This episode begins in Kahana State Park with two hunters trying to hunt down a wild boar. Just as they are about to shoot their target a young woman comes running from the jungle crying and screaming for help.
Meanwhile Chin Ho and Steve are fishing together and trading stories about Steve’s dad. Steve decides to share the secrets of the CHAMP box with Chin Ho to see if he can help with a number he found on the back of a photo. Chin Ho recognizes it as an old case file numbering system they used before they went digital. They get a call from Kono about the woman (Erica) found running in the jungle with her nightie on. She is a woman here on her Honeymoon and doesn’t remember how she ended up in the jungle or if she was abducted. Her new husband is nowhere to be found.
She remembers taking a long walk on the beach with her husband and then going back to the room with him and going to sleep. She woke up on the cold floor in a room. She was bound but somehow got out and ran. Danno decides they need to back off questioning Eric to avoid traumatizing her. Her Mother-in-law has just flown in from San Francisco and starts causing a commotion in the hallway. She tells Steve that if if her son (Jake) is missing then Erica probably had something to do with it. This obviously raises suspicions. The MIL tells them that her son married this woman after only 6 months of acquaintance and he refused to sign a prenuptial agreement despite his wealth. Erica has a huge amount of debt and she works off jobs and bounces around. She took a temp job at a law firm and 6 months later managed to marry its senior partner.
The 5-0 team discovers that Erica called a local hotel 5 times before their abduction but she swears it must have been her husband. They go to the hotel and find lots of pictures of the married couple. The room owner interrupts them and tells them he is an investigator. He was hired by the MIL and he followed them for a week until Jake spotted him. He was also convinced that Erica did in fact love her husband.
Chin Ho and Kono find evidence that acetone gas was piped into the couple’s room via the adjacent room. They enter that room and find Jake’s body lying in the bed, apparently strangled. Steve breaks the news to Erica.
Meanwhile Chin Ho and Kono get a lead from the coroner who remembers other cases where newlywed couples were abducted, the men were strangled, and the women were later found mutilated and discarded in remote wilderness. Chin Ho researches this lead and finds that 3 couples were murdered over 7 days in a tropical locales not far away so they are dealing with a serial killer.
Thanks to the investigator’s photos Kono finds a strange man in the background of 3 of the photos, all taken in different places at different times. The team knows they have to be looking at the killer as he stalked the couple. They also find the place where he held Erica with surgical tools and a bottle of morphine. Kono tracks the bottle and finds it was stolen off of a cruise ship. This leads them to believe the killer is traveling by cruise ship and Â when they look at passenger manifests they find their guy. Steve asks Kono to hold up the cruise ship’s departure as it was set to leave in an hour. Steve and Danno dress down to look like tourists and go aboard the ship. Their man is not in his room so they enlist the help of the crew to search the ship.
They corner the suspect but he appears to have jumped off the ship. Steve does not believe that this guy will lay low. Instead he will move on to another target, which turns out to be accurate. Steve and Danno have a lead on who he may go after though. They spot the suspect leaving a hotel parking garage with a female victim and they pursue him. They end up managing to save the victim and the killer, who was injured by Steve, jumps off a cliff.
At the episodes end Chin Ho tells Steve that he pursued the weird case file and finds out it was lost or stolen because it isn’t there anymore. BUT he does tell Steve the day it was opened and that day coincides with the day Steve’s mother was killed in a car accident. Except it wasn’t actually an accident, it was a homicide.
This was an awesome episode in my opinion. I was actually hooked on the story and the tidbits with Steve’s parents were really intriguing. Can’t wait for more!
Oh and of course you noticed another person from Moonlight in this episode right? Last episode a vampire reference and now a guest who used to be on the show…