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!
I have to say this was the best episode yet this season. Of coursed I missed Danny, but the writers did a great job explaining his absence and with the phone conversation. Chi McBride is probably the best idea TPTB had for this show in a long time, and it's paying off. Viewers love him and what he brings to the show. His arguments with Steve are pure fun, although in a much different light from the Danny/Steve bromance. Up until this episode, it appeared as if Grover wouldn't make much effort to back up a Five-0, but after working together, albeit grudgingly, both men at least respect each other. I hope they keep this relationship edgy - it adds a new dimension to the show - someone who begrudges Five-0's immunity and means and makes no bones about it! Also love how the writers incorporated Catherine into the team dynamic. This is exactly what I had hoped to see - put her to use with her computer and intel skills so when Kono returns full time after the first of the year, she'll partner with Chin and leave Cath in charge of the magic table (hopefully, by then, she'll know how to use it!) Nick Jonas did a very convincing job as a brilliant sociopath/computer hacker. Shocked but intrigued by the ending - I feel Ian might be the new nemesis Peter Lenkov alluded to in an interview last summer - someone to take Steve's mind off WoFat for a while. Great episode, great writing and acting -Season 4 is right on track!
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