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jlopie1

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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.

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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!

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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.