This week’s memorable guest performer post is from episode 1.16 ‘E Malama’ (‘to protect’). Julie Masters, played Mariana Klaveno, is a key witness in a case against the leader of a major drug cartel, Aaron Brenner. Julie has been placed in a federal witness protection program and is being kept hidden in a safe house in the jungle while she waits for her chance to testify against Brenner. However, Brenner sends his men to try to silence her and they manage to track her down. Julie escapes from the safe house and McGarrett and Chin must find her and escort her to the courthouse to testify.
I liked Julie from the get go. She sure had some guts! After the baddies turn up and kill the marshall who was protecting her, she manages to get away, using some pretty awesome McG-like skills. When McG and Kono turn up later, they are totes impressed with Julie’s fighting qualities. Kono says: “I really hope she’s alive ‘cos I want to meet her.” ACA, Kono!
McG and Chin later catch up with Julie in the jungle. Chin is tasked with the job of getting her safely back to the courthouse to testify while McG tracks down the bad guys. Julie is one tough customer!
In the end, despite enduring a harrowing ordeal, Julie makes it to the courthouse and the bad guy gets what is coming to him.
The COTW was fairly straightforward but I liked this episode because it was well put together, Julie was a terrific guest performer and McG, Chin and Kono were all part of the action.
(In this episode, Danny was tied up with dealing with Rachel’s car jacking incident.)
Julie was pretty awesome – she was determined to have her day in court despite the danger. She had a tough time of it though….
I had never heard of the actress who played Julie, Mariana Klaveno. I looked her up on imdb and discovered that she has been a guest performer in a few notable shows, including Dexter and ER but is most known for her role as Lorena in True Blood. I thought she delivered a terrific performance with a nice balance of vulnerability and grit.
‘E Malama’ also deserves mention for the BAMFness of McG, Chin and Kono:
We’re interested in your thoughts on this episode and on Julie as a guest performer. Personally, this episode makes my list of favourites from season 1.
We hope you come back next week to check out our next featured guest performer. Feel free to let us know if there is a guest performer you’d like us to celebrate in a future post :).
(Pics courtesy of bookemdanno.net and AoLRocks.)