S2E9: Tonight's episode of Hawaii Five-0 opens up, as it usually does, with a victim and a case for the Five-0 to solve. But it's probably the weirdest-looking victim we've seen this season. It's also, definitely, the best episode we've seen this season.
A man turns up mummified in the trunk of his own car, a 1969 Camaro that was stolen from the man prior to his murder. Odder, still, is the fact that the victim had undergone complete facial reconstruction surgery just prior to his death. McGarrett sums up the mystery surrounding the case and the ensuing objective thusly: "Someone was trying to hide victim’s identity. The questionis, Why?” (We don't find out till the very end.)
McGarrett and Danny handle the investigation of the victim's body, while Chin and Kono go looking -- with the help of Lori -- for the car thieves, supposing, logically, that once they find out who stole the car, they've found the person/people who murdered the guy in the trunk.
Not so fast, of course.
They track down the car thief following an undercover operation involving Lori, but although the man admits to trying to steal the '69 Camaro, he claims to have no involvement in the murder. And before long, his story on the latter officially checks out.
Meanwhile, McGarrett and Danno, struggling for leads initially -- having only been able to question the surgeon who performed the victim's operation just before his death but offered no further information of use -- find out the victim's name. Then his real name (Jimmy Sheehan)! Then his unwitting girlfriend, who explains that Sheehan was running from "his past" following a stint working on a cable ship in the Pacific, after which he told her he was going to have plastic surgery to conceal his identity.
Naturally, McGarrett and Danny rush to that ship, where they learn what really seemed to have transpired: Sheehan was a member of the witness protection program after his testimony against a Mob boss from native Boston landed a guy in jail for a long time. Sheehan was on the run, but his past did indeed catch up to him, in the form of a fellow Bostonian who, desperate to erase a serious debt to the very same Boston gang, alerted the chief henchmen -- the O'Toole brothers -- to Sheehan's whereabouts to wipe his own financial slate clean.
The Five-0 quickly go to the hotel where Sheehan's girlfriend had been staying, assuming the O'Toole brothers would "off" her next to totally clean house. They were right, but luckily they caught, and apprehended, the brothers before they could carry out their plan to kill the girlfriend. Unluckily, though? The O'Tooles didn't actually get to carry out their plan to murder Sheehan, either!
Turns out it was the last character we'd suspect (since usually there is more of a hint on this show when ultimately guilty characters pop up ever so briefly early on in the episode): the plastic surgeon. He'd botched Sheehan's operation (fatally) and, fearing the loss of his license and/or practice, shot his patient to try and disguise it as a random murder.
TOP FIVE MOMENTS FROM TONIGHT'S EPISODE
1. “Yeah, we did. I think I remember that it’s, uh, McGarrett House Rule No. 32: No TV after midnight.” –Danny to McGarrett, exchanging one of their many great lines, as Danny is temporarily crashing on McGarrett's couch ... and encroaching on his Zen.
2. Danny, McGarrett and Lori walk into Max’s office to find him feverishly plugging away at his piano. McGarrett and Danny repeatedly summon Max, to no avail. Lori calls his name, and he promptly responds to her. It’s a scene made funnier, in hindsight, by the fact that Max ignores the two guys pretty much all episode long.
3. Lori goes undercover at a muscle-car-owner hangout looking for the car thief. He quickly comes over, flirts, takes her car for a spin and thinks he’s turned the table on Lori when his masked cohort demands, at gunpoint, that she get out of the car. Moments later, the guys realize they’re, in fact, the ones in a trap, when the car becomes undrivable and inescapable – and they’re picked up by a closely trailing Kono and Chin.
4. When McGarrett and Danny go looking for Sheehan's roommate on the ship, Billy Murphy, they spot him in the distance with a knife at another man’s throat. Danny quickly catches up to him – there aren’t too many places left to go in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – and we see McGarrett essentially tight-roping the peak of a crane to catch Murphy from behind. Which he does.
5. The weekly climactic scene: Five-0 arrive at the hotel where they know the O’Toole brothers are holding Suzy against her will. McGarrett breaks the door down, and Chin shoots one of the O’Tooles – but it’s Kono, from afar, who stealthily kills the other brother, who had a gun at Suzy’s head and a countdown going.
S2E4: Tonight's episode of Hawaii Five-0 was all over the map, figuratively speaking -- as past issues return to the surface, albeit briefly, new ones are hinted at, and the team is forced to solve a doozy of a murder mystery that leads them in several different directions.
An unidentified hand turns up in the water, and Max soon IDs the apparent murder victim to whom it belonged: mercurial "salvage" diver Blake Spencer. Naturally, McGarrett and Co. still don't know what his backstory is, and they don't truly find out until the end of the episode.
After finding a set of what appear to be rare coins in Spencer's apartment that Five-0 thinks the diver found near a shipwreck, the first suspect becomes an opportunistic business owner who hired Spencer for a treasure-hunting job, with which the coins appear to have been associated. But the man, Jesse Billings, admits to only petty wrongdoings, and it is soon learned that the coins are, in fact, fake.
It leads to a series of more or less dead-end interrogations and tying up loose ends for McGarrett, Danno, Lori and Joe -- that is, until they're able to track down the boat on which Spencer was shot and killed and venture deep underwater to see what he was searching for.
It's not immediately clear -- even to us viewers -- but a skeleton that the gang finds near the water's floor is locked inside an ambulance that dates all the way back to World War II, and that's when everything begins to unravel: Spencer wasn't exactly trying to find buried treasure, at least not the kind with great monetary value, but rather the remains of his grandfather, a WWII veteran; two other men, however, thought he was cheating them out $2 million in antiquated Hawaiian bills that was part of the whole operation, and they killed him for it.
Much, much more intriguing during tonight's episode, though, were two callbacks: the Kono situation and the mystery surrounding McGarrett's late father.
Steve continues to obsess over the details of his dad's involvement with Wo Fat. Early on, he asks Joe to follow up with the Department of Defense and request a formal investigation, but at the end of the episode, we learn that Joe didn't follow through and that there is much more for Steve to consider before continuing on down that road (i.e. his name and his family's name). Kono, meanwhile, is still under not-so-distant surveillance by Chin -- but now she's becoming more combative, and after Chin finds out that she has crossed the line and hacked into Hawaii Police Department's computers to aid Frank (Billy Baldwin), it becomes clear that this is a situation that could really hurt Five-0 down the road and obviously become a major story line.
TOP FIVE MOMENTS FROM TONIGHT'S EPISODE
1. The opening sequence, in which a young girl in Waikiki Beach is startled by her little brother, who's swimming in a shark-fin hat. He goes off to claim his next victim, only to find a severed hand (ultimately belonging to the aforementioned Blake Spencer) floating with no owner of said appendage in sight.
2. The following quote from Danno (to McGarrett) regarding a whale on display at Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in O’ahu: "It’s amazing. I mean, one day you are the king of the ocean, right? Next thing you know, you are hanging from the ceiling of a museum, and little children are looking at your private parts."
3. The following quote, from Max, looking like a kid in a candy store: "Did you know that JPAC [Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam] is the largest forensics lab in the world? And that it specializes exclusively in postmortem identification? Which incidentally is my favorite type of identification." To which Joe replies: "You need a paper bag or something?"
4. When Max is taking photo at the crime scene, he snaps a close-up and finds an indentation of a ring on Julian’s head -- at which point Lori realizes (as do we) that the killer appeared on the show up to that point for no more than a cameo. Cue the "Dun-dun-dun!" music.
5. The climactic shootout between McGarrett/Lori and Jimmy Coler, which sees McGarrett seamlessly leap onto a boat from the dock -- a 50-foot drop he makes look easy.
The actor has been a regular headline-grabber over the last few weeks after launching a Twitter account and signing up for numerous interviews to talk about his tumultuous personal life.
Sheen's antics have now been satirised in front of millions of viewers in an episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (03Mar11).
Fallon dressed up as the former Two And A Half Men star to make a fake commercial for a fragrance named Winning, staring into the camera and chain-smoking as he reeled off some of Sheen's recent remarks.
He introduced the cologne as "the delightful aromas of sweat, cigarettes and denial" and says as 'Sheen', "Adonis DNA. I'm a b**chin rock star. Blood of a tiger... I'm like Zeus in a Speedo... I'm going to embrace my life. I'm going to put both arms around it and love it violently and defend it violently through violent hatred... The only drug I'm on is Charlie Sheen... What's my name? Carlos Estevez? Cumo se dice 'winning'?'"
Arianna Huffington told Jon Stewart how she’s willing to pay for busses to shuffle people to the rally to restore sanity. Jon was kind of shocked because he thought we’d all be carpooling, but we stopped doing that when we stopped wearing “blouses.”
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Aasif Mandvi reminded us that we’re treating the earth worse than we’d treat the coyote who ate our Christmas kitten. Apparently, we’re running out of helium. So to start conserving it, USE LESS MAGNETIC POETRY, PLEASE.
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Stephen Colbert talked about how Republican John Boehner (he’s gotta be kidding us with that) pledged to make things different while keeping them totally the same if Republicans won the midterm elections in November. Meanwhile, Democrats don’t get it.
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Christopher Meloni from Law and Order (not the failed one, SVU!) talked to Jimmy Fallon about his summer trip to France, that he seemed to have spent killing mosquitoes, listening for packs of dogs, and helping his six year old son through an identity crisis.
Patrick Dempsey told Jay Leno about the $200 million budget for Transformers 3, and how his stint on Grey’s Anatomy as a surgeon has allowed him to help other doctors treat his daughter when she’s cracked her chin open in Texas.
And Mindy Kaling talked about how she and her parents think Halloween is weird, the new season of The Office and her efforts to write a romantic comedy, where she’ll play the beautiful white woman’s “plucky” best friend who sits her down and reminds her of her age and tells her how important it is that she choose the right guy out of the two that she’s dating because she’s 32 and at 33, the best thing she’ll be able to do with herself is learn German.
Elijah Wood, one of the romantics in The Romantics, talked to Jimmy Fallon about how he was on his show exactly one year ago. He also said something about a wood-burning pizza oven and a smoker. Oh, he spent his summer smoking meat, and affirming that pizza gets cooked in an 800 degree oven. Hope you enjoyed your Saltines breakfast.
Jimmy also talked to Maggie Q about her new show, Nikita. Her legs and her dress said nothing about anything, but dressed up like they did.
Chelsea Handler told Jay Leno how she’s excited to host MTV’s VMAs, and how Jay was too old to do it. His retort was better than any of her vodka-crazed books.
Ken Jeong was also on Leno, and he seriously used to be a doctor. Handler and Leno continued to bash on each other about chin size and comedic timing. Ken just talked about his parents, because both of their acts were old. What are they, the rat pack? With all their chin and sex jokes?
And Julianna Margulies told David Letterman about giving commencement speeches, and calling Rahm Emanuel an asshair for giving such a great one that she was going to have to follow.