If you are International and rely on my recaps to keep up to date with the show then you need to know I skipped a recap (last week). I just wasn’t into it and didn’t want to recap it, sorry. The big reveal from last week was that Kono was working undercover and was finally able to rejoin the 5-0 team.
This week’s episode was probably my fave of all time. I am very much an action chick and this episode was action packed. My husband is usually pretty ambivalent about the show but this week he was GLUED to the screen and even made a comment about not walking away so he wouldn’t miss anything. Yeah… we likey.
It begins by starting at the end. McGarrett is about to enter a cage fighting ring. Lori is helping him prep and perhaps showing that she is starting to develop a soft spot for her boss. I think she admires and respects him more than she initially thought she would and she likes the side of him that would go into this fight so that made me curious about the motivation for it. Danno thinks Steve is going to get his ass handed to him so he tries to convince him to back out before he gets hurt.
Then we move backward 48 hours…
Steve is meeting with Joe and NCIS agent Kensi, that Joe enlisted for help in deciphering the audio from the video of Wo Fat and Steve’s Dad. Kensi tells them that they are discussing “Shelburn” but no one has any idea who or what that is. Before Steve can discuss at length he gets called away to a case.
A man (Jake) is shot in the chest and then dumped in the pool. His home is also robbed and the MO fits with a slew of robberies in the area. Victims were tied to a chair, interrogated in front of loved ones and then robbed. No one had been killed in those robberies though. In true Daddy fashion, Danno is consumed by the fact that the victim was a father and he makes sure to break the news to the tween son.
They start by tracking the robbers and they do that by narrowing in on what they had in common. All victims ate at high end restaurants in the weeks before the robbery. After interviewing one of the victimized families they narrow in on a valet company that is used at all the restaurants. They figure out which employees worked on the night these family’s ate and those same employees were NOT working at the time of the robberies. The criminals copied the house keys of their intended victims and then pre-approved the housewares while the families were not home. The 5-0 team figures they targeted Jake’s home because he dined at these restaurants and owned them as well.
They raid the house of one suspected criminal who has a record and they find surveillance photos of the homes being hit. They find one they don’t recognize and are able to track it down. When they get there it is being robbed by the masked men they seek and they successfully arrest them all. The ring leader is adamant though that they did not hit Jake’s house. He tells the 5-0 team that he didn’t know Jake, only his sister, who was ousted from the restaurants a few months before. This tidbit gives them incentive to look into the victim’s sister. They find out she left management of her brother’s restaurants and was instead given a position at his charitable organization for keeping kids off the street. They also find out that upon Jake’s death his estate is settled upon his son, with Auntie controlling it until he is 25. This looks like motive.
Joe arranges a meeting for himself and Steve with the man who lead them to the video. Just after he gets off the phone with McGarrett about the meet Joe is attacked in his apartment by Wo Fat. A knock down drag out fight ensues after Wo fat makes it clear he intends to kill Joe and then Steve. Joe is very nearly killed but he manages to get the upper hand at the last moment but Wo Fat escapes.
Steve and Danny ask the sister some questions about her motive for killing her brother. She insists that she was not fired and that she volunteered to work for her brother’s charity. They also ask if she owns a gun and she tells them about a gun they kept at the gym they run the charity out of. They confiscated it from a gym member and kept it in an office desk. When they go to the gym to apprehend the gun, it is missing. The only other person who knew about the gun besides Jake, the sister, and the brother in law was a fighter who had been trying to get sponsor money out of Jake so he could go pro. When they get to his home they find his Jeep outside and the missing gun on the floor board. The guy spots them and runs but McGarrett is able to go hand to hand with the guy and bring him down, breaking his arm in the process. But when he is putting the cuffs on Steve spots a hospital band on the guy’s wrist that places him at the hospital during time of death. An interrogation further convinces them of his innocence and instead makes them suspect the brother in law, Marshall, who was encouraging gym fighters to hit up Jake for money so they could go pro and he could manage their careers and pocket 20% of their earnings. Marshall also had an opportunity to plant the gun.
A little research leads them to a store surveillance video where Marshall is buying up duct tape and cleaning supplies around Jake’s time of death. They arrest him at the gym and he admits to his wife that he tried to shake Jake down for money so that they would be financially independent. They fought and Jake ended up getting shot so Marshall tried to make it look like a robbery gone bad.
This brings us back to the cage fight. Steve stepped in for the fighter he injured since it was a charity match and the charity was a fighter down. Now the admiration in Lori’s eyes makes even more sense. Steve fights and does a tremendous job, for which his team pats him on the back later.
After the fight he meets with Joe and they find John McGarrett’s friend was tortured and killed by Wo Fat after he attacked Joe. The episode ends with Joe voicing his concerns that their investigation got this man killed and that more could get killed if they don’t back off.
This eppy had LOTS of action and it had the right amount of Steve versus Wo Fat story line. It is getting really interesting. A+ episode from me.
Other thoughts – I like Lori and so far the fans bashing her are not swaying me. Her scenes with Steve this week were spot on. I noticed that Kono was very underused which isn’t bothering me because she has bored me to tears so far this season…which is all in the writing I am sure. I wonder if there could be truth to the rumors that she wants to leave the show and they are slowly phasing her out. If not, I am confused about what exactly they are doing with her character. I hope Joe’s proclamation about Wo Fat killing people is not a warning for us.