The judge makes the EXCELLENT POINT that Danny was recently shot while in the presence of his daughter (although in fairness, that wasn’t really his job’s fault). And then McG’s phone rings. Does no-one on this island know how to turn off a phone, for pity’s sake? So McG – who knows he’s on a schedule here because it’s the Governor – stands up and, at something akin to the speed of sound, rattles off a list of ‘why Danny is so awesome’ which includes the words “he’s actually the kind of father we all wish we had. Especially me, because you know, Danny would never do what my dad did, which was to send me away after my mom was killed, except she wasn’t really, but that’s not important right now. What’s important is that I have to take this call. Laters!” and off he goes (I may have paraphrased the subtext a bit there).
In Governor Denning’s office, McG is looking at a picture of a dead woman who was found in a mansion in Kahala. The Gov wants McG to investigate this on the sly because the house is owned by some friends of his who are trekking in Nepal (like you do). What a lovely thing it must be to have power to abuse. Politicians. Pah.
At HQ, Danny is utterly LESS THAN ENTHRALLED about solving a case for the Gov off the books, so to speak, and also seems to be getting undressed as they walk down the corridor. Unfortunately he only gets as far as undoing his shirt cuffs. Damn.
At one point in this conversation he tries to explain to McG the principle of an exchange of favours, which seems hilarious but let’s not forget that this ep was supposed to air before 3.11, so McG hasn’t had his tux dinner epiphany yet. Danny’s list of suggested rewards for solving this case for the Governor are five days’ paid vacation and tickets to Monster Truck Jam. McG, missing the point more spectacularly than he has ever managed before, says ‘Monster Truck Jam isn’t in town’.
Oh for God’s sake, McG. Stop being so LITERAL. And so… dressed.
Later in this conversation Danny says the word ‘blindfolded’ and my brain does something Very Bad involving his tie.
But then he says that McG is like one of those toy soldiers and he’s going to get him a drum for Christmas while marching on the spot beating an invisible drum and all bets are off because I LOVE it when Scott Caan does something like this. It reminds me of ‘Walk up steps. Like a human’ and gives me ALL the warm fuzzies. LOVE.
I know that not everyone will like this reference to how Lori left, but I do. She wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea but she was there quite a while and it’s nice to see that she isn’t forgotten. McG says that this was because they butted heads with the Governor and he doesn’t want to see what the Governor would do for an encore (Shuffle Off To Buffalo from 42nd Street, I’m guessing).
Around ESS, Chin is confirming that the house owners are indeed in Nepal, there are no signs of forced entry, the caretaker has an airtight alibi and the victim looks as if she was strangled. Danny here says that maybe it was a crime of passion, that they were having s/x and it got a little rough and out of control, which is disturbing in two ways because a) the level of ‘out of control’ that a s/x game would have to achieve for one of the participants to end up dead is OFF THE SCALE, not the casual ‘oopsie’ that Danny seems to think it is, and b) you would expect a cop to know what the term ‘crime of passion’ means, because it’s not that. But whatever.
Kono’s found out the victim’s name – Serena Andrews – and also that she was previously cited for solicitation. There’s a small moment of ‘oh f/ck’, articulated by Chin as ‘Houston, we have a problem’ but you could tell that what he actually wanted to say was ‘oh f/ck’, because their boss has asked them to investigate the murder of a prostitute at his rich friend’s house. A ‘problem’? I’ll say.