Whether the most dynamic Hawaii Five-O duo of “Danno” (Scott Caan) and McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) are pursuing perpetrators through lush island vegetation, or plodding through Cambodia to trace leads on Steve’s ever-elusive mother, there’s almost nothing that leaves them truly speechless or stranded. Their two heads prove always better than one, and the unique perspectives that each crime-fighter puts on life keep their discussions and “carguments” lively. This week’s 19th episode of Season 4, “Ku I Ka Pili Koko”( Blood Brothers), gives Danny a lesson on the value of happiness the hard way, and Steve faces another foe he never imagined.
The team gets a tip on an illegal gun deal through an informant, JC Dekker (Xzibit). Captain Grover (Chi McBride) brings full force police cover, expecting the worst. Upon arrival, oddly, they find no one there, and no trace of dealings. Danny dives into a diatribe with his partner on proper vetting of information, reminding him of the waste and peril of a bad lead. Grover, Chin (Daniel Dae Kim), Catherine (Michelle Borth), Kono (Grace Park), and all that heavy reinforcement begin leaving the premises, when Steve hears an alarm. He opens a small office, finding a man shot, bleeding, bound with duct tape, and with only one word left, “Bomb!” The utterance coincides precisely with an explosion, immediately bringing the building down with devastating force. Flashbacks come of Danny’s romantic evening with Amber (Lili Simmons), and coffee the next morning. Nothing is more sexy than wearing your man’s shirt around the house, and no attire is more difficult to explain to daughter, Grace (Teilor Grubbs), who comes home early from her mother’s place. It’s hard to answer to “Is that my dad’s shirt?” with anything but the truth. Danny is riddled with guilt and self-doubt-is that anything new? He ponders with Steve over the risk of letting his daughter become attached to a woman again. Steve ascertains that if worry for grace wasn’t a reason, Danny would still invent other obstacles to prevent a promising relationship. “You can’t be happy,” he scolds, and Danny has to admit he’s right.
Turns out the gun tip was given to get JC some lower security prison accommodations, seeing that he’s on the right road now, and looking to being with his family. The tip came from a “lifer” inmate, Spider, who deliberately was marking the team, but the informant was just trying to deal. Steve is calling to Danny from the rubble, finding him buried by steel beams and concrete. Kono digs out her cousin, and Catherine realizes Danny and Steve were not behind them fleeing from the building. For all his Navy Seal commander effort, Steve cannot free Danny from the beams. He asks that Danny do his best to distract himself from the thoughts of disaster that surround them. Danny goes to his coping mechanism of recalling baseball lineups through the decades. With a 7 inch rebar fragment in his abdomen, Steve has to save his partner, and necessary surgical supplies are nowhere to be found. As Danny chomps down on some insulation, Steve removes the metal, and bleach and duct tape become post-op practice. Using a fulcrum, Steve moves the beam enough to allow Danny to free his leg. The partners then have to become human noisemakers, beating against everything around them to attract help.
Chin is in a beat down with Dekker, who finally decides to spill his information. Catherine hears faint noises, knowing it’s the partners alive. She rigs a microphone and cable set-up to confirm communication. Danny delves into doom and gloom scenarios, and the discussion goes to debate fear factors. Steve insists that fear is something to push through, while Danny says fear is a “friend” who lends you a warning. Catherine gets the location, but it still may be hours before rescue. Danny discovers that the bound victim has been outfitted with a camera, meant to keep them in view. They send up things for Max (Masi Oka) to analyze, including capsules that are prescribed as postoperative blood thinners. The victim is Marcus Dekker, brother of JC, who was put through law school by his brother, so he could create a better life. Kono realizes this is a revenge kill, and JC, now wrought with grief, decides to go informant getting info from Spider, by whatever means necessary. Captain Grover tells Danny and Steve they have to attempt escape through the vents, despite the risk of collapse. Seeing each other through computer screen, Steve’s asks Catherine to book an evening reservation at their favorite sushi restaurant “a quick shower, and I’m good,” he says. Amber rushes to the site, and Danny asks her to “ground” Grace for her own good from all the disturbing events. Ever the psychologist, Steve shares relationship guidance as he and Danny inch through vents, playing “the worst game of Jenga ever” in Danny’s estimation. Danny realizes that he does need to switch focus from sing the end of every good thing to embracing the beginning. “Bring her closer,” Steve suggests, referring to Amber. All does not go well, and another collapse, and little oxygen, leave Steve with one option-create an explosion. He devises a homemade pipe bomb of sorts. The dialogue of the entire episode rings with affection and truth, and in one of the most memorable moments, Danny makes his words to Steve “I hate you so much,” to which Steve replies, “I love you, too, pal” before what might be their last breaths.
The force is great enough to give a hole for a hoist, and Danny comes first, to Chin’s welcome. Lou Grover greets Steve, saying “Good to see you topside, Commander.” After greeting their anxious ladies, including Grace, Danny and Steve share a genuine “I love you” with an embrace that could be felt across millions of screens of watching Hawaii Five-O faithful. Danny tells Steve he’s taking the week off, and taking Amber to Maui. Kono comes to Steve with information that a burner phone traced to James Cobb (David Gautreaux), an ex-CIA agent in charge of Southeast Asia i.e. Cambodian operations. Steve choices that lead to the location where Cobb is, calling first, the agent not knowing the Lt. Commander was right outside. Steve confronts him about the explosion, and knowing full well that all these deadly measures are to stop him from learning about his mother. He demands to know about the body found in Cambodia. Cop tells him it was Lei Kwan Fat, mother of Wo Fat, and Mrs. McGarrett had foiled operations that he had to “clean up.” Steve knows better than that, telling him so. Steve fires his gun to ensure Cobb knows the seriousness of this matter for consideration, but before things go further, another shot comes, killing him, and leaving Steve with more to unravel.
The final three episodes are sure to be gripping!