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Hawaii Five-0 Review: Milk and Cookies

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My oh my, things haven't gotten quite that gruesome in a while on Hawaii Five-0, have they?

Kono Asks a Favor

"Ho' opio (To Take Captive)" wrapped up with as happy an ending as an episode like this could possibly have... but what a truly chilling and heart-breaking ride to get there.

From abductions to ankle shackles to a thwarted live burial, this hour went to some extremely dark places in its pursuit of a nightmare-ish couple who kidnap young girls, exploit them for welfare money and then murder them when they become too old.

Oh yeah, and they also serve milk and cookies to them while they're shackled up in their secret room, telingl them that their real parents are dead. No, I wasn't planning on sleeping again ever, why do you ask?

The monstrous couple in question were expertly played by a pair of 90's all-stars: Mare Winningham, who you may know most recently from Hatfields and McCoys (but who will always be the star of Turner and Hooch to me); and Henry Rollins, who you may know from his work on Sons of Anarchy, his ground-breaking punk and spoken word albums, or this.

Both milked their brief on-screen time for maximum creepiness; Winningham injected her cookie-bearing monster-mom with just the right degree of psychotic delusion and Rollins, in his few moments on camera, still managed to roll out his trademark Rollins surliness (yes, even while he was about to get wailed on by Danny). He even found his way into one of the night's best Hawaii Five-0 quotes.

The expert use of guest stars to create a specific mood remains one of Hawaii Five-0's greatest strengths, and the way that they were used in this episode - to build an atmosphere of acute terror and dread in paradise - is a real testament to that.

"Ho'opio (To Take Captive)" was also a reminder of another of Hawaii Five-0's greatest strengths: narrative diversity. It's a show that's capable of being an action epic one week, and a grim crime procedural the next, fully committing to the vibe of each episode, without ever losing the show's unique flavor.

And that unique flavor was exactly why I found this episode more chilling than an episode of CSI, Law & Order: SVU or any of the other gory crime procedurals shows that I watch regularly.

Hawaii Five-0 is always full of such vivid, life-affirming energy, with the emotions turned up much higher than they are on a lot of crime shows. Pairing that with the trauma of children yielded some intense (but riveting) results.

This week also saw the return of the Adam subplot from a few episodes back. It's nice to see this plot point brought back in. I can only imagine that the relationship between Adam's family and the mysterious Sato will reach a fever pitch in the run-up to the season finale.

What do you think Adam's real secret is? Did you dig the guest stars? Did you know that those awesomely helpful bikers are based on a real organization?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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@WIlliam E. Bruce, I believe Alex had his hair cut for episode 3.20, for his scenes training as a Navy SEAL.

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loved this episode loved how McGarrett walked off after getting Danno badge for a sec and let Danno did what he had to do to find they girl and what scary husband and wife taking little girls just to get welfare. and Amanda's journal was so sad I cryed her poor parents lost her twice. and Danno and Grace scene was good. Kono storyline does look it going to be good

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I really appreciated Chin's convo with Kono about how Adam was there for Kono when he needed him and to give him the opportunity to explain. Love Chin! And I personally love Alex's haircut, it shows off his hunky features ; )

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Wow...excruciatingly difficult to watch Ella go through the trauma...Teri Beckett was creepy, creepy strange. Delusional is the right word. The emotions shown by Alex and Scott were phenomenal. Scott especially was mesmerizing with his need to promise the parents that they will find Ella, his anger, his willingness to pummel Ray and then, his urge to get a hug from Gracie, awww and finally after the frantic digging by the team to unearth Ella....Danno was soooo sweet to Ella. I felt all his emotions and the relief. Outstanding! Steve was equally awesome with his controlled anger and willingness to take Danno's badge and leave. I thought the balance between the grim subject matter with the lighter banter about Steve's haircut and the sumo wrestling and the surfing scene with Kono and Cath was well done. Hawaii looked beautiful. Good to see the Adam arc coming back and I really appreciated Chin's convo with Kono about how Adam was there for Kono when he needed him and to give him the opportunity to explain. Love Chin! And I personally love Alex's haircut, it shows off his hunky features ; )

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William and now the main question after reading ur review onthe episode? Did u enjoy the episode or not? You did not say

William e bruce

No word on WoFat in the hospital. Surprised they didn't make some comment about his health, the case, whatever. And wouldn't the FBI or CIA be in on this, Public Enemy Number 1?

William e bruce

Kono did tell Chin about Adam being missing. Chin told Kono to give Adam a chance. Kono goes to Catherine for help on the beach. Cute Cath. said Steve usually asked for favors. Catherine off base again doing some surfing. Cute bikini again! But Catherine found out he was in with Miko Sato, Wonder what was on the CD Kono found on Adam's desk? But Michael is looking or Adam, that don't jive. Thought he was reason Adam wasn't around. The 2 men with guns Kono stared down, I almost thought would be Feds. Nope a couple of Yakuza enforcers. This could turn interesting. I still hope Adam isn't bad. This story has stretched on a bit to long with nothing moving, like Adam and Micheal's use of Kono's gun. I know dead bodies don't always show up immediately, but some progress would have been nice.

William e bruce

But I thought you'd see some action. Danny took him apart. "Your a cop, you can't do that to me!!?" Steve took Danno's badge and left the room. Only problem if it was SVU or Criminal Minds this would be investigated by IAB I bet. Kamekona's Sumo battles was cute. Flippa kicking butt until the girl took him down. All 5-0 members commenting on Steve's hair cut. Did he get it cut for a role in a movie or something? End was very cute and teary where you heard Amanda narration her journal. Parents reading it also kept those tears going. At least they have closure and Ella was safe.

William e bruce

Scary that Helen Cantera had all those "Good Person" outfits to trick kids. So she did for a living? Her crime was bad enough to commit suicide instead of being arrested? Ella Bishop hiding under the bed was cute, and Terry Beckett talking to her. So she had some compassion. Especially when she saw that Ray had killed Amanda instead of releasing her. But as Steve said," what did you expect, him to just let her go?" I guess she was in denial. Nice the motorcyclists helped find Patrick Swayze's brother Don, Lloyd Grimes. But he was just a robber. i thought maybe he would help find the Blue Dodge Intrepid of Helen Cantera. Danny took out his frustration on him and later got up close and personal with Ray Beckett. When they went to Beckett's home and Ray and Terry were just sitting watching tv and eating Tv Dinners. I thought what cool customers and I could see them cheating the system on welfare. Interesting pairing or Mare Winningham and Henry Rollins as the Becketts. But I thought you'd see some action. Danny took him apart. "Your a cop, you can't do that to me!!?" Steve took Danno's badge and left the room. Only problem if it was SVU or Criminal Minds this would be investigated by IAB I bet.

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Scary subject, but great episode. All actors did a wonderful job. Kono's story looks good.

Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Episode 22 Quotes

Ray Beckett: I want to see a warrant.
Danny Williams: Shut up.

Sinead O'Connor called, she wants her hairstyle back.

Danny Williams
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