Hawaii Five-0 - 204 - Mea Makamae Review by @nyneshaydee #H50
Beautiful people doing beautiful things in Hawaii [in this case, surfing and hanging around on the beach]? Check.
Music you wish was on a soundtrack [and probably will be by this time next year]? Check.
Severed body part indicating that we have ourselves a victim for this episode? Check.
Cue the credits.
This isn’t to say that Five 0’s gotten formulaic but when it starts taking after Law and Order [like I said in my last review]…
And heeeeeeeeey, we’ve got ourselves a Kamekona sighting! Like he’s the Hawaiian version of Bubba Gump with all the shrimp. [Just please, don’t kill him 30 minutes into the episode like they did with Bubba Gump - I still get so sad watching those scenes….*coughcough* Moving on…]
You would think that McGarrett’s stomach was stronger than that. That dude’s done some stuff that you can’t even talk about out loud and he can’t hang with the spicy shrimp? I gotta take a man point or two away from you, McG. Sorry.
But the real reason for him and White’s luncheon powwow was McG wants to know why his dad was hanging out with Wo Fat. [And admit it, you wanted to know too but there’s been other stuff going on and it got backburnered. But only a little bit.]
Begin our procedural [with a phone call, of course]. Wasn’t it great that when McG shows up to the ME’s office and says, “What’s cooking, Max?” Max pulls out the severed hand we saw in the open without even batting an eyelash and starts describing his 30 to 40-something year old John Doe while McG and Danno turn as if to say, ‘ewwww’. [Again, minus a man point for McG because you’d think with where he’s been, it would take WAAAAAAAAAY more to wrinkle his nose. Then again, if he can be done in by super spicy shrimp, there’s no telling what else makes him cringe…]
Okay, Max separating the skin from the hand made [me] cringe. Ewwwwww! *looks at the piece of chicken she was eating and shakes her head* And once he finishes:
McG: You’re putting the guy’s hand on like it’s a glove. Max, that’s disgusting.
Max: Yes. But very effective.
That whole scene was totally worth it for McG and Danno looking absolutely disgusted. *giggle*
So our victim’s name is Blake Spencer. And he was a treasure diver. And from the coins that McG and Danno found in the apartment while they were searching it, it may have been those coins that got him killed. Hmmm.
Next stop, Blake’s mother in the nursing home. Lori goes to visit her [Patty Duke! How awesome is this?!?] And awwww, she has either Alzheimers or related dementia. Awwww! *so sad!*
Poor Danno gets tongue tied by Gabrielle, the museum curator. [She is pretty.] Of course, this engenders a cargument. Danno’s hilarious when he talks about how coffee leads to dinner and a movie and next thing you know you’re moving to Hawaii to see your kid twice a week and…McG was spot on to suggest that he needed to speak to someone professionally and Danno says, “Okay. I do. You. And the session’s over.” So then we transition over to…Kat? Okay, off topic: I’d be mad if the only time I ever saw my ‘boyfriend’ was if he needed something. What kinda relationship is that? I’d be mad. Anyway, he asks Kat to pull a few strings to check up on the DoD guy that White talked to to look into the whole WoFat / Dad thing.
[The rest of] Blake Spencer’s body is found by the Coast Guard. They’ve found clues! Let’s split up, gang! [Yep, watching way too much Scooby Doo lately.]
Speaking of splitting up and working on clues, Chin Ho is checking the contents of a wallet with Kono’s Cutie, Charlie [*dreamy sigh*]. Meanwhile, Chin’s onto the fact that someone [Kono] hacked into his account at HPD and he wants Charlie to look into it. Hmmm.
Lori is trolling for clues at the bar Blake lived above. The guy she ends up talking to wasn’t aware that Blake was looking for the Princessa, but he knew someone who did. More investigation reveals that Jesse Billings was rounding up investors to find the wreck but would stand to lose a ton of money should someone beat him to it. Hellooooo suspect! [And hellooooooo Peter Fonda, one of my favorite actors.] The theory comes together until Danno gets the phone call from Gabrielle the curator [not] for coffee, but to tell him that the coins that McG and Danno dropped off were fake. Maybe Blake knew that Jesse was trying to fake out the investors and was gonna rat him out? Veddy interesting…
Meanwhile, Chin’s talking to Charlie again in the lab in regards to the wallet we mentioned earlier. Of course, they’re not really talking about the wallet, they’re talking about Chin’s hacking and it comes out that Kono was the hacker. Of [course] Chin covers for her, but…
Everyone’s back together at HQ and we learn that the money found in the wallet was WWII era and was suppsoed to be burned. [I love how H50 injects history into their stories without knocking you over the head with it. Awesome stuff.] This kinda takes the pirate angle off of it and puts it onto a WWII era shipwreck angle.
Chin goes to talk to Kono about her hacking. She wanted to look at her case file, she said. I don’t believe that, and you prolly don’t either. [Chin on a bike. *dreamy sigh*] I still think Kono’s doing this to blow slimy Frank Delano out of the water. We’ll see.
The team is on Blake’s boat and…ahhh, Shirtless McG time. Thankful White is keeping his shirt on, but we can has more Shirtless McG?
Observation: They’ve really amped up the stunts this year - last ep it was McG skydiving, now they’ve got him in 150 feet of water looking at…what the zip are they looking at, anyway? [Besides the dead bodies in the military ambulance?]
Max of course is on the scene to try to identify the remains and he is as excited as a kid on Christmas Day when White informs him that he has to go along with the team to try to identify the bodies. So cute! Max is completely getting his geek on when he gets to JPAC, the largest forensic laboratory in the world.
White: You need a paper bag or something? *watches Max gawk*
Max: This place is like my [Graceland]!
White: No souvenirs!
Weston and McG are looking for any records of an ambulance disappearing in the late 30s and they’re trying to figure out why Blake wanted to salvage the ambulance. Murphy was Blake’s grandfather. [And another Patty Duke scene. *sniffle*]
But wait a minute…*recordscratch* The body wasn’t Murphy’s - it was a guy named Miles Brody, who was siphoning off some of the money that was supposed to be burned. But hey, Chin comes up with a clue - Remo, the guy who rented Blake a boat, was lying like a cheap rug and there was a second boat out there aside from the one where they found Blake’s boat. All manner of clues at Remo’s…including a dead Remo. Dead Remo got hit so hard that the ring left an indentation in his skull. And Weston recognizes it as the ring on the dude she was talking to at the bar. Shootout on a boat ensues, and a Creative Takedown[tm] happens, involving a leaping McG and barrels. Not very flashy, but effective.
Jimmy [the guy from the bar] swore up and down that Remo and Blake were trying to cut him out of the treasure that was down there and killed them both. Only Blake wasn’t lying and Remo was in the way.
Awww, Kat’s leaving! [Not like we saw her that much, but still…] And White didn’t put in any request to DoD re: WoFat and McG’s dad. And awwww, poor McG looks crushed that she’s leaving!
Danno’s asking Gabrielle out! Way to sack it up, Danno~!
Chin goes to Kono’s to apologize to her and tell her that he’ll be there for her when she needs him. Kono looks so guilty.
Finally, the burial for Murphy. It’s just me, but it’s a bad time to ask about the video, McG. White is trying to tell McG that whatever it is on the video is gonna hurt his family, but we all know McG - he’s gonna want to know anyway. And so do we, for that matter. It might make us gasp, we might cry, we might say ‘WTF’, but we want to know. *cues up the next ep*