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!
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