By Wayne Harada
Monday’s “Hawaii Five-0” raised some interesting perceptions and provide a retro investigative style and certainly revised a prevailing image — that Rachel is not all that mean and menacing an ex-wife of Danno, as he has been ranting about ever since the show’s September debut.
For her first on-screen appearance on the episode entitled “Hao Kanaka (Iron Man),” Rachel (Claire Van Der Boom) all but deconstructed that negative talk we’ve been hearing from Danno (Scott Caan). All that rant, and what happens? She has a nice streak, after all, and she helps provide a diversion that ferries a key twist in the plot to enable Danno and Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) nab the baddies in a Kahala rental next door to Rachel.
Further, McGarrett becomes somewhat of a MacGuyver, relying on the inside scum of a vacuum cleaner to resort to primitive fingerprinting, which he documents on his cell phone and ship to HQ for identification.
How cool was that?
All this, in the midst of a triathlon that provided real-life relevance for locals who’ve participated and/or endured the swim/biking/run in Waikiki.
The escapades take the “Five-0” team from the Blaisdell Center parking lot to the inside stairwell of the old Honolulu Advertiser building and downtown corridors and the seas off Waikiki.
Delightful disarrangement of places, perhaps, but this is faux crime in a real paradise.
And: didn’t you love it, at the conclusion of the episode, that McGarrett and Danno mention perhaps grabbing a bite at Side Street?
They meant Side Street Inn, of course.
That would be a nice element for a future episode, just to see what they’d eat. Suggest the pork chops! The fried rice! The roast pork with the ono crispy skin! The ahi poke!