Hawaii Five-0 Review: Keepsake

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It’s December 23 and Honolulu is in the Christmas spirit…but, this being Hawaii Five 0 Season 4 Episode 11, it’s also in the breaking and entering spirit as we see someone sneaking into a dark home and break into a safe.

The man opens the safe and BANG the robber is shot in the head.

Next morning and we’re at a beach cleanup scene with our Danny and Grace. Danny flirts with another Mom and Grover is here, too, with his daughter. Grace finds a box and can hear something in it but cannot open it. And then, as happens often, Danny gets a call – time to go to work!

Dead body of our robber from the opener in a car trunk and we’ve got ourselves a case since they don’t know who the man is and why he has been dumped in this car. There’s also fun teasing of Danny, who is still wearing his t-shirt/shorts from the beach clean-up. (Nice legs, Scott Caan!)

Chin In Danger

We make a quick stop to Seattle Washington and it’s Kono still searching for Adam but don’t worry, as Exec Prod Peter Lenkov told me recently, Grace Park is back full time in the new year.

Back in Hawaii, Max is checking on the dead body and finds a latex glove piece under his fingernails. He also pulls the bullet from the dude’s head, which is some special kind that cannot be traced. So, in short, this is a pro who has killed before. (Would there be any other kind on H50?)  We find out the burgler was a good one and often robbed people and the people didn’t know for awhile that they’d been violated. And, by the way, Danny is cranky pants for his holiday with his daughter being interrupted.

The guys go to Kamekona to see if he recognizes the burglar and he may have some info but it’s gonna cost our guys! Later, while driving, Danny can’t open Grace’s puzzle box but Steve and can they see it’s a pendant with a Japanese child’s picture. They suspect this could be remnants of the tsunami from a few years ago. Cue heartfelt, tender music.

The guys get to HQ and Kamekona both sings Tiny Bubbles and gets $300 for his ukulele in exchange for the information he’s given them. Victor Dobbs is the dead thief, working mostly in diamonds and jewelry. The guy goes to Dobbs’ house and finds an accomplice who would case the houses for Dobbs but he insists he’s not a murderer. The laptop in Dobbs’ home provides 5-0 with addresses of homes he’d either hit or was planning to hit. Time to go door to door.

Charlie tells Steve and Danny that the tarp that Dobbs’ body was wrapped in was last made 6 years ago and that could be a clue. Danny gives Charlie the puzzle box to investigate whether it was from the tsunami in Japan.

Cat and Chin are separately looking over the houses from the list and, well, if you see the picture posted here, you can guess what happens next. Yep. Chin finds Gary (creepy bad guy actor James Urbaniak) and just as Chin is figuring out he is at the right house where Dobbs was killed, he takes a blow to the face.

Let’s hope someone has ibuprofen on the island because after getting dragged down the basement stairs by Gary, Chin is going to need it!  Turns out the FBI has been looking for Gary, who is a serial killer who usually targets women. Why, then, did he kill Dobbs? Probably because Dobbs was robbing him.

And…Lindsay Price alert! Chin’s GF, Leilani, enters all concerned and stuff because she hasn’t heard from Chin. You know what that means (especially since we all know Chin would never blow off a lady friend)? Our buddy is in trouble!

Chin gets roughed up some more and realizes Gary is a serial killer mostly because Gary waves photos of his past female victims in Chin’s face. Before he can kill Chin, the doorbell to his house rings and…it’s a woman who had been crazy enough to date crazy Gary (and, ironically, she’s played by Real Housewives’ Heather Dubrow). Soon, the woman – Emily - is dragged down the stairs and joins Chin in the basement.  Where is Santa when you need him?

5-0 teams up with Grover’s PD squad and they’re on their way to finding Chin, who as Gary ties up the awakening Emily (I did laugh out loud when Gary uses the ‘It’s not you, it’s me’ line as to why this happening to the poor lady) As Gary tapes Emily’s screaming mouth shut, Chin is busy using his feet to cut the rope and soon a fight ensues with Gary, who honestly doesn’t seem like he’d be much of a fighter but with Chin still partially tied, he’s able to get some good knocks in.  

However, just as 5-0 finds the house, Emily (maybe using some of Dubrow’s skills from being a Real Housewife) manages to grab the discarded gun, slides it to Chin who takes out Gary. Merry Christmas, Scumbag.

Post-crime, fans of DDK rejoice because we get a Chin shirtless scene as his wounds get fixed up. Some banter with Grover, who they pretend not to like but, come on, how can you not like Chi McBride? Steve and Danny bicker and, well, everything is good. Let’s dive into Christmas!

We get a lovely montage with Chin and Leilani laying on the beach together and then, on Christmas morning, Max and Kaneknoa serving food to people in an outdoor center, Grover as Santa (proving that Chi McBride does a good “Ho Ho Ho”), Cat and Steve putting flowers on the grave of Steve’s Dad.  We see Kona, now driving into Vancouver to find Adam. Grace and Danny opening presents.

Next we’re playing hockey with Grace on skates when Charlie shows up and said he couldn’t sleep. He recovered a hair from the locket, ran DNA and found the little girl was a 6 year old girl and was from one of the towns hit hardest hit by tsunami. Charlie found her father, who wasn’t there during tsunami and was the sole survivor of his family.

Danny and Grace are then seen in Japan where they take the puzzle box to the father of the little girl, who opens the box, sees the necklace and the picture of his daughter. The man weeps and thanks them. Nice button on a solid Hawaii 5-0 installment. Merry Christmas!


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Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.


Saw this ep as a re-run and while I remembered it, and enjoyed it, you have to do some considerable suspending of disbelief to view it. How doe a guy THAT ugly get a girlfriend THAT attractive? Danny and Grace just up and fly to Japan? The Japanese people just HAPPEN to speak English?


Thanks, Jim, I enjoyed reading the recap/review. I thought it was a solid episode. Serial killer, Gary was creepy...had to tuck my hands inside my sleeves as the story unfolded. I loved DDK's portrayal of Chin, the fight scene was awesome and I think he is just amazing on screen. And if we don't get shirtless Steve, shirtless Chin is just as good...hehe😊. I enjoyed seeing the whole team and one of my favs, cutie Fong doing what he does best 😊. Can't wait for Kono to be back full time in the New Year! Happy New Year!


I thought this was gonna be a review...not some really bad play by play


I guess I'm alone here but I found the little a Japenese girl being dead ruined the whole show for me, what would have been wrong with a happy ending for Christmas. The little girl could have survived and Danny and Grace could have returned the Lockett to her.

Sarah silva

This was a really good episode!
I loved seeing more of Danny.
The ending was nice, seeing how each of the team spend Christmas!
It was also nice to see Lindsay Price.
What was in the safe?!?!?

@ Mrs alex o'loughlin

Oooof. This was an awful episode.
Less Danny please, he's by far the weakest link.
The ending was inane.


I don't think it's possible on network tv to air two stellar episodes back to back - there is always some sort of letdown after the first one. That being said, Pukana was a solid, engrossing story with drama, suspense, humor and poignancy all rolled into 43 minutes. I never doubted that it was the amputated fingers "Gary" cut off of his 14 victims for "keepsakes" (1/2 of the reason for the episode's title Pukana, which translates into "Keepsake". The other half of the meaning being the puzzle box with the little girl's locket. Loved this side story line and that Danny and Grace would make the trip t Japan to give the keepsake back to the grieving father. (Is it possible Rachel is now giving Danny child support since Grace is living with him full time?) Very enjoyable and satisfying episode to end out 2013! Looking forward to a wonderful second half to the season with the return of Grace Park full time. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and a very Happy New year!


Another great episode not as good as last week but it will be tough to top that one . The serial killer was one of the creepiest i've seen in a long while, when Chin enter that house I wanted to scream get out of there. Chin his fight scene were awesome and I was glad that the girlfriend could help Chin through wave the gun to Chin and Chin didn't hesitate and killed the bastard. I guess It was the fingers that he cut off from his victims who where in the safe. Well Steve it's time you pick up a bill and pay for it. Was sweet to see Leilani back her scene at the end with Chin was cute I am glad that Chin have some happiness back in his live. Grover is a great Santa Ho Ho Ho but TBH I didn't see the point for calling SWAT on this case. Grace is in Vancouver hope she will find Adam soon I am getting tired of this ongoing SL. Will Max ever become friends with Danny these two mocking each other was fun to watch Gracie finding a puzzle box with a medallion and inside a picture of a little girl what seems later was washed from the terrible tsunami that hit Japan. It was sweet of Danny to ask Fong if he could find the owner of the box and Fong did, it belongs to a little girl who died in the Tsunami. The only survivor was her father as Danny and Grace flew to Japan to give it back I am glad the father has a photo of his little girl now. Loved all the personal moments at the end As a McRoll fan I am disappointed about the lack of scene's between them no kiss or hug in the last few episodes . What also bothers me this episode is that Danny who didn't had a penny in season 2 and 3 now could fly to Japan with Gracie to return the box. Wish you all and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2014


Always a good show, but relatively speaking, I thought this ep was just meh. I thought the crime story was a little boring and a bit far-fetched that a burglar just happened to end up in a serial killer's home. And while the end sequence was really sweet, I also thought it was a bit far-fetched for Danno & Grace to just hop on a plane to Japan on Christmas. But always a good hour of television. Looking forward to Kono coming back next year!


It was the fingers that he cut off from his victims, I don't think we actually need to see it. Chin can't catch a break, good episode, love the puzzle box and them going all the way to Japan to return it, nice Christmas touch after a rough episode. Good episode. Looking forward to next one when Kono returns.


Good episode. When Chin went to see Gary I thought that guy is creepy he looks like a carzy person. When Gary kidnapped chin and was carrying him down the steps we kept seeing him hit his head on the steps and I was just like that's going to hurt when he wakes up I know Gary's a crazed serial killer but couldn't he have been nice and dragged them down the steps by their hands that way they wouldn't hit their head. I was angry that we didn't get to see what was in the safe because it looked like that's what the episode was about but I'm guess some sort of body part or parts. The ending with Danny and Grace giving the man back the locket with the picture of his daughter and the puzzle box was really sweat and a great way to end the episode.

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