Kono has the HPD file and it looks like Amanda’s abduction was suspected as being part of a child trafficking operation. But if she didn’t ever leave the island, then what happened to her? Meanwhile, Kono is at Adam’s house snooping around trying to find evidence of what he’s up to.
What kind of relationship have you got going on here, Kono? Oh, that’s right, one that runs the gamut from candles to duct tape. Next minute two bad dudes turn up and there’s a standoff. Kono can handle herself just fine especially with two dunderhead criminals who give up a name – Sato – and reveal they have been sent by Michael. Oh, no, this is not looking good.
Next up we’re back at HQ and McG and Danny are trying to figure out what the kidnapper did with Amanda for 10 years and why she was killed after all that time. I figured the older girl had been replaced by the younger one but it wasn’t until later that the real reason for this was revealed. Luckily for the team, a hair not belonging to Amanda was found on her body and identified as belonging to Ella Bishop, a six year old girl who went missing the day before. We are treated to an epic piece of clarica here when the team deduces that hair on Amanda must mean the girls were kidnapped by the same person. But hey, I love this episode so far I’ll give Show a pass here.
Now we have a second set of parents in distress over a kidnapped child. And then a group of bikers turn up at the parents’ house. McG and Danny speak to the Head Biker who turns out to be the Tip Gilbert, the real father of Maile Gilbert. Nicely done, Show, nicely done.
The bikers are around to lend a hand and I love this – a bunch of tough-looking bikers willing to assist the police. Awesome. Danny and McG interview the parents, telling them about Amanda and the hair belonging to Ella. Danny pretty much promises them that they will find their daughter.
A cargument is up next and I think this is very well done in terms of showing how close Danny and McG are – no words are spoken for a bit but they don’t need to be because it’s clear that Danny guesses that McG is cranky at him for the promise he made to Ella’s parents. The writers could have gone for some Classic Danny here with lots of shouting and arm-waving and so I’m impressed that the discussion is suitably subdued and there’s just enough of a reference to Grace’s abduction last season to have me on board for this scene. (Side note: correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t McG promise something similar to the parents in the Nick Lachey/Vanessa Minillo kidnapping episode in season 1?)
There’s a break in the case now as Chin finds out that a neighbour spotted a suspicious van near Ella’s house just before she was kidnapped. The excellently-observant neighbour even noted down the number plate. A Maile Amber Alert is issued and the bikers are on the case. Tip Gilbert finds the van coming out of Waimanalo and just for a moment, I’m doing a little squee as Waimanalo Beach is where we stayed during our recent holiday in Hawaii! I’d been looking at the mountains in the background throughout the episode to that point and I figured they might be in ‘my part’ of the island. But I digress. The guy driving the van is Patrick Swayze’s brother and man, Patrick will never be gone while his brother is still around. Talk about family resemblance! Patrick’s brother is chased down the highway by the police and the bikers and he ends up smashing the van into a barrier. Sadly, Ella is not in the van.
Lloyd Grimes, as we find out he is called, is thrown into the Blue Room but he’s pleading innocence.
Danny’s not impressed and next minute he kicks Lloyd in the chest so hard the chair he’s tied to is knocked over. I get that this is child abduction we are talking about and Danny is a father, but I DO NOT LIKE the way suspects are treated on this show. McG has had to calm Danny down and I think it’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black here. North Korea anyone?
To hammer home how much the case is affecting Danny, he goes to visit Grace at school for a Daddy hug. Grace looks really cute in her mini cheerleader outfit.
It turns out that Lloyd is a red herring, as he’s a thief and was casing the joint for potential robberies and he’s not a child abductor after all. So much for the police brutality.
Next up is a poignant scene where Ella is reading through Amanda’s diary. It is so sad because you can see how long she was kept prisoner from the diary entries, how her childhood was stolen from her. Ella hides under the bed when the kidnapper enters the room. From what we can see of the kidnapper from Ella’s perspective, it looks like she is female. Some milk and cookies are left for Ella.
Righto, I can sense a collective eye roll in the Champ Box community as we come to the Cath bikini scene. But fear not, you are all spared a feminist rant this week. I get why Kono goes to Cath to ask her to find intell on ‘Sato’ but there’s more favour-doing and yet another gratuitous bikini scene. But hey, throw in a McG shirtless scene, writers, and all will be forgiven ;-). At least Cath has learnt from the last time she kept something from McG although Kono assures her it’s not a problem as McG doesn’t know anything about it. I’m guessing all this is going to come back to bite Kono on the butt later (and possibly Cath too). We’ll see.