Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 Episode 17 Review: Stakeout

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Fans have been waiting in anticipation to watch Daniel Dae Kim's directorial debut, and Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 Episode 17 did not disappoint!

As we all know Hawaii Five-0 is an extremely fast paced show with complicated plots that frequently defy logic. Last week's Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 Episode 16 was a testament to that fact. Many thanks to Kathleen for covering last week in my absence! 

Now let's get down to the discussion! 

This installment took us back to the relationship that is the heart of the show: Steve and Danny's bromance. 

Steve and Danny have come a long way. Recently, I have been re-watching some vintage Hawaii Five-0 Season 1 episodes and it really dawned on me how far these two have come. 

Danny is right that Steve and him have been through a lot together. Danny met Steve right after his father was murdered and then had to break it to him all over again that he died after Steve was tortured by Wo Fat. Steve helped Danny when his brother was in trouble with the FBI and has supported Danny in his problems with Rachel.

By now these two have a friendship, not just a partnership. 

Although I think Danny can be a nag sometimes, he does it out of affection and, honestly, it is just who he is. He was right to be offended that Steve did not want to confide in him. 

Naturally, due to who Steve is as a person, it just took him some time to show his emotions and reveal a story about his past that impacted his life.

Even though I don't think this will (nor do I want it to) impact how much Steve and Danny bicker, I think it will certainly make them feel less antagonistic toward each other.

Friends should be able to pick on each other and nag, because at the end of the day they know you in ways that your family doesn't. Friends pointing our flaws is always different than your family doing it and carries a different weight. I am glad that it was implied that Steve and Danny have gone back to equilibrium in their bickering. 

Let's also be honest that it was great seeing Steve and Danny together for the majority of the time because of how much we have missed Scott Caan lately. 

In addition to revealing his horrifying talent show story, Steve had a lot of not-so-macho scenes over this hour.

Most importantly, he loves cats! The best part was that his love for them is partly based on the fact that he respects how they have not lost their predatory instinct, even though they are human pets. This is such a Steve way of thinking. 

As for the case of the week, I thought it was entertaining while also still predominantly in the background. Why Steve and Danny went undercover also made sense with the case. Although I am skeptical that Emma's partner would have survived that shot to the stomach, especially at such close range. But, that is just me being my usual picky self about the authenticity of this show. 

I was surprised that after dressing up like the terminator and shooting up the jewelry store, he was deposed of so quickly by Kono. I thought it would have been more drawn out than that. I also didn't quite understand why he would go there dressed like that. Did he think he would get away with it? Did he think no one would notice him? Can you even buy that kind of armor at a gun store? 

I was annoyed with Jerry's side plot until the end when he was watching Ruth go about her day. He genuinely cared about her and wanted to see her happy. 

When you look around us, it can can be really beautiful.


I think this line encompassed the overall tone of the episode. Amen Jerry! 

What did you think? Was this an improvement over last week? Did you like the focus on Steve and Danny? Do you think the subplots added to enjoyment factor? 

Remember you can watch Hawaii Five-0 online via TV Fanatic! 

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