Kono’s found a diving map with an area circled where Jason’s body was found. So Jason must have witnessed something that got him killed. You think?
Chin’s found an empty drum that smells like Ecstasy which conveniently has a logo on it for Fong to analyse.
It links the drugs to a Taiwanese cartel and Fong knows that two of their suspected couriers tried to fly in a few day earlier but were arrested and probably had to ditch their cargo before they were grounded. It looks like the fisherman picked up the abandoned drugs. So now it seems as if Lappert may have murdered his partners to keep the drug money for himself. Yeah, because the other two guys are dead, remember?
The Five Ohs head to Sand Island where Lappert’s boat is docked.
Kono gets sent off to secure the perimeter. (I’ve always wanted to say that!)
They’re all decked out in Kevlar, gloves and thigh holsters so we know something big’s going down.
Lappert and two buddies are apprehended but before they can be hauled off to the Blue Room, the Taiwanese drug guys crash the party. The Five Ohs look like they have the greater firepower but inexplicably, they surrender. Head Taiwanese Bad Dude gives Lappert a lecture on how the finder’s keepers rule is a no-no (but trafficking Ecstasy is OK?) and he even quotes a Buddhist saying (WTF?). Rather hilariously, he says something about there being no way to escape death just before he doesn’t escape death. At the hands of Kono and a massive cargo container! When did Kono learn to drive a crane? No matter, she saves the day and gets a ‘book em Kono’ from McG as a gift for her awesomeness. Doesn’t have the same ring to it as ‘book em Danno’ sadly, and poor Danny is the third wheel right now. (Oh, and there’s a pretty cool action scene here where McG does some great BAMF stuff.)
In a final act of irony, poor Lappert finds out that the Ecstasy was tainted so the murders were for nought. Danny gets the line of the episode here, when he says that the “pills will take you to the same place as a breath mint.” I chuckle at that one.
There’s rather an odd ending to the COTW part of the episode although we are treated to some beautiful Hawaiian scenery here. McG and Kono are on the shark tour boat helping Craig clean it up.
This is nice but didn’t Craig commit arson? Danny and Chin go to the Kapu hang out to help Kavika and Hawaiian Dwayne Johnson clean up the house that was the subject of said arson. I’m not sure what message Show is trying to convey here.
Oh, wait, there’s one more scene to go! I’ve stupidly watched the spoiler clip but I still get a kick out of this scene. Kamekona has his helicopter licence and is taking McG, Danny and Max on the shrimp-copter’s maiden tour. I like Kamekona as a tour guide, he’s adorable. But then he loses concentration for a bit when Danny’s complaining about being in the helicopter and McG tells him to keep his eyes on the road! HE JUST SAID EYES ON THE ROAD! That’s so funny. If you haven’t watched this clip (from Westy’s latest awesome searches post), you should http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW_kKUWlslo. For Australians, ‘eyes on the road’ has a special meaning. Rhonda, I’m talking about you!
The episode finishes with Max leading the gang in a rendition of the Magnum PI theme song. There’s a discussion about the characters from the show and my 1970s childhood is revisited right then and there. Max is so cute, getting into the moment. Danny’s face is freakin’ hilarious as he’s initially having none of it, then he reluctantly gives in and sings along. Soon they’re all being totally adorkable. Nice way to end the episode, I thought.
That Kono and Chin had something meaningful to do in this episode and there was something of the team magic again made me want to love it. I’ve missed this. It’s what made me fall in love with Show in season 1. The homage to Magnum PI was funny and nicely done. McG saying ‘eyes on the road’ was a bonus. I liked seeing Fong again, too. I also liked the scene with Chin and Leilani and I hope we see more of Leilani in the future (while we are on the subject, where is Sabrina?). The action scenes were great and I liked that Chin and Kono were involved in these. And Alex looked rather lovely which is totally pertinent to the plot.
On the downside, the COTW was a little crowded. The clarica was of mammoth proportions and I felt some of the lines that were meant to be funny fell a little flat. Cath’s scene was completely unnecessary in my view – I would rather she was left out of the episode than be in it just to be leered at while dressed in a bikini. Really, writers, not your finest moment. Craig commiting arson and a Kapu member beating up a man – there seemed to be a free pass on these acts and I’m not sure what the message is there. Still, I think the writers were aiming for a more traditional H50 episode and it did have all of the required elements – just not sure how well these were pulled off. Your thoughts?