Once again, we have to thank bookemdanno.net for the pics. And also Alex O’Loughlin Journal for the extra ones.
This week you’re stuck with me, Andrea_Briz, for the recap as Westy’s not been well. So join me in sending her virtual hugs and cups of soup and get well soon wishes.
In keeping with the pattern this season so far, the procedural was pretty good but sadly the other bits were not. So I’m going to recap the procedural first because I really liked it!
So here goes:
It’s a Runaway Bride! She’s driving along Tantalus Drive and because she’s speeding and taking her eyes off the road to glance at her ringing phone, she ends up in an accident. I’ve been along Tantalus Drive and it’s no picnic to negotiate, I can tell you. Anyway, the car crashes through a guard rail but fear not, Runaway Bride is OK for now. It looks like she’s going to be saved by a passerby but instead the guy kicks the car down the embankment. So much for good Samaritans.
We cut back to earlier in the day when Runaway Bride was still on about-to-be-married bride. The yet-to-be-runaway-bride is all smiles until she spots a guest as she approaches the groom which freaks her out somewhat. Husband-to-be notices and looks sideways and then in an instant, bride-to-be becomes bride-not-to-be. Looking back on this bit when I rewatched for the recap, it’s quite cleverly done because the camera pans to the mother-in-law-to-be (Rebecca De Mornay and nice to see her, too) so there’s a hint that she may be the reason why the bride suddenly has cold feet.
McG, Danny and Chin are called to a crime scene in a hotel room where Max tells them that the male victim has been shot three times in the chest. He has defensive wounds on his hands. Chin tells us that the victim’s name is John Fitzpatrick and he’s from Florida and he only checked in yesterday. I’m not really listening though because Chin looks mighty fine in this scene #justsayin. The suit suggests he was a wedding guest at Runaway Bride’s nuptials and it turns out that husband-to-be is from a wealthy New York real estate family. Duh dun!
Danny piles on the snark about weddings and McG can see why he’s divorced. Right. But Chin, giving props to Danny for his use of the word ‘fisty cuffs’, nixes Danny’s theory and tells Our Intrepid Duo that the wedding never went ahead. Because the bride ran away!
Our Intrepid Duo goes to what looks like the reception – what, it went ahead anyway? They want to talk to the groom’s mother, Barbara Cotchin, who calls over her attorney because she thinks Five Oh are there to discuss Runaway Bride’s well, running. We find out Runaway Bride has a name – Dahlia. But alas, Mrs Cotchin, you have a dead wedding guest to deal with – although it turns out he’s actually a Wedding Crasher and not a guest at all.
Chin has footage from the wedding videographer and he finds out that the person Dahlia saw amongst the guests who may have forced her to run away was in fact the shooting victim, John Fitzpatrick.
The groom-to-be, Nathan Cotchin, has never seen or heard of John Fitzpatrick. Nathan is puzzled by the whole thing because Dahlia was happy about getting married and they have no secrets. McG breaks it to him that they must have secrets because Dahlia has run away from the wedding after spotting Fitzpatrick. Who is now dead. Ouch.
Back at HQ, Chin has changed his shirt and he’s doing background check thingies with the new magic table. John Fitzpatrick doesn’t even exist – all of his identity documents are fake.
But fortunately for the team, ballistics reports on the murder weapon show it was used in a string of armed robberies and the suspect is one Ty Amano. Ty Amano isn’t committing an armed robbery right now, he’s playing beach volleyball. Well, this is Hawaii after all. In an instant he goes from beach to blue room. What a buzz kill.
Ty’s ironclad alibi is that he was getting tacos in Waimanalo at the time of the murder. There was a taco place just down from where we stayed in Waimanalo so I totes believe him at this point. And yep, we stayed in the Dodgy End of Oahu, just so you know (this explains why the guy at Immigration looked strangely at us when he enquired as to where we were staying). Anyway, Ty admits to having the gun but claims that he sold it two days ago – to John Fitzpatrick. So Fitzpatrick was killed with his own gun then! Ty gives McG a lead – Fitzpatrick may have grown up in Germany.
With Ty’s lead, Chin discovers that John Fitzpatrick is actually Brad Dixon, a US citizen who has been convicted of running confidence scams all around the EU and has just been released from a Munich prison. Ooh, here’s where it gets really interesting. Dixon’s MO is to use a female accomplice to fleece rich guys out of their money. His accomplice is his sister, Nicole Dixon AKA Dahlia Swain AKA Runaway Bride. They’ve both got previous convictions for the wedding scam.
It looks like Nicole may have previously implicated her brother in return for a reduced sentence then fled to New York and changed her name. So is she going solo in attempting to scam Nathan out of his New York money? The Five Ohs think that Dixon had caught up with this sister and wanted a cut of the Cotchin score PLUS exact revenge for Nicole rolling on him. Good theory, boys!
McG and Danny break it to the Cotchins that Dahlia is not really Dahlia. Ooh, this is good – possible monster-in-law isn’t such a monster at all as she can’t believe Dahlia could be a con artist. I figured she’d be quick to jump on the ‘rich boy gets taken for a ride’ bandwagon but like all good businesspeople, she’s had her lawyer do a background check on Dahlia and nothing dodgy turned up. Ah, Mrs Cotchin, you may want to rethink your choice of lawyer because his background check is pretty crappy. Chin found out who the real Dahlia is in a Five Oh second! (I guess he didn’t have someone with the computer skillz of Skye to help him then.) Nathan is just a bit upset at this development, as one would expect.
Chin riding his motorbike! Awesome! Although not awesome that he’s helmetless. Here in Australia, it’s totes illegal to ride a motorbike or pushie without a helmet. Helmetlessness aside, Chin’s doing his thing on Tantalus Drive as he knows that the last signal to come from Dahlia’s phone was in that location. Tantalus has bad cell phone reception and Danny thinks she may have chucked her phone but Chin’s spidey sense tells him that she may still be in the area.
Chin’s spidey sense was totes on the money and he’s found Dahlia at the bottom of the embankment. She’s alive but in bad shape and she has to be cut from the wreckage and flown out by helicopter. (As an aside, did the rescue guy just use a sawzall? Sorry, I’ve been watching way too much Chicago Fire!)
Nathan visits Dahlia in hospital and his face says he is so hurt by her betrayal. Dahlia looks equally as upset and I’m starting to think that she’s not a baddie after all. Mrs Cotchin adds further weight to my idea by questioning whether Dahlia really did try to scam Nathan. And then Dahlia is interviewed by McG and Danny where she admits to having made mistakes in the past but says that she really loves Nathan. Dahlia says she didn’t know about Nathan’s money until after they were engaged and she just wanted a fresh start with him but panicked when her brother turned up at the wedding. I really like this woman as she seems genuine to me. The actress who plays Dahlia does a great job with this character and she has my vote for Memorable Guest Star.
Chin’s busy with the magic table again and he’s discovered that a shoe print on Dahlia’s car matches the shoes Brad was wearing at the time of the murder. What are the odds? So Dixon was the Not Good Samaritan then? Right.
The next bit of detecting leads the Five Ohs to figure out that Brad’s killer must have known who he really was, seeing as he was checked into the hotel under a false name. Something must have come up about him in Dahlia’s background check.
In the next scene, Mrs Cotchin goes to see the lawyer and asks to see said background check. The lawyer says he’s going to get the paperwork for her but instead pulls out a gun. He asks Mrs Cotchin to wire 5 million dollars into a Cayman Islands account so he can disappear. Mrs Cotchin is a total bad ass here and refuses to hand over a penny. Luckily for her though, McG and Danny burst into the room just then.
Back in the blue room, the lawyer is in custody and it’s not looking good for him. He’s a total dope because the whole sorry mess was premised on Dahlia conning Nathan (which he figured from the background check) and his plan was to muscle in on some of the money. So he was forced to kill Brad to protect his cut. Hah, he didn’t figure on Dahlia marrying Nathan for love not money. Nice Show, nice.
McG’ breaks the good news to Nathan but he’s still not sure what to think. It turns out that Dahlia was orphaned at a young age and was forced to go along with her brother’s schemes as he was her guardian. Nathan’s doubts are assuaged after he reads the wedding vows that Dahlia wrote which were found in the wreckage of her car. And they’re lovely. Awww.
Oh, there’s more awww ahead! Nathan walks into Dahlia’s hospital room and professes his love for her and then a priest appears out of nowhere and McG and Danny do too! So then there’s a wedding ceremony in the hotel room! *sniff*
OK, so that was the good part of the episode. I liked the procedural and I liked Dahlia. The pacing was good, the procedural cleverly written and and the ending was rather sweet. More of this please, writers.
And McG looked lovely in that blue shirt AND we had Chin riding his motorbike, also looking mighty fine.
Right, here’s is my take on the other bits. Brace yourselves. (Just so you know, this is an extremely watered down version of my original rant which I will save for the comments. Again, brace yourselves.)
Kono and Adam
Bear in mind that I’m completely over this story arc. I love Kono to bits and I can’t wait for her to come back – which I hope she does – but I don’t like what the writers have done with her character and the whole hiding from the Yakuza thing is silly and a bit boring now. You probably know that Grace Park has just had a baby and if she needed maternity leave, then why didn’t the writers come up with an awesomely cool reason why Kono was MIA for a bit? Here is Sage’s suggestion, taken from a recent email conversation we had:
She could’ve been written out for some kickass detective training at Quantico or tried her hand at surfing again or been requested for a big undercover op on the big island, or or or. She didn’t need to run away with her sketchy-as-f*ck boyfriend.
Sage FTW! ACA, baby.
We’ve just had Adam hiding in a shack while Kono takes on the bad guys and catches their dinner and fixes their car and this week I’m supposed to buy that he’s a bad ass who tortures a Yakuza dude to find out that both he and Kono are wanted dead (so it’s not just about revenge for Michael’s death then). Nope, sorry, don’t buy it even though he did bring out the duct tape rather than the candles. Just to show he means business.
Kondam are in Hong Kong, right? Why the f*ck are they in Asia when the Yakuza, with ties to the Chinese Triads, are after them? Adam, mate, you could come Down Under and I’d set you up in the Outback in my state, where all you’d have for company would be roos, snakes and flies, and NO ONE WOULD EVER FIND YOU, NOT EVEN THE YAKUZA.
Chin totes agrees with me because when he’s on the phone with Kono, he tells them to get the heck out of Hong Kong. See, I was right? And then he tells Adam he sure better look after Kono. Ah, no, Chin, it’s the other way around. Kono is looking after Adam *rolls eyes*.
The cinema scene
OMG, that was bloody awful. McG was being a total jerk and I wanted to bop him on the head. If I’d be in the cinema, I would have told him to shut up too (but politely, of course). I give props to Gabby for trying to make McG and Danny shut the hell up but McG gets no props at all from me for his behaviour. Hey, McG, some people like rom coms! And to top it all off, he’s talking with a mouthful of food AGAIN! And Cath just sat there throughout it all and smiled because, you know, McG’s adorable when he’s being a tool. Not!
Show’s mixed messages about supporting your partner’s career and other crimes against humanity
I used to live for the carguments as they were a highlight of the show for me. They made me laugh. So far this season, they have made me either cringe or want to throw something at my computer screen.
In cargument 1 Danny is offering up a jealous ex scenario (because Show is hung up on jealous exes this season, so it would seem). McG thinks Danny has wedding issues and needs to workshop these deep-seated problems. Seriously, McG, did you actually say that with a straight face? Then Danny’s performs a master stroke of evasion while on the phone with Gabby and McG just smiles. Right.
The next cargument is about Gabby’s latest job offer in Denver (for six months). Now we’re back to talking about whether one partner should let the other one take up a career opportunity. After all the rubbish that has gone on over Cath’s career change, I’m flabbergasted that Show is still going down this route. And that McG has the nerve to weigh in with advice for Danny? And Danny is still banging on about how stupid McG is for ‘letting’ Cath work with her good-looking ex-boyfriend? Enough already, Show.
Right, next up we have McG and Danny pulling up to H50 HQ to find Billy waiting outside for Cath. There’s more Danny snark (i.e. we’re being hit over the head again with the ex boyfriend thing) and McG and Billy look like they are marking territory over Cath. And then I cringe when I hear that Cath’s code name is ‘Little Wink’ and Billy’s is ‘Big Kahuna’ and that Billy’s dead serious about this. Oh my word.
Worse than that, most of the ensuing office scene revolves around Cath’s clothing and my feminist hackles rise. And then there’s a stupid ‘in-joke’ about reverse favour doing. Sorry, Show, this fell really flat, mostly because I found not one iota of humour in all the favour doing last season. If you are a McRoll fan, you probably found this cute but I almost had to cover my eyes it was so cringe-worthy.
And then we have what I thought was the final scene. Gabby is talking to Danny about her career opportunity and how they can make things work but Danny is actually breaking up with her. And using Grace, who is getting close to Gabby and would not cope with her absence, as the reason. What? I’m a little confused here. Show, what messages are you trying to convey?
Oh my, there’s worse to come. Cath arrives home, escorted by Billy, at the end of her first day. McG is waiting for her like a parent waiting for their daughter to come home from a date to ensure that the boy doesn’t try any funny business. He’s so obvious it hurts. After only one day of Cath in the new job! So, what do you think, is Little Wink going to pass McG over for the Big Kahuna?
To end on a lighter note, I really liked the procedural this week. The three main guest characters – the Cotchins and Dahlia – were terrific. If you fast forward all the other bits, it was a really good episode. So, what did you think?