Two weeks seems like forever in “Hawaii Five-O” time, and tonight’s February 12 Valentine episode, “Hoa ‘Inea” (Misery Loves Company), the 14th for Season 6, makes up for making fans wait with a playful episode of romance hijinks all centered on the day for love, with some unexpected wrong turns. No romantic mood is complete without music, so four Coldplay tunes set the soundtrack for the crime-fighting team’s pursuits this time. A married couple’s unfortunate end sets the stage, but love takes a leading role in this feel-good treasure.
The story opens with murky images struggling for a gun, and a body plopping into a bathtub, before the scene switches to Captain, Lou Grover ( Chi McBride) looking fly in his royal blue suit, ala The Temptations, at the beginning of everyone’s explaining about their Valentine’s Day details. Peak interest lies in the Lt. Commander’s (Alex O’Loughlin) shiner on the eye. First, back to Captain Grover…. He realizes during a round of golf with the very colorfully dressed premier chef, Masaharu Morimoto, that he has not planned for Valentine’s Day. The chef is an old friend of the “5-O,” always willing to help out, but he’s not able to help Lou save his skin in this case, with no tables available on “the busiest day of the year.” Lou tries to woo Renée (Michelle Hurd), with old memories through his wardrobe, but that doesn’t save the day after presenting drugstore chocolates, and the last batch of flowers. He ends up spending the night alone in a far less than luxury quarters at a motel. When McGarrett tells him his house was available, the boss relates that he tried, but found Steve’s house all dark, and then Danny (Scott Caan) looking like he was playing charades.
Finally, Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) concedes, and tells his story next, in between the crime details. When a bruising compatible with automatic weapon is found on victim, Mrs. Cruse, that gives trace to a young lady, Natalie Jacobs (Kamri Lin), who admits being there at the scene, but not with the husband. She was with a man named Robert, who gave her the “full date experience,” paying top price for her service. Confirmation soon comes that husband, Jack, was not at the scene, because Chin and Kono (Grace Park) find his body. Now, for Chin’s story, and showing a little bit too much skin to Sgt. Lukela (Dennis Chun). Chin and Abby (Julie Benz) had shared a lovely dinner, courtesy of the master chef, and Chin was already under covers, pouring champagne, when Abby comes from the bathroom, saying she can’t, and leaving for the elevator. Chin pursues her, but the elevator doors close, and he realizes he is locked out of the room, covered only in a strategic area with a cloth napkin! He has to make his way to the lobby for assistance, where the Sgt. and his wife say hello.
Even Dr. Max Bergman (Masi Oka) has plans with his love, Sabrina, at the Commissary for a commemorative sandwich. His it examination reveals that husband, Jack, was dead before his wife, and lured to the location, but the team only has a sketch with unknown identity to go from. Steve and Danny head to Victoria’s Secret, which was the place from which Natalie’s Valentine gift was purchased. The sales clerk immediately recognize the sketch as being Michael Foxton (James Koons), and Danny reveals himself to be quite knowledgeable of women’s lingerie, and various other delights in the store. They drop in on the Foxton house, where Mrs. Foxton (Erica Shaffer) says her husband isn’t home, but Danny spots him leaping over a hedge. He admits to parting with Natalie, and says there was trouble between his wife and Mrs. Cruse, before collapsing from a heart attack.
Danny’s up next with his Valentine story, and he really seems to have done everything right, down to making the napkins into bunnies. He presents Melissa (Lili Simmons) with candlelight, perfume from Victoria’s Secret, and all is perfect, before she opens her Valentine card, and sees only “Happy Valentine’s Day—oxox” instead of the L word, and that leads to trouble. Everyone on the team takes Melissa’s side with this, and Danny says he will straighten everything out after the case. Jerry (Jorge Garcia) is doing his part on the research, before he and Kamekona (Taylor Wily) take a pause for “candy roulette” courtesy of Kamekona’s secret admirer. The common connection with Cruse and Foxton was country club membership, and Mr. Foxton swore that he had his heart medication that morning, given by his wife, who knew he was cheating. Danny and Steve plant a little information that Mrs. Cruse has survived, and will give her statement as soon as she’s recovered enough from her coma. That news sends Mrs. Foxton on the run, but Lou is laying in wait at the hospital, and sees her straightaway. She tells the desk that she’s going to see her husband, but she makes her way to the room where Mrs. Cruse supposedly is, sneaking a peek at her chart, and then injecting a lethal medicine into her IV, before she knows she’s cornered by Chin and Kono. Case closed.
At long last, Steve tells his Valentine tale over dinner, with his own wonderful dinner with Lynn (Sarah Carter) at Chef Morimoto’s, and a lovely evening, until the next morning, when she asks to borrow a shirt. It just so happens that Catherine’s ring falls out from the dresser, and it takes Lynn by surprise, and she’s afraid there may be secrets that keep Steve from giving his heart. It turns out that the bruised eye comes from a striptease that Lynn does in “9 1/2 Weeks” style, and a stiletto heel toss hits her man’s eye like a missile. Jerry is waiting for his online connection, dressed up just in case, and she shows up after all, causing the rest of the team to scatter.
“Hawaii Five-O” serves up nostalgia better than any drama, and a lovely touch by director, Peter Weller, is the insertion of cartoon, movie, and TV love scenes from long past. The closing scenes bring contentment, and closure for McGarrett, where he sorely needs it. Danny scoots into bed, and serene snoozing with Melissa. The Grover’s are presented with a feast worthy of forgiveness from Chef Morimoto. Steve deletes Catherine’s contact from his phone, and settles in for a drink at sunset with Lynn. Kono cries as she watches her wedding video, and Chin gets a call from Abby, who’s in San Francisco. She apologizes for her behavior, and lets him know how much she cares, and that they can talk in person “when I get back to the island in a few days.” Love seems to have an open door now, but with the haunting of the present and the past around the “Hawaii Five-O” headquarters, hurdles are part of going the distance.
Next week, Melanie Griffith will be back as Danny’s mom, and previews look like she may be in too deep!