The episode opens with some big changes. Danny is having an affair with his ex wife and they discuss telling her husband. Chin Ho is at HPD headquarters and they offer him his old job back now that he has been proven innocent of stealing money from the lockup. He turns it down in favor of staying with 5-0. As he is leaving he sees officers carrying bags of burnt money and he knows immediately it is the money that the team stole from lockup to save Chin from Victor Hess. The money was mysteriously accounted for but running the serial numbers on the burnt money could mean that the crime finally comes to light. Steve also gets another mystery envelop with yet another piece of the evidence from his Dad’s Champ box that was stolen early in the season. This time it is the key and Kaye tells him it belongs to an 18th century piece of furniture. McGarrett Sr. didn’t own anything like that so they wonder if it could belong to the person Steve’s Dad was investigating.
Meanwhile the Governor’s aid (Laura Hills) is killed in a car bomb right outside their headquarters. When investigating the car later Kaye and Steve deduce that the same person who bombed this car was the same one who killed Kaye’s Fiancee and Steve’s parents… Wo Fat. A Claymore mine was used to they follow-up to see if any army bases are missing one.
Steve and Danno go to Laura’s house and Steve finds envelopes that match the ones he has been getting. He takes a writing sample from her house and it matches. Laura was the one sending him the Champ Box evidence. Kaye finds the base missing a mine and it was stolen 4 years previous. They suspected a defense contractor named O’Reilly but never convicted so Steve and Danno go and find him. The crazy guy comes at Steve with a Machete and forces Danno to pepper spray him. He tells them that he sold the mine to a guy named.. duh, duh, duh… Steve McGarrett. Only after some pressure does she admit it was Wo Fat. Chin Ho also drops a bomb by telling the team that the crime lab found Steve’s prints all over Laura’s house. Since he had never been there before this day it is obvious some one is trying to frame him for Laura’s death.
Steve and Danno go to the Governor to update her on the case and tell her they suspect Wo Fat. While they are there Steve sees a very old bureau (perhaps from the 1800s?) and it deeply bothers him. He is making plans to break into it later when he hears that O’Reilly (the only witness against Wo Fat) has just been killed in transport to prison. Steve knows the only person who knew the man was connected to Wo Fat was the Governor. Danno tries to keep Steve cool but he has to leave to meet Rachel who tells him she is pregnant with his child and she wants them to leave Hawaii.
Steve breaks into the Governor’s mansion and the key works. He finds evidence that the Governor knew Laura was leaving breadcrumbs for Steve. Steve takes this info to Danny and they contemplate what they need to do know that they know it was likely the Governor that had Laura killed and that Steve’s Dad was investigating the Governor in connection with his wife’s death. The next day they brief the team and just as they decide to silently investigate a warrant is issued for McGarrett for Laura’s death. He escapes their raid though. Kono is arrested almost at the same time for the missing lockup money.
Steve’s first stop is to see one of his pals to get a gun. He gets hooked up and he goes after the Governor. He gets her to admit via recording that she killed Laura for being disloyal and for putting the missing money in lockup to protect the 5-0 team. She claims to have been protecting McGarrett but he knows she was trying to keep him close so she could keep an eye on him if he picked up where his father left off. As they are talking WO Fat enters undetected and tasers Steve, then he shoots the Governor and puts the gun in Steve’s hand.
Chin Ho shows up with an HPD uniform on and he arrests Garrett. Danno attempts to get Chin Ho to let McGarrett loose but he tells Danno that 5-0 is no more and he takes Steve to lockup. Kono gets identified in a line-up and McGarrett gets booked. The end.
OMG what an amazing episode. It was tense and action packed! And what a mess they have to clean up in season two…