Malama Ka Aina (Respect the Land) is episode three of the new Hawaii Five-0. This episode begins with the 5-0 team attending a football game together in their off time. When Danno takes his daughter Gracie to get a hotdog he notices that two men are making their way to the field “strapped”. He tucks his daughter away in the bathroom and calls Steve on his cell. They make their way towards the men but a shootout starts and several people are gunned down on the field.
From the tattoos of the victims they deduce that this was a gang war and one of the players leads them to an operation where guns are sold in pizza boxes. The pizza shop owner is convinced to help them out after he is dropped inside a shark cage to think for a spell. He is able to tell them the New Jersey mob has armed the Samoans, to provide security, so the mob can expand their gambling operations.
Chin Ho and Kono work through their own family issues as their cousin Sid is identified as an undercover cop trying to bring down one the gangs. He is able to give them information and help Danno, Steve, and Kono go under cover to get evidence to stop the mob boss from moving in.
– The football game and the dancers on the field
– Danno’s daughter Gracie
– Steve and Danno bonding while letting their suspect stew in a shark cage
– Danno and Steve arguing about whether or not Steve was held as a baby
– Danno’s ringtone for his wife’s lawyer – Darth Vader’s theme music
This was a very fun and fast paced episode. I enjoyed it thorughly and give it 3 out of 4 Jersey slimeballs in shark infested waters.