The Steve McGarrett Story – No #13 (#H50 1:13)

We continue our story from here

For me, this episode is the most important one of the 1st season, apart from the pilot of course. It is a very difficult episode to summarize, because nearly every conversation is important. All I can say is that with all the events since this episode, up until now, it makes me feel like a dog chasing his own tail and never catching it. It puts me in a tailspin of questions… you will see at the end. Confused smiley 91

Mcg & Mary 1

Steve wakes up with intruders in his house. It is clear that they only have one goal – to steal the Champbox. They use a stun gun on Steve and leave with the box. The only person apart from the Five-0 team who knew about the box is Mary. And she was also the only person with a key to get into the house. At Mary’s house, they find signs of a struggle and lots of blood and a tooth. Turns out it was one of Mary’s captors who “lost” the tooth in the struggle with her.

Steve tasered

(Sidenote at this time – Up until present time we have had no real clear indication of Mary’s education or qualifications. What was she doing to earn a living in Hawaii? Maybe Steve just paid her rent and bought her everything? Or maybe their dad’s estate was already settled and she got some money from it? It just seems that it was easy for her to pack up her life on the mainland, arrive in Hawaii with one very small suitcase and start a new life)

Steve with Mary's suitcase

Steve with Mary’s suitcase, when she arrived.

Steve and the team follow the leads, and the track down a number that Mary called. Mamo is an old-time friend of the family and taught them to surf. Steve and Danny visit him at his place of business, at the beach.

Mamo: What brings you here?

Steve: My sister. Did she come and see you Mamo?

Mamo: Yeah, she came around a couple of days ago. Ask me questions about your mother.

Steve: What did you tell her?

Mamo: The truth.

Steve: The truth that my mother didn’t die in a car accident? That a car bomb killed her?

Momo: Yes.

Steve: How did you know, Mamo?

Mamo: Before your mom died in that car, I saw a cop hanging around it, looking under it. I tell you father. He told me not to report it. Not to trust any other cop.

Steve & Mamo

Finally, Steve receives a phone call from Mary. She is tied up in the boot of a car, on her way to an unknown location. Not very wise kidnappers, because lucky for her, Mary still has her mobile phone with her. 😀 Must be the first time since she was kidnapped, that she is out of sight of her captors and able to use her phone to call Steve.
tracks down her possible location and Steve and Danny take a helicopter to get to her and rescue her – shooting and killing her two captors. This still leaves them with the question of who ordered the kidnapping? The only lead they have, is that the dead guys have Yakuza tattoos. Mary confirms that when she was kidnapped, there was also a third guy who lost his tooth in the struggle with her.

Mcg & Mary

Steve: I love you and I’m really sorry about what happened to you today.

Mary: You know why dad shipped us away now? It’s because Mom was killed. He was trying to protect us.

The team raid the hangout of the local Yakuza gang. They find the man with the missing tooth and confiscate his phone. Studying his call history, Kono finds several calls to a businessman called Hiro Noshimuri. (Really funny to me that this man ends up to be the father of her big love – Adam. Interesting way to “meet” the in-laws 😀 )  Steve was busy studying and deciphering the writing on the Japanese postcards from the Champbox and he also found the same name there.


Steve and Danno playing dentist.

Steve and Danny find Hiro at Pauahi Tower, having lunch. (Hiro Noshimuri – In less than 2 years he will be killed and chopped up in pieces by WoFat. WoFat, sending his body parts to his son Adam)

Hiro: I’m just here for my lunch date.

Steve: Let me tell you something. I know who you are. I know what you’ve done to me and to my family. And I’m here to tell you that no amount of money, or manpower is gonna save you.

Hiro: Save me? From what?

Steve: From me.

Hiro: What did you say your name was?

Gov Jameson: McGarrett?

Hiro: Ah,  Governor Jameson. So nice to see you again. [kiss her on the cheek]. My date.

Steve: You know this man?

Gov Jameson: I certainly do. We’ve been friends for years. Mr Noshimuri is a most generous benefactor of Hawaii.

Hiro & Gov

The Governor tells Steve that if he wants to do anything against Hiro, he will need clear-cut evidence and a watertight case to do it. Kono finds the empty Champbox in the dumpster behind Hiro’s club. Hiro’s fingerprints are on it. Steve and Danny catch up with Hiro and his brother Koji on the golf course. Steve comes face to face with the man who he now suspects of planting the car bomb who killed his mother. (Koji Noshimuri – By the end of this day he dies in a car accident, most probably orchestrated by WoFat)

Mcg & Kogi 2

Hiro goes to jail for Mary’s kidnapping. Steve promise Koji that he will be on his tail 24/7, watching his every move. But there is also another man with them on the golf course……

Steve: You, what’s your name?


Steve: The game’s over, go home.

WoFat: Yes, sir.

(In November 2014 (4 years later), Steve shoot and kill WoFat in self-defence, after WoFat kidnapped and tortured Steve for information about his father)

Mcg & WoFat

Steve decides that while there’s still a threat, Mary needs to move back to the mainland…….

Mary: I’m having a déjà vu moment. It’s just like before, when dad brought both of us here, but put us on different planes back to the mainland. I haven’t talked to you in 10 years. And I never saw Dad again.

Steve: Hey, we’re going to see each other again, okay. Hey, we will.

Mary: Promise.

Steve: Yes, I promise.

Steve saying goodbye to Mary

Even now more than when I first saw it, this episode leaves me with such a lot of questions: Confused smiley 83

  • Steve send Mary away because he thought Koji was the main threat. Koji is killed in a car accident and he and Danny do not believe it is an accident. But who did they think killed him then? Why did they not investigate it?
  • Did the Governor know beforehand that Mary would be kidnapped? Did it happen with her approval?
  • Did the Governor really not know that Doris was “killed” with a car bomb and really still thought it was an accident. Where was she 18 years ago when it happened?
  • Did the Governor really not know that Hiro was the head of the Yakuza? Or was she just surprised that Steve figured it out?
  • Why did the Governor end up with the content of the Champbox, or did she ordered it to be stolen? What was her connection with Hiro and WoFat really?
  • The Governor was not married at the time, was one of these gentlemen her lover? 😀
  • Was the bomb intended for John or for Doris? Obviously, Doris must have known about the bomb beforehand, in order to use it to fake her death. Or did she plant the bomb herself?
  • If the bomb was intended to kill John, why was there never an attempt on his life again in the 18 years, until Victor killed him? Or was there?
  • Why did Doris later say she faked her death to protect him, if the bomb was intended for him?  “Killing” herself would not stop the people who he was investigating, to try again to kill him?
  • But if the bomb was intended to kill Doris, why? It could not have been because she was Shelburne, because then WoFat would not have been looking for her (his father’s killer) anymore  – she was perceived as dead.
  • What happened at that specific time that made Doris fake her death? She was apparently a dormant CIA agent for more than 16 years by then. Was it John’s investigations that threatened to expose her identity?
  • Who was sending John the postcards from Japan? If he was already investigating the Yakuza when Doris “died”, then he must have had an informant from there. Who was that?


– Hawaii Five-0: Episode 113 –

Ke Kinohi (The Beginning)

Story by : Peter M. Lenkov

Teleplay by : Carol Barbee & Kyle Harimoto

Directed by: Chris Fisher

Broadcast on: 13 December 2010

To be continued here



Filed under Hawaii Five-0, Steve McGarrett

8 responses to “The Steve McGarrett Story – No #13 (#H50 1:13)

  1. Here are my perceptions:

    1. Steve sent Mary away not just because of Koji…but because he realized this whole situation was much bigger then he thought.

    2. As far as the Governor…we may never know what she really knew or how involved she really was…I think she knew that Hiro was in the Yakuza as she was “in-bed” with Wo-Fat (not literally). She needed to have what they call plausible deniability so that no one would find out but Steve did.

    3. In regards to the postcards…I think it was either someone related to Makoto or maybe it was Doris herself that sent them…she would’ve known that Mary was read that story by her father.

    4. The car bomb has too many factors but I will say that if Doris set the bomb she knew what she was doing. I think she didn’t care about her husband if she put him though what she did…although we might not really know. If John had “died” what would have happened with Steve and Mary…maybe the same thing…although John seemed to regret sending his kids away. Doris might have figured that her husband (John) would’ve stopped investigating but again it’s just speculation.

    I hope that we have some answers next season, I am looking forward to it.


    • – I think the real reason Steve send Mary away had nothing to do with the storyline. I would think it was because Taryn Manning was not signed on as a season regular and the writers did not really know what to do with her character. 🙂
      – I really would like to know how “evil” the Governor really was, but I doubt if we will ever get an answer on that.
      – As far as I can remember Steve said that some of the postcards were send before Doris “died”, so it could not be her sending it.
      – For me there is really a lot of thing that does not add up whether the bomb was meant for Doris of John – but I doubt if that would ever be mentioned again.


  2. wow that great questions , I never really look at that way until I read this. then I pulle out my dvd to watch it again , with the questions and you know what , they make sense. To me I am still no clear what was going on with Doris , why she would fake her own death, then jumped back into steve life as if nothing has happend. Doris is still very much a big mystery that the show has not solvoed just yet.


  3. Dam you for making me think!! lol Rewatch ahead 😀


  4. colleen

    When you say intense study you sure mean it. Haha. I never thought of half of your questions but now that I think about it they all make sense. Now you’ve got me thinking. This was a great episode. My favorite part is always when Steve rides the motorcycle in to the bar. Great recap. I am loving these. Thanks.


  5. gracenotpark

    😆 I try not to think too much about 5-0’s main story arc, cos I don’t think even Lenkov could answer your questions. I think he had some idea for his Big Bad story, but he let it get away from him at least by season 2, it took on a life of its own, and now he has no more clue than we do who or what Doris really is or was, what WoFat is in all this, and how that car bomb happened…or who really was killed in it, cos there musta been a dead body in there, right?

    He’s pretty much gone off on tangents that negate earlier facts on all the long range arcs, most recently by suddenly ditching Cath who suddenly hadn’t been living at Steve’s house where we all saw her living. So I take it ep by ep… 😉


    • Oh, I am just having some fun with these story arc’s 😆 (I am writing Steve’s story after all 😀 ) Not really trying to figure it out, just telling it as I see it. And as I said to Barb earlier, most of what we try to figure out about the story, has got more to do with availabllity of the actors.
      I wrote that as part of my April- fools story back in April this year, but I do think that being so far away in Hawaii, really does have some difficulties to cast people for longer story lines.


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