Guest stars on television shows are a gimmick that I don’t believe work. That being said, it does say something about the profile of the show you’re running, even if it’s not exactly an A-Lister. More important than the actor or actress in question (I see you, P. Diddy) is the story of the episode they’ll be starring in. If you expect to draw in some curious viewers, you need to put your best foot forward to make a great impression. The show is almost done for the season, so this is the time to make people regret their decision to not watch Hawaii Five-0 this past year. Monday night’s episode did not disappoint.
What made the latest episode remarkable was the pacing. I’m a big fan of films and television (obviously) but pacing is usually not something I pick up on; so this episode floored me. From moment one my attention was seized as the background of an undercover cop unfolds. This leads up to the murder of his wife in front of his young son which kicks the episode into gear. Unlike most week’s, where the episode sort of drags until the final ten minutes, this episode moved at a steady, rapid rate the entire hour.
The undercover cop, Reggie Williams (Diddy), knows his cover has been blown by someone on the inside, so he takes off to find his wife’s killer. McGarrett and the 5-0 team pick up the case and are in hot pursuit of both Williams and his wife’s assassin. The prime suspect is the crime boss (Keith David of Platoon, Crash, and The Princess and the Frog fame) that Williams has been infiltrating for the past several years, but Williams maintains that he doesn’t quite buy that.
McGarrett and Danno go after Williams, while Kono and Chin (but mostly Kono) hold up the home base, as usual. The episode was reminiscent of the one with the not-all-there-marine who had been framed for the murder of his wife, and instead of trying out the legal system, had fled. While Williams was never a suspect in this case, the fear that he would start killing people willy nilly in his quest for revenge. Why exactly there would be a problem with an officer (FBI Agent, I believe) gunning down murderers and criminals is beyond me, but I can only accept the constructs the show is set within.
As the episode reached its conclusion, the sap-icity started to sink in. Kono consoles William’s son while trying to extract information about his mother’s killer; which is heavy handed at best, and tired at worst. Then a weird twist comes when Jimmy Cannon’s (Keith David) son sells him out, or tries, in order to keep his hands on his father’s well established fortune. There is supposed to be something poignant about this, but we all know that there is no honor among thieves. We’ve all seen it before, and we’ll all see it again.
The only question I’m left with after this episode is why William’s thinks him and his son will be safe with Cannon still a free man? Yeah, Cannon’s son might be headed to jail, but if you think Cannon is going to take that lying down, you obviously haven’t seen enough cop procedural dramas. The final few episodes will come in the upcoming weeks, and it appears that renewal is in sight. Hopefully we’ll get to hear “book him, Danno” one more time before season’s end.