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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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