Well that’s it for another season and it sure was an interesting one to send the show off for the Summer. It is typical for the premiere and the finale to be heart stoppers full of fun, action, comedy, and surprises, but this one was not typical for the most part. The Russians were on the island, so to speak, and that caused some activity that the team had to address. See how it all went down below in the final recap which was done by both Mimsy and one of our editors combined.
Steve is watching Rachael Ray on his laptop at the restaurant. He and Danny are arguing about making a drastic move regarding the restaurant. Steve tells Danny that he’s trying to get a recipe down while borrowing the neighbor’s wifi and Danny is trying to talk to Steve about something. Panicking in typical Danny style. Finally Steve gives in and pauses his video to give Danny the floor. While it’s never said specifically what the drastic move is, Danny is clearly against it and Steve repeatedly tells him that yes it is drastic, but the move needs to be made and everything will be fine.
When Steve tries to get back to Rachael Ray, he finds that the “borrowed” wifi is no longer working. At that time, Kamekona, Flippa and Nahele enter with two suitcases.
Steve gives Kamekona the contract that he needs to sign. Kamekona looks it over and tells Steve and Danny that contract isn’t going to do it. He and Flippa then hand over two very fat groups of paper and explain that those are THEIR contracts for their part in the silent partnership of the restaurant. Kamekona tells them that they don’t have to bother reading it, trying to just get the two men to sign it quickly. Danny asks if their contracts are a joke. Upon reading them, Danny and Steve see that in exchange for their capital investment, the two want a big say in things such as menus, the name of the restaurant, 40% of modified adjustments of the receipts and franchise & licensing rights. Steve questions what they need licensing rights for and Nahele tells them cookbooks, sauces, pasta. Danny informs the trio that there is not going to be any cookbooks. Flippa tells him that with every successful restaurant side projects are what generates more profit than the actual brick and mortar.
Steve questions that he thought that Kamekona was coming in as a silent partner. Kamekona says that he is, but if the restaurant goes under, he doesn’t want anyone knowing that he’s involved. However, if it blows up, he wants to make sure he’s protected. Both Danny and Steve tell him that they are not signing those contracts and Danny questions where their financial statements are, saying that he hasn’t seen anything like that. Steve agrees. Flippa and Nahele roll forward the two suitcases they brought, open those up to reveal an agreed upon $250K in cash. Steve asks why he didn’t just wire the money like a normal human being and Kamekona answers that he doesn’t trust banks.
Danny asks them to pretend that he’s actually lost his mind and he agrees to everything, he wants to know what they are supposed to do with all of that cash. Just keep them in the suitcases? Kamekona tells them no, they can keep just the cash. He wants the suitcases back. Steve tells Danny that they’re cops, so it will be fine. Danny reminds him that just because they’re cops didn’t stop someone from stealing their tools. Steve tells them that the thief would have been stopped had Danny locked the restaurant door.
Steve receives a phone call and excuses himself from everyone saying that it’s Joe White who is most likely out of the hospital so he needs to take the call. Kamekona suggests that he put it on speaker and as Steve is walking out, Danny asks why he would put that call on speaker. Kamekona tells him that they’re now partners. No secrets. The three of them have the same mind now. When Danny tells him that he has no idea what that means, Kamekona explains that he and Danny need to start thinking the same way. Well more Kamekona’s way on account of his large financial investment. Danny tells him that he’s going to go outside and kill himself and leaves.
On the beach, five kayakers are going along in the water towards the beach and are greeted with a Russian submarine coming up from the water. This of course attracts everyone on the beach.
The opening credits roll for the final time this season and when we return, the police, military and Five-0 arrive. Lou tells one of the officers that they need to clear the beach NOW. Junior lets Tani know that he got her message and asks what’s going on and she tells him, “Not now.”
As all Five-0 members get through the crowd, they begin to survey the scene. Junior tells them the type of sub it is and when Tani asks if that’s Russian for Carnival Cruise Line, Junior explains that it is “Russia’s newest nuclear power multi-purpose attack submarine. It’s a pretty badass weapon. It could wipe out the island within minutes.” Steve gets off the phone and tells them that the Governor is currently trying to get a hold of the President so they can get a hold of Putin.
Tani borrows a lifeguard’s binoculars and tells the others that she’s got movement on top of the sub. Steve takes a look and then asks the lifeguards if he can borrow some flags. Upon the others asking him what he is doing, Junior lets them know that Steve is signaling the Russians with the flags asking them if they want to talk. Danny says that there has to be an easier way to do that and Steve agrees.
He then asks the guards if he can borrow their motorized raft. They get him out into the water and Danny tries to stop him. He then tells the others that Steve wants Danny to name the restaurant after him. He’ll name it after him now in his memory. Lou says, “That’s what we love about you, Danny. Always thinking positive.”
As they watch Steve approach the sub, Tani asks Junior if this is something he would do. To which he shakes his head negatively. Steve approaches the sub and is greeted by three soldiers, two holding guns on him. He immediately puts his hands up letting them know that he just wants to talk to their captain. He unholsters his gun, places it in the raft, turns around to show them that he has no other weapons on him and then a fourth soldier appears dropping down a ladder. Steve climbs up and as his crew and friends watch, he disappears inside the sub with the soldiers.
Inside the sub, Steve is brought past many Russian crew members. Back on the beach, Tani asks if they can believe this and Junior says that it’s most likely a show of strength or that it’s something the Russians know that Five-0 doesn’t and that they’re preparing a strike. To which Tani calls him out saying that he has no idea what’s going on and he agrees. She jokingly tells him that she’s going to go and grab some clean underwear and meet him at the bunkers and Junior agrees. Tani makes a call and Lou tells them that the Governor now wants Steve off of that sub. Danny asks why and he tells them that the Gorskov (the sub) has not been authorized by the Russians to approach US waters. And if this is a rogue mission, they are authorized to do whatever it takes to get them to move. Tani lets them know that McGarrett is not answering his phone.
Back on the sub, Steve finally meets up with a man named Vasili Shirokov, acting commander of the ship. When the men first begin to speak, Shirokov speaks in Russian and Steve tells him that he does not speak Russian. Shirokov asks him for his name and Steve tells him and also lets him know that he’s the commander of the task force for the island. Shirokov says, “then you’re not military.” Steve tells him that he was and that he figures that the military will eventually be there but he thought that before that happens, they could talk without rattling sabres. Steve asks where the captain is and he is shown. The man is dead. Steve asks where the man who shot the captain is.
Danny answers an incoming call from Steve on his cell, letting Lou, Tani and Junior know who it is. Immediately putting Steve on speaker, he asks if Steve is alright. On the sub, Steve lets them all know that he is alright. Junior asks what is going on and Steve tells them that four days prior, there was a mutiny at sea on this foreign vessel. Steve tells them that “33 of the 61 crew members participated with the intent of defecting to the US.” Continuing that “it all started when a senior officer named Yuri Petrov murdered the captain. The mutiny was put down hours ago, but nobody could find Petrov.” He informs them that it’s believed that once the sub reached the US shoreline, Petrov made his escape through a torpedo bay.
Lou chimes in, “OK. A – WHAT?!?! And B – If somebody’s trying to defect, this guy sure did go through a whole lot of trouble.”
Steve agrees and says that makes him think that this is about something else. And even if it’s not, they now have a killer on the loose somewhere. None of the four on the beach are happy with that revelation.
At the Russian Federation Consulate in Honolulu: Danny and Steve are speaking with a representative, Nikolai Malkin who apologizes from his government for the situation that they currently find themselves in. Steve asks if he can tell them what Petrov’s agenda is. Malkin tells him that they do not know. Steve asks if that is the Kremlin’s official position on that and Malkin tells him that it is. Danny asks if they know if Petrov has any contacts on the island. Malkin hands Steve a file which has just Petrov’s picture and most of the pages are blacked out. Steve asks if Malkin is kidding and Danny tells him that they’re going to need a little more than that.
Malkin tells them that that is all he is authorized to give them. Steve says that as of right now, Petrov has murdered his skipper and is at large and they need to work together in order to catch him. Malkin lets him know that he will do everything that he can to help but at the same time, his hands are tied with Moscow. Steve informs Malkin that he and Danny did their homework on him on their way over to the consulate and they know that he likes it there in Hawaii. That he is dating a local woman who is not his wife. Malkin is surprised that they found this out. Malkin guesses that Steve and Danny will tell his wife what he is up to. Steve tells him that they would never do that and he just wanted him to know that he’s a scumbag. But what Steve will do if Malkin does not cooperate, is go to the state department and get Malkin’s diplomatic credentials revoked and “get your ass sent home.” Malkin asks what kind of policemen they are, and Steve tells him that they are the kind that don’t like to be stonewalled.
Malkin tells him that Petrov does not have any contacts on the island that they are aware of. Danny asks if he has any idea what Petrov is doing there. Malkin says that he heard that Petrov suffered some kind of tragedy when he was a child and he thinks that perhaps Petrov has just snapped. Steve tells Danny that it’s been a waste of time and they both get up to leave.
Before they walk out, Malkin stops them telling Steve that his govt. wishes him to deliver a message to Steve. That he is not to board the Gorskov again. They have proprietary technology on board that they do not wish to share. While the sub is in US territorial waters, Steve did not receive formal permission from the Russian govt. to board. If he attempts to do so again, that will be considered a hostile act.
As Steve and Danny are walking off the grounds, Danny says that was a complete waste of time and questioned how Steve knew that Malkin had a side piece. Steve tells him that it was a guess. He’s a Russian bureaucrat, far away from home, on an island filled with beautiful women; Steve was just playing the odds. Steve answers his ringing cell phone. Lou tells them that Petrov left them a bread crumb.
Steve and Danny arrive on a crime scene. A dead police officer and Lou tells them that the officer was driving along and took a shot to the head. Tani says that witnesses said that they saw a guy in uniform get into the police car and speed off. When asked what kind of uniform, Tani says a black uniform with yellow trim, kind of like a Navy uniform with patches on the arm and stars on the shoulders. Steve says that’s Russian Navy.
Steve decides that it’s time to go back to the Gorskov because they’re going to need someone who can talk to Petrov. He calls Danny to follow him and Danny stops him at the car telling him that he doesn’t appreciate Steve speaking to him as though he is a dog. Steve tells him he doesn’t know what Danny is talking about and Danny tells him that Steve has been giving him commands such as come, sit, stay, etc. And he doesn’t like it. So Steve apologizes. Danny is surprised saying that he has never known Steve to apologize that quickly or ever for that matter. He then thanks Steve. They get in the car and leave. Lou tells Tani, “Well, here we go again.”
The American military ships have surrounded the sub and Danny watches from the beach with binoculars. Steve is back on the sub wanting more answers from the acting commander. He tells the commander that he knows there is something else going on and Steve says if he does not help him he will be arrested and detained as the American President considers this an act of aggression which is not going unnoticed.
Lou and Junior are at HQ trying to track the cruiser with no luck and Junior says that HPD is also on it now. Jerry is at the door struggling to get in as he is still injured from the undercover opp he was on weeks ago.
Lou wants to know why he is there saying he just got out of the hospital a couple of days ago. Jerry replies, “are you kidding, we have a Russian nuclear sub parked at the beach, do you think I am going to sit this one out? “ He goes on saying he predicted this was going to happen as Junior chimes in asking, “What? You predicted a rogue Russian guy would torpedo himself out of a large tube to get himself to Hawaii?“ That’s not it, but Jerry says the Russian invasion which Lou denies is occurring. Jerry questions that when he says they are at status defcon 3 now.
Tani breaks up the fun when she enters saying she think she has something. Petrov had accessed the onboard system of the cruiser before he ditched it and he was looking up the names, Lee and Nancy Sterling who live in Manoa. Lou, calling Jerry “Scooter” tells him to take over the table and calls on Tani and Junior to head out to check on the Sterlings with him.
While Lou, Tani and Junior are driving to the Sterlings, Lou questions Tani to see if she is OK. It seems that she is not herself which Junior agrees. Junior says he is an expert in body language and he thinks something is up with her. Tani asks Junior if he was studying everyone’s body language or just hers, which shuts Junior up at the time and elicits a classic Lou look.
Jerry calls in and gives the rundown of the Sterlings to Lou. He does not see anything out of the norm as to why Petrov would be interested in them.
They pull up to a squad car that Lou determines is the stolen one. Lou, Junior, and Tani enter the house guns drawn. They go through room to room and as Junior heads outside, he sees the pool area and two bodies underwater. He dives in but it is too late seeing them strapped to chairs and drowned.
Back on the sub, Steve is questioning a crewman onboard. Through Malkin’s interpretation, the crewman says Steve does not look Hawaiian. Steve replies, “You don’t look like a murderer. You look like a man that wants a better life for himself.”
Noelani has arrived at the Sterlings and is discussing the situation at hand with Lou, Junior, and Tani. She declares that the Sterlings were tortured before drowned to which Tani is perplexed saying that does not make any sense. Lou, however, quips in, “You can be damned sure this is not random and that these people are all connected.” Junior also shares that Petrov changed clothes before leaving as his uniform was found inside.
McGarrett calls in and after reassuring everyone that he is alright, he shares he might have answers. He tells them of the interrogation of the crewman who turned out to have gone to Moscow Naval Institute with Petrov. Steve says they were close confidants and that the crewman thinks this is a revenge mission. Steve goes on to share that when Petrov was nine years old, both of his parents were murdered in front of him. “The murderer went on to become a deep undercover spy and Petrov has been hunting him ever since.” Tani says, “he found them,” referring to the dead bodies of the Sterlings.
Junior is in the Sterlings’ closet attic and finds a bag. As he opens it he finds guns, Russian documents and other info that symbolizes a spy go bag validating that the Sterlings were indeed undercover Russian spies.
Meanwhile HPD, Lou, and Tani are in the kitchen and living areas looking through the crime scene when Tani discovers a bookcase that is not stable; the classic hidden spy room. Tani and Lou go back and forth about who was to enter first, as she had just called Lou “Uncle” which he knows she is referring to his age. “It is a sign of respect on the Rock”, says Tani but also agrees Lou is old. Tani says,” age before beauty” but Lou returns with “beauty before the beast” and he enters first.
Once inside they find “James Bond “ stuff according to Tani and there is a lot of interesting things throughout that clearly show that they were undercover deep and part of a spy ring on the island.
Back at the beach, the scene scans into a strong military force standing guard as the camaro speeds away.
Lou calls Steve who is now with Danny in the car. He updates him and tells them what he found at the Sterlings. Lou tells Steve the Feds are looking into the ring now. Steve thanks Lou and says he has Noelani on the other line and must go.
Noelani tells Steve that the autopsy shows more than the torture but also that Lee Sterling had broken ribs and blood in his chest wall which symbolize an attempt at CPR. Danny questions why. But Steve has figured out that Petrov must have not wanted them dead but he was interrogating them. He says they were not the actual targets but they must know something about who is.
Steve says, “we have to head back to the consulate,” but Danny, says, “why, we did not get anywhere?” “We have to press harder now that we know about the Sterlings and the spy ring,” Steve replies.
Back at the Sterlings, an FBI agent comes up to Lou and tells him that the house was bugged and it signifies the Russians were listening in on their own people. “This means more bodies,” Lou states.
Jerry rings into Steve and Danny telling them that there was a call on the Sterling phone after TOD, and that call was to a Monica Shore who seems to have integrated herself well into the Hawaiian neighborhood she was part of. After being encouraged by Steve to focus in on what was important when Jerry starts to ramble, Jerry reveals that Monica also got a call from the Russian consulate forty minutes before the call she received from Petrov.
“Calling to warn her, says Danny. “Ping her phone, Jerry” Steve asks. It comes back that Monica is at the consulate. “That makes sense, she thinks she will be safe there”. Steve and Danny speed off in that direction thinking that her safe haven will not be that for long when Petrov finds her.
They arrive at the consulate along with Lou, Junior, and Tani arriving in separate cars. Tani notices blood splatter on a window. Steve hops over the wall and opens the gate letting the rest of the team onto the grounds.
They enter the consulate, guns drawn and start searching. They find a guard dead. As they move onward they see more dead bodies and a cigarette lit on the counter. Looking over, the team comes upon Petrov holding Monica at gunpoint. The team’s arrival distracts Petrov and Monica gets away with Petrov fleeing.
They split up and are looking high and low throughout the consulate for Petrov. Steve finds him first or it can be said Petrov finds Steve first as he surprises Steve knocking him to the ground. A full hand to hand combat fight occurs inclusive with things flying round the room and being used as weapons. Steve is able to obtain a sharp pencil and plunges it into Petrov’s leg causing him to stumble. They both fall through the window and the fight continues by the fountain outside. Steve gets the upper hand and pushes Petrov into the fountain where he knocks him out.
Steve has laid down to catch his breath and recover when Danny appears overhead. “Are you good?” Steve waves his hand barely, signally Danny he is fine.
Outside they are able to see heat signals of the rest of the Russians in the basement. They head down that way and ask for Monica Shore. “Which one of you is Monica Shore?” She appears but the head of the consulate tells Steve he cannot take her as they are on Russian jurisdiction. Steve points out, “we have both been doing things we shouldn’t have, so let’s call it even.” They lead Monica out of the consulate and arrest her, the team falls behind Steve, and they strut away.
The submarine retreats and leaves Oahu waters.
The team and FBI is cleaning up the island arresting the rest of the spy ring, young and old, as we hear a newscast in the background describing what is happening. “A Russian spy ring has been found to be running deeply on the island and now due to …” Another job well done by Five-0.
Back at the restaurant, Kamekona has practically taken over. The guys wonder what is happening when they see new plans that Kame has developed. They see that he has changed the lighting concept and the boys like it. Kame says he knows what he is doing. “I got us a liquor license too.” “How?” says Danny. It turns out that Kamekona was able to get it on pennies on the dollar from a restaurant that has gone under. Steve, clearly impressed, asks Danny why Vito did not do that. “I don’t know, why don’t you call him”. Danny remarks back.
Wait there is one more surprise. Kamekona leads the guys outside to where he reveals an “Opening Soon!” sign utilizing the Italian colors. But… it is called Kamekona’s Italian Bistro! “What happened to Steve’s?” Steve asks disappointed. “Kamekona’s is a name on the island that people love and trust, after all it is all about branding.” The guys give in and Flippa takes a picture of the three new partners.
The final scene of the season is at Kono and Adam’s house. Junior has arrived to Tani who lets him in. Junior sees she is disturbed and asks her if this is what she has wanted to talk to him about. She shows him the gun and gloves as she dictates the story of how she found them. She says the slug from Noriko’s body matches the gun. She asks Junior whether she should tell McGarrett and Junior says yes you have to because you are a cop and it is the right thing to do. Tani looks pensively towards the camera in soap opera style and the season goes black.
Moving on to the review…this might not be a popular opinion but to us this finale fell flat. We are not trying to be negative in anyway, but have always tried to stay honest with our reviews and this is how we feel. Compared to the many other seasons this one just did not live up and it was just lackluster. The story was very unrealistic even for television and the writers stretched it quite a bit.
There was really no intensity, angst, or edge of the seat moments like some other finales or even any question as to whether any of the team would make it through. Eddie was missing and that added to an overall bad way to bid the season good bye.
The cliffhanger was not even a cliffhanger as it had been addressed before and was so expected.
There were some enjoyable parts which include the banter among Danny and Steve and the same with Lou and Tani. It was good to see Steve and Danny partnered together as their on screen chemistry together is still unmatched. The fight with Steve and Petrov was well done showing the badass side of Steve once again. The relationship between Tani and Junior continues to grow and they seem to be enjoying that. Chi’s delivery and expressions were right on as usual. The scenery was well done and so was the sub as it did look real even though it was done on a green screen outside the studio. It was also good seeing Nahele again plus there were a couple of funny scenes.
With that being said, the rating on this one is an 8.5 and we are hoping for a better season 9. The ratings have steadily been declining and the season finale was the show’s lowest yet even compared to the same time of year every other season. It saddens us to see the show go in this direction. Going forward next season, let’s hope for a lot more episodes like the last few before the finale and episodes 2, 3, 10 and 18. The show needs to go back to the roots of Steve and Danny and preferably working cases together. Even Alex has said that is what the foundation is and what everything else is built on. The audience seems to agree.
Thank you for all your support reading our recaps/reviews throughout this season. A BIG THANK YOU! to those that helped us recap it this year as that is ALWAYS more than appreciated.
Wishing everyone a great hiatus!
will you be in 9 season make recap ep ??
No we will not be doing the episode recaps any longer as they are time consuming and based on other things we are all doing we have backed a way alot from the regular activity.
Not all season finales have been cliff hangers such as when Lou finally joined five O and also when Chin got married. Also when McGarrett and Dani flew the bomb out to sea on the helicopter. Exciting episodes, but no cliffhanger. Just some u answerd questions. Only the first 2 or three seasons really had big cliffhangers, steve framed for murdering the governor, chin having to save either his wife or Kono. The rest have been left with just unanswered questions.
Yes there were only a few seasons with cliffhangers but those type of ending have been missed lately. Other shows do them very well, for example the NCIS trio this year. It was not an unanswered question, just our review of what we thought of this finale. The lack of a cliffhanger was just one part where it fell flat. Thank you for your comment and for following the site 🙂
I love the show and enjoy most episodes but I agree no cliffhanger was a let down. Probaly due to the fact that Peter Lenkov was working on his new project Magnum PI and posting non stop about it instead of the Hawaii Five O finale. I wish his new project well but he is only one man and has too many irons in the fire it seems to keep then all hot. I wish he would let Scott Caan and Alex Oloughlin have some creative control and give them some writting and directorial duties as they are both familiar with their characters and in touch with their fanbase !! THEY are both creative, talented as well as hardworking. The show would be awesome if this could happen. Great to read your recap and opinion.
Yes those are good points. Thank you.
Must agree with you over the ending of season 8 ,it just did not feel right for the season ending ,we have always had excitement in the last show but this one had none just a normal ending that to me didn’t seem to have a proper story to begin with ,but saying all that it won’t turn me away from looking forward to Season 9 and to be seeing the most gorgeous man in my world ,just hope that the writers don’t let us down nor Alex and Scott they deserve the best
That is well said. We think they deserve better too. Season 8 just did not seem to be it, especially this one. Thanks for your comment and following.
Love the show. Just did a H50 tour with Amy and it was awesome.
Yes the H50 tours in the area are a great way to see the island in a unique way. Thanks for your comment and following the site.