After two weeks without our H50 fix, this episode was much anticipated. And we were not disappointed. Relive or catch the episode for the first time through the recap by Susan Schoppe and lots of vivid pictures.
We begin with an 18 year old boy, Reese in the office of Dr. Linda Silver who is a therapist. Reese is undergoing hypnosis for recurring nightmares. As Dr.Silver takes Reese deeper into his memory, we see an 8 year old boy walking through the woods in his pajamas late at night following the light from a flashlight showing through the brush. As Reese gets closer he sees someone digging in the dirt.
Reese awakens and our next scene is of Reese showing the police where a body is buried. Reese runs up to the grave where we see a skull and Reese is very upset and asking if he did this.
We are then taken to the beach at the Hawaiian Hilton where Steve and Danny are looking for Danny’s sister Bridget, who has come to Hawaii on business. They find her on a paddle board with her coworker in the lagoon. Steve is very surprised at the fact that Bridget is so attractive which annoys Danny to some extent as Steve makes a comment to further jibe his partner. Danny tells Steve that his sister looks as life as the glass is half full as opposed to Danny’s half empty view. Watching Bridget and her coworker, Steve goes into his protective mode by noticing that the guy seems to be a little handsy as he puts it. After the introductions Steve seems impressed with Bridget and as everyone is getting to know each other, Steve’s phone rings and of course he has to go, telling Danny and Bridget he will get with them later.
Back at HQ Chin is leaving a message at Sara’s home for her. When Kono comes in asking if Chin is alright. Chin explains that he and Sara usually talk every day and it’s been a week since he has spoken with her. He is clearly worried about her. Chin is thinking that Jorge and Maria are trying to distance him from Sara. After a weak attempt at easing Chins mind, Chin asks Kono what she really thinks. Kono spares nothing telling Chin that he went too far with the background checks and the delaying of the adoption proceedings and that she wouldn’t want him in Sara’s life either if it was her based on that behavior. She told Chin he was going to have to make things right with Jorge and Maria if he wanted to be in Sara’s life. Chin could see that Kono was right and said so.
Meanwhile at the medical examiner office, Grover is filling Steve in on Reese and the hypnosis therapy as they walk in to see Max. Max has information on the body that was found in the grave in the woods. He tells them that it is the body of a young girl around 16 to 18 years of age and that she died a very violent death. He tells them he sent some of the DNA to the lab to be analyzed. He also gave them a DVD that he found in her jacket pocket of songs. Written on the CD was “meet me at our spot”. As Steve and Grover are looking at the CD, they are all informed by the new ME that the girl is Maggie Reed, a star soft ball player who went missing one night 10 years ago and was never found. At that point Grover and Steve deduce that Reese couldn’t possibly have killed her, being only 8 at her time of death.
Now in Steve’s office Steve, Grover, Reese and his parents are discussing the therapist’s theory that at the age of eight, whatever Reese witnessed he could have blocked it off as a way of coping. They share that the woods were in the back of his house and that he and all the kids used to play back there all the time and that sometimes Reese would go out there at night when his parents would fight. Everyone then decides that the family has been through enough for the day and the family leaves.
Chin comes in with news on the CD found in Maggie’s jacket. It’s of breakup songs so Steve tells Chin to see about finding out if Maggie had a boyfriend at the time that could have been scorned.
We next see Danny and Bridget at the Tapa Bar at the Hilton sitting outside catching up on Bridget’s life and how things are going back home with the kids and her husband. Bridget tells Danny it’s good, but it’s great to be back out in the working world. As they talk, her coworker, who we now know as Spencer, comes up reminding Bridget of the seminar that they are supposed to attend. After being introduced to Spencer, Danny tells her he will see her for dinner that night.
Back in Steve’s office Danny enters clearly concerned telling Steve he thinks he was right about Spencer and that there may be something going on. Steve all too happy that Danny is announcing he is right, seems surprised that there really might be something to his observation after all. Danny explains that when the two were walking away Spencer put his hand on Bridget’s back. Not understanding why that’s a concern Steve asks Danny to demonstrate. While standing there with his hand on Steve’s back slightly rubbing it,
Kono enters saying she can always come back. (This scene was priceless]) With a big smile on her face, Kono tells Steve and Danny she just talked to Duke and the case file on Maggie Reed was checked out years ago by a detective Pearson Yang. He was on the original investigation and is now part of the cold case department. Steve tells her he and Danny will go and talk to Detective Yang. When walking out Steve playfully puts his hand on Danny’s back. Too funny.
While on their way over to Detective Yang, Danny tells Steve that he knows he is right about Bridget just like he was right about knowing Grace had a boyfriend. At that moment Danny gets a text from Bridget saying dinner is canceled but that its now drinks instead. Steve tries to reassure Danny it’s just a work thing but Danny’s is more concerned than ever.
Now at the cold case center, Detective Yang shows Danny and Steve a file on Travis Wilson who he believes to have been Maggie’s boyfriend at the time of her death and who he thinks killed her. Travis had been in minor trouble as a kid. Yang tells them he was never able to get any real proof on Travis but Travis can’t account for his whereabouts during the time of Maggie’s death. In the file there is Travis’s handwriting and Steve compares it to the writing on the CD seeing a match.
Steve, Danny, and Yang go to visit Travis at his work. Steve shows Travis the CD. Travis admits he gave it to Maggie but that he didn’t kill her and he loved her. However, Travis felt it was his fault because he had asked her to go out that night to meet him.
Back at HQ Kono tells Steve and Danny, who are in the car, that Reese is feeling better and wants to do hypnosis again to see if he can see the person’s face that had buried Maggie’s body that night. After hanging up with Kono, Danny tells Steve he is more concerned that ever about Bridget and Spencer because of how he almost had a thing with his partner Grace while he was married to Rachael. Steve seems to understand more now and tells him he has to talk to Bridget.
Now at Dr. Silver’s office Reese is again trying hypnosis and is being guided back to the night of what he saw. Steve and Danny are observing from the next room of what Reese is seeing. This time Reese sees much more. He’s closer now. He can see the blood all over Maggie and he can see even at that age that Maggie is dead. He does remember a sentence, “always fresh, always cold, which he begins to repeat, but he has no idea what it means.
Back at HQ the team is watching the session on video when Kono remembers a popular shave ice company with that slogan called Uncle Icy.
Steve and Danny go to see Uncle Icy to see if any of his trucks may have been in the area that night. While there.,Grover calls Steve and tells him to get down to HPD right away because Travis Wilson just confessed to Maggie’s murder.
When Danny and Steve arrive Yang tells them that two hours after they left him, Travis walked in and confessed. Steve finds it hard to believe after 10 years that Travis would all of a sudden confess. He also has a gut feel about something when he sees the look on Travis’s face as they take him away. However, he tells Yang congratulations and he and Danny leave.
While walking out, Danny tells Steve he is impressed with his maturity of not challenging Yang. Steve howvere still feels there is a problem with the confession and something is off.
Our next scene is of Danny and Bridget in the Bali restaurant at the Hawaiian Hilton. Danny is trying to talk to Bridget about Spencer and it is clearly not going well. Bridget reveals her true feelings. She is unhappy and lonely at home as her husband is never there due to work. She has to take care of the children by herself and their parents usually need something and she is the one who takes care of that because Danny and his other sister aren’t there as they bailed years ago. She feels she has no support and that her sense of self is disappearing. Then one day at work someone actually sees her for a woman and that is Spencer. She also tells Danny that Spencer is just a friend and nothing has happened. Danny’s response,” nothing’s happened yet.” Bridget very upset, gets up and leaves.
Next we see Danny walking into HQ following a trail of mud into Steve’s office where Steve is changing clothes. (Fortunately for us, he still had not buttoned his shirt) Danny asks what were you doing… digging a grave? in a rather facetious manner. Steve answers yes. And then tells Danny that Travis could not have killed Maggie because he has retraced everything Travis would have to have done and in the hour and a half timeline of the crime and it was impossible. He knows this because he just tried it and couldn’t do it. Danny then points out the one problem, Travis already confessed. Steve reminds Danny that Travis already feels guilty so after 10 years of harassment from Yang, he just gave in. He adds that Uncle Icy didn’t do it either because he had no trucks then. Steve grabs the keys and says we’re taking a drive.
Steve takes them to the road near the woods where Maggie’s body was buried. On the side of the road is a sign for a burger joint. Steve said it made him think so he called Uncle Icy and asked if he ever did any advertising and he had. The sign with the burger used to say “Always fresh Always cold” as he had advertised in that exact spot. Steve says that you have to be on the road to see the sign. So now Steve is thinking Reese had to be in a car and Maggie may have been on that road as well. Maggie’s injuries could have been from being hit by a car in which Reese was a passenger in. Whoever was driving the car is who killed Maggie.
Back at HQ Kono is filling in the whole team and Detective Yang on her research. She pulled Reese’s family’s DMV records and Reese’s father filed an insurance claim the day after Maggie went missing. He said he hit a boar. According to the ME, there would have been a lot more damage than there was if he did. The height of the bumper matches the injuries of Maggie.
Back at Dr. Silver’s office Reese has agreed to another session of hypnosis this time without his parents. As Reese is beginning the session Steve, Danny, and Yang are observing again in the next room when Reese’s parents come rushing in to object to the session. Steve confronts them saying he’s 18 and has agreed to it and they know he saw something that night that he couldn’t process.
As the session continues Reese remembers getting out of the back seat and walking into the woods and as he gets closer he sees the person digging the grave and putting Maggie in it. It’s his mother. Everyone is stunned as she explains she and Reese’s father had argued so she took Reese and were going to a hotel. She had been drinking and hit Maggie by accident. It turns out that Maggie wasn’t dead and she was afraid they would take Reese away so she took a rock and killed Maggie and buried her. The case is closed with this revelation and twist.
In another funny scene between Steve and Danny, we next see Steve dropping Danny off at the Hilton to go talk to Bridget. Apparently Steve felt the need to drive Danny there and to hover.
When Bridget opens the door to her room, Danny tells her that he loves her very much and that he does not have all the answers. He continues with he is far, far from perfect and that he is there for her always no matter what and all she has to do is pick up the phone. Seems that’s all she needed to hear. Knowing that she had someone she could count on, they spend the evening in Bridget’s room watching their favorite childhood movie Smoky and the Bandit.
This will be one of my favorite episodes because it brought back the McDanno humor between Steve and Danny that the early episodes had .The COTW also had you guessing who the perp was to the end as we never saw it coming. We might have thought the Dad was guilty but not Mom. I also loved the relationship with Danny and his sister and hope they have her back. Missy Peregrym played Bridget excellent and Joey Luther did a great job acting his imagination. For all those reasons and more, this one was a 9.