It was time for another Hawaii Five 0 last night and this one brought more drama online at times than it did on the show. It is unfortunate that some fans cannot just be respectful when expressing their differing opinions. With that being said we will move on to the recap. The return of Catherine brought about some tense moments that were cleared up by the show’s end as Catherine and Steve once again had their moment of putting things behind them. There were also a couple of side stories, like always, so let’s delve in to the recap provided by Mimsy this week.
As last week’s episode came to a close, we met Adam’s half-sister, Noriko, and what she was after; Michelle Shioma’s $20 million. Noriko not only ended the short partnership between Jessie and Adam, she also ended Jessie’s life and got away with the money that Adam withdrew to give Noriko. It was the money that protected him and his loved ones from the Yakuza.
This episode begins with a distraught Adam at the morgue with Steve. Adam reminds Steve that he told Jessie that he would protect her. Steve lets him know that Jessie made a choice to take that money and run and unfortunately that choice got her killed. He told Adam that they have every law enforcement agency on high alert looking for Noriko. Adam tells Steve that he’s done, he’s out of the task force, and they’re going to have to look for Noriko without him.
We move to a CIA black site in Ruiru, Kenya where who do we have returning ….. none other than Catherine Rollins. She knows something is very wrong when the superior doesn’t answer her after she asks where a particular terrorist, Moussaoui, is. Upon entering a holding area, Moussaoui, who was there for questioning was no longer among the living. Catherine is told that he went into cardiac arrest and was dead before they could get him un-cuffed.
She is livid questioning just what the hell happened. She lets them know that when they brought him there, they were told that he was in good health and the abuse he clearly has suffered appears to be recent. She attacks the man who was supposed to be questioning him, holding him up against a wall with her forearm against his neck restricting his breathing. She is demanding to know what he did to cause the man’s death. The superior officer repeatedly yells at her to stop and she finally releases the man.
She demands to see everything that he had on Moussaoui when they brought him in, and upon emptying his backpack she finds a necklace that Hawaiian tribal chiefs wore. Via Skype she’s told by an expert that King Kamehameha may have even worn THAT ONE. Catherine tells the officer that she needs to get to Hawaii where she has a contact that might be able to help.
The opening credits roll with the familiar and iconic theme playing in the background.
The return is as Steve’s doorbell rings and Junior answers it to find Tani standing there, offering coffee. He thanks her and gratefully takes the java. Our beloved Eddie has returned and is wondering where his morning treats are. Tani happily goes over and gives him a decorated muffin that Eddie excitedly scarfs down. Junior asks if she’s got any for him. Tani lets him know that she’s got a snickerpoodle and he informs her that he’s actually had one of those. She questions the validity of that claim and offers Junior Eddie’s treat. Knowing that he has no choice now but to eat it, he starts feeding himself the bone all the while trying to convince even him that he’s enjoying the animal food. Only getting partially through chewing, he finally relents, grabs the bag the treats came in, and quickly spits it all out into the bag.
Tani then asks if Junior is almost ready to go to his dad’s birthday celebration. He balks at it saying it’s not really a good idea and that he’s going to go with Eddie on a run instead. Tani reminds him that if he wants Eddie to join him, he’s going to need to bring the treats.
At Five-0 HQ, Catherine, Steve and Lou are discussing a terrorist, Assad, who is a bomb maker for a Somali terror cell and Moussaoui. While Catherine is giving them the Intel that she has about Assad; how there was chatter that he was there on the island collecting supplies to make bombs and he may have had others with him; behind her back, Lou mouths the question to Steve, “Why is she here?” Steve motions that it’s all ok and they continue their boy’s games when without looking back at them, Catherine asks them both if they’re alright. They both answer that they’re fine. When questioned why, she lets them know that they’re both acting weird. Lou’s attempt at being cool as he tells her, “Ain’t nobody being weird. Girl you’re trippin’,” fails. Catherine tells them that she thinks that Moussaoui was there to get depleted uranium.
Steve then asks Catherine why Five-0? She has unlimited resources, why come to them? She tells Steve that this is HIS island and that nobody knows it better than he does and that if there was a terrorist operating on the island, he would want to know about it. That and she thought that it would be nice to catch up. Lou shows concern and mistrusts her motives.
Junior and Eddie are running through Kuliouou Valley when Junior gets a call from his mom. He chooses to ignore the call and continue on with Eddie. He ignores a second call from his mom and ends up at the base of a cliff where he reads a text from his mom asking him to please come to his dad’s birthday celebration. Eddie takes off and as Junior goes after him, he falls down a deep ravine.
At the bottom of the ravine, a cut up Junior comes to. He finds that his left calf has been cut deeply and injured. He calls out hoping anyone is there and can hear him. He sees his cell phone a little ways up on a ledge. Eddie appears at the top and wants to get down to him, but Junior convinces him to move back by sadly throwing rocks up at him and yelling at him to get back. Eddie gets the message and retreats.
Next, Adam leaves the ME’s office and meets up with Tani in the hallway. She asks how he is and he lets her know that he’s alright. She tells him that she’s heard about him leaving the task force and going back to the mainland to be with Kono. She then questions him about how he should be working the case and asking him doesn’t he want to see Noriko behind bars for a long time? Adam tells Tani that as far as he’s concerned, Noriko being in prison would be letting her off easy and that she deserves a hell of a lot worse. Therefore, he thinks it is best to back off.
Sitting at one of Kamekona’s picnic tables, Catherine and Steve are chatting with one of Catherine’s contacts in the Army who informs both of them that she’s checked with all of their local bases and all of the depleted uranium munitions are accounted for. Steve and Catherine are surprised when Steve asks about the one island, Kaho’olawe which houses the one base which is no longer active. The army officer says that it’s possible, but that they haven’t had a military presence there in about 30 years. She says that even if there were records of munitions on that island, they’re probably long gone by now.
Back at Five-0 HQ, Tani is checking two maps of the abandoned island, Kaho’olawe. One map shows that a bunker was once there however the second map shows it’s no longer there. Steve and Catherine agree that they have to go over to that island to investigate if there is something there and if it’s materials to make dirty bombs.
Kamekona is doing a pre-flight inspection of his helicopter. Steve and Catherine arrive to fly out on it; he lets Steve know that when car rental companies do business, they check their cars before they’re taken by the customer to make sure everything is clean and in check. So that when they return it, if anything is damaged in any way, the customer is at fault. Steve is surprised that Kamekona would even consider Steve would be so careless. Kamekona asks him if he’d like to pre-pay the fuel or if he’d like to bring it back on a full tank. Good old Kame, always thinking of the bottom line.
Before boarding the helicopter, Jerry rides up beeping the horn of his scooter causing them to wait for him. Jerry lets them know that he wants in on this expedition in order to find King Kamehameha’s final resting place, which is rumored to be on the island they are flying to. Both Steve and Catherine do their best to try and talk him out of it saying that this is not an archeological expedition. Jerry asks them if either of them have been there before which they both tell him they haven’t. Jerry says that he has, that his uncle took him there when he was a child hunting and he knows the island like the back of his hand. Catherine agrees that a tour guide would be a good idea so Steve says ok.
On Kaho’olawe, Catherine asks Jerry what he and his uncle hunted. He tells them feral cats. He says that pesky population were very difficult to get rid of. He tells them that their times spent there were frought with danger. They come upon a danger sign about unexploded ordinance on the island. Jerry proceeds to tell them that he is fine and questions why they’re wondering, Catherine tells him that he’s white as a ghost. They then get out of Jerry that this is his first time on that island and that he lied to them just so he could go with them so he could find the burial site. Steve is not pleased and tells him that they will discuss this later.
Junior is climbing up the ravine to get his phone. He is successful in retrieving it and slides back down only to find out that he has no signal.
Catherine gives over the machete to Steve for his turn in the jungle. She first asks about Tani saying that she’s seems like a really good person. And to give her time, that she’s bound to pick up all of Steve’s bad habits. Steve tells her, “Oh believe me, she’s already there.” He continues that she kind of reminds him of Catherine. When questioned about that, he tells her that she’s an Army brat, Catherine’s a Navy brat, they’re both really good at their jobs and that they both have a good heart.
She then asks about Lynn. He tells her that right now they’re keeping things casual and then asks if she’s seeing anyone. She tells him that in her line of work, that’s a little difficult, but then says that she is dating a little. He tells her that he’s very happy for her and they both say how they too were both good friends before they hooked up. That hooking up was probably bad for their friendship and how they never should have slept together. They agree that they have come a long way and are being mature about everything giving one another a high five.
While walking and talking, Catherine falls into an unseen pit with bungee sticks giving her bicep a nice gash. Upon Steve’s attempt to rescue her, they are met with two armed hunters who demand all of their belongings. Steve tries to talk their way out of this, saying that the island is not legal for these two men to even be on, but it doesn’t work. After they hit him upside with their guns, he gives over his backpack, his sat phone and Catherine has to throw her gun and bag up as well.
Steve is then forced down into the pit with her and the two hunters run off. Catherine suggests that Steve boost her up so she can get out and then help him out. Steve questions whether she’ll even be able to get herself out with her injured arm. She asks, “What are you trying to say? That I’m soft now?” To which he slyly responds, “Well maybe a little bit.” She convinces him though to lift her up and she gets out of the pit.
In the middle of pulling him up, she stops and asks if he was really going to propose or if he just bought the ring in the event that he decided to propose. He tells her the truth that he was definitely going to propose and she lifts him the remainder of the way out of the pit. Guess that was the right answer.
Jerry arrives seeing them lying there says that they decided to take a break as well? He notices the pit and says that they’re lucky that they didn’t fall into it. “Yeah, lucky us” was Catherine’s response. When Jerry asks what happened, Steve tells him about the hunters showing up and stealing all of their stuff. Jerry asks about the map and Steve lets him know that he remembers enough of the map to get them all to the bunker. Steve then tells Jerry to hand over his “Butt Bag”. Jerry corrects him telling him that it’s a fanny pack and Steve responds, “Not anymore”. Jerry tries to convince them to give up the search, but both Catherine and Steve tell him that they’re not leaving the island without finding the bunker first.
Adam shows up at Mr. Kimura’s home again, hearing Mr. Kimura telling him that he shouldn’t even be there. Adam tells him that he needs his help. Mr. Kimura tells him that he already gave him the money and Adam says that what happened next was unfortunate. Mr. Kimura questions Adam’s choice of words there saying that Adam’s associate stole the money right from him and he calls that unfortunate? Adam tells him that Jessie is now dead and now someone else has the money. Mr. Kimura suggests that Adam get that money back or his friend won’t be the only one going into the ground. Mr. Kimura asks Adam what else he could possibly need. And Adam responds, “An alibi.”
Back in the ravine, Junior is trying to bide his time by playing games on his phone, working out doing sit ups, and taking selfies while listening to music. Looking at pictures on his phone he comes across one of his sister. He listens to a saved voicemail from his sister, Maya and she is telling him about a guy, Rahim, who is at the movie theatre where she is waiting for Junior to show up. The next voicemail he listens to is from his mom, who is crying. She tells him to call her and, that something has happened. Junior remembers that day well as that was the day his sister passed away.
Steve, Catherine and Jerry are moving forward with their trek to find the bunker when Catherine stops for a second and notices a coconut tree. She begins to climb it with Steve and Jerry watching. Jerry says that’s a really good idea. To get high up to get a good vantage point to scope the perimeter. Steve corrects him, “I’m pretty sure she’s just thirsty, Jerry.” Steve and Jerry are obviously very impressed with her abilities.
Her mission was a success and all three sit and enjoy a refreshing drink from the fruit. Dr. Jones, as Steve calls Jerry at that moment, brings up that they need to discuss that rumor has it that whoever discovers the King’s burial site, that person absorbs his manna, or spiritual energy. They need to discuss who gets to go in first to get that privilege.
Catherine asks that if Moussaoui already discovered the site, wouldn’t the King’s manna already transfer to him? Jerry says not if he wasn’t worthy. And before he can continue, three shots ring out in the distance. Steve says it sounds like they came from the direction of the bunker. Steve hands Jerry the machete and tells him to stay close as all three go towards the gunshots. “Oh, so we’re going towards the gunshots now?” Jerry asks to nobody in particular.
As they are crossing a creek, they find the two hunters lying there dead. Gunshots to the head. Catherine tells Jerry that these two are the guys who jumped her and Steve earlier. While checking a gun on one of the hunters, Steve determines that the dead hunters must have used the map to try and locate the bunker.
Steve tells Catherine that he thinks they can track the shooter’s sight line. Steve finds the bunker and tells Catherine and Jerry to hang back. Upon approaching the bunker and opening the door, Steve is met with gunfire back at him.
With both Catherine and Steve armed, Steve hands a surprised Jerry a good sized rock to use just in case. Steve takes off one way, Catherine another. Catherine begins trading gunfire with our two criminals while Steve comes around behind them. He grabs one guy whose gun is going off wildly. They fight while Catherine continues her own gunfight. She eventually hits the man and then runs to help Steve.
Steve is unfortunately at the disadvantage with his gunman holding his AK-47 against Steve’s throat. We hear a gunshot ring out and this gunman falls dead to the ground. Catherine has shot him and we then see the other baddie she shot and thought to have killed running off with a backpack on him. Catherine says that the guy went back for that bag. Steve says that means that whatever is in that bunker is important.
All three go in to inspect the bunker led by Steve with torch in hand. They find where the dirty bombs were being made and some empty uranium barrels. Steve announces that the shooter ran off with one of them.
In Tani’s office back at HQ, an officer from HPD brings Eddie in to her. When she questions what Eddie is doing there, he tells her that Eddie was found outside the palace doors and that they couldn’t reach Steve. Tani immediately gives Eddie water, which he laps up quickly.
Lou comes in and asks if Tani is puppy sitting. Tani, already on her cell phone trying to call Junior tells Lou that Eddie was supposed to go on a run with Junior but that Eddie was found right outside the palace doors. Lou asks where Junior is. They’re checking Junior’s phone only to find that he has no signal. Lou asked if she thinks that Junior’s phone died but she says that doesn’t sound like Junior. Tani says that she knows where Junior likes to run and that she’s going to go look for him. She takes Eddie with her.
Catherine and Steve chase the surviving gunman and Catherine tells Steve that she really wishes that Steve would not shoot at him. When asked why, she tells him that if this guy dies, so do her chances of getting any Intel on finding Assad. Steve asks if she just questioned his accuracy and that if she did, that really hurts. They continue on to go find the gunman.
Jerry continues in the bunker and finds a room with boxes full of artifacts. He is beyond happy to have found all of it. He is then shocked to find huge spiders on both of his shoulders and runs out of that room. He trips and falls and from the torch he was carrying, he lights the table on fire. Mind you, there are at least a dozen dirty bombs behind a gate.
Thanks to some quick thinking by Jerry in his panicked state, he grabs a large bag of dirt. Pouring that dirt all over everything on that table, he is able to put out the flames, saving not only his own life, but also those dirty bombs from eventually going off.
Catherine and Steve are chasing their criminal in a field where the guy runs and falls exploding the bomb he was carrying. Steve and Catherine stop and Steve announces, “I, I didn’t do it.”
In the ravine, Junior begins recording a message to his dad, apologizing for not having made it to the birthday party. He tries to wish him a happy birthday but has trouble finding the right words, openly scolding himself for sounding like a “damn greeting card”. He tells his dad about how he had always looked up to him when he was little. He says how his dad’s not even there with him and he still doesn’t know what to say. Recalling how one summer when he followed his dad around like a tick on a deer, how they went fishing on the lake, counting the stars in the sky in the backyard, or fixing the roof every time it leaked. He talked about how his dad held the nail while Junior worked the hammer, saying how his dad was never afraid. How he never flinched with each hit that Junior took on that nail. He remembered how they used to sing songs on the beach, him, his dad and Maya. Saying how Maya made everything so easy. Even when Junior grew up, and he and his dad grew apart, her smile was their bridge. He then tries to talk about after Maya had passed, but he can’t bring himself to say the words. He changes the subject of how everyone said that he was just like his dad. That he was just as stubborn as his dad and how he wore that like a badge of honor. When he told his dad that he wanted to join the military and serve his country like his dad did, his dad flinched and said no. That losing one was enough. Junior understands that it must be painful to lose a child, just like it was painful for Junior to lose his best friend. And just as he was about to tell his dad exactly what he wanted to say, his phone battery dies.
Eddie’s bark is then heard getting closer and Junior calls out asking if anyone is up there. Eddie shows his adorable face, barking hello to Junior. Tani then shows herself asking if he is alright. He tells her that he’s fine, just a little banged up. He asks her if Eddie led her there and she tells him no, Eddie’s not Lassie. She says she knew where he liked to run, and she just spent the past two hours trying to find him due to how many paths there are there. She tells him to hang tight and that she’ll have a rescue crew there in no time.
EMS has Junior on a stretcher and Tani tells him that she’ll meet him at the hospital. Junior asks to borrow her phone and he calls his dad. He apologizes for having missed his birthday, that he had gotten stuck. He asks if he can swing by his parents’ place tomorrow and is very happy with his dad’s response.
Back at Five-0 HQ, Lou tells Steve and Catherine that a Navy DOD team just landed on Kaho’olawe and as soon as they complete the removal of all of the bombs that the trio had found in there, they’ll send in a crime scene unit to start processing the bunker. Steve says that that won’t be necessary. Catherine tells Lou that the guy they were chasing tripped and blew himself up. She says that they recover a cell phone in the bunker and she was able to use that to pinpoint a real time location on Assad and a SEAL team is currently taking him down as they speak.
Catherine excuses herself from the two men to answer a phone call and Lou begins to question Steve “was it nice to catch up” like Catherine had suggested earlier on in that day. Steve responds “If you take away the spy pit, the guns, the explosions, uh yeah. It was nice.” The men exchange a sarcastic look and when Steve asks “what?”, Lou responds, “Nothin’”, with Steve smirking that sexy smirk of his.
Down in Jerry’s office, Steve and Catherine enter to see Jerry attempting to tie a bow tie. He tells the duo that he’s on his way to the museum and if any reporters are there and want to ask him any questions, he wants to look his best. Steve has to burst his bubble by telling him that the artifacts that he found were all fake. When Jerry asks about the necklace that Catherine retrieved, she lets him know that was also a fake. Her contact at the museum told her that they carbon dated the items and found they were made in the 1950’s. There was a ship coming from China carrying mass produced tourist trinkets that sank in 1957. The Navy must have come along and salvaged everything, storing it all away. Jerry asked, “So you’re saying that my once in a lifetime find is worthless?” They had to disappoint him by confirming that.
Steve tells Jerry to shake it off and the good news is that Catherine is paying for dinner. Catherine questions that and he tells her that it’s the least she can do after almost getting both him and Jerry killed. She tells him that’s fair, but that she gets to pick the place, leaving a very bummed out Jerry in his office untying his tie.
Kamekona’s it is.
All of them are at the picnic table trying to cheer Jerry up by saying there are so many other mysteries on that island that need to be solved. Tani tells him to think of it this way … that the artifacts are still out there for Jerry to find. Adam says, “Or perhaps, something like that just isn’t meant to be found.” Jerry agrees saying that the King’s final resting place isn’t the only thing he’s working on. Lou asks if Jerry’s going to unlock the formula of Danny’s hair product? Jerry responds no, the velocity of El Dorado. That he’s got some theories. Steve tells Jerry that’s is an expedition that he would join him on.
Catherine makes a toast to lost cities and found friends. Tani toasts to Adam that his trip to the mainland be filled with love and affection. Kamekona makes a sarcastic remark referring to Kono and him where Adam laughs and tells him to watch it, that’s his wife Kamekona is talking about. Kamekona asks how he’s ever going to be an uncle if Adam and Kono don’t start getting busy.
Saved by the ringing phone, Steve gets to excuse himself from that conversation. It’s Duke letting him know that a body has just washed up on the beach; GSW to the back of the head. They’ve ID’d the body. It’s Adam’s half-sister, Noriko.
And we end with Steve looking over at Adam and we wonder how much Adam really knows…
This episode overall was OK. It brought back an old character and also showed us another side of one of the new kids on the block. As usual there were some parts outweighing the rest.
This is the one area of our site where we will provide an opinion of some type as it is a review so therefore, we will come right out and say it. It also has nothing to do with being shippers for another, as we are not. With that being said, we do not understand the need to keep throwing Catherine back into Steve’s life. He handles it well, all things considering but in reality she left him twice and in the real world, especially for a man, there would be no going back even as friends. But as we mentioned last week, this is TV, not the real world, and in TV land where there is discourse, there is always more to the story, as we saw last night. It ended up well although there were many moments of awkwardness along the way.
Also, once again there were many stories packed into the 42 minutes, and technically this time there were four. As we mentioned above the “A” story revolved around Steve and Catherine and working through their past as they tracked a uranium terrorist through the jungle. They ran into many obstacles along the way and they also had Jerry with them which supplied the majority of the comedic side of the night.
Those stories in themselves felt disjointed but then they added the Junior story, which we actually enjoyed for a few reasons, primarily for the airtime for Eddie. It was also good to get some backstory of the character. Beulah did a good job, but with him being an ex SEAL, hopefully there is more of a military story for him down the road. There seems to be some untapped potential there.
The fourth story was with Adam and it left us with a cliffhanger that probably will not be resolved this season as Adam has left the island for the remainder of the season 8 episodes.
Inserted in the Steve/Catherine plot was Lou who was a welcome addition with his expressions and also saying things many fans would have if they had the chance. His protectiveness of Steve was neat to watch.
Danny was not in this episode based on Scott’s contract allowing him time back in LA with his family. He will return next week.
Overall, we rate this episode an 8.5 and Eddie was the main reason why. Sorry, but to us it just seemed like way too much going on with things being forced that just did not fit. We do have higher hopes for next week with the return of Harry. Until then….