Five-0 Redux: Wishful thinking
BY WENDIE BURBRIDGE / Special to the Star-Advertiser
It’s funny how some people handle aging. Some deal with it gracefully, embracing wrinkles and maturity with class and sass, while others want to revisit an age when they had more fun and freedom.
But sometimes trying to reclaim your youth can really bite in painful and dangerous ways. Perhaps folks need to keep their wishful thinking in check when it comes to holding onto youth or wanting to shed responsibility and a mundane life.
It’s advice the hapless, married accountants played by Jaleel White, Pauly Shore and Kevin Farley could have used after they found themselves on a spring break they didn’t plan or count on in this week’s “Hawaii Five-0.”
“Hoʻamoano” (“Chasing Yesterday”) followed two storylines. One dealt with White, Shore, and Farley trying to explain their “Hangover”-esque tour of Hawaiʻi and how they woke up with the body of a club waitress in their hotel room. The other dealt with Jerry (Jorge Garcia) helping the Five-0 team find a woman on the FBI’s most wanted list.
The episode, written by John Dove and directed by Stephen Herek (who also directed “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus”), was funny and fast-paced, dealing more with the two cases than character arcs or heavier season themes. While fans may have wanted more depth and character time, this episode was a meld of humor and all of the Five-0 team each had a chance to shine. I didn’t really need all of the focus on the three guest stars, but all three were great as married men going through a mid-life crisis that turned deadly.
All three actors are well-known for their comedic timing; White is known for his years on the sitcom “Family Matters” as the nerdy Steve Urkel, Shore is the consummate hard-partying buddy, famous for his stoner catch phrases, and Farley is a cool reminder of the amazing physical comedy established by his older brother, Chris Farley, who died in 1997. They were all given opportunities to remind us of the characters which made them famous — White tried to charm his way into the hearts of several young women, Shore made viewers laugh with his “Shaka, bruddah” and his crazy turn at trying to be a fire dancer, and Farley’s impressive flop into a ball pit showed his ability to live up to his family name.
I also liked how Five-0 handled the murder investigation and the three accountants. The interrogation of each one individually by McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), Danno (Scott Caan) and Grover (Chi McBride) was a great show of their investigation skills and helped to recreate the night of spring break antics in a more interesting way.
Kono (Grace Park) and Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) teamed up again this week to work Jerry’s kidnapping-turned murder-turned FBI case. I always love when the cousins pair up for some action. But I think what I liked even more was the fact that Duke (Dennis Chun), Kamekona (Taylor Wily) and Max (Masi Oka) all had a few strong moments during the episode.
Duke’s scene with McG and Danno was perfect, and Kamekona’s two scenes with Jerry showed Kamekona at his entrepreneurial best. And Max telling Grover about “a bottle of absinthe, a regrettable tattoo, and 48 hours in a Mexican prison” while on spring break in college was among the best lines of this episode.
Spring break in Hawaiʻi is a little different than it is elsewhere. The weather doesn’t really change too much, so it’s really just a way to market a trip to college students and people tired of snow and storms. And in this case, I guess those tired of their wives as well.
But before you think every spring break ends with a dead girl in a tub that doubled as a beer cooler, remember the death of the waitress had to do with money and greed. The spring break antics were just a cover the murderer used to conceal his crime.
I thought the twist in the plot was interesting. The waitress’ long lost father wanted to see her before he died and might have given her part of his $20 million dollar estate he was going to leave to his only son — who of course, killed her to keep the money. I definitely didn’t see that coming.
I also didn’t see the twist in Jerry’s case. After initially seeing a woman being kidnapped, it turned out the alleged victim was actually wanted for sex trafficking by the FBI. Chin and Kono tracked her down to a coffee farm on the Big Island where young women were being used as slave labor. Related or not, those two really know how to shoot their way out of a situation and ask questions later; I love that about them. I also love the fact that when there’s a tough shot to make, the guys let Kono take it.
I liked this episode. It wasn’t gut wrenching, but it was funny and showed how the Five-0 team works so well together, and seeing real life Honolulu Police Department Chief Louis Kealoha make an appearance was a sweet touch. I would have liked a little more discussion between McG and Chin about the pictures Gabriel left of Adam and the unidentified Asian gentleman, but that might have been more wishful thinking on my part.
REDUX SIDE NOTE
Only three more episodes are left in season five and we still don’t have official CBS confirmation about season six. Next week’s episode, “Moʻo ʻōlelo pū” (“Sharing Traditions”), finds Kono stranded at sea and the Five-0 team desperately searching for her.
On May 8, season five wraps up with two episodes. “Luapoʻi” (“Prey”) starts the evening with Rachel (Claire van der Boom) returning to deliver some serious news to Danno. “A Make Kāua” (“Until We Die”) will finish the season with Kono and Adam’s (Ian Anthony Dale) wedding and the Five-0 team searching for a nuclear weapon.