If you just read a review and not watch the episode, it's pretty hard to enjoy the experience! There is no way to convey the power and emotions of the actors telling you their story by reading words. Was the story far fetched? Well, yes it was. But come on, this is H50! It IS larger than life and always has been. If you can get past that and just enjoy the actors acting out powerful emotional scenes, you will end up loving this show and this episode in particular. Thank you for a review that reminded me this morning why I was riveted to my screen last night!
This was a good episode - although not an "out of the ballpark" one for me. I actually enjoyed the crime of the week. I was gullible enough to believe the girl was the victim up until Kono and Cath figured it out. The actual victim ended up being the real sympathetic character. Jerry is a good addition. I think it makes perfect sense to have a conspiracy theorist look into the Champ Box mystery. I'm very glad to return to this story line - it is the one concrete underlying plot that will undoubtedly run through the entire series. Don't worry about Jerry taking up too much screen time. Max Bergman is a regular character and he hasn't had a lot of screen time this second half of the season. I'm glad to have had more of Danny's story, but honestly, Mom Williams has overstayed her welcome. If she comes back, once per season should be plenty. Lots of great Kono time this episode. She's still one tough cookie. I am as confused with the Steve/Cath relationship as everyone else! Let's see what happens in Afghanistan in a couple weeks! Three different stories in 44 minutes is a little hard to stomach, though. A little too flighty. But as usual, small problems that didn't take away from my overall enjoyment.
I have to respectfully disagree with you, Michael, with regard to you opinion that H50 would survive just fine without the Danny Williams character. That dynamic was what made this show a success in Season 1. The dynamic has definitely changed over the 4 seasons, but who would have McGarrett's back, no questions asked, if not Danny? Would you want Jerry (who I can take in small bits) to be Steve's partner? Danno isn't going anywhere. If he does, a large segment of viewers could possibly lose interest in the show. Neither is Scott. To the best of the fans' knowledge, no one working for Scott Caan or CBS has ever confirmed that Mr. Caan is leaving the show. Hawaii 5-0 is his job. Hawaii is not his home. He goes home whenever he can - who wouldn't? He has not missed any H5-0 filming because of the filming of the Entourage movie. Scott will join that filming when the H5-0 season filming ends on March 22nd. Lots of rumors have been flung far and wide this season. Until something is verified by the network, that's all they are.
Excellent review! Very in depth and thoughtful. Many viewers consider H50 as nothing more than unbelievable fluff without realizing that there are ALWAYS underlying themes running through each episode. Thank you for taking the time to add to the enjoyment of watching a new H50 episode by zeroing in on what a viewer can take away from the show beyond just the beautiful people and the gorgeous views. This was a most enjoyable episode in many ways, all of which you have already mentioned. Grover, Clara and Jerry are great characters and add support, love and a little bit of brilliant ridiculousness to the show. It's obviously about time some of Steve's demons come out to haunt him, and I hope we will be invited in to see how he deals with them. I can't believe Steve allowed Jerry to move in with him! But since Jerry will be in the next two new episodes, it makes sense that Jerry is accessible. Can I say how much I love Jorge Garcia?This much! \_______________/
She is contracted for 17 episodes this season. She will be totally missing from 5 eps. Michelle Borth mentioned this herself on the Amy and Friends radio show a couple of weeks ago.
Thank you for a very comprehensive review! You took in all the important aspects of this episode. I enjoyed this one - Melanie Griffith is a perfect fit with Scott Caan as mother and son, and I agree whole-heartedly with your assessment that Danny's strong points are dealing with family. Loved the Cargument and also Danny and Steve's argument at the office about their moms. That was priceless! Grover has grown on me and obviously has enough angst in his past to match up with Steve! I do feel we haven't heard the end of this story - but I think Grover telling Steve he needs to open up and let go of his secrets is foreshadowing the events we will see in the last couple of episodes this season. Love Chin and Kono working together again! Looking forward to more Danny and Clara and even Dad Williams will show up before this storyline is finished!
Michelle Borth told the listening audience on @amyandfriends radio talk show yesterday that she is contractually obligated by CBS to appear in 17 of Season 4's 22 episodes. That means she will be absent from 5 episodes of the current season. It's a CBS contract deal, and something the writers have to figure out how to work around. As for Scott, I believe his time off is pretty well over this season, he has a major 3 episode story arc coming up soon that includes his mother, played by Michelle Griffith, and his father, played by Tom Beringer. Yes, the acting was terrific, especially by DDK and Robert Knepper. Yes, I missed everyone else. This was not my favorite story, but can't fault the excellence of the writing and acting (agreed, the wigs were horrible!)
Love how this show actually has recognizable themes each week! It certainly adds to the enjoyment and elevates H50 above your average, run-of-the-mill procedural. Great work by all the actors, especially Chi McBride as Lou Grover. That man is growing on me...and may I say the three-way Cargument was the best of the season...possibly the whole series! Great review, too!
I can't say if Scott is preparing to leave the show or not. I do know that this episode was filmed during the week of Sunset on the Beach, from which Scott was also missing. At that time it was noted on social media that Scott had a week off to take care of some commitments with a new play he was producing for Hollywood West and an acting class to teach at the same playhouse. Hollywood West is a theatre production company that Scott's mother was heavily involved in before her death, and Scott has continued her legacy with the theatre. So, that's where he was during this particular episode. The H5-0 team is very good about giving their actors time off for personal commitments - I suppose their philosophy is to keep them happy so they'll stick around longer. Danny has a big 3 episode story arc coming up after the first of the year which includes Michelle Griffin as his mother. Don't give up on him just yet!
I would almost prefer that to another faked death to protect a loved one scenario!
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