Monday, March 18, 2019

Hawaii Five-0 - Pupuhi ka he'e o kai uli

The death of a fake window washer who it turns out was one of the world's most famous graffiti artists allows for the return of Gerard Hirsch (Willie Garson) when Five-0 reaches out to the former art forger for help in identifying the victim. I'm always happy to see Garson, although his return is a sad reminder that White Collar is no longer on the air. While false leads initially point to motives tied to the victim's art, Five-0 uncovers the real target to be the woman (Patricia Velasquez) the artist was harboring. Her outspoken nature about the evils of her government has branded her a traitor they would go to any lengths to see silenced (including killing the artist and torturing his agent for information).

The B-story offers a separate murder for Grover (Chi McBride) and Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) to solve. The subplot offers a humorous scene in a Hawaiian shirt store, but its inclusion primarily appears to be for the sole purpose of giving them something to do with the rest of Five-0 working on the larger case. "Pupuhi ka he'e o kai uli" is also notable for opening and closing sequences that delve into Junior's (Beulah Koale) personal life as his father strugles after being reminded of a personal loss. Both scenes work well, especially the closing sequence as Junior takes over his father's role and offers what comfort he can.

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