This episode begins with a paddle board competition. A young girl named Jen wins the competition and sets a record. She goes to the dressing area to change her clothes, but she never makes it back out to get her award. When her mother searches the dressing area for her she hears Jen screaming and a car taking off with her daughter in the back.
McGarrett is waiting on a meeting with the new Governor when he meets an attractive blond named Lori Weston. They get their flirt on a little bit while waiting but they quickly become at odds when the Governor springs a surprise on them. He calls them in together and tells them that Lori is the newest member of the 5-0 team. Neither of them are happy to hear this. McGarrett does not want a new face on the team and Lori does not want to be a glorified babysitter. Before they can work it out they get their first case, the kidnapped girl.
Chino Ho finds the girl’s necklace just outside the changing area and this is bad news because it has her heart medication inside it. Without her meds the girl’s survival looks dim. Lori goes to the family home and waits for a ransom demand. The rest of the team starts going over the girl’s computer and contacts hoping to find a person who had incentive to nab her. They find communication between herself and a man that claims to be able to connect her with her birth mother, who she and her adoptive parents have long thought was dead. They were set to meet after her competition in the exact place she went missing. They decide that this must have been a ploy to draw Jen out so she could be taken.
Steve and Danny track down the getaway car, which has been ditched. They find a lot of blood in the trunk and they are hopeful it is not Jen’s because it is unlikely anyone could have survived that much blood loss. They find the man’s home (Matt Porter) via his car registration but he is long gone. He does have lots of women’s surveillance photos on his walls though. They also find several other aliases and ties to kidnapping in other places. Lori comes back to the 5-0 headquarters and confronts Steve about being sidelined. They have it out and eventually make peace. He invites her to help him stake out a coffee house the next morning to see if Matt Porter keeps an appointment he had to meet another young woman.
While at the steakhouse they chat and Steve starts to like this sports page reading, wise cracking, coffee aficionado. They flirt a bit more and Chin and Danno crack jokes about them being on a date. They are interrupted when the young woman, Julie, starts to leave and then runs for it when she spots them. They chase her down and find out that Matt Porter was not a kidnapper. He was an extractor that helped to extract people from cults and Julie ran from 5-0 thinking that cult members had found her. The team has no clue why Jen would be kidnapped by a cult extractor but the plot thickens when the DNA on the blood from the car comes back as Matt Porter’s.
They find out that Matt was the one who gave her to her adoptive parents and they figure she must have been extracted from a cult when she was a baby. Her heart condition means that she was likely born into a cult that does not allow outside medical services and it would likely be the only way for her to survive if her birth mother allowed her to be taken from the compound they lived in. They find a message on Matt’s voicemail from a woman who claims her father suspects that Jen is alive and that she needs to be protected. They figure Matt made the meet up appointment with Jen but he was killed by Jen’s grandafther (the head of a cult), who then abducted her. They track the call from Jen’s birth mother to Matt and find the cult compound but they have to ride in by horse so they can get in unseen.
They break into the compound and find two men leading a woman away with a bag over her head. This turns out to be Rea, the girl’s biological mother. When it was discovered that agents were on their way, the grandfather took off with his grandaughter to an airplane nearby. Steve hauls ass on horseback to get to her and he manages to shoot out a tire on the airplane, which essentially stops it and he saves Jen.
At the end Jen is reunited with her birth mother and it was sooooo touching! She felt as though she didn’t deserve to be a part of Jen’s life but what greater love is their then to give your child up just so she can have a chance to live? This was sob fest material.
In other news… Steve picks up some weird vibes from Agent Kaye and she tells him she has found out her fiance might be alive and she needs to leave Hawaii. Something tells me this won’t be the last we see of her. Kono finds an IA investigator in her house and the following day they rule on her case and strip her of her badge. I am pretty irritated that she seems to be taking the fall for something that Steve instigated and going through this alone for the most part. Hope they address this injustice in future episodes.
All in all.. a good episode. I like Lori Weston quite a bit actually and I am paying no mind to the fans who are unfairly judging her. I like her and I think they have some nice chemistry going on, way better than what he had with Catherine IMO. Anytime I get to see Steve get his flirt on, is a good day for me. He needs more flirting and smiling in his life.