Hawaii Five-O seems to be taking it easy this week, but don’t be fooled. After his traipsing across the globe to Cambodia, surviving setups and building explosions, and breaking new ground with moms, dads, girlfriends, and daughters, McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and “Danno” (Scott Caan) and their intrepid team seem to have simple issues to solve in “Pe’epe’e Kanaka” set off with the case of a shot pool “boy,” Nico Kane (Sam Upton), whose only true infraction seems to be indulging a little much on his customers’ home provisions. Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) introduces Captain Grover (Chi McBride) to the joys of spear-fishing, but simple leads give way to a much more sinister ring of crime, with an Air Force Base as a target, America at stake, and enemies no one might suspect.
The pool technician certainly had a penchant for the high life, helping himself to a little wine and a good cut of meat from his customers’ freezer, but nothing worth dying for, apart from when his boss calls about pesky issue he has to attend to, arriving only to be hit in the face, literally, by a bullet. Chin Ho is having a fine day in the surf, playfully ribbing his boss, Lou, about how fun spearing dinner by your own hand can be, and throwing in tales of Steve McGarrett’s skill as a fisherman just as extra bait! The Captain can’t resist that tease, so in he dives, and brings up his own fine specimen, pleading with Chin to photograph the event and send it to Steve. Early probing reveals that the only other person with regular access to the elderly couple’s home that becomes the scene of the murder is student, Dawn Hatfield (Sasha Pieterse). It seems very unusual that multiple deodorizers are hanging everywhere in the home where the investigation directs. The suspects seem like All-American kids, privy to all the American lifestyle has to offer, until some digging starts. Kono (Grace Park) gets a lead from Officer Pua Kai (Shawn Thomsen), who has a major crush on her from an earlier case. He is disheartened to learn she has a romance she considers “a 10” on the serious scale. Still, he points her to suspicious heavy trash, and the rummaging reveals that the components might be for making meth, except Steve suspects something else. He asks Lou to lend him extra manpower, because the boss confirms that the elements may be for bomb-making, not drug dealing. Questioning Dawn on the beach, she seems alarmed to learn of Nico’s murder, then confesses that she left the alarm disabled, displaying great guilt. Danny is not on official duty, still doing physical therapy. Falling back into their usual blame game back-and-forth, Steve recommends that the therapist “check your head” while the exercises proceed! The partners also do a relationship check on their love lives before going over case details. Tips first point to Joseph Sun, but when the team tries to take him, he jumps to his death rather than be caught, Steve relating how he saw only fear in his eyes.
Amidst Capt. Grover’s teasing of Steve with “Excuse me, Jacques Cousteau,” over what makes a true fisherman, and the Lt. Commander’s playful assumption that his boss’s catch was an “old and depressed,” confirmation comes that the materials are for making TATP bombs. New team consultant, FBI analyst, Katie Hallinan (Eden Riegel) provides information that two ringleader terrorists may have gotten into the country under the radar under student visas, and that Sun had paid visits to an Al Qaeda training camp twice, accompanied by Brian Miller, another All-American-seeming college kid. When the team goes to Miller’s house, a shootout ensues, and a bullet narrowly misses Captain Grover, prompting Steve to say he was lucky twice in one day! All the gunfire eventually costs Miller’s life, but when the gunfire keeps up, Dawn Hatfield is revealed as the gun-wielding girl at the trigger. During interrogation, she insists “you’ll never get in my head,” to Steve. An entire storeroom of destruction is discovered in the home, leading to plans to attack Hickam Air Force Base. The blonde, blue-eyed martyr for her misguided cause doesn’t make things easy for Steve, spewing lines from her radical training, and proclaiming glory to Allah. Steve doesn’t give an inch either, though, detailing how terrorist cells seek out youth who already have emptiness in their souls needing to be filled, and prey on that void. When she describes that many more like her are everywhere around us in this country, he pushes back that “for every one of you, there’s a thousand of me, and “you’ll never change the way we live.” When ties are found between these same local terrorist leaders and those who plotted an attack on a Marine convoy that cost four Marines’ lives, the team moves in to make arrests. The people plotting the destruction of the American way of life are found fixing cars and coaching neighborhood youth-the scenario gives much food for thought. There is one Marine who survived that attack, and Steve and Danny deliver the news personally that those who killed his comrades are now in custody for life. Seeing the wounded for our nation work through the healing of their injuries prompts Danny to ask Steve, “if I ever complain about physical therapy, punch me in the head.” Kirk Emerson (Bryan Anderson-a real service veteran) declines credit for his sacrifice, calling it “a bad day at the office.” When Steve and Danny offer their news of justice finally delivered, they count it as a good day at the office, and end with a heartfelt “Hoo’rah” and “Semper Fi” in a very memorable Hawaii Five-O scene.
Captain Grover bids a long and fond farewell to his fish, serving it up for the team dinner. Officer Kai is invited, but Kono makes it clear “it’s not a date.” Steve insists that the Captain’s catch made a “suicidal sacrifice” to save the boss’s ego! Wagering begins as a “fish off” is proposed for the two, and bets seem stacked against Steve. The fish may win that one!
Keep tuned for high-action suspense, as next week finds Steve and Catherine in the snares of terrorists.