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Of course it wasn't planned! I'm just saying Danny's perspective might be a little different from Steve's, and his rant was certainly in character and to be expected.

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I really enjoyed this episode, too! I'd give it six stars as well, if I could, but then, I can do that for most episodes. That was quite a start to the episode - poor Samantha reliving her kidnapping by Ian Wright and his shocking murder by WoFat before her eyes - what father wouldn't be beside himself wishing he could take the memories away from his daughter! Chin's advice to Grover was very touching, and I wonder if the whole plot line had to do with the episode's title and theme: Not Forgotten? The different stories running through the episode all centered around events that the participants wanted to forget about, but ultimately couldn't. Grover wanting Samantha to be able to completely forget Ian and her kidnapping, but knowing that would probably be impossible. Chin having to face the events of his wife's death by coming face to face with Paul Delano again. The life long miscreant, Tahni, about to die but wanting to right a terrible wrong from 44 years before, and Mackey, the grandfatherly former prison guard who just wanted the four kids from the reform school to stay forgotten -one way or another! All the threads of the theme were really well intertwined through a very well-written and acted script. Very happy to have Danny back this week. No matter what some viewers say, the dynamic between Danny and Steve is definitely missed when he's not there. Having said that, I agree that sometimes the writers get the snark right, and sometimes they miss. Steve's responses to Danny were more biting this week, and I don't think it's just because it was Steve's father's car that had gone missing. More therapy in the boys' future?

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I have to admit, I agree with you Amy, concerning Danny's displeasure with Steve! Danny has every right to worry about Grace. Even though she is 12 years old. - old enough to babysit - her father has the type of job where his family is at a higher risk for targeting by criminals the Five-0 team might have put away at some time. Grace has been kidnapped once, the car she was riding in has been carjacked, her welfare has been challenged more than once by criminals, so yes, it makes sense that Danny would be visualizing worst case scenarios about his daughter being left on a street corner alone, and probably without a phone since I didn't see one on her person. In which case, Steve should have completely expected the rant he received from Danny - and perhaps he did, because he sure was quick to attempt to turn the blame back on Danny!

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Fong was actually mentioned in this episode! At one point while standing around the smart table discussing the doctor's phone, Danny remarks that "Fong pinged it and got nothing. It's been turned off." So apparently, even though we are not seeing Charlie on screen, his character is still in the lab!

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This was a smart, classy, Thomas Crown Affair episode! Really well done. I think the actors enjoyed getting to dress up, especially Grace, as she was jaw-droppingly gorgeous! Bex Mader was a new actress to me, and I really enjoyed her. She was very believable as a smart stolen art bounty hunter, and she bested McG. Now there is a respectable match for the big Kahuna! One question - when Jerry was introduced to us last season, wasn't he supposed to be anti cell phones and computers, instead writing notes out long hand or using an old typewriter? How did he become such a computer wiz? Just curious. Missed Danny, but this show isn't going anywhere without him, so no worries, he'll be back next week. As Allie said, the show can be unwieldy with too many characters front and center in each episode, so rotating the actors around a bit works well! The Shrimpapaloosa cook off was a most enjoyable side plot! Chef Morimoto has some acting chops!

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DDK is directing 5.17. The stakeout Ep with Cloris Leachman guest starring. It's filming this week. Larry Hunt directed this week's episode.

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I will concede the Thoroughbred horse kidnapping was the weak link in the episode, but it brought out a different aspect of the Hawaiian islands - the Paniolos (cowboys) and rodeo! Loved seeing the Big Island and it's vastly different landscape highlighted. The show has now been to. Oahu (obviously), Lana'i, Molokai, Maui and Hawai'i. It has a few more islands to hit before the series ends. I was a little surprised that they actually cut down the tree in the state preserve, but it was a nifty side story and gave us a legitimate, not forced, Cargument. "Please hold for Mr. Malcontent" is a gem. Not too fond of Officer Pua but better him than making Duke go after the guys! Loved Kono, Grover and Danny working the case together. Danny and Kono are so good together, and we got a LOT of Kono time was which nice to see. Max and his rival, Sunjeet, were one of the highlights of this episode for me. They had me fooled - I thought it was a real woman they had fought over. We have certainly not seen enough of Gracie this season, and it was a warm, sweet moment between Danny and Grace at the end. Not a problem for me that Steve/Alex did not have much screen time this episode. The other stars have enjoyed some time off, no reason for him not to get some downtime, too. All in all, a good episode.

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We do indeed agree that H50 has done a shabby job writing strong female characters with longevity (my theory on that would stir up major controversy so I shall keep it to myself.)
I also agree a stronger female presence from S2 on would have solved a lot of this show's problems. I kind of felt the writers tried to show Catherine in a strong light with her decision to stay in Afghanistan and make a difference in the children's lives. Just too bad they couldn't have done that for her character and kept her in HI. Not to say that because the story ending for Catherine worked for me it has to work for everyone else watching! We can certainly have friendly disagreements, Joy!

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Joy, I actually thought the explanation for Catherine staying in Afghanistan made sense. Catherine had been at a loss in her professional life since retiring from the Navy. She thought she was going to have a satisfying career with Billy Harrington's surveillance business, but that ending in a tragedy almost from the beginning. She was lost until Steve told her to find something to focus on, which was finding who was trying to kill Adam and Kono. When that was done, he gave her the job on the Task Force, but I feel that was just a stop gap for Catherine until she found what she wanted to do with her life. Sure, she was happy with her personal life with Steve, but apparently that just wasn't enough to satisfy her. If being able to help those Afghan children are what is going to make her feel whole, then so be it! She's obviously not at a place in her life where she wants to settle down. She might have broken Steve's heart, but she's found her purpose in life. I think the writers did a perfectly fine job here showing us just how strong and caring a woman Catherine is. I, personally don't need to see her as a bikini babe girlfriend. I do think the writers did her good service by having her stay somewhere where she could make a difference.

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I understood the story perfectly! (Maybe that's because I haven't missed a single episode of all 101 and most I've watched way more than once!) for better or worse, An H50 episode often needs to be rewatched in order to catch all of the COTW, since, as you say, it sure seems to wrap up fast! The mother was depressed...suicidally depressed! She'd already attempted suicide once. Obviously she wasn't thinking clearly. In her depressed mind, Mom thought her sons would indeed be better off without their parents arounds as anchors pulling them down. Most people in their right frame of mind, her sons included, wouldn't view the situation in that way, but Mom was definitely not right with her world! It was a sad story. But the episode ended on a high note with Aunt Deb's wedding. That was sweet! Can we get the elephant off our collective back now that we have some closure on the McGarrett/Rollins love affair? Show came out and told us tonight that Catherine has found her paradise, and it's not in Hawaii. She's given Steve permission to move on, and it's time for the show (and it's fans) to do the same. Anyway, I enjoyed the episode!