Things seemed to be calming down from last week’s SOTB event, but one thing that was not calm was the excitement about this episode. As it it was the 175th, there was reason for celebration. What an accomplishment. If that wasn’t enough, It was also a good one that was action packed with the usual Hawaii Five 0 goodies mixed within. Lets look at it again through the recap below.
As tonight’s episode begins we see Junior on a morning run and he is almost run down himself as he crosses the street. It turns out he knows the girl behind the wheel and her name is Layla. When she emerges from the car, Junior sees that she is expecting and very soon. Although surprised, they are both happy to see one another and apparently it has been quite some time since they have been in touch. After a little small talk they agree to meet up soon to catch up.
The next scene is of Tani and she is riding up on her scooter to a house that her brother Koa is hanging at with a few of unsavory looking guys. Tani takes Koa out of the house against his wishes just in time to avoid him being arrested in a raid on the place. She knew in advance that a raid was coming down so she made sure Koa was gone beforehand.
After the wave rolls and we see Ian has been added to the opening credits(YAY) , we are at the Honolulu International Airport. Here we see Steve buying two leis to greet someone, and to our happy surprise it’s Adam. Steve is excited to see Adam but is searching for Kono as he expected her to be there too. He is very disappointed when Adam tells him that Kono isn’t coming after all and that a last minute lead about more trafficking came up, She says she has to follow through on it. Steve assures Adam that it will be over soon.
While Steve is driving Adam home, he is trying to reassure Adam that Kono has to do this. It is more like a mission and legacy for her and that when she is done, they will be together having lots of babies, and he is looking forward to being Uncle Steve to them. Adam lets Steve in on the fact that Kono actually thought she might be pregnant a while back but that it wasn’t meant to be.
Back with Junior continuing his run, a group of men catch his eye pulling up in front of a bank with duffle bags and wearing heavy coats.
Switching back to Steve and Adam, Steve is filling Adam in on the restaurant plans he has with Danny and the news that he now has a dog. Adam is surprised as he thought Steve was a cat person but Steve says Eddie has used a mind trick on him. (Eddie seems to have done that to ALL of us; how can you not love Eddie) While chatting, Steve’s phone rings and it’s Junior telling Steve what he has seen at the bank location. Steve tells him to stay put and he is on the way.
We next see the men entering the bank with their weapons. They have everyone get on the floor while asking for the bank manager.
Now back at HQ, Tani and Lou are at the table where Lou is showing a video to Tani of her and her brother Koa from earlier that morning. It clearly shows that she is covering up that Koa was with the people in the house that was raided and she took him out beforehand. The look on Tani’s face says it all.
She explains to Lou that she was trying to prevent Koa from a record that would follow him for life. Lou understands and tells her he probably would have done the same thing, but that at some point you have to let people make their own mistakes in order to help them. Tani asks Lou if he thinks Steve will fire her for it. As we have come to know Lou’s big heart, it doesn’t surprise us that he deletes the video so that Steve doesn’t find out. Tani is surprised but relieved.
Back at the bank, we see Steve and Adam arriving to meet Junior. He points out the car they came in with on the street. Steve checks out the car to find it has been stolen. He also checks out the bank through the windows and sees everyone on the floor tied up. While Steve is checking things out Adam and Junior introduce themselves to each other. Steve comes back, tells Junior to call Grover, have him get HPD there, and that he is going in.
Back at HQ, Lou tells Tani what’s going on and they are off to the bank.
Now back with Steve, Adam, and Junior, Steve decides to go in the back door of the bank through the parking garage. He pulls the doors open with chains and his truck. Steve tells Junior the plan is for Junior and Adam to wait there for backup and tells Adam to keep an eye on Junior.
As Steve searches the hallways of the bank, you guessed it; there is Junior, with one of Steve’s guns from the lockbox from the truck. It seems as if he is not good at waiting. As Steve is scolding him, Adam appears. Seeing neither of them is going to listen, Steve gives Adam an extra gun and they continue the search.
They make their way to the lobby where all the hostages are on the floor. Steve cuts the security guard’s ties and learns the thieves went downstairs to the vault. Steve directs the guard to cut everyone else’s ties and lead them out of the bank as soon as he can.
Steve, with Junior and Adam in tow, head downstairs towards the vault. They find the vault closed and locked with the manager on the floor unconscious. Concluding that the thieves are in the vault Steve walks towards the vault, but it explodes throwing all three of them back and into the air.
When Steve gains his composure he checks on Adam and Junior. As they gain consciousness Steve asks the manager if he is alright and if he can unlock the vault.
He opens the vault and they discover that the thieves had blown a hole through to the lower sewer system as a way of escaping. Steve decides to go in and follow the thieves and he tells Junior to call Jerry to track his cell phone so that he and Adam can follow Steve above ground. Junior wants to go with Steve but Steve orders him to stay behind with Adam. Junior does understand and responds to the order.
Alone, Steve enters the tunnel following the thieves. As Steve is searching below, Adam and Junior are speeding through the streets following Jerry’s track on Steve’s phone. (Adam can give Steve a run for his money when it comes to driving skills, or lack of them as Danny would say).
Below, Steve hears a noise and is met with gunfire. He returns fire and we hear the suspect drop. Steve quickly gets to him and finds the person he shot is an HPD officer. Steve immediately calls in an officer down distress call. Jerry answers with directions on an exit out where Adam and Junior are tracking Steve to meet him above ground. Steve picks up the officer and carries him out towards the meet.
They get the officer in the bed of the truck where Steve and Junior try to stop the bleeding, while Adam rushes them to the hospital. Once there, they are met by medical staff that begins heart shock work right in the hallway. After several attempts to get his heart started again, the ER doc makes the call of time of death. Seeing Steve’s face tells us this is something that will profoundly affect him long term.
We next see Lou and Tani arriving at the ER met by Adam and Junior who tell them that the officer died, and Steve is outside. Lou walks out to Steve, sits down, and tells him it was dark, the officer was a trained professional, and he should have identified himself as an officer with HPD. Steve says he messed up, that he didn’t have a visual, and this one is on him. Lou tries again but Steve interrupts him repeating that he didn’t have a visual and gets up walking off, still covered in the officer’s blood.
Back at HQ, everyone except Steve walks in joining Jerry at the table. When Jerry asks how McGarrett is, there are somber shakes of the head. Jerry then tells them that Duke had some background on the thieves. They disabled the alarm the night before apparently knowing their way around, and they made off with ten million in cash. He says the cash was deposited the day before which Lou concludes that it was an inside job.
Adam also thinks that a deposit that large is connected to organized crime and money laundering. Tani and Junior are surprised to learn that Adam has experience in this due to the Yakuza which impresses Junior. Lou now wants the employees in the bank checked out. Jerry pulls up one of the bank tellers whose fingerprints were found in the vault, Bobby Akamu.
The next scene is of the rendition room where Lou and Steve have Bobby. They want to know why a teller would be in the vault at all and that his prints show they are only twenty four hours old. While Bobby continues to deny everything, it is clear Lou is scaring him and it looks like a confession is close.
Back upstairs at the table, Jerry and Adam are looking at the surveillance tapes from the bank of the thieves and they make a startling discovery. One of the thieves appears to be the officer that Steve shot. He wasn’t an officer at all, but was wearing an HPD uniform. Tani hurries down to the rendition room and pulls Steve out telling him he needs to see what they have.
When Steve sees the guy he shot was not an officer, there is a look of relief and a definite weight lifted from him. Adam concludes that the plan was to blend in with all the other cops on the street and make a clean get away. Just as Adam is sharing his theory, another man dressed as an officer is entering the Palace.
The man gets in the elevator and we are then shown a scene of everyone at the table deciding to tell Bobby they will put the word out on the street that he gave them information on their plan. They think that should get him to talk and Lou is looking forward to the show.
However, when Steve and Lou enter the rendition room they find that Bobby has a gunshot wound to the head. Steve and Lou begin a search of the area and Steve orders the Palace closed and sealed.
The imposter walks out the front door just as the doors are locked behind him and he escapes. Now at the doors, Steve believes he made it out and orders the doors opened so they can pursue. He and Lou race outside just in time to see the imposter round the corner and get into a car.
The thieves spot Steve and Lou and begin to fire at them. A gun battle ensues and can be heard upstairs where the team run to the windows to see. Tani, Adam, and Junior all go down to help.
As the gunfire continues, the thieves get in the car and take off. Steve steps out taking aim at the driver hitting his target head on, and it is over in a dramatic way. The car crashes, flipping over on to its roof with two of the thieves who are alive and arrested.
As they are taken off, the trunk bursts open spilling out all the money from the robbery. Steve walks off with the team to some dramatic music, as he has dodged a different type of bullet in this one.
That night at HQ, Lou sees Tani sitting at her desk and he stops in to see if she is alright. Tani tells Lou that one of the robbers, Dave Lockhart, has prior ties to Five-0. He is the one who executed Bobby and had been questioned back in 2011 for a murder that he alibied out on. He was arrested on other things just making parole a year ago. This explains how he knew where the rendition room was.
We next see Steve and Adam finally arriving home at Adam and Kono’s house. Steve thanks Adam for having his back and Adam says that is what Ohana is for. It is easy to see that Adam doesn’t really want to go inside without Kono, so Steve tells him to call anytime he wants to talk or to meet up. As Steve leaves, Tani calls him saying she needs to tell him about something that happened that morning and can he come see her at HQ, Steve says he is on the way.
The final scene is of Junior at Steve’s home. He’s watching a video of him and Layla from the time they went to the prom. It turns out that they had been a couple and seemed very happy. There seems to be a lot of story to be told here if they choose to go there.
This was excellent all the way around. We saw how good Junior will be with Steve and how much a part of the team Adam really is. We saw that Tani has honor & character as it is implied she will tell Steve the truth. The best though was Alex’s part. He nailed the emotions of a law enforcement person who had caused the death of an innocent person down pat. His face spoke volumes and as usual he excelled with telling a story of emotion through expression. His heart was breaking and he brought us along with him in that journey. Although it was good to see that he was not actually at fault, it would have also been interesting for the show to let him play that out down the road. Maybe they will keep that idea for episode 250. 🙂 Either way, he did it justice and gave 100% heart in the performance. For that and more, we rate this one a 9.5.
What a great 175th episode! Action, comedy, angst, character, Ohana, stunts, and so much more! Everything we are used to getting in a solid Hawaii Five 0 episode. Congrats to all involved in this one as well as any and/or all of the ones leading up to it! Well done!