The next development involves the Bad Dudes discovering James is hiding upstairs and when they see the Five O badge that Kono gave the boy, they realise that one of the hostages is Five O. Uh oh. James is threatened so Kono shows herself and admits to having the password. She is so brave here. Kono, you rock! Winston, aka Head Bad Dude with Dodgy Accent, demands an armoured vehicle and it’s delivered PDQ. Kono is shoved into the back and the Bad Dudes depart. They drive on for a bit and then suddenly, McG appears out from under the vehicle! His shirt is ripped and I’m squeeing madly by now. He’s dragged along the ground then he pulls himself up, attaches an explosive device to the back of the vehicle, then gets up on the roof, punches out the driver and takes his place at the wheel. McG, are you are freakin’ awesome! (By the way, did Danny call Steve ‘babe’ in this scene?)
The door is blown off and Chin and Danny are in hot pursuit, with Chin managing to take out some of the bad dudes. The next bit is AWESOME, TOTALLY AWESOME! Kono out-BAMFs McG with her ninja fighting skills. Love it!
So, Zach’s file is encrypted which Toast says is “mega awesome encryption, brah”. Toast does his job though, glands and all, and they find a name: Richard Desalvo. He’s a mob boss who disappeared from protective custody a few years ago with the help of Winston’s company to keep the cover going. Mr Desalvo is then arrested and Kono tells Zach’s family that he didn’t die for nothing. This is a touching scene and Grace does a nice job here.
But there’s more emo to come! Mary and Morty are at the beach and Morty encourages Mary to give her mother a second chance. He tells Mary about his own regrets, concerning his daughter and the result of being a ‘stubborn SOB’. Morty, we salute you And then there’s the final scene, when Mary goes to see Mom. Taryn and Christine knock this one out of the park, too, and I am really teary by now. Mary looks so small and vulnerable and the emotion seems genuine.
No words are needed.
This episode had everything: action, emo, comedy and a nicely written COTW. See, Show, you don’t need 3.2-like convoluted plots to present a decent episode to viewers. Episode 3.7 (and last week’s) is a great demonstration of how Show can pull off the emo/action/comedy combo and not over-complicate things. With all that was going on in the episode, it may be been ‘crowded’, but it wasn’t and each element worked really well on its own as well as part of the cohesive whole. I liked that all the key players had something to do and that Kono could showcase her skills – she is no longer the rookie of the team! Grace Park did a fab job. Chin was his usual awesome self as the concerned cousin.
Whilst not a total convert to Mom yet, I was so pleased to see the way she was portrayed in this episode. I like her a bit more now and I am really interested to see what secrets she reveals about her disappearance. Taryn Manning was terrific in the McG ‘brother-sister’ scene and in the emo ones.
The episode also provided Alex with the chance to show us that he is more than just an action star (as did last week’s). He had emo, comedy and action things to do and he was amazing at all of them. Give this man some good material and we can all see how great he truly is.
As previously noted, I liked this version of Danno. He was still wise-cracking Danno but more toned down. He worked with McG in a way that suggests they know each other so well and that they are a really effective partnership. I enjoyed Danno immensely in this episode.
Honourable mention must also go to Morty. Loved Morty! And of course to Toast. The scene with Toast was a definite highlight. I hope Toast comes back. (I didn’t mention in the recap the first bit with Toast, when he gave back the computer to his customer. “There’s nothing free about porn. Think before you link.” Mwahhhh!)
So, onwards and upwards from here, I hope. I can’t wait for next week’s episode.