The Steve McGarrett Story – No # 127

We continue our story from here.

Contrary to what I am about to write about this episode, I actually enjoyed it and found in entertaining. It was full of good ideas and for the most part, all of it was acted out pretty well. There were also great moments of small details that made the episode a pleasure to watch ….. For me as a whole, I have really enjoyed this season a whole lot more that Season 5.

Good news for those who are looking forward to some gorgeous Steve – as I have done something a bit different with this post and added more pictures as explanation, we will do a separate post with more of just Steve’s pretty! :yahoo:

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To start, follow up of the stories from previous episodes:

  • I guess the long con now became the lost con. All we went through last week was for nothing! Hank is dead and the con with him. I must say it feels like a lost opportunity for a great story to me. But maybe it was too much to ask of the writers to actually think about an intriguing plot and clever story, or do anything useful with it.
  • Adam will be prosecuted for self-defence? This man and his cop-wife was held hostage and tortured. After which he was shot and nearly lost his life. Two men of the Yakuza was executed right in front to their house. And when he was taken to be executed he defended himself …. Now he is given a deal for 2 years imprisonment? REALLY!? To me it feels like some more waste of this irritating story that they have been building.

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I was really struggling to comment on this episode, because although it was entertaining and I think it would most probably get lots of positive reviews, I felt a bit underwhelmed by it. The Koala Smartass decided  to step in for me by doing something different and to build the episodes timeline to show where the disappointment comes from ………

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Day 1:

  1. A half eaten body is found in a pig pen.

2. We see Nahele at his work place with Kamekona, in a heated discussion with somebody (who turns out to be his recently released from prison father). This is the Kammie that we came to love – being protective of his Ohana. :hug: (Great use of the character for me)


3. The full team (except Grover) examine the scene. They are not sure if he was eaten alive or dropped there after being killed.


4. Steve and Grover talks to the Dean of the University, at the dead professor’s car. It seems he was abducted from there and then murdered and dumped.


5. The team discuss the case around the clever table. They find the professor being an asshole and sucking as a teacher. As a result of this a Sicilian love letter with a finger print was delivered through the professor’s window the  previous week. These are their first clues.


6. Steve suggests  Danny as undercover professor to get prints of students, supported by somebody else that students can relate to – Eric


Day 2

  1. Eric still wearing yesterdays shirt and lab jacket, enters his office with which look like newly bought “campus” clothes and puts them on.

2. Kono, Eric and Danny prepare for the undercover job. (Question that hit me later, why are they in a surveillance truck if nobody is surveying the undercover operation from there?  Kono is not monitoring them from there for the day? Totally weird.  *dontknow*  Kono of course is still wearing yesterday’s clothes. Where was she all night?)

 3. Danny gives his first class and ask for a quiz to be filled in, in order to get the student finger prints (Note: This is where the episode actually started and moved back to the previous day) My question is:  Did the professor only teach this one class? That sounds like a great job to me.

4. We see Steve with Nahele – Steve still wearing yesterday’s clothes, but Nahele at least got changed.


5. Danny gets the tests back and there in clear open view, talks cosily to Eric and bags the “evidence” right there for anybody to see.  E-train congratulates him on his class. (What class? He only asked for tests to be filled in.)


6. Steve and Abby visit the morgue to get detail from Max (Abby, same as Steve, also still wearing the same clothes as yesterday)


7. Max informs them that he found an entrance wound and that the heart with the bullet was eaten. (Something that sounds weird if I think about anatomy, because the liver was supposedly still there the previous day. The liver is an organ which is much more accessible than the heart, that is protected by the ribcage. And if it was eaten through the ribcage, the wound would not be visible. Just a nitpicking thought – Guess we don’t know the minds of pigs. Confused smiley 83) They will now need to wait for the poop – because killing all the pigs for it, will be a bit much.

8. Chin and Abby drops Jerry off at the pigs (And surprise, surprise, Chin also still wearing yesterday’s clothes)


9. Kono helps lab to run fingerprints from all the test papers. The basketball star is fingers as suspect, because he throw the brick at professor’s house.


 10. In storms Steve and Grover (Grover also wearing yesterday’s clothes. 😀 )


11. Basketball star and coach are now suspects – Then both are cleared as suspects, because the Prof was about to be fired.


12. Danno teaches another class to the same students. Two in one day? Where I come from, students will rarely have 2 classes (unless it is a double period) with the same professor on the same day. (And if it was a different class, why did he not get their prints as well?)

13. Kono and Grover is back at the office and find evidence of the nail salon that professor purchased and they apparently go to investigate. (Question: Why did they not properly investigate the premises at this stage? To me it look like the dope growing room was easily found and accessible later that evening. )


14. Steve visits Nahele’s dad.


15. Jerry finds the slug in the pig poop!

16. Now it is suddenly night and Steve only arrives back from Nahele’s dad. Where was he the whole time? How do I know what time it is? He says  it …..


17. “It is 10 O’clock on a Friday night, I know where he’ll be” – He is talking about student Alfie Tucker, who they now found to be the professor’s business partner.

18. Danny who seems to be still at the University (doing what, I wonder?), phones Eric at a party. He confirms that Tucker is the dope dealer on campus.

19. Steve and Grover storms Tucker’s dorm room and start searching it for drugs, without wearing any gloves. (Seems to be a new thing this season – I know it is not an official crime scene, but still, they are looking for evidence.)

20. There they find the dope and a grow lamp and come to the conclusion that the professor and Tucker were not only dealing, but also growing weed somewhere.

21. Steve and Grover storm the obvious place, the nail salon.  How they got in without making a noise, I am not sure. There they find Tucker trying to burn his weed plants.


22. Steve and Danny interrogate Tucker in the blue room. He tells them that he wanted to burn the crop in fear of being targeted and killed by the competition, just like his partner Prof Thomas was. (Observation: It should be close to midnight by now.)


Day 3:

  1. They haul in the competitor dope dealers. How they found them rounded them up so quickly, remains a mystery. And how long did that take? We should be in the early hours of the Saturday morning by now. The drug dealer and his crew do not seem to be the murderers either.


2. Now they get the report back from Chin and the lab about the origin of the bullet – it is one from the ‘Honolulu firearms and range’. Steve and Danny pays them a visit. What time is it now?  (Just wondering, are there ballistics details of every gun in America on file? I would think that only the data of guns that were used in crimes, would be in a database? And another question – Are they open 24/7 or is it daytime already?)

3. Nope, because the next shot of headquarters shows it is still night and Steve and Danny interrogate Tucker again. He took the gun from the gun shop the previous night at the same time that the murder took place. (How he ‘borrowed’ the gun and replaced it without the shop owner knowing about it, remains a mystery) Evidence shows that he was the murder. He killed his partner. Murder solved – ‘Book’em Danno’.

4. Then it is morning and Danny calls Eric to tell him that he did a great job, but the fun is over now because they solved the murder. (What is the funniest of all is that it is supposed to be Saturday now, but the campus is full of students with backpacks. Do they have class on Saturdays? Not sure how things work in th USA, but were I am from, students don’t normally go to school over weekends, unless they are maybe writing tests.)

5. Then we see a shot of Headquarters again that could either be evening or early morning …. of which day this time?


6. We see Chin and Abby in the office, still wearing the same clothes of the past 2 or 3 days? Chin offers her an office …..  Her computer clearly shows it is 07:26, Friday 20 November – And I am at a loss of where we really are in time? crazyThey say goodnight to each other – so I guess it is the end of day 3 or is it day 2?  But Abby says, “You opened the door for me today”. It therefore sounds like day 2 (Which would also be correct according to her computer). So I guess this scene was edited into the totally wrong spot, because it is supposed to be end of day 2. But at the end of day 2 everybody was still working on the case…….


I guess what Koala Smartass is trying to say, is that it was a good story with great entertainment value, but just poorly stitched together. As many times before, I get the feeling that stories are written and shot more to accommodate the working schedules of the cast and also to forcefully create certain stories (Like in this case trying to create romance between Chin and Abby). And they use whoever is together at the same place, to do that scene (Switching partners multiple times during the day).  And on top of that the editing sucks.

I know they shoot scenes out of sequence and that they have limited time to get it all done for an episode according to schedules, but no real care is given to what day the scene is happening in and what time of day it is. We are in episode 127 of what is supposed to be a well oiled Hollywood machine! If they want to do it without caring about detail,  don’t give us times (like Friday night 10pm) and dates (yesterday) as clues, or as part of the dialogue!

I think something that also disappoints me, is when there is anticipation of a new character, especially a woman, and that opportunity seems wasted. Thus far I have seen nothing to suggest that Abby possess any special abilities to head up a special task force. She has been given awkward dialogue and forced romantic suggestions. After the second episode with her, I am even more scared that her character will end up being “Lori’d“. *cry*

Long rant over…. for now :wink2:

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Okay, now I need to actually say something about Steve’s story……..

Nahele and his custody is a good idea and I do not want to say too much to spoil the goodness of it. The whole setting of the scene with Steve and Nahele in John’s old car was really well done. Part of the show has always been to emphasise the stories of fathers and sons, and this is no exception. They regularly create the feels that go with it.

The whole custody case and the court clearly not taking the wishes of a 16-year-old into account, seems a bit forced. I am not sure how far they will expand this storyline and where they want to take it. Not to judge to early and wishing that they have something really really good lined up for it, but I feel they are rushing it. Maybe missing out on a good opportunity to solve an old cold case of murder? I sincerely hope I am wrong.

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Things that made me wonder. Confused smiley 83

  • Would a 8-year-old kid really remember the exact spot where his father drove them and murdered that guy?
  • Why would his father shoot a guy who willingly took a stroll with him? What were they supposed to do there, for this guy to go there willingly?
  • Who buried the guy, or are they really suggesting that the body would have sunk into the ground and appear buried in a shallow grave?
  • To prove his father as murderer now, Nahele will be the only witness. Without other evidence, would a jury really be able to say that his father is guilty? Where are they going with it? I guess time will tell …. or not.

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And that was Steve’s  story for:

Hawaii Five-0 – Episode 6:09

Hana Keaka (Charade)

Written by: Carmen Pilar Golden

Directed by: Bobby Roth

To be continued …….



Filed under Hawaii Five-0, Steve McGarrett

20 responses to “The Steve McGarrett Story – No # 127

  1. Katydid13

    Good analysis!

    I’ve got answers to a couple of questions. Depending on the type of school, a Saturday morning can be busy. Classes for traditional students are fairly rare up, classes in evening/weekend programs are common. In the afternoon, there may be lots of students around for activities and study groups. That was the least of the continunity errors.

    There are bullistics databases, but they aren’t comprehensive. However, requiring a gun range to submit guns used there to a database in case they are stolen could easily be required. Since states have lots of power, it’s plausible.


    • Hi Katy
      😀 Good to hear that students in th USA are so eager and willing to offer up weekends to be around campus. Guess that way, I am totally wrong to find it weird.
      Could be interesting to know how comprehensive tha data basis for guns are, and if gun ranges are included. I might be totally wrong about it in that case.
      Thanks for the info 🙂


  2. Wow, you’re a good at this FOYeur! I never notice such things, maybe I don’t pay enough attention. And therefore it doesn’t bother me. So I don’t know if it was already day 3 as they hauled in the dope competitor. I thought it was shortly after their interrogation of Alfie.
    I was pleasantly surprised by this episode. I solely watch because of Alex. And he did a damn fine job in this episode, so many different emotions, fun, compassion and leadership. For me, he stole the show and then I don’t care if he does it in the same shirt, lol! 😉 The scene in the Mercury was perfect, acting, champ box and everything.
    Now I just hope the next episode will continue right where this one ended. Yeah, I know… it’s H50… but hope dies last.


  3. LOL – I have long given up on the timeframes of the show. They really suck at getting that right.
    Despite all the holes (which I normally love to point out) and weird and unlogical scenes, I truly enjoyed this episode. I don’t know why, but this time I didn’t care about all the stuff you rightfully pointed out. And you’re right on all of them, but I guess I decided to ignore them. This time. 🙂
    But, I do think the new writer did a fine job, and I hope she will get another shot at it.


    • Most of the time the timeframes also do not bother me. In the past it used to bother me that they fit so much in into one day. This season I tend to see how they run from one day to the next without real activity explanation for the night on the job, but also no change of clothes. Hopefully I will find something new to obsess about soon – or the story will fasinate me so much that I don’t care. 😀
      Not always sure who is to blame, the writer, director, production people or the person who does the editing. I also think the writer did a good job with lots of small detail. Just 2 lines that were really awful (Like Steve explaining TOD to the perp – why use a acronym just to explain it in the next breath?)


      • Most professionals who use a special jargon, like doctors, or officers, they don’t think about the acronyms they use. Like TOD. But then suddenly they realize they are talking to a normal person, and say the long form as well. Have heard that many, many times. So, that was really perfectly normal and OK for me.
        What was the other really awful line? 😉


        • Okay, maybe I am a bit harsh, because the rest of the dialogue was really pretty good, with very nice ones like Prof Plum, Jumpstreet etc
          I understand what you say about professionals realising they need to explain, but Alex did not deliver it like that and maybe then it is not the writers fault, but his fault, It just sounded out of place and awkward the moment I heard him say it.
          The other one, I am maybe also a bit harsh about. Danny saying that he will have to keep on teaching, but that Grace would get a free education then. I know he was being sarcastic, but it sounded stupid to me, because he is not really a teacher. (Like I said – maybe a bit harshly judged 🙂 )


          • I thought Steve said it because he thought the perp was a bit dumb? 😉
            About Danny and the free education, yeah, I wondered if he thought he could be a teacher. He said it like he actually believed he could be one. You’re right, that was strange.


  4. lindae5o

    Thanks for your recap, Foyeur. You certainly notice so much more than I do. ‘Logic’ and ‘believability’ have rarely been used in the same sentence with HF-0. I learned long ago, as we all have, to just ignore the dumb stuff for one huge reason – ALEX IS IN THE SHOW !!!
    I liked this episode a lot, apart from the gross stuff with the body in the pig-pen. HF-0 does not need to be another Criminal Minds!!
    There was so much humour in this episode. Poor Jerry, ordered to be on pig poop patrol. He should use that later, when trying to convince Steve to make him a team member. lol
    I love that Steve was so concerned for Nahele, and I hope he will be able to keep him from his fathers’ clutches. Having a reformed criminal does not make for interesting television, so we know he must be up to no-good. Steve should be able to use influence with the Governor, if he needs to.
    I’ve been quite happy with the season so far, and I hope it continues well. I just wish some of HF-0’s lost viewers would come back.


    • I Agree – we are here for Alex and want to enjoy him. And he delivers every time!
      I think the writers forgot about the Gov. We last saw him in S3 I think (can’t remember now)


  5. karen

    I don’t pay attention to how long they wear their clothes or how many days go by. I would literally go looney if I did. Just looking at Alex takes up most of my time and attention. I’ve been looking at him for over 8 years now. Guess I like what I see. lol


  6. Gail Lessard

    I’m with leiCa, I watch for Alex. I just don’t notice all these details. Probably wouldn’t if I watched several times. I would have to be deliberately looking for these day, night, time, clothes issues. I don’t notice and don’t care much. Have you ever tweeted these issues directly to the writers? They’re really the only ones who could correct them. Anyway I just like to relax and watch Alex act and look handsome doing so.


    • I think the writers are aware that most people don’t care about these things and that is why it does not bother them to correct it
      I am writing this for my own fun and not because I think I can influence anybody with it or because I think anybody else should care about it.
      Our moto from day one on this site has been to have fun with Alex and if we don’t have fun with him anymore, we will leave the site behind and move on….
      Paula and I met on a site where the site owner had a lot of fun making fun about the ‘flaws’ of H5-0. We had a ball and I wish I had her talent for doing it so sardonically and funny, but I don’t (she is actually a real writer, which I am not).
      The show does not take itself too seriously, why should we?
      I do not have or care to have any communication with the writers or producers of the show at all or think that any fans should try or think that they can influence them. They are doing their job and I am having my fun my own way.
      If people don’t like it – they really do not have to read it. Real life is far too serious to take all of this too seriously – it is fictional characters on a TV show after all and they are not real.
      For us the only real thing here, is Alex, his talent and his beauty – inside and out!! 🙂


      • Bravo to all you said! People seem to forget this is all about fun. They take it way too seriously. I’m totally with you. ☺


      • Oh don’t get me wrong FOYeur! I have fun reading this. And I am really impressed that you notice these things. I am always: Oh look there’s Steve… awe he’s sad… awe he’s funny… awe he’s a badass… awe HE IS the freaking SHOW. You get the picture 😀
        And there I was happy that I noticed this fitness tracker/windows thingie… 😉


  7. DoubleL

    This episode has a subplot about Nahele’s father getting custody of him. Where was Nahele living before this?


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