The opener of this one was a nail biter. It showed a male Judge and his young adult daughter on a zip line platform. The daughter takes off, screaming in glee and the father takes a phone call from a mysterious man who asks him what his last words to his daughter were. Just then the line breaks and the daughter falls to her death. The line was blown up with a remote detonator. The 5-0 team starts trying to whittle down the large list of potential threats.
Meanwhile Danno’s little brother Matt surprises him with a visit. Matt manages to get himself, Grace, Danno, the ex, and Steve all at dinner together for Surf n’ Turf. While Matt and Danno trade stories about each other Danno notices some Feds watching them. He and Steve excuse themselves and confront the men and after some squirming they admit that they are investigating Matt for defrauding millions of dollars. Steve gives Danno some time to try and figure out what is going on.
The next day Steve meets a Deputy Prosecutor who gives him the Judge’s “threat” file. The Judge is a “hanging” judge which means he puts violent offenders away for life or death and not many are able to get back out to seek revenge but there are a few. The Deputy tells them who he suspects and Steve takes off on a mission to bring the guy in and they find him but the Deputy receives a call after his lunch date and his son is promptly killed in a car bomb.
Kono uses cell phone photos of the explosion to find an SUV that may have housed the killer. Chin Ho tracks down the chip used in the bomb to a toy remote control and he finds the shop that sold it and gets a description. The man bought three of these toys so the team deduces that there are 3 targets.
Danno confronts Matt and he finds out that his brother is guilty. He prepares to go back to the mainland with his brother to make sure that he turns himself in and does his time at a minimum security prison.
Kono finds the guy who rented the SUV. His name is Travis Roan and he is from Wyoming where he works construction. His 20 year old son was convicted by the Judge of DUI and sentenced to 18 months. Ten days prior to the bombing he was killed in a prison knife fight. They go the hotel where his Dad stayed when he came for the funeral and discover that the third victim is likely the public defender who accepted the plea deal that got Thomas Roan (the son) locked up. As they are discussing strategy the sick freak manages to get a bomb into the backpack of the defender’s son… and speaks to him even.
Steve and Danno manage to get to the defender and her son in time and they arrest Roan. But the drama doesn’t end. The feds confront Danny and tell him that his brother took a deal to launder money for a drug cartel in order to escape prison. Danny tracks him down at a small airstrip ready to leave and his brother gives him the option to shoot him or let him go. Danny lets him go. Seriously this show had two of the scummiest excuses for human beings thus far.. a man that kills innocent young kids to punish their parents. And a I guy who ripped off millions to cover his own ass and then opts to start working for murderous drug dealers to avoid prosecution for a white collar crime.
But all in all a very captivating episode IMO.