The Day the Five-0s were Just Like Us started on H50 Sardonic as Maha noted in her recap of “Tidal Wave” (Season 1 Episode 15), “I really need that episode to happen where McG makes promises but then can’t fulfill them. That episode we will call That day The 5-0s Were Just Like Us.” This is the first time I can find it mentioned. If you can find it in an earlier recap, let me know, I will revise this post & credit you.
Maha further expounded on her desire for the Five-0s to deal with some reality in her recap of “The Long Goodbye” (Season 1 Episode 18).
Chin is detectiving and within seven seconds, discovers a set of tire tracks. No wonder The 5-0s have full means and immunity. Do any of you wish they don’t solve a case? Just once? I do. We could call the episode That day when The 5-0s were just like everyone else.
Kono is with Judge Clyde, asking him about the call he received before his daughter dropped to hear death with her shoulder pads. The same shoulder pads which I wish had helped her fly to safety. Again, why aren’t these people — whose loved ones just perished — distraught? I wish to see one character on 5-0 wail and cry and tell The 5-0s to fk off and come back at a later time when their child / mother / father / sister hasn’t just been killered. We could call the episode That day when The 5-0s were just like everyone else.
Lainie picked right up on it and the phrase quickly became sardonic short-hand for something that falls short of the Five-0’s typical perfection. For example, it could be an alternate outcome of events — Danno stomps on the governor’s antique clock, which instead of revealing Poppa McG’s hidden camera, destroys it & McG goes to prison for life. Or it could be one of McG’s super-human stunts (like using a cardboard box as a shield to tackle a guy with a flame-thrower) which if attempted by anyone in the real world would result in 3rd degree burns and the bad guy laughing as he rolls off on his getaway segway.
But being “Just Like Everyone Else” can also be everyday things — McG dancing like a goof at Chin & Malia’s wedding, or Danno having a bad hair day. In fact, we came up with a whole long list of funny, boring, everyday things for the Five-0s to do — and we’ve done it on multiple occasions. The Five-0s having a “case of the Mondays,” a run of bad dumb luck, or real difficulties putting away the average, everyday bad guys is just something we’d like to see. Maybe once.
Enter this series, “The Day the Five-0s were Just Like Us.”
So let’s do a soft start to analyzing the potential weaknesses & misfortunes of our favorite Five-0s… and not actually analyze any of our favorite Five-0s. We’ll play the “blame the secondary character” game — and our targets for this inaugural round are 1) the super chatty Jenna, Agent Special K herself, and 2) Lt. Cath Rollins, a very busy woman with a very important job.
The inspiration for my first entry, “Danny Dies,” specifically came from Mary Jane. Though this concept had been bandied about before — the way she phrased it, I really could visualize what I wanted to do.
Also – If any of you are thinking, “why are the girls wearing bow ties?” Well… it’s an experiment in
stick figure b00bs bikini tops. #justsayin
Thanks to Momo & LaHagela for being so gracious & thoughtful, talking me down off my ART LEDGE the other night when I just couldn’t make any headway on this piece as well as LaurieB, who helped with the details of Special K’s look. I still think the whole thing is too “busy” but that’s just the way it turned out. Case in point — yeah, ok, I couldn’t decide if I wanted Danny’s head front or side view, so I kept them both!
And yes, those words, in Special K’s word bubble: her actual lines from Show. I didn’t even need to make anything up there.
My second piece here, I’m not sure what the title should be. ((I’m also not sure what the other Five-0s are even doing in this pic, besides waiting around for Smooth Dog to get off the phone. They really should just go shoot whoever it is they pulled those guns on!))
Anyway, the basic concept (which I received in an email from the hilarious & lovely Alicia) was: Ever wonder what would happen if McG called Cath for help on a case and she couldn’t, you know, help out?
Didn’t mean to turn the inaugural entry into a “blame the minor female character” fest (probably should have done up a LoHo one for the hat trick and been done with it) but there we are. Only had to kill Danno, horrify McG & make Cath a touch passive-agressive, but today I say: the Five-0s are Just Like Us.