Kono and Chin are at Serena’s VERY NICE apartment talking to her roommate. Kono’s been hanging around McGarrett too long again, because her idea of a good way to break the news to this woman that her roommate (and presumably, friend) has been murdered is to show her a picture of her roommate (and presumably, friend) half-naked on a bed with dead staring eyes and purple bruising all around her neck, accompanied by some serious attitude. I really really hate it when Show does this because quite frankly, it makes the team look like d/cks. And I don’t like that because it makes me not like them. OK, Serena’s roommate is a prostitute as well, but does that mean she doesn’t deserve to be treated with any courtesy or consideration at all? If she and Serena actually were students, would Chin and Kono still be treating her like this, or would they be breaking the news kindly and then gently asking her if she knew anything that might help? We see this time and time again on Show, in fact, we’re going to be seeing it again before this episode is up. If you’re not a perfect, law-abiding, whiter-than-white, never f/cked up anything in your entire life kind of person then Five-0 (who between them have broken quite a few laws in their time, up to and including executing an unarmed man) will treat you like they just scraped you off their shoes – and even if you are that kind of person, if there’s the tiniest piece of circumstantial evidence that suggests you might have committed the crime they’re investigating, they will STILL treat you like they just scraped you off their shoes. Apologies for the ranting, but Show’s weird sense of morality really gets on my t!ts sometimes.
Anyway, the roommate tells them that Serena got her clients over the internet, but the “you insensitive jerks” is implied. They take Serena’s laptop and leave, but soon realise that they’re being tailed by a black SUV. I’m too pissed off with them to care.
Back at HQ, McG is just getting off the phone with Max and tells Danny that Serena’s time of death was between 11 and 12 the night before. I have to rewind this three times because right after that he says ‘s/xual intercourse’ and everything that he said previously goes clean out of my head. Well, maybe ‘clean’ is the wrong word. The camera didn’t even cut away from his face before he said it either. Show, stop being such a TEASE (don’t stop).
So Max is putting a rush order on the analysis of DNA found on Serena’s body, except he isn’t because Danny just came from the lab and they’re under orders from the Gov not to rush the testing. Ooh, Governor, I don’t think you wanted to do that.
Chin and Kono are still being tailed. They slam on the brakes and jump out to confront the driver, who does a quick U-turn and hightails it out of there, but not before Chin and Kono have both noticed that the car has Government plates.
Now for what I think might be one of my favourite scenes of the show, ever, because it is just so so beautifully put together. McG storms into the Gov’s office looking like someone just told him his mother faked her own death (or something), where the Gov is in a meeting. The Gov gives McG a look to say ‘you’re in trouble now, boy’ and asks the others to leave. Sh/t is gonna go DOWN, y’all (do you like my American accent? I’m not so sure of it myself).
Once they’re alone, the Gov starts trying to lay into McG, but McG isn’t having any of it. Every avenue of attack the Gov tries to go down is blocked, because McG’s in the right and he knows it. The Gov keeps trying to impose his authority right up until McG lays it all out for him, the Government SUV, the lab, the dead hooker, all of it, and then asks the Gov if the DNA from the victim is his – and then the whole tenor of the conversation changes. The Gov knows he’s beaten. He holds eye contact for just a second or two, and then turns away, conceding defeat.
McG doesn’t rub his nose in it, though. He immediately switches to conciliatory ‘we’re on the same side, help me out here’ mode and hands the power straight back to the Gov. Masterful. The Gov tells him that the DNA likely belongs to Congressman Freed, and the scandal could ruin a good man’s life. McG, and all the rest of us, are thinking “well, if he’s killed someone he’s not a very good man, is he, and certainly shouldn’t be in public office” but the Gov says that the Congressman is a Medal of Honor recipient and his friend, and that they served together and McG, of all people, knows what that means. Of course, McG knows nothing of the sort, because the last time someone who was a friend and someone he served with turned up it was Bullfrog, so he is understandably sceptical (we, however, know from this point that the Congressman is innocent because – even without Wo Fat’s involvement – there is no way that Show, with its deep respect for the military, is going to turn a Medal of Honor recipient into a murderer of prostitutes, and quite rightly too).
The Gov has been sitting down up until this point, but now he stands up and adds that the Congressman is also a devoted single father, so they have to be very sure that he’s guilty before they destroy his life. Here comes the pivotal moment: McG – as if it’s breaking his heart to do it which, given that the Congressman is a Medal of Honor recipient, it probably is – asks if the Gov believes that the Congressman could have done it and the Gov – looking equally devastated – replies “I don’t know” and now they’ve gone from locking horns to mutual sympathy in the space of three minutes, because look at these faces! THESE FACES!!!!!
Ugh, I just can’t even. This scene is perfection, everything, the writing, the performances, the chemistry, the direction, everything. Just – PERFECTION. The FACES!! The FEEEELS!!! Show, I love it when you do this to me.