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So we made it – Steve is 100!! 🙂 And Wo Fat gave us a good old Steve strip show – best villain ever (RIP). But before I continue with Steve’s story I just want to emphasise that this was wonderful entertainment and all in all a great episode and what I have to say about Steve’s story in no way reflects how good I think the episode was. (If that makes any sense) It had it all, fun, laughter, familiar stuff, fantasies, loads of BAMF-Pretty and all-around great acting from everybody (especially Alex of course)……It was all in all a great episode to celebrate the occasion.
But I have to stay with the facts of Steve’s story, so here we go …………
For some weird reason, Steve was driving with his dads’ old car in a white vest, overshirt and jeans to a stakeout with the team, when Wo Fat decided that it is time for their meeting, that he wanted to have a few months ago already (maybe he was waiting to steal the old family films first, before he could do it 😀 ). He’s got more faith in Steve’s ability to know stuff, than in Doris. He is sure Steve knows what happened to his father more than 40 years ago and he needs Steve to spill the beans.
This whole abduction and torture scene not only gives us some answers to our Wo Fat questions, but it also gives us some answers about what Steve subconsciously “dreams” about (or maybe not 😉 ). So Wo Fat is giving him some gas and other chemicals to get him to talk, and this is their effect:
- Steve experienced that HPD made it on time and saved John from Victor Hess.
- Detective Danny Williams is happy-go-lucky, living in Hawaii with his wife and daughter. He believes his wife is the greatest woman on the planet and he actually chose to move to Hawaii, because he likes it there.
- Grover is a tourist complaining about crime in Hawaii.
- Duke is just himself.
- Chin is a Captain at HPD and about to become Chief of Police.
- Hess is alive and wounded in the hospital.
- Jerry is homeless and not of sound mind.
- At least his subconscious mind believes he is dating someone. (Who that is, we can only guess – Cath of Ellie)
- Jenna is eternally looking for her fiance who was in a motorbike accident – wearing her little cross around her neck.
- Kono is a very seductive, world champion surfer girl. (This was part of my big wish for this alternate universe. I actually wanted them to meet in person and with Steve responding positively to her ‘seduction’ #ClosetMcKonoMe 😛 )
- Danny threw the ‘book’ on police work away during his experience of 9/11 and will do anything to get answers.
- Max is a Dr in hospital, amongst the living and not the dead.
- Kamekona is in jail, but still a snitch. (Wonder if Steve believes Kammie should actually be in prison?)
- And for some weird reason, Wo Fat had those burn scars when Steve shoots him in a gunfight. (I personally fail to see the meaning behind alternate Wo Fat looking like present Wo Fat)
- And he would like to be driven around…. (I sincerely doubt that is something that he really wants 😀 )
Let us summarize Wo Fat’s woeful story:
Shortly after he was born, his mother was killed in a botched assassination attempt on his father. His father was captured and everybody presumed him to be dead. The agent who killed her was Doris (code name Shelburne) and she felt so bad about the mistake, that she took the woman’s child in as her own. Where she lived while she raised him is unknown to us. After several years of raising the boy, her bosses learned of this and forced her to give the child up. I guess she then left the agency and married policeman John McGarrett and moved to Hawaii. She then had her own children with John. First Steve and the 5 years later, little Mary (rebound kids, after the one she lost?). She worked as a school teacher and in 1992, she faked her own death. She did this because she learned that her once “adopted” son was looking for his father’s “killer”. She believed that if she was not around, he would never get to the truth and it will keep her family safe. What she did not anticipate, was that John would send their children away to the mainland and that he would then try to catch her “killer” for the rest of his days (18 years from thereon).
After John was assassinated in 2010, their son Steve came back to live on the Island, to hunt his dad’s killer and in the process realises that there is a person, with the name Wo Fat, around. He only learned about Wo Fat’s existence, once Wo Fat sends a “spy” to infiltrate Five-0 to learn what Steve knows about what John knew about Shelburne. For some reason, Wo Fat believed that Steve knew where Shelburne was and with Jenna’s help, he captured and tortured Steve to get the information. (In retrospect that is a bit weird, because Jenna knew what Steve knew and she could have told Wo Fat that Steve did not know anything about Shelburne or where the person was)
In a surprise step, Wo Fat let Steve capture him after he brutally killed Hiro Noshimuri (something we and seemingly the writers sometimes forget – Adam also had an axe to grind with Wo Fat). And his plan worked, because once he was behind bars, Shelburne (Doris) felt save enough to come forward and expose herself. And with it, Steve learned that his mother was actually still alive. When Wo Fat and Shelburne face each other for the first time, he realises that the person he has been hunting for all these years, was actually the woman who raised him. (That must have been a shocker)
For some reason, Wo Fat then suddenly just started to lay low. Once, when he tried to bribe a politician they nearly caught him, but as usual, he got away. Soon after that, he tries to steal some printer plates to print US currency. Surprisingly the team manages to capture the ever-elusive Wo Fat, but only after he got severely burned in a helicopter crash. Now is a cripple and behind bars.
Steve could not understand his mother’s connection is to Wo Fat, so he ran a DNA test, to see if they might be related. The test confirmed that they are not, but he never thought about emotional connection. Connections between adoptive parents and children are just as strong.
And here we are, Wo Fat kidnapping and torturing Steve for a second time about information he does not have ….. and in the end leaving Steve no choice but to shoot him for his own survival. And Steve can at long last sigh with relief, because the one person who took everything away from him in his life, is finally dead!
- Interesting that Wo Fat was looking for a father he never knew and who went missing when he was a boy. Other than blood, they had no connection. He would not even know it if his real father stood in front of him. The last photo’s of him would have been taken more than 40 years ago, close to his own birth.
- Interesting that Wo Fat would think Steve might know where his father is. In the past, Steve was always the last one to know anything. Doris, who is actually working in the spy community and Joe, they have a lot of better connections than Steve. I mean Wo Fat himself was able to find Ian Wright so quickly and he always had better connections than Steve.
- Interesting to see on social media that people who do not follow the show as closely as some of us, believe that this was the grand finale – the main villain dying and the montage at the end. I personally still stand by my feeling that by killing Wo Fat, they are wrapping up the series – but I am usually wrong about these things.
- Interesting that Wo Fat was always hunting the person who “killed” his father, but what about his mother. She was also gone. 😕
- I really do not understand what is so bad about raising Wo Fat, that Doris can’t face Steve. In fact, that should show what a good person she was at heart, to do it. It was not her fault that he was taken from her and that later in life he became who he is. According to Jenna, he was actually a good guy for the first part of his life.
- From comments on social media, it looks like a lot of people misunderstand why Wo Fat killed John. Wo Fat killed John, long before he knew that he was related to his adoptive mother. He killed him, because John was closing in on him and the governor with his investigations – it had nothing to do with Doris. Wo Fat never knew how John was connected to her until he came face to face with Doris in the beginning of S3 and realised that she was not only the person he has been hunting, but that that same person also raised him. I think the writers and alternate Steve created this confusion, with Steve’s words of, ‘What did my Dad ever do to you that you wanted to kill him?‘.
- I think the show-off between Steve and Wo Fat was great and well done and worthy of Wo Fat’s stature, but too soon. I know a lot of fans got tired of the Wo Fat thing, but handled correctly, I think it should have lasted till the finale. (Kind of like killing the main villain in a movie long before the ending of a movie? What is the point to continue?)
- I also want to add that I think Mark Dacascos gave his best performance as Wo Fat ever. In the past, he was maybe a bit too aloof and wooden to me. But I think he really nailed it this time.
- And even though the make-up to cover Alex’s tattoos for Steve must have been difficult, I think the make-up people did not do bad. Fight scenes stunts with it were great and editing also good. (Although with the big high kicks and hits with the stick and moves between Steve and Wo Fat it was visible that they were not really making contact. At some stage, it felt to me that Wo Fat was missing Steve when he was actually supposedly making contact 😀 )
- And at the end when Steve and Wo Fat shoot each other at the same time – I missed it the first couple of times I saw it. I kept thinking Wo Fat’s gun was empty, when in fact it was not and that he was just in a worse position than Steve, who had a two-handed grip – he still did give Steve a flesh wound on the side of the forehead though. So Steve actually did not have a choice but kill him.
Sorry, but this is already far longer than what I wanted to do, and I am sure with in the next few days, there will be even more that I wanted to say…….
– Hawaii Five-0: Episode 507 –
Ina Paha (If Perhaps)
Written by: Peter Lenkov
Directed by: Larry Teng
Broadcast: 7 November 2014
To be continued here
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Résumé complet de Foyeur, j’attends la suite, merci
This was only my 2nd ep of this season that I saw (1st was last week and it was a full jackpot in my opinion some of you will know why) and again a Great performance of Alex as usually,
Can I be a bit shallow ????? So much preteeee in this shirtless Steve and it seems that the commander went commando on this ep..
Another great job ladies.
Shirtless Alex makes it difficult to NOT be shallow 😉 but I did examine the frames and he was wearing dark underwear. We did not have that specific capture in this post. Sorry, didn´t mean to ruin the perving 😉
It was a very good episode. I found the torture scenes very hard to watch and I hope, going forward, that the writers realize there are storylines other than kidnap/torture.
Two thoughts occurred to me (1) how one woman’s actions ruined the lives of 4 people. 2 dead because of the lack of accountability on her part and; (2) how she was capable of raising 2 so very different children. One as base, low and despicable as herself and the other such a loving, caring, upstanding man. Steve had no choice but to kill his “brother”. Maybe now he’ll find the peace and happiness he so truly deserves.
I don’t feel that WoFats death signals the end of the series but the start of a new turn of events for our beloved Steve and the rest of the team but only if (and that’s a BIG if) the writers/ep have the foresight and vision to move it forward. Here’s hoping!
Alex was phenomenal. It’s a shame he’s so very underrated as an actor. He really deserves to be recognized for this episode. Who knows maybe if the show does end, he’ll be able to finally spread his wings and gain the recognition he so deserves. Show the world what we already know!
God bless you! You clarified a couple things for me cos this is bizarrely intricate…I think in part because PLenkov did mean for these two to be half bros, but fans sniffed it out immediately so he had to change course & make it more…odd. Your review is awesome and I enjoyed the ep, especially Alex’s incredible burden in this sucker…to have to act all the bits and pieces he did, from torture to drugged state to BAMF to normal happy son was a huge range adjustment over a period of the week or so in which they shoot these eps! Wish he would EVER get cred for it.
My big reaction to the Wo plot at this point is, why didn’t Doris just confront her adopted son 20 years ago? Once Wo began his hunt, why not woman-up and say, “yo dear, I did it, and I’m sorry but it was my job and I screwed up and I loved and raised you the best I could to make up for it, but kill me now if you can’t forgive.” Thus saving her damn family pain and death, as mothers are supposed to do. PLenkov has really created a monster mom with this latest scenario, whether he did it purposely or just subconsciously. I mean, this scenario makes Doris more vile than Wo. He seeks vengeance vs. them he hates, mean but understandable. She rent her family apart, and risked her husband’s, and now her son’s, life to save her own by not confessing fully to Wo and either working it out or facing his consequences. Unlike her brave son, who knows he is hunted but remains above ground, she goes into hiding again, helps Wo escape prison so he can kill her fully exposed other son? PLenkov does not like women. Cos seriously, what mother would behave like this?
What about Steve´s threat to WoFat “I´m gonna kill you and then I´m gonna find your father and kill him for having you”? Does this mean he is now going after daddy WF…
Thank you Foyeur, what a great wrap up and now I have some questions for you because clearly I got my signals crossed somewhere.
How do we know that the Doris/Wofat connection happened before she got married? I thought she faked her death to raise the baby Wofat but then I always though Wofat was older so I am so confused, Do not misunderstand I am not questioning your version of events, I am just a little lost here.
I too thought the gun was empty at the end, I watched it twice but you always get the smallest details. 🙂 In the alt universe I felt he was speaking of Catherine in the car with Danny.
In the original story, not the alt universe of this episode, was it Wofat that had John McGarrent killed? I am still hazy on that point and after I watched this episode I wasn’t sure either. And if so what investigation with the Governor was Wofat covering up?
I didn’t start watching until midway thought season 3 so I had to go back and watch everything so clearly I missed a lot of details that I am glad you are clearing up for me today.
I am going to go watch season 3 epi 1 right now so I think that will clear up the Doris confusion.
I wish it was possible to edit comments as I just rewatched season 3 epi one so now it all makes sense. And I think I answered my other question, Wofat killed John because of whatever the Champ box investigation was uncovering is that right Foyeur? And now that Wofat is dead, I bet we will never know or the writers will circle it all back to John discovering something to do with Shebourne which I think may have been mentioned somewhere in some season. Lenkov had us watch the wrong episode as homework lol
Oh and one more thing, Wofat believed Doris was his mother which is why he wasn’t looking for her because he knew she was alive and had abandoned him. He was looking for his father because he believed Shelbourne killed him until off screen somewhere along the line Doris told him the whole convoluted story that we heard Friday night.
This is one of the best wrap-up of the Wo Fat, Doris, John, myth arc stuff I’ve read in the same place. I’ll to this day never understand Doris helping Wo Fat after he tortured her real son unless she never knew that important fact.
I did love this eppy regardless of some of the plot-holes in it. It it every one of my buttons and was such an amazing showcase for Alex. And your pics are beautiful. 🙂
As far as Wo Fat having scars in the shoot-out at the dock, he’s sporting the same scars as the Wo Fat torturing Steve. In his drugged stated, it would be easy to interpose his captor there. What we saw were mainly just Steve’s hallucinated warped dreams while under the influence of drugs and torture. A diff path of his team way before Steve ever returned to the islands a lot more pre- Pilot than originally implied.
Oh, Steve, I hope to see you begin to heal a little now, with some struggle actually shown on screen.
Many thanks for the pictures, I think both this episode and the captures were gorgious. Actually, I think it was a more than a trifecta, I can’t remember any other epi that would show Steve in his BDU, both the dress blues and whites, AND shirtless as well…magnificent 🙂
As for the storyline, I think they made the right decision having Wo Fat finally killed off. Maybe his pops will be the next supervillain of the series, tough I hope not, this whole Doris – Wo Fat story had so many inconsistencies already, and leaking of so many holes, that its best to just wrap it up and let it rest. Trying to patch it up and give it some shape just leads to unwittingly making people look bad. Just saying that many long-running series had more than one main antagonists, they chased them for one or two seasons – and than we were pleased when they finally nailed the bastard, watching somebody perpetually escape can get frustrating.
And just one point to your story: I don’t think Wo Fat planted Jenna into Five-O. To me, it looked more as if she went down there out of her own ditzy haplessness (I never liked her), looking for Jerry, and then somewhere near the end of season 1 Wo Fat got to her, and turned her. After that she helped him kill Victor Hesse, and ”got the call” that her fiancée might still be alive.
I think WoFat’s Pop is too old and after being locked up for 40 years, don’t really see how he will be able to become a super villian in modern society – but this is TV – who knows?
Just one question about Jenna:
If WoFat did not plant Jenna there, how did she get John’s tape recorder, that Hiro stole?
We had a bit of a discussion about it when I did the countdown on that episode. When I did the rewatch and recap, I found that all evidence shows that she was planted – but who knows what the writers really thought and meant to show us?
Response to Foyeur:
Here’s my take…call me crazy…Joe is Wo-Fat’s father…we know that Joe helped Doris to hide maybe it was a tit for tat kind of thing….He knew about Wo-Fat and he helped Doris to keep his secret safe. Why else would he help Doris? He wasn’t CIA (at least he said that he was still in the Navy- Season 2 when one of his SEAL’S died then after Steve was tortured he said he had his whole life in the Navy). I think his CIA connections were through Doris. Doris already lied to Wo-Fat she could have told him (Wo-Fat) that his father was imprisoned….protecting Joe. Never know but it could explain why Joe lied to Steve and as someone posted earlier…Joe ONLY told Steve about Shelburne AFTER Wo-Fat was imprisoned…making it safe for Doris to surface.
I do feel that Jenna Kaye was a plant, how else do you explain Wo-Fat knowing where Jenna was when he met Steve at the noodle house. I think she was assuming that her fiancee was still alive and that is why she was willing to help Wo-Fat. If she didn’t he must have threatened to kill Josh if she didn’t help him.
Joe is NOT WoFat’s father – WoFat was/is a Chinese citizen – Joe is a USA Citizen
So…what does citizenship have to do with it? Look how many )US Citizens) American Soldiers during the Vietnam War fathered kids and those kids were Vietnamese Citizens…and if Wo-Fat is Chinese why was his mother in Cambodia….a totally different country and ethnic group.
I was expressing an OPINION and NOT A FACT….please understand I was only stating an opinion…you have jumped on my case before…we are ALL entitled to our opinions….however if I offended I apologize.
It is established that Joe White was John’s old army buddy, so there’s their connection, they knew each other long before either of them met Doris. Also it is established that the hit that killed Wo Fat’s mom was intended for his father. So this would mean that Doris, after she looses the child she has been raising, goes back to Hawaii, marries the old army buddy of the man she was supposed to kill, makes nice with him, and they live happily for 16 years…Remember, in a flashback Steve referred to Joe as “Uncle Joe”, meaning he was an old family friend. Nah, can’t see it. I think Joe was helping Doris only to protect Steve by “containing the Shelbourne situation” (his exact words)
Poor Steve, his greatest troubles always stemmed from the fact that somebody was hell-bent on protecting him from something 🙂
You are absolutely right, Jenna was planted there. I’ve just re-watched 1.19, and it was so clear on this second run 🙂 Yeah, she was able to hoodwink Steve by the layers laid down: though she went there under false pretences (and our Steve saw right through it),her motivation was true: she was just trying to get her guy back. Her angst and heartbreak were genuine, so, yep, I give in, it was a good play.
Your summary sound good to me. It is kind of like a good girl, doing bad things for the right reason but for the wrong guy. 😀
I like mysterious stuff, but I really wish that they would make these thing more visible and clear at the end of a character’s run on the show. It would make it so much easier to follow and enjoy.
Excellent recap. Here are a few thoughts:
1. Wo-Fat was before Doris met John. It had to be because Steve was sent away (about) age 16 and Wo-Fat being older would’ve come looking for his dad’s killer. What cracks me up is he doesn’t know until much later that it’s “mom” that is killed and not his dad…could there be a mole somewhere or did he investigate that himself?
2. Doris has already shown herself to be sketchy. Don’t forget she tortured Mangosta and from what I saw she was enjoying it. I don’t think that Doris was ever sunshine and roses. I think that Steve has a TINY bit of that in him but his father/military did well in making him a true man.
3. John’s death: I agree I think Wo-Fat killed John because John was getting to close to finding out that Governor Jameson was “mobbed up” with the Yakuza. I don’t think it had anything to do with Doris.
4. Wo-Fat’s father: Okay call me CRAZY but I think his dad is Joe White I don’t ever remember hearing about Joe being in the CIA. Every time we hear about him he’s training SEAL’S. So that being said why would he help out Doris? I think she either blackmailed him or his guilt made him help her hide for all those years. When Wo-Fat was saying they took his father away…it could’ve been a military deployment. Maybe they (mom and dad) met during the Vietnam War?
5. Wo-fat’s death: I think this was closure for Steve and for the show…now we can see Steve close that chapter and maybe they will have a new enemy for the team/Steve to go after. I think it’ll make a better story line now….jmho.
Lastly I don’t think this is the last of H-50. I think in getting some closure new stories can be written and some issues have been put to bed. I am hoping that we see some closure on some other issues (Catherine) and that he finally confronts Doris…who might show up again now that Wo-Fat is dead. We shall see.
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It said during the ending montage that Steve suffered a loss…this was while they were showing Cath drive away on the motorcycle. That signals to me that she is considered gone. I obviously missed a lot of things in the epi, cause I always do, but I caught that one. At least this plot line is over. I didn’t pay complete attention to the Mentalist, but I was so SICK of the Red John thing, and by the time he was killed off nobody cared. The Wo plotline wasn’t shoved down our throats like the RJ one, but it is good that it was resolved. And it was good this happened at the beginning of the season. I would have been worried a little if this had been the season finale. Maybe now it will concentrate on weekly crimes, and not a long drawn out plotline. I don’t care about plot holes or mistakes. It’s a common scenario in all dramas. I just watch and enjoy, and I don’t concentrate on every detail. Thanks so much for the Alex pretties. Love the refrigerator repairman pic of him! LOL
What is the Wo Fat and Hess connection? I seem to have lost the connection there. Also my question too was how old Steve and Mary were when they were sent away to the mainland. In the flashback Chin and Steve are talking highschool football and their records. So Steve went to high school in Honolulu…Age thing is out of whack to me. I read way back somewhere that Steve graduated from the high school, so must have come back in his teen years. wow this is getting confusing. lol Loved the show and the final scene of the strong Navy Seal who kept in his emotions to finally break down. But also the part where Hess kills John in the pilot, makes me think Steve is holding in feelings that he is the reason his Dad was killed for killing Hess’ brother. Guilt…
Sorry to see the Wo Fat character written out. Let’s hope there is more intrigue and not romance. This show is about revenge, crime. Would love to see Doris come back now and lay it all out to Steve.
You might find some of the answers here about WoFat and Hess here: https://alexoloughlinintensestudy.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/the-steve-mcgarrett-story-no-19/
Steve left at the age of 15 or 16 – there are conflicting information of that in the show – he was send to finish his school at Military school.
Mary was 10 – she says that in 307
Thanks, Okay you can smack me but I missed all of season 1 and most of 2. I had to download Episode 1 before the 100th show. I will go back in and read the info on the Hess connection. Yes, I am getting all the seasons for Xmas. I need my McGarrett fix now.
I changed my handle to my real name and birth year, Dusty was a nickname..
Can someone answer this for me? Wofat killed John because of whatever the Champ box investigation was uncovering Wofat wanted to keep hidden. Is that correct?
Yes it proved that Wo-Fat was indeed working with the Yakuza and Governor Jameson…it had nothing to do with Doris’s death or the death of his mother/father.
Looking back now, it also seems that he killed him out of anger for “taking Doris away from him”. He hated both John and Steve because they were Doris’ family when he couldn’t be that any more.
I addressed this matter under my thoughts #6: 🙂
From comments on social media, it looks like lot of people misunderstand why WoFat killed John. WoFat killed John, long before he knew that he was related to his adoptive mother. He killed him, because John was closing in on him and the governor with his investigations – it had nothing to do with Doris. WoFat never knew how John was connected to her untill he came face to face with Doris in beginning of S3 and realised that she was not only the person he has been hunting, but that that same person also raised him. I think the writers and alternate Steve created this confusion, with Steve’s words of, ‘What did my Dad ever do to you that you wanted to kill him?’.
I think that (ok, accepting the “canon”, and trying to discount the plot holes in the story) Wo Fat must have known. There is a little referenced event around that carbomb: what spooked Doris in the first place? She only says that “her past caught up with her”, but we never fund out what part of her past she was talking about. But we know that she hiding from by Wo Fat, and we also know that Wo Fat was looking for Shelbourne. For me, it seems that Wo Fat’s missing piece (aside from not knowing which one of his parents was killed, this one still puzzles me) was only that Doris WAS actually Shelbourne.
I follow your thinking 100% and I also am not sure what to think there (Had the same thoughts).
The main thing that troubles me there, is why only kill John then after 18 years of knowing that he was married to his ‘mother’?
SO many plot holes there?!?
Question is, was she hiding as Doris or as Shelburne – because apparently he did not know the connection?
Many questions there. If the car bomb was meant for John McGarrett (again, for being too close in his investigation on the Yakuza), what on Earth was he investigating for 18 more years, to only get “too close” again…and yes, why was he still alive and kicking? Doesn’t sound like the Wo Fat I know. One thought (goes with the assumption that he knew about Doris) maybe seeing that he mistakenly killed Doris, the woman who raised him like a mother got him to back up for a while. Then got full-blown psychotic…
Here’s my “interpretation”. Steve assumed that the car bomb was meant for his dad (this was according to his father). Obviously neither one knew that Doris was not only the one who planted the bomb but faked her death. John McGarrett assumed that the bomb was meant for him, passing that theory onto Steve.
Investigations take time and if he was to get anywhere he needed to tread lightly…he didn’t even tell Chin (his own partner) what was happening. I think the only reason Steve was able to find out what happened (the whole Governor Jameson thing) was he didn’t care…if something happened to him it didn’t matter he was seeking revenge for his father. John needed to be careful, and as we saw in future episodes, he was dealing with corrupt cops.
I think that, because of Jenna, Anton Hess and even Sang Min, Wo-Fat was able to glean a lot of information….more than what he had. When he tortured Steve maybe he was able to start digging more into who Shelburne was….we knew that Wo-Fat was never completely out of the picture…he knew about Mikoto and knew Joe was in town.
We may never know but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it (wink).
I think that the storyline around that car bomb is more than blury. If Doris was the one who planted the bomb, what was Noshimuri’s brother doing there, looking under the car? If it wasn’t him (as Mamo couldn’t tell for sure) what with the Yakuza hit right then and there, on the beach? Just coincidences? Why kidnap Mary for looking into her mother’s death?
But if Noshimuri planted that bomb, how could have Doris use the same event to fake her death?
But if we say that everything we saw on screen is true, and everything else is up for interpretation, my take would be something like this.
18 years ago, Noshimuri sr. was somewhere in the middle structures of the Yakuza, and his bro was a police officer. Wo Fat just got out of the Chinese secret service (maybe he found out about his adoptive mom through those channels), comes to the island, joins the Yakuza in some position (I don’t see him as a big chief yet, he couldn’t have been more than 20-25 years old) The Governor is nowhere yet in the picture, she’s probably a mid-level government official, nothing more.
McGarrett sr. investigates the Yakuza, but he’s nowhere near. Wo Fat discovers Doris, wants her husband dead, and manipulates the Yakuza to rig the car to explode. (for example, by telling them that he is a lot closer in his investigation than he really is). Doris, with her superspy background, gets the picture long before her hubby, (somehow discovers young Wo Fat hot on her trails), finds out about the car bomb, and thinks: what a perfect way to get myself out of the picture. Contacts her CIA buddies, and with their help, she fakes the accident, and escapes. (How else could there be evidence to that car bombing to keep a police officer puzzled for 16 years? Some body must have been in that car, or else John would have seen right through it).
Wo Fat believes that Doris is dead. He gets a step closer to being psychotic, but leaves John McGarrett alone for the time being, thinking that he could get him killed any time he pleases. Or his whacked up mind revelled in his misery, having to mourn his wife, and being so spooked of what was happening that he had to sent his children to the mainland. If his goal back then was only to tear apart Doris’ family, he could have considered that as achieved.
So he starts growing through the ranks and establishing his shady realm over Hawaii, in North Coreea, Japan, and God knows where else. Somewhere along the way, he helps the Governor to the throne, in exchange for other shady things, and gets all buddies with the Hesse brothers. He plays lots of golf, and works his way to a 12 handicap 🙂 He also enjoys martial arts, torture, and long walks on the beach…
Little he knows, that his impending doom is out training somewhere on the mainland, becoming a gorgeous navy SEAL, and acquires all the skillsets needed to put him down for good, and some more.
John is investigating his wife’s murder, not getting any closer, but then the old Japanese (I forgot his name), comes into picture, and puts him up to investigate the governor. John begins to discover the links between the Governor and the Yakuza through his hidden clock-cam. He also discovers they are looking for someone called Shelburne, and a link to some coordinates in Cambodia. He tries to rattle the cage, saying something about Shelburne at the meeting in the Governor’s office. And by that meeting, he signs his (take two) death sentence.
Heavens to Murgatroyd, I never realised how long this has become. Sorry. But I had so much fun writing it 😉
Your theory sounds good and solid for me. Most probably the most logical explination for all the blurriness I have seen so far. 🙂
Thank you, you are very kind, considering that I am new to this series, and your amazing website, and I’m already butting in everywhere. I only discovered them recently (and THAT I can’t explain 🙂
Welcome and thank you for your analysis!
wow, i’m gonna have to review all the Jenna stuff now.
In reference to the 100th. I was thinking the makeup crew did a great job of keeping Alex’s tattoos covered. In only one of those stills that you showd did his lower back appear to maybe have something on it. I did notice during the fight with Wo Fat the jabs and kicks that did not appear to make contact. If the fight would have been shorter, those false hits would have bothered me a lot more than they did.
The timeline for McGarrett playing football yet being sent away as a 16 year old has bothered me before. I guess our Super Steve was Super in middle/high school too in order to have been a star quarterback as a sophomore (when most people are 15 and 16).
great job on the review as always! can’t wait for the rest of the season.
I just love the show warts and all. Period
H50 is the best tv show ever and Alex/Steve has been my favorite since 2010 and him being shirtless in this episode was so yummy
where the hell is Alex’s emmy for this episode he did one more job on this one so proud of him
I love this espsiode when Steve wins over woo fat ace
5.07 was the best episode ever and if I remember Alex got sick as a dog on that episode so yeah where is his emmy at I love Alex so very much and I’m so proud of him