What a night! Between the SOTB event and the episode there sure was a lot going on. Based on that, we will not add too much chatter and just get to the meat of it, the recap for the episode everyone outside of the SOTB attendees saw, 8.06. Here we go.
As tonight’s episode begins we see two tourists headed to the beach for an early morning surfing day when they are pulled over by an officer with HPD. After asking numerous times why they had been pulled over and calling him by the name on his badge, Officer Mathus, the officer pulls out his weapon and shoots killing them.
Roll the credits and the wave.
The first scene after the credits is at Steve’s home watching him and Eddie take a long morning’s swim. This is so cute and it seems as if Steve now has a new swimming buddy. Waiting for them after his swim is Danny who stops Steve from continuing his morning exercise routine and persuades him to go inside.
As they enter the house Steve sees everyone all gathered there in his living room. At Danny’s request they have shown up for a surprise intervention because they feel it is important to manage Steve’s stress level. So as interventions go each one gets a turn to speak.
Except for Dog and Junior they all have something to say that supports Danny, however, Dog and Junior had other thoughts, so to speak. Dog felt that the ambush concept was not cool but the message was right on and Junior felt that Steve can handle stress better than most based on his military experience.
Steve’s response to everyone’s speech was that Danny has clearly gone down the Web MD rabbit hole, but to Steve’s surprise, Danny has a stress management consultant hired for the day waiting for him in the kitchen. She is to follow Steve around to make stress reducing suggestions. The look on Steve’s face when she enters the room is worth replaying several times, and she introduces herself as Chloe Gordon. She convinces him to allow the shadowing for the day so an expert can tell all his friends that he is fine, so in other words she uses reverse psychology. It must have worked as he reluctantly agrees.
The next thing we see is Steve, Danny, and Chloe arriving at the scene of the murdered tourists. Steve reminds Chloe not to touch anything and Chloe asks Steve to make positive social gestures such as please and thank you. (you could see Steve’s stress level rising, so this idea could be a little counter-productive) Duke informs Steve and Danny that the victims Todd Barris and James Low were both shot at close range and the car turned off at impact. Upon seeing the victims’ bloody bodies, Chloe says she’s going to be sick and turns off to the side. (who’s checking her stress level?) When they check the inside of the car they find a phone that has been recording for four hours and you guessed it, the whole thing was caught on video. When the victims say officer Mathus’ name, Duke tells them he’s been dead for three years and that just isn’t possible that it would be him.
Now back on the way to HQ Steve is on the phone with Tani who has Officer Mathus’ information up on the table. He has indeed been deceased for three years and has a history of excessive use of force among other things. He had a wife Claudia Nelson and a son Oliver. Tani sends over Claudia’s address where Steve and Danny are now going.
While they have a few minutes Chloe wants to ask a few questions. This leads us to a really good cargument consisting of a series of questions on how often Steve is having sex. Danny also chimes in on the subject and as one might expect both over exaggerate the amount. They know this because their girlfriends have been exchanging stories with one another, which does not please Steve at the least.
Now at Claudia Nelson’s home, Steve and Danny enter the home with Chloe in tow to find Claudia in bed, dead. Apparently she has been dead for a while and it looks to be from natural causes. On the counter they find medication for psychological problems with the name of Oliver Mathus, Claudia’s son who also lives in the home. It appears Oliver has gone off the medication after finding his mom dead.
In the next scene we see a man come into his home where Oliver Mathus is sitting in the man’s living room eating a bowl of cereal and watching TV with a police uniform shirt on. When the man confronts him as to what he’s doing in his house we immediately see Oliver is behaving like a small child. The man calls HPD to report the break in and is attacked by Oliver who is now beating the guy up telling him he should have left the kid alone.
We are then switched to the hospital where the man is telling Steve and Danny how Oliver was behaving. That one minute he was saying his name was Ollie and the next he was a different person.
Next we see Steve talking to Alicia about the case and she informs Steve it sounds like multiple personality or DID, the same thing that Dr. Gray had faked. Alicia explains how the disorder works. She thinks Oliver is the primary personality with Ollie being a child.
Back at HQ, Tani is filling in the rest of the team on Oliver’s background. The house Oliver broke into was the house he and his parents used to live in. While waiting on more information to come in on Oliver, Danny notices Chloe in Steve’s office and goes in to see why.
Chloe explains that plants and a treadmill desk would help to reduce some stress but Danny shoots that down flat as Steve does not like his office space changed, nor would he like the fact that she was even in there. Before Danny can say much more, Chloe informs Danny that he is a great part of Steve’s stress and convinces him to put a lid on his arguing with him.
Of course, at that moment Steve and Alicia walk in and as Danny predicted, Steve puts a stop on the office changes. He likes his office the way it is.
Back at the table, they have a video of a session with Oliver discussing his different personalities, seven to be exact. The violent personally is Patrick, Oliver’s father and Oliver takes on this personally when he needs protection. It seems that the trauma of his mother’s death is what brought out the violent personally of Patrick.
During Alicia’s explanation, Steve gets a call from HPD to patch through a 911 call as it’s from Ollie. Steve puts it on speaker for Alicia to talk to him. We see Ollie with a gun and a man shot dead in the street. He tells Alicia his daddy did something bad and his daddy says he can’t talk to her anymore. They keep him on the phone long enough for Jerry to get a location on where he is.
Next we see Steve, Danny and Chloe on the way to the location. At the high rate of speed they’re going, Chloe is clearly scared and asks Steve to slow down. (waste of time) Because Danny has nothing to say about his driving, Steve figures out that Chloe told Danny he was the cause of his stress. Watching Steve figure this out was fun.
During the process, Jerry calls with information that Oliver is on the move again and that he is headed to HPD HQ. Steve has Danny call Duke and tell him about Oliver and that they are on the way there.
At HPD HQ, we see Oliver walk in dressed as his dad, Patrick. He goes and sits down at his desk. Duke is there waiting. He watches Oliver sit down and answer an incoming call as Officer Mathus. Duke walks over and pretends the captain wants to see him in the office. When Oliver goes in to the office, Duke shoves him in and locks the door.
Now arriving at the scene, Steve and the team meet Duke. When they go into the room they discover that Oliver has escaped through the ceiling vents. While the team searches the building, we see Alicia watching videos of Oliver’s therapy sessions. In these sessions, Ollie is describing his mother, how she dressed, what food she prepared for him, and the things she would talk about with him.
Back with the team, we see them find Oliver, who is currently still Patrick. Hot on his trail he shoots at Tani and Grover. Oliver makes it to the police garage and steals a police cruiser which Steve has Jerry track. Now in pursuit, they follow Oliver to a home where he threatens to kill all of the personalities by holding the gun to his head. He goes inside the house and. Steve has SWAT come to the scene and surround the perimeter.
We next see Alicia arriving with a blue dress and a food container and she convinces Steve she can go in and get him out with no one getting hurt. Steve objects strongly saying he won’t risk her life. Alicia persists and Steve agrees telling Alicia he has snipers in position and one sign of something wrong he ends it. She agrees.
Alicia walks into the house dressed in the blue dress like his mother wore and tells him she has his favorite sandwich for him. She uses the phrase that his mother always said to him “I love you as big as the sky” and this brings out Ollie the 5 year old child which Alicia is then able to take the gun through some reasoning as his “mother”, and it’s over. Everyone is safe.
The final scene is at Kamekona’s shrimp truck where everyone is there talking about the intervention and having quite a few laughs about the whole thing. Chloe gives her evaluation of Steve, which is to quit his job. However, she says she knows that is not going to happen so makes some suggestions on other things.
Steve pulls Danny off away from everyone and tells him that he loves him just the way he is and not to change. He thinks Chloe’s ideas are ridiculous and he is not going to do any of them. Danny confesses to Steve that he is very scared about his health and that Steve doesn’t take his health issues seriously. Steve owns up to being afraid as well but that he can’t live on what might happen. He says he has every intention of fighting to stay around ending it as it opened, that they will be BFFs, best friends forever and he had no plans on going anywhere soon.
This was really good. One storyline was nice to have and it was a lighter episode which is nice to have once in a while, too. The intervention seemed a little over the top but it was good that it brought out the conversation between Steve and Danny. It was also clearly because the team cared. They could have dealt with it differently but hey this is Hawaii Five 0 and they do not always do things as we would. It was also good to see Steve and Danny partnered up again as that has been missing in the last few episodes. Our rating for this one is a 9, as again Eddie earns it some extra love. We love Eddie, in case you have not been able to tell.
Until next week which looks a lot more intense.