Monday, April 29, 2019

Hawaii Five-0 - O ke kumu, o ka mana, ho'opuka 'ia

An old friend from Adam's (Ian Anthony Dale) past shows up at Five-0 needing help on her wedding day. The daughter of a local Yakuza boss (Sonny Saito), Tamiko's (Brittany Ishibashi) husband-to-be has vanished. Knowing that he was an FBI agent secretly working undercover leads Five-0 to initially suspect Tamiko's father but evidence soon points Five-0 in a new direction. Investigating the fiance's previous cases leads to a new suspect with reason enough to seek revenge (although the Yakuza manages to catch up to the killer first to deliver their own justice). The storyline ends ominously as the Yakuza boss makes a prediction about Adam's inevitable return to his old life. Is this just an empty threat or foreshadowing of things to come?

The episode's B-story involves the kidnapping of Noelani (Kimee Balmilero) who is needed to steal an organ and assist in an secret operation. Busy with the other case, it takes Five-0 quite awhile to notice her absence, but McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and company spring into action in enough time to save Noelani, but not quick enough to save the mentor (Page Leong) whose betrayal almost cost the medical examiner her life. The episode is also notable for continuing the thread of Junior's (Beulah Koale) family, the death of his sister, and his father's grief suggesting we haven't seen the last of this plot thread this year.

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