accomplished to act like she does?
But I enjoyed this part of the episode a great deal. It was fun, it was entertaining. Loved Miss Petunia. 😉 For all the people not knowing what the heck we are talking about, read it here.
I loved Steve talking to Adam in the holding room. I haven’t been shy about my feelings for Adam and his task force as I feel it is boring, useless and does not hold my interest. But Steve did a great job getting to the bottom of the problem and immediately went into action mode. That was great. I love Steve and Lou working together, as always. Looks like Grover doesn’t appreciate Steve’s driving either. I would have loved the scene when Steve got back to the truck after Lou was blocked in and couldn’t get out. At least Lou didn’t have to run.
Ah well, I agree that Adam is boring, useless and does not hold my interest. When I hear that he has a task force, I cringe every time. Sorry, but he’s not task force material. And he should not do such work. And now they give him a half sister? Yawn. Geez. This whole story arc can’t be over soon enough. Yes, I really do like Ian Anthony Dale. He’s a good actor, he’s attractive, and gives a good performance. But his character just doesn’t give me anything. Sorry, but I want this over.
Alex did a fantastic job with this part of the show. I loved his camera work. The best was the shower scene. You don’t have to show the absolute gruesome, his scene was way better by not showing it. Great work.
And yes, Alex, please give us the whole 45 minutes of the foot chase that you filmed. Great action. I totally loved it.
Despite the fact that the story was rather stupid, and Adam’s character rather boring and now with the sister it’s getting ridiculous, this was the best part of the show. Partially because of McGrover. It is such a shame that we rarely had them this season. They are so good together.
I loved those storylines. Now, on to the final story. Flashbacks to New Jersey. OK, I will make my disclaimer… again… these are my thoughts. You don’t have to agree, which is a good thing for all of us. But if you totally love Danny and think he was wonderful, you may want to stop reading.
Yeah, please, move along. Go into your Danny-lover-corner and be happy.
I will say that SC’s acting was great in this. Maybe he had a good director… 🙂 No, seriously, I thought he did a good job. But I have to be honest, I was absolutely appalled at the storyline and how it was presented. Danny slept with the wife of a suspect? I’m sorry but that really makes policemen look like jerks. That really made me mad that (a) he slept with her; (b) that when her husband was arrested and jailed, he dropped her like a hot potato and (c) that he used the situation to set up her husband so that he would be arrested.
Totally unethical. Makes me really dislike the character even more.
OK, now, I agree this was the first time on this show, that I will attest that SC did a good enough job. I will not call it great. Sorry, but no. But he did a fine job. All’s good.
Now to the character. He was so IN character, he was such an ass. I’m sorry, but having sex with the abuse vicitim? That is lower than low. What a jerk. He should, and probably would face disciplinary actions. He was not the silently suffering hero. He was an ass. And the husband would probably get away because of DW’s behavior. A halfway decent lawywer would get him off, or at least a very light sentence. And DW would be charged. And rightly so.
And by the way, the husband was jailed. Right? So, tell me, how in the world didn’t they know who he was when he came to Hawaii to kill Danny Williams? His prints, his DNA would be in the system. What kind of sloppy writing is that!
So, bad, bad story and writing aside. Alex made good scenes out of it. I actually liked watching it. Well, I think SC looked ridiculous with the soft lights and lenses, but that is beyond the point. Alex wouldn’t look any better. 😉 So, that’s fine.
I can imagine how very hard it must be to film in Hawaii and pretending it to be New Jersey. Impossible. But they did a really good job with that. Kudos to the whole team.
But… on the other hand, I loved seeing Rachel show up at the end. We knew how they had met, but that was a cute scene. I don’t think it was portrayed accurately from what we already knew, but that’s OK.
I really like her. Not what she did with Charlie, of not telling Danny. That was horrible. But I think Danny and Rachel are perfect for each other. And I pray that they will realize it, and please just send them back to NJ, or better back to England. Far, far away from Hawaii. Wishful thinking.
I will give Alex an A+ for directing. Show also gets an A. I just didn’t like one of the storylines.
Yes, Alex gets all the praise for his directing, also for pulling double duty. It can’t be easy to do. So, great job.
The show itself was not more than a B for me. Tani and Junior were mostly wasted time. Yes, entertaining to watch, but at the end there was no gain for the show, and I don’t feel like Tani learned anything. The Adam story was good because of Grover and Steve. But is that really enough? And what should have been the main, the great part of the show, fell totally flat for me because of the awful writing. The show is just badly written in so many places. They can deliver, they proved it many times. But lately they just don’t.
But this was still one of the better episodes.
So, do I want Alex to direct more episodes? Well, that is a good question. I love seeing Steve on screen. If they can manage to give me that… I’m all for Alex directing. I think he has a great hand for it. And he seems to enjoy it. So, what’s not to like?