This week it’s the first post in our series highlighting the ‘gone but not forgotten’ characters in H50. We’re going to feature Rachel and Malia as they fit nicely together in the one post as loved ones who are no longer part of the show. (Working on the assumption here that Rachel won’t be back in the near future, if at all. And that she WAS a loved one of Danny’s.)
Because I initially quite liked the character of Rachel, I am just going to feature my favourite episode that she was a part of – 1.10 Heihei (Race) aka The Triathalon Ep. This was also the first time we actually clapped eyes on Rachel after only ever ‘seeing her’ as the woman on the other end of phone conversations with Danny about custody of Grace.
I was really excited about seeing Claire van der Boom in the show because she’s Australian (yay!) and I’d just finished watching her in a local police drama called Rush. And her character’s name was Grace! Here she is.
Anyway, in episode 1.10 McG and Danny are on the trail of a gang of thieves who use triathlons to pull off elaborate heists. In a convenient plot development, the house where the suspected thieves are staying is right next door to where Rachel lives with Step Stan and Grace. How about that?
So McG and Danny turn up at Rachel’s doorstep and ask her if they can use her home for surveillance. McG standing at the door with bags and bags of gear like a hotel porter is hilarious. At first Rachel is not good with the idea of the boys spying on the neighbours from her bedroom window but eventually she lets them in. But check out some of her faaaaaaces!
The next scene is brilliantly done. The boys set up shop in Rachel’s bedroom and poor Danny is having a tough time of it. McG is, for once, the calming influence here and you can tell that he is rather impressed by Rachel. Rachel’s all class offering cups of tea while engaging in a battle of the snark with Danny. She even threw in a “bite me” in a posh British accent! I liked Rachel here – she was more than a match for Danny and it seemed to me that they genuinely cared for each other. Sometimes love isn’t enough to hold things together, you know?
Of course I can NEVER think of the above scene without also thinking of the season 1 gag reel and Alex being a total larrikin while filming:
So the boys need to take a closer look at next door’s activities so Danny heads over to the house while no one is home. Trouble is, someone is soon back home again and Danny is stuck in the house with two of the four triathlon thieves! Here is where we know that Rachel still cares for Danny as she’s dead worried when she realizes what’s going on. McG’s idea of a diversion to get Danny out of there involves explosive devices (of course!) but Rachel has a better idea. She runs outside and pretends to be tipsy and rams her car into next door’s front gate. They two suspected baddies come running out to check out the commotion which means Danny can get the heck out of there. She even manages to get the fingerprints of one of the baddies. Rachel does this so well that I’m thinking she could be part of the Five Ohs. Must be all those years as a cop’s wife. You go, girl!
There’s a nice little exchange between Rachel and Danny at the end of this scene and I think once again that they really do care for each other. In between driving each other nuts, that is.
Then at the end of the episode, Danny is back at Rachel’s for some father-daughter time with Grace. The final image we have is of Rachel looking at Danny from behind her curtain as he drives away. This, after a brief interaction between the two of them makes me feel sad that their relationship didn’t work out. Are objects in the mirror really closer than they appear? (Thanks to Alicia for pointing this out to me :).)
At this point I felt sure Show was setting up the relationship between Rachel and Danny to make the audience feel that they really should be together. I expected this might happen in the future even though I get that she was married to someone else. I thought at least the writers would explore the idea of the ongoing connection between the two characters and how they dealt with that despite Rachel having moved on with Step Stan. However, the development of this storyline in Show was not to my liking at all so I’d rather be left with happy memories of Rachel in this episode and thoughts of what might have been. Sigh….
And now to Malia. Malia was in seven episodes in total, beginning with 1.14 Ha Kane Hewa ‘Ole (‘An innocent man’), an episode already featured here at The Champ Box because of the Amazing Tzi Ma. We come across Malia at the hospital. Because she’s a doctor of course. Chin and Kono are there to try to identify the victim in the boot of the car that Han Chi was driving (because they discovered that the victim was suffering from cancer).
So there’s history between Malia and Chin and it seems that Chin called off their engagement after he was accused of being a dirty cop. But they end up getting back to together again. Awwww….
And then they get married. Our first H50 wedding!
I found it a bit hard to be invested in the whole Malia storyline because well, Malia wasn’t a very interesting character to me and there was always a sense that her stay in Hawaii was to be short-lived (mostly I think because back then I was watching the episodes as they aired in Australia which was way behind the US so I already knew what was going to happen). By the end of season 2, Malia’s life is hanging in the balance and when we returned in season 3, Chin was dealing with her death (mostly off camera, mind you).
What disappoints me most is that so far, the writers haven’t really explored how Chin might be dealing with his wife’s murder. This is another lost opportunity, along with other major events in the characters’ lives that have been hitherto unexplored. Malia is featured in this post as I’d like to think she is gone but not forgotten but perhaps equally as tragic as her death is that the fallout has been largely overlooked by the writers.
And then of course there were the chickens. It will always be the chickens!
Come back to visit us again soon where we’ll feature some of the gone but not forgotten characters who have been part of the Shelburne storyline.
(Screen caps from screencaps at aithine.org and mycoven. Gag reel gif created by neropatti.)