So, sorry. This kind of got out of hand… didn’t realize I had so much to say about this episode. Not to mention, so many pictures to share!
In “Nalowale” (Forgotten/Missing) H50 continues to betray its “cop procedural” label, introducing us to new characters, further exploring others, and giving opportunity for the Core Four to shine on a number of levels.
Post-credits, we start out with a very informative scene, wherein we learn that Steve McGarrett sets his alarm clock for ridiculously early in the morning on Saturdays, and although he skipped dinner the night before, somehow found time to brush his teeth before going to bed as neither he nor Cath appear to be suffering any sort of gross morning breath. Would you like a screen cap of this scene? I’m sure you have one saved somewhere. Ha!
Off to the Medical Examiner’s office we go where the Governor’s Two Best People find themselves in very different moods. “Rambo Retrospective” McG and “Lost weekend with Gracie” Danno square off – but soon come together in bemused annoyance to meet: Max! Dr. Bergman, the tactile thinker, the quirky savant who hates phones & doesn’t like people touching his instruments.
Max eventually gets around to meeting McG & Danny, too. His lab is lit in this very lovely light blue. Makes dead bodies a creepy green color and live ones oh so pretty.
In his quirky, staccato way of speaking, Max seems perfectly at ease – it’s strongly implied he has some sort of spectrum disorder – and as such doesn’t “see” the people right in front of him – but he’s back on his game once he’s made introductions. He’s also an excellent piano player.
And while the lab, with its subtle shadows is a great place to grab any number of fun screen caps & get to know more about Max Bergman, let’s go to another lovely setting, the vacation home of the victims where everything is beautiful, especially the police officers.
Chin Ho once again demonstrates his top-notch veteran police instincts, chatting up the “security expert” that while not the Filipino Militant Whose Ass Will Later Be Kicked is still on the wrong end of this week’s “Book ’em Danno.” Go Chin Ho! Please remember how impressed I am with Chin Ho’s brains later on in this review.
Meanwhile, in the house, Danno & McG talk to… some people. I’m not really sure. The Governor may have been there. There’s some questioning, some theorizing, I’m sure the writers worked really hard on this dialogue for Danny & McG. They sure are
handsome great police officers.
I mean, just look at them gather the clues that help them solve this case. Honestly, where are they, a soft light factory? Why have the lighting, set & techincal directors of Show not won a million awards? I mean really!
But back to the case. Blah blah blah, figure it out, Five-0s!
Moving on, we get… really, an incredible scene. Because What Other Show has scenes quite like this? The answer is: No Other Show. I made a gif out of these pics because it amused me to do so… for my Favorite Scene of the Episode! This FSotE is brought to you by: My Unused Liberal Arts Eduction! Watch & be amazed as I apply it to a Show about Hot Cops In Paradise!
#1 Exposition: Danno notes a couple young ladies are checking out McG. McG is holding a beer bottle as daintily as a tea cup in his gigantic paw and casing the joint for the baddies.
#2 Rising Action: Danno has now informed McG of the attention of the ladies. McG has taken a swig of beer & makes bitter beer face at the ladies. Bitter Beer Face from a Longboard, really Steve?
#3 Climax & Falling Action: Danno literally takes McG’s pulse while McG keeps as straight (ha!) a face as possible.
#4 Dénouement: McG can no longer hold back his Stupid Smile & effects a strategic withdrawal while I despair for the success of any undercover mission this ridiculous human person must have participated in during his SEAL tenure; Danno catches the vital clue.
I don’t want to like this scene the most, but I doooooo. I really do. I want my favorite scene to be where Danno guides McPacMan through the maze of the warehouse and then watches in horror as McG whacks the bad guy with the crowbar. Because it’s funny and action-oriented and awesome whereas this scene is… impossible to screencap properly (the lights are blinking constantly) and the music is loud and Danny is doing ALL the
yelling talking and really — why isn’t McG saying anything except to deflect, deflect, deflect before finally admitting he “got into some Barry White” last night. I’ll bet Danny is sorry he asked – I sure am! This scene annoys the crap out of me! But I love it in spite of myself. There is just something about it. Je ne sais quoi. I love it against my will. But it’s love all the same.
My biggest beef with this episode is the small amount of screen time for Chin Ho & Kono. Compared to previous episodes, their minutes are shorter — to accommodate crucial, interesting and/or fun scenes with not only Max but the Governor, Mary & Cath. It’s too bad, but a fair trade. So let’s see what these fine women bring to the table this ep.
So can we discuss that shirt she’s wearing? Ever seen McG wear that thing or anything like it? Where did it come from? If she pulled it out of the closet, fair chance it belonged to Poppa McG in which case….. ….. …..
But Cath isn’t just here for the fanservice, she does get to help out on the case, and this is the one time she accesses satellite intel for McG without vocally worrying about causing a National Security Incident and/or her Immediate Dismissal from the Armed Forces. So that’s something!
She bumps into Mary in the hallway & has possibly the most awkward conversation of all time, and Mary’s a brat, and I wish we got to see her parade of local boyfriends hanging around the house, calling McG “dude” and generally being obnoxious. In my mind, it totally happened.
Moving the action on the homefront downstairs, McG forgets (episode title shout out!) to adequately hide the Champ Box & Mary gets into it, setting up some major foreshadowing of future events. This is also our first true look into the Champ Box’s more esoteric contents, including the stack of postcards from Japan, the “car bomb” pictures & a cigarette butt.
And then we have the Governor. The Governor! Back when we thought she was good! Back when she thought she was good! Oh Jean Smart how I miss you! Exclamation point! Exclamation point! Exclamation point!
This is the first time we’ve seen the Governor since the Pilot, where McG basically called her a scheming, pandering politician to her face and she didn’t flinch, didn’t accept his “pass” of her proposal to set up the Task Force – and kept the offer on the table. Here we see less of the Iron Lady and more of her tender side. Look at those eyes! Filled with tears! We never learn that much about Patricia Jameson, the woman, what were here interests & hobbies, was she ever married, was she born in Hawaii, did she have children? But what we do know is that promises are important to her (per the Pilot), and her gratitude to McG when he made it possible for her to keep a promise to her friend… palpable & heartfelt. You leave this scene with the feeling that the Governor is now in the Five-0’s debt – another foreshadowing of things to come (shades of $10 million dollars, anyone?).
So some great character stuff in there from all the recurring characters, letting us get to know them just a little bit more. This episode also does really really well with our core team, especially balancing the two sides of Kono — the rookie cop with street smarts to spare.
Kono expositions her way through “mystery solving” portion of the case asking the basic “but why would anybody…” and “what does that mean…” questions that allow the audience to keep up. But then! Then we get to go undercover. And we are reminded (again, 3rd time in 5 eps) that Kono rocks UC work like nobody’s business.
Additionally, Chin Ho’s thoughtful analysis of the facts are also critical to the solving of the case, eventually connecting the dots to a militant group from the Philippines responsible for the murder & kidnapping.
And I do respect you Chin Ho Kelly! I do! And I love you for your mind. I swear. Please everyone remember how much I love Chin Ho for his fabulous brain.
Because the Five-0s storm the warehouse to rescue the Ambassador and I’m just going to pretend this screen cap is about that bucket over McG’s right shoulder because I am a Bucket Aficionado.
Danno guides McG through the warehouse in what I wish was my favorite scene but is only a distant 2nd. Kono & Chin each are appropriately BAMF as we know they can be.
So finally! The moment we’ve all been waiting for! That Filipino Militant has been pushing his luck & it just ran out. McG appears to be channeling his inner jaguar in this screen cap here.
So what are we left with? An episode that’s actually pretty good. A quickly moving mystery, lots of time with our favorite supporting cast, some wonderful character moments — and obviously enough raw material for me to write 2000 words about it. Show gives me cheesy bedroom scenes, a trashy nightclub, a girl watching infomercials and drinking out of a blender – and I turn it into Dickinson, Shakespeare, Lord Byron… Ridiculous. This ep gets 6.7/10 from me, and I know I was grading it really hard. It’s probably better than that, but that’s what I’m sticking with.
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