‘Hawaii Five-O’ Recap: ‘Wahine`inoloa’

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Nothing like a little bit of Vanessa Marcil playing a psychologist suspected of murder to spice up this bland third season of “Hawaii Five-0.” I’ve admired her um, talents, for years. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve even watched a few episodes of “General Hospital” just to catch a glimpse of her in my living room. Too bad I gave up watching “Beverly Hills 90210” by the time she appeared in that show and never really got into her other show, “Las Vegas.” So tonight’s episode, “Wahine`inoloa” was a nice way to see her on TV again. What made it even better was that she played a really smart character who absolutely played McGarrett for most of the episode. Too bad her storyline had to share airtime with another pointless Mommy McG story. The two plotlines shown in parallel did not mesh well, and I wish they had just focused on the main story.

Here’s this week’s look at The Good, The Bad and The Weird.

The Good

  • I’ll say it again. Vanessa Marcil. And not just for obvious reasons. I loved that she played a smart, scheming character who pushed McGarrett’s buttons. She outsmarted him several times, and it was nice to see McG actually lose a few rounds. I hope the writers bring back more villains who have triple digit IQs.
  • I’ll admit that the writers got me on this one. They never make the obvious target the actual murderer, so I was sure Marcil’s psychologist character wasn’t guilty and started to think about other possible suspects. But sometimes the most obvious choice is the correct choice. Bravo.
  • Café Julia gets some free publicity. I’ve been there for lunch several times, and I agree that it is a really nice place to confront your stalker. The breeze from the open-air seating really helps you keep your cool.
  • Did Chin get a haircut? Looking good, my Korean brotha!

The Bad

  • Everyone knows by now how I feel about the Catherine and Momma McG characters. So of course they had to go and give them their own little sideshow this week. It’s like when they gave “The Tortellis” from “Cheers” their own show. Nobody cared.
  • And speaking of Michelle Borth’s character, she has a house now? I thought she was on temporary leave from the Navy for some R&R. Why was she spending so much time down at a hotel pool then?
  • That Witness Protection agent has to be the stupidest agent ever. Not only did he get tricked by Catherine for information regarding McG’s mom a few weeks back, now he returns and falls for the, “hey, what’s that? Look there!” trick. Ai yai yai…
  • Who’s Mangosta? Oh yeah, that’s right. No one cares.

The Weird

  • The psychologist was able to get a TRO (temporary restraining order) on McGarrett within an hour or so? Is that possible? I wouldn’t know because I’m usually pretty good about evading those guys who serve the papers for at least a day or so.
  • Speaking of the TRO, does anyone else think there’s something wrong with a system where you can tell the officer who is investigating you for murder to stay away from you? That’ll put a major crutch into a lot of police investigations.
  • I didn’t really understand McG’s hostility toward Dr. Victor for lying to him. Every single guilty criminal he’s ever investigated on the show has lied and tried to pull one over on him. Why was there so much anger toward this particular perp? I think he was mad that he already had a girlfriend and couldn’t make a move on the good doctor.
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Tilly
Tilly

I'm a first timer, enjoyed reading your recap.  Have to say, though, that this ep suffered by comparison IMHO with the last two which I thought were the best of the season.

 

As you pointed out, it was clever writing that the doc was actually guilty but guilty not only of murder but of running a brothel.  I didn't guess that.  I also liked that McG was being outplayed in places although agree that the restraining order thing was a bit silly.  You can take out a restraining order against a law enforcement officer when you are a murder suspect?  Really?

 

I really like the toned down Danny of the past few eps.  We still get the witty one-liners but without the histrionics.  More of this please, writers!

 

Sorry to say though that I just didn't like the doctor at all.  I didn't pick up on the seduction part, I just thought McG was annoyed by her and frustrated that he felt she was guilty but couldn't prove it.  I am OK with him being played but I just didn't get the seduction vibe.  Also, as much as I am huge McG and Alex fan, I thought he was a bit OTT about being 'right'.  OK with him being right, just thought this could have been better written.  He just had his 'gut' and nothing more - his belief in the doc's guilt could have been better explored.

 

Agree with your comments about Mom and Catherine.  I like Catherine but feel that the writers have written her into a corner and they don't seem to really know what to do with her.  The R&R thing seems silly to me and being at McG's beck and call all the time is starting to wear on me.

 

I support Terrysagirl's comments on this blog about Mom (and Cath too).  I know we are meant to dislike Mom, but seriously, I have no idea where the writers are going with her character.  I hope the real reason why she disappeared 20 years ago and what she is really up to is revealed soon.  Surely the writers have learnt from the Shelburne problems in S2.  In general, agree with Terry that too many things are left unexplained or not explored in enough depth. 

 

Still a huge fan and will always tune in.  Look forward to next week's recap.

 

 

 

 

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

i don't watch the show, i just read ur reviews. save time that way. but i am missing the bromance, how's that going?

Jengroce
Jengroce

I loved this episode! Except for Mama McG which made me want to take many potty and snack breaks. I was happy to see new aspects of these character's personalities and I think maybe Steve was extra peeved with the psychologist because she lied to him while flirting and playing cat and mouse thinking she was too  hot to be taken down. Which would raise interesting questions about his unkown(to us) past.

Terrysagirl
Terrysagirl

I thought the whole bit about the restraining order was highly implausible too, but it turns out Olivia had friends in high places, including judges.  You really don't get why McGarrett was so bothered by her?  He's the alpha-male team leader and this woman reads him and his weaknesses immediately. Super Seal does not like that one bit. Her intelligence and sensuality combined with her brazenness in taunting him with her crimes,would put most men off balance, I think.  Even more so if, 1) others around him don't see her as he does, and 2) if they're used to being in charge of the situation as McGarrett is.

 

I like Catherine but I really wish the writers would explain her sudden exchange in circumstances and also how she became a cat burglar.  This is one of the show's weaknesses, just leaving things hanging or unexplained.  Like, does Danny even have a home now?  By the way, I know people in Hawaii who have houses, but go to hotels to enjoy the pools.

 

I love Christine Lahti, but at this point I'm just not sure bringing Steve's mom into the picture was a good idea.  I'm hearing very little positive feedback about the character and how it's being handled even from the most devoted viewers.  Once again, it's the show's lack of consistency and leaving story lines hanging.  We don't see her one week, then the following week she pops in for two minutes of comic relief, and later we get an episode where Mom spends almost all of her screen time crying.  Now she's torturing a guy.  There's no cohesive character that we can relate to or sympathize with.  It reminds me of last season's on and off again Shelburne teases with Joe White.  I reached the point where I just didn't care any longer, and I fear that's where we're headed with Doris.

 

As far as the WITSEC agent being dumb, it's probably all that time as a civil servant. I hear it's brain-numbing.

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

MC:  Agree with you on this one.  The writers must be reading your blog as the dialogue and plot lines are a little tighter.  The SMG girlfriend plot line was distracting and they could have put more meat on the psycho therapist one. By example, they could have hunted down more "johns" to finally come to the realization that she was running a house of ill repute.  Since one of the johns was a judge, no wonder she got the TRO so fast.  Say, one of the johns could have been a Korean-born, engineer, who was confronted at Duck Butt having soju and dancing "Gangnam Style"!  Dialogue:  Yeah, McGarrett she is my psycho therapist...I have issues since I left General Hospital suffering from Beverly Hills envy!  So what?!  SMG:  So, Mr. Choi, I see your therapy sessions have cured you!  MC:  Yeah, I get cured every week!!  LOL

 

You're right, SMG really wanted to "bag" her but he has baggage!  his mommy! 

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @Tilly Thanks for the comment Tilly and welcome to the H50 recaps! So glad you took the time to read it. The writing indeed has been very shaky this season and I believe it's partially because the show is trying to distribute fair amounts of the airtime pie to extraneous characters. There's way too much plot points for the sake of convenience this year and it shows.

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @nonstopmari It's still there, sometimes a little too much, if you ask me. I'd love to see more mixed interaction between the Core Four. It seems like it's always McG and Danno doing all the cool stuff and Chin and Kono doing their legwork back at HQ. I'd like to see the mix it up. How about Danno and Kono do a stakeout together?

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @JengroceThanks for the comment! I agree that this ep was one of the better ones this season. I actually enjoyed McG getting played for the majority of the ep. Shows he's not the superman he's made out to be every week and shows vulnerability. That's a good thing.

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

 @Terrysagirl Yeah, what a guy...goes to Ihilani with 4 days worth of beard!  He would stand out like a sore thumb among the classy tourists there.  At least wear an Aloha shirt.  The civil servants they hire these days!  Makes me want to give up my pension...LOL!  At least McG can change a truck tire, isn't he a civil servant?  Doesn't say much for the Chevy sponsor choice of tires does it?

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @Terrysagirl Thanks for the comment! Yeah, I agree that the writers seem to come up with stuff just out of convenience for the plot of the week. As you said, it makes for a lack of continuity and questions their long term planning for the show.

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @Annoddah_Dave LOL AD. And yeah, it didn't occur to me that a judge was one of her johns so that's why she could get a TRO so quickly. Makes sense!

Tilly
Tilly

 @MyongChoi Thanks for the welcome!  Generally, I think the Show suffers in the writing department.  So much lost potential.  I think the writers try too hard to get too many diffferent things right and end up not doing a very good job with any of them. 

Tilly
Tilly

 @MyongChoi  @nonstopmari Agree totally.  McG and Danno mostly get to do the cool stuff and the other two have to make phone calls and look up things on the super computer table.  Last week was a great Kono ep though as she was a huge part of the action.  I hope there are more eps like that.

Tilly
Tilly

 @MyongChoi  @Jengroce Agree.  I like McG vulnerability too, just thought it could have been better written.  He needed to express more about why he thought the doc was guilty IMHO.

Tilly
Tilly

 @MyongChoi  @nonstopmari They drop a lot of things in this Show: McG's torture, The Champ Box, Dad's Yakuza investigation.... 

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @Tilly  @nonstopmari Yes! And I don't mind characters having personal stories. I thought the Kono romance with the Yakuza son was kind of interesting but they seem to have totally dropped that for now and I also enjoyed Chin's brief marriage. It gives the characters depth but they have to also make sense in terms of the overall show.

Tilly
Tilly

 @MyongChoi  @Jengroce He was indeed.  Ok, mate, you think you are right, but tell us why, don't be a bit of a jerk about it (said with nothing but love for McG BTW).