Monday, November 5, 2018

Hawaii Five-0 - Aia i Hi'ikua; i Hi'ialo

When one of McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) old Navy SEAL buddies turns up dead with a stolen baby in a Cessna that makes an emergency landing on a Naval Air Craft Carrier, Steve is notified by NCIS and politely told to leave the investigation to the Navy. (Haven't they ever watched the show?) The episode introduces Nazneen Contractor as NCIS Agent Emma Warren who orders McGarrett to stand down multiple times over the course of the episode (even going so far to arrest him at one point) before deciding it would be easier to work with Five-0 than against them. Working together, Five-0 and NCIS discover the reason behind the death of McGarret's friend and reunite the child with its mother (Sarah Dumont).

Contractor works well here, even Danny (Scott Caan) enjoys seeing someone else forced to act as McGarrett's foil for an episode, and I wouldn't mind seeing her return (or show up on NCIS). The episode's B-story offers the return of Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale), but sadly not his estranged wife, as Tani (Meaghan Rath) is forced to make a hard decision about the murder weapon she found in his home. If Adam is indeed innocent, it appears, as expected, Hawaii Five-0 is resurrecting the often-used framing of a core character.

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