After a month of being on hiatus, Hawaii Five 0 fans worldwide were excited to see what the next new episode bought about and last night it was revealed. Episode 8.16 had three different stories including the one where we found out who took Adam and what was wanted from him. The other two stories are included below, too.
A new show means a new recap, and in this case we even had a new contributor, Mimsy help with this one so thanks goes out to her. It is probably the most detailed we have ever had, so if you have not seen it yet, it might not be best to read it yet. If you have seen it, then you will feel like you are watching all over again. With that being said, here we go.
When the Five-0 group last left us, we were left wondering whether or not Adam would survive being locked in a container deep in the forest. We’ve returned after the break to find him still in the container, tied up and covered in ants crawling all over his body from head to toe.
The familiar wave flows and so do the credits.
After that, Tani and Junior have gone undercover as a married couple who are meeting with the interim head mistress, Ms. Meech, of a private school to hopefully enroll their “son”, Noah. When in reality, they are there investigating the disappearance of the Head Master, Mr. Waller.
A flashback during this meeting shows both Tani and Junior questioning the team as to why THEY have to go undercover when it’s a missing person’s case. They are informed that HPD has already questioned everyone involved with the school, from the administration down to the parents. Danny explains to them that unless you’re part of their “clique”, they don’t talk to anyone about things like this. Steve lets them know that they just need the both of them to attend a few school events to see if they can find anything out. Junior questions whether or not anyone will believe that he and Tani are anyone’s parents when Tani comments that he could pass for a dad but they’d never believe someone as young as her could be anyone’s mother. Due to these protests, Steve asks Danny if he’s picking up on the chemistry between their two young officers. Danny of course adds that they sound just like they’re married.
Returning to the meeting with Ms. Meech, she is letting them know about the night that Mr. Waller went missing. She lets them know that the police came to the school and questioned everyone and that nobody there could have ever been involved in his disappearance. She did let it slip that Mr. Waller did have a “strong personality” that sometimes rubbed people the wrong way.
Thanks to Eric and his photography and photoshopping skills, they were able to show Ms. Meech pictures of their happy family.
Tani asks Ms. Meech if there is anything they could do that would help Noah’s chances in getting to the top of the admissions list and goes back to Five 0 letting them know that both she and Junior need $600 to attend a fundraiser for the school’s new gymnasium. Steve is shocked at this. Lou lets Tani know that if she’s ever planning on having children, she needs to start saving her money NOW, explaining how his daughter has already blown through her monthly allowance. Tani slips up by saying, “Yeah good beer ain’t cheap”. Lou is surprised and Tani back pedals and corrects herself telling him that she meant books. Good books aren’t cheap.
Lou questions if there truly is any connection between Mr. Waller’s disappearance and the fact that he’s the head master at the school vs it being a carjacking. He even suggests that he could have been murdered at random for any number of reasons that have nothing to do with the school. Steve agrees that it could very well be a possibility except for the fact that all of his personals, i.e. his briefcase, laptop and cell phone were still in his office. Tani adds that two days later, the school custodian found a 9 millimeter shell casing in a vacuum cleaner bag. They all agree that the murder took place on school grounds and that Mr. Waller’s body was moved to another location. Tani mentions that Waller was a polarizing figure at that school and that you either loved him or hated him.
Junior comes back in after speaking with the Board of Trustees from the school and lets the three know that most of the people who knew Waller were on the hate side of the coin. Within five years, they had received over 100 complaints about him. Steve let’s Junior and Tani know that he is going to have a few officers from HPD go through the e-mails that the school’s Board of Trustees are sending over because he wants the two of them at the fundraiser taking place that afternoon to gather more Intel. Lou says that he is going to speak to the Governor about getting them the $600 budget needed and Tani unsuccessfully attempts to request a little extra for a cocktail dress for the event. When Junior tells Steve that they’ll try not to bid on anything too expensive, Steve tells them to go ahead and bid, just don’t win.
We’ve moved to Danny’s and Steve’s restaurant where Danny is telling Uncle Vito that the contractor bids are way over budget. Yet Uncle Vito would rather focus his interests on dating websites on his phone. Uncle Vito tells his nephew that the contractors come in and look over the place and say that it’s going to take ages to build but he could make their place into a restaurant in a matter of a couple of weeks. He lets Danny know that the problem is the paperwork. With all of the licenses that they need, it’s not just a hop skip and a jump. When he mentions the liquor license, Danny lets him know that Steve took care of that and submitted the paperwork for the liquor license a month ago. Uncle Vito has some bad news for Danny because that paperwork is normally submitted 12 months in advance. Seeing Danny start to panic, Uncle Vito tells him not to worry, that he will handle everything all while touching Danny’s hair to Danny’s dismay.
Now back in the shipping container with Adam, he is woken up by Hideki throwing a bucket of water on him. He tells a startled Adam that they need to talk and Adam questions who Hideki is and wants to know what he is doing there. Hideki tells him that it’s not important who HE is, but what is important is what Adam has been up to since he returned to the island. He tells Adam that he knows that Adam is back for the $20 million that used to belong to Hiro Noshimuri and was stolen by Michelle Shioma. Adam tells him that information that he was given is untrue. Hideki responds that the last time he spoke with her, she told him about Adam’s visit and that they spoke about the money and where it’s hidden.
Adam continues to deny it, but Hideki doesn’t believe him saying that once he has the money, they can then discuss a change in his current accommodations. Hideki tells Adam that he’s brought along someone who could “jog his memory”. Appearing in the doorway of the container is Jessie, who we all know is working undercover for Adam and the task force to bring down Hideki. Hideki introduces the two, not knowing that they already know each other. Jessie has decorated her one hand with brass knuckles and proceeds to put a beating on Adam in order to get the information about the location of the $20 million as Hideki is hoping for.
We return to Jessie continuing her assault and Adam quietly telling her that she’s doing a great job. She pleads with him to tell Hideki where the money is but he lets her know that he truly does not know. Jessie tells him that he’d better come up with something to tell Hideki or Hideki will order her to beat Adam to death. Adam lets her know that Michelle told Hideki that to screw Adam over. Jessie brings Hideki back inside the container where Adam tells Hideki that he’ll take him to where the money has been buried.
Uncle Vito is still at the restaurant now with Kamekona and the workers that Kamekona has brought with him. Uncle Vito is not impressed with the crew but Kamekona lets him know that this was the best he could scrape up with what Uncle Vito was willing to spend. Uncle Vito says that he’s actually impressed that Kamekona was able to find an electrician for $20/hour, to which Kamekona informs Vito that the guy is not exactly an electrician. Telling Kamekona that he didn’t just hear that, he tells Kamekona that he needs him to do him a favor. He says he needs to leave for an hour or two tops to go do something. Kamekona is not in favor of that and tells Vito that he needs to leave soon in order to go run his own business. Vito is able to convince Kamekona to stick around for two hours maximum, promising that he’ll comp him a meal for two as soon as the restaurant opens.
Hideki, Jessie, and Adam go through the jungle to their truck and Jessie drives while Hideki holds Adam at gunpoint throughout.
Tani and Junior arrive at the fundraiser at the home of the head of the PTA and her husband, the contractor who is overseeing the construction of the new gym. She welcomes everyone and begins the fundraiser by asking for good thoughts for Head Master Waller. Tani and Junior make the rounds amongst the parents asking everyone what their thoughts are on Mr. Waller’s disappearance.
Tani steps away to call Steve, Danny, and Lou and give them an update on a few potential suspects in the crowd and then tells them that she needs to go rescue Junior from Tad. Tad is an optometrist who apparently is a major player in the PTA and also has major halitosis which she shares with Steve and the team at HQ, leaving them with that image.
Danny then tells Steve about his meeting with Uncle Vito and how the potential contractors for the restaurant are going to put them way over budget. Steve asks by how much and Danny lets him know it is looking like 50%. Steve is shocked and Danny tries to reassure Steve that Vito is going to take care of it. Steve is not reassured, but Danny comes back with the fact that Steve took way too long to submit the permits for the liquor license. But “not to worry, because Uncle Vito is going to take care of it”. Lou sarcastically throws in that no one would ever have thought that the two of them opening up a restaurant would cause this much friction.
Eric arrives with Mr. Waller’s laptop and the information he was able to retrieve. He shows them that he was able to recover a bunch of deleted files, including an e-mail to the Board of Trustees recommending that Ms. Meech be terminated from her position at the school for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for admitting certain kids to the school. Steve mentions how the e-mail was never sent since Ms. Meech was still working at the school. But Eric informs the trio that the e-mail was deleted the day after Mr. Waller’s disappearance.
Back at the fundraiser, Ms. Meech is getting ready to leave when Tani and Junior compliment her on her “sweet ride”. She thanks them and plays it off saying that she got a really good deal on it. Junior gives the valet an extra tip to hang on to Ms. Meech’s car letting him know that HPD would be by shortly to pick it up. Much to Ms. Meech’s surprise and confusion as to why her car is being taken by the police, Junior and Tani introduce her to their real identity as members of Five-0.
We return after a commercial to headquarters and are brought to the infamous blue interrogation room where Steve, Tani, and Junior are questioning Ms. Meech. They let her know that they know that she was going to be fired and that they know about the bribes that she took. She tells them that she never took one penny from any parent at that school. But Steve tells her that they know that her bribes were not monetary, rather by “payment in kind.” Luxury vacations, holiday rentals, expensive meals. Ms. Meech argues that is just rumors spread about her and she is friends with a lot of the parents from the school and that she enjoys their company outside of the school. Junior asks her if that’s what she told Waller when he confronted her about all of that. She continues to deny any and all knowledge of it all. Steve tells her that they know about the deleted e-mail that Waller was going to send to the school board recommending she be fired, how Mrs. Waller called the police to report her husband’s disappearance the night that the e-mail was written, and how the very next day, that e-mail was deleted from his computer.
Ms. Meech asks them if they believe that she did that and Tani tells her that they know that she did. She shows Ms. Meech a video of her going in and out of Waller’s office and Steve details his theory of how she begged Waller not to fire her, but he refuses, she kills him and she gets his body off of school grounds in the trunk of his car. Ms. Meech argues that while she did go and see Mr. Waller to try and persuade him not to send the letter, he refused and she said that was the end of it. She explains that she came into work the next day expecting to be fired, only to find out that Mr. Waller had gone missing. She said that in that moment, she saw that as a gift from God as an answer to prayer. She said that she had nothing to do with Mr. Waller’s disappearance. Steve then receives a phone call and when he hung up, he told Ms. Meech that it looked like they weren’t going to have to ask God to testify on her behalf because they have new evidence. But much to her disappointment, Steve tells her that she’s still not going anywhere so she should make herself comfortable and they leave her there.
Jessie, Adam, and Hideki arrive where Adam has brought them to “retrieve the hidden money”. They’ll have to walk a ways from the truck and when Adam asks Hideki for some water before they start their trek, Jessie tells him that he can have the refreshment when they get their money and they go off to the burial spot. Whose side is she on?
Next, Uncle Vito is in the official’s office to explain how Steve and Danny didn’t get the permit request in early enough because they’ve been so busy keeping the streets of Hawaii safe and keeping crime down. The official says that he understands, but there is nothing he can do to help. Vito is surprised by this asking him if he heard him correctly. The official explains that they only issue a fixed number of licenses a month and that if he were to bump Danny and Steve to the top of the list, that would mean that someone else who got their paperwork in on time would have to wait. Vito says that he is fine with that. Vito tries to compliment the official’s wife and makes his first attempt to bribe the man with a nice complimentary meal from the restaurant when it opens. The official tells him that what he is suggesting sounds an awful lot like a bribe. Vito right away attempts to squash that and tells him that all he’s trying to do is offer some nice top shelf booze and a very nice meal in exchange for some possible help for Danny and Steve by putting the at the top of the pile. When that is met with a silent response, Vito then offers him $500.
Eric and the crime scene unit are working over Mr. Waller’s car and Eric let’s Steve and Danny know that he hasn’t “searched that hard for nothing since he broke some girl’s’ necklace while trying to remove her bra at the Williamsburg Multiplex”, shocking both Steve and Danny (TMI). Eric tells them that whoever drove Waller’s car off school grounds, wiped it down before they ditched it. Steve asks about blood evidence and gets the response of there was none. They conclude that someone cleaned the car “from top to tail or Waller’s body was in there”. And Danny says that means that his body could still be at the school. Eric agrees.
Five- 0 and the HPD arrive at the school and Steve and Eddie are searching an area looking for anything that will lead them to Waller. Danny radio’s Steve letting him know that he may have something at the construction site. Steve and Eddie then make their way to Danny. Danny shows Steve, Lou, Tani and Junior that only one block of cement out of a few has been poured and they all remark at how poorly the job was done. Steve tells Tani to get CSU down there and asks her to have them bring a jackhammer.
Steve is shown using the jackhammer to get through the dried cement and finally Eric spots something, telling Steve to stop. Eric and two CSU cops proceed to hammer a little further down where they find Mr. Waller’s dead body and also the 9 millimeter gun they believe was used in killing him. Steve bags it as evidence and says that all they need to do now is figure out who pulled the trigger.
Meanwhile after another break, Adam, Jessie and Hideki are still walking towards where Adam has told Hideki the money is buried. Along the way, Jessie tells Adam that if he has some sort of plan, that he’d better let her in on it or else Hideki is going to end up putting a bullet in Adam’s head. Hideki receives a phone call and is speaking in a foreign language and Adam understands every word that Hideki is saying. Hideki is definitely taking orders from someone else on this because he is telling the caller that he does not have the money yet and that he’ll call them back as soon as it’s done.
Eric works on cleaning up the gun in order to get the serial number. He is successful and is able to find out who it is registered to. Jared Barton. Tani and Junior share a look and Steve questions it asking if they know the person. Tani lets everyone know that they do know Mr. Barton, as both he and his wife hosted the school’s benefit that they attended. Junior lets them know that Mr. Barton’s construction company is the one that is building the school’s gymnasium.
All of Five-0 surround Jared Barton carrying a black duffle bag on his way to his car. They find another open bag full of money in Barton’s trunk and Lou tells Steve that he thinks that they have the right guy. Maybe they should bring the money to Adam, as he could use some help right about now.
In the interrogation room at headquarters, Barton is handcuffed to the chair and Steve and Danny arrive to question him. Steve apologizes to him for having him wait so long, but that they had to get a lot of people to help count all of the money they found in the trunk of Barton’s car. When asked how he got his hands on $3 million, he remains silent and doesn’t even look at them. Danny tells him that he’s heard of the construction business being lucrative, but not THAT lucrative. Steve tells Danny that it’s clear that Barton is not going to tell them anything, so why not have them tell him what they know.
Danny informs Barton that they had a warrant to go through his company records and that “it turns out you’re taking a giant bath on that thing”. It was supposed to be $1 million for the whole thing and Barton is $10 million in expenses and that is way over budget. Telling him that he is either the worst construction manager of all time or he has been using that place to launder large sums of money, Danny is going with the latter. Danny also announces that they believe that Mr. Waller got a look at those books also.
Steve lets Barton know that they found Mr. Waller’s body and the gun that has presumed to have killed him buried in a slab of concrete on Barton’s construction site. He tells him to either let them know what he knows or he’s going down for the murder as the crime lab is currently processing the weapon. Barton immediately tells them to tell the crime lab not to bother and that he killed Mr. Waller. They’re right about the money laundering and right about it all. Danny admits that he wasn’t expecting that. Steve tells him that since he’s being so cooperative, that he can now tell them who he’s been laundering the money for. He agrees, but his condition is that he has to know for sure that his family is safe. Steve asks if he has reason to believe that they are in danger and Barton tells him and Danny that the other players are part of the Venezuelan drug cartel who do not like complications. Danny and Steve come to the conclusion that Barton was going to use the money for him and his family to disappear. Barton tells them that he deserves prison or worse for what he’s done, but his family knew nothing about it and for all he knows, right now they COULD be in danger.
Barton’s wife and daughter arrive at the Waiola store to do some shopping. A man in sunglasses pulls up across the street and monitors them.
Meanwhile, Adam, Jessie and Hideki arrive where Adam says the money has been buried. Hideki orders Jessie to untie Adam and he hands over the shovel to Adam and tells him to start digging. Adam pinpoints the exact spot and begins to dig.
Mrs. Barton receives a phone call from Steve letting her know that they have reason to believe that both she and her daughter are in imminent danger. He tells her that it’s important that they stay put where they are and that she needs to tell him where they are so that he can send the closest HPD unit to their location. While on the phone, she spots the sun glassed man getting out of his vehicle when another SUV pulls up and gunfire erupts in the street between the man and the four in the SUV. The man in the car and two of the men from the SUV are hit. While still in the store, the two remaining men from the SUV come in and take both Mrs. Barton and her daughter, put them into the truck, and drive off, leaving three bodies down in the street.
Adam continues to dig further and Hideki (a few feet away out of earshot) watches. Adam asks Jessie if she saw the conversation that Hideki had on the phone before. He tells her that he was right, that Hideki IS taking orders from someone else. Jessie tells Adam that doesn’t make a difference right now and unless Adam plans on turning the hole into a tunnel, he’d better find some coins. Hideki has had enough saying that Adam bought himself another three hours of life, but that his time is up.
Adam begins to panic and tells Hideki to wait as he digs faster. He finally reaches something. Breaking the lock with the shovel, Adam opens the box to show a gun lying inside. Jessie gets Adam out of the hole and Hideki gets him down on his knees threatening to kill him right there. Adam begs to explain that the gun isn’t even loaded and tells Hideki that he doesn’t want to touch the gun. Hideki asks why and Adam explains that the gun was used in an old murder 15 years prior when a local guy killed his business partner. He says that his father Hiro tidied up the whole thing, but he kept the gun as an insurance policy. Hideki doesn’t believe Adam, saying that he’ll tell him anything to keep him from killing him and throwing him into the hole that Adam has dug. Adam tells Hideki that it’s the truth and that the guy who committed the murder has far too much to lose if the gun is ever brought to the police It’s worth maybe even more than $20 million, which of course has piqued Hideki’s interest.
Hideki again questions him about keeping the money to which Adam again says that Michelle was lying. It was blood money and he didn’t want anything to do with it when his father died and he still doesn’t, saying that it’s not worth his life. Hideki asks Adam what if the guy can’t afford the blackmail money. Adam tells him that the guy will owe Hideki and will pay him whatever he wants. Hideki says that he should just kill Adam right now, save himself the waste of time. He tells Hideki that he needs a name and that Adam can get him that, but only if he lets him walk out of there.
Meanwhile, Danny, Lou and Steve are at the Waiola store. Lou lets them know that witnesses told him that both Mrs. Barton and her daughter were abducted by two guys in a black SUV. The 3 bodies on the ground were two dead Venezuelan nationals from the Ramirez cartel and that the other guy in the sunglasses was Christopher Deacon. Deacon was a bodyguard that Jared Barton had hired for his family. Steve is surprised that the cartel grabbed both mom and daughter in broad daylight and says that they did it to use as leverage to get Barton to give them the money. Danny asks him what he wants to do to which Steve responds that they’re going to give them what they want.
Jared Barton arrives at the shipping yard on Sand Island. Pulling into the warehouse he is met by five men. He asks where his family is and one of the men tells him that he’ll get them when he gets the money. Barton disagrees and tells them that they will get their money as soon as he sees that his family is safe. The guy radios to one of the men across the floor and blinds go up showing both Mrs. Barton and her daughter with their hands tied with duct tape. Barton is then ordered to give them the cash and he directs them to the trunk of his car. When the money is confirmed, Barton is told that he needs to pay for all that he has done. The guy radios back to the other man ordering him to kill both hostages.
Before that can be done though, Steve, Danny, Lou, Junior and Tani all bust in where the firefight begins. Five-0 is able to take down the five out on the main floor. Lou repeatedly orders the guy in the office with Mrs. Barton and her daughter to drop his weapon but he is not listening. Steve is attempting to line up a shot, but when Danny asks, he tells him that he does not have the shot. As the guy is hesitating taking the shot on Mrs. Barton, another shot rings out, breaks a hole through the glass window of the office, and he goes down. Junior, having gone unnoticed by the guy successfully took the shot and killed the suspect, leaving Mrs. Barton and her daughter completely safe.
Jared Barton is hugging his wife and daughter saying goodbye to them. He is finally handcuffed by an officer as his wife and daughter are leaving, Steve tells Barton that the crime lab called him and told him that they finished processing the gun used to kill Mr. Waller. He tells them that they were able to identify two DNA markers which showed that the shooter was a female. Steve said that when Barton confessed to the murder, he knew that his wife was the one who had actually committed the crime. And now he’s prepared to spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime he didn’t commit rather than see his wife do any time at all? Barton responds by telling him that it doesn’t sound like Steve can prove any of that. Steve agrees saying that he can’t prove any of it and Barton is led away by HPD.
Steve gets a call and we see him picking up Adam. Seeing Adam in the condition that he is in when Adam gets in Steve’s truck, Steve tells him that this is all on him and that he is shutting down the task force. Adam argues saying that he knew the risks and that if he thought he couldn’t handle it, he would tell Steve. He said that he is all in and that Steve cannot shut the task force down now. Adam tells Steve that he was right, that Hideki is definitely taking orders from someone else. The person giving the orders orchestrated the moves against the other crime bosses and that this person had Agent Fisher and his family killed. Adam can’t shake the feeling that there is another angle that he is missing He asks Steve if he remembers Adam telling him about the meeting that he had with Michelle Shioma and Steve says that he does and that he remembers Adam telling him that he thought she was messing with him, trying to get into his head. Adam tells Steve that now he’s not so sure that was accurate. When Steve questions why, Adam tells him that he can’t help but feel like there’s something else going on and that it’s all connected.
Next, Danny is floored at the sight he is witnessing while walking through his restaurant. He sees wires hanging everywhere around as well as boards and benches. Danny doesn’t know where to look first. Kamekona comes in and Danny wants to know “what the hell happened here”. Kamekona asks him if he wants the long or short version. Danny asks him if he has the nightmare version that it’s not really happening and that it’s a joke. Kamekona tells him that he doesn’t have that version so Danny, with a clenched fist, tells him to tell him what happened.
Kamekona tells Danny that his Uncle Vito happened. That Uncle Vito asking him for some cheap labor, then went out and ran an errand, leaving Kamekona to supervise. He says that it wasn’t his fault that the supervision didn’t go well since Vito promised to be back in two hours and that Kamekona waited for three before leaving to work his own truck and make some money. He explained that he had been trying to get a hold of Vito all day but that his phone kept going straight to voicemail. Danny tells Kamekona about how he now has a big headache, that he’s having déjà vu and now has a stress induced tumor. Danny then receives a collect call from a cell block at the Honolulu police dept. asking if he’d like to accept the charges.
They next show Danny and Steve confronting Vito in Danny’s office about bribing a public official. Danny asks if there’s anything Vito would like to say, to which Vito thanks him for paying his bail. Vito then tries to plead his case saying that he can’t be blamed for it all. That yes he made a mistake, but that had it not been for the two of them wanting to open a restaurant in the first place, this would never have happened. He tells them that the idea is a terrible one to begin with and then add to the fact that neither one of them know less than nothing about the business. That if they did, they would know that it’s a full time back breaking business just to squeeze out a profit, not some idea to have on the side as a hobby. Any schmuck who watches the food network thinks he’s an expert. Steve says that this has been a very interesting learning experience. One that they can now put behind them. Vito thinks that they’re now firing him, but Steve says that he should stick around and help them make it work. Vito pulls both friends in for a hug and then notices the screen by the table where they have been investigating who shot Danny while in quarantine.
Vito tells them that he knows who the man is and that he is from Jersey and Vito went to the guy’s house and quoted him a bathroom remodel. When Steve asks him if he mentioned Danny to the guy, Vito tells them that he did after the guy mentioned he knew some guys on the force in Jersey. He said that he told the guy how his nephew moved to Honolulu and was now a cop in paradise. Danny asks Vito if he knows his name and/or his address.
In the final scene, Adam gets a call from Jessie who tells him to turn on the TV. The news story is about the guy Adam told Hideki about with regards to the blackmail. The man was found dead in his home. Adam asks if it was Hideki’s work, but Jessie says that it looks like he didn’t have the blackmail money so he took the easy way out. She asks him if he knows what that means and Adam says, “Yeah. I’m still on the hook for that $20 mill.”
The episode was good but not great. Once again there were a lot of stories going on at the same time and it seemed as if that created some disjointedness. The best story to us was once again Adam’s story and although it was hard to see the numerous torturous sides of it, the story in itself is quite intriguing. Like Adam said at the end of the episode, there seems to be something deeper going on then just the organized crime ring on the island. What will Adam learn about his family or does it even go deeper than that? Time will tell but we are enjoying this story. Ian also did a great job in sharing his pain in the torture especially in the opening with all the bugs crawling all over him. For good or bad, he brought the viewers along with him.
As for the crime of the week, who knew the wife did it as soon as they showed her? We have said before that the COTW does not matter much because at this point it is about the characters and the relationships between them. That is still true but when they deter from the core relationships, the COTW becomes a little more important or of more interest. When we talk about core relationships, the main one has always been Steve and Danny working cases together. We have not seen a lot of that lately and instead we have been provided the restaurant story which to us is way past its welcome now. There was a glimpse of hope tonight that they were going to put it to rest but they seemed to double down instead. Maybe it is in order to keep Vincent Pastore around or maybe it is because the character of Steve is not a quitter, but either way, we would like to see the duo go back to the partnership they have had since season 1.
Based on all of this and the bonus of seeing Eddie again (even if briefly), we will rate this one an 8.5
A note from Mimsy:
UNITL NEXT WEEK 5-0 LOVERS!! Thanks for this opportunity! It was crazy and long, but fun! Hope I didn’t ‘talk’ your ears off w/all of this.