This episode begins with two documentary filmmakers exploring a historical site that is believed by the locals to be inhabited by the spirits of their ancestors. They are looking for the Night Marchers, warrior spirits who some have claimed to see at this sacred place. The female documentarian trips and lands on a duffle bag with something alarming in it. She begins screaming first at that and then at something behind her partner as they are apparently attacked by someone or… something.
Meanwhile Danny is taking Grace trick or treating at his hotel. She is not into it and luckily for her Danny is called away on police business. He meets up with the the rest of the team at the crime scene and even though they tell him he needs to wait for a priest to bless them before they can access the scene he decides to explore the area anyway. And of course he has to sneer at the idea of spirits cursing him for good measure. He is rewarded later with a huge rock lodged in his front car window. On the way back to headquarters he and Steve have a spirited debate about the idea of a higher power and an afterlife.
At headquarters Max, dressed like Neo from the Matrix, informs them that the female victim was killed with a shovel blow to the head and the male victim was buried alive. A print was found on the lens of her glasses but the print was identified as that of a man who died a week previous. They go to the burial site of their dead suspect and find his coffin is empty. They also hear from a friend of the victims that a man had been bothering them at the sacred site where they were filming. He attacked them at some point and was knocked to the ground and hit his head pretty badly. The team wonders if this man might have wanted a little revenge.
While they are investigating the reappearing dead guy they visit the apartment where he was supposedly shot. Danny speaks with a kindly older woman outside who tells him an apartment is available. This gives him the idea to convince the landlord to lease him the dead guy’s apartment for a bargain price.
After looking at the video feed from the documentarian’s camera they figure out that the print got on the female victim’s glasses when she fell face first on a duffle bag that had a severed hand in it. Someone was likely trying to get rid of the dead guy’s remains when the documentary filmmakers stumbled upon the grisly scene and were killed before they could talk. They also find a dozen or so other bodies when they do a thorough scan of the area. But who had motive?
After a visit to the scene Danny finds his other car window smashed in. Rather than believe he is cursed he figures out that it may have been a homeless man that warned them away from the scene. He and Steve go venturing into the forest to look for the guy and they find him, complete with camp, tent, and bloody machete. The blood turns out to be animal blood though and the homeless guy seems pretty harmless. He is just trying to protect an area he considers sacred. He ominously tells Danny that anyone who doesn’t respect the place opens a door and the dead will seek them out.
Max gives them a new lead when he tells them all the bodies found were already dead prior to being buried at that hallowed ground. He found that some tissue and ligaments were removed to sell on the black market. They were all buried at the same place leading them to the funeral director as a suspect. When they get to the funeral home though they find the director has been embalmed alive and Lori is attacked from behind by the culprit… the funeral director’s partner in crime.
After establishing that Lori is a-okay they get back to business and they use the info they found at the scene to track their killer. He works at a hospital and did not show up to work but from his financials they see he bought a property recently. That is where they track him down. He is living in some sort of warehouse with lots of lye. When the man is surprised by their presence he opens a lighter and sets himself on fire. The lye explodes and takes the whole building down. The 5-0 team gets out okay of course.
At the end of the episode the team is helping Danny move into his new apartment, which he must have gotten for a steal. Kono and Lori are carrying boxes and Chin Ho and Steve are carrying in a brand new mattress. Danny is marveling at all the free labor he managed to wrangle up. The landlord makes an entrance and Danny asks about getting a dog. When the lady tells him he cannot have a dog he reminds her of the older lady with the cute dog who told him about the apartment. Â With much confusion the landlord tells him he is describing a tenant who passed away when she fell down the elevator shaft. When Danny discovers that he was tipped off to the apartment by a dead lady, he bolts and tells his friends to pack it up because he out of there.
This was a light hearted and fun episode. Not my fave but it had its moments. Also couldn’t help but notice the subtle hints that Steve may be a bit more than professionally interested in his new team member Lori.
What did you think?