This episode started very much like a CSI, which was a bit different. It shows a domestic struggle and a woman being murdered in her home. Then it shows a frantic man running away from police. He ends up taking a hostage all the while screaming that he did not kill his wife. He ends up on the memorial battleship the U.S.S Missouri with a bunch of tourists as hostages. The 5-0 team comes in to investigate and they are told the man (Graham, a former Navy SEAL) has given them 4 hours to find his wife’s killer or he will kill hostages. Thus the drama begins…
Steve decides he needs to get on the battleship so he goes aquaman in a truly swoon worthy scene where he strips down and goes swimming. He makes his way onto the ship but his position is given away and he decides to pose as a tourist and becomes one of the hostages.
Danno and Chin Ho investigate the couple’s home. They find a book with Russian writing, some keys, and full bottles of anti-psychotic medication leading the team to believe they are dealing with a psychotic who has gone off his meds. They visit his doctor who explains that Graham was being medicated for post traumatic stress experienced due to his military experiences. He stopped making his meds when he decided they were clouding his judgement. He also started having blackouts making it possible he could have killed his wife and blacked it out.
Steve tries to gain Graham’sÂ trust with SEAL stories while Kono tries to get the victim’s daughter (from another marriage) to share what she may have seen. Steve unfortunately loses Graham’s trust and gets locked in a bathroom but the tour leader helps him get out. They briefly reminisce about Steve’s grandfather whom the tour leader served with on the U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor and Steve lifts a fingerprint from a knife he palmed off the hostage taker.
The victim’s daughter Lily tells Kono she saw a man at her home (that was not her adoptive father) and that the two of them talked funny (another language) and yelled and then her mother was hurt. Lily is alarmed to see a man on the beach nearby and runs from Kono. Kono goes after the strange man only to hear a scream as Lily is abducted in the opposite direction.
The 5-0 team figures out that it was the biological father who abducted Lily and that he killed his former wife when she wouldn’t return to Russia with him and their daughter. He was an abusive husband and the victim had fled Russia, changed her name, and tried to start a new life. Kono, Danny, and Chin Ho manage to stop the ex-husband’s plane from leaving in a wild and crazy move by Danno that surely had bit of McGarrett’s usual flare.
Steve manages to dissolve the hostage situation with no lives lost…
A very good CSI-ish episode with a strong story and unlike some other episodes it didn’t try to be overly complex and confusing. I give it 4 out of 4 aquamen.
** Cool stuff… I am a huge vamp fan so this episode was a kick for me. The Governor’s new Public Safety Liaison was the same gal who played a vampire on The Vampire Diaries. The little girl will be the future Renesmee from the Twilight saga… Edward and Bella’s half human , half vampire daughter. They make the third and fourth cast members to also play vampires.