Further investigating happens. We find out that the Madsens have a son, Jake, who believes that he was the target for the garrotting as he changed practice times with Billy at the last minute. Later we find out that Jake had been kidnapped 10 years ago. More kidnapping? Oahu has just won the International Award for the Most Kidnappings on an Island Paradise. Anyway, it turns out that Jake was held captive for two weeks during which time a finger was cut off and sent to the Madsens as proof of life. However, Jake eventually escaped before the ransom could be paid. The kidnappers were thus arrested – current status: one dead and one released from prison recently, more recently MIA from his halfway house (name of Randy Thorpe). This all leads the 50s to conclude that the garrotting must be a revenge attack on the Madsens by the still-alive kidnapper. Kono’s conveniently at the Madsens when this light bulb moment happens but not conveniently back at the house in time to stop Mrs Madsen – Amanda – from being the victim of a car explosion. Was it really meant for her? Good question.
In the middle of all this, we are treated to yet another McMom scene. Turns out Chin was useless against her finely-honed CIA skills and managed to be persuaded to take her to H50 HQ. McG’s none too impressed as he’s trying to keep her safe. They discuss plans and McMom tells McG that she wants to go home alone and unpack (the flowery dresses) and settle in. It’s like she’s come for a regular Mom visit. What’s up with that? Isn’t she supposed to be hiding from the most deadly, evil criminal on the island, Wo Fat? I’m still feeling twitchy at this point.
The next bit of the episode involves McG and Cath. McG decides he needs to fast track the forensic evidence from the explosion so he does his usual ‘favour asking’ of Cath. Again? I love that things can be fast tracked, even by someone on leave, as nothing much is fast tracked where I work! Cath totes calls McG on the favour asking and Michelle and Alex really rock this scene. He is so busted! That she calls him ‘sugar Daddy’ is gold. And we get a nice smile out of Alex, too.
Meanwhile, Danno has a location on Randy Thorpe so he and McG do the busting-into-the-hotel- room thing. Thorpe hot foots it out of the window (because no one EVER freezes when H50 tells them to) and McG is in pursuit. Classic Danno again here, when he says, “I don’t think….that is a good idea. Why do I bother?” Hehe. McG engages in some Navy SEAL awesomeness and ends up in the canal with Thorpe.
This leads to the one scene that I am sure will be remembered forever. McG is in his office, giving himself a tetanus shot after his dip in the (polluted) canal. I hear a collective sharp intake of breath from FUCUPS worldwide in anticipation that TPTB have answered our prayers and McG is going to take off his pants. Danno is the only person in this scenario who is not happy at the thought of it and he asks McG why he can’t inject in his arm like a ‘normal human’. Oh, pipe down, Danno, we love this scene! So, OK, we didn’t get pantlessness but it’s probably the closest we have gotten thus far. As an aside, I’m not sure whether or not to be offended by McG’s accusation of Danno that he is a ‘girl’. I’ve had an epidural, mate! I’m channelling Crocodile Dundee here when I say, “Needle, that’s not a needle!”
Anyway, back to the COTW. Thorpe is questioned by McG and Danno and they are not happy with this guy, because he’s one of a long list of baddies who has kidnapped children on this island paradise. They find out that he did indeed plant the bomb in the Madsen’s car, but this was all arranged by email. I reckon that email would have gone straight to my junk folder (what was in the subject line, I wonder?) and I never would have seen it, but then I’m not a master criminal so what would I know.
We cut to McMom who is doing some investigating of her own. She uncovers a film strip that has been hidden under the floor boards in Casa McGarrett. What’s on the film strip? Sure hope it doesn’t take the rest of the season to find out.
Cath is back and hey presto, she has the report that McG was after. He soooo owes her (again!) and she lets him know it. #teamcath! The Magic Computer Table tells H50 that Thorpe’s story checks out but they still don’t know who hired him to plant the bomb. There’s a technical discussion of Cath’s evidence report and the upshot is that the device was planted in the passenger seat thus targeting Amanda Madsen not Jake. They also find out that Amanda was having an affair with the Headless Horseman (I kid you not, McG says this!). McG and Danno head over to the hospital to check on Amanda but oh, no, they are too late. She is dead which McG figures out by looking into her eyeballs – he says she has petechial haemorrhaging and I’m dead impressed he knows this. (I have to Google it so I know how to spell it for this recap, by the way.) They check out the security cameras only to find that it was Jake who entered Amanda’s room before she died. Did you see that coming?
McG and Danno go back to Mansion Madsen to talk to Mr Madsen and they discover that Jake is a very angry boy because his Dad is weak – for not doing anything about the affair between Amanda and Billy and for giving in to Amanda’s refusal to yield to the kidnappers’ demands in the first place. Guess he’s always been angry but the affair was the final straw. The COTW is wrapped up when McG and Danno confront Jake while he’s practising polo and he takes off on his horse and then McG shoots him in the shoulder, just so he can be arrested.