S2E5: This week's episode Hawaii Five-0 answers everyone's, especially Chin's, questions about Kono: She is working undercover for International Affairs, under the reign of Capt. Vincent Fryer (Tom Sizemore), to take down cop-gone-bad Frank DeLano (Billy Baldwin).
The episode opens on a high school girls volleyball coach—loved by his students, faculty, alumni, everyone (isn't that always the case with teachers in these kinds of shows?)—murdered in his locker room after a big victory for his team. The Five-0 investigate his living quarters, which is a guest house on the property of the Joyners, a wealthy couple who let him live there for free, and find somewhat risque photographs of one of his students. All the while, Chin has reconnected with his ex-fiancee, who makes her own attempt at reaching out to the contentious Kono, to no avail.
They speak to the girl, only to find out that the photographs were not taken by the coach, but by an advertising agency. The coach was displeased with his student's decision and she relinquished the photos to him. However, upon investigating a hotel reservation, the Five-0 finds out that it was not his student that the coach was sneaking around with, but the female half of the married couple who let him live on their property rent-free. New suspect: jealous husband.
Instantly, this lead is terminated. The Five-0 go to confront the man, but he is shot dead by a distant gunman before he can reveal anything beyond, "They're going to kill my wife!"
Chin and Lori stake out the hotel room (apparently, aforesaid wife has not checked out yet) to catch anyone who might be after her. To their surprise, Kono is the getaway driver for a thug who tries to break in to kill Mrs. Joyner. She speeds away, but she is caught by the Five-0, who take her into custody. However, while there, the team is visited by Capt. Fryer, who reveals that Kono is working for him undercover to take down DeLano. The team accuses him of using Kono to exact revenge on his crooked former partner, but Fryer and Kono insist they continue with their mission.
Kono goes back undercover, helping DeLano coerce Mrs. Joyner (who they find at her hotel room) take out and bequeath unto them her safety deposit box—when the two are alone, Kono admits to Joyner that she is an undercover cop to put her at ease. The ending bank shoot out sees Kono reclaim her stance as hero, Fryer get his revenge on DeLano, and the team back together again.
Top Five Moments from Tonight's Episode
1. Another LOST reunion. After the gift of John Locke helping out the force, Jin Soo Kwon interrogating Alexandra Linus/Rosseau is just some very sweet icing on a wonderful, wonderful cake.
2. Capt. Fryer's revelation. The team sort of had a collective "Oh, so that's what's been going on" moment when they find out the truth about Kono's recent shadiness.
3. Lori's flustered rambling in the hotel room to Chin about her hardly veiled attraction to Steve...and Chin's stoic, marginally interested responses.
4. Capt. Fryer's taking Steve's slap-in-the-face with dignity, and accepting the command to never mess with his team again. Admirable, considering that this is the same man who set out on a path of bloody revenge that endangered the lives of other police officers earlier that day.
5. Kono's coming back into her own during the bank scene, wherein she takes command by asserting to Mrs. Joyner that she'll be all right, and by pretty much winning control of the standoff.
There are two ways to watch a film like Just Go With It. The first is to look at the characters and situations as if they existed in the real world. Through this lens as with most Hollywood productions the story is far-fetched and trite the characters too stereotypical to stomach. However even if you leave practicality at home and well just go with it it’s hard to find anything to enjoy in Adam Sandler’s new movie about a playboy plastic surgeon that convinces his assistant to pose as his ex-wife in an attempt to woo a new lady friend.
Danny Maccabee is afraid of having his heart broken like it was when he was in medical school so he uses his would-be wedding ring from a disastrous engagement as a chick magnet because you know all single ladies love married men. However when he finally meets and beds the girl of his dreams the tactic backfires as she thinks she’s just wrecked a home. Enter Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) Danny’s ordinary (well ordinary when compared to bombshell Brooklyn Decker) office mule who is lured into an ever-expanding web of lies so that he can win his Ms. Right.
The film’s weakest link is its script from writers Timothy Dowling (Role Models) and Allan Loeb (The Switch). Their simple story relies heavily on Sandler’s tried-and-true formula of physical gags and broad family humor offering the audience nothing they haven’t seen before and virtually no organic comedy. While the premise and principle players are very predictable the supporting cast injects some life into the picture most notably young starlet-in-training Bailee Madison whose cutesiness is the only thing I didn’t get sick of throughout the film. Honorable mentions also go to Nick Swardson as Sandler’s crazy cousin and Nicole Kidman who ought to try her hand at comedy more often.
Unfortunately their charm doesn’t compensate for the film’s uneven pacing. I was incredibly bored throughout the second act which is hampered by scenes that play longer than they should but biggest conundrum is Sandler himself: the main draw in Just Go With It as well as its most unlikable element. His character’s arc not to mention his performance is about as artificial as the breasts he gives his clients. Not only is Maccabee a self-centered liar; his deceptions go unpunished as he coasts through the film’s climax into happily-ever-after territory. Some will accept even embrace the Hollywood ending but the conclusion is a loss for Aniston’s character who is otherwise pleasant to watch. A dignified single mother she’s at first reluctant to help Danny due to the immoral nature of his plan but falls for him because he eventually develops a relationship with the kids. I guess she didn’t see him throw them in the mud earlier in the movie.
Generally speaking the greatest strength a contemporary romantic comedy has is its funny factor but director Dennis Dugan unexpectedly creates a comfortable quixotic vibe in Just Go With It which is surprising considering his past endeavors with Sandler (among them I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Grown Ups). It doesn’t make up for the lack of natural laughs but will sate the target audiences’ appetite for a harmless and forgettable Valentine’s Day snack.
Did you know there are scientifically documented cases of very young children who had spontaneous memories of things and people and places they could never possibly have known about? Apparently The Return’s screenwriter Adam Sussman discovered this phenomenon and created the character Joanna Mills (Sarah Michelle Gellar) a young woman who since she was 11-years-old has been having disjointed flashbacks of some horrible attack she never experienced herself. She flashes regularly on a dank bar paintings of seahorses and ends up hiding from a man who calls her "Sunshine.” And who knew hearing Patsy Cline on your radio would spell supernatural trouble? The best part is when Joanna has one of these episodes she ends up cutting herself. Needless to say the girl’s a tad screwed up. Eventually Joanna finds herself inexplicably drawn to La Salle Texas where she finally starts to piece together the murder mystery that has been plaguing her for so long. Thank god! Someone just needs to hand Sarah Michelle Gellar a Coke and a smile. Forget about being a scream queen Gellar has become the queen of depression with the two Grudges and now The Return under her belt. She has actually made an art form of sad teary-eyed stares in the mirror sinking onto a bed with head in hand and general malaise. She also plays scared pretty well but deep down you know at any moment Gellar can get all Buffy the Vampire Slayer on whoever is threatening her especially as the tough Joanna. But the actress has to be getting tired of all this despair so let’s hope she decides to move on. The other Return cast members really aren’t worth mentioning except for a brief appearance by Sam Shepherd as Joanna’s dad. One can only imagine he did this for some extra cash. The Return is one of those cases in which the trailer makes the movie look a hell of a lot scarier than it really is which is probably why the studio didn’t pre-screen it for critics. It’s a marketing ploy of course pitching a thriller with an established horror actress attached--except this time they are messing with their built-in audience. Reminiscent of the truly creepy What Lies Beneath The Return may have a few jumps and bumps here and there but as a ghost story there isn’t any oomph. Maybe it has something to do with the ultra-depressive main character who isn’t nearly developed enough. We aren’t invested in what happens to Joanna or the woman periodically possessing her so she can solve her murder. The Return doesn’t measure up to its expectations lulling us instead of thrilling us.