Aloha ke kahi I ke kahi – We Need Each Other
Most of the pics are by the wonderful bookemdanno.net
Did that seem like the longest.hiatus.ever??
The episode opens with a quick recap of the S3 finale: Kono, Adam and Michael, K and A leaving with Doris on the slow boat to China, Danny and Gabby reuniting, Steve confronting Mom about her visit to Wo Fat, and finally Steve visiting WF in his prison cell.
Cue the new episode – Steve tries to make himself small behind a pillar, hoping the gunmen bursting through the door don’t see him. He succeeds and uses one as a human shield, firing off the intruder’s gun until he’s taken care of all of them. He stops a bomb attached to the bullet-proof but maybe not bomb-proof window of WF’s cell, and I have to say, I have never seen WF look so scared/relieved before. Steve either. Because, you know – he doesn’t want his brother to die! 😉 Mom would be pissed at him!
But wait…there’s one survivor from the gunfight. Steve is dragging him through the war torn building, and Danny and Chin arrive. Steve orders them to get WF to a secure location while he takes the lucky (?) guy in for questioning.
Meanwhile, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean 960 nautical miles east of some place in China, Kono and Adam are reenacting a scene from the Titanic. I’m sure I can hear Celine Dion singing faintly in the background. Kono tells Adam that she wants to start a new life with him, and from now on they will officially be known as Kondam, then Adam starts crying. Not because he doesn’t like their new name, but because he killed his brother. (Seeeee…THAT’s why Steve didn’t want WF to die!)
Back at Five-0 HQ, or the Palace as we’ll call it from now on, Chin is reliving his farewell to Kono. Steve is questioning the one guy left from the shoot out, and promising medical treatment if he gives his name. Danny brings Steve a clean shirt (it’s not blue!) and I can’t recap any more of this scene because STEVE IS SHIRTLESS! It’s been a long time since we were given that treat, and you can just do your own recap for the next minute or so. I will give you some pics though. Because I’m nice like that.
Ok, I’m back.
Danny tells Steve WF is being readied for his move to a maximum security facility in Colorado, and wants to know why Steve was visiting WF. Steve says “Who wouldn’t want to visit their brother in prison?’
Chin gets a fingerprint hit on the survivor, who it turns out is Ricardo Cosi – nephew of El Condor, leader of the NLM. The NLM were after WF because he helped Five-0 capture Selgardo (from the finale) and that in turn prevented the terrorist attack they were planning on San Francisco.
At the Palace, security is tight. As soon as we see the people dressed in workman’s clothes, and the pizza delivery girl, we know they’re up to no good. The Lady in Red opens fire and everyone hits the deck. Chin hears the gunfire and calls Steve in the Blue Room to tell him they have a ‘situation’ but the phone signal is lost before he can explain further.
The LiR and Tomas enter the Five-0 office, and Chin copies Steve’s earlier trick of making himself tiny. The two baddies download information from the majik table, then BLOW HER UP! before they leave. Chin comes out and wonders what the heck he’s going to do for a job now.
HPD and SWAT arrive at the Palace. We meet Capt Grover for the first time. Max arrives and wants to know if Five-0 are ok. Duke tells them all comms are cut, and entrances and exits are wired with explosives.
The LiR and Tomas make their way the to blue room looking for Ricardo, who of course has disappeared, along with Steve and Danny, who by now have realised that this ‘situation’ is a rescue operation by the NLM.
Cath is enjoying a run along the beach when she is intercepted by a military person she calls ‘sir.’ Could this be her CO who is always so accommodating of her time and the resources of the US Navy when she’s doing favours for Steve? He tells her there is a ‘situation’ at the Palace and that she might want to go there.
Back at the Palace, the terrorists hear someone speaking upstairs and Ernesto – the leader – sends one of his men to investigate. He enters Five-0’s office, and finds a phone playing a recording. Chin sneaks up on him and takes him down. Kamekona arrives at the barricades outside the palace, worried about his haole trapped inside, and has a cute exchange with an almost-cop who won’t allow him to get any closer.
Steve is downstairs (in the basement?) with Ricardo who isn’t looking too good. Danny comes back from checking the emergency exit, which isn’t an option for escape. Ricardo loses consciousness, and Steve performs CPR. Danny and Steve have an exchange which just seems stupid to me, because Steve is trying to get Ricardo’s heart going again. Wouldn’t he need to concentrate just a little? I love their arguments, but this just seems ridiculous. Ricardo has returned to the land of the living and Steve asks Danny if he’s going to tell Gabby he loves her, and to be sure, because once said, you can’t take it back. Which makes me wonder if Steve has told Cath that yet?
They hear footsteps and book it out of there with Ricardo.
Cath, on her way to the Palace, has car trouble and is offered help by a friendly tow truck driver.
Grover decides he’s had enough waiting around, takes off his kevlar and pants, and proceeds to the front entrance. Duke thinks he’s lost his mind. Clearly, TPTB are hearing the fans calls for pantslessness, but something is getting lost in translation. Why, oh why couldn’t this have been Steve’s scene???
Grover knocks on the door and when it’s opened, asks Ernesto if he’d like to order Chinese, while scoping out the situation inside. After his offer of food is declined, (because they’ve already had pizza) he returns to the SWAT van and tells everyone they’re going in.
Ernesto demands the release of Ricardo – every delay will result in the shooting of a hostage. He shoots one in the leg to prove his point. Steve and Danny exit the elevator with Ricardo, and give him up. Steve tells Chin to come down.
Ernesto goes over to Ricardo and shoots him! The terrorists all down their weapons and surrender. WTF? The SWAT team is just getting ready to storm the building when the door opens and the NLM members exit with their hands on their heads. Steve tells Grover that he thinks this isn’t over yet.
While the terrorists are taken away, Steve, Chin and Danny discuss what went down. Chin tells Steve about the majik table, and is asked to try and reconstruct the data. Steve receives a phone call. El Condor tells Steve he has Cath, and demands the release of his people, or ‘your girlfriend will die.’ Steve yells back ‘She’s NOT my girlfriend, we have a thing, that’s ALL!’
Steve and Danny set off to intercept the SWAT van carrying the terrorists, and Danny tries to talk Steve out of it. Steve says he lost his dad to people like this, he can’t lose Catherine too. Danny says he has Steve’s back, always. They cut off the SWAT van, release Ernesto and the NLM members who make their getaway in Danny’s Camaro, and Steve gets another phone call telling him where to find Cath.
The terrorists realize that Chin is tailing them, get picked up by Ernesto and blow up Danny’s car. He seems to take it quite well, only saying that he thought it would be Steve’s driving that would have killed it.
Grover and HPD turn up and Steve explains why he let the NLM go. Grover is still pissed, and there’s a cockfight between him and Steve. Duke says that a news helicopter stolen that morning could be what the NLM are planning to use for their getaway, and Steve says the only place they could take off from without drawing too much attention would be Aloha Stadium. HPD set up a roadblock, but El Condor drives right through it, and rolls his vehicle. Steve, Danny, Chin and Cath arrive and there is gunfire from El Condor’s vehicle. There’s a shootout, and everyone inside is dead. Except that the driver is missing.
Steve gives chase and follows El Condor into the stadium, where the chopper is waiting to take him to safety. Steve shoots him in the leg, but he is still dragged into the chopper by his men. It takes off, and Steve grabs onto the struts, hauls himself up and in, overpowers and kills everyone, and safely lands the chopper.
Cath, Steve, Danny and Chin head off for a beer – Cath’s treat. F*ck the paperwork, too bad about what Grover’s going to do to the team, let’s go off and have a few cold ones.
Later, Steve goes to visit WF again before he’s shipped off to Colorado. WF tells Steve that Doris’ visit to him in prison was to apologise for killing his father. There’s some crap said back and forth, then Steve slams WF’s head against the bars, obtains a blood sample and leaves. WF yells ‘Hey, brother – you might not like what you find out!’
Steve gives the sample to Max and tells him to run it against his blood – he wants to find out if WF really is his brother.
It’s Toast! He’s working on getting the info back from the majik table. Turns out the NLM obtained the location of Konadam and sold that info to the Yakuza.
So, because I like to watch shows with my brain, and not just my vagina, did I like this ep? Well – I think my vagina got more out of it (due to the shirtlessness) than my brain did, but it was action packed so I give it 8/10. But…I have a couple of questions:
What happened to Fong?
Why is Cath allowed to run around toting a gun – she’s not a member of the team…yet.
Will Steve tell Cath he loves her?
Is Wo Fat really Steve’s brother? I don’t think so. AtPlenkov is toying with us because quite frankly, I don’t think he can come up with his own ideas, so he uses the fans theories. Of course, now that that theory is out there, it would be beyond ridiculous for them to be brothers. Do I even care anymore?