Hswaii Five-0 is at its best when Jerry is let out of his basement office for an extended period of time.
It's a shame that it was under such tragic circumstances on Hawaii Five-0 Season 7 Episode 9, as Jerry's friend Susie gets shot down in front of him.
There are many theories floating around about who actually killed President Kennedy, and this episode effectively taps into the conviction of conspiracy theorists that, as Jerry puts it, "the LGT (Lone Guman Theory) is crap."
As Jerry's oldest friend at Five-0, it falls to Chin to comfort Jerry, as Chin knows him best.
Jerry: Is this water ...
Chin: Distilled? Yeah, I know how you feel about tap water.
As they retrace Susie's final days, Jerry and Chin have a nice Mulder-and-Scully vibe going on. (It's great to see those Lost alumni thrown together.) Chin even starts to get paranoid.
Chin: I've been hanging out with you too long.
Jerry: Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Jerry almost gets the pieces to fit into his ordered world view, then another solution to Susie's murder comes disappointingly out of left field. So close, Jerry, so close.
Jerry was dismayed that his friend died erroneously thinking she had solved a great mystery.
Jerry: She died thinking that she solved it. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
Kono: She died knowing she had a friend who would finish what she started.
Still Jerry's friends at Five-0 rally around him, with McGarrett even volunteering to listen to his wacky theories at any time. They may not often follow Jerry, but they all value him.
Since this was a Jerry episode, the approach to solving the mystery was more cerebral, with very little action, other than McGarrett rightly punching out the obnoxious FBI agent for doing nothing to prevent Susie from being killed.
Actually, Agent Ward serves as the villain of the piece, representing smug government meddling where it's not wanted.
And, of course, they followed the TV guidebook by going around unnecessary federal interference.
Danny: You handled that with the utmost maturity and professionalism. I was very, very surprised. We're not going to stand down, though, right?
The flashbacks to 1963 Oahu were a hoot. It's certainly not possible to sepia-tone Hawaii, but they did manage to mute its brilliant colors, somewhat, for those scenes.
Also it was great to have some historical context, featuring such figures as Dean Rusk, Henry Cabot Lodge, and Kennedy himself, who we discovered was the first President to visit the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. The cameo by Don Ho was a definite nod to island history as well.
Of course, the Will-Grace relationship (Will & Grace?), a storyline which deserves to be back-burnered, was still in and center, with their two dads needlessly bickering mid-case, until broken up by McGarrett. It seemed to amuse him to see Danny arguing with someone else over minutia for a change.
I'm sure this is about Grace and Will and I look forward with great anticipation to see how this plays out. We've got a case so if you wouldn't mind.McGarrett
So we get nothing more on the storyline featuring Machiaveliian psychiatrist Dr. Madison Gray. That storyline should be addressed soon, even if it does mean having to put up with profiler Allison Brown for more episodes.
This fairly self-contained episode was the right way to go right before a holiday break. I mean, don't start anything substantial viewers may need to remember for a lengthy period of time.
Next up will be a visit from Danny's sister, followed by a mid-season cliffhanger featuring Chin. Hopefully that will have something to do with the relationship between him and Sara. Maybe Training Day can spare Julie Benz for a few days so Abby can make an appearance, as well.
How did you like having Jerry out front? Want to see more of him? What storyline do you want to see resolved first? Comment below and don't forget to watch Hawaii Five-0 online if you need to see some of the good ol' days!
Dale McGarrigle is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.