Susan Schoppe is back with this week’s recap but before we jump in lets look at why we do recaps the way we do. It comes down to a couple of reasons.
One, this site started recapping the shows all the way back to Moonlight in such detail for the international visitors that either could not get the episodes any other way or chose to read about them early, and two, we find it a different way to provide a less opinionated review.
With that being said they are major SPOILERS as they are very very detailed. So if you have not seen the episode yet and do not want to know in advance, please do not read the recaps.
Now on with the recap for episode 7.05
This episode begins with Kono getting dressed and ready to pick up Adam from Halawa State Prison. As Adam walks out to meet her she is glowing which is a much different and welcome scene from the last time we saw them there at the same gate. No words were needed as their faces alone told us of how much these two love each other. Kono removes Adams wedding ring from the chain she wore it on from around her neck and places the ring on Adams finger, just where it belongs. Together again after a long 12 months.
We next see a group of young adults walking through the streets and into a gun club where there is an indoor firing range. While they are enjoying themselves shooting there is an armored vehicle rolling down the street smashing into cars. The truck makes a turn straight into the gun club building where they are shooting which cues the music leaving us wondering what has happened inside the club.
That answer will have to wait as we are brought to Kamekona’s shrimp truck where the whole ohana is reuniting with Adam and Kamekona is serving up Adam’s first meal out of prison. While eating, Kono gets a text message from Max who says he is overjoyed to hear of Adam’s early release and wishes he could be there. The following text Kono gets is from Sang Min who is just as predictable in his texts as he is in person. His first words are ” Hey Spicy hear your hubby’s out, tell him….” Kono says that’s disgusting & can’t repeat that. Even from afar, Sang Min brings his comical flair to the picture.
As everyone is enjoying the moment, Chin’s phone rings and he takes the call away from the table. After the call Steve walks over to ask Chin if he’s OK. Chin explains that the call was from Coughlin who has reached out to his contacts in Mexico on the Morales family and no one is talking. Therefore no one will confirm or deny any connection to the Cali cartel. When Steve asks what he’s going to do, Chin tells him he has a couple of weeks before Sarah is scheduled to leave and he’s going to keep digging for information. As dependable as usual for his team, Steve lets Chin know he’s there for him if needed.
Back at the table, Flippa is about to sing for Adam & Kono. The song…” Let’s get it on” (one of my faves.) and it turns out he’s pretty good. While everyone is enjoying the song Steve gets a phone call. You guessed it, “we gotta go” and the party is over. Kono tells Adam she’ll be back as soon as possible when Steve says no, not you, you take the day. Kono asks are you sure? (And in one of his funniest lines which is common for this character) Grover says, ” hey the man just sung lets get it on, that don’t mean come with us, we’ll call you if we need you.” Chi McBride delivers these one liners so well and Grover continues to grow on me.
We next see Steve, Danny, Chin, & Grover pull up to the gun club building where the armored vehicle crashed so we get to know what kind of carnage the truck has caused. Duke who explains that after crashing through the wall the truck stayed in there for about five minutes and then pulled back out into the street where it has remained. Steve asks Grover to go and set up and inform SWAT of the status.
While discussing the plan for stopping the vehicle, the engine starts up. While Steve looks to be in deep thought, Danny & Chin discuss what they think Steve’s planning. With that look in his eye as his cohorts describe, and the familiar phrase, “cover me,” Steve runs up to the vehicle and throws in a flash bang. It goes off, he opens the door and surprise, it’s empty. It seems the driver parked over a man hole which he has escaped through. Chin tells Steve and Danny that HPD questioned one of the employees and found out some interesting information. Steve and Danny walk over to talk to the employee for further information on what the person in the vehicle wanted in the first place. It turns out for a little extra cash on the side you can have access to all kinds of illegal fire arms to shoot at the gun club, which is housed downstairs in the basement. They are the only thing that is missing, but that is surely enough reason for alarm.
Back at HQ, Chin, Danny, & Grover discuss the information they received. The person in the armored vehicle was after a small arsenal of highly illegal weapons worth at least a half a million dollars. Steve now comes in after having just gotten off the phone with his old buddy Norm, from the sportsman shop. Norm told Steve that people with deep pockets would be willing to pay for guns like that. Norm gave Steve a name of Matty McConnell, aka, the Lord of Lead, aka, the Prince of Iron, aka, Pop of Fire Arms. He’s a gun enthusiast and social media personality who has over 12 million followers and claims to own over 100 guns. He however does not own one particular gun, a 134 Mini Gun. which of course, was one of the guns stolen.
Back at Kono’s house we find Adam & Kono in bed talking about their day ahead together. We will keep it PG and won’t get into their hot conversation. What do you expect from a couple that has been apart for a year. Adam asks Kono for a favor. He asks her to run a name for him, Emily Kalama. Adam explains she is the daughter of Louis Kalama, a man he met in prison. Louis hasn’t heard from Emily in years and he very upset about it. Kono looks concerned about Adam’s request and Adam tells her he’s not trying to keep connections with people on the inside but Louis had his back in there and he would like to repay the favor. Kono agrees and begins the name and research on Emily. Kono finds that when Emily turned 18 she changed her name from Kalama to Kingston. Kono gets her address and Adam decides he has to go see her. Kono try’s to persuade Adam that Emily moved & changed her name for a reason but Adam tells Kono that he has to see her not just to let her know how much Louis misses and loves her but that her dad has cancer and has only a few months to live.
Switching gears back to the COW, we are with Steve and Grover who are walking up the drive of Matty McConnell’s mansion where they find the door wide open. Grover lands another one liner about how he hates when the door is open, at which time, Steve and Grover enter with guns drawn and begin a room to room search for McConnell. They round a corner to a long corridor where there are hundreds of guns and McConnell laying dead on top of many guns. The 134 mini gun is in the corridor as well and looks to be the source of McConnell’s death.
Steve & Grover return to HQ and meat up with Chin & Danny where Chin & Danny inform Steve & Grover that a photo of McConnell’s dead body was uploaded to his social media site when the killer stole McConnell’s phone to access his site with it. Danny tells Steve they pinged his phone but it was turned off. No luck there! However the killer was careless and when taking the picture of McConnell’s dead body, he inadvertently captured his own face in McConnell’s sunglasses. It wasn’t a good enough picture for a facial recognition but the post under the picture reveals what they now believe to be the motive for the stolen guns and the murder of McConnell. It reads “This is what karma looks like. It’s time for real gun control” and attached was a link with posts of No More Guns. The team decides this guy is a vigilante using guns for anti gun beliefs and now anyone that is pro gun could be his next target.
Next we see Steve & Danny enter a building where there is a group meeting of people who have lost loved ones to armed shooters. The group leader sees them and walks over to talk. Steve asks the gentleman if he recognizes the photo of the killer and they immediately see that he does. He tells Steve he thinks it’s a guy named Marvin, who only came in a few times and didn’t say much except that he lost a family member to gun violence and that he moved from the mainland to get as far away as he could.
While Steve and Danny are in the car Grover calls and tells them no name came up under Marvin Osweiler so it must be a fake last name but, the address is real. Grover sends the address to Steve and Danny. Now comes my favorite part, the cargument. Of course Danny begins with saying to Steve that he believes no one should be allowed to have guns knowing full well Steve loves his guns. Danny proceeds with if no one had guns, problem solved and we need a big magnet glued on the bottom of a helicopter & fly all around sucking up all the guns. Seriously? Now Steve tells Danny he believes in the second amendment and if handled correctly it’s ok to have guns. People have a right to protect their families. Danny points out that if they stopped the bad guys from getting guns the good guys wouldn’t need them either so nobody has any guns. Steve then says, ok while we’re at it lets just eliminate discrimination, hatred, war, violence all that kind of stuff and we all can live happily ever after and ride our unicorns to work everyday. Danny responds, and you would probably commandeer my unicorn. ( and this is priceless) Steve says, guess what, if you had a gun you could stop it!
We’re now back with Adam & Kono who are arriving at the address of Emily Kingston. Adam knocks on the door and Emily answers. Adam asked if she’s Emily who she is. Adam proceeds to tell her he’s there about her father and she says she doesn’t have a father. She begins to close the door when Adam stops her saying her father has cancer and doesn’t have very long. She accuses her father of putting Adam up to finding her and Adam explains her father doesn’t even know he’s there. Emily tells Adam how her father let them all down as he was an addict, was selfish, and ruined more lives that just her and her mother. Adam tells Emily he’s sorry she went through all that but that the Louis he knows got a GED and now teaches inmates to read, tries to stop kids from making the same mistakes he did, and a guy that never stopped sending his daughter letters even when they kept coming back. Adam asks her to just think about seeing him. As Emily closes the door we can see Adam has touched her heart. There may be hope.
Back at the home of Marvin Osweiler, we see Steve ,Danny & Chin enter the home identifying themselves . After a search and clear no one is there although they do find evidence of the stolen merchandise. While there, the leader of the support group texts Steve with an e-mail he found of Marvin’s. It says the group was s safe place but that he can’t stand by any longer, that nothing changes, and that his faith in people and the government is gone. It also shares that all the carnage has become routine and somethings has to be done about it. While listening to the e-mail we are shown a flash of Marvin remembering his son while looking at pictures and strapping on and loading up guns.
We next see Marvin enter the Hawaii State Supreme Court building. He takes over a courtroom with several judges, and state employees after shooting up the courtroom. Outside Steve and the team arrive at the building and the team is briefed on the nine hostages. One of the judges was issued a concealed gun license which foreshadows trouble. As the team sets up outside Kono arrives to join them. Steve calls the court room where Marvin answers. Steve asks Marvin to to not hurt anyone and to talk it out. Marvin wants a TV news reporter and to go on live TV with things he has to say. Steve tells him no one is going to want to go in there and risk their life. Marvin tells Steve they will for the ratings and that Steve has no choice if he doesn’t want anyone hurt. Steve decides to switch one of the news crews on scene with Kono and Grover and to send them in to Marvin unarmed. He calls Marvin tells him he has them on the way and he wants two hostages sent out in return. The exchange is made as Kono and Grover go in.
They have the camera on so Steve and the team can see the courtroom. As Marvin speaks through the broadcast, the judge with the gun pulls it out and shoots Marvin in the arm. As Marvin falls back his gun goes off shooting the judge. He’s severely hurt so Kono and Grover rush to the judge attending to his wounds and making assessments. It doesn’t take Marvin any time to realize they are cops. With the gun fire and the live feed Steve sees what’s going on and we see SWAT is in the hallway just outside the courtroom.
Steve calls Marvin and Marvin tells Steve he better get his live feed back on air or there will be bodies. Steve asks Marvin to let him come in to take out the judge before he bleeds out to which Marvin doesn’t care based on his response. Marvin gives Steve one minute to get the feed back on and hangs up. Steve decides Marvin is loosing it and it is time to breach the courtroom, but Danny disagrees. Steve goes inside the building and joins SWAT in the hallway outside the courtroom.
At this time Chin gets a call and they now have an ID on Marvin whose real name is Kyle Cain. Kyle’s son was involved in a mass shooting last year in Virginia but his son wasn’t the victim he was the shooter. He was bullied in school. He got an assault rifle and killed eight people in a mall. Six were his classmates Danny tells Steve the new information and wants to call Kyle aka Marvin and Steve agrees. Danny calls, tells Marvin he knows everything and he can’t put what his son did on himself. Danny relates to him father to father and also explains what Kyle’s doing isn’t any better than some nut with a gun hurting people.. this isn’t the way to get his message across. Just when you think Danny is not getting through to him, Kyle walks out to surrender to Steve and SWAT out in the hall. Steve makes the arrest, the hostages are free, the judge gets medical attention & everyone is relieved. The use of the song, “Beautiful Boy”, by John Lennon, depicted the situation superbly considering that John Lennon was, too, killed by gun violence.
We are then taken back to Halawa Prison where Adam has come to visit Louis. Louis is very happy to see Adam and asks Adam how life on the outside is and how his beautiful wife is. Adam tells Louis they can talk about that another time and that there is someone he should spend the ten minutes he has talking to. Adam leaves and Emily comes in and sits down. She says, “hey dad” which brings Louis to tears. By the time he puts his hand on the glass and Emily does too the rest of us are teared up also As Adam and Kono watch from the back of the room, Kono looks up at Adam with a look of deep love and admiration.
I would rate this episode an 8. Adam & Kono’s reunion was great and the emotional scenes were balanced well with the COW. The twist on the reason for the gun vigilante was a good surprise and the fact the show depicted both sides of the hot topic facing today’s nation of gun violence was done very well. The cargument was also done well as it was a calm one with very distinctly opposite points of view.
Until next week where it is Halloween and in just two weeks we get to see the long awaited 150th episode. We’re really looking forward to that. Are you?