This week’s post will feature the introduction of Steve and Danny’s loved ones – Grace and Gabby and Cath and Mary. Of these characters, of course Cath is now part of the main cast but I sure hope we continue to see plenty of the other characters as Show progresses through to the end of S3 and beyond.
Starting with Danny, we all know how he feels about his daughter, Grace. Grace is pretty cute and right from the get go the audience could see how much family means to Danny. He’s been embroiled in a custody battle for Grace with his ex-wife, Rachel pretty much since the beginning of Show. Personally I’d like to see things move on a bit in the father-daughter relationship – something like we saw in 3.10, the Aloha Girls episode, where Danny and Grace were in a different situation to the usual and Grace had more to do than just be cute. Perhaps now that Grace is a bit older and custody issues have been resolved, we might see this happen.
Anyway, back to the first time we saw Grace. This was in the pilot:
This is Grace, in 3.10, the last time we saw her this season. She’s really grown up since the pilot episode was filmed:
The writers introduced a girlfriend for Danny in S2 although we haven’t seen very much of this relationship yet. Danny first met Dr Gabby Asano in episode 2.4 when he and Steve were investigating the death of diver, Blake Spencer. It was fun to see Danny being awkward around Gabby :).
Autumn Reeser, who plays Gabby, was largely unavailable last year due to her role in The Last Resort but since that show has not been renewed, I hope we see her back on H50. It would be nice to see Danny in a relationship so we can move on from the family dramas he has been experiencing so far. Gabby has only featured in two other episodes besides 2.4 and we’ll have a look at those in a future post.
And now to McG’s sister, Mary. Mary first came to us in episode 1.4, when the team was after an escaped con (played by Balthazar Getty) who was determined to reclaim money from his former partner after discovering he was in Hawaii. The siblings had not seen each other for some time and their reunion was a little unusual as McG had to get Mary out of trouble for disarming a smoke alarm during her flight. McG has his best ‘I’m-not-impressed’ face on, because of the ruckus she caused on the plane and her no-show at McDad’s funeral:
After the airport drama, McG is forced to take Mary with him to the crime scene. Hilariously, he asks her to stay in the car like she’s a dog and she’s spunky enough to ‘woof’ back at him. She might be a bit of a flake, but Mary rocks and she’s a nice contrast to her Super SEAL brother. Oh, and this scene gives us our first ever ‘aneurysm face’ exchange between Steve and Danny.
Fortunately, Danny convinces McG that he can’t just leave his sister in the car so an HPD officer is sent to escort Mary back to HQ. Later Kamekona comes over to ‘babysit’ her while McG works on the case:
Mary’s kinda cool with this but even still, she gets away from Kamekona and heads to her father’s grave to try to ‘connect’ with him after all these years:
The final scene in this episode is a nice piece of McG emo and both actors did a fab job with the material. The brother-sister bond is strong despite the lack of contact over the years and McG tries to convince Mary that their Dad did really love them even though he wasn’t around much after McMom (fake) died.
Mary’s introduction to the audience was nicely done – it gave us something of a glimpse into the relationship between McG and Mary and it whet our appetite for more McGarrett family drama to come. Mary’s such a lovable flake and a bit of a bad ass in her own way!
Taryn Manning has great chemistry with Alex in the sister role and her scenes gave us so many wonderful McG faaaaaaaces so we have to thank her for that :).
And there was also this:
We couldn’t have a post about McG’s loved ones without featuring Cath. We first met Cath in the same episode in which Mary was introduced, 1.4. It was a small scene but it spoke volumes about the relationship between McG and Cath. And it gave us this hilarious image of McG’s face on Cath’s phone:
In what has become a key part of the McRoll relationship, McG asks Cath for information. She’s a Naval intelligence officer and at this point is stationed on the USS Enterprise in the Persian Gulf. Even though McG is using his considerable charms to get Cath to locate the bad guy, she totes has his measure. Remember this? Cath gives McG the information he needs and says “you’re like the good looking guy in high school who knows how cute he is and won’t take no for an answer.” They are adorbs together and this WAS a cute introduction scene.
Have a look at the Cath faaaaces in this scene:
McG is totes pleased with himself. He’s a multi-tasker – asking Cath out on a date AND accessing a military satellite for the case. Chin’s totes impressed, too.
So that is how we first met McG and Danny’s loved ones. We hope you enjoyed yet another trip back to the beginning of season 1 to explore how we first met four fantastic recurring characters. Tune in to see who we feature next week.
(Screen caps courtesy of bookemdanno.net, mycoven.com and screencaps at aithine.org)