9.20 Review


9.20 Ke ala o ka pu

First of all, let me thank you for still sticking around. I know we haven’t been the most productive lately. But it’s not due to lack of interest, it’s just because of too little time. There is a lot going on in our lives, and as you all know, real life comes first.

So, here is another review, but it, again, lacks pictures. But LeiCa already provided us with great screenshots. And you can always head over to IntenseStudy; they did a great job with Steve in this episode.

Without further ado, here is our little review for 9.20. Is it twenty episodes already? Unbelievable.

“Ke ala o ka pū” – Five-0 must locate a teen girl who purchased a gun from a junkie, and discover that the firearm, over the course of decades, has affected all of their lives, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CBS translated Ke ala o ka pū to Way of the Gun

“Cokie, do you want to begin?”

“Yes. Finally, we have a show that I am interested in commenting on. I really enjoyed this one and thought the directing was excellent. I loved the transition from the flashbacks to present day.”

“That is true. Despite the huge plotholes, we’ll come to that later, I enjoyed it, too. I am a fan of flashbacks, so this promised to be a really good one. Unfortunately, not all flashbacks could hold my interest, and one in particular made me quite mad. But more about that later, too.”

“We open with a young girl named Bonnie buying a handgun; a very old .38. She was very computer savvy and ordered it up online and also knew her way around the seedy part of town. I’m guessing Daddy didn’t have a clue what she was capable of doing. When she was putting bullets in the gun, I loved the way they showed the gun barrel which then morphed into the scene through the tunnel. I thought that was great.”

“Yes, the camera work and editing on this episode was great. But let me tell you, if I were a young girl, wanting to buy a gun, I for sure wouldn’t go for a revolver. Sure, this was necessary for the story, but it was a rather odd choice. But fine, go on please.”

“We have the first flashback to 1983. The McGarretts had an icky green telephone in the living room. 🙂 But Stevie does have cute pajamas. Someone help me; was that Inspector Gadget on the TV?”

“I read on twitter that it was.”

“John tells his family goodbye and heads out to the unknown after a phone call from this young cop that he didn’t seem to know. Hatcher wants to kill John for putting him in prison ten years ago. He even had the same gun that he had used to kill that person.”

“Question. Why was he out just ten years later? And John must have been really young when he had arrested that guy. Just thinking… go on.”

“He gives John all the reasons he wants him dead and mentions that he knows John has a son named Steve…”

“Why the heck did he do that? To threaten John to hurt his family too? I thought that was kinda odd.”

“… cut to present day Steve at a murder scene of a man named Kerrigan who just happened to be shot with a .38. Naturally, their first thought was that Bonnie was the shooter. They head back to HQ.”

“Again, some great shots and camera angles.”

“Is this a good place to mention that Steve has a new shirt? A nice, summery green and white plaid shirt. Now, as Sam pointed out to me, it would have looked nicer in blue, but still, it is a nice shirt. And new. And not a navy tee shirt. Maybe someone bought it for Steve’s birthday last month.”

“You are so shallow. LOL. Yes, we can agree that it was nice to see Steve in a new shirt.” 🙂


“Now we have a second flashback, back to 2010.”

“Do we have to? This one made me mad. Just a fair warning.”

“Danny’s first evening in Hawaii. Talking to Grace on the phone, baseball hat, necktie and already dissing local food.”

“I guess I have to speak up for Danny here. Oh my goodness, hold the presses. LOL. No, seriously, he took heat for not appreciating the local food. But come on, give him a break. He just arrived, probably after a crappy flight, living in a crappy apartment, spent all his money on moving to Hawaii. All in all he hated the circumstances with all his heart. And I can totally understand his need for some comfort food on his first night. I would expect him to be open to his new life in the coming weeks and years, yeah, we all know that didn’t happen. But honestly, on that first night, I don’t see it as disrespect or anything like that. He was just a kinda depressed guy looking for something familiar in this strange new place. So, there you have it, defending Danny here. But not to worry, he pissed me off soon enough.” 😉

“There is a guy in the convenience store waving a gun and D walks up to him and begins a conversation. He had a phone and he was hidden from view. Would it not have been wise to call 911 and REPORT the crime before making the guy mad?

No, I guess not. Danny gets shot at and the store owner gets shot. Again, would it have been wise to call 911 and ask for EMS for the owner and maybe report the crime? Guess not, again. The better idea was to take the shotgun and run after the thief through the dark alleys, ending up with no perp and having no idea where he was. NOW is the time to call HPD. He says he is a detective, doesn’t yet have a badge, can’t really tell them where he is and gets around to reporting that there was a robbery at the store.

And HPD still hired him.”

“ROFL. Couldn’t say it any better. This made me so mad. He was such an idiot. Why do they paint him like that? And fits in no way the Danny we meet later in the pilot. Always ranting about calling for back-up first. Sorry, but this was really, really dumb. And the death of the shop owner is on him. He should have stayed, and do anything in his power to save him. That girl was in total shock, and he just left her in charge there. Without calling for any help. Dumb! Shouldn’t the victim always come first? Before you go after someone, you make sure that help is on the way, and do anything to keep the victim alive. He had no gun, no badge and was off duty. He made one mistake after the other, and in the end a man died, and the perp got away.”

“Back to the present. They discover which school Bonnie attends and go to meet her and Dad. She said she didn’t buy a gun and didn’t know the dead guy. Dad gets all huffy and took her home although the team knows there is more to the story.”

“OK, hold on for a minute here. They had a witness who ID-ed that girl. Wasn’t that enough to at least question her, or even enough to search her house? Just because she said “I didn’t do it” and that was it? That can’t be right. Anyway, go on.”

“Back at HQ, they find Mom on Facebook. Lo and behold, there is a picture of Bonnie, Mom and Kerrigan. Guess Bonnie lied. Hard to believe.”

“LOL, what good luck to find a picture of them. How convenient.”

“Cut to the third flashback, this time to Tani in 2015. It is called blah-blah-blah, get Koa out of trouble. Again. She was running with the crowd that she still has trouble keeping away from in present day. Oh, and she had really bad hair.”

“Sorry, but I will completely skip this part. So tired of Tani and her story already. I can’t stand her. I hope she will be put into her place soon. Ugh.”

“Bonnie got picked up from school and caught in a lie. She confesses to knowing Kerrigan, who liked to beat on her Mom. She bought the gun to shoot him when he did it again. Yes, that always works out so well.”

“Oh yeah, what a great plan. Really not a mastermind, is she?!”

“No one can find Mom. She said the gun was at Mom’s house, but it wasn’t where she left it.”

“OK, if you were a detective, good or bad one, wouldn’t you check all her friends? I mean, Mom’s friends? Her new boyfriend beat her up, where would she go? Bingo, BFF. Guess that is too hard to figure out.”

“So, now the team thinks mom found the gun and she killed Kerrigan.”

“Yeah, right.”

They learn Mom contacted dad that morning, so now suspicion goes from her to him. Since he is on his way in to get his daughter, he gets arrested in the hall. He confessed and told the whole story about how Kerrigan had the gun and pulled it on him.”

“Sigh. Kinda anticlimactic, don’t you think?”

“They found mom who had been beaten up and was staying with a friend. It is assumed that eventually, all worked out for Bonnie and her parents.”

“Right, and all is well in the end.”

“Back at HQ, they learned that the .38 had quite an illustrious history. Fourteen crimes that they found in its 46 year history.

Danny found his crime in 2010 and Tani found hers in 2015. They were able to backtrack from her crime and find out who had the gun in 2010, picking up and arresting the robber and murderer of the store clerk. Of course, by his account, he has been a model citizen since then.”

“Yes, of course.” >insert eyeroll<

Steve found the crime back in 1983 that his dad worked on and they realized Duke was also on that case, so Steve and Duke have a chat. I don’t understand why Duke said he had never discussed the crime in 36 years. Why? Why didn’t he and John talk about it? Duke’s partner was killed and that was apparently when Duke and John met. That doesn’t make any sense to me.

“No, absolutely not. But honestly, Steve and Duke were the best scenes. Loved them together. More please!”

We cut to another Steve and John memory with John telling him all about bad guys and why he is a cop.

They managed to use the gun’s serial number and find out who had the gun in 1986. They found Hester in California so they did the hop, skip and jump over to the mainland and knocked on Hester’s door. Was he always that vigilent in watching for intruders? They knocked and he sure answered… with two blasts to his front door.

But as poetic justice, Duke shot him in the leg and their roles were reversed. Duke introduced both Steve and himself and the history circle has been completed.”

“Awww, as I said, the best scenes. And can we please see more of young John McGarrett? This was his second time, and I would LOVE to see him again.”


“We morph back to Hawaii and watch a totally boring ending with the gun placed in an evidence box.

But this was an episode that held my interest. And I will be totally shallow and mention again that Steve has a new shirt. And looks mighty fine in it.”

“Well, there were huge plotholes in this episode, but I was very well entertained, and enjoyed the episode. Could have gone without the one or other flashback, but all in all, I really enjoyed it.”

11 thoughts on “9.20 Review

    1. I am happy to see a review ladies. I enjoyed the episode and the look back at Steve’s childhood particularly. The Duke/Steve portions the most. Danny continues to annoy me so nothing new there. On first viewing I rarely get upset with plot holes unless it is major so I didn’t notice some of them. The darn hour goes by too quickly. Thanks for your perspective.

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    2. This works for me. I had a hard time caring about anybody here. I did let out a belly laugh at Danno’s utter incompetence. I enjoyed the hell outta that shirt tho.😉

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  1. Community gun? Planted between the tomatoes and the cucumbers. Did everyone have a”card” to check out the gun and then return it somewhere for the next “patron”?

    All I learned was what I already knew before. Danny was considered incompetent by the HPD for a reason.

    Did i mention that I actually enjoyed parts because, face it. expectations have been lowered somewhat. When a plaid shirt gets top billing………………….

    Waiting patiently for good news about renewal and whether I need to have wine and cheese ready for the Danchel reunion. Champagne is being reserved for McRoll.

    Please remember Notre Dame Cathedral in your prayers. I was there two weeks ago and the before and after pictures are heartbreaking.

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    1. Oh Mama! It’s been a few years since my last…and I guess it will now forever be my last…visit to NotreDame. 😢 I was devastated, as so many are.

      And yes, champagne for McRoll!

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    2. I‘m in for the Champagne!!

      Not much else to add that hasn’t been said.
      Enjoyable episode over all, but plot holes and some scenes I didn’t care for.
      Glad to see another review though, always appreciated!

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  2. Hi Sam and Cokie been missing your weekly reviews. I think the first half of the season was better than the second half.

    Yes it was a good episode and one good story line not loads of stories

    Loved some of the flashbacks

    The one I loved the most was Steve flashback to 1983 seeing young John and Doris who was pregnant with Mary and young Steve
    And Duke flash back where the gun killed his partner and young John saving young Duke life and when Duke telling Hester that was John McGarrett son Steve !
    I would love to see more or Steve and Duke working together

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  3. Sam and Cokie, great to see you made some time to do your review once again.
    I had more or less the same feelings as you about most of it.
    One thing that I spotted though – you said that John must have been very young when he arrested the guy – but being born in 1942, he would have been 41 or 42 depending on the time of year in 1983. That would make him at least 31 when he arrested the guy. Don’t think that was too young then.
    Hope you will feel like doing more of the reviews, of the few episodes left for the season. 🙂

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    1. I just wondered because he was a Lieutenant in the Navy before he joined HPD. To be an Lt. he needed a few years of service in the Navy after the Academy. So, this must have been one of his first big arrests after becoming a cop. Maybe young was the wrong word. Fresh maybe? 😉

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