So now we leave McGarrett family matters and return to the COTW. Zach’s distraught parents are being interviewed by Danno and McG. It turns out that Zach’s ‘prank’ involved hacking into the White House database to secure tickets to the Correspondents’ Dinner. I wasn’t exactly sure what the dinner was about so I googled it. Turns out it is an annual dinner hosted by the President and Vice President for the White House Correspondents’ Association, a tradition which began in 1920. Who said H5O isn’t educational? Pretty sure Zach doesn’t really harbour a desire to be a journalist but that he rather enjoyed the thrill of being able to hack into the White House systems. Julian Assange, eat your heart out! Anyway, McG twigs that the family was in the middle of nowhere when Zach was kidnapped and we find out that the GPS was hacked to send them off course. Wow, there are some serious hackers in this episode. As a techno-dunce, I am totes impressed.
Kono, in a nifty bit of detecting, asks Zach’s brother, James if he knows anything that can help. James’s screen shows a licence plate number written over and over again. Kono searches for the car that belongs to the licence plate and she and Chin locate it in the HPD impound lot. Oh, no, Zach is found dead in the back of the vehicle. I really did not see that coming and I feel really sad now. It proves once and for all that Oahu is one seriously dangerous place for children!
The next scene is nicely placed to lighten the mood after the terrible discovery of Zach’s body. McG and Danno pay Max a visit. Max, sans cane, tells our boys that he is almost ready to resume his spinning classes (Max does spinning classes? Go figure.) Now it’s Danny’s turn to kill me in this episode. His face when he says “I just had a vision of you wearing bike shorts” is priceless. I so giggled when he said that. Max tells us that Zach died of a heart attack due to a pre-existing condition coupled with the trauma of the torture he endured when his fingers were broken one by one. I now have a lump in my throat. We only saw Zach for a few minutes on screen but I really liked that kid! I know that the torture is pertinent to the story but I am really disturbed by this.
Anyway, there is another comedic moment now, to lighten the mood again. This is gold, pure gold:
Danny: “What could a 17 year old possibly know that warrants being tortured like that?”
Max: “That would be your jurisdiction, detective”.
Danny (pointing to Steve): “That’s why I asked him.”
Check out both Scott and Alex’s faces in this scene. They are amazing. I must say, I absolutely LOVE Danny in this episode. The writers have retained the parts of his character that I love – the witty one-liners – without the arm-waving and histrionics. More of this please, writers!
OK, let’s return to the crime. Max tells us that there is evidence that Zach endured CPR which McG says was because the kidnappers didn’t get the information they wanted by torture. Thanks for the clarica, McG. This must be some seriously important information that the bad dudes want!
Back at HQ, the team is gathered around the Super Duper Magic Computer Table. It turns out that Kong Liang, a major cyber criminal, visited Zach in prison. They think that Kong Liang wanted to recruit Zach or that Zach had information that Liang wanted so he might be behind the murder.