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!
Michael, it was a tweet from Bryan Wynbrandt, one of the H50 writers, confirming WoFat's death. I would assume the only way a very dead WoFat could possibly return is in flashbacks, but as far as continuing to be McGarrett's nemesis, it's over.
This was truly an amazing episode. I don't think there is any way that a dedicated H50 fan could not have been satisfied with the writing, acting, stunt coordinating, directing and music for this one episode. IMO, it was a work of art. Although the "what if" segments seemed disjointed and over the top, remember, in the context of the story, they were the product of Steve's drugged out mind. Hallucinations are not meant to make sense. I believe the reason for the what if concerning John McGarrett avoiding death in the revamped opening scene, was primarily to reveal the main reason for WoFat's bitter rampage against Steve for the past 4 years. When Steve kills WoFat in the AU, he demands WoFat tell him why he wanted his father dead, what did John ever do to WoFat? We then return to reality, and WoFat makes his big reveal about Doris' connection to him, and how she was more responsible for the man he is than his biological father. Well, there you have it. It all makes sense now. WoFat was one deranged puppy. Sociopathic, sadistic, and full of hatred and regret. He literally hated Steve and John McGarrett for taking away the one person in his life who cared at all for him - Doris. When she was forced to leave him behind, Doris found happiness with John and raised her own family, leaving WoFat out in the cold. Explains a lot about the man WoFat became, and why he enjoyed inflicting so much pain and heartache on Steve. The torture was sadistic because it was personal - he really could care less about where his father was. He knew Steve didn't know. WoFat's fatal mistake was thinking Steve was emotionally soft - that he couldn't pull the trigger to end the life of the man who's life his mother had been such a major player in. That doesn't mean he didn't intend to shoot Steve - he certainly did, but luckily Steve is not as big a softie as WoFat thought. There was no recourse for Steve - and no redemption for WoFat. So, WoFat is gone. He's left the building. But all this talk about his father! I think it's quite possible Papa Fat is alive and well somewhere, and although he wasn't a part of WoFat's life, he might very well come looking for the man who killed his son! I have to admit, the final scenes of Steve' s team, his Ohana, racing to find him and not knowing if they would be in time, was by far the best aspect of the whole episode. Danny taking point, blasting everyone in his way, opening the last door and finding both men flat out on the floor. The fear was palpable. You could see it in their faces and hear it in Danny's voice as he whispered Steve's name. The love and compassion was obvious when Danny had to tell Steve his father had really died those four years ago. Yes. I cried right along with Steve. The final montage set to the hauntingly beautiful song by Five For Fighting written specifically for this episode was the icing on the cake - the final acknowledgment of where H50 started and what it has become. Well done, H50! Congratulations and here's to many more milestones ahead.
The 100th episode was indeed a thank you to the loyal fans who have been a part of this ride since Day 1. Peter Lenkov himself has said in interviews that he wanted to show appreciation to the viewers with this episode. All the cliches, and the upside down relationships in the AU were all inside jokes and Easter eggs for the fans who have watched from the beginning. Although it might have been rather confusing for the casual viewers to understand, those scene were for the hardcore fans...and we loved them!
WoFat is indeed dead. It has been confirmed by H50 Writers on Twitter. He will not be back.
Yeah, it took me a while to take in the change of pace of this episode. It's not what we are used to in this series, but I guess that's why this show is so appealing to me - I never know what to expect next! This episode dealt with Steve's feelings toward his father, and the story helped him realize better what his father had been like and how his sending his children away for their safety really cost John McGarrett. It was nice to see Steve come to terms with that part of his past, and I think perhaps it was important for him to reach this understanding before the 100th episode. Great acting by Alex, DDK, Bill Sadler, and Mirrah (Ellie). Looking forward to seeing more of Ellie in future episodes.
Great episode! Loved that we got as much of Danny as we did! I knew this was the episode that was filmed while Scott Caan was welcoming the birth of his daughter. I thought the crime of the week was interesting. Where else but in Hawaii would you find babes in bikinis robbing a tourist bus and then being chased down on surfboards? Certainly not in New York! Anytime the show focuses on Kono, the entire male viewing population stands up and cheers! This season is going great in my eyes! I see a lot more consistency in the writing for these few episodes that have aired so far. Thanks for your review, Michelle!
I'm a Danny's girl, Michelle, and any time we get to see Danny doing his thing as a detective makes me very. very happy! We got to see a lot of empathetic Danny during the COTW, and virtually no whining, which doesn't bother me, but I know it does other viewers. The tension built nicely, climaxing in a very gut-wrenching stand off and diffusing of the situation by TALKING Jason down, rather than shooting him - they didn't know where Sophie was yet! Not every episode has to be over the top action. This episode proves that you can have just as much drama without the body count (which was one, BTW) or suspension of belief (this seems a pretty plausible plot to me) as long as you have good writing, casting and acting (which we had in bountiful supply.) Can't wait to see more of the Matt Williams storyline, too!)
Bourbon!?!?! Oh, Jim! I will be nursing my Glenlivet single malt for the next 6 months. Jeez, what an ending! I love this series! Catriona, Sam and Tobias beautifully portray this triangle love affair crossing the centuries! I love Jamie and Claire together, but Frank tears my heart strings as well! Can not wait for April - it's going to be a long winter curled up on the couch with my scotch and Outlander books!
I believe I heard they closed Kalakaua St. on a Sunday morning from 5am on. They re-opened sections of the street after they finished filming in each section, but they did it ALL in one day! The people of Hawaii must be very easy to get along with - the continual disruption to their daily routines thanks to H50's filming all over the island must certainly try the average person's patience! At SOTB5, Alex O'Loughlin made a point of thanking the locals for their patience and understanding during filming as often H50 goes into neighborhoods, blocks streets, makes people late for work and kids late for school. Maybe not everyone living in Hawaii loves the show, but I think most residents consider the cast and crew Ohana.
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