The Steve McGarrett Story – No #101

We continue our story from here

Because this is my account of Steve’s story, I just want to remind again, that the thoughts I write are not a review of the actual episode, or to evaluate or reflect on it at all. There are plenty of great episode reviews out there and they are all worth reading. 🙂

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So let’s get on with the story………

Aunt Deb and her fiance Leonard arrive, via a cruise liner, in Hawaii. Steve meets them as they disembark. Aunt Deb met Leonard at a cancer support group and they immediately knew they belonged together. Steve is a bit shocked when they break the news to him, about them getting married the next day. He does not really trust Leonard and gets Jerry to investigate him.

Sorry ,  but I am going to moan about stuff again – I did not really expect any mention of the horrible events of the last episode, by any of the team. But I feel disappointed about a great opportunity lost, of having some mention of the drama with WoFat!! Something without too much focus on it, but just as a mention or acknowledgement that it actually happened…. so what do I mean?

If Aunt Deb had no knowledge of the  WoFat drama, that would be completely understandable. I would also not tell  all my troubles with a psychopathic killer, to a sick aunt (or any aunt for that matter). But why does Aunt Deb not ask or say anything about his scars? They made it so carefully for continuation, why not use it? Why not use it for a little mention of what happened? Why did Aunt Deb not just touch or stoke them lightly or lovingly and asked Steve what caused them? Or at least show some concern about them? With the little we know about Aunt Deb’s character, it seems a bit odd that she does not show interest in it at all?! 😦

Steve could have maybe then just answered her, that it was a long tragic story that ended with great relief. And that he can not really explain it all there, but that he is okay now and moving on….

On the other hand, if Aunt Deb did know anything about the WoFat drama, she could at least just have touched Steve’s boo boo’s and asked if he was okay now.  And he could have said that it was a great that that chapter in his life ended.

……. like I said, just some small acknowledgement, with a few words!

After confronting Aunt Deb about Leonard’s past with some criminal clients, she tells Steve how she found love at last.

Deb: And now, I can leave this earth, knowing that I have experienced the most profound life altering thing a person can. I just hope that some day you’ll know how wonderful that feels. Steve, you’re so willing to risk your life. When are you going to be willing to risk your heart?

Steve: I did.

Deb: Where’s Catherine?

Steve: She’s in Afghanistan, Aunt Deb.

Steve goes on to tell Deb of Cath and him going there to find Najib and that she stayed behind to go looking for him.

Steve: Catherine found him. He is okay, but she is worried that the Taliban will come back. So she is set to stay a while, trying to protect these kids in the village. She’s teaching in a littles school. She’s making a life.

Deb: So she’s not coming back?

Steve: ………. she said to me I shouldn’t wait for her. That she’s found her place.

Deb: Oh honey, I’m so sorry.

(I just want to mention here, that Alex looked so freakin gorgeous in this scene – my “old” heart can hardly take it! *sigh* )

I know Aunt Deb is older and wiser than me, but I just want to add that that profound life altering love only happens when both partners love equally. So risking you heart, might not always bring the life altering love…….

I really do not want to say much about this, because I have shared my thoughts about Cath on many occasions already. Other than killing Cath off, this seems to be the best way they could have ended her story and give her character some respect (or did they end it?). For me there is still that door that they left open – and I do not know why?  Only death or finding another guy to fall in love with, could have been more final. I just feel this whole Cath/Michelle Borth-fiasco should end now – together with all the online ugliness surrounding it! (Please).

I also just want to mention, that fans who want to believe that Steve never loved Catherine, are actually now calling him a liar. Here he says without a doubt, that his heart belonged to Cath!!

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 My other general thoughts

  • Just in regards to the case of the week – the writers did a great job motivating why the mother hired the hitman, and then they (the writers) mess it all up at the end for me! Why do I say this? The Cougar lady said that the mother felt guilty about what her husband did to other people, and then she tried suicide by taking pills. Cougar lady told her to stay strong and think of her kids. So that is why she actually then “committed suicide” by gunman. But then in the end everybody thinks she just wanted to look after her kids with all the money. I would have written it, that she actually wanted to give her children their dignity back, by not only giving them the means to look after themselves, but also the means to give back to the people that their father have wronged. That would have given her choice a LOT more dignity. At least it seems that Steve & Danny thinks the boys would do the right thing – I would have just prefered, if they (the writers) also thought that that was how the mother intended it to happen.
  • Scott looks a lot more relaxed this season, no more frowning all the time and looking like he would rather be some place else – maybe fatherhood has given him some sort content, in life and with his work on H5-0? It is also good to see that he is more visible off screen as well, with him doing some nice interviews with Alex, after 2 years of not attending any H5-0 promotions or doing interviews for it. Together with it, Danny seems more digestible this season.
  • I also think the producers/writers or shoot planners (or whatever you call them 😀 ), somehow are getting the rotation and scenes where Danny is involved better done, and accommodating Scott’s off periods better. And also the 5 Five-0 members get swapped around better, giving the others resting periods as well. It is hardly visible, that there is always one of them missing. Really a lot better done than in Season 4. Let’s hope they can keep it up.
  • I personally think those expecting to see any serious PTSD stuff happening with Steve, can just forget about it. This is a procedural that does not have time for that type of drama in a main character’s life. (I also think that Alex was maybe even making a little bit of fun of the PTSD expectations, in the interview on ET)
  • Just my thoughts on the mystery box (I think most probably a scenario set up for season series finale) Traveling with a weapon, most probably a gun (even when wrapped nicely), on a cruise liner might not be permitted?! I am not that lucky to have travelled on one before, but I am sure they would do some sort of scans on luggage, like with air travel, to make sure that no weapons get on board? But then this is the Five-0’s and anything goes! 🙂

– Hawaii Five-0: Episode 508 –

Ka Hana Malu (Inside Job)

To be continued here

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8 responses to “The Steve McGarrett Story – No #101

  1. spurschick

    Well done! I agree with you 100% that it is odd that what happened with Wo Fat has been brushed under the carpet, but that is the status quo for this show. Every time that Steve has gone through something like this, it’s never mentioned again. (Except for when Steve referred to being tortured in a convo with Joe White.) As we have seen before, the powers that be like for us to assume that a lot of things happen “off camera.” It’s unsatisfying for us as we have invested a lot in these characters, but it is what it is.

    As for Deb, we wish that we could see her inquire about his injuries, but as mentioned above, the show is steering clear of rehashing what has happened. The only way I can justify it is to imagine that Deb is so used to Steve having cuts and scrapes everywhere throughout his years as a SEAL, years in law enforcement, etc. that she just assumes it’s another day on the job for him.

    I am still disappointing on how they handled the Cath matter, but I’m assuming that there aren’t a whole lot of options when an actor leaves a show. They could have killed her, which would leave Steve feeling guilty – again – that he left a man behind. Would that have played well into the overall storyline? I don’t know. The only option I guess they had was this. In some way, it does make some sense. For a very long time, Steve and Cath wouldn’t define their relationship or even refer to themselves as boyfriend or girlfriend. They had known each other and had an on-and-off relationship for several years, but only when the phone call occurred did they express their love for each other. We know that Cath was feeling a bit lost after leaving the Navy. Perhaps she felt a renewed sense of purpose in Afghanistan and was not 100% sure whar she would be going back to in Hawaii. Show made it appear that her career options were limited in Hawaii and I’m sure that working with Steve and 5-0 was nice but something she knew couldn’t last forever. I’m not so sure that the door was left open for them in the future. She chose to stay in Afghanistan for noble reasons, yada, yada, but the bottom line is that she broke with Steve to do it. The guy just got dumped. For someone who hasn’t been in a serious relationship like this, it should (in theory) take him a moment to those wounds, so I hope that he takes a little break to regroup. And on that note, I hope that Show gives us a break as well. Let us get back to the comraderie of the group and not get bogged down in new love interests.

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    • Spurschick! Yes you and I are on the same page.I believe that when they bring Doris back that’s when they will address what happened between Steve and Wo-Fat.

      Deb’s brother was a cop, her dad died on the Arizona, her nephew a Navy SEAL/Head of an elite task force…I am assuming that “injuries” are to be expected. She also treats Steve like a MAN and that she wouldn’t coddle him, even with injuries, unless they were severe.

      Catherine…I watched the episode again began to look back at some of the other episodes….one struck me and got me to think….Catherine runs into Billy right before he retires….from there its as though her feelings for him come back into play. I remember how upset she was when he died….how she seemed to distance herself (through the writing) from Steve. I also noticed that (unless I am wrong). She NEVER asked Steve if he was okay the LAST time they spoke by phone and said their “I Love you’s.” He could’ve been beheaded.I get that she needed to make things right finding the kid, that she needed a place to fit in but to just dump the man she “allegedly” loved. I don’t buy that she truly loved him…maybe he was her safety net….after all (IMHO) if she had truly LOVED him she wouldn’t have held onto Doris’ secret knowing how Steve felt. Personally I am glad she’s gone (Catherine) and I, like you, hope that they don’t give him a love interest right away…there’s something to be said about Steve being single and what drives him.

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  2. Maybe I am in the minority, but I do want Steve to move on and if he should find someone he’d like to “Barry White” with, so be it. Why should he have to be a monk? He is incredibly sexy, available and has a job where it would be nice to have someone to help him “blow off some steam.” I know he has Danny and the Ohana, but don’t blame a person for wanting some comfort from the opposite sex now and then. I think Ellie would be a great person for him. She is intelligent, gorgeous, witty, doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty, and has something in common with him.
    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want the show to become a soap opera. I’d like to see some more flirtation and some laughs around a pizza and beers. I’d also like to see him in bed, with the sheets caressing his perfect @ss, and if he has a beautiful woman under him, fine with me. 😛 I think if they don’t get too deep with the relationship and just have fun with it, it will be appealing to both men and woman viewers.
    I hope they continue to show him being casual at home. Loved his plaid shirt and shorts he wore fishing with Ellie. I am also a fan of the white tee and jeans.
    I didn’t have high expectations for Cath’s exit story. Since she wasn’t killed, she will always be able to come back, however I don’t believe that will ever happen. Just adds another obstacle to Steve moving on. :/ In Cath’s defense that she would stay and not come back to Steve. I believe she felt a sense of duty and purpose there. Of course she loved Steve, but not enough to come back and continue with the stale relationship between them and continue to be Steve’s favor girl. :/ The fire went out and I don’t think an “I love you, you know” from Steve as she drives off into the sunset, is enough. It okay. Not all relationships last forever. This is life. He will always have a place in his heart for Cath. As Danno said, he is a “marshmallow filled with testosterone” so I think the loss of her has softened him. Now I’m hungry for s’mores. 😛 Sorry I went on so long.
    Loved your take on this Foyeur! And his beauty (those Damn eyelashes *sigh*) is challenging this “old” heart too.

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    • Sylvie

      You’re not alone Lurxgirl I completely agree with you

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    • Loved you take on it as well Lu. I really don’t see why Steve can’t move on quickly and have someone in his life. Danny – Amber (He already had 2 relationships since devorcing Rachel), Chin – Leilani. Kono – Adam. Lou is married. Why should the most gorgeous and tortured one of them all be alone?
      I think many see it from a woman’s point of view and want to project our view on Steve. Steve is a man – most men move on quickly.
      But then again, as soon as there is a woman is Steve’s life the social media wars on the poor thing will start again! 😦

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      • Don’t get me wrong I want Steve to move on and be happy. I am just tired of feeling like the relationship was forced. I also think that Steve has a complex thought process and he has said many times, he’s best alone.

        IMHO, the writer’s make him seem a tad bit weaker when he’s with a woman. I don’t mean that he’s any less of a man but the character changes. Look at the difference between Season 1 and Season 3. Steve was independent, a Bada%$ and he was still able to have a relationship (from far away)…yet when they brought her (Catherine) into the picture on more of a full time basis…the dynamics changed. The relationship changed…Catherine was going through some changes granted but the chemistry was gone. The writers needed a place for her so when they decided the story line for her working with Billy wasn’t a go they place her onto the Five-0 task force. It was forced, imho.

        Whether or not there is a “social media” flurry regarding a “new” relationship for Steve is irrelevant. The character has been through hell and back in more ways than one. I think that he needs to be free from any significant relationship for a while and just mend. Don’t forget since season 1 he’s had something happen to him that has been significant. First he hears his father being murdered, then he finds out that his mom is not only alive but lied to him. He was tortured by his enemy (more than once), he blames himself for Freddie’s death, his “GF” decides that he’s not worth sticking around for…need I continue.

        Lastly, I DO WANT to see Steve happy but I think he just needs a little time; most humans do.

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  3. Mariu Gonzalez

    I’m with you Lurxgirl. I think Steve deserves a bit of happiness with a woman who cares for him. Ohana is not enough because at the end of the day Steve is alone

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